Weird wedding venues : Get married at a pagan or Neolithic site!

Outdoor weddings at stone circles and henges

Hello and welcome to another insightful advice and tips post here on the Wedding Venue Secret. Today we are looking at weird and wonderful places to get married in the UK.

Henges and stone circles are becoming more and more popular as sites to get married on! Weddings are traditional events, whose roots lie in rituals that have been passed down for thousands of years.

Of course, the ‘white wedding’ that we have come to associate with western weddings stem out of a specifically Christian lineage. But certain rituals in Christian weddings themselves derive from pagan ones (such as the hand-fasting, or the ribbon laid across pair of hands lifted in the air).

Where can I find these sites to get married on?

We now have to consult the laws of marriage within the UK. Unfortunately, in England, it is not legal to have your register signed outdoors, away from a licensed venue. With the option of having humanist weddings in England, you can actually have the legal part of your ceremony completed in a registry office, and continue to have the rest of your ceremony (vows, exchanging of the rings etc) outdoors. In this case, it would be perfectly feasible to get married on stone circles such as Stonehenge etc (though you may have to work hard on asking permission!).

Scotland

In Scotland, it is completely legal to get married outdoors, in locations that are deemed acceptable and dignified. Here, you will hire a celebrant to carry out the ceremony.

Where?

There are plenty of neothilic and ancient sites of worship or astronomy in Scotland, we have compiled a quick list of some of the most beautiful ones:

Stone circles

-The Ring of Brogdar, Orkney Mainland.

-Calanais, and Cnoc Ceann à Gharaidh and Cnoc Filibhir Bheag, all on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

-Easter Aquhorthies, Loanhead of Daviot and the Sunhoney circle in Gordon, Grampian.

-The Temple Wood circle, Argyll, Strathclyde

Standing stones/ rows

These are free standing stones that are not necessarily set up in a ring or circle, but still beautiful non-the-less.

– The Stones of Stenness, and the Comet stone close to The Ring of Brogdar on Orkney.

– Achavanich and the Hill o’Many Stanes in Caithness, Highland.

Getting married on an ancient stone circle, henge or standing row can be a wonderful and symbolic way to get married. Doing this in Scotland is the best way about it too, thanks to their laxed outdoor marriage rules.

Locations and pictures of stones circles and rows are from www.stonepages.com/scotland/scotland.html

Take a look there for more information.

Comments

  1. Please visit stonehengeweddings.com for information regarding a ceremony in this iconic monument

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