Warm welcome to Elmore Court

Today I’m super delighted to welcome the absolutely gorgeous, sustainable and eco friendly venue Elmore Court to Green Union’s wedding directory.

Elmore Court is the 750-year-old Grade II* listed home of the Guise family nestled in a beautiful rural village between the Cotswolds and Bristol. This ancient historical home with views of the River Severn has been renovated into a self-sustainable state-of-the-art wedding reception and event venue which includes a biomass heating system and naturally built rammed earth ‘super marquee’, the ‘Gillyflower’.

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With a combined 35 years of experience in the music and events industry - particularly festivals - the current owners of Elmore Court, Anselm & Sarah Guise decided to breathe new life into Elmore and turn it into something that makes the best of their skills and passions whilst keeping the magical history of the place alive, and believe me they have done it with style - eco chic style! I hand over to the people of Elmore for a detailed overview of what’s on offer at this most contemporary, cuttng edge and sustainable wedding venue ...

“Unlike many grand houses built in olden times, Elmore Court was not built for military, religious or ostentatious purposes. It was built as a huge functional homestead for family use and the entertaining of guests. Everybody who has come to stay in the house has felt the unique warmth and energy of the building. Many have commented on there being a certain magic about the place when it is being used for bringing people together; although, this allure can be partially attributed to the kind and welcoming natures of Anselm & Sarah.

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There are four stunning ceremony/reception areas in the main house, the primary being the Hall - the heart of the house, and an ideal location for a ceremony for up to 150 seated (or 200 standing) guests. The Drawing Room, The Morning Room and The Porch (the front steps of the house useable for an outdoor ceremony) make up the other three licensed ceremony areas. Exclusive use of all these spaces is included in the hire price.

Christian Marriages and Blessings are also available at the exquisite 13th Century Elmore Church about a mile from the Court.

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Great Gatsby glamour...

Dramatic peaks, whimisical flags, Gatsby glamour, stunning, unique and breathtaking. WOW!

Our fabulous friends at PapaKåta have scooped up the hottest tents from across the pond and will soon be planting them right here in the UK. New England has come to Britain and we adore these Sperry tents! Icons of the Hamptons wedding scene and lovingly hand-crafted in Massachusetts, the Sperry tent’s oyster sailcloth and iconic canopy oozes a timeless, graceful elegance much loved by the likes of Style me Pretty blog and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Whether you’re throwing a festival wedding, going down the glamour route or even thinking a big top theme, these tents will definitely bring the wow factor to your big day.

What more can we say? The images speak for themselves...

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Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents , Venues

Perfectly natural wedding venue

We're ecstatic to give a really warm welcome to Thoulstone Park, a brand new wedding venue that's throwing it gates wide open to couples planning their own DIY festival style wedding.

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You may have hear of the award-winning eco-festival, Sunrise? Well, Thoulstone Park in Wiltshire is where it's held each year and it's part of a groundbreaking 'One Planet Living' eco-project. The team behind sunrise is now specialising in unique outdoor weddings, so you can be sure that its going to be stunning!

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Welsh Green Gold!

We were over the moon to hear that Ceridwen Centre - Welsh Green Weddings to you and I - was awarded the GOLD AWARD for Sustainable Tourism at the biennial Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards ceremony held last Thursday 14th November at Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli.

They sent us this picture of them proudly clasping the award (made of Welsh slate) for Sustainable Tourism.

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The awards are held by the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association every two years and Ceridwen entered the Sustainable Tourism category for the first time in 2011 winning Silver then - this time they bagged the GOLD!

They tell us they're thrilled, needless to say, because being green and sustainable is absolutely key to what they're about!

Massive congratulations to Simone and the the whole team (its very much a family affair) at Welsh Green Weddings. It's hugely deserved as we know they've worked incredibly hard to achieve everything they originally set out to do.

Oh, and by the way Ceridwen is a fabulous place to throw a green wedding!

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , News , Venues

Owl prowls and badger watching excursions launched at Folly Farm

We're delighted to tell you today that wonderful award winning wedding venue, Folly Farm, has launched a new range of free wildlife excursions for wedding guests, from owl prowls to nighttime badger watching expeditions.

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Director, Andrew Lund-Yates, told us: “Located at the heart of a stunning 250-acre reserve of wildflower meadows and ancient woodland, Folly Farm is surrounded by the wonders of nature.

And one of the main reasons couples are attracted to this special place is the romantic beauty of the environment, from its bird life and ancient gnarled oak trees to the dreamlike vistas over towards Chew Valley Lake.

Wedding guests are often keen to learn more about this incredible landscape and its biodiversity, so now we’re offering wildlife excursions guided by experts from Avon Wildlife Trust - everything from bat and bird spotting to owl prowls and badger watching.”

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Wonderful new venue launch

We're really excited to be going to the launch of the Gillyflower at Elmore Court, in Gloucestershire, tonight.

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Over the past year they've been busy building their eco friendly, rammed earth wedding venue, The Gillyflower and finishing their biomass boiler which will be heating the house and The Gillyflower with wood from the heart of the estate.

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We know they've got a wedding planner on board and all manner of fabulously refurbished rooms, like the master suite pictured above, in the main house. Watch this space for more about this fabulous new green wedding venue and what it has to offer. I'm sure they will be revealing it all to us tonight.

Visit their website for more information on this fantastic new wedding venue in the West Country.

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Bridal bazaar this Sunday!

The lovely people at Welsh Green Weddings are having a small event there this Sunday 27th October - A Bridal Bazaar, and what a fantastic idea it is too...

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They're inviting brides who got married in 2013, 2012 and even earlier, to book and (wo)man a stall for the very reasonable price of £13 for the whole day - a stall where they can sell their own wedding dresses, bridesmaid and pageboy outfits and wedding accessories.

All they ask, in addition to the stall price, is a donation to their chosen charity when they sell something.

Of course, future brides looking for something different or wanting to keep tight reign on their budgets are invited to go along and buy! It's all in a good cause.

Book quickly! email info@welshgreenweddings.co.uk or phone 01559 370517

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Small & intimate Welsh wedding days

Can you believe it? Welsh Green Weddings, the lovely people at Cearidwen, are already fully booked in 2014 for their large Tipi weddings - fantastic news, they deserve it - we love small family businesses who go that extra mile to make your wedding one of a kind and WGW are one of the best in this department.

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We think small weddings are the way to go and if you were contemplating an intimate wedding in Wales then they are still offering their eco friendly wedding venue including the Dairy, Byre and farmyard, to couples who want to invite around 50 guests to their wedding.

Welsh Green Weddings is holding an open day, by appointment only, on Sunday August 25th. There are 3 appointment slots left, so don't hesitate any longer, get in touch with Simone and book a time to have a look around this great Welsh wedding venue.

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Wonderful lakeside wedding venue

Here at GU HQ we’re delighted to welcome Graythwaite to our directory of wonderful wedding venues. A beautiful Cumbrian country estate set in 5,000 acres of lakeside, forest and woodland, Greythwaite has a rich heritage, and today supports a thriving residential and working community. All the things we love to hear about... And apparently William Wordsworth, the poet, and his wife Dorothy,enjoyed walking in Graythwaite’s woods.

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Silverholme, the fabulous main house at Graythwaite is a stylish blend of period character and modern luxuries: light and spacious reception rooms and quality furnishings for entertaining and relaxing; eight individualy-styled, ensuite bedrooms and the original coachman’s cottage; beautiful gardens and private access to Lake Windermere, the elegant manor house has the flexibility to make it your own - the perfect setting for your special day. The house and barn are licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and you can also hold an unlicensed ceremony with your own celebrant for any number of guests outdoors in the gardens, or in a beautiful lakeside setting under the very pretty gazebo.

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You can hire Silverholme for the whole weekend from Friday to Monday, making it the perfect setting for a wonderful weekend wedding gathering.

The lovely people at Silverholme make sure its a ‘home away from home’. You can either self-cater and do your own thing with family, friends or colleagues or take up their offer of a full range of concierge services including the catering and housekeeping, as well as organised activities, leaving you and your guests free to enjoy the house and gardens, and the pleasures of the country estate on your doorstep.

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Offering fine in-house catering using seasonal local produce, Silverholme comfortably seats up to 30 guests for a sit-down meal, but can also cater for up to 50 guests for an informal finger-fork buffet inside Silverholme, or in the barn close to the house, while for 50 or more guests, they’ll arrange marquee hire and can advise you on external catering companies.

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So, if you imagine getting wed in the Lake District or particularly favour a poetically inspired wedding day, the people at Silverholme would love to tell you more, show you the estate and the barn, and talk through the possibilities of making your wedding a very special celebration.

For more information check out their website and contact Katrina Stacey about this lovely Lakeland wedding venue.

Posted in Green Wedding Inspiration , Venues , Wedding Accommodation

Intimate Cornish eco-friendly wedding venue

Pendragon is a little Cornish gem hidden away in rolling countryside high up on Davidstow Moor on the fringes of Bodmin.

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This lovely little eco friendly wedding venue is available for couples wanting a small and intimate wedding of 50 to 100 guests in an exquisite house, surrounded by impressive manicured grounds and run by caring and flexible hosts who love nothing more than to help you make your special occasion a truly memorable one. You can even have your wedding ceremony in the sweet licensed gazebo in the garden.

Being incredibly flexible, they will do as little or as much as you require, helping you arrange the wedding that suits you, whether it’s just your wedding reception in the picturesque gardens or a one stop venue for your ceremony and the whole day.

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Summer wedding in Wales

It's so lovely to be able to celebrate our wonderfully hot and abundant summer and we love these photos from the wedding of Alex and Angela at the beautiful Welsh wedding venue, Welsh Green Weddings.

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If you would like to know more about throwing a green and eco friendly wedding in Wales then go to Welsh Green Weddings website for more information.

Images: James Kirby

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Photographers , Venues

Welsh Green Weddings - book soon for 2014!

Welsh Green Weddings has just let us know that they have booked another large wedding for 2014 and are now only able to host two more weddings in the giant tipi next year. So if this wonderful Welsh eco-friendly wedding venue is on your short list you should get in touch if you want to be one of those getting wed there in 2014.

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Having said that, though, there is still no limit to the number of small weddings in the Old Dairy, a really intimate space that caters for much smaller weddings - the big trend for 2014. And, for couples wanting to go on and party elsewhere, but just fancy a beautiful spot for their outdoor wedding ceremony, Welsh Green Weddings now has a gorgeous licensed gazebo in the garden which you can just hire for your wedding ceremony only. What a great idea!

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And don’t forget Bonnie the pony and trap, for bride and groom transport and photo opportunities - wonderful!

Contact Welsh Green Weddings for more information.

Posted in Green Wedding Ceremony , Natural Nuptials , Venues

Matara wins gold

Fabulous ethical and eco friendly wedding venue Matara recently told us, with huge pride, that they have been awarded a Living Gardens – Gold Award by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, for the work they have been doing in their Gardens of Wellbeing.

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They have been sowing heaps of nectar rich plants, so loved by bees and butterflies, in the Herb Garden; put up bird boxes throughout the gardens to encourage resident birds to nest there and they've left natural areas of twigs and logs to encourage slow worms to stay.

The award has been established by the Trust to reward garden owners who encourage wildlife into their gardens by growing plants that enrich the natural wildlife.

Matara’s Gardens of Wellbeing are open from Sundays to Thursdays between 1pm and 5pm. Guided tours and visits at other times are by appointment only (Tel: 01453 861050). Entry: £5.00 adults, £4.00 senior citizens/students, children 10 to 18 £3.00, under 10 free

However, if you choose to throw your wedding at Matara you will be able to share the gardens exclusively with your wedding guests. What a fabulous place to get married!

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For more information go to matara.co.uk

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Milwards House joins Green Union's wedding venues

Another sublime venue joins Green Union's list of fabulously eco friendly wedding venues.

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Milwards House is a licensed private and secluded, Grade II 16th century house set in acres of rolling lawns overlooking a huge picturesque lake. The rural setting is totally idyllic with far reaching views of the Sussex Downs. Who would have thought, so close to London?

Drive three quarters of a mile down a gravel drive framed by fields, ponds and old oaks, and arrive at the cobbled courtyard with ornate statued stone fountain.

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Enjoy drinks and canapés on the balustrade terrace above well established lawns studded with ornamental trees, and revel in the outstanding natural beauty of a park-like setting gazing down at the lake, a haven for wildlife and birds.

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Such a beautiful spot, Milwards is incredibly eco-friendly with their own reed beds, organic grasslands and all manner of other fantastic environmental innovations.

Go to Milwards House for more information or email enquiries@themilwardsestate.co.uk

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Autumn green wedding date available @ fforest

Ffabulous wedding venue fforest in Wales has just let us know that, due to a postponement (they have been fully booked for 2013 since last year), they now have a weekend wedding date available in the autumn - 28th September 2013.

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If you're planning to get hitched before the year end, love the great outdoors, festival style weddings, deliciously prepared food, and want a laid back relaxed affair then this is a date to snap up!

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For more information email fforest's wedding coordinator Charissa Duffy, or phone her 01239 623784.

Posted in Green Wedding Seasonal Celebrations , Venues

Clophill Centre Wedding Fayre

We've just found a fabulous new wedding venue where you can create your own unique wedding celebration!

And The Clophill Centre is inviting all brides and grooms to view their new wedding venue next weekend.

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Formerly a fruit farm, The Centre is situated on rolling hills just south of Bedford and offers a wonderful venue for your special day. Set in 14 peaceful and lush acres, full of simple and rustic charm, it really is a beautiful setting for both your wedding ceremony and reception.

They tell us that when you arrive you will be met by a selection of the best suppliers in the wedding industry situated in the stunning marquee tent and all dedicated to making your wedding day special!

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So if you're thinking of throwing a chilled out, eco friendly and green wedding North of London, you'd be mad not to go and check out this brand new totally relaxed wedding venue without delay!

WHERE? Clophill Fruit Farm, Shefford Rd, Clophill, Beds, MK45 4BT

WHEN? Saturday 23rd March 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm

FREE ENTRY and FREE PARKING

For more information you can visit their website, phone 01525 862278 or contact Lindsay by email: Lindsay@myeventsmadeeasy.co.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues

April wedding avialablity in Wales

The lovely people at Welsh Green Weddings have just let us know that they have just released availability for 2 SMALL weddings this April 10th and 13th.

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The weddings can take place in the Old Dairy only, which holds a maximum of 55 people.

So if you've just got engaged, want to throw a fashionably intimate wedding and don't want to wait an age for a venue to be available we highly recommend you check out what Welsh Green Weddings can offer you!

Go to their website for more information, or email simone@welshgreenweddings.co.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Offers , Venues

August Bank Holiday wedding date

Welsh Green Weddings have just let us know that, due to a wedding postponement till 2014, they now have the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd to 26th August 2013) free for a wedding booking.

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This is an amazing opportunity so if you are still looking for a fabulous green wedding venue for your eco friedly wedding this year then get in touch with info@welshgreenweddings.co.uk for more information. The weekend is suitable for weddings of all sizes from 2 guests to 120.

There's also the possibility of a small (less than 50 people) wedding on Friday 23rd involving just the Friday night's stay and then a second wedding on Sunday 25th with a stay till the Monday or Tuesday.

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fforest weddings has a new website!

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One of our ffavourite wedding venues, fforest has launched their brand new website, just in time for the New Year.

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Take a dip into their gorgeous new website focusing entirely on the wonderfully unique, natural weddings they throw in this beautiful environment, and tell me you won't be tempted to throw your green nuptials there!

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Folly Farms Autumn Wedding Fair

Don’t miss Folly Farm's Wedding Day on Saturday 10th November, from 10am to 4pm.

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Located in the beautiful Chew Valley, between Bristol and Bath, Folly Farm could be the wedding venue of your dreams…a magical place to plight your troth with birdsong and wildflowers in spring and summer, apple trees and golden leaves in autumn, wood smoke and wide skies in winter - it's a wonderful wedding venue for all seasons.

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The Farm holds a full license for civil ceremonies, delicious food and drink can be supplied by their Michelin starred caterers, and delightful en-suite guest accommodation is available in the farmhouse and studios.

On Saturday 10th November the Farm will have a host of wedding experts on hand - from caterers to florists - so you can glean plenty of information about their services, and get advice on how to make the most of your special day.

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Philip Neimand and the team will be laying on free refreshments and guided tours around this truly romantic wedding venue. Admission is free.

Please go to folly Farm's website, email info@follyfarm.org or phone 01275 331590 for more information.

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All the fun of the green wedding fair

Very short notice, but Trafford Hall has just let us know about their wedding fair being held this weekend. It should be fun and will give you some great ideas if you're looking for a venue in Cheshire and some green wedding inspiration.

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A magnificent Grade 2 listed building set in 14 acres of beautiful organically managed gardens, Trafford Hall is home to the National Communities Resource Centre, a registered charity offering training and support to those living and working in low-income areas across the UK to develop their skills, confidence and capacity to tackle problems and reverse poor conditions. Using Trafford Hall's facilities for your wedding can make a vital contribution to the charitable work undertaken there.

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So why not go along and find out if you fancy throwing your own eco friendly wedding at this fabulous venue.

Where: Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester CH2 4JP
When: Sunday 16th September 2012 from 11am to 4pm

Free entry and arrival drink
Local, recommended wedding suppliers will be there to offer advice
Hair and beauty demos
Win wedding goodies worth up-to £2500

For more information go to Trafford Hall's website

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Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues , Wedding Planning

18th May 2013 wedding date available!

An update on our post last week about Welsh Green Weddings ...

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They have just let us know that due to a cancellation they can offer the weekend of May 17th to 20th 2013 (wedding day Saturday 18th May) to another couple, so if you're still searching for the perfect place to tie the knot in an ethically green way in 2013, then the Ceridwen Centre in Carmarthenshire is worth considering.

Just email simone@ceridwencentre.co.uk or phone 01599 370517.

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Sshh… wedding yurts – fabulous spaces in beautiful places

A common theme coming from some of our visitor enquiries about the fabulous yurts that we advertise on Green Union seems to be: ‘they look amazing but what actually is a yurt and how can I use it for my wedding?’

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So we asked new kids in the directory Sshh… who are based in Brighton, to elaborate and this is what they told us:

"A yurt is a traditional structure originating in the high mountain steppes of central Asia, designed to be portable enough to be carried by yak (or truck in our case) to pretty much anywhere. The concertinaed lattice design is quick to set up while the beautiful roof ribs and their positioning actually act to streamline the yurt and protect it in the event of heavy winds and snowfall. Once the frame is up, the yurt is covered with a breathable canvas to keep out the rest of the weather and insulate the structure, while giving it a nice warm glow inside.

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Yurts are a great alternative to the traditional marquee for your wedding; a beautiful and atmospheric space in which to celebrate with family, friends and guests. Our bespoke event and wedding Yurts feature higher walls than a standard Yurt, providing a spacious and light space, whilst retaining the warmth which Yurts are renowned for. A simple yet classic cream-coloured canvas forms the outer layer, with a traditional wooden interior that permits you to decorate to your own taste and style, all manufactured here in the UK. The specially designed hard floor is also raised off the ground so you can celebrate for as long as you like, regardless of the weather. It also means you can have a dining area, bar and dance floor all under one roof. The intrinsic wheel-like design of the yurt crown floods the space with natural light and the breathable cream canvas cover allows soft light to suffuse the space, creating a warm yet fresh environment.

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The yurts can be podded together; this is simply done by joining one yurt to another to create different room-like spaces. It also provides the possibility of a larger space, as well as offering a variety of design options to suit your specific requirements. ”

What we also love about Sshh…Yurts is that their tents are made by British craftsmen using sustainable British timber and real cotton canvas right here in the UK, and their commitment to keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum is extremely high.

To find out more about their yurts and talk about using one for your wedding take a look at their website, email Sshh... at info@sshh.uk.com

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Marquees & Tents , Venues

Return to fforest

We've gone back to Fforest – Cardigan in the West of Wales with Gary Lashmar of Marshal Gray, wedding photographer extraordinaire, for the wedding of Laura and Nic, and it's seems as sublime as ever. The surrounding woodland and meadows are simply beautiful and the wedding venue as relaxed and individual as it first appeared to us.

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For more information about wonderful weddings at Fforest go to their website, email Amanda.Jenkins@coldatnight.co.uk or phone them on 01239 623633

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Wonderful eco wedding venue for 2013 weddings

Just got engaged? Don't want to wait for more than a year to get married? Want a Spring or early summer wedding? Looking for a fabulous eco friendly weekend wedding venue with woodlands, a country barn and farmhouse?

Well, we can suggest the perfect place...

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Absolutely one of the best times of the year in Devon is the Spring and early summer at Coombe Farm. The woods are just beautiful with new leaves bursting out in all their intense greenery and there's nothing more lovely than a wedding ceremony in dappled sunshine under the old oak tree. The last couple of years have seen Spring being warm and balmy in the West Country so it's worth snapping up this lovely eco friendly wedding venue for your wedding early in 2013.

They only have four weekends left - March 22, April 12 , May 17 and July 5th so don't hesitate too long or the dates will be gone in a flash!

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For more information and prices please check out Coombe Farm's website www.combefarmwoods.co.uk

Images: Green Photographic

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Have your green wedding at fforest this Autumn!

Uniquely wonderful Welsh green wedding venue fforest has just let us know that due to a last minute event cancellation on the weekend of 14 to 17 September this year, they now have room for another magical fforest wedding!

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The timing is perfect for a beautiful autumn wedding - the weather is usually really lovely then - still warm and sunny with a soft autumn light.

So if you're thinking about getting married in the Autumn of 2012 and still don't have a venue booked, get in touch with fforest right away as they would love to have a chat and let you know what they can do for you.

Find out more about fforest by going to their website coldatnight.co.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Inspiration , Special Offers , Venues

Fantastic midweek eco friendly wedding offer for July 2012!

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Here's an amazing opportunity to throw a mid-week wedding, this summer, during the school holidays, on the weekend of 25th to 28th July 2012.

Perfect for teachers or lecturers who are stuck with choosing high season for their nuptials, the venue has been heavily reduced to £2500.00 (saving of £1890.00), plus...
Your guests' accommodation will be reduced by an extra 20%

You can even choose either a 2 or 3 night package.

Have your green wedding at fforest camp bewteen 25th July to 28th July and celebrate!

ALSO...

For anyone who was lucky enough to get proposed to on Valentines day, or the Leap Year and planning on getting married at short notice fforest also still has one other full price July weekend slot left to book!

For more details on either of fforest's offers contact Cassy on cassy.wiggins@coldatnight.co.uk or phone 01239 612 133

Posted in Green Wedding Special Offers , Venues

fforest wedding open days

A little while ago we got really excited about a new eco friendly wedding venue in Wales that we thought was a perfect fit for those couples intending to throw a weekend festival wedding.

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Now you don't just have to take our word for it - fforest is inviting you to see for yourself what an amazing place it is. It will be a day for couples and their families to go along and see what's on offer.

They will take you on a guided tour around fforest which will be decked out with all those extra little details that are included for a wedding weekend and Cassy will also being give a little presentation showing fforest at different times of year, not only giving you a good idea how it will look when you plan to get married, but also how every wedding at fforest is truly unique.

Contact Cassy Wiggins on 01239 612 133 or email cassy.wiggins@coldatnight.co.uk to book your place either in April or July.

WHAT? Wedding Open Days

WHEN? Saturday 14th April 2012 and Saturday 21st July 2012

WHERE? At fforest camp, Fforest Farm, Cwnplysgog, Cilgerran, Cardigan, SA432TB

Put the dates in your diary!

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Inspiration , Venues

Eco-chic wedding fair at the Green House hotel

We heard that during marriage week, which ends today, couples were being encouraged to focus on actively nurturing their relationships (something we feel strongly about) and it seems a natural extension for them to nurture the environment and their local communities too. So it seems fitting that on Sunday February 26, the Green House hotel is hosting an Alternative Wedding Fair showcasing the cream of environmentally friendly wedding suppliers, bringing inspiration to couples planning to wed in the South of England.

Inspiration for brides-to-be will fill the luxurious, award winning, four-star hotel in Bournemouth. Organic, fair-trade, recycled and vintage wedding wares from florists to photographers and everything in between will help couples to be considerate in their eco-chic wedding choices.

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One of our favourite labels, the House of Tammam will be there to show off a selection of eco-couture wedding dresses for the chic bride who cares about ethics. A trailblazer of the eco-luxury movement, all Tammam wedding dresses are a perfect marriage of style, quality and sustainability. Lucy Tammam said she's really excited to be showing her eco-wedding dresses at the Green House along with so many fantastic sustainable suppliers at an amazing location.

It should be a great day for southern brides and grooms-to-be to find out how to include an ethical aspect to their wedding and it's a great opportunity for eco-friendly wedding vendors to reach a market outside London who might not know they exist.

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Sarah Pavett, event manager of The Green House hotel, said: "As the UK's greenest hotel, we wanted to create an Alternative Wedding Fair to illustrate the many ways that couple can make sure the planet doesn't pay the price for their special day. A thoughtfully planned menu for the breakfast, organic wedding cake, recycled or FSC stationery and a vintage or even ethical wedding dress all gain eco-points."

WHAT? Alternative Wedding Fair

WHEN? Sunday February 26th

WHERE?
The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth

For further information regarding weddings at The Green House hotel, go to www.facebook.com/greenhousehotel

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Venues

Green weddings forever

If you're thinking of getting wed in a wood, check out this video from one of our green wedding venues based in the Midlands, Forever Green Weddings, which says it all ...

Enjoy!

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April eco wedding date in Devon - 20 to 23 April

Just got engaged?
Don't want to wait a year to get married?
Looking for a beautiful country wedding setting in April?
Well we have the perfect place...

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Absolutely one of the best times of the year in Devon is April and at Coombe Farm it is just glorious. If the season is early then there will be some bluebells peeking out to smile at you in the woods, but even if they're not in full bloom, the woods are just beautiful with new leaves bursting out in all their intense greenery and dappled sunshine.

The last couple of years have seen April being warm and balmy in the West Country so it's worth snapping up this lovely eco friendly venue for your Spring wedding this year.

They have only one weekend left - 20 to 23 April 2012 so don't hesitate too long or the date will be gone in a flash!

For more information and prices please check out Coombe Farm's website www.combefarmwoods.co.uk

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Save the date, naturally

When Simone over at Welsh Green Weddings sent us Ruth and Glenn's save the date photo (they are to be married at Penybanc Farm in Carmarthenshire in April this year) we couldn't help sharing it!

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If you're planning a naturally green and eco-friendly wedding this is a brilliantly cost effective way to announce your wedding date to your family and friends...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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A green fforest wedding

Here at GU HQ we get so excited when we discover yet another absolutely unique and exquisite wedding venue that ticks all our boxes.

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A wedding at fforest, in Cardigan, Wales, really is unique and captures the essence of what a green wedding is all about, embracing the natural environment and drawing on an ever-changing template presented by the seasons.

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fforest is about the great outdoors and is set in 200 acres of woodland, grazed pasture and wild meadow. The farm is bounded by the Afon (River) Teifi and the Teifi Marshes nature reserve with gorgeous views across the Preseli mountains, ancient woodland, water meadow and traditional farmland. The camp provides a natural green canvas for your wedding celebrations and creates a place to enjoy the simplicity, pleasures and beauty of outdoor living in an outstanding natural environment.

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Eclectic eco-chic London wedding

What we love about the weddings that our fans throw is the total individuality of them and the irresistible melting pot of cultures that boil over!

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Ethical wedding photographer, Emma Stoner sent us lovely photos of Jenny and Peter's Jewish wedding held right in the heart of the City at the iconic newly refurbished St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The couple chose the spot for it's unique character and convenient location not far from their North London flat, so helping to cut down on travel. This beautiful building, with its stylish Victorian inspired interiors and Gothic romantic architecture provides an excellent setting for a wedding.

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Autumn inspired eco friendly wedding shoot

Wedding stylist Sue Fyfe-Williams of Aunties Vintage China recently sent us this lovely Autumn inspired photo shoot at Welsh Green Weddings, a distinctly different wedding venue that offers a multitude of options for couples to plan a unique, individual wedding which reflects their values and choices.

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Newly licensed for weddings earlier this year, wonderful Welsh Green Weddings is a beautiful and versatile eco friendly wedding venue near Llandysul, Ceridigion. The Dairy and Byre are both licensed for wedding ceremonies and, while larger weddings may need a marquee, smaller more intimate wedding receptions can fit snugly into the dairy. There is a great choice of accommodation for your guests ranging from cosy dormitory-type rooms in the adjacent Ceridwen Centre, bedrooms in the farmhouse and the byre, a yurt and an original, beautifully decorated Romany caravan. Couples who choose to spend their wedding night in the Romany caravan, which is at the end of a leafy path, will wake up surrounded by rolling Welsh hills and serenaded with birdsong.

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The wedding venue is owned and run by Simone and Roger Mansell-Broome, who are just the perfect hosts and stylist Sue said that when one tries to praise them for their hospitality and attention to detail they reply “It's what we do”.

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Beautiful Somerset wedding venue

We've just found a beautiful new wedding venue in Somerset. So conveniently close to Taunton that it would be easy for your guests to arrive at the wedding on time!

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Woodlands Castle is holding a Ladies Indulgence Night this Friday so it would be a great opportunity to go along and see it for yourself. They are donating all proceeds on the night to the Breast Cancer campaign, so you will feel good about indulging yourself too!

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They're offering a variety of free treatments including hair, nails and massage. Also you will have an opportunity to buy jewellery, home wares, cards and gifts.

There'll also be evening entertainment along with champagne and a delicious buffet.

WHAT? Ladies Indulgence Night
WHERE? Woodlands Castle, Taunton
WHEN? Friday 23rd September, 6pm until 11pm
HOW MUCH? £8 entry, proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer campaign.

Buy tickets here.

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Eco Hero: Linda Moss

organic_honeymoons.jpgCongratulations to our great friend Linda Moss - author of Organic Places to Stay, who has been nominated by Greenhouse PR as their Eco-Hero for September.

"The reason why we love Linda is that she has been passionate about organic holidays for the last 12 years - working her socks off to produce a wonderful guide and website and never giving up - despite difficulties along the way. The outcome is a wonderful guide with truly wonderful organic places to stay" say the people at Greenhouse PR.

We wholeheartely agree with this statement and are delighted to see her efforts being recognised.

Check out her website which lists hundreds of fantastic places to stay in the UK and further afield, ranging from putting your own tent up in a field on a certified organic permaculture farm to a boutique hotel with an organic restaurant, the many options in between include an amazing variety of bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation too.

Perfect for planning your organic honeymoon.


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Wedding Fair at Trafford Hall

Lovely new (to us) wedding venue, Trafford Hall, nestled in the countryside just outside Chester, are throwing their very first wedding fair this Thursday evening.

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Trafford Hall is run and maintained by the National Communities Resource Centre - a notable charity. This year the Charity has been awarded Level 4 of the Green Dragon Standards for the centre's environmental management systems (EMS)and the centre has just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Hall is a magnificent grade 2 listed Georgian Manor house, situated in 14 acres of award winning gardens and surrounded by the beautiful Cheshire countryside, a perfect setting for your ethical wedding day celebrations.

The house offers a beautiful ballroom and glasshouse licensed for your wedding ceremony, plus a couple of other more intimate rooms for smaller weddings (the big wedding trend). The child friendly venue is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has 53 ensuite bedrooms to accommodate all your guests at very reasonable prices. What more could you wish for?

SAVE THE DATE.......

Thursday 8th September 2011

5:30-9pm

At Trafford Hall, - FREE entry and arrival drink.

View this magnificent venue set up for a wedding ceremony and reception. Take this opportunity to meet their experienced wedding team and and meet wedding suppliers including entertainment, vintage cars and beauty therapists.

If you cant'sake it to Trafford Hall tomorrow but you're planning to get wed around the Chester area then get in contact with Nicky Dutton to arrange a viewing, check availability and discuss your ideas and dreams. Tel: 01244 300246 or email n.dutton@traffordhall.com

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A truly green and ethical venue

Matara, a very green and ethical wedding venue listed in our directory, is totally committed to providing its customers with transparency in all they do and we have recently been sent the following statement by them.  We thought our readers would love to know how committed they are - over to Geoffrey Higgins of Matara:

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"We want to ensure that, while providing you with the opportunity to celebrate the important rites of passage in your life, we give you as much information as possible about how we work, the food you eat and how it is sourced, the energy we use, and the team who work for you.  We want you to be confident that the food we serve is sourced from suppliers who rear their animals humanely and allow them to range freely outdoors, free of growth hormones and antibiotics, provide us with only sustainable varieties of fish, supply products made from organic or biodynamic crops without pesticides, and then prepared by us with love and care.  We undertake to do as much as we can to minimise the environmental impact of our work for you, and are endeavouring to do our part in nurturing the environment and the nature which we so love.  

Our goal is to reduce our wastage and emissions towards 0% - a big challenge.  We are at the first stage of the process and are committed to internally auditing our processes and suppliers over the next three months to see how we can:

  • Buy only what we need, leaving no surplus
  • Change or redesign our processes to take out waste entirely or reduce it to a minimum
  • Encourage our suppliers to reduce or remove the packaging they use or start working with like-minded suppliers
  • Purchase as many renewable, environmentally friendly, ethically, organically products as possible
  • Buy as much as possible from local suppliers to reduce the mileage travelled and – in the case of food – maximise the taste
  • Eliminate all hazardous chemicals from Matara thus avoiding soil and water pollution
  • At the same time, we want to create an environment at Matara within the team that encourages learning about sustainability and the part each person plays in the journey

"Our challenge is to establish an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just presence on the planet as the principle of our time." Charles Stirton - friend of Matara.

“I believe it is only though exploration and dialogue we will be able to address the ecological, social challenges we face.  In a conversation, you always expect a reply and if you honour the other person, you understand that you must not expect always to receive a reply that you foresee, or a reply that you will like.  A conversation is two-sided and always, to some degree, mysterious; it requires faith.” Wendell Berry – American man of letters

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Kentish green wedding venue

If you're planning a wedding in Kent and looking for a uniquely eco-friendly wedding venue then take a trip The Pines Calyx. They're holding their Autumn Wedding Open Day on Sunday 30th October.

It's an exclusive and unique wedding venue set in St. Margaret’s Bay just North of Dover - one of our favourites.

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Meet the team and some of Kent’s finest wedding professionals who will be exhibiting on the day.

Entry is free and open to all. Start the day with a complementary glass of Champagne on arrival and take your time to check out this wonderful space and chat with the lovely people who run this unique place.

The Pines Calyx is set in a wonderfully tranquil garden atop the famous White Cliffs. After you've had a look around the venue you could take a stroll around the beautiful garden, visit the tea room for refreshments and pop down to the Bay to admire the iconic Cliffs.

What? Wedding Open Day

Where? Pines Calyx, Beach Road, The Pines Garden, St. Margaret’s Bay, Kent, CT15 6DZ

When? Sunday 30th October 2011 from 11am to 4pm

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Weddings, tents and gypsy caravan

Simone from Welsh Green Weddings sent us some lovely photos of the first two weddings held at their wonderful new licensed wedding venue at Penybanc Farm in Carmarthenshire.

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Maggie and Steve were married there in May. It was an intimate family affair - Maggie originates from Guyana in South America so there was rather an exotic theme - a light green wedding with hot pinks, rum punch and colourful flowers - great contrast to the rolling green Welsh mountains!

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The second wedding at the beginning of June was a larger event with a wonderful tent set on the platform overlooking the valley. They had beautiful sunny weather, a vegetarian reception, Chinese flying lanterns and a good time was had by all.

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A wonderful idea - Welsh Green Weddings now have a beautifully restored authentic Romany caravan - perfect for the bride and groom on their wedding night, or a romantic break.

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Welsh Green Weddings are offering 'Midweek Weddings' or 'Tea Party Weddings' for budget minded couples. To find out more go to their website or phone Simone on 01559 370517 for a chat.


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Matara's green weddings

There's a wonderfully eco venue in the middle of England called Matara which offers ethical couples heaps of lovely ideas for their weddings and we thought it time that they told us more about the Centre. So here it is, straight from the people in the know. Over to you, Alice:

Matara Weddings - Clothèd all in Green-O

At Matara, we have spent the last 15 years developing our Centre into a place which allows guests to celebrate their wedding very personally, confident that they are making vows in a setting behind which there are ecologically sound principles.

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We believe in fresh, local, organic produce. As much as possible of the fruit and vegetables we serve are organic; our meat is sourced from a trusted local butcher. We try as much as possible to serve seasonal produce, cutting down the miles your food travels to ensure it is fresh, with the best possible taste. We are committed to serving fish that has been responsibly sourced and is sustainable, so that we protect future needs for everyone. Wherever possible, we source our butter locally; it tastes better, doesn't travel far, and we are helping the local economy. We offer local cheeses, with milk from local cows.

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Forever Green throws open its doors in Nottinghamshire

Forever Green, a lovely woodland wedding venue in Nottinghamshire is throwing open its doors to visitors for three evenings this year when the venue will be all set up for a wedding with planners and suppliers on hand to chat with you.

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If you're thinking of getting wed in the area then it's a great idea to attend one of their series of wedding open evenings.

Put the dates in your diary and pop along to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly while you talk to their wedding planners and other selected suppliers about your special day.

What? Wedding Open Evenings - Free entry

When? 6th May, 12th August and 18th November 2011 7pm till 9 pm

Where? Forever Green">Forever Green, Ransom Wood, Southwell Road, Manslfield, Nottinghamshire
Entry is free and the event runs from 7pm till 9pm.

For more information contact 01623 675323 or email enquiries@forever-green.info

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Welsh green weddings

At last we have found an amazing venue in Wales for those that want to get wed the green way over the border. And what a venue it is, hosting wedding and civil partnership celebrations on their organic farm for those who want a truly rural, less commercialised, more individual green event.

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Welsh Green Weddings in West Wales, is a small organic farm of forty acres tucked into the lush green Teifi Valley. They offer self-catered and/or catered accommodation for over forty people sleeping in three separate converted farm buildings plus additional sensitively managed spaces for camping and caravans. And there's a beautifully converted Old Dairy for small wedding receptions while larger receptions can be held in hired tents, yurts or marquees in the field close to the farmhouse.

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An undiscovered gem of a venue nestling on the borders of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Although it sounds rather remote, it's actually only a mile from the A484 linking Carmarthen to Cardigan and the nearest railway station is in Carmarthen, only 12 miles away, just beyond the western end of the M4, so very easy to get to from far and wide.

Welsh Green Weddings is Vegetarian approved, being members of the Vegetarian Society Food and Drink Guild, and the farm is heated by a biomass boiler with solar powered hot water. The photos were taken on a gloriously sunny spring day last weekend - you can just imagine how lush it will be in the summer!

These wonderful people are incredibly flexible and are happy to do whatever you like, whatever the size or complexity of your big day.

For more information check out their website www.welshgreenweddings.co.uk, email info@welshgreenweddings.co.uk get in touch with Simone on 01559 370517.

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Dream green weddings in Cornwall

There’s been a revolution in the world of weddings recently. Suddenly weddings are all about the bride and groom, and the way they choose to live and marry.

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You’d think that this was always how it was meant to be, but in the past it didn’t usually work out that way.

The best day of your life was often all about the parents who were probably paying for it, Great Aunt Martha’s dislike of fancy food and not upsetting the vicar!

Thankfully things have changed and now it's very personal – weddings are more and more a reflection of the happy couple themselves - they’re romantic, they’re green, they’re fun.

Cornish Tipi Weddings captures the essence of eco-chic – riding the crest of this new wave of green Romantics with its very 21st century blend of sustainability, fun and glamour.

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Their licensed wedding pavillion means it's the closest you'll get to an outdoor wedding ceremony in England and they’ll arrange the wedding of your dreams for 20 people or 220 people, with a matchless backdrop of woodland and sky, shimmering lake water and magical Cornish earth.

For more information about Cornish Tipi Weddings and Cornish Tipi Holidays (their tipi camping accommodation) go to their website www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk, email info@cornishtipiweddings.co.uk or phone 01208 880781

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"The ceremony took place in a clearing in the woods. Guests sat on hay bales and sipped champagne...The band was fantastic, the company even better and we finished it off sleeping in a tipi and waking to a fantastic day of fishing and swimming in the lake."

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Green wedding open day

If you're planning an eco friendly wedding in Kent and still open to your wedding venue choice then take yourself along to The Pines Calyx this weekend. It's an exclusive and unique wedding venue set in St. Margaret’s Bay just North of Dover - one of our favourites.

They're holding a wedding open day this Sunday 27th March.

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Meet the team and some of Kent’s finest wedding professionals who will be exhibiting on the day.

Entry is free and open to all. Start the day with a complementary glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival and take your time to check out this wonderful space and chat with the lovely people who run this unique place.

The Pines Calyx is set in a wonderfully tranquil garden atop the famous White Cliffs. After you've had a look around the venue you could take a stroll around the beautiful garden, visit the tea room for refreshments and pop down to the Bay to admire the iconic Cliffs.

What? Wedding Open Day

Where? Pines Calyx, Beach Road, The Pines Garden, St. Margaret’s Bay, Kent, CT15 6DZ

When? Sunday 27th March 2011 from 11am to 4pm

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A wedding that won’t cost the Earth ...

If you are as committed to a green way of life, as you are to each other, then naturally you will want to ensure that your wedding is truly Green!

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And with the average wedding costing dearly in monetary value and the earth’s resources, there are lots of measures you can take to make sure your wedding day doesn’t go against all that you believe in. You'll be looking for a thoughtfully planned menu for your wedding breakfast, an organic wedding cake, recycled stationery and a vintage wedding dress which all gain eco-points, so choosing an eco chic wedding venue will top the bill. Look no further, The Green House Hotel is a must see ...

The Green House, Bournmouth's 'Small Hotel of the Year 2010', a stylish and modern eco-friendly four star boutique hotel, boasts about being one of the Greenest hotels in the UK with excellent service and luxurious accommodation.

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Penrhos wedding availability Spring/Summer 2011

Penrhos Court still has two wedding dates left in early 2011 so if you're still dithering about where to get wed this is the most amazing venue to choose - one of the greenest venues in our wedding directory, we highly recommend that you go visit and see what they can offer before these two rather good dates get snapped up.

The weekends of 23/24 April 2011 and 21/22 May 2011 are still available to book.

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Penrhos is a great party house and is yours exclusively for your wedding. Licensed for civil ceremonies the whole event can unfold here. With 15 ensuite bedrooms you, your family and friends can stay one, two or three nights creating a magical weekend house party.

“All our guests captivated by the uniqueness of Penrhos. It is not just the idyllic setting however but the underlying ethos of the place that makes it so very special." Laura & Chris 2009

To find out more go to their website, email weddings@penrhos.com or phone 01544 230720

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Great New Year wedding offer at RSA London

One of our favorite eco friendly city wedding venues, the RSA House in Central London is offering a fabulous New Year deal.

If you're planning a winter wedding in the big city early in 2011, the RSA House makes a perfect location with their unique candlelit vaults providing a truly romantic atmosphere for your big day that's hard to beat.

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Their early bird offer includes venue hire, sparkling wine reception for a minimum of 60 guests with a selection of canapés, three course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of house wine per person and a glass of sparkling wine for the toasts. There's an evening disco and dance floor, unlimited tea light candles, PA system, optional gels for vault uplighters thrown in and you can have a cash bar for the late party goers.

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All that for £100 per person and the Happy Couple go FREE of charge!

This fantastic offer is available for weddings booked between January and March 2011. What are you waiting for?

For more information contact www.theRSA.org/house phone 020 7451 6815, or email weddings@rsa.org.uk

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Wishing you a Folly Farm Christmas…

The Folly Farm Centre near Bristol and Bath is one of our favourite green wedding venues, and this year they’re offering their fantastic facilities for Christmas functions and winter breaks.

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So, whether you’re seeking an inspiring venue for your office party or arranging a festive get-together with friends and family, or even a last minute wedding celebration! Folly Farm is perfect.

There’s a great choice of function suites, with the largest able to take up to 120 people. Comfortable overnight accommodation for up to 45 people is available in the lovely farmhouse and converted barns - fall asleep to the rustle of the wind in the trees and the call of owls in the surrounding nature reserve.

Eco friendly features range from biomass central heating to rainwater harvesting. And best of all, profits go to supporting the conservation and ecological work of Avon Wildlife Trust.

Find out more by e-mailing the Folly Farm Centre team today at info@follyfarm.org or phoning them on 01275 331590.

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Natural wedding venue in the heart of London

We're over the moon to have WWT London Wetland Centre join our eco friendly wedding directory.

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WWT London Wetland Centre is 42 hectares of beautiful lakes, pools and lagoons bringing wildlife and birds to the heart of our capital city.

To find such an amazing habitat so close to central London is unique and this combination of beautiful surroundings and central location (Zone 2) makes it the ideal venue for natural weddings in the city. The Wetland Centre are liscensed to hold civil partnership and marriage ceremonies in some of their buildings while other buildings are fabulous spots for wedding receptions. Venues approved for ceremonies are the Observatory and Wetland Living.

The Observatory can host a maximum of 110 guests and is a beautiful split level, heated observatory with a huge viewing window which has spectacular panoramic views across the reserve.

Wetland Living is a quaint and intimate venue with a thatched roof and white washed walls providing you the perfect location for your event. Licensed for wedding ceremonies the building has a capacity for 42 guests seated or 60 people standing. Where else in London can you have a wedding ceremony surrounded by beautiful wetlands and birds?

This wonderful wildlife and bird sanctuary is situated in Barnes not far from Hammersmith Bridge and smack in the middle of London. It's an inspiration for couples living in London who would prefer to get married in a wilder, more natural environment but don't want to stray too far from home.

If you would like to hold your wedding and/or reception at the London Wetland Centre, please enquire at 020 8409 4400 or functions.london@wwt.org.uk.

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Wedding Fair at Nottinghamshire's green venue

If you're planning to get wed in Nottinghamshire soon then you might find some great ideas at Forever Green's Wedding Fair this weekend.

Forever Green's wedding fair promises to be one to remember. Surrounded by their romantic setting of 70 acres of indigenous woodland, the fair will include live music, fashion shows, bucks fizz on arrival, fantastic goodie bag give aways and all the advice you could need from a top range of exhibitors whose sole aim is to create the most perfect wedding for you.

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There's also a great opportunity to win venue hire work £1,200 - an offer that would be hard to turn down!

Entry is just £2.50 and automatically enters you into the prize draw giving you the chance to win venue hire worth £1200. Tickets can be purchased on the door on the day.

What? Wedding Fair
When? Sunday 10th October 2010, 10 am to 4 pm
Where? Forever Green, Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

For more information about Forever Green go to their website and for information on the wedding fair you can download their visitor brochure from their site.

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Eco-chic city wedding venue throws open its doors

Next weekend the dedicated team at the RSA will be throwing open the doors of the House to showcase their fantastic facilities for Weddings and Civil Partnerships.

Located in the heart of London, the RSA House’s Georgian façade conceals many unexpected delights of contemporary and traditional architecture. Whether you seek the inspiring grandeur of the Great Room or the intimacy of a candlelit ceremony in the Vaults, the RSA really is the most ideal wedding venue in the heart of London if you are planning memorable wedding day.

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You won't know just how fabulous this wedding venue is unless you go along and meet the team and their suppliers on Sunday 17th October 2010.

No need to make an appointment, just get along there and find out more about one of London’s best kept secrets.

Contact weddings@rsa.org.uk, T: 020 7451 6815 or visit their website www.theRSA.org to find out more.

What? Open House
Where? RSA House, London WC2
When? Sunday 17th October 2010 11 am till 3 pm

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Gorgeous Green Weddings in Wiltshire - at last!

We're absolutely delighted to announce that the long wait is over for Winkworth Farm's brand new green wedding venue. Set to throw open its doors at the beginning of August, Winkworth Farm is embarking on a new chapter in its life as a premier eco-friendly venue for weddings, offering the highest quality service that doesn’t cost the earth.

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Set in over 220 acres of organic pastureland, Winkworth Farm strongly believes in supporting the local economy whilst using the latest green technology to reduce its Carbon footprint. The 12th century farmstead has been lovingly renovated by local builders and craftsmen to embrace its ancient past and introduce environmentally friendly modern technology.

No expense has been spared when considering the earth’s future and being green doesn’t mean sub standards here. Energy efficient heating and audio visual equipment has been deployed and even the hand dryers are green and locally sourced!

Not only are they good to the environment but they believe is being good to the community so for every wedding or event held a donation is made to Oxfam Unwrapped and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute.

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Further details and a brochure can be downloaded from: www.winkworthfarm.com

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Giant tipi tents win popular vote

With festival fever in full swing, Glastonbury all but over and a sweltering summer to inspire, you'll be thinking about throwing your eco friendly wedding in a field next summer, so whatever else you do you will probably need to hire a tent (just in case it rains!).

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Imagine having 200 wedding guests gathered in three Giant Hat Kåtas all joined together to create a single huge space. The sun is setting, the band is in full swing and people are grooving on the dance floor. Across the tent people are chatting at the bar whilst others linger by the open fire…yes… inside the tent! You can have a smaller Tipi tent for guests to chill out on bean bags and giant cushions. Then as the night draws to a close, your guests can retire to individual camping tents in a tipi village created for you across the field.

In the West Country the lovely people at World Inspired Tents hire these wonderful giant tipis, known as Kåtas, offering an exciting, visually stunning and practical alternative to the traditional marquee and they have an amazing selection of teepee style tents for weddings, festivals and other outdoor events. World Inspired Tents will work with you to create a venue that will amaze and wow your wedding guests, their tents allow your imagination to run wild.

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What's more this eco-friendly marquee company has recently scooped the top prize at the West Country Wedding Awards. To win this coveted award they have to have gained a healthy vote from their existing customers. Proof, we think, that they are just the best tent company that we thought they were!

If you would like more information, please call Edward Wright at World Inspired Tents on 01271 865306 or e.mail info@world-inspired.co.uk

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Fantastic marquee offer!

Now here's an offer you can't refuse ...

The people at Forever Green in Nottinghamshire are offering a marquee for a wedding on the weekend of 26 November for the fantastic price of £1500 reduced from £4000! The capacity of the tent, including a dance floor and bar area is for 200 people.

If you're planning a shotgun wedding or still haven't found a spot for your special day, and save wedding the budget, this could be the answer to your dreams.

For more information get in touch with James Cannon at Ransomwood Estates on 01623 675304 or email James.Cannon@Ransomwood.co.uk

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Big wave, big welcome

Looking outside at the weather today (there's snow on Exmoor) it's hard to believe we will ever get some of those gorgeous summer days that we all lust after. But summer will come and we're predicting that festival flags are the next big thing for back yard wedding decor.

So when Cornish festival flag makers Big Wave Flags contacted us to find out whether our couples would be interested in their flags we nearly bit their hands off!

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Having a cluster of Big Wave Flags to welcome your guests makes a real statement and they can transform your wedding venue to create a quite unique atmosphere. The flags stand 8 meters tall and are available in combinations of white, silver, ivory champagne, yellow, gold, red, purple, green, blue and more.

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The fantastically tall, upright flags fly beautifully as en-masse installations but, if your budget will only run to a couple of flags, they also work equally well in the most compact locations. Each and every flag is different and they are all handmade in Big Wave's studio overlooking the North Cornish coastline.

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Fabulous Richmond wedding venue

The Bingham is the bees knees! Another fabulous city chic wedding venue boasting impressive eco credentials, we just love it.

Imagine entertaining friends and family as you sip champagne on an expansive terrace, watch the sunset over a stunning river vista with your loved ones and dance the night away by flickering candlelight in one of the most stylish settings.

A unique Georgian townhouse hotel in Richmond and once the residence of poets, the Bingham offers an alluring mix of old glamour and contemporary chic. The aura is distinctly warm the Bingham offers an idyllic, riverside environment perfect for weddings and civil partnerships.

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Arrive by boat, or vintage Rolls Royce; Devour champagne, cocktails and canapés in the riverside garden or on the covered and heated terrace; Dine on exquisite award winning seasonal and local Modern British Cuisine, or chill out over a BBQ; Have a DJ spin some tunes or have your guests spin to a Ceilidh. Whatever your choice a Bingham wedding will be unique and truly memorable.

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Posted in Green Wedding Civil Partnerships , Venues , Wedding Planning

Green wedding open day in Kent - 21st March 2010

Still haven't found your perfect wedding venue?

Well gorgeous green award winning wedding venue and idyllic destination, Pines Calyx in Kent is throwing open its doors on Sunday 21st March to show off how greening your wedding can be a good thing for you and for the environment. It could be just the place for your romantically eco-inspired wedding.

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Go along and meet their wedding coordinator and preferred suppliers, take a walk and enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Pines Calyx which has a lake, sweeping lawns and stunning sea views.

What? Wedding Venue Open Day
When? Sunday 21st March 2010, 11am till 4pm
Where? Pines Calyx, St. Margaret's Bay, Kent, CT15 6DZ
How much? Free admission

For more information on the wedding venue and their open day please visit their website pinescalyx.co.uk or telephone them on 01304 851 737.

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues

Stunning arabian wedding tents

If you're planning an exotic theme for your wedding, one of these stunning tents will create an atmosphere out of the Arabian Nights.

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Arabian Tents has a range of marquees with beautifully hand made interiors in a number of designs which include delicate printing to vibrant velvets and all the patterns on the tent linings are hand block printed in India using traditional techniques.

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The company also stocks and wide range of accessories and lounge furniture like sofas, padded stools, low tables, chests, rugs and ornaments which you can use to decorate and accessorise the inside space with.

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What we love about Arabian Tents is their commitment to the women's co-operative that does all the block printing. By supporting this co-operative they are giving women who find themselves in abusive relatoinships an opportunity to become financially independent. Also some of the soft furnishings you can hire are made by a Delhi company that employs Aids suffrers, helping them at every stage of their illness by providing them with appropriate work and taking into consideration their needs at every stage.

Now that's a wonderful way to spend your wedding budget, supporting a company that cares.

For more information go to their website arabiantents.co.uk email Katherine Hudson info@arabiantents.com or telephone her on 01323 887 654

Posted in Green Wedding Decorations & Details , Marquees & Tents , Venues

RSA Wedding Open House

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The dedicated team at the RSA are delighted to be throwing open the doors of the House to showcase their fantastic facilities for Weddings and Civil Partnerships.

Located in the heart of London, the RSA House’s Georgian façade conceals many unexpected delights of contemporary and traditional architecture. Whether you seek the inspiring grandeur of the Great Room or the intimacy of a candlelit ceremony in the Vaults, the RSA really is the most ideal wedding venue in the heart of London if you are planning memorable wedding day.

You won't know just how fabulous this wedding venue is unless you go along and meet the team and their suppliers on Sunday 28th February 2010.

Find out more about one of London’s best kept secrets.

Contact weddings@rsa.org.uk, T: 020 7451 6815 or visit their website www.theRSA.org to find out more.

What? Open House
Where? RSA House, London WC2
When? Sunday 28th February 2010

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues

Amazing success story!

When World Inspired Tents wrote to us with an update on the company's second amazing year of trading, we couldn't help but feel proud to have been involved in their incredible success. Ed Wright, the MD told us:

"Having been in your wedding directory for two years, I can confirm that Green Union consistently provides the greatest volume of web traffic and the highest quality of leads to our business, over and above all other wedding directories".

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Ed went on to tell me a little more about the business and where the teepees have taken him over the last year:

"We've had an amazing year and despite being only our second full year in business, World Inspired Tents has grown significantly. We've successfully completed jobs all over the South of England and Wales from Glastonbury to The Gower and from the western tip of Cornwall to East Grinstead (we did ask him if he was offsetting his travel!). Every one of our weddings has been a 100% successful and people just adore the tipis! Compared to traditional white marquees and tents, they are still very rare so we have the advantage of offering something that is all but unique. The letters of thanks we've had from our couples have been amazing.

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Create your own unique wedding experience

So many wedding venues these days only offer a bridal couple what suits the venue, rather than what you really want. So much so, that sometimes the venue will even insist that you conform to their ideas in order to make their job easier and charge you for the privilege. Some wedding venues even hold more than one wedding on the same day spitting out bridal parties like sausages!

So we're always looking for wedding venues willing to go that extra mile to help you create an extra special day totally tailored to your own dreams. One very special place we know is the Matara Centre and Kingscote Park, a beautiful and tranquil place to hold a unique wedding celebration.

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After holding 100’s of weddings they have used their experience to put together and idea of the dream wedding that can be tailored to your own unique celebration.

And the people at Matara know that having the time to relax and enjoy is the secret to a wonderful wedding celebration. Savouring good food, rich conversations and fond memories in a very special place with close family and friends who have come together to celebrate your marriage is important. So with this in mind they offer you the sole use of the Matara Centre and Kingscote Park with accommodation for up to 24 guests for two whole days.

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Fabulous farm wedding

When Lisa Dawn, a West Country photographer sent in these photos of the recent wedding she shot in Somerset in England, we just had to post them here. The photography is great and, of course, Huntstile Organic Farm where the wedding was held this summer, is one of our favourite wedding venues.

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Gorgeous green country wedding venue

We're so excited to welcome Winkworth Farm to our green wedding directory!

Set in 230 acres of organic farmland, this former Cotswold stone threshing barn complex with a capacity for 200 seated guests is a fabulous new wedding venue for couples planning to throw a wedding in the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire countryside. Renovated by local craftsmen, using some ancient building methods combined with the very latest environmentally friendly technology, this lovely new venue is being sympathetically restored with a high-end finish throughout, including the furniture and fittings.

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The Barns, reached by a mile long private drive, are surrounded by already well established lawns, herbaceous borders, a Cotswold stone sunken garden and acres of organic meadows with ravishing views and is yours exclusively for your wedding day.

There's a Farmhouse too which can be hired from 1 to 4 nights, with meals prepared by a local chef. The perfect place for you to prepare for the big day with your immediate family.

What's so special about Winkworth Farm is the fact that the Jeremy and Melanie Newman will not compromise on any aspect of the building work, or the way they will run the venue when it opens in June 2010. Although the farm business has diversified from its original beef farming roots, they still believe in supporting and promoting local suppliers and producers. They are employing a local architect, builders and craftsmen to realise their dream venue and they use renewable energy with the latest green technology to reduce the farm's carbon footprint.

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Having hosted wedding receptions in the cattle byre with a marquee attached since 2004, the Newman family are old hands at making your day go without a hitch and they are now looking forward to hosting weddings year round in their newly renovated and licensed Cotswold venue.

If you fancy taking a look and talking to Jeremy and Melanie about Winkworth Farm, they will be welcoming visitors for ‘hard hat tours’ of the barn complex from Autumn 2009 and they are already taking wedding bookings starting August 2010 through to 2011.

To find out more go to their website or contact them by email at info@winkworthfarm.com or tel. 01666 823499.

Posted in Green Wedding Venues

London wedding showcase

london_wedding_venue.jpgIf you didn't find the ideal wedding venue on your travels round the wedding fairs, or at the National Wedding Show, this weekend and you fancy throwing an eco chic wedding right in the middle of London's West End, then here's a chance to view one of our favourite wedding venues of all time.

The RSA House in WC2 is having their very own Wedding Showcase right in the heart of the big city next weekend and its dedicated team are excited about opening the doors of this beautiful House to show off their facilities for Weddings and Civil Partnerships.

The House's Georgian facade conceals many unexpected delights of both contemporary as well as traditional architecture. Whether you seek the inspiring grandeur of the Great Room or the intimacy of a candlelit ceremony in the vaults it's the ideal wedding venue to make your day memorable.

PLUS! Everyone attending will be offered a FREE wedding cake designed by Fancy Nancy when they book their wedding at the RSA. Who could refuse!

So do go along and meet the team and their suppliers. Find out about one of London's best kept secrets.

What: RSA House Wedding Showcase
Where: RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
When: Sunday 11 October 2009, from 11 am to 3 pm - Refreshments will be served throughout the day.
Contact: weddings@rsa.org.uk Tel. 0207 7451 6815

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues

Forever Green reopens its doors

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The newly refurbished Forever Green Eco Venue reopened its doors as a brand new green wedding venue back in June this year and, needless to say, it has been going from strength to strength ever since.

The venue's official launch party took place in September with a fantastic evening of entertainment which included stilt walkers, a hog roast, forest illuminations (see pictures above) and a charity auction. the venue was officially opened by Claire Young who featured on 2008 Apprentice.

If you're planning to get married in Nottinghamshire and would like to find out more about this exciting new wedding venue, Forever Green will be at the Newark Wedding Fayre, Kelham Hall this Sunday 4th October 2009.

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Venues

Organic Wedding Venues

Wedding planning takes off with a vengeance now the summer's over and we've got a glittering collection of ethical wedding venues listed right here for you to choose from.

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Our fans trust us to find out-of-the-ordinary, quirky, beautiful and dedicated venues across Britain where you can get married or throw a house party or celebration.

We particularly support venues that work to preserve their heritage and buildings, support local growers and producers, work hard to conserve energy and also involve themselves in their local communities.

We've taken the hard work out of finding just the right place and there's something for every occasion and budget in our list of eco friendly venues.

Posted in Green Wedding Venues , Wedding Planning

Fast track wedding

Getting married in 4 weeks and nowhere to gather your friends and family for a weekend celebration after the wedding ceremony?

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Barrington House still has a short break available from 11 to 14 September. It is simply a large unique property which offers you the chance to find rare high quality accommodation for up to 26 people, offering plenty of space for entertaining, relaxing and celebrating.

A chance to chill out with friends and family and make use of this unspoilt corner of England. There are lots of things to do and see nearby and they can help with all your arrangements to make your break hassle free. Outside caterers, visiting therapists, wine tasting and evening entertainment can all be arranged for you.

You can find out more by phoning +44 (0)1544 327435 / 0800 4581018 or email them for more details.

Posted in Green Wedding Venues

Lazy Lates at the RSA

vaults-1.jpgIf you're thinking of a chic city wedding in central London, here's a fantastic special offer from the RSA House:

Lazy Lates Special Offer

Available from August 2009 through to March 2010

We know that organising a wedding can be hard work, especially at short notice! So for everyone thinking of getting married in the coming months, we have come up with some all inclusive packages to take the stress out of your day.

60 Guests for £6500 + VAT

80 Guests for £8000 + VAT

100 Guests for £9500 + VAT

Additional guests can join you for the day at a charge of just £95.00 + vat per person.

Evening guests only (after the Wedding Breakfast) can join you at no extra charge!

These packages include absolutely everything you need to have a fantastic day - room, candles, co-ordinator, menus and place cards, drinks reception, canapes, wedding breakfas, light evening buffet, disco and dancing.

One venue, one co-ordinator and one price. Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. All you need to do is invite the guests and decide what to wear!

Oh, and don't forget, if you book and pay before January you will only pay 15% VAT and save pounds! (VAT goes back up to 17.5% in January 2010)

To find out more contact the RSA House:
W: www.theRSA.org/house; Tel: 020 7451 6815; Email: weddings@rsa.org.uk

Posted in Green Wedding Special Offers , Venues

Late Availability Venue Offer

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Snap up one of these really special deals from Coombe Farm & Woodlands Trust in Devon, a most amazing wedding venue:

August Special Offer
Saturday 15 August Wedding Venue hire for 70 people now only £2,000 (normally £2,500) or you can choose an Intimate Wedding for 20 people in the farmhouse which is only a snip at £950! To be booked along with 7 nights farmhouse self catering accommodation for up to 20 people from Friday 14 August to Friday 21st August 2009 at 20% discount - now only £2,700 (normally £3,376).

September Special Offers
Late availability wedding dates for intimate wedding weekends in the main farmhouse for up to 20 people:

Saturday 6th September Wedding Venue hire now only £950
To be booked along with self catering farmhouse accommodation from Friday 5th September to Sunday 7th September 2009 now only £1,438 for 14 people, or £1,797 for 20 people.

Saturday 26th September Wedding Venue hire now only £950
To be booked along with self catering farmhouse accommodation from Friday 25th September to Sunday 27th September 2009 now only £1,217 for 14 people, or £1,521 for 20 people.

FOR ANY OF THESE LAST MINUTE SPECIAL OFFERS AT COOMBE FARM PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ANGELA BY EMAIL info@coombefarmwoods.co.uk OR TELEPHONE +44(0)1884 821176

Posted in Green Wedding Special Offers , Venues

It's booked!!

summer_roses.jpgAfter much umm-ing and ahh-ing, a dinner tasting and a good look around, (actually twice!) we have finally booked our wedding venue! We have gone for something a little different for the day, well actually two days, this decision was reached for a number of reasons some of them eco centered.

Weddings have a tendency of getting big, growing in fact right before your eyes, becoming all consuming, but if you're concerned by the basic waste, money and miles this will effect, have you considered doing a two date affair?

Basically we are having a very small ceremony and dinner, it looks like 14 of us on a Wednesday, and then a cheap and cheerful party the following Saturday, 'two do’s' you say, surely that can’t be very eco, that’s just extravagance no? Well no, we hope.

This has two main outcomes for us. Intimacy and affordability. But will also, I hope, keep it eco centered.

So the ceremony, with our very nearest and dearest family and friends, parents, best man, etc. means that afterwards, for the wedding breakfast, we can eat at one table, enjoy really good local food in a beautiful private dining room, the same room in which we will earlier have been married, and we can all stay over in the same place keeping travel miles low. Intimate, relaxed and personal. One room to decorate, 14 mouths to feed, no going to or fro!

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Low Impact Wedding Series - The Venue

Foy spicer continues the account of her Low Impact Wedding - here she talks about the couples' choice of venue, hightlighting pros and cons...

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CEREMONY: We both wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. We considered a lot of places for the ceremony, but accessibility was important because we've both got lots of cute little old ladies in our families. After a little investigating we decided on a local state park that had this beautiful shelter built by the PWA in the 1940's of local quarried rock. The price was right being just $25 per day. We rented the shelter for the night before as well and BBQ'd there for the rehearsal dinner.

The only draw back was the not so nice bathrooms. We own a couple of wooden TV tray like folding tables. I put one in each bathroom with a basket of assorted hand sanitizer, lotion, tissues, mints, Tylenol and safety pins. After the ceremony the baskets were brought to the reception venue's bathrooms.

I should also mention we didn't really have a rain plan. The wedding was going to happen outside come rain or shine without a tent! We're really lucky it didn't rain.

We rented chairs for the audience. It was $110 for 100 chairs to be delivered and picked up. However, we had to put out the chairs and return them to their racks. Luckily we had some obliging friends and family who took care of this.

RECEPTION: We needed a location that would allow us to bring in our own food. We wanted to use local or organic food as much as possible and many catering services charge outrageous prices to alter the menus enough to accommodate a green wedding. Since we weren't having the wedding at a church, why not the reception? My groom's church had just built a new community room. In fact for a while we worried it wouldn't be done in time for the wedding, but they did manage to get it put together just seven days before the wedding. The cost of rental was $75 for four hours and $25 for use the kitchen.

Total in site rentals = $235

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Venues

Planning: Where to Begin?

One question that is certain to come up pretty early on in the wedding planning process is “where do I start?”. Whether you are planning a green wedding or not, the details all seem to hinge on each other - deciding on a venue leads to caterer discussions and then photographers and so on. For us, we decided that the ultimate must-haves in a wedding site were an outdoor venue, and a place that would accommodate our eco-wedding.

Deciding on a venue was a month long process of weighing our options and desires. We initially wanted a wedding site that was on the commuter train line, so everyone traveling into town could easily spend the weekend here without a car. This is not the norm for U.S. travel, and even in a public transportation mecca like Portland, ended up not being feasible for almost all of the wedding venues within our price range.

So, early on, we learned another very important lesson in green wedding planning: be flexible.

edgefield_garden.jpgWe have find an amazing venue, Edgefield McMenamins, and though it’s not on the train line, it will allow for everyone who attends to stay in the adjoining hotel (minimizing the driving around). They have local food and alcohol options, and most importantly we can have the wedding outside.

The choice of a venue has implications for many of the eco-aspects of a wedding, so be sure to ask questions if you are planning a green wedding. Where do they get their food? (This may be less of an issue in the UK, but here in Oregon while we have local food options, you have to seek them out, and they aren’t necessarily the norm.) What types of transportation are available to get to the venue? Do they recycle? Use recycled paper products (or better yet, not use paper products)? While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, for us it was important to remember what our priorities were and be flexible.

Posted by Kerry - Blogger Bride

Posted in Green Wedding Blogger Brides , Natural Nuptials , Venues , Wedding Planning

Forest glade wedding

forevergreenblog.jpgFancy having your wedding reception in a forest glade? Our latest venue can offer you just that, well as close as...

Forever Green's Treetops looks out onto the woodland canopy and through its windows you will be able to see a wonderful panorama of trees, keeping an eye on what goes on in the heights of the forest. It's perfect for small wedding receptions with a great sound system, comfort cooling and loads of parking.

Treetops is part of Forever Green's unique family owned venue set amongst a tree filled panorama of 70 acres of woodland in the middle of the forest and close to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. The astounding variety of birdlife includes woodpeckers, tits, owls and much more while fallow deer are sometimes seen quietly grazing round the building. They take environmental considerations seriously and work is constantly being undertaken to improve the natural habitat and reduce the venue's carbon footprint.

Food is freshly cooked using as much home grown and locally sourced produce as possible and they will devise a menu specially for your wedding day. Give them a call, sample the atmosphere and dream of a magical forest glade wedding.

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The most magnificent bridal suite in Somerset

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It's renowned for the most magnificent bridal suite in Somerset and the King's Room is a truly magnificent bedroom to spend your wedding night in. Incredibly sumptuous with a huge four poster bed, the 'Great Bed of Maunsel', deep rich red walls, luxurious antique furnishings, a copper bath and old masters on the walls.

If you've always dreamed of a wedding steeped in history and the English countryside you couldn't choose a more perfect venue than Maunsel House in Somerset. With its history dating back to Doomsday, the most recent incumbents have been there since 1772 and take special care to preserve their heritage. It is without doubt, a great party house and comes to life when packed full of people. The atmosphere, flow and configuration of it’s rooms lends an enormous amount to any occasion, helping your family and friends to feel relaxed, comfortable and most of all, at home.

Exclusively yours for the duration of your wedding, with no restrictions on how you wish to celebrate, Maunsel partners with excellent, reasonably priced caterers providing delicious, locally sourced, seasonal food to suit all tastes. You can choose to have your wedding guests stay at the house with you all weekend for a fabulous house party in the 13 beautifully furnished bedrooms.

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Fabulous new wedding venue!

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We think you'll love this fabulous new wedding venue - Clavelshay Barn in Somerset.

Nestling in its own private valley, Clavelshay is set in a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil rural setting. The traditional stone barn which was built around 1700, was simply and sympathetically converted by the owners using natural materials and the oak flooring in the restaurant, cedar staircase and window sills are all made with wood from the farm. The spectacular elm roof beams are original and still have wooden pegs in the joints!

A perfect background for those ever special wedding photographs.

Somerset grows and produces some of the best food in the country and the Clavelshay kitchen is totally committed to selecting the very best local growers and suppliers for the food it serves, including the farm's own home-reared beef. Bread is baked daily and even the water on the table is from the farm's own spring.

Although the Barn only seats 50 wedding guests, there is ample space outside for a marquee or tent that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

You might think it a drawback that Clavelshay doesn't have a civil wedding license but this shouldn't be a problem if you are happy to get wed in the local registry office and then hold your reception at the Barn. Make a day of it and bus your guests from the ceremony to the reception in an old charabang!

Posted in Green Wedding Caterers, Food & Drink , Venues

Organic chocolate Wedding Cake offer!

organic_choc_cake.jpgAward winning organic wedding venue Penrhos is offering a FREE organic chocolate Wedding Cake worth £450, made by Penrhos chef Daphne Lambert, for any couple who makes a wedding booking before 1st April 2009 - the wedding to be held at Penrhos any time in the future.

Penrhos is a gem of an old manor farm buried in the half-tamed border country between Herefordshire and Wales. It's the perfect setting for your green wedding.

To make a booking and claim your organic chocolate wedding cake just phone Penrhos on 01544 230720 or email info@penrhos.com quoting 'GreenUnion'.

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Fabulous £50 Giveaway!

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This month, award winning organic wedding venue Penrhos is offering one lucky winner a gift voucher worth £50.00 to spend on anything at all, either in their online shop or the shop at Penrhos.

Penrhos Court has been a farm for 700 years. The 13th century Cruck hall is now an award winning organic banqueting hall, serving seasonal, local, organic food for green weddings, meetings, conferences, retreats, parties and celebrations.

For a chance to win £50 all you have to do is sign up to our email newsletter and get news and reviews about Green and Eco Chic weddings right to your desktop. The lucky recipient will be notified after the close of the draw at the end of February.

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A Very Green Union

cider-barn.jpgNext weekend GreenUnion's eco chic couple Sarah and Paul are joyously tying the knot. They’ve chosen Coombe Farm near Tiverton as their wedding venue, where they will have a spiritual woodland ceremony joined by family and friends. Coombe is an organic farm and woodland and the beautifully renovated 17th Century thatched Cider and Threshing Barn, with its fields and woods, offers a very special place to throw a green wedding.

The image, courtesy of Coombe Farm Woodlands is of the newly thatched barn which is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies - as close as you can get to having your wedding ceremony in the great outdoors...

We'll be posting Sarah and Paul's story here on the blog over the coming week, but here's a list of some of the people who are playing a huge part in their celebratons.

Venue - Coombe Farm Woodlands
Jewellery designer - April Doubleday
Tents, lighting & music - Over the Moon Tents & Events
Dress - Wendy Kauffman - email her at wkauffman@hotmail.com

Posted in Green Wedding Inspiration , Venues

Most civil ceremonies

civil_ceremony.jpgI'm often getting emails from eco chic couples wanting to get married outside and asking whether I know of anywhere that this is possible. So I thought it was time to give you all the bad news - you just can't get married, or have your civil partnership ceremony, under god's blue sky either in England or Wales. The law will not allow it, you can only get wed in a venue which has a license to hold civil ceremonies and the license stipulates that there has to be a roof over your head. Stupid I know, but true, especially when we all know that you can marry anywhere you like in Scotland!

The General Register office for England and Wales website will give you all the information you need and direct you to your local register office for more information. You can also get information about getting hitched in Scotland here, and Northern Ireland here.

The compensation for not being able to have a ceremony in the great outdoors is that some venues have bent over backwards to make your wedding or civil partnership a day to remember. We have some fabulous eco friendly venues on GreenUnion. There are historic houses, seaside resorts, farms, contemporary green buildings and even city vaults and they're all run by the nicest people in the world! So before you go anywhere else do check out our partner pages and be inspired.

Posted in Green Wedding Venues , Wedding Planning

Celebrating something?

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January weekend break

Barrington House, one of our favourite ethical venues, is unexpectedly available from the 11th-13th January. If you still haven't sorted out where to hold your hen or stag weekend, or you're considering a last minute celebration or reunion, then check them out. Barrington House accommodates 26 people and you can have a fabulous get together with lots of country walks, beautiful views, traditional Herefordshire flavours and cosy open fires.

They can supply you with ready made meals prepared from local produce, or bring in their own caterers and do it all for you.

Barrington House is available at a special price of just £2200. To find out more, contact them on 0800 4581018 or atenquiries@barringtonhouse.co.uk

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Christmas romance in the city

eco_friendly_city.jpgYou don't have to leave the 'capital' to have the most romantic of green weddings. Right in the heart of London lies The RSA, a jewel of an environmentally savvy venue. Steeped in history the House was designed especially for the Society by Robert Adam in the early 1770s and the Georgian façade conceals gems of both contemporary and traditional architecture which have to be seen to be believed.

They're licensed to host civil ceremonies and serve the most delicious local and seasonal produce cooked on site. So if you're concerned about the environmental impact of your wedding, then have your ceremony & reception in the same venue and let The RSA's hard work tick a few more eco-friendly boxes without even trying!

There's a 20% discount on rates if you plan to wed in the next 3 months. Contact weddings@rsa.org.uk .

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RSA wedding showcase - 7th October

the_RSA_house.jpgThrowing a green wedding or civil partnership celebration doesn't necessarily mean traipsing out to the country. On the contrary, eco savvy couples who opt for city chic will find there are many advantages to getting married in the capital. There's a growing list of venues, many set in wonderful buildings steeped in heritage and tradition, like The RSA, that take their ethical responsibilities very seriously and can boast published environmental best practice policies. The RSA proudly ranks 8/10 on our green gauge, as high as many of our rural venues. They're keen to support British food producers and cook seasonal menus.

The RSA is holding a wedding showcase next Sunday 7th October between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm when the team will be on hand to guide you around the house and answer any questions you might have.

There'll be complementary refreshments on the day and there's a prize draw for one lucky couple to win an intimate lunch for two in the Vaults Restaurant.

So if you're planning an eco chic wedding in the city, get along to the RSA next Sunday 7th October 2007 to see what how green your celebration could be in Central London.

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