The best eco-friendly wedding venues in the UK
Eco-friendly and green weddings are on the rise, with more and more couples wanting to lessen their impact on the environment when it comes to their big day. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pick a wedding venue that’s environmentally aware – and luckily, we have plenty of gorgeous eco-friendly venues in the UK! Here are our top picks…
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Berkshire’s most unique and environmentally responsible venue, Sheepdrove Organic Farm is one of our favourite wedding venue discoveries. From the long countryside driveway decorated with metal sheep to the incredible painted mural in the main entrance hall, this venue is filled with quirky touches that your guests are sure to love.
The largest wedding room is The Oak Room, a stunning vaulted space with wooden interiors that looks amazing as is, or can easily be decorated to match your wedding theme. The Oak Room can accommodate 150 people for the wedding breakfast and up to 170 people for an evening reception. For a more intimate wedding, take a look at The Beech Room, which can seat up to 60 people for a ceremony. There are also some picturesque outdoor spaces, including The Physic Garden and the Boathouse and lake – perfect for those newlywed photos.
All of Sheepdrove’s recommended caterers provide delicious, sustainably and locally-sourced food for your wedding breakfast, and there’s even gorgeous farmhouse accommodation for up to 18 people on site.
This picture-perfect farmhouse on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border goes to show that you can still have a luxury wedding with a green ethos. South Farm has its own nature reserve, that’s home to several endangered species (including adorable otters!), and the team rears their own poultry, pigs and game as well as growing over 200 types of fruit and vegetables!
There are so many beautiful ceremony locations at South Farm to choose from, we’d be hard-pressed to pick! You can get married outdoors weddings in the Summerhouse, which seat up to 146, or if you’d prefer to marry indoors, you can choose from the Old Dairy, which seats 100, or the splendid Tudor Barn which seats 146. For more intimate weddings, try the Drawing Room, which seats up to 35 guests. Even the accommodation is exciting, including Romany caravans, camping, and comfortable B&B rooms.
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For the ultimate quirky eco-friendly wedding venue, we love The Wellbeing Farm in the Lancashire countryside – what other venue offers bow tie-wearing llamas, alpacas and donkeys?! This relaxed farm venue can accommodate up to 170 seated guests or 250 guests for an evening reception, and are well-known for their delicious food and drink – not surprising when they run an award-winning cookery school and have a 130-year-old butchers’ shop in the family! The Wellbeing Farm’s wedding breakfasts are made with the very best local produce, including lamb reared on the farm itself and decorative flowers and herbs grown in the gardens.
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For a dreamy woodland wedding, GreenAcres have not one but three eco-friendly woodland wedding venues to choose from! GreenAcres Colney in Norfolk is set within 16 acres of mature woodlands, and the incredible wooden buildings blend right in. Woodland Hall features rustic wooden interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, which gives you great views of the treetops as you say your vows.
The park is an ideal place for wedding photography, and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful wildflowers and wildlife as well as towering trees, making it both a peaceful and pretty location for a wedding. Want to see for yourself? Visit their wedding open day on 30th September 2018.
For a magical wedding in a fairytale glade, you can’t go far wrong with the beautiful Cornish Tipi Weddings. They’re the perfect pick for Summer weddings, as their woodland pavilion and tipi are open from Easter until the end of September, and can accommodate anywhere between 20 and 200 guests. The lake also adds a unique element to this gorgeous venue – you could have lakeside vows, or even have your ceremony held out in the middle of the water! In the past, Cornish Tipi Weddings have seen guests throwing fresh petals into the water as part of the ceremony, or even jumping in for a dip!
Your guests will be able to stay in low-impact accommodation such as woodland tipis or wild camping, and the team champion local suppliers of seasonal food and drink to make everything as low-carbon and earth-friendly as it can be.
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