Alternatives to Church Weddings

Livingston Green is a small village, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t see our fair share of Weddings here.

Whether you’re a Methodist or not, you’re always welcome to get married here in our lovely church.

When it comes to the notion of sharing we take the lessons of Luke 3:11 very seriously: ‘And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”’

However, if you find the idea of a traditional church wedding to be a little predictable, then take your special day to a more alternative venue. If you’re living locally, why not check out these ideas for unusual wedding venues in North Wales?

We may seem like a fairly traditional institution from the outside, but the Methodists here in Livingston Green are surprisingly forward thinking, when it comes to weddings. Unlike some of the other Christian denominations in England, we take a relaxed approach to how we get married. The most important thing is that two people are allowed to celebrate their union – in a way that honours the Lord, as well as each other.


Here are a few ideas with what you could do on your special day…

Take It Outside

Psalm 96:12 says: ‘Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the tree of the forest sing for joy.’

Although a church wedding might well be the first requirement on most prospective couple’s agenda, taking the service outside into the majesty of the great outdoors could well be the thing to elevate your special day to the next level.

Public parks are often open to services taking place in their grounds, you can also consider National Trust sites or even a particularly scenic spot in the countryside – just make sure it’s a summer wedding!


Make It Public

Colossians 3:14 says: ‘And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’

Many would argue that a wedding should be a private affair – something shared between the closest of family and friends. Of course, there was a time when they used to be very much the opposite. Why not engage your entire community and make it a day for hundreds to remember?

If you live in a village, hold the service in the square and invite everyone in the neighbourhood. If you’re a city dweller, you could consider holding a street party – just as long as there are lots of people.


Keep It Small

John 4:12 says: ‘No one has ever seen God; but if we love another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.’

This might seem antecedent to the previous idea, but there’s no reason why they can’t work in tandem. Save on costs for the service and get together just the closest members of your circle. By only inviting your most cherished friends and family members you can make the service a real moment to remember.

After you’re done with the official business you can bring the rest of the wedding party together at a larger venue to celebrate en masse. Don’t worry about other missing out on the service – most people are just there for the party anyway…


Make It Retro

Fashion trends in weddings come and go – but there’s one fad that will always be in vogue. Have you ever stumbled upon an old photo of your parents or grandparents on the day of their wedding and thought how cool they look? Its not just the illusion of Black and White photography, weddings might well have been more fun back in the 20th century.

Take a truly alternative approach to your wedding and ban all kinds of modern technology. Hire a DJ with real vinyl, take away the smartphones and waltz back into the past for a day with vintage suits and dresses.


If you’re thinking of planning a wedding or need some ideas about your day, just message us on the Contact page!