GreenAcres woodland weddings

Planning your wedding is a lot of fun. You get to try on dresses, taste cake and create a day that really reflects you. However, there are always a few things that crop up and these dilemmas are more common than you might think. So, if you’re wrestling with your table plan, don’t worry because you’re not alone! We’ve solved four wedding planning dilemmas for you so that you can get back to the good stuff as soon as possible.

One of the most important things to keep in mind during the whole wedding planning whirl is that things will happen. You might end up answering LOTS of questions from guests or dashing out on last-minute shopping trips. You could come down with a cold or order the wrong size shoes for your flowergirl. Whatever obstacles get in your way, don’t worry. Yes, they might be tricky to navigate in the short-term, but you’ll still make it to your wedding day, and you’ll love every minute.

But, if we can help you have a smoother run-up to the big day, we’d love to do just that. Read on for the solutions to four wedding planning dilemmas.

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Answers to your wedding planning dilemmas

1. Everything surrounding invitations can be tricky. When do you send them and what do you include? And what happens with RSVPs? Well, we suggest sending your invitations sooner rather than later, especially if you’ve not sent save the date cards. Your guests might be planning holidays, or they might need some notice to take time of work or arrange accommodation. Everyone will appreciate having plenty of time to plan and if any guest declines, you’ll also have time to invite someone else.

Include any information that you want with your invitations – gift list details, timings, local hotels and taxi firms for example. The more you can tell guests, the fewer questions you’ll receive! As for RSVPS, you’re sure to have some that are late so set your RSVP date to be a fortnight or so before you actually want final numbers. This gives you some wiggle room and will cut the stress around tardy replies.

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2. When it comes to weddings, money can be an uncomfortable subject. You know what style of wedding you’d like but you also know how much you can afford. We’re not here to tell you how much you should spend on your big day, but we would always urge you to be open and honest about your finances. If you set yourselves a budget, try really hard to stick to it. Record honestly how much you’re spending and remember to include everything from stamps and thank you gifts to favours and decorations. Our top tip is to include a 10-15% contingency in your budget so when you know how much you’ve got to spend, aim to spend less than this. This means that if any unexpected costs arise, you can cover them without cutting back in other areas or worrying how you’ll pay the bill.

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3. If you’re wondering who to include in your day, you’re not alone! Deciding who to include in your wedding party can be a really tough decision. You want people who you know will be utterly reliable, but you might also be under pressure to choose certain family members. Our advice is to think really carefully about who you want with you on the day and don’t issue any invitations until you’re absolutely sure. It’s really easy to get carried away and suddenly find that you’ve got eight bridesmaids and four people giving readings!

There are lots of ways that you can include people in your day.  So, think about the roles and responsibilities and choose friends and family who you know will be able to do the job. That said, remember that you can move away from tradition if you want. If the groom’s best friend just has to be the best man but hates the thought of public speaking, ask the groomsmen to give a speech or scrap it altogether. It’s you day so include who and what you like!

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Family wedding planning dilemmas

4. Finally, what should you do about family pressures and expectations? You’ll know that as soon as you announce your engagement, everyone will be telling you what to do or what to include. However, it’s important to remember that this is your wedding and you can create the day that works best for you. If you would like your mum to give you away, do it. If you’d like speeches before your meal, do it. In fact, whatever you’d like to do, we say ‘do it’!

One way around being stressed out by family expectations is to not tell them everything about your day. They might not like the thought of your theme or decorations but on the day, they’ll love them. If you don’t want to hear everyone’s opinions, don’t ask. Keep your plans to yourself and tell anyone who asks that you just want to surprise them on the day. Weddings are unique, personal and individual – sometimes that can be tough but it’s always worth it.

The teams at Colney, Chiltern and Rainford are always happy to help with any wedding planning dilemmas so come and visit us and know that we’re always on your side.


Images: Hannah Duffy


woodland weddings

There are lots of reasons for choosing a woodland wedding. You might love the feeling of being close to nature or the thought of doing something different. It could be that you’ve fallen for Beech Dell or perhaps an outdoor wedding has always been your dream. Whatever your reasons for choosing to take your vows among the trees, we want it to be fabulous. Here are our top tips for woodland weddings and if you’re planning your big day, you won’t want to miss these.

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Great tips for woodland weddings

  • Think about your footwear. Paths can be a little muddy after long periods of rain so plan ahead. Maybe you want sturdier shoes for your ceremony or perhaps having a second pair of shoes for photos and your reception is a good idea.
  • Don’t forget your guests! Heel protectors are great as they make it easy to walk on uneven paths in even the highest heels. You might want to hand these out to guests as they arrive.
  • Walking through the woodland on your wedding day is super romantic. However, you need to make sure that you look after your gown during these strolls. Ask your boutique to add a loop to your train so that you can carry it to avoid snagging.
  • Adding rugs to your ceremony area is a great idea. Not only does it look fab but you’ll also keep your dress clean when you stand on them!
  • If you’re disappearing into the woods for photos, you might also want to take something to stand on. A plain white sheet works perfectly.
  • Think about securing anything that might blow away in the wind. Even a light breeze can send papers or decorations flying. Hold readings and paperwork down with small stones and be sure that larger decorations are also secure.

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Practical tips for woodland weddings

  • Outdoor weddings can be affected by changes in the weather. Providing umbrellas or cosy blankets might be necessary, even during summer.
  • Covering wooden seats or benches with rugs or blankets will definitely help to protect guests’ outfits and this is also a great way to bring colour to your ceremony.
  • Be prepared to adjust things on the day if necessary. You might have hoped for a confetti shot as you leave the ceremony but if it’s raining or if the breeze is blowing in the wrong direction, you need to be adaptable. Sticking to your plan, whatever happens, isn’t always the best thing to do.
  • If you’re playing music during your woodland wedding, experiment to find the right volume so that it can be heard properly.
  • Similarly, anyone giving a reading should definitely practice so that they can be heard. You might want to consider microphones if you’re worried about guests missing parts of your ceremony.

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At GreenAcres, we’re experts in woodland weddings so if you’ve got a question or query, just ask the team! We’re always happy to help and we’ll do everything we can to make sure your day is just how you imagined. Get in touch for our brochure or to arrange a visit to one of our woodland wedding venues.

Images: Rebecca Goddard


GreenAcres woodland weddings

We have such a treat for you right here! Gemma and Matt held their wedding in Beech Dell at GreenAcres Chiltern recently and it was absolutely brilliant. As you’ll see from these gorgeous images, a Beech Dell real wedding really is a beautiful, special thing. Gemma’s shoes, Matt’s suit, the decorations and so much love – this was an unforgettable day for the Chiltern team.

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Notes from a Beech Dell real wedding…

“We wanted somewhere different for our wedding. Once we heard about the plans for Beech Dell, we knew it would be perfect for us. We signed up before it was even built! When we visited an Open Day and were doubly assured when we met the team, we knew everything would run smoothly.”

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“We wanted a colourful, informal and fun wedding. Flowers came from gardens and allotments, mixed with foliage and the occasional pineapple! We filled the day with flora, colour and candour plus an eclectic soundtrack and eccentric ceremony readings. Our day was all about eighty of our family and friends in a gorgeous setting. Plus, it was also one of those rare weddings where the bride turned up early!” 

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“If we were to give any words of advice to future couples, we would say agree early on in the planning process what’s important to you. There’s so much pressure to do ‘traditional’ things but don’t be pushed into anything to keep up appearances. Be clear about what you want – it’s easier to make decisions when you have a vision for the day.”

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What we loved…

We absolutely LOVED Gemma and Matt’s fabulous wedding. Gemma’s Grace Loves Lace dress with a custom skirt by Tina Waller Bridal was a big hit. Matt’s bespoke grey double-breasted suit by King & Allen was another highlight – check out that bright orange lining!

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beech dell real wedding groom

Beryl’s Vintage Hire supplied those amazing green vases and the neutral coloured blankets that sat over the wooden benches and we have to mention those rugs that lined the aisle. Such a great finishing touch.

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woodland wedding rugs

It was also a joy to host Gemma and Matt’s ‘fizz and pastries’ drinks reception at GreenAcres after their ceremony before they headed off for their village hall reception. We hear this included yummy treats by Rachel’s Event Catering plus puddings made by family and friends. What a deliciously delightful day!

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beech dell real wedding Gemma matt

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Images: Benjamin Stuart Photography