Hannah & James The Barn at South Milton

Ceremonies at The Barn


There are lots of different options available to you regarding your wedding ceremony.  Some couples get married in the traditional way in the local Church and then come back to The Barn for their wedding celebration.  However, a growing number of couples prefer not to have a church wedding and instead have a ceremony at The Barn.

Is The Barn licenced for Civil Ceremonies? 

Unfortunately, The Barn isn’t licenced to hold civil ceremonies here, however, please see below some alternative options…

For the legal side of things, most couples go to the Register Office in Kingsbridge a few days prior to their wedding here, to get the legal paperwork out of the way.  For their Register Office ceremony, couples normally just invite their close family and a few friends.  The Register Office ceremony is usually followed by a meal and a few drinks.  Then in addition to this, couples then have their 'meaningful' ceremony here at The Barn in front of all their

family and friends, either in the paddock overlooking the sea or inside The Barn if the weather is bad.  This is then followed by their celebration here, with reception drinks and canapes and then their meal and an evening celebration all at The Barn.

Alternatively, some couples choose a Register Office Ceremony on the same day as their celebration here, and then back to The Barn for their wedding celebration, with no ceremony here.

Who will conduct my Ceremony at The Barn?


Because it isn’t your legal ceremony, the ceremony you hold here at The Barn can be conducted by whoever you want, it can even be a family friend or relative (which is lovely and personal, and also keeps the cost down!).  However, if you want someone professional to conduct your ceremony here, please see below a list of local celebrants, (including Humanist Celebrants).

What is a Humanist Celebrant?

A humanist, non-religious wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want and how you want. There’s no set script: it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, each wedding is tailored to meet the particular couple’s requirements. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music.

Humanist weddings are perfect for couples who would like:

  • A meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious

  • To marry outdoors or at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings

  • The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is unique to them

  • To get to know the person who will be conducting their wedding

  • To celebrate their marriage with family and friends but without legally registering it – perhaps they have already undertaken the formalities overseas, for example.