Search

Couples to get married in the open as Hampstead Heath bids to be first in London to hold outdoor wedding ceremonies

12:30 29 May 2014

The Hill Garden could soon hold London

The Hill Garden could soon hold London's first all-outdoors wedding ceremonies . Yvette Hughes, business manager of City of London Corporation, pictured in the Hill Garden and Pergola. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Couples could soon tie the knot under open skies on Hampstead Heath as the open space looks set to become the capital’s first all-outdoors wedding venue.

Lovers could be wed in three corners of Golders Hill Park if plans are approved by a City of London Corporation committee on Monday June 9.

The Corporation, which runs the Heath, claims it would be the first venue in the capital to hold legally binding ceremonies outdoors in a natural open space.

Hampstead Heath’s business manager, Yvette Hughes, said: “We’ve always had inquiries from people who want to get married there.

“The Heath is a special place for a lot of people. It’s where they went as a child with their family or it’s where they had their first date.”

If plans are approved, couples could hold their wedding ceremonies in the Hill Garden, which can seat up to 100 people; the Hampstead Pergola, for 25 to 30 guests; or the Belvedere, for 10 to 15 people.

Wedding receptions would have to be held elsewhere.

In an outline of proposals, the City states that ceremonies would be capped to 40 in a year to “maintain the exclusive and special status of such an unusual venue”.

There would be a maximum of one wedding a day, or two in a week. Only two Friday or weekend ceremonies could be booked in one month and they could not be held on bank holidays.

“We want to keep it special,” Ms Hughes added. “We don’t want to turn it into a production line.

“It will be a Marmite venue. You’re either going to love it or it’s not going to work for you.

“We’re very clear about what we can and cannot do. We want the space to remain a natural open space, so we won’t have lots of bunting or chandeliers.”

Ceremonies in the Hill Garden are expected to cost up to £2,000, while the two smaller venues would be priced between £1,200 and £1,500.

Wedding planner Meghan Fay, who runs Extraordinary Days from an office in Arkwright Road, Hampstead, said she held some reservations about plans for all-outdoors ceremonies on the Heath.

“It could be a dream wedding venue but anytime you have a wedding outside, you have to have a plan B if it rains,” the 30-year-old said.

“The other thing with having weddings on the Heath is the dogs running around. But I think it’s a really lovely idea.”

The ceremony area would be roped off before a wedding and pop-up gazebos would be erected in the event of rain.

The City believes the first wedding could take place on the Heath as early as August if plans are approved as Camden Council has already licensed all three venue sites.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Hall school  triathlon team

A team of 40 mothers and staff from The Hall School, in Hampstead, are running the Blenheim Triathlon on June 4 to raise money for a Swiss Cottage youth project.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
The man was stabbed in Camden High Street near Greenland Street

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s died after being stabbed on Camden High Street in the early hours this morning.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Chris Roche wants Muswell Hill Library to stay put. Photo: Polly Hancock

A renowned architect fears the historic library will be moved to the site of the former Green Man pub, rather than adapted for greater disability access

Friday, May 27, 2016
Nurul Islam celebrates at his Belsize Park kiosk with customers and Ham&High reporter Emily Banks, right.       Picture: Polly Hancock

The vendor who runs the Belsize Park newspaper kiosk today thanked his customers for pressuring Camden Council into doing a u-turn over the rent hike which threatened his business.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Gabriella with mum Nazanin on her first birthday

A distraught father whose daughter faces her second birthday detained in Iran without her parents has urged children around the world to send her a birthday card.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Victor in Delhi

A ‘smart and popular’ 22-year-old who died in a motorbike crash has been remembered at his former school.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
A pole will be located at the end of Nassington  Road by the entrance to Hampstead Heath

New plans for an Orthodox Jewish boundary across Camden have been submitted.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The mystery girl was found wandering in  the evening in Daleham Gardens

Police are trying to trace an 11-year-old girl who was discovered wandering in the street in her pyjamas saying she had run away from home.

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are no rules when it comes to buying studio pottery beyond choosing what you love

With The Great Pottery Throwdown captivating viewers across the nation, pottery courses at capacity, and hipsters snapping up vintage studio pieces to display their succulents in and post on Instagram, studio pottery and ceramics are definitely having a moment.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe