WEDDING OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 19th MAY

greenacres bridge

We’re so excited because our Wedding Open Day is almost here. On Sunday 19thMay, we’ll be welcoming all you loved up couples into our woodlands and we can’t wait. If you’re looking for a fabulous wedding venue in glorious natural locations, you have to come and see us. So, put the date into your diary now and then read on…

Our Wedding Open Days are the perfect opportunity to find out more about weddings at GreenAcres. We’ll all be on hand to answer your questions and provide advice and you’ll also be able to see our beautiful ceremonial spaces set up for a wedding. We’ve also invited some of our favourite wedding suppliers along and we’re also offering 10% off the published price of all wedding packages over £1000 when you book on the day. What’s not to love?

wedding open day

As a little extra, we’re also running wedding workshops at Rainford, Colney and Chiltern during our Open Day. The brilliant Libby Ferris Flowers will help you get hands-on with table decorations at Colney. At Chiltern, Newhouse Farm Apiary will be inviting you to make homemade honey favours whilst Rainford goes boho. The Happy Hedgewitch will be showing you how to make fantastic on-trend dreamcatchers and these make great wedding decorations.

Our Open Days also give you the chance to wander through our woodlands and just relax. We know that wedding planning can be super busy so why not take this opportunity for a little time out? The woodlands are looking so beautiful at the moment so spend some time among the trees if you’d like. You might even find the perfect spot for your wedding day photographs.

couple in the woods

We’re also very happy to welcome your friends and family too. If you’d like to bring your nearest and dearest along to our Open Day, please do! We know that sometimes it’s great to get a second opinion or you might just like to show your parents or your wedding party where you’re getting married. We’d love to welcome you all.

Our Wedding Open Days start at 11am and end at 3pm so you can definitely take your time. There’s no need for an early alarm call and you don’t need to miss your Sunday lunch either. We like to keep things stress-free here at GreenAcres!

GreenAcres bride

Most importantly however, our Open Days give you the chance to really begin to see just how amazing and memorable a GreenAcres wedding can be. The surroundings, the team, the buildings, the wildlife and the atmosphere come together to create something very special. All we need to make it perfect is you.

GreenAcres Weddings are holding their May Wedding Open Day on Sunday 19thMay 11am – 3pm at ChilternColneyHeatherley Wood and RainfordIf you’d like to find out more, request a brochure or book a private showround at another time, just get in touch.

 

Images by Hannah Duffy

10 GREAT WEDDING BUDGET TIPS

Working to a budget when you’re wedding planning can be really tough. Things can cost more than you imagine they might and you’re sure to come across things as you plan that you’d not included in your initial plans. So, to help you work with your wedding budget and to make sure that planning your big day is as enjoyable as possible, we’ve put together this guide to making your money work for you. Here are ten great ways to stay on budget.

Wedding budget tips

  • From the outset, make sure that your wedding budget includes a contingency fund. Whatever the total is that you have to spend, only plan to spend 90% of the total. This means that you’ve got 10% ‘spare’ so when those little unexpected costs crop up or you realise that you’ve forgotten to include costs for posting all your invitations in your figures, you’ll have the cash to cover everything without having to cut back your spending in other areas. If you can to big day and there’s any money left over, treat yourself on honeymoon!
  • When you get quotes from suppliers, check that they include VAT (or confirm whether or not VAT will be payable before you decide to go ahead). Adding a hefty 20% to quotes can make something that looked affordable suddenly much more expensive.

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  • Remember that all the little things add up. We’ve already mentioned costs for posting invitations but making lots of ‘small’ purchases can really affect your total wedding spend. Before you click ‘buy’ on all those fabulous looking details that you see online, check your budget to make sure that you’ve got the money AND be sure that whatever you’re buying will work with your day.
  • If you’re investing in flowers and other decorations, make sure that you get the most from them. Move flowers from your ceremony to your reception, add fairy lights to daytime décor to give these details a new look for the evening and even let guests take flowers home at the end of the evening so they’re not wasted. Before you decide on your décor, work out if what you’re planning is good value.

Wedding DIY and budget advice

  • Do think about wedding DIY but if you’re hoping to save money by making things yourself, be sure to cost up your projects before you go ahead. Anything that needs a lot of equipment or specialist materials will incur costs so be sure that everything is in budget before you get crafty. Come along to our Open Days on Sunday 19thMay as we’ll be hosting a series of fabulous wedding workshops. Libby Ferris Flowers will be talking table decorations at Colney and Chiltern will be welcoming Newhouse Farm Apiary to show you how to make honey favours. The Happy Hedgewitch will be at Rainford, helping you to make on-trend dreamcatchers.
  • When you’re thinking about the budget for your wedding dress, remember to include alterations. These can be quite expensive and will often run into hundreds of pounds. Before you order your dress from your boutique, ask them for an estimate on alteration costs.
  • If you’ve really pushed the budget on your photographer, ask if they offer gift vouchers. You can then use these towards prints and albums. Add vouchers to your wedding gift list or even ask for them as birthday or Christmas presents.

wedding bouquet

  • Do your research before you book or buy. Have a look around for deals, sign up to newsletters if that will give you discounts on purchases, consider sample sales for your dress or investigate bulk-buy reductions on drinks. Give yourself time to check everything out and don’t rush any decisions that have financial consequences.
  • Be honest with suppliers about your budget. Most can adjust their plans to fit your budget if you’re clear how much you’re able to spend and being clear from the outset means that you’ll be given a quote that works for you and this is so much better than being given a list of fantastic ideas that you ultimately can’t afford.
  • Keep a track of what you spend! There’s no point in setting a budget and then paying no attention to it as you plan! Note what you spend and the costs of all suppliers and adjust your budget accordingly if you overspend in one area.

Remember what weddings are all about

Remember that ultimately, everything is optional. You don’t HAVE to spend a certain amount on your dress or flowers to make your day great. You don’t HAVE to buy your groomsmen and bridesmaids expensive gifts to show them that you love them and you don’t HAVE to have anything at all beyond a legal ceremony. Everything else is optional so plan a wedding that suits you and your budget.

At GreenAcres, we offer a super simple pricing structure for your wedding so you’ll know right from the start how much of your budget to allocate. Click hereto request our brochure or to arrange a time to visit one of our wonderful woodland wedding venues.

 

Images: Hannah Duffy

BEAUTIFUL WOODLAND WEDDING DETAILS

woodland

As spring has sprung at all our woodland wedding venues, we can’t stop thinking about weddings. This year, we’re absolutely in love with details. We love seeing all the little touches that couples bring to their weddings at GreenAcres. If you’re planning your big day and looking for some beautiful woodland-inspired wedding details, here are some of our favourites.

Woodland wedding details and ideas

woodland wedding stationery

Remember that the first hint guests will get about your wedding is your invitation. Why not opt for a stationery suite that has a distinctly outdoorsy vibe? They’ll be super keen to reply and share the day with you.

wedding dress details

Even if your ceremony is taking place indoors, add a little bit of nature to your wedding dress. We love these embellishments and they would be perfect for a woodland wedding.

woodland wedding flowers

When it comes to your flowers, go for seasonal blooms. We all love arrangements that are as natural as possible. Our woodlands look amazing right through the year but if you’re getting married in bluebell season, photos are essential.

woodland wedding signs

Recently, wedding signage has become super popular and it’s easy to see why. Not only are your signs a great detail but they’re also practical and can really help guests. Signs explain where to go and they set the scene for the day.

woodland wedding ceremony

Creating your own ceremony area, or an area for photos, is always a good idea. There’s so much that you can do to put your own personal stamp on the day.

Wedding details for your reception

table plan ideas

Working your wedding theme right through your day is essential and styled table plans will always grab everyone’s attention! Have some fun designing a table plan that works with your wedding theme and don’t be afraid to do something different.

wedding details with woodland animals

Incorporating a motif into your day and using it across all your wedding details is a great idea. For example, woodland animals can bring your place settings, table centres, table plans and even your wedding cake to life!

woodland wedding cakes

Speaking of wedding cake, go for a design that includes lots of woodland touches. From natural decorations to hand-painted flourishes and wooden cake stands, that lots to choose from. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you opting for a tower of doughnuts or a display of sweet treats if you prefer.

woodland wedding details

There’s really no end to the fantastic details that you can include in your woodland wedding. How about suspended foliage hoops and embroidered designs? Do you love macramé decorations, floral headpieces and large letters full of plants? The choice is yours. Enjoy planning all the details for your wedding – these are the things that make your day yours.

Don’t forget that we’re holding Open Days at our woodland wedding venues on Sunday 19thMay – for all the latest news, make sure that you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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