10 DIYS FOR A WOODLAND WEDDING

At GreenAcres, we LOVE seeing all the ways our fabulous couples personalise their weddings. One of the best ways to add unique touches to your day is with a little bit of wedding craft. Making something that’s a real one-off can be a lot of fun and wedding DIY is super popular right now. Today, we’re sharing ten wedding makes that are perfect for your woodland wedding

  1. Leaf confetti – let’s start with a really easy DIY. All you need to do is grab yourself a leaf-shaped hole-punch and get busy! You can use either coloured papers or even real leaves to create your confetti. What could be simpler?
  2. Table plan – gather some logs, write guest names on one end and stack them up to create a really brilliant table plan. Yes, wedding DIY can be that easy! Decorate the table with pinecones, flowers or other woodland touches and you’ll have a table plan that looks amazing.
  3. Lantern/candle backdrop – Stand a lots of logs of various sizes on their ends in a group to make a totally on-theme backdrop. Add in big candles and lanterns for an atmospheric finishing touch.

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  1. Signs – every wedding needs a sign to point guests in the right direction and again, these are an easy make. Just attach length of wood to a post and add on whatever details you like.
  2. Top table garland – stringing fir cones on a length of twine makes a great garland and when this is hung along your top table, it’s rustic brilliance. You could add flowers, a branch or length of wood and candles in little terracotta pots for an organic flourish.
  3. Table centrepiece – creating your own tablecentres with stacks of wooden slices is another fab wedding DIY. Use pieces of varying heights and thickness to give a different look on each table and then add flowers, table numbers and details for extra personalisation.
  4. Cake stand – again, wooden slices make great cake stands and you’ll find a really easy to follow tutorial here. This is perfect for individual cupcakes or desserts and it also makes a lovely wedding keepsake too.

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  1. Place card holder – Making place card holders for your woodland wedding is another speedy DIY. All you need are lengths of twig and a glue gun. Stick the lengths together and stand the place card in between.
  2. Guest log – A rustic take on a guest book where you simply ask guests to sign a wood slice. You can add on text or illustrations yourself and even craft a little explanatory sign for guests too.
  3. Ring box – not the simplest DIY we admit but if you’d like to test your woodworking prowess, this is the one for you. The finished box can be carried by a best man or ring bearer or even passed around your guests as part of a ring-warming ceremony.

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There are lots more ideas on our Pinterest boards and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. If you’d like to come and get inspired in our woodlands, do make an appointment to visit us soon.

 

Credits:

Image 1: Left Mark Tattersall on Boho Weddings | Top Right Wildflower Favours | Bottom Right Emily Wren on Ruffled

Image 2: Top Left Alexa Loy on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Top Right Razzleberry Photography on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Bottom Left via Deer Pearl Flowers | Bottom Right Rustic Wedding Chic

Image 3: Left Etsy | Top Right via Happy Wedd | Bottom Right Martha Stewart Weddings

A BLUEBELL INSPIRED WEDDING THEME

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At GreenAcres Woodland Weddings, we’re famous for our bluebells. Our woods are full of them at this time of year and everything looks so wonderful. If you choose to hold your wedding with us in spring, the beauty in the woodlands might well inspire you so we thought today, we’d share some ideas for a bluebell inspired wedding theme…

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A Bluebell Colour Palette

Blue has long been associated with weddings thanks to the ‘something old, something new’ rhyme. However, over the last few years, it’s become popular again for couples planning their wedding colour palettes. In fact, the colour experts at Pantone chose Serenity Blue as one of their favourite tones for spring just last year and this works perfectly for our bluebell theme.

Alongside your blue, fresh whites, dove greys and even beiges, greens and hints of gold are the best partners in your wedding colour scheme. Think of bridesmaids in fab blue dresses or blue and white separates whilst guys can wear crisp white shirts, cool blue ties and suits in grey, beige or darker blue suit for more summery days.

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Wildflower Decorations

When it comes to your flowers and wedding decorations, a rustic look is definitely the way forward. Unstructured, loose and wild bouquets are so on trend and really reflect the natural beauty of our woodland wedding venues. For guys, buttonholes with spring flowers look fabulous, especially when they’re finished with a little wrap of blue ribbon or a length of twine.

If you’re looking to make a statement then a large floral arch will bring the wow factor to your wedding for sure. Use a lot of foliage to cut costs and reflect the natural beauty of the woodland and then use one or two floral additions around the corners of the arch. This will make an amazing backdrop to your ceremony and it’s great for photos too.

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Bluebell Wedding Ideas

To really bring your bluebell wedding theme to life, why not add a few more details to your wedding? Bluebell seeds make delightful wedding favours and in the Victorian language of flowers, bluebells ‘convey respect and unwavering devotion to the one you love’ which makes them rather perfect for weddings!

Add in more blue details to your wedding tables with blue glassware or blue patterned plates. Don’t go overboard with blue details though – too much can look a little cold so add in plenty of softer colours, textures and patterns.

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Finally, don’t forget to make sure that your wedding day schedule includes lots of time for photographs. Our bluebell woods make the most memorable setting for romantic photos…

To find out more about weddings at GreenAcres or to arrange a time to visit our woodlands, do get in touch! In the meantime, there are woodland wedding ideas galore over on our Pinterest boards so why not take a look?

 

Credits:

Image 1: Left Kate Gray on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Top Right Ryan Ray on Style Me Pretty | Bottom Right via Invitations by Ajalon

Image 2: Top Left Heather Nan on Want That Wedding | Top Right Jen Huang on Chic Vintage Brides | Bottom Left via Pinterest | Bottom Right Ben Yew Photography on Hello May

Image 3: Left Mark Tattersall on Boho Weddings | Top Right Anatasia Belik on Deer Pear Flowers | Bottom Right Sarah Hannam on B.Loved

Image 4: Top Left LV Imagery | Top Right Invitations by Ajalon | Bottom Left Hello Love Photography on Wedding Chicks | Bottom Right Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling

10 WAYS TO PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

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There’s no doubt about it – your wedding ceremony is the highlight of your wedding day. The moment that you say your vows in front of your friends and family really is what all the planning is about. We all spend so much time personalising the rest of the wedding day but why not make your ceremony unique too? Here are our top ten ideas for creating a wedding ceremony that’s truly yours…

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Start before the ceremony

  1. To get everyone chatting before the ceremony, why not start proceedings with a drinks reception? Yes, these are often after the ceremony but simply offering guests a fab fruity mocktail, a seasonal soft drink or even just tea and coffee can make a big difference to the atmosphere. Any guest who’s travelled to be with you will really appreciate this thoughtful touch.
  2. Decorating your ceremony space is just as important as decorating your reception. Everyone’s attention will be looking at where you’ll be standing so some decorations to provide a great backdrop or add some touches of colour will definitely be noticed. Don’t forget that these can be moved to your reception too!
  3. Orders of Ceremony not only guide guests through the ceremony, they can also give them more information about the rest of the day itself. If you’re travelling on to another venue after you’ve taken your vows, you could include directions, a map and the all-important postcode for sat-navs! Timings for the rest of the day can also be really helpful too.

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A unique wedding ceremony

  1. It’s traditional for guests to sit on separate ‘sides’ during the wedding ceremony to show which side of the family they’re with. Given that most couples share so many friends and lots of families know each other before the wedding, why not mix up the seating? Let guests ‘choose a seat, not a side’ and encourage everyone to mingle.
  2. Brides used to be ‘given away’ by their fathers but now, there really are no rules about ‘walking up the aisle’. Some couples walk in together, some brides are escorted by their Mothers or another close relative, some walk in on their own. It’s totally up to you.
  3. The music that you choose for your wedding ceremony will really have a big impact on the feeling of the day. Live music is ace or you can simply prep a playlist on your iPod. Do check your music choice with your registrar or celebrant before the day and make sure that whoever is playing DJ knows what piece to play at what moment!

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Making your wedding ceremony special

  1. The thought of writing your own wedding vows might sound scary but trust us when we tell you that you’ll be so glad you did! Making a personal promise to your partner, expressing how you feel in your own way is very special indeed. Again, run your choice of words past your registrar or celebrant and, if you’re really stuck, there’s lots of help online.
  2. Readings can also bring a ceremony alive. You can choose classical poetry, elegant prose, funny verse or even lines from you favourite books. Your officiant will need to know what you’ve chosen and don’t forget to thank whoever gives the readings in your speeches later on – it’s a big job!
  3. If your officiant allows, you can also borrow a tradition for your wedding ceremony. Lots of couples light a candle together but if you’ve chosen a celebrant led ceremony, the world is your oyster! How about a handfasting ceremony or a sand ceremony or even something that links with who you are and your family history? Take a look at Wild & Oak for more information.
  4. Think about where you’re going to look when you take your vows! This one might sound silly but there are plenty of couples that look at the officiant as they’re repeating the magic words, not at their partner who they’re actually speaking too! To include your guests a little more, why not face them as you say ‘I do’…

If you’d like any advice about your woodland wedding and the options available to you at GreenAcres, just ask us when you come to visit. We’ll be happy to help you and we’d love to hear about your plans. Just get in touch to arrange a date and time and we’ll see you among the trees.

 

Credits:

Header: Hannah Duffy Photography

Image 1: Left ANA NYC on Style Me Pretty | Right Kate Osborne Photography on Brit + Co

Image 2: Left Alexa Loy on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Right via Deer Pearl Flowers

Image 3: Left Chris Isham on Wedding Sparrow | Right Alexandra Grace Photography on Wedding Sparrow