Weddings, functions and photo sessions in parks

Our parks offer a special setting for your wedding ceremony or photo session. 

You can book the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park for civil and religious wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies. Seating is available for up to 70 guests - 50 in the main ceremony area and 20 in the upper level of the ceremony area.

The booking fee depends on how long you wish to hire the venue for: 

Duration of booking Fee
1 hour £70 (minimum booking fee)
1½ hours £95
2 hours £120

These charges include the use of the Winter Gardens for the ceremony and a photo/audio visual session. Please note that the Council do not provide a photographer or audio visual technician. If you'd like to hire the facility for more than two hours, please contact us to discuss the fee. 

Please note that the Winter Gardens are not closed to the public during wedding ceremonies and photo or audio visual sessions. However, signs are put up advising people that a wedding ceremony is in progress and asking them to keep noise to a minimum.

If you wish to to provide your own music on a CD for the ceremony, please make sure this is in the order of play required and clearly marked. You should provide the CD to staff at the Winter Gardens before the day of the ceremony.

You can also hold a a wedding ceremony in the Duthie Park bandstand. The charge for this is £250. This includes the set up of the area and in the event of bad weather, the Winter Gardens.

We cannot confirm your booking unless a minister or registrar has agreed to conduct the ceremony.  

Civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies can only be carried out by the Registrar daily at either 2pm or 4pm. Contact the Registrars

Opening hours

The Winter Gardens are open as follows: 

Date Opening hours
1 April to 30 April 9.30am to 5.30pm
1 May to 31 August 9.30am to 7.30pm
1 September to 31 October 9.30am to 5.30pm
1 November to 31 March 9.30am to 4.30pm

Ceremonies and photo sessions must finish before closing time. If you wish to have your photo or audio-visual session outside in another part of Duthie Park, please book this separately. 

Other events

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

Event type Fee
Small non-commercial photo sessions £20 for up to 2 hours
Small group bookings £15 per hour
Private functions (1 to 3 hours) £250
Private functions (3 to 6 hours) £500

Private functions must be held outwith opening hours. Please contact us to discuss holding any of the above events in the Winter Gardens. 

Map

You can download a map of the Winter Gardens below:

You can hold a wedding or civil partnership ceremony in any of the parks in Aberdeen. Please contact us to discuss requirements. The charge for holding a wedding ceremony in a park is £250.

If you'd like to have your wedding photos taken in one of the parks, you need to book this in advance. Prices start from £25.

If you have booked one of the parks, gardens or open spaces for your wedding photo or audio visual session, you can book the Winter Gardens in Duthie Park as an alternative venue in the event of bad weather at no extra charge.

For Johnston Gardens and the Persley Walled Garden, only one photo or audio visual session can be booked in at a time due to the size of the gardens.

Please note that the use of confetti is not allowed in any parks, gardens and open spaces.

Charges for photo or audio visual sessions

Please note, the Council do not provide a photographer or audio visual technician. 

Duration of booking Fee
30 minutes £25 (minimum booking fee)
1 hour £35
2 hours £50
Half day £75
Full day £100

The above charges only cover the use of the facility, any other requirements will be negotiated and charged separately. If you would like to hire the space for more than one day, please contact us to discuss a fee. 

Opening hours

The opening hours for parks, gardens and open spaces vary according to the time of year. Please see the pages below for more information: 
Duthie Park
Hazlehead Park
Seaton Park 
Other local parks

To make a booking, please download and complete the form below: 


Please get in touch if you have any questions. You can visit our office or phone the number below between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. 

Lorna Paul
Administration Assistant
Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
David Welch Winter Gardens
Duthie Park
Polmuir Road
Aberdeen
AB11 7TH
01224 585310
lopaul@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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.

Confirmation of booking

When you have returned your completed application form along with the appropriate payment, we will send you a copy of the form as confirmation of the booking. You should bring this copy with you on the day of the wedding.

If any of your contact details change after you have made the booking, you must let us know as soon as possible. 

David Welch Winter Gardens

  • Regular watering of the plants takes 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 stay in the Temperate House. You are not allowed outside the Temperate House with alcohol during a wedding ceremony.

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


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