Wedding Ceremonies

Houghton Lodge Gardens holds a wedding licence allowing civil ceremonies to take place in two stunning rooms and five outside structures.

Alternatively, All Saints’ Church in Houghton is within walking distance.

In addition to Civil Ceremonies, Registrars can also carry out the following ceremonies at Houghton Lodge and Gardens:

  • Commitment Ceremonies (this is a public commitment but with no legal obligations)
  • Renewal of Vows Ceremonies (have your Civil Ceremony first with just 2 witnesses, yourselves and the 2 Registrars in one of our registered structures, followed by a Renewal of Vows Ceremony immediately afterwards anywhere in the garden, with all your guests gathered together on the river bank)
  • Welcoming Ceremonies (baby naming)
  • Combination Ceremonies (welcome children from different relationships when two families become one)

For further details contact North Hants Registrar Office:
01252 317152

A note from the registrars:

The Hampshire Registration Service and Houghton Lodge have worked together for many years, providing many happy couples with Marriage or Civil Partnership Ceremonies. Customer feedback includes:

“The Registrars were wonderful, very friendly and put us at ease quickly and confidently – our ceremony was perfect”

“The ceremony exceeded our expectations, our registrars provided a beautiful ceremony for us”

“The ceremony was perfect and very personal as we were able to add our own vows”

“Overall we have had an exceptional experience with the ceremonies team, both prior to the ceremony in the planning stages, and on the day itself. The made the whole process very simple and struck the perfect tone, contributing to a truly memorable day – thank you!”

Inside Houghton Lodge

The Chinese Dining Room

Ceremony for 54 people.

This room has been recently renovated and no photographs can ever do it justice. Part of the original house, it is stunningly decorated in silk wallpaper, hand painted in China, the beauty of which can take your breath away.

The exotic birds and exuberant peonies, tell a symbolic story of friendship, peace, love and luck. It is the larger of our two rooms. Open the doors from here and step into the garden for drinks and photographs. Musicians can play on the lawn beyond.

The Music Room

Ceremony for 38 people.

The Music Room is the central feature of the house and is licensed for small civil marriages. This stunning circular room was built in the eighteenth century and features a beautiful domed ceiling. Recently renovated, a more romantic and beautiful room to be married in would be hard to find.

The walls are stylishly decorated with Trompe L’Oeil butterflies and flowers, and swallows and clouds adorn the ceiling. Beautiful mirrors line the walls, and French windows open directly to the garden. Musicians can play on the lawn beyond.

After you have been married in this heavenly room walk out through the french windows and on to the lawn with its panoramic views over the river and the water meadows.

Within The Grounds Of Houghton Lodge

The Walled Garden Orangery

Ceremony for 110 people.

The Orangery is the largest of our registered buildings, and can take 110 people for a ceremony. It is gloriously light and airy and looks out over the beautiful walled garden. Following the ceremony your guests can spill out into the garden which provides the perfect backdrop for wonderful photographs, and memorable receptions.

The Walled Garden Conservatory

Ceremony for 30 people.

Ideal for more intimate weddings and parties. The light and airy feel is retained with a glass roof and is adjacent to the Orchid House.


The Woodland Grotto

Ceremony for 10 people.

Set at the far end of a private pathway, this venue is ideal for a quiet wedding for nature lovers with room for only 10 guests. Situated in our small wood, the grotto is an exquisite flint and brick structure, completely devoid of ornament other than the leaves of the trees which surround it. It is so different to anything you will have seen before.

A Riverside Fishing Hut

Ceremony for 6 people.

An ideal place for a tiny wedding of 6 guests, whose passion may be fishing or the River. It may be that you wish to get married in a location where all you hear is the lap of the water, the sound of a bird or the distinctive plop of a fish.


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