Currently, celebrant-led ceremonies are not legal.
However, they offer the most freedom of choice in terms
of ceremony content and location. Anything goes,
whether you want to get married on a farm at sunrise, in
your back garden or under a woodland canopy at night.
If you book a registrar to conduct your ceremony at a
licensed venue, it’s basically the same as what you get
in a registry office, just in a venue; all the same legalities
and restrictions apply. Even if you want to tie the knot
outside, you’ll have to do so under an approved
structure such as a gazebo or pavilion.
Instead, many couples will have their standard legal
ceremony at a registry office on a weekday when
it’s least expensive. Then, they’ll splash out on their
personalised celebrant ceremony for themselves and
their guests at a venue or location of their choice. They
will then have total freedom in all aspects to have the
bespoke ceremony of their dreams.