Post # 1
My fiance and I fell in love with a park near our reception venue and have our hearts set on having our ceremony there. Problem is I can’t find a lick of info on whether or not a permit is needed for our measly little half hour long ceremony. The park isn’t usually very busy and we don’t care if there are other patrons enjoying the park while we’re saying our nuptuals so we’re heavily considering just setting up the chairs for all 70 people (not very many in the world of weddings) having the quick ceremony and then breaking everything down and being off to the reception. We already have friends with trucks for transportation of the rented goods and such. What are the odds that a park with no park ranger building or security present is going to bust our ceremony? Would you just go off and do it?
Post # 3
I would find out who owns the park (private neighborhood, city, county, national forest…?). Each governance has different lawa about the park and what it can be used for with or without a permit. I wouldn’t want to risk it. The last thing you’d want is a cop pulling up and telling you you’re not allowed!
Post # 4
@lochnessy: I wouldn’t risk it esp. if you’re putting up chairs (parks out here consider that a major no-no).
Post # 4
In my county, if you are doing no set up (no chairs) and have 25 people or fewer in attendance, you need no permit to have a wedding or gathering on public property. If you are having more than 25 people or are doing set up of chairs, flowers, etc, you need a permit (or rental agreement). Our parks usually have an hourly rental rate for pavillions and gazebos which range from 25-75 dollars per hour depending on whether they are city or county parks. There are refundable deposits with each rental. I found that the easiest way to find out info is to google search for the name of the park, find out if it is a city or county park, then contact the city or county’s parks and recreation department.