Rustic, traditional, celestial, woodland; there are many options when it comes to choosing your wedding theme, but choosing the right one comes down to who you are as a couple and how you want to celebrate your wonderful love story.
As spring fast approaches, summer and autumn in tow, more couples seek to incorporate nature and the outdoors into their wedding. As you start to design and plan your dream outdoor wedding, we ask if you’ve considered the wedding theme that celebrates all things evergreen and wild: woodland fairytale.
There’s something undeniably enchanting about a woodland wedding theme. Whether it’s whimsical fairy lights adorning the aisle, lush flora cascading down into the centrepieces, or a delicate cake dressed with berries, butterflies and jewels, it’s a subtle yet romantic theme perfect for tying the knot with your loved one.
Join us as we explore the magical world of woodland weddings and discover how you can organise your woodland celebration right here in the Cheshire countryside.
Find a venue fit for a storybook
Your venue is everything.
A woodland wedding theme naturally lends itself to remote, rural venues. Going outdoors into the forest means you can embrace all things mother nature and create something effortlessly beautiful. You can surround yourself with the natural flora and enhance the existing beauty of the greenery with delicate touches of colour and subtle lighting.
However, there can be a few drawbacks for an all outdoor wedding, especially in the UK. For example, nature’s furniture is slightly less comfortable than the real deal, uneven undergrowth throughout the forest could make getting to and from the ceremony difficult for you, your guests and any vendors, and the UK is renowned for its unpredictable weather.
But there is a way to avoid these challenges without losing the magic of an outdoor forest wedding.
Rustic barns, countryside houses, charming farms or treehouses that offer indoor and outdoor facilities make the perfect spot for whimsical weddings. They can be transformed into extravagant enchanted forests or dressed delicately with magical décor to help you create something wildly romantic. In the meantime, you’ll avoid the challenges of a remote, outdoor ceremony.
Look for a venue that benefits from natural aesthetics or boasts picturesque, green grounds and luscious trees so you can simply enhance it into your dream setting.
Be imaginative with your centrepieces and décor
The great thing about woodland weddings is that when you have the right venue, you don’t have to do a lot to create the desired impact. So keep it simple. Style your ceremony and reception with natural elements to enhance the natural beauty of your venue and give it the finishing touches it needs to transform into your enhanced woodland wonderland.
Centrepieces that have a subtle woodsy and wild feel will instantly look like they belong, helping you achieve that effortless finish. Think mason jars filled with candles, woodcut bases for your centrepieces, and fairy lights dotted around tables and chairs.
A simple yet strategic candle and flower arrangement could be all the magic your wedding venue needs to transform into an enchanted forest. Team candles with succulents, ferns, bark or moss to add an earthy elegance and romantic vibe to your tables.
If you want to lift the different shades of greens and browns in your centrepieces, add flourishes of soft pinks, purples, blues or oranges. This could be flowers, jewels, butterflies or berries.
Every decoration you choose for your woodland wedding should take inspiration from your enchanted forest vision.
You could dress doorways with branches and flowers, fill terrariums with succulents and fairy lights, make wooden place mats, or give guests garlands of greenery to wear at the reception. Whatever you do, it’s important you have fun with it. Whimsical weddings are about being playful and unique after all.
Pay attention to the finer details
We know you will have your guests immersed in all things woodland the moment they enter the ceremony, but to ensure you execute your wedding theme perfectly, here’s some tips for all the smaller details.
Woodland wedding invitations
The experience starts for your guests as soon as they receive your invites. This sets the tone, provides hints of what’s to come and delivers that first rush of excitement for them.
In keeping with your theme, opt for stationery that oozes forest wonder. We love the combination of emerald greens and golds to balance wilderness with mystery. For an extra touch, fill invitations with petals or fern leaves.
Wedding photographs are an important consideration of your big day. Make sure your venue has enough options for different photographs and that you can coordinate each space with your wedding.
Bring props like garlands, lanterns, and wooden signs and be prepared to make the most of the natural bloom and nearby trees to get the shots you want. Our majestic Oak makes the perfect backdrop for some creative photos with your loved one.
A natural cake
Naked cakes match the ‘effortlessly elegant’ vibe the woodland theme lends itself too. They always impress in appearance and their stripped-back finish offers an opportunity to add a few final touches.
Add real greenery around each tier or edible floral embellishments to give an extra dimension and help bring your woodland theme to life.
Another fantastic option would be cupcakes, strategically placed on a custom made cupcake stand that creates the illusion of a tree.
Turn your fairy-tale into reality
A woodland wedding doesn’t have to be to challenging. We believe it’s all in the venue; find the right venue and the rest will fall into place.
Once you’ve chosen your location, try and get a feel for what it will take to create the whimsical dream you’re imagining. Choosing a venue with expert wedding planners on hand will come in handy too, as they will be able to share their knowledge and expertise with you!
If you’d like to see if Heaton House Farm could be the perfect setting for your woodland wedding, why not join us at our next open day?