GreenAcres woodland weddings

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


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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.

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


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.

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  • 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