Weddings in the great outdoors

17 May 2013

Weddings in the great outdoors

If you and your partner love the great outdoors them glamping specialists Canopy & Stars Weddings have a venues that’s sure to suit you, whether it’s a wedding in the woodlands or a Gypsy wedding with style.

Canopy & Stars, the glamping specialists, have added two new venues to their rather romantic offshoot, Canopy & Stars Weddings. Nearlyweds can opt for back to nature nuptials in a woodland wonderland in Sussex or a proper country knees up in Norfolk.

Canopy & Stars Weddings offers a hand-picked collection of beautiful places to get hitched in the great outdoors. And the best part, you and your guests (or some of them at least) can stay over in Canopy & Stars quirky collection of shepherd’s huts, yurts, gypsy wagons, converted horsetrucks, log cabins and cottages on wheels. Many of the venues also offer camping, yurts or even a tipi village on site. View the full details at www.canopyandstars.co.uk/weddings

NEW Wilderness Wood, East Sussex

Wilderness Wood is the venue for anyone who’s searching for a woodland wonderland wedding. Tried and tested by owners Joanna and Jonathan, who hosted their own wedding in the wood last year, it’s a friendly and relaxed place that’s perfect for a back-to-nature party. Set within 62 acres of woodland, the venue comprises of the woodland itself (all 62 acres for exclusive all site bookings), pergola (seating up to 120), paddock, glamping and camping sites, timber-frame barn, barn garden with outdoor kitchen and glitter bar, the clearing and finally the adventure playground!

An exclusive weekend wedding at Wilderness Wood costs from £15,000 in total including catering for around 100 people and Canopy & Stars accommodation, normal camping and venue hire.

NEW Westfield Farm, Norfolk

Westfield Farm is the perfect place for a vintage country wedding. The garden, with its large herbaceous borders and 50 varieties of roses, is the type of setting Pimms was invented for. Guests can sup as they roam the numerous patios or lounge on the Victorian benches. The Elizabethan farmhouse forms a striking backdrop and the farm can accommodate a large marquee on the formal lawn suitable for up to 150 people. Simon and Catherine, your helpful hosts, have a contacts book brimming with local artisan caterers, florists and the like. If you fancy a traditional marquee, yurts for guests to stay in or an old fashioned hog roast, they’ll know a friendly local company who can help.

A wedding at Westfield Farm costs from around £10,500 in total including hog-roast and salads for around 120 people and venue, accommodation and marquee hire.

Inshriach House, The Cairngorms

We love Inshriach, home to the delightful Inshriach Yurt and the phenomenon that is the Beer Moth (a former fire truck where you can spend the wedding night). A wedding at Inshriach is destined to be a warm, fun and magical affair, with the help of Walter and Lucy, your friendly hosts. The estate is beautiful with big mountain views, woodland and wild flowers and the River Spey running through. The Edwardian family home can sleep 17 and outside is as quirky as inside; as well as a 1930s squash court, there’s a half-submerged snooker table and a lovely lawn - perfect for the 52 foot yurt.

A wedding at Inshriach House costs from around £12,000 in total including catering for around 180 people and venue (house and Canopy & Stars accommodation) and marquee hire.

Edenhall, Cumbria

The beautiful 2,000 acre Edenhall estate is a wonderful place with rivers, woodlands, open fields as well as some rather fine buildings. If you fancy a mini-festival then that’s fine, for something more rustic and informal there’s a barn and for that traditional country wedding vibe there’s the lawn by the main house and deer park. Picture this; from the St Cuthbert’s church, which rather conveniently is on the estate, take a horse and cart along the river, stopping off at the Lodge (your honeymoon log-cabin) for a glass of champagne, before travelling on to your reception. The owner, Mark, is the kind of chap who just makes things happen. So whatever you have in mind, he’s likely to know someone who can help.

A wedding at Edenhall Estate costs from around £14,500 in total including catering for around 200 people, venue and marquee hire and accommodation in Udford self-catering cottage and Canopy & Stars The Lodge.

Pennard House, Glastonbury

This amazing family home is an idyllic setting for party to remember. A village church down the road, civil ceremonies on site, gardens and a Victorian pool to loll around for drinks, and a quirky Coach House for dinner and dancing. A stone’s throw from the Glastonbury site, Harry and the team know a thing or two about festival style weddings. You can even have your own tipi village, courtesy of brother Barty, and the bride and groom get a converted horsetruck for the wedding night. Festival chic or country house cool, take your pick at Pennard House.

An exclusive weekend wedding at Pennard House costs from £8,500 in total including catering for around 150 people, The Coach House and Canopy & Stars accommodation.

Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders

For a Gypsy wedding with style, Roulotte Retreat is a collection of French roulottes (the king of kings of Gypsy caravans). Set within a three acre meadow within the Scottish Borders, owners Alan and Avril have created a peaceful, bohemian space; exotic meets Scottish with a dash of French Gypsy glamour. This is a venue for a special and intimate gathering; whether you go for a hand-fastening a humanist celebration, head to a Buddhist temple or go traditional at the local church, it will certainly be a day with a difference.

An exclusive weekend wedding at Roulotte Retreat costs from £3,500 in total including catering for around 24 people, The Studio and Canopy & Stars accommodation.

Swallowtail Hill Farm, East Sussex

A wonderfully natural setting for a relaxed country wedding. Swallowtail Hill’s 40 acres of land is a wildlife haven; a patchwork of flower meadows, woodland, ponds and lanes to stroll along. Birds and bees can provide a beautiful soundtrack to a special day. Relaxed and informal, think long lazy drinks, hog roasts and English Country Garden. Swallowtaill Hill is happy place where nature is part of the celebration. Lodgings come courtesy of two quirky cottages on wheels, a tent by the pond and a handful of camping pitches for guests.

A wedding at Swallowtail Hill costs from around £11,500 in total including catering for around 120 people and venue and marquee hire.

Plan-it-Earth, Cornwall

For alternative types, Plan-it-Earth is an inspiring place to celebrate a joining or hand-fastening. Rachel and David will help to create a tailor-made and meaningful ceremony. Celebrations take place within their ancient healing well dating back to 800AD, situated in a pretty garden, full of medicinal herbs, a cob bread oven for making pizza and bread and a lawn with fire pit. Wedding guests will also be able to use The Longhouse for small receptions, ten of you can stay over in the Hobbit and House of Straw roundhouses and there is woodland available for camping and other activities.

An exclusive weekend wedding at Plan-It Earth costs from £4,500 in total including catering for around 50 people, The Longhouse, traditional circus tent ‘Big Top Bijou’ and Canopy & Stars accommodation.

Or you could pick one of our places and do it yourself, the Canopy & Stars team and owners can point you in the direction of their favourite suppliers. If you’re after more of a helping hand or are looking for something totally bespoke we’ve joined forces with a team of wedding, festival and event planners, friendly folk who are fun to work with and have a canny knack for translating ideas into something seriously special.

View the website and brochure at www.canopyandstars.co.uk/weddings. To enquire about one of Canopy & Stars venues or going bespoke send us an e-mail at love@canopyandstars.co.uk.

For honeymoons and hen dos check out the full collection of places online at www.canopyandstars.co.uk

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