(Closed) Help- ceremony in a public park?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Would you do a ceremony in a public park?
    Yes- people may watch, but it won't bother me : (20 votes)
    71 %
    No- I don't want to draw a crowd : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Other (explain) : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I’m doing this in March.  Ours is on a Sunday evening so we’re hoping there’s less people in the park while we’re there.  From what I’ve been told by the officiant we chose, people are usually respectful of weddings.  Also, my fiance’s brother got married on a public beach with tons of people around and people seemed to be respectful for the most part (some were in the ocean behind them during the ceremony but what can you do?).  I think you’d be fine though.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I don’t think it’s a big deal and wouldn’t be bothered at all if it happened at someone else’s wedding, but I wouldn’t have been okay with onlookers at our own ceremony. It was really important to us that our wedding be an intimate gathering of those closest to us, and I would just feel that that little zone of comfort and love had been violated a bit if people who didn’t even know us were looking at our wedding just as a spectacle. Public parks can be very beautiful though, so if you really want one then it may be worth it.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My brother was married in a park. It was a really small ceremony and casual, but everyone was very respectful. Of course, there was that fisherman in the background who was wearing his jeans so low that when he bent over…yeah, not a pretty sight. We’re also doing a park ceremony in another state. In our case, we’re kind of set away from major trails/roads, and though people may see us, it will be at a distance. A park is a beautiful idea. Just keep in mind to try to find a quieter spot within the park, and I think you will be just find. Everyone loves a wedding day!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think it’s gorgeous and I think you’ll be fine!

    Post # 10
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    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Stunning! What a great choice!

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    That was a concern of mine as well, as we’re holding our ceremony in a public park of a HOA. Many people have told me, “If people are walking by or whatever, they most likely will stop just to watch but then move on. You’re not going to have anyone wanting to sit down & crying w/ everyone else”. It’s turning to be non-issue for us 🙂

    Gorgeous site, btw

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I voted other because we did draw a crowd, and it was annoying.  We got married in a show garden that you have to pay to gain admission to, and then we paid $1200 to rent the ceremony area. 

    As I was walking down the aisle I noticed there were a lot of people in the seats that I didn’t know… and that a lot of my real guests didn’t get a seat.  We had specifically requested extra seating to prevent this, but it wasn’t provided. 

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Soooo this is how I find out about your wedding details now 😉  muahahaha.

    Post # 15
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    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I think it’ll be just fine!!  People may look, but hopefully most people would be respectful.  Definitely talk to your DOC and see if they know of any other brides that had issues.

    @SapphireSun:  That’s awful that strangers took your real guests’ seats!!  Seriously people…. oh my word.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’m doing this. I can’t say from personal experience, but I know others who have and it’s basically as you might expect:

    You are in a public space, so don’t expect that people WON’T watch, but you’re also clearly doing something of cultural signficance and in general, people will be polite and keep their distance. No one I know had a problem as in people being rude, but they did receive golf claps at their kisses!

    But that’s for a very low-key event with few guests–no chairs, no frills, no orchestra playing when you walk down the aisle, around 20 guests max. If you want the whole she-bang like SapphireSun seems to have had, then I might worry more because that’s more of an event. You might want to talk to the staff of the park and see what they advise. Some parks offer permits for public events which give you the right to ask people to leave if you want (although you might also have to supply someone who can *enforce* that on your own dime!)

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