Commune with nature, delight your guests with a uniquely offbeat celebration or just cherish those gorgeous woodsy wedding pics by throwing a forest themed or woodland wedding. But how to curate an authentic, organic vibe without being schmaltzy? Here’s a few suggestions.
Find a woodland wedding venue
Head off the beaten track with your search for a woodsy venue. Try and find a venue set amidst or surrounded by trees. A Red Riding Hood-esque cottage in the woods can be hard to come by, so an eclectic scout hall, bucolic church or ramshackle barn will do nicely. Ideally it’ll have a beautifully intimate clearing, or a pretty spot under an old tree where you can hold your ceremony.
Let nature be your decorator
Let the setting speak for itself and do no more than string a few lengths of bunting or strands of lights between trees. Inside, hang rustic arrangements of foliage from the rafters or suspend a large centrepiece of branches from the ceiling. Adorn tables simply with unusual woodland-style flower arrangements in mismatched bottles, beakers and vases. Eschew tablecloths in favour of bare timber or trestle tables or cover their tops with brown paper or linen if the tables aren’t display-worthy. Wrap cutlery in twine and use rough linen or potato sack napkins.
Opt for laid-back entertainment
Match the music to the desired atmosphere of your celebration by booking an acoustic or folk musician to provide a relaxed soundtrack. Consider hiring a few roving performers if you want to enhance the whimsical, quirky feel of your foresty foray. Find and book the perfect musicians and performers on CrowdPleaser.
Gobble and sup earthy delights
Continue the theme of rustic, unadorned simplicity with organic, biodynamic or natural wines, herbaceous spirits and wild fermented craft beers. Choose a menu based around local, organic, free-range produce and don’t do a lot to it, allowing the ingredients to shine.