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Terms and Conditions for Wedding Ceremonies & Photographic Sessions in City Parks

1. Couple getting married in a park Charges for Photographic/Audio Visual Sessions

(Please note: The Council do not provide a Photographer or Audio Visual Person)  

Duration of booking Fee 
30 minutes 25.00 (minimum booking fee)
1 Hour 35.00
2 Hours 50.00
Half Day 75.00
Full Day 100.00 

The above charges only cover the use of the facility, any other requirements eg. barriers, chairs, attendants' etc. will be negotiated and charged separately. Requirements longer than one day will be discussed and negotiated on an individual basis.

2. Civil/Religious Wedding Ceremony/Civil Partnership Ceremony (David Welch Winter Gardens)

(Please note: The Council do not provide a Photographer or Audio Visual Person)

 Duration of booking Fee
 1 Hour 70.00 (minimum booking fee)
 1 Hours 95.00
 2 Hours 120.00 

The above charge includes the use of the David Welch Winter Gardens for ceremony and photographic/audio visual session. Charges for the use of the facility for in excess of 2 hours will be negotiated as required.

Seating is available free of charge for up to 70 guests, 50 guests seated in main ceremony area and 20 guests seated in upper level of ceremony area.

3. Contact names/numbers for ministers/registrar

 Name  Telephone Number
Reverend J. M. Watson

(01224) 622 470

Reverend G. D. Goldie (01224) 322 503
Registrar Office (01224) 522 616 or 522 617

Civil Wedding Ceremonies & Civil Partnership Ceremonies can only be carried out by the Registrar daily at either 2.00 pm or 4.00 pm

(Confirmation cannot be made unless a Minister/Registrar has agreed to conduct the ceremony).

Please note: That the David Welch Winter Gardens are not closed to the public during wedding ceremonies and photographic/audio visual sessions. However, signs are erected advising the public that a wedding ceremony is in progress and noise should be kept to a minimum.

4. Hours of Opening

Date  Hours of Opening
!st April to 30th April 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
1st May to 31st August 9.30 am – 7.30 pm 
!st September to 31st October 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
1st November to 31st March 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

If you wish to hold your Wedding Photographic/Audio Visual Session in the Duthie Park or one of the other parks, gardens or open spaces, you are required to book this separately.

The last Wedding Ceremony or Photographic/Audio Visual Session will take place 1 hour/ 1 hours/2 hours before closing time.

Please note: That should you wish to provide your own music on a CD for the ceremony, please ensure that this is in the order of play required and clearly marked. The CD should be submitted to the David Welch Winter Gardens prior to the date of your Wedding.

5. Other Events

Charges for other bookings in the David Welch Winter Gardens are as follows:

Event Type Fee
Small Non Commercial Photographic Sessions 20.00 for up to 2 hours 
Small Group Bookings 15.00 per hour
Private Functions (1-3 hours) 250.00
Private Functions (3-6 hours) 500.00

Private Functions require to be held outwith opening hours.

We would require you to contact us to discuss any of the above events.

6. Wedding Ceremonies in the Duthie Park Bandstand and City Parks

The charge for holding a Wedding Ceremony in the Duthie Park Bandstand or in a City Park is 250.00. This includes the set up of the area and in the event of bad weather, the David Welch Winter Gardens.

Please contact us for more information.

7. Payment Details

  • Payment is due within 14 days of provisional booking. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the booking.
  • Payment is non-refundable, except in the case of exceptionally bad weather during outdoor photographic/audio visual sessions on the day of the wedding. In such cases, claims must be submitted within 14 days of the event.
  • Cheques should be made payable to 'Aberdeen City Council'. Please do not send cash through the post.
  • If paying by cash, please call to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

8. Confirmation of Booking

When you have returned your completed application form along with appropriate payment, you will be sent a copy of the form as confirmation of the booking. This form should be taken with you on the day of the wedding.

Please note: That applicants must notify the Service of any change of address, telephone number, contact person on the day etc.

9. Hours of Opening

The hours of opening for the following parks, gardens and open spaces vary according to the time of year.

City Parks

  • Duthie Park
  • Hazlehead Park
  • Seaton Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Westburn Park
  • Beach and Queens Links/Kings Links

Local Parks

  • Rubislaw and Queens Terrace Gardens
  • Johnston Gardens*
  • Allan Park
  • Union Terrace Gardens
  • Bon Accord Terrace Gardens
  • Stewart Park

Neighbourhood Parks

  • Persley Walled Garden*

*Overlapping bookings for photographic/audio visual sessions are not permitted within Johnston Gardens and the Persley Walled Garden due to the size of these gardens.

Please note: That the use of confetti is NOT permitted within all parks, gardens and open spaces.

If you have booked one of the parks, gardens or open spaces for your Wedding Photographic/Audio Visual Session, you are able to book the David Welch Winter Gardens as an alternative venue in the event of bad weather at no extra charge.

8. David Welch Winter Gardens

  • Regular watering of the plants will take place in the David Welch Winter Gardens, which may result in the paths being wet.
  • Entrance to the David Welch Winter Gardens is normally via the rear car park (off Polmuir Road).
  • We allow you to have a toast with Champagne or drink of your choice on the condition that you remain within the Temperate House. You are not allowed outside the Temperate House during a Wedding Ceremony with alcohol.

The Council reserves the right to hold any other Events in the locality of the venue which has been booked.

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