Farm Weddings: An Illegal Rural Tradition?

If your friends and family have been telling you for years that your farm would make for an idyllic wedding spot, make sure you check your town’s zoning bylaws before you set up the big top and roll out the lace bunting.  In its recent 4-1 decision of Forster d/b/a Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm & Gift Shoppe v. Town of Henniker, the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that “weddings and like events are not accessory uses” to a Christmas tree farm and that hosting such events was not a permitted use in the Town’s rural residential district.

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