Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Woodland Wedding Venues Around and About Bristol

So, Festoon is making it's way to the buzzing city of Bristol with all it's eco, salvaged, arty charm I'm very excited and am sure we will be right at home.

Getting myself into the swing of all things weddingy in Bristol I'd like to introduce you to my 5 favorite woodland wedding venues. Despite it being a big city there are lots of areas of green and one specific woodland wedding venue in the city (plus a secret smaller one for your more eco wedding reception). The others are a short drive away in and nearby gorgeous Bath, Cotswolds, Glastonbury and Clevedon.

1. Splotts Moor Farm. Glastonbury. 1 hr from City Centre.

From Splotts Moor website

A 4 acre meadow, stone circle and varied gardens for you to use as you wish! I defy any couple not to find the exact spot they are looking for amongst this stunning spot. One essential thing for anyone planing a woodland or outdoor wedding is accommodation as the weekend party is not complete without your guests staying on site. Splotts Moor has self catering accommodation plus space for camping, the perfect addition to their timber framed marquee!

They can have up to 180 guests in the marquee or feel free to add your own additions of yurts, stretchtents or big tops!

They are big on using their own renewable energy so plus points for the Eco rating.

Not licensed though - will have to do the legal bit elsewhere.

2. Folly Farm. Clevedon, 30min from City Centre.

Set amongst a beautiful wildlife reserve run by Avon Wildlife Trust, Folly Farm has orchards; wildflower meadows, canopy's in the woods, barns, any of these on your wedding wishlist? I think you'll find what you're looking for here!

Ceremony (yup this one's licensed) can hold up to 100 guests then around 150 in the evening. However if you are adding marquees and outdoor spaces I'm sure you could have much more.

Overnight guests can camp or stay in the barns and self catering accommodation. 

3. Rocks East Campsite. Bath. 30 minutes out of City Center.

Looking for something more rustic? That real woodland experience is available at Rocks East near Bath. A campsite with woodland, showers, toilets and washing up facilities plus a room available to hire. I'd suggest negotiating a weekend rate to book out the site so you have Friday to set up all your marquees, stretchtents or yurts and the Saturday to enjoy.

4. Wildwood Bluebell. Cotswolds. 1hr 10min from City Centre.

From Wildwood Bluebell website

A little further away than the others but the perfect location wedding venue. Specialising in woodland, boho weddings they also have a traditional Cotswold barn for ceremonies and accommodation. Other places for your guests include glamping shepherds huts and gorgeous tents.

Beautiful woodland walks and pathways make this such a gorgeous outdoor venue, especially when the bluebells are out.

And at the woodland ceremony site is a stunning willow heart arch to be the perfect backdrop to your nuptials.

5. Arnos Vale. Central Bristol.

Matt Willis Photography
Ahhh saved the most central to last! This beautifully overgrown and preserved cemetery just south of Bristol city center is home  to a number of equally stunning wedding venues. The one I'm most interested in today is their woodland wedding site with custom made licensed shelter The Underwood Center.

Having always had visions of beautiful gatherings in my mind from being a young girl, the one that has always held the most excitement for me is the twilight ceremony. Last year it became legal to hold an evening wedding ceremony and Arnos Vale are providing these! Under their lovely wooden shelter in the middle of glorious woodland you can exchange promises as the sun sets and you candles start flickering. Perfect.

Don't forget Festoon provide exciting, unusual vintage hire items, foraged and colorful floristry and festoon & fairy Lights to hire. Be my first Bristol bride to be to book and pay in full and you will receive 35% off your order!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

7 Imaginative, Thoughtful and Unusual Stag & Hen Party Ideas.

Stag and Hen Do's.. The biggest guilty pleasure known to 20 & 30 somethings of today. Even if you've a few kids, a sensible job and a mortgage they are the one occasion when doing something supremely embarrassing is just taken as a given. Your dear friend; old uni mate, brother's sister's fiance is about to get married, and we all fall into a gutter at the end of a 'sophisticated' cupcake decorating session.. 

How about something totally different that (depending on your friendship group) may just make for a really fun, bonding, and nourishing weekend.
Woodland Adventures in Shropshire! The brilliant fun folks at provide Bushcraft fun with great food in the great outdoors. Campfire cooking, crafts, foraging and more. Camouflage up and track the Stag/ Hen. What more do you need?

Here's one for the brave at heart. Bring your closest friends and family and get even closer by shedding your layers with each other for a session of Naked Movement with the fabulous Gauri Algar in Bristol or your own space. Naked games, Twister, Striptease all in a safe space facilitated and held by Gauri.

Something Outdoorsy? How about the perfect hangover cure - Coasteering! Climbing the       beautiful Penzance coastline then jumping into the ocean! Explore caves and work as a team for some memories you will all share forever.

Kidnapping. Ok less of the thoughtful but defiantly in the unusual and imaginative categories ... European Kidnapping

Cocktail Making with a twist on the Gin trend? These folks have a Vintage boat shaped bar with a mixologist who trains you up in the art of Gin Cocktails! Jam Jars or Vintage Glasses available! The Vintage Gin Bar

Blind Driving, the most physically daring way to get closer to your friends. Would you trust them to guide you blind around a racing track? Maybe one for before the pub crawl Blind Driving

Burlesque Dancing with the Manchester Queen of Burlesque herself Bella Besame. She will help create a fun, daring atmosphere where you all have a blast.

Article written for Freestretch the Stretchtent company. The perfect alternative marquee or canopy for your wedding.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A Very Festooned Styled Shoot!

Pheweeeeee did I have fun doing this one. Boho, colourful, eclectic, relaxed, broke all  the rules and threw some feathers in for good measure.

Roll out the Dahlias, Vintage Gin Bar, Real Ale and dance about in a bright purple Vivienne Westwood gown. That's my idea of a good Wedding shoot!

Hair & Make Up by Kassi Ellis 
Photography by Charlotte at That Photo Booth Company
Floristry & Styling by Festoon
Gin Bar by  The Vintage Gin Bar
Ale Bar by The Outdoor Ale Bar Company
Yurt & Canopy from Yurtmaker
Dress by Vivienne Westwood 
Yurt by Yurtmaker

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