Thursday, 17 June 2021

How to organise a simple woodland wedding

Written by Paul Birkley
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A woodland wedding venue is a fantastic choice for couples wanting a rustic wedding, a bit more privacy or just something a bit different.

However, there are some important things to bear in mind when organising a wedding based outdoors. We’ll go through four key areas you’ll need to consider when organising a simple woodland wedding.

Get The Right Location

Location, location, location! Carefully consider the location of your wedding to ensure a smooth and enjoyable day for you and your guests. Outdoor weddings are increasingly popular and the UK has a so many beautiful woodland locations to choose from. However, with an outdoor wedding based in a remote area, many important facilities are not automatically guaranteed. Depending on your chosen site, you may have a package which includes water, electricity and toilet facilities. However, often these need to be booked separately and are easily overlooked in the planning process. Likewise, make sure your guests can easily get to your location. If the location is very isolated, consider putting on a group transport option so that your guests don’t arrive flustered or late.

Choose The Right Season

When choosing your wedding date, keep your guests’ comfort in mind. The possibility of snow can add that cinema-quality romance to a winter woodland wedding but will be colder, while a summer wedding will be easier to arrange but guests may need relief from the heat. If you opt for a winter wedding, fire pits and blankets are a practical yet atmospheric solution to the cold. Equally, be sure to provide enough shade for your guests in the summer months to prevent sunburn.

Be Prepared Accordingly

A bit of preparation goes a long way. Any wedding outdoors will entail insects, mud and wind. Ultimately, there’s no way to exactly predict what the weather will be like on your wedding day – it is Britain, after all! To mitigate this, send wedding invitations early with plenty of space for all the essential details so that you and your guests have time to plan appropriate transport, footwear, umbrellas and jackets for the occasion. If your wedding date is in the coming months, make sure you stay up to date with any government guidance regarding weddings so that you have time to make any adjustments to your plans.

Pay Attention To The Decor

To execute your wedding perfectly, ensure all aspects of your decor run along the same theme. The invitations, lights, flowers and cake should all tie in with your woodland setting for ultimate impact with your guests. For example, bunting, fairy lights, hay bales and hessian bows around the cake and bouquet tie together for a country-style woodland wedding. When it comes to your gown, make sure you choose something that won’t hinder your ability to navigate the woodland floor!