Stunning Staffordshire Outdoor Wedding

The Boat House at Aston Marina is licenced for outdoor wedding ceremonies, as well as inside.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular with UK couples, as more venues become licenced to host civil wedding ceremonies.

A popular choice in the US, with numerous Hollywood blockbusters featuring breath-taking outdoor wedding ceremonies, the dream can now be a reality for brides & grooms and same-sex couples looking to wed in the UK, too.

For couples looking to get married in Staffordshire, a handful of venues across the county now offer outdoor weddings – among them The Boat House at Aston Marina.

The Boat House – Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Location

Set amid rolling Staffordshire countryside and overlooking the tranquil Trent & Mersey canal, The Boat House at Aston Marina on the outskirts of Stone offers a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Its waterside location is unusual for landlocked Staffordshire, and provides a stunning backdrop to wedding celebrations. The Boat House offers couples the option of marrying either inside the purpose-built, modern venue or outside in a dedicated outdoor wedding ceremony space. This importantly offers options should the weather on your big day not be perfect – ensuring that everything else still will be. As an exclusive use venue, The Boat House offers a space that is entirely yours for your big day from ceremony through to evening party and, should the weather be glorious, guests can spill out of the venue into extensive landscaped grounds.

The Boat House is also well placed for couples who have guests travelling from far and wide – conveniently placed just a few miles from the M6 motorway network, the venue benefits from Staffordshire’s location in the heart of the country.

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Outdoor Ceremonies under our Garden Gazebo

The Boat House’s modern design is continued in its dedicated outdoor ceremony space, with a beautifully paved area sweeping up to a pretty gazebo under which couples take their vows.

The space perfectly lends itself to decoration for any theme – previous couples have opted for balloons, extravagant flower displays and even floral wall backdrops in the gazebo.

Should you decide to opt for an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Boat House, you can rest assured our friendly events team will be on hand to support your though the planning process – ensuring you have a contingency plan in place and to help you create the ambiance you want for your big day.

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Helping You Plan the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Planning the perfect outdoor wedding is fundamentally the same as planning any wedding day – however you will need to ensure that your venue has a licenced outdoor ceremony space.

Other things worth considering are whether the venue just offers a ceremony venue or can provide space for your wedding reception and party afterwards. Having a single-venue celebration is popular with many couples as it reduces the need for the wedding party to travel between locations on the big day.

The time of year is also worth thinking about – outdoor ceremonies are most commonly chosen for summer weddings, but couples also opt to marry outdoors in Spring, Autumn – even winter! Whatever time of year you wed, if you are keen on an outdoor ceremony it’s essential you discuss contingency plans in case the Great British weather decides to unleash unseasonal rain, hail or wind. From having umbrellas at the end of the aisle for guests to use through to having an alternative undercover ceremony space on standby, you’ll be glad you had plan in place should the worst happen. The Boat House offers the perfect solution whatever the weather as you can make the most of the natural light and stunning views (which the photographers just love!)

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We would be delighted to discuss your wedding plans in more detail or to arrange an appointment for you to come and visit The Boat House! Please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can contact us directly by calling 01785 819702 or emailing

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