There is nothing wrong with hosting your wedding in a beautiful town or manor house. Don’t get us wrong, at The Wedding Secret we are a big fan of majestic stairways and ornate ceilings.
However, there is something truly magical about a tree-lined canopy and a wedding reception that literally takes place beneath the stars.
Becoming ever more popular, woodland weddings are not only sought after but they are also guaranteed to be magical and unique. There are plenty of venues now able to provide on-site accommodation, food and a blessing or licensed ceremony. Why not delve into the woods for a truly natural wedding?
When it comes to searching for your ideal forest wedding venue in the UK, it is important to choose somewhere that is not only beautiful but that reflects you as a couple.
It is also worth considering the wedding guests that you are inviting. Of course you will want your elderly relations there, however, they may struggle if your venue requires a certain amount of leaping through the undergrowth and perching on a reception chair fashioned from a tree stump or hay bale.
Luckily, there are a vast selection of woodland venues to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. So, whether you want to completely immerse yourself in nature or you would prefer something a little less remote, you are bound to find the perfect thing to reflect your relationship.
No matter what your prerequisites are for your woodland wedding, the venues below will have something to suit everyone. They may even surprise you with some of the incredible and creative aspects that are on offer for forest weddings.
Embrace Mother Nature
If you are planning to host your ceremony outside then why not keep it outdoors for the entire wedding?
Although some venues will provide you with indoor shelter or accommodation you may prefer to keep your wedding entirely among the trees.
There are a selection of woodland wedding venues that can host your ceremony, reception and accommodation – yep, tree houses count here – while being submersed in Mother Nature.
If you truly want to feel at one with nature then this venue has wildlife and natural surroundings in abundance.
Alternatively, found in a Devon valley, among 240 acres of woodland, is Middle Coombe Farm, an eco-friendly farm that provides a stunning setting for your wedding. For those of you looking for something rustic and beautiful without compromising on luxury, this could be the ideal place for you.
This woodland venue is deep in the heart of Devon and is perfect if you would like your ceremony to take place within gorgeous, ancient woodland surrounded by nature and enchanting forest scenes.
The venue takes in breath-taking countryside and embraces a very ecological and sustainable ethos meaning that your wedding will be as naturally encouraged as possible.
Middle Coombe offers an exclusive three night package for up to one-hundred guests, including accommodation for you and twenty of your guests in their listed farmhouse and barn. This allows you to truly take in the natural West-Country surroundings, giving you time to explore the beautiful countryside and woodlands around.
The woodland area offers a glorious glade in which you can have a humanist ceremony or blessing. The area is a ten-minute walk through the woods (with a Land Rover option for those who would prefer it), so you can engross yourselves in true wildlife, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Humanist Ceremonies or Blessings
Many venues, especially those that reside outdoors, do not hold a civil license however they can allow you to have a humanist ceremony, blessing or similar.
Often this is a popular choice with couples who would like to tailor their wedding to suit them. It can enable you to have a celebrant, a hand-fastening ceremony or a personalised blessing to commemorate your relationship.
A woodland wedding can be perfect for those with a creative flair or those who would like to say their vows surrounded by peace, tranquillity and natural beauty.
Make sure you take into account the important things like access, licensing, seasons and your outfit. Also know that hosting a wedding in a place as enchanting as any of these will create a magnificent wedding that you will cherish for years to come.
Excerpted from: the wedding secret www.theweddingsecret.co.uk/magazine/enchanted-woodland-wedding-venues/