Can I get married in my garden?

Can I get married in my garden?


Unfortunately, you are unable to legally marry in your garden in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Weddings must take place in a venue that has been given a full and legal marriage licence by the local authority. These usually include churches, stately homes or registry offices.

Can I get married in my garden


A number of venues have beautiful gazebos, historic monuments and even wooden structures in a countryside field for a whimsical outdoor ceremony.

It’s just unfortunate that you are unlikely to obtain a licence to cover your own garden for a one-off occasion. Even trying to request a licence will be a very costly and time consuming process. A process which probably isn’t worth the hassle.



Even if you find an outdoor venue with a marriage licence, due to ancient laws you will always have to sign the register under a stable roof.

What about a blessing instead?


A garden blessing is a great option. Perfect if you’re not too fussed on authenticity, if you’re trying to keep costs down, or you simply want a really personal occasion.

You could always carry out a small ceremony at your local registry office. Then continue the proceedings in your garden with a marriage blessing.

Although not legally recognised, a wedding blessing allows you to express your personalised wedding vows to each other in front of your loved ones. It is also a lot more flexible than a traditional wedding ceremony.

Can I get married in my garden


Most couples that choose to hold a wedding blessing tend to regard this ceremony as what makes them husband and wife. Rather than the legal formalities carried out at the registry office.

You can choose anyone you like to perform the blessing. This allows room for things to be even more personal.

However we recommended you arrange for a fully trained professional from the Humanist Association to officiate the ceremony. They will be able to offer advice on the structure of your ceremony and can help you prepare words, readings, and music.

The wedding breakfast and reception…


Although you can’t officially tie the knot in your garden, there’s nothing stopping you from hosting the rest of your celebrations there. After your ceremony you can host a beautiful wedding breakfast and reception at your home.

Festival style weddings have become increasingly popular. So, if your garden is big enough, put on the wellies and string up some lanterns for a truly magical setting. If the neighbours aren’t too fussy, you can even arrange for a live band to provide fantastic music into the early hours.

Alternatively a vintage tea party style celebration is a quintessentially English option for your reception.

Can I get married in my garden


Get thrifty and source some vintage crockery. String up some bunting and get the caterers in for some quaint finger sandwiches and yummy cakes.

This option is excellent for the ultimate bespoke celebration. If you have the space, you can even allow loved ones to pitch up tents and stay the night. Why not go the extra mile and arrange for fire pits and outdoor heaters?

In a nutshell, you are unable to legally hold a wedding ceremony in your back garden. However, you could consider quickly carrying out the formalities in your local registry office, and then proceeding back to your garden with your guests to hold a blessing ceremony.

We hope that this has helped to answer your question with regards to getting married in your garden. Fingers crossed our alternative options have triggered your imagination to get creating your fairy tale garden wedding celebration.

Top 10 Cheesy Pop Songs

Top 10 Cheesy Pop Songs

If you’re looking for cheese, you’ve come to the right place.

Although many people do their absolute best to avoid hearing these songs, you have to admit that some of these are timeless bangers that will be remembered for years to come.

Creating your wedding playlist is hard, but your guests will never forgive you if don’t include at least one of these fabulous pop songs in your celebrations.



Below we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Cheesiest Hits we could think of! Some have routines to go with the words – you best get practising.

We guarantee that everyone at your reception will know the dance, and although it might be the ultimate cheese, all your guests will be on the dance floor (trust us)!

Y.M.C.A. – The Village People

An absolute timeless classic which will always be included in any party playlist. Recognisable just from those beginning beats that will probably make your skin crawl.

You already know the dance routine – so you are sure to know the words… “It’s fun to stay at the…”


Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Close your eyes and imagine you’re wearing a sleeveless shirt and dungarees… “Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye-Aye…”

Believe it or not, this was the biggest-selling hit of 1982, and even barged Billie Jean off the top spot. This song is just classic 80’s and don’t we just love it!

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Ever a popular choice at weddings and even more so for couples first dance choice. You can’t help but admit that this Robin Hood title soundtrack is just a tad Lincolnshire cheesy.

You Spin Me Round – Dead or Alive

A song that has been re-released so many times that all of your guests are sure to know it! This is another classic 80’s hit and is one sure to get your guests spinning on the dance floor.

Mmmm Bop – Hanson

The epitome of the 90’s, this song, no matter where it is playing, makes everyone get up and jig (or at least tap their foot). What’s cheesier that three American children singing pop? OK, four…

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham

Ah yes, Wham. Tight shorts, air-guitar, cut-off gloves, bad hair and a LOT of clapping; what were they thinking? It’s still a banger though.

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

This cover of Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ somehow became the first ‘rap’ song to ever top the pop chart, and some of us like to show off the fact that we still remember the words.

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

A song so cheesy it has become the punchline to a world-wide, potentially never-ending online joke, where links to web pages are instead attached to Rick’s soulful sound! Yes getting Rick rolled surely is bound to happen to you one day.

Dragostea Din Tei – O-Zone

“Mai ai hee, Mai ai huu, Mai ai haa, Mai ai haa haa..” The video to this song featured the Moldovan pop group O-Zone dancing and smiling on the wing of a flying aeroplane… and was a number one hit all around Europe in 2004.

We can’t seem to remember why. Perhaps its catchy intro?

Dancing Queen – ABBA

No wedding reception would be complete without a little bit of Abba!
However, it must be said that in terms of cheese, this is just about as far away from Philadelphia or Baby Bel as you’ll get – vintage stuff!


If you have any particular favourites, as ever, we would love to hear them!

Top 10 Wedding Songs With Dance Routines


All the best wedding parties end with a packed out dancefloor full of smiling guests strutting their funky stuff late into the night. Classic pop hits are the perfect crowd pleasers to get your guests of all ages moving, especially after a few drinks of prosecco!

Here at The Wedding Secret we can’t think of a more magnificent sight than all those guests moving as one in complete unity, acting out the dance-moves to a particular pop-song.

If you want to recreate this glorious phenomenon on your big day, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Songs With Dance Routines. Add some or all of these numbers to your reception playlist, and spontaneous moments of synchronised beauty will be guaranteed, you will feel like you are in your own flash mob!

Macarena – Los Del Rio

Created in 1993, working out the lyrics might be difficult but the signature repetitive dance-moves are so well-known that even Great Aunt Ethel will be moving her hips in time! This song was actually about a woman who cheats on a her boyfriend whilst he was in the army – so, on reflection, perhaps this isn’t the most romantic monogamous song to perform at a wedding but the catchy lyrics and the moves overlook this!

Oops Upside Your Head – The Gap Band

A bizarre dance-routine that involves revellers sitting in lines on the floor and pretending to row a boat. It might have nothing to do with the song but it is a lot of fun.

Saturday Night – Whigfield

This ‘90s classic spent 4 weeks at No 1 after mercifully dethroning Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around.” The dance-moves are easy but might take a bit of re-learning!

Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Show

You can’t fail to get this one right – the moves are called out during the chorus. Be careful, though, when performing a pelvic thrust unattended!

YMCA – Village People

You’d think this would be easy, but we’ve lost count of the number of backward ‘C’s we’ve witnessed.

Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker

A real old favourite, your Mum and Auntie will love reliving their youth whilst jiving along to Chubby Checker.


Cha-Cha Slide – DJ Casper

Another where the dance-moves form the lyrics of the songs. However, it’s not safe to assume everybody will know how to ‘Criss-Cross’ and we’ve yet to see a convincing ‘Cha-Cha’.

Jump Around – House Of Pain

Even your Dad will get this one. “Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump…”

The Locomotion – Kylie Minogue

Revived by Kylie for her first international hit, Little Eva’s 1960’s classic is still well-known today. “Come on baby, do the locomotion…”


The Hokey Cokey – Traditional

A children’s party favourite, everybody learnt the moves to the Hokey Cokey at nursery school – a bit of nostalgia that will go down well towards the end of the night!

These are merely our favourite songs with dance-routines that would be an appropriate part of your wedding music. We are sure you will have many alternative suggestions – please leave them in the space below!