TOP TIPS FOR WOODLAND WEDDINGS

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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

A BEECH DELL REAL WEDDING – GEMMA & MATT

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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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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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Images: Benjamin Stuart Photography

WEDDING SUPPLIERS – QUESTIONS FOR THEM ALL

The wedding suppliers that you choose to work with are absolutely key. You want people to work with people who you feel comfortable with and who understand your vision for the day. You also want suppliers who fit your budget and give you confidence. Of course, when you book, there are lots of questions to ask but there are some that are really important. These are the questions to ask ALL of your wedding suppliers.

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Questions for your wedding suppliers

These are the questions that you really must ask all of your wedding suppliers BEFORE you book. There are no right and wrong answers to these questions but it’s crucial and you have all the information that you need before you sign contracts. Wedding suppliers are always happy to answer your queries so don’t feel awkward, it’s much better to check the details now!

  • Are you available on our date? – This has to be the most important question to ask but you’d be amazed how many couples don’t! It also shows the importance of deciding on your date (and probably your venue) before you start looking at other suppliers.
  • Is the price that you’ve quoted fully inclusive? – This is possibly the most important question to ask because extras can cause big problems to your budget. It’s crucial that you know if travel fees might apply or if your supplier will want food and drink or if VAT will be added.
  • Are you insured? – Talking about insurance might not be as exciting as discussing your plans but it’s something that you need to know. Public liability insurance is a must-have so ask to see a copy of their certificate if you need.
  • Will you be with us on the day? – If you’ve built a rapport with someone, you probably want them by your side on the big day. The majority of wedding suppliers are small businesses, but larger concerns might allocate staff to you once you book. Find out who’ll be your contact.

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And ask your wedding suppliers these questions too…

  • What’s your experience with weddings? – We know that everyone has to start somewhere but experience is important. Suppliers who’ve worked on weddings before are used to the intricacies of the occasion and can offer advice as well as being able to react to anything that crops up on the day.
  • Have you worked at our venue before? – There’s no doubt about it, for some suppliers, knowing the ins and outs of a venue can be really helpful. A photographer might know some great photographic locations, or a caterer might understand the layout of the building for example. However, suppliers are very adaptable and will go out of their way to find out what they need to know so even if they haven’t worked at your venue before, don’t dismiss them. Instead, ask if they’ll visit the venue before the day to learn more.
  • Is there anything you want to ask us? – Your suppliers might have some questions for you so give them an opportunity to ask them. Their questions might prompt you to think about certain things and, let’s be honest, talking about your wedding is always lovely!

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At GreenAcres, we don’t tell you which suppliers to work with and we don’t restrict your choices. However, we do have a brilliant selection of trusted suppliers that we’re happy to recommend and you’ll find these in our brochure. Get in touch to request your copy now.

 

Images: Rebecca Goddard Photography. For more credits, click here.