OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES – PLANNING TIPS

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With the opening of Beech Dell at Chiltern, we can’t stop thinking about outdoor wedding ceremonies. There’s something so magical about taking your vows outside and our woodlands are perfect for weddings. If you’re planning your outdoor ceremony or if you’ve fallen in love with Beech Dell, we’ve got all you need to know right here. Don’t miss these essential wedding planning tips for outdoor ceremonies.

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Outdoor wedding ceremonies – planning tips

In many ways, planning your outdoor ceremony is just like planning a ceremony that takes place inside. However, there are a few things that you definitely need to keep in mind. Here’s a great checklist covering all the important points:

  • Make sure that your guests can find your outdoor ceremony with some easy-to-follow signs that will point them in the right direction
  • Think about the paths that guests will take to reach your ceremony. Will any of your guests have trouble walking to reach your chosen spot? If so, let us know and we can help
  • The trees provide a beautiful shady canopy, even on the hottest days but just think about where you’ll be standing during your ceremony so you’re not in full sun. If you’ve having live music during your ceremony, the performers will also need a shady area
  • Unlike indoor ceremonies, sound can almost get lost in the woodlands, so you need to make sure that everyone hears the ceremony. Think about how you’ll arrange your seating, so no one is too far away. Also, ask anyone giving readings to practice reading in a slightly louder voice than normal. If you’re really worried you won’t be heard, consider hiring microphones

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Outdoor wedding ceremonies – things to remember

  • On a hot day, guests will really appreciate it if there’s water available at your ceremony. Fill a container with ice and add some bottles of water so that guests can help themselves. Don’t forget to recycle the bottles!
  • The woodlands are full of creatures and whilst some are super cute, some can be a little bit annoying. Don’t forget the apply some insect repellent as you’re getting ready!
  • When it comes to decorations, think carefully about what you’ll need. The woodlands are stunning as they are so don’t fell that you need to add a lot to your ceremony area. If you decide to decorate, think about weighting things down so they don’t blow away and make sure that larger decorations will work on an uneven floor
  • Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you enjoy your outdoor wedding ceremony. If you need any advice or if you’ve got any questions, do get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help

To find out more about Beech Dell at GreenAcres Chiltern, get in touch with the team and arrange a time to come and visit. Don’t forget that there’s an Open House at Chiltern on 28thJuly 10am-2pm and we’d love to see you there.

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Credits: Photographer Rebecca Goddard. For all other credits, click here.

WELCOME TO BEECH DELL

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Over the last few months, we’ve been working on something very exciting at GreenAcres Chiltern. Now, we’re thrilled to welcome you to Beech Dell, our brand new and utterly beautiful outdoor ceremony space. Set deep in the glorious woodlands, Beech Dell is the most perfect spot for outdoor weddings and its fully licensed for ceremonies with up to 275 guests. Read on to discover more and to find out about our upcoming Open House where you can see this super special spot for yourself.

Discover Beech Dell

Make your way through the woodlands and down through the trees and you’ll find Beech Dell. At the centre of the dreamy spot, you’ll find the carefully crafted ceremony shelter that blends wonderfully with the trees that surround it. Under this canopy, you can take your vows whilst your guests sit close by on handmade rustic benches.

Beech Dell is such a tranquil and secluded hideaway, it really is an idyllic setting for your wedding. You have a wide, long aisle to walk along, plenty of space for all your guests and a glorious backdrop for your ceremony. The trees provide plenty of shade and dappled sunlight fills the dell. From a practical perspective, well-kept footpaths will guide your guests to your ceremony and as the dell is a natural hollow, the sound of your voice won’t be lost either.

We know that so many couples dream of an outdoor wedding ceremony and we’ve worked hard to make this dream a reality for anyone who chooses to host their big day at GreenAcres. We hope that you’ll love Beech Dell as much as we do.

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Come to our Open House

On 28thJuly, we’ll be hosting an Open House at GreenAcres Chiltern and we’d love to welcome you. Just come along from 11am – 3pm and you’ll be able to see all our fantastic ceremony spaces for yourself. The team will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have and, of course, you can take a walk into the woodlands to Beech Dell. If you’d like any more information, or if you’d prefer to arrange another time to visit, do get in touch.

P.S. If you’ve fallen for the fabulous images that accompany this feature then we’ve got great news for you. Not long ago, Beech Dell was the setting for a spectacular photoshoot, and you’ll be able to see all the images (and the film) from this soon on Rock My Wedding. Here’s a little sneak peek for you now…

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Credits: Venue GreenAcres Woodland Weddings, Chiltern | Creative Direction Emma Hla, Coco Wedding Venues | Shoot Management Katrina Otter, Katrina Otter Weddings | Shoot Assistant Gemma De-Grammont, Katrina Otter Weddings | Photography Rebecca Goddard Photography |  Film Zach & Grace | Florals Jenni Bloom Floral Design Studio | Ribbons CFleurs Design | Stationery EYI Love | Illustration 315 Press | Catering Caper & Berry | Tableware Hélène Millot | Bridal Dresses Perfect Day Bride | Cake Cherry Tree Cakerie | Hair & MUA By Jodie | Jewellery Lily & Roo/ Cult Gaia/ Isabel Marant | Accessories (Veil and Headband) AM Faulkner | Furniture Hire Love | Blankets & Cushions Brolly Bucket  | Model Jesse, M+P Models

WEDDING OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 19th MAY

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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