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Can I get married in my back garden?
Not legally in England, Wales or Northern Ireland I’m afraid. You can only marry in a church, or in a room that has been legally licensed by the local authority. These days that can mean a stately home, a permanently moored boat, a fixed gazebo or even a cave - so there are still a lot of options.
If nothing but your garden will do though, consider a humanist ceremony. Not legally recognised (so you would first need to pop into your local register office to get the paperwork out of the way), these non-religious weddings are much more flexible, can be heavily personalised and are getting very popular with couples that find standard ceremonies too restrictive.
You can legally marry outdoors in Scotland - a licensed clergyman can marry you in a religious ceremony anywhere he sees as fit and proper, and a recent change in the law means that the registrars can temporarily license anywhere fit for the purpose on a temporary basis for a civil wedding. A garden would indeed seem to qualify.
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