Looking for a unique venue for your upcoming wedding? If you’re a fan of the outdoors or are looking for an intimate setting, consider getting married in a park.
As with any wedding venue, there are pros and cons to park weddings. It’s hard to beat a beautiful outdoor setting and often the natural beauty means you can save money on decorations for the venue. If saving money sounds good to you, the affordable rental cost for the venue is pretty tempting too. However, to make sure your day is perfect it’s important to be prepared for possible pitfalls. Things like bad weather, insects or conflicts don’t need to disrupt your day if you’ve laid the groundwork and are prepared.
In Fargo, wedding ceremonies are permitted at two beautiful parks. Get married in the heart of beautiful downtown at Fargo’s oldest park. The gazebo at Island Park is available for rentals and is a beautiful place to hold a ceremony. If you’re looking for more variety, consider one of the venues in Trollwood Park. Trollwood Park has 5 different venues available for wedding rentals that can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,000 people. Planning to hold your ceremony elsewhere and simply looking for a unique reception venue? The Fargo Park District has a variety of rental options to fit your needs.
When planning your park wedding ceremony in Fargo, consider the following:
- Secure your site: In Fargo, rental reservations are accepted for the year beginning on January 2nd. This means you’re not able to reserve your site more than a year in advance. Payment is due when making your reservation. The Fargo Park District has a no refund policy.
- Rain or Shine: If Mother Nature is having a bad day, it may translate into a rain-soaked ceremony site. Keep this in mind when planning your ceremony. While the majority of potential park ceremony sites in Fargo include a shelter or covered space that will help keep you dry in case of rain, not all do. The Fargo Park District also does not allow tents regardless of weather conditions.
- Can everyone hear: If you are planning to rent a PA system or have amplified sound, you may be subject to additional permits through the Fargo Police Department depending on the location of your venue. Be sure to ask about the noise ordinance when finalizing your rental.
- Finding the way: Let guests know where to find you by including detailed directions with your invitations. Be specific about where they should assemble: “The Barn Stage located in the east part of Trollwood Park”—not “Trollwood Park.” Posting free standing signs in the park is allowed, but they must be removed immediately following the ceremony.
- Have a seat: The shelters and most of the covered spaces include picnic tables as part of the rental. These tables cannot be removed from the venue for a ceremony. The outdoor sites such as Trollwood Barn Stage and Amphitheater and Island Park Gazebo do not have seating provided. Chairs can be rented from an outside rental company and carried in from the parking lot.
- Toasting the happy couple: Alcohol is not allowed at the Island Park Gazebo, Trollwood Park Amphitheatre and Barn Stage. If you’d like to have a toast to the happy couple at the Trollwood Park Mega Shelter, West Gazebo, or Art Mart you will need to secure a Group Consumption Permit for an additional $25 fee.
- Timing is everything: When planning the time of day for you wedding, keep in mind the time needed for set up, clean up and photos. Island Park Gazebo only rents for the full day. However, the 5 sites at Trollwood can be rented for the full day or for a half day (10 am-3 pm or 4-9 pm). If you rent for only a half day, keep in mind that there may be another rental before your or after you. You will not be able to come early to take pictures or set up nor will you be able to stay late to tear down, so plan your time accordingly.
- Setting the scene: The natural beauty that will surround your venue provides a picturesque backdrop for your happy day. The same lovely scenery that has drawn you to have your wedding in this place also inspires members of the public to enjoy a day in the park. There may be neighborhood children playing at the playground, families enjoying a round of disc golf or friends taking a stroll through the park throughout the day.
If one of these locations sounds perfect for you, contact the Fargo Park District offices to ask about availability and regulations for the park. You can find the rental form with venue details and fees on fargoparks.com.