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The Wedding Licence Lowdown

We’ve had quite a few messages recently around our wedding licence. We’ve posted about it and put it in our stories but there is only so much info you can fit in those things and understandably, we think you might appreciate a bit of clarity. So let us explain…

We are an arable farm that use a very small part of the land for the gorgeous weddings that you see up here. We don’t just do the weddings because we like them, we also need the income stream to support the volatile farm business.

There is a planning rule referred to as the ’28 day rule’. It means that we can’t use land for anything that is non-agricultural for more than 28 days per year. With the set up and clearance included, each wedding takes a minimum of 4 days. This means we can hold 7 weddings per year without the need for any special permission. Therefore, for more than 7 weddings per year, we need a special permission from the Council.

We’ve been granted permission several times before. Our current permission, which enables us to hold 15 weddings per year, expires at the end of the 2020 season. We therefore have submitted an application to enable us to obtain a new permission from 2021 onwards and that’s what all of the posts / stories are about.

We are so grateful to those of you who have supported the application. We work so hard to make sure we offer a beautiful venue to our couples, support local businesses and make sure our neighbours aren’t affected by it. It really is hard work so it makes it all the more worthwhile when we know we have your support. If there is anyone else that is planning to support the application but just hasn’t had the chance yet, the details of how to do this are noted below.

  1. Click the Link
  2. Enter reference; 07/19/0956/F From here you can access all of the information for our application.
  3. Click on the grey ‘Make Comment’ box
  4. Simply complete the short form

To all of our lovely brides and grooms, suppliers and just as importantly our neighbours in Cuffley and Goffs Oak, we know it is a busy time of year but if you do support the application, taking the couple of minutes needed to register your support for us really will make a difference…..

Anyway, hopefully that has given you all a clear picture of what it’s all about. Please note that none of the weddings already booked are affected. We still have capacity to book weddings in 2021 as we haven’t yet booked all of those first seven weddings yet so please get in touch if you’re interested. We won’t book any more than 7 weddings in 2021 until we have our new permission which we hope to receive in early 2020.

If anyone has any queries or would like further information then please do get in touch. We are very open about all of this and would love to talk to you.


Photo Credit; Hannah Mia