CONGRATULATIONS & A BIG HELLO!

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Christmas and New Year is such an exciting time. It’s also the time of year when LOTS of loved up couples get engaged and start to plan. If you’re newly engaged and have found GreenAcres, let us say a big hello to you. Let us offer our congratulations and introduce ourselves to you both. If we could offer you a glass of champagne right now, we absolutely would. It’s time to get excited – your wedding starts here!

Welcome to GreenAcres

Imagine your wedding among the trees. Beautiful, serene and peaceful woodlands around the UK are idyllic venues for your wedding ceremony. In spring, bluebells bloom beneath your feet and in summer, the canopies of trees are at their best. The autumnal colours at GreenAcres are amazing and frosty winter days are just magical. Whatever the season, our woodlands are always ready for weddings.

You can find out more about our woodlands at Rainford, Colney and Chiltern here. Chiltern is home to Beech Dell and you can see more of our fabulous outdoor wedding venue here and here.

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Your wedding

At GreenAcres, you can make your ceremony truly your own and there are many ways that you can personalise your day. Perhaps you might like to welcome your guests with drinks and entertainment. Alternatively, you could opt for celebratory cocktails and canapés after your ceremony. You can choose to take your vows among the trees or in our award-winning buildings and, of course, the woodlands make a stunning backdrop for photographs. The choice is completely yours and we’ll be very happy to introduce you to our preferred suppliers. These talented pros can help with everything you might need during your time with us and even when you leave us for your reception.

When you decide to host your wedding at GreenAcres, you’ll enjoy exclusive venue hire, a choice of locations for your ceremony, the assistance of a GreenAcres wedding coordinator before your wedding day and for the duration of your hire in addition to many other benefits.

Our approach

We absolutely love weddings here at GreenAcres and our teams at Chiltern, Colney and Rainford always work their socks off for our couples. Whether you need some advice, a few ideas or recommendations or inside information on the best spots in the woodland for photos, they’ll help you with everything they can.

If the thought of a woodland wedding has made you smile, get in touch. We’d love to send you our brochure and we’d be thrilled to show you around if you’d like to visit. In the meantime, why not browse our blog? With features about 2020 wedding trends, wedding planning dilemmas, questions for wedding suppliers and gorgeous real weddings, there’s a lot to enjoy.

Congratulations again and we all wish you the very best for a fantastic wedding.

 

Images by Hannah Duffy

2020 WEDDING TRENDS

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With the new decade just around the corner, we’re going to share our favourite 2020 wedding trends. These are the wedding ideas that we’ll be seeing a lot of in the new year and we can’t wait. From dried flowers and new neutrals to neon lights and embellished veils, we love them all. If you want to add a few new details and hot wedding trends to your day, read on.

Bridal fashion trends for 2020

We’ll start with bridal fashion because we LOVE wedding dresses here at GreenAcres. In 2020, there will be a lot of historical influence. Think of wedding dresses with a Victorian vibe through to gowns with big, billowing sleeves in a 70s style, gowns have had a makeover. Lace will still feature but it patterns will be bolder and less delicate. Nude will be the new blush and bows will be big big BIG! When it comes to veils, embellishments will be everywhere and combs and barrettes are the hair accessory of choice.

bridal fashion trends 2020

Wedding colours for the new year

If you want to move on from pale pinks and greens or the all-white wedding, there are new colour palettes in town. For a neutral look, caramels, taupes and wispy browns are perfect for 2020. If you’re feeling braver, stronger, warmer shades are just what you need. Think about oranges, rusts and deep tones.

wedding trends 2020

For the past few years, watercolours have been a big inspiration and in the new year, we’re moving on. Bolder, brighter shades and fine art and oil painting influence stationery and dresses. This is a great look for summer that brings a bit more strength to the traditional pastel shades.

wedding trends for 2020

Wedding trends for 2020

To bring your wedding bang up to date, here are a few ideas and wedding trends that you might like to include in your 2020 celebration:

  • Dried grasses and flowers will be super popular in 2020. Think about structural pieces to line your aisle.
  • Boozy ice pops are the perfect addition to your summer drinks reception. Base them on your favourite cocktails for extra fun.
  • Cakes will come with colour this year. Either plainly coloured or adored with brushstroke inspired decorations if you’ve embraced the masterpiece trend.
  • Make the most of the outdoor spaces at your venue by creating al fresco seating areas. Hire sofas and chairs that your guests won’t be able to resist curling up in.

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More details for 2020

  • Wedding signage is a bit of a big day essential. Give yours the modern touch by working with Perspex rather than wood.
  • Tablecentres will be tall in 2020 so add taper candles rather than tea lights to your table. Beautifully coloured, towering candles look absolutely wonderful.
  • 2020 couples will be adding lots of lighting to their weddings. Neon signs, lots of fairylights, draped lights and hanging installations will all be popular. Use lighting to change the look of your wedding from ceremony to evening reception.
  • Grazing tables are ideal for interactive food service. They are perfect icebreakers for your drinks reception so that guests can chat as they help themselves.

new ideas for weddings in 2020

To start planning your wedding at GreenAcres, do get in touch. We’d love to show your around our woodlands and we’d be thrilled to send your our brochure. Whether you’re aiming for a wedding in 2020 or beyond, we’re here to help.

 

Images

One: top left Mariel Hannah on Ruffled | top right via Bride Diaries | bottom left via Wedding Forward | bottom right Wtoo by Watters on Bride Magazine

Two: top left Idle Wild Floral | top right Lighthouse Photography on Xenia Motif | bottom left Isaiah + Taylor Photography on Green Wedding Shoes | bottom right via Pinterest

Three: top left Heather Waraksa on Brides | top right Ryann Lindsey on Ruffled | bottom left Sylvie Gil on Ruffled | bottom right Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu on Ruffled

Four: top left Gianny Campos Photography on MOD Wedding | top right via Modern Wedding | bottom left Brandon Kidd on Ruffled | bottom right Kreate Photography on Wedding Wire

Five: top left Naomi Kenton | top right Amy Kate Photography on Ruffled | bottom left Karra Leigh Photography on Junebug Weddings | bottom right Ashleigh Haase on Ruffled

COSY WINTER WEDDING DETAILS

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At this time of year, we all want to get cosy. So, if you’re planning a winter wedding, what could be better than including lots of cosy details in your day? From indulgent food to seasonal touches, there are so many ways that you can bring that cosy feeling to your wedding. We’ve chosen some of our favourite winter wedding details for you and if you want your wedding to be warming with a hint of hygge, read on.

How to create a cosy winter wedding

A cosy winter wedding should wrap guests up in a warming hug the moment that they arrive. Think about including rich and warm colours with lots of natural details for maximum impact. Silver sparkles are out but if you want a touch of luxe, golden touches are absolutely perfect.

As with all things in winter, layers work really well if you’re looking to create a cosy feeling. Whether you hang blankets over chair backs, add cushions to seating areas or just wear a snug wrap or knit for your wedding photos, layers add lots of interest and make you feel instantly snuggly.

cosy winter wedding ideas

To create a really cosy winter wedding, keep everything as natural as possible. Use lots of seasonal blooms and foliage plus details such as pine cones and mistletoe. Bare wooden tables are perfect in winter as these look so much warmer than those covered with white linen. If you want to add cloths and napkins, make sure they’re in warm colours.

Lighting is another super important ingredient in your cosy wedding. You don’t want harsh overhead lights so think about candles and fairylights. When it comes to lighting your winter wedding, there’s nothing more romantic than a candlelit wedding ceremony or dinner. Embrace the shorter darker days!

Winter wedding details

The wedding feast is always a central part of your day and that’s definitely true in winter. Include lots of warming drinks such as mulled wine, winter Pimms or even rich hot chocolates. For your food, hearty meals are a must-have or for an on-trend touch, opt for a grazing table that’s groaning with all your favourite seasonal foods.

winter wedding food and drink

If you want to make sure that people feel cosy right throughout the day, add in lots of little touches that are all about the season. Baskets of blankets are always brilliant, particularly if guests are going to be outside at any point and cosy favours are fabulous too. How about warming socks to be worn at home or personalised mugs for winter drinks?

Feeling cosy?

When you send out your wedding invitations, make sure that your guests start to feel cosy. Rich coloured envelopes, luxurious wax seals and wraps of velvet ribbon are all indulgent without being too over the top. You can carry these ideas through to your wedding day too. Add more seals to your place cards and menus and finish favours with ribbon.

winter wedding details

The dictionary says that cosy is ‘snuggly warm and comfortable’ so keep that in mind as you plan your day and give your guests a day they’ll never forget. Cosy winter weddings really are the best!

 

Credits:

One: top left Elena Popa Photo on Instagram | top centre  on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | top right via Tulle & Chantilly | centre left Bohemian Wedding UK on Boho Weddings | centre on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | centre right Debs Alexander Photo on Instagram | bottom left via Wild & Grizzly | bottom centre Jurgitos Dizainas on Country House Wedding Venues | bottom right via Pinterest

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