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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beech dell arrival of the bride

“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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beech dell real wedding Gemma matt

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Images: Benjamin Stuart Photography


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.


woodland wedding

After a glorious few months, it seems that summer is behind us. The GreenAcres woodlands are starting to change as autumn arrives and the days get shorter. Now that summer is over, it’s time to get on with planning you wedding without the distractions of sunshine and holidays. Wherever you are in the planning process, here are some essential wedding planning jobs to tackle this autumn.

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Your wedding planning jobs for autumn

  • You might not want to hear this but now’s the time to check your wedding budget. If you’ve bought anything over the summer or if you’ve received updated quotes from suppliers, now’s the time to update your figures. It’s so important to know where you are with your money so don’t forget to current your budget current. This might not be your favourite of the wedding planning jobs but it’s SO important.
  • We all know that the run up to Christmas can be busy so grab your diary and book in any appointments that you need. Whether you need a pre-wedding photo shoot or some time with your florist or venue, arrange the date sooner rather than later.
  • If you’ve been to any weddings and events over the summer that have made you change your plans, communicate these to your suppliers. You might have decided against round tables or you might now want a couple of extra group shots so update your suppliers if things have changed.
  • Keep an eye open for post-summer sales. Lots of wedding retailers, particularly online suppliers of details and decorations, hold end-of-season sales and you could make some great savings. Sign up for newsletters so you know when the sales kick in.

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An invitation to our autumn Open Day

  • If you’re looking to send out your invitations early in the new year, think about ordering your stationery in the next month or so. Stationers are usually very busy in the new year so get in early with your order and use the festive break to write your invitations.
  • Plan your wedding craft now and use the longer evenings to crack on with your projects. DIY becomes stressful when you’re short on time nearer the big day and that’s something to avoid. Get ahead now!
  • Now’s the time to get serious with your wedding dress shopping. If you’re getting married next summer and haven’t already ordered your gown, you need to soon. Wedding dresses usually take 6-9 months to arrive at the boutique once you’ve ordered and then you’ll need alterations. Give yourself plenty of time to find ‘the one’.
  • Finally, come along to our Open Day on Sunday 29th Chiltern, Colney and Rainford will all be open 11am – 3pm and, if you book on the day, you’ll receive a lovely 10% discount. Take a wander through the woodlands and fall in love with GreenAcres.

To find out more about woodland weddings at GreenAcres, do get in touch to request a brochure. If you’re not able to attend our Open Day, we’d be pleased to show you around one of our locations at another time. Contact us to arrange your personal appointment.


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