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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Outdoor Ceremonies

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Do you dream of celebrating your special day in the great outdoors?

Great news! Here in East Sussex, you can.


So if you want a beach ceremony, a woodland celebration or a garden party, let us make it a reality. 


East Sussex boasts many stunning beauty spots making the ideal ceremony backdrop. Many of our Licensed Venues also have wonderful outside structures set in beautiful grounds that can provide the perfect location for your outdoor ceremony. Take a look at our Venue Finder to view a list of all Licensed Venues in East Sussex.

If your chosen venue or location has not been licensed for marriages and civil partnerships, take a look at 'Weddings with a Difference' to find out how you can celebrate in your chosen place.



Things to consider

Things to consider when planning an outdoor ceremony.

The great British weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you have a plan B in case the weather scuppers your plans. Discuss this with your venue to ensure you have an appropriate contingency plan. 

Think about the comfort of your friends and family. Guests are likely to be outside for at least one hour, with the ceremony lasting around 30 minutes. Will the temperature be adequate? Is there enough shade? Will it be warm enough? Is it accessible to all?

If holding your ceremony in a public place, such as on the beach, or in the woods, you will need to gain permission from whoever owns the land. Another consideration if holding your ceremony in a public place, is whether members of the public will be in the vicinity. 

Please note, a simple risk assessment will need to be carried out by one of the Ceremonies Managers, prior to the ceremony taking place in a location or venue that has not already been licensed for marriages and civil partnerships. 


We will do our very best to accommodate your wishes of an outdoor ceremony. However, please be aware that certain circumstances may mean this isn't possible, and we may have to make the decision to move your ceremony inside. Any decisions to move your ceremony inside will be discussed with you first . The final decision will be down to the Celebrant and Registrar.


Contact us now to book your outdoor ceremony

Phone: 0345 60 80 198



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