Hazy summer meadow, stunning woodland ceremony area, enough room for you and your loved ones to camp under the stars…we’re talking about one of the most secluded, naturally beautiful and totally unique wedding venues in the UK – our Bluebell Wood, Meadow & Glamping site in the heart of the Cotswolds. This little gem of an outdoor venue is one of our exclusive wedding venues and is only available to book through Festival Brides. It is such a stunning location that we are so so proud to be promoting. It is the perfect place to hold a festival style wedding, and you are about to see why!
Suzanne and Edd contacted us last year whilst searching for the perfect place to hold their epic festival wedding. After just one viewing, they fell in love with the setting and the fact that it came with the option to party until 1am! Just look at this collection of totally epic, whimsical and magical images, captured by Jamie from Studio Rouge – he did the honours when it came to capturing the music-inspired fest-décor shots, the giant tipi, the misty, sun-broken skyline and all the love that poured from this gorgeous wedding.
Edd knew I would want a festival themed wedding, so when we bought our tickets for Glastonbury, he decided it would be a good idea to propose there! Not only that, he’d arranged for a surprise ceremony to take place at the festival, which was a lovely thought, but a massive shock!
The Glasto-loving couple used Wildwood’s surroundings to their advantage, making sure their guests enjoyed the ultimate festival, party experience. After their wicker heart woodland ceremony, they lazed about in the meadow before fun and giggles under the roof of a giant tipi with luxe, boho DIY décor and pretty urban wild flowers from Covent Garden Market.
I for one want to get married all over again Wildwood Bluebell style – so so dreamy! Check out our venues page to find out more about this gorgeous wedding venue, and in the meantime, here’s Suzanne to tell you all about her Cotswolds woodland wedfest….
Wildwood Bluebell Wedding with Glamping, Fire Pits and Beautiful Woodlands
Were married at the beautiful Wildwood Bluebell in the Cotswolds with a ceremony in the woods and reception in the fields. We found it through Festival Brides. There were a few that we liked, but this one had a later curfew! Also it had onsite accommodation, a fire pit in a wooded hut, and a pretty wooded area for the actual ceremony to take place. Not to mention the hot tub! The venue has glamping on site by Canopy and Stars, plus we had a few friends who brought their own tents too.
We hired a tipi from Love Tipis. Apart from the ceremony, everything else took place in it… although we didn’t really leave ourselves enough time to decorate it!
Woodland Wicker Heart Ceremony with Ribbons and Rose Petals
Our ceremony was outdoors in a wooded area under a wicker heart that the venue has there during the wedding season. Again, we kept it relaxed and light-hearted, with humorous readings from a couple of close friends. We didn’t write our own vows, but Diana from Grace the Day was our celebrant, and had recommended vows that we altered to be more personal. The heart was decorated with ribbons, flowers and rose petals, with handmade wands with slogans and ribbons on the benches for the guests to wave. Our music was supplied via a string quartet called Manorhouse Music, who did a brilliant job despite the rain! Small bags on homemade rose petal confetti were handed out to throw after the ceremony.
Sheer Embellished 90’s Slip Dress Gown from HEMYCA
We know a duo who run a fashion label called HEMYCA, and they designed a bespoke dress for me that was based around images I’d found online. I didn’t want anything too traditional, so together we sourced fabrics, and came up with a design that encompassed a 90’s slip dress, with a sheer embellished skirt overlay and top in the same fabric…. And of course I had to have a slit up the side so I could dance in it! I used some of the fresh flowers to go in my hair which was done by Jennifer Dytham and my talented friend Anneka (who did our signs) also did my make up. We used metallic from the Urban Decay Naked range.
We hired from Moss Bros and afterwards were told about a competition that if you had hired suits from them and sent in your wedding pictures you could win £1000 of travel vouchers, which we did and won! So our pictures are now up in a Moss Bros near you! The ties were from ASOS and the flowers again handmade by Steph.
Rose Gold and Metallic High Street Bridesmaid Dresses
I’d decided early on that the bridesmaids would all be wearing different style outifts due to our ages and different body shapes – one was a bridesmaid only 6 weeks after giving birth! After settling on a neutral/metallic/rose gold theme, we set out to find dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and hair pieces in those colours. They were sourced on ASOS, Debenhams and Coast.
Highly Recommended Photographer
We chose our photographer because of photos they took for a friends wedding a few years before. I remember loving the style as they were different to anything I’d seen before. Luckily we hit it straight off with Jamie at Studio Rouge and they agreed to capture our day!
DIY Ribbon Bunting, Festival Flags, Dreamcatchers inside Stunning Giant Tipi
Our entire reception was DIY, which was amazing and very personal, although much more more work than we anticipated. We pulled in a lot of favours from friends; my good friend Steph Evans did an amazing job with the flowers, made the ribbon bunting, festival flags and dreamcatchers. There was also a wooden pole constructed with various signs on to direct people during the day that another group of friends made, plus a table of ‘fun ‘, i.e. sweets, glow sticks, face paints, props and glitter.
The cake, sweets and polaroid camera were sat with quirky signs on small blackboards, created by my talented friend Anneka Slatter (who just start lettering as a side business). Also outside were torches in front of the entrance and tealights in jars around the site, as well as an old pallet which had been painted with our musical line up in keeping with the Glastonbury theme (my old college friend Lisa Scott, we studied fashion together).
Mobile Kitchen, Informal Dining and a Hillbilly Grill Shack!
The main catering was via a catering company called The Hungry Mule, who can ‘cook anywhere’ with their mobile kitchen. They were amazing! We went to their base in Dorset for a tasting session and were very impressed. They also supplied the kitchenware and glasses, and even served our own alcohol. We wanted it to be informal and chose antipasti boards to share for a starter, followed by bbq’d lamb, chicken and salmon with salads and bread. For the evening we booked a TexMex van called Hillbilly’s Grill Shack with sides and choices or burritos, nachos and other delights.
The Cake, The Covent Garden Flowers and The Mosh Pit
We didn’t have a big wedding cake, but we did have a great selection of cakes, jellies and cheese and biscuits! These were all ordered on M&S and picked up the day before.
A week before the wedding we went to New Covent Garden Market and placed our orders. They were picked up just before travelling to the Cotswolds and Steph worked on them solidly for over a day. We went a bit overboard as there were 6 bridesmaids, flower girls and a whole site to decorate!
Following the band Edd did a DJ set of more alternative music, starting with Pantera and included Rage Against The Machine – it was brilliant! A couple of friends played DJ sets until the silent disco. The party continued in the hobbit hut around the fire pit. Another thing we had over the weekend was a golf buggy, which kept Edd’s Dad entertained the most! So much fun racing around the site in it!
Festival Style Site Map, Wristbands and Tattoos!
In keeping with the Glastonbury theme, the seating plan and table names (vinyls) were designed by my brother (who also designed the ticket style invites, festival wristbands, transfer tattoos and guides, which we put in lanyards for our guests with information in). He also designed a site map like you would get at festivals! We put a blown up version on an easel in the entrance to the woods, where the guides were given out. Names were lettered again by Anneka and tied with ribbons round the glasses on the tables.
We had a couple of items made up with our wedding logo on: transfer tattoos and canvas bags, similar to what you get upon arrival at Glastonbury Festival. Of course the invitations, wristbands and guide made nice little keepsakes as wedding favours for our guests.
Edd’s is when he DJ’d and managed to get a mosh pit at our wedding! Mine is that the weather played nice at the right moments. When we walked from the ceremony to the reception area we could see that the sky had cleared, seemingly just over our wedding, which was a relief! The drinks reception and photo session had beautiful skies before raining during the speeches then gorgeous sunshine and sunset for our evening guests! Absolutely magical….
It’s very difficult to know where to start, but once you start on Pinterest you end up spending hours saving images! We didn’t start planning right away, even though we had set a date, and was a bit naïve on how early you should start booking the main things. Definitely shop around and ask for recommendations – don’t rush into anything (we saved a lot on tipi hire compared to my original choice, and that was our biggest outlay). Also focus on what is important to you that day and compromising where necessary. Also call upon ALL your friends for their talents and expertise (and discounts!).
Our budget went out of the window after taking into account the extras needed to set everything up ourselves, i.e. toilets for the guests, generator, the list goes on! Make sure you get help setting up and don’t rely on the weather – we were trying to set up in the dark and rain the night before and failed! Leave yourself plenty of time and don’t take on too much.