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SUPPLIER FOCUS: ATC puts the 'GLAM' into Glamping!
We know and love them as Arabian Tents (ATC for short) and we LOVE their idea of putting the GLAM back into Glamping, especially when it comes to offering your wedding guests some unique and luxury accommodation.
Katherine, founder of the Arabian Tent Company, came over recently to tell us all about it:
"Everyone loves the thought of long summer days and starry nights under canvas in the heart of the English countryside. The sound of birds singing, crickets chirping, the sizzle of a BBQ, the gentle glug, glug of wine being poured. For a relaxing weekend away with friends and family, nothing beats that unique combination of a home from home in the heart of nature.
But for some, the romance and the reality can be too far apart. Sagging guy ropes, dodgy weather and back-crippling interiors can take all the fun out of that ‘back to nature’ experience. And for others, even the thought of shaking a tent out of its bag and grappling with bendy poles, fly sheets and damp sleeping bags sends a shiver down the spine. There has to be another way.
Plan your very own pop up WedFest...
With the trend in 2014/15 for festival inspired weddings, you may be contemplating throwing your very own pop up wedding festival, but can’t think where to start ...
Well you should take a peek at one of our favourite bespoke wedding and event tent hire companies, Wedding Tipi and equally luxuruious canvas accommodation supplier Cariad Canvas, who tell us the have joined forces to offer couples with their very pop up Wedding Festival. Gone are the days where you could spend precious hours surfing the internet to source all the individual elements that make up a Wedfest - now it couldn’t be easier.
This fabulous, carefree service offfers everything you need to build your very own Wedfest vision from towering festival flags, epic internal and external lighting, festival stages, canvas cafes, sumptuous chill out lounges, cinema tents, bar yurts, Bedouin dance tents, exquisite canvas Glamping accommodation with onsite staffed reception serving hot drinks and cakes plus the most stunning of main reception spaces in the form for giant Nordic Tipi’s.
What’s more, with the WedFest team's help, your pop up wedding festival can be set up at almost any location; a traditional wedding venue, a farmer’s field, deep in woodlands, popped in a private garden or a designated festival spot. The two companies have compiled some stunning packages to transform your very own chosen venue and set your big green day apart from the crowd.
Also, if you can’t find the perfect venue the WedFest team has a number of unique spaces up their sleeves in various locations across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, so get in touch with the team to find out more about how they can help you plan the green wedding of your dreams.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staycation honeymoon in a romantic yurt
Still wondering what to do on your first night? Or even for your staycation honeymoon? Maybe you're the 'get ahead' type and want it sorted for your green wedding in 2014. Well here's an idea...
Fabulous yurt company sshh..., those of the wonderful wedding yurts in East Sussex, have come up with this lovely concept of a honeymoon yurt. Their honeymoon yurts are carefully thought out with wedding night glamour in mind and provide the perfect get away following a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends.
Each yurt is furnished with a double bed fitted with 5* hotel quality linen, soft pillows, vintage chandelier, solid teak furniture, one off mirror, soft seating and handpicked luxury accessories.
A chilled bottle of bubbly and glasses will be waiting for the happy couple when they return to their yurt to toast their special day.
Honeymoon yurts can be set up indoors or outdoors, in a field, your very own back garden or alternatively the sshh... team can help you find the perfect venue.
A truly unique wedding night experience!
Alternatively, hire a complete yurt village for all your wedding guests - the quality and service is just as high and they can accommodate up to 60 wedding guests in 11 yurts.
Go to their website for much more information about this lovely idea.
Fabulous festival wedding tents in Wales
Wonderful Welsh tent people Cariad Canvas and Wedding Tipi recently held a joint open weekend in South Wales following the Easter break.
It seems like a brilliant idea to us. By keeping everything on one site with luxury sleeping accommodation for all your guests in bell tents and yurts, and the kata tipi tents being used for your wedding celebrations, means you can really make a weekend of it and your guests can party the weekend away.
Suppliers who took part in the event were Big Wave Flags, Fancy Vintage China, Made in Mumbles, Sylvie & Joan and Maria Farelly.
Images: James van Nguyen
Fabulous wedding village offer from Cariad Canvas!
Today we’ve got a fabulous offer for all our lovely readers, courtesy of Cariad Canvas!
They’re offering nuptial couples their very own romantic suite for FREE when you pre book a bespoke canvas village of 12 luxury guest suites for your wedding, PLUS a children’s pay den if you book 20 guest suites.
To take advantage of this great offer just quote GREENUNIONVILLAGE when making your booking. (Standard event hire terms and conditions apply, available on request)
Offer is valid when booking between 23rd January and 23rd February 2013.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your wedding village.
Cariad Canvas specialise in providing bespoke luxury tented villages of individual canvas suites for you and your wedding guests from small intimate gatherings of 50 to larger parties exceeding 450 guests throughout the UK, bringing the accommodation to you rather than you taking your guests to the accommodation, allowing you to set the time the fun stops and even carry the celebrations through to the next day.
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