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Top 10 eco wedding venues in the UK

For many, being eco conscious is not an activity, but a way of life. When it comes to reducing the amount of plastic that we use and our carbon footprint, considering how to be eco friendly when planning the wedding of your dreams can often be a challenge for unsure couples.

One of the simplest ways to organise a spectacular wedding that does not cost the earth, and that is to consider booking an eco wedding venue. 

With many unique and quirky eco wedding venues throughout the UK, we have viewed them and compiled a comprehensive list of our top favourite eco wedding venues for your wedding day.

From the Welsh beaches, all the way to the Scottish highlights, keep reading to discover our top 10 recommended venues for your wedding, each boosting their own eco credentials. 

Top 10 eco wedding venues in the UK

1. Penpont, Wales

The first of our recommended eco wedding venues for you to consider for your wedding and that is Penpont.

Located in Brecon in the middle of Wales, this eco wedding venues in Wales is a proud owner of a Green Tourism’s Gold Award. Settled in a Grade 1 listed building, this wedding venue offers incredible scenery, spectacular views and quaint stables and teepees to get married and celebrate in. A magical location to tie the knot, Penpont offers sustainable materials used in creating the buildings, renewable energy to heat and run the wedding, as well as naturally sourced ingredients for a sustainable and eco friendly wedding that couples desire. 

2. River Cottage, Devon

Another spectacular and stunning eco friendly location, this time in Devon. For couples looking for a magical location to wed in front of loved ones, then look no further than River Cottage.

This eco wedding venue is located in the Devon countryside and offers vast, stunning views across the fields. 

With organic, seasonal food on offer to guests, arrive at your wedding by tractor before proceeding to the barn to tie in the knot in front of guests. 

If a smaller wedding is your style, choose to wed inside the farmhouse for a smaller, more intimate wedding, before sitting down and dining on spectacular dishes made from the finest local produce. 

3. Hush, Norfolk

Hidden in the Norfolk countryside is Hush. A fun and vibrant location to host your wedding and ceremony. Hush offers a fun, colourful and relaxing environment to tie the knot in a style unique to your own. 

Offering a natural, outdoor wedding, when booking Hush for your wedding, you will receive the location for three days, the perfect amount of time to wine, dine and celebrate with guests.

With hammocks to swing in, open fire pits and star gazing, there is no better location for an outdoor wedding.

With glamping options, converted cottages for guests to stay in, make a celebration out of your wedding and celebrate in your own unique way. 

4. Kudhva, Cornwall

Going back to the west coast again, but this time to Kudhva, located in Cornwall. A one of a kind wedding venue with 180 degree views of the crashing Cornish coastline. A romantic and dramatic location to get married, there is a meadow with willow groove and wild flowers adding colour to your wild wedding.

When it comes to eco wedding venues, Kudhva offers a side of wildness and nature to be combined for a magical experience.

With a canopy in the stars, spend your first night as a married couple stargazing up in the treetops.

Perfectly fusing together sustainability, wilderness and nature for a unique and outdoor wedding that you will remember for years to come.

5. Woodland Tipi and Yurts, Herefordshire

A family run, eco venue located in Herefordshire, Woodland Tipi and Yurts offers guests a handcrafted magical experience to celebrate their special day.

Located on a farm, this wedding venue in Herefordshire offers a personal experience for those couples wishing to glamp on their wedding day.

Using the changing of seasons to their advantage, each wedding is unique and offers a woodland natural feel for those wanting to embrace their love of nature. 

Relaxing with guests around an open fire, lanterns and sheepskin rugs before conducting the wedding ceremony in your decorated marquee underneath the treetops.

Add in hot tubs, fire pits and pizza ovens, compost toilets and you have a spectacular wedding venue that guests will adore. 

6. TreeTop Escape, Devon

Another fantastic eco wedding location that offers treetop views. A more luxurious, eco friendly wedding option, for those seeking an intimate venue that offers an out of the extraordinary experience, look no further than TreeTop Escape in North Devon.

Located on a private estate and surrounded by rolling valleys and fields dotted with sheep, for those wanting a venue for their wedding away from the hustle and bustle of life, look no further.

With a Meadow Room for your celebrations, celebrate your big day with guests while marvelling in the stunning view across wildflower meadows. The Nest room is ideal for those seeking a smaller, more intimate wedding. 

What makes this venue truly unique is the ability to stay in a state of the art Treehouse and soak in its very own hot tub on the night of your wedding. There is no better way to celebrate your union as husband and wife. 

7. Wellbeing Farm, Lancashire

A wedding venue that puts the well being of you, guests and the earth first and that is the Wellbeing Farm located in Lancashire. From the stunning scenery, charming barn and added llamas, there is little that this wedding venue does not offer. 

Allowing guests to wed either outdoors on their stunning estate, or in their charming barn, Wellbeing Farm allows guests to bring their own pets and include them into the ceremony as ring bearers if they wish.

With a large array of games and wedding entertainment ideas on offer at Wellbeing Farm, a wedding at this venue in Lancashire will leave you feeling good and your well being restored. 

8. GreenAcres, Buckinghamshire 

An eco friendly wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, Greenacres fuses together nature and celebration to create a relaxed atmosphere. 

With four different venues available at GreenAcres, each of their locations is surrounded by woodlands, meadows and valley views. Found in Colney, Chiltern, Rainford and Heatherley Wood, you can be confident of a wedding venue ideal for your dream wedding. 

An eco-friendly wedding venue surrounded and inspired by nature and within award-winning eco buildings, celebrate your wedding and choose an outdoor wedding with GreenAcres.

9. Fforest, Ceredigion

For those couples who fancy the idea of getting married on one of the top 3 glamping sites in the world, then Fforest in Ceredigion should be the top choice for your wedding. Located on a farmyard surrounded by unspoiled beauty, woodlands and wildlife, this wedding venue is surrounded by a spectacular Nature Reserve. 

The ideal informal wedding venue, celebrate your special day surrounded by family and friends while staying in large teepees.

Hosted in a grand pavilion and surrounded by a large communal fire pit, this wedding venue in Wales offers a relaxed and flexible location.

Whether you choose to marry in the large tipi, cedar barn, be confident that you will have a spectacular wedding when hosting it with Fforest.

10. Kingshill Barn, Kent 

Located in the heart of a National Nature Reserve, Kingshill Barn is another spectacular eco friendly wedding venue for you to consider. With weddings held in the Kingshill Barn in Kent, this venue sits on an impressive 3,300 acre private farm. 

When booking the Kingshill Barn for your wedding, you will receive the entire venue for the duration of the weekend. Along with booking this venue on the Kent coast to host the wedding ceremony, receive accommodation and support to design a unique and personalised wedding that you will never forget.

With the barn licensed to host both the ceremony and the reception, marry under twinkling fairy lights surrounded by bridesmaids wearing floral, lace dresses from Cherry Flower. With the large wooden barn doors open, letting in the fresh sea breeze, a wedding at Kingshill Barn is a truly magical experience.

Conclusion

With many stunning eco friendly wedding venues to choose from, choosing which wedding venue to choose is harder than you would think. Wishing to choose them all, each wedding venue offers a unique and personalised touch surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Each venue is eco friendly and understands the importance of caring and minimising our impact on the surrounding environment. Which of these wedding venues do you prefer? Perhaps you have been married at one of these venues? Comment below and share your wedding experience with us here. 

6 Unique wedding venue ideas for the less traditional!

Although getting married in a church is the dream wedding for most, others dream of a wedding that is a little less traditional. Whether it’s down to religious beliefs or personal preference, having your ceremony in a more unique venue is starting to become increasingly popular amongst couples that are getting married. With that in mind, here are 6 unique wedding venue ideas for the less traditional.

Unique wedding venue ideas

On a serene, calm beach on your favourite island

If you’re looking for a venue that screams luxury, you may want to consider getting married on a private beach. Whether it’s a beach in the Mediterranean or in the Caribbean, you can be sure you’ll be the happiest you’ve ever been saying your vows with your toes in the sand. Looking across the horizon as you celebrate your big day will remind you of the endless possibilities that await you and your new partner, giving you a sense of happiness that can’t be recreated anywhere else.

In a lively local brewery

For those that want something a little closer to home but with a lot of character, why not find out if any of your local breweries offer services? Whilst it may not have been something they have considered before, there are plenty of examples for you to show them if they’re concerned it won’t be possible. For a completely unique experience that will have your guests talking for months, a brewery is a great idea. After all, you’ll already have all the drinks you’ll need!

Inside a stunning barn

Another incredible location to get married is a local barn or farm. Lots of places are now offering this out as a service after a rise in barn weddings, so finding one in your area shouldn’t be too difficult. If you’re looking for a wedding that can be taken outside as well as in, this is definitely the perfect location as after the ceremony you and your guests could enjoy a meal outside in the sun. Obviously, this is weather and location dependent, but if you are guaranteed a beautiful wedding for your big day you should definitely consider it. For more information about barn weddings, you can visit this site here.

Why not add a yurt village to your wedding, to save your guest having to travel plus adding something a little bit different. Glamping makes a wonderful addition to any wedding, but for a rustic barn wedding, having a yurt village for your guests to stay in is something your guests will be talking about for years.

At a funfair or circus

If you’re a fun loving couple that wants a wedding with a twist, why not get married at the funfair or circus? Lots of fairs and circus’ are now offering wedding services where you can get married in your own private location, giving you and your family free reign of the park once you’re done. Although it may sound as though it will be a tacky experience, the rooms in which you can bet married are absolutely stunning and incredibly tasteful. Once you’re all done you know everyone is going to have an amazing time as there will so many different things to keep them occupied. Just think of the wedding photos too!

In an animal reserve or zoo

Similar to the funfair, there are lots of animal reserves and zoos that now allow you to get married there. Again you will have a gorgeous room in which you can have your ceremony, then you’re welcome to go out into the environment to explore and take wedding photos. Although it’s not for everyone, this truly is an experience to be remembered. For advice when it comes to planning a unique wedding, you can visit this wedding ebook.

In a gorgeous tree house setting

Finally, if you want something that is not only unique but stunning too, why not get married in a treehouse? Depending on where you live there may be a variety of different tree houses available to hire, each offering a slightly different service. The best thing to do is visit as many as you can, finding out which one is best suited to you and your partner. For more inspiration, you can visit this site here.

Are you looking for a unique way venue to get married? Where could you have your ceremony that will be different to everyone else? I would love to hear all about it.

Everything you need to consider for a country wedding

Country weddings are at the top of many people’s dream list for a reason, thanks to their ability to provide a picture-perfect backdrop for the most special day of your lives so far. With so many things to consider, planning a country wedding means considering logistics and practicalities, but also little touches that make the day personal to you. With that in mind, here’s 6 things to consider when planning a country wedding.

Be prepared for every weather

We know everyone dreams of perfectly fine, clear weather for their wedding day, but living in the UK, we know all too well that you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Keeping an eye on the weather as you build up to the big day is the best way to stay abreast of any contingency plans you may or may not need to implement. If the weather is looking particularly warm and sunny, ensure there are shaded areas for your guests to retreat from the heat, and if things are looking a little bleaker, make light of the situation by including baskets of emergency wellies and umbrellas. Whatever the weather, your day is set to be magical, so don’t fret!

Consider a themed Menu

If you’re going all out with the country theme, you may want to consider creating a menu that’s themed around the countryside. Choosing courses that reflect local British produce adds a nice touch, as does the potential of eating al fresco. Speak to your caterers about what you have in mind, and they will be able to advise you on foods that are currently in season.

Add a touch of twinkle

In an abundance of natural furnishings, there’s nothing better than subtle, romantic lighting to complement the gentle and relaxed feel. Twinkly fairy lights are a fantastic accompaniment to your venue décor, and can be draped around beams, from the ceiling or along fireplaces to add that little touch of sparkle.

Versatile accommodation

If you’ve chosen a stunningly secluded location to hold your wedding day, you’re going to want to consider sourcing suitable overnight accommodation for your family and friends. You want to make sure that your guests can find a place to stay that fits within any specific requirements and budgets that they may have. It’s a good idea when sending out your invitations to give your guests ideas on potential places to stay, whether a big country home in the Yorkshire Dales, Luxury Cotswolds Cottages, or log cabins in the peak district, there will be somewhere to suit everyone.

Those little touches

Once the big decisions have been made, it’s time to get down to personalisation. Most weddings that are attended are remembered for a couple of things, fantastic speeches, wonderful food, and those all-important little touches. Place baskets of flip flops, cosy blankets and disposable cameras around your venue for an inviting and personal atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy together.

Everything you need to consider for a country wedding

However you choose to spend your big day, it’s sure to be one of the most enchanting and exciting days in your life, so make sure to soak up all that there is to offer, with all of those that you love.

 

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