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.
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.
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.
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