Post # 1
We are having ours in a park and have booked a pavillion through the council incase it rains. If the weather is nice though we plan to have it on the grass just outside the pavillion. I am just worried as it is a busy park and I don’t know how it can be sectioned off from the rest of the public. Does anyone have any experience of this and what did you do? Do the council arrange anything on the day?
Post # 3
I would think if you’re actually paying to reserve an area you should be able to section it off. Especially if its just right outside the pavilion you’re reserving.
However if you are just showing up to use a public park (for free, no reservation) or if the area is a ways off from the pavilion if think its more of a first come first serve kinda thing. Two things though. 1. Hopefully people would notice you’re having a ceremony and respect your privacy/space. 2. Maybe pick an off peak time like a weekday morning to limit passerbys.
we are considering doing a park wedding but since it will just be us two and officiant we aren’t reserving a gazebo or pavilion. We’re just gonna take our luck showing up and finding a nice spot. I’m thinking we’ll do a Sunday morning ceremony. I’m hoping it will be less crowded and that people won’t stop and stare but ultimately I won’t care. 🙂
Post # 4
@luvmesumhim: yea we had to pay $300 to reserve the pavillion so you would think they would do something on the day to warn everyone else that its booked from 1 – 3. Our ceremony is at 2pm on a saturday so its pretty busy then but not much we can do about it now! Hopefully people will just be understanding and move. We do have a permit we have to keep with us for the day so if anyone refuses to move (i doubt they would) at least we have that but we will need space for the outdoor wedding company to come and set up all the chairs etc
Post # 5
The deal with public parks is that they’re public. If you have reserved the pavilion, so that a paper you have states it’s a reservation and not a permit, then I’m sure you can throw out any additional people. However, for the park itself, you will probably not get a reservation but a permit – though this might be different in different counties. The permit only says that your large group is allowed to be in the park. It makes no statement about other people, and with a permit, you have no right to throw other parkgoers out of your ceremony.
However, you can ask people nicely, maybe put up some signs, that sort of thing. Most people will be cool about it. They might stand back and watch, but most people won’t do anything disruptive. The only real problem I could foresee is very small children – who might start crying as they pass or try to run into the ceremony – or dogs, but I don’t know if dogs are permitted in the park in question.
Bottom line, though: public parks are public space, and you can’t make them into private space. Anyone will be allowed to go by and stop to watch, and as long as you have just a permit, there’s nothing you can do about it. But, on the other hand, you might get congratulated by perfect strangers, and some of them might even sing for you or give you something small, so the “public” part of it can be a richness instead of a hindrance.