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If you are a camping addict or even if you're not, then getting married outdoors on a camping or glamping site can be one of the most novel, beautiful and wonderful ways to say "I do." There are some absolutely incredible camping and glamping sites which offer the full package; stunning teepees, yurts for guests, wedding planners, outdoor cocktail bars and romantic woods for the wedding vows. Or, do what my cousin did and just ask the local village campsite if they'll put you up...haul in a marquee, book a gourmet food van, loads of bell tents and the hot tub bus (oh yes! - the Hot Tub Bus) and you have yourself a party like no other. Do it before everyone else does! And to get you in the mood, here are a few rather gorgeous spots......
Straight out of the fairytale books to take you on a magical day like no other, tie the knot in the dreamy surroundings of Higher Holcombe in south Devon, where you can exchange vows in the woodland at either the silver birth "church" or the hill top "cathedral", with the birds tweeting and the branches rustling gently. Can a woodland finch fly down, ring in beak and help in the exchange? No. But apart from that, pretty much anything else is possible, with outdoor prosecco bars, alfresco dining, funky tents for wet weather situations and best of all, the coolest accommodation ever for your guests. Five enormous Lotus Belle tents which sleep four or 5, two luxurious shepherds huts for those who don't want canvas, and for Granny Ivy and the crew who like solid stone walls, an architecturally spectacular farmhouse to sleep 10, with gorgeous furnishings and luxury bathrooms. Done. And as for the newlyweds, well, who doesn't want their first night in romantic seclusion to be in the delightful Hobbit House, tucked away in its own garden and overlooking the woodland and meadows. Dreamy.
This gorgeous woodland hideaway in Surrey is right in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty making it quite unbelievable that this oasis is only an hour from London. It is a beautiful campsite and available for exclusive hire only, making it perfect for intimate wedding celebrations (for thirty people or less) with rustic and beautiful touches to ensure it is a ceremony no one will forget. With a pine tree-lined aisle, roaring fires and dancing under a star-studded sky, this romantic forest setting is perfect for those who want to be immersed in nature and party in the outdoors. Accommodation-wise, there are seven shepherds huts, all bedecked with comfy beds and vintage decor and sleeping a total of 22 people, with larger huts for families or gangs of pals. On top of all this, The Green Escape make things pretty straightforward for any newly-engaged couples who prefer minimum fuss; they will supply the ceremony and set-up and you can add any more (or less) extra touches you want; there is a fab range of local suppliers, caterers and florists. Or, bring all your own bunting and homemade food and have a slap up feast without breaking the bank. Your day, your way.
In coastal West Wales, deep in the forest and surrounded by natural beauty, farmland, wildlife and nature reserves, Fforest Farm is a truly jaw dropping location for a weekend long wedding celebration to remember. It has been created purely as a place to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor living and to appreciate nature in unspoilt surroundings. The farm is bordered on one side by the stunning Teifi Marshes - one of the best wetland areas in Wales - and Cilgerran Gorge on the other, with the River Teifi flowing down from here to Cardigan and the sea beyond. This is a place of beauty, with secret dwellings and hidden spaces dotted all around the 200 acres. A private tiny stone pub, large communal firepits, a secret woodland sauna and a choice of event spaces from giant hat tipis, garden pavilions and dining and party barns, fforest Farm is yours to use as you wish on your wedding day. Food here is locally sourced, and the speciality is their own wood smoked and barbecued meat and fish, but anything - from a traditional afternoon tea party to wood-fired pizzas or more formal dining - is all possible. The owners here really do make dreams come true. Guests will stay in a wide range of incredible accommodation. There is a luxurious Georgian farmhouse, romantic geodomes, Kata cabins and crofters cottages - all with unrivalled views of the beautiful landscapes. If your guests are looking for things to do there is a secluded swimming spot, dramatic walks, a nature reserve to explore and, if you want to head to the beach, it is only a 15 minute drive away. This is a unique wedding venue like no other and well worth proposing for....
You are free to choose how you would like to celebrate down on the beautiful farm here at Fordhall Organic Farm in Shropshire for a truly unique and personal wedding day. The wedding ceremony can be held either in the pretty woodland or on the Norman Ringwork and Bailey site and you can choose what vibe you would like: anything from a smart marquee to straw bales and country music. They will even arrange a tractor and trailer to escort the wedding party down to the destination if you wish! Food-wise you are absolutely spoilt here, with all the meat coming fresh from the farm and most other ingredients on the menus are organic, seasonal and sourced from local suppliers. Again, you can choose anything from formal dining to a relaxed hog roast; the owners here will make sure you get the wedding day you want. Guests can bring their own camping gear and camp out, or there are yurts to hire sleeping 6, and bunkrooms at the Straw Lodge which can sleep a total of 25. A wonderful setting in the gorgeous north Shropshire countryside.
Not only is it a fabulous place for a camping holiday, the gang at Butt Farm also do rather a good turn in weddings. Available for exclusive hire for a marquee wedding, your guests can mill about happily in the 180 acres of gorgeous Yorkshire countryside and best of all, you can plan the wedding you've always dreamed of with whatever budget and no set guidelines. Butt Farm will let you have the whole place for three days and as much of the campsite as you want or need for wedding guest accommodation; there are touring pitches available for any guests who have their own tent or camper, some very cool onsite lodges and glamping wagons or, they can organise a whole flock of bell tents to be delivered for enough beds for everyone. With excellent local caterers, florists and whatever else you might need at their disposal, Butt Farm will make sure that your wedding day is one to remember.
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