If we got married, it would 100% be at Wilderness Wood in Sussex. It’s the best wedding venue we’ve shot at, because it’s just right in the middle of nature and it’s not trying to be anything fancy.
Why we love Wilderness Wood wedding venue
We live seven minutes from Wilderness, so it’s officially our local, and we’re just in love with it. It’s got woodlands, an outdoor BBQ area, and a large marquee for big weddings. It’s also a legal wedding ceremony venue, which means you can have a woodland wedding! Not only that, but the legal covering isn’t your bog-standard gazebo, but a super cool treehouse! It has a clearing for guests to sit down and watch the ceremony, and the treehouse doubles up as a stage for a band later on in the evening, where you can dance the night away in the moonlight, surrounded by fairy lights.
You can also camp at Wilderness Wood in the field (there’s a cottage for the bridal party), and go for a head-clearing walk the next day around the Christmas tree farm and woodland. If you want to check it out, Wilderness Wood hold a Christmas fair every year where you can buy a tree and join in festivities. Or you can just pop in and have a piece of cake in the cafe and wander the grounds. There’s even a zipline and giant swing!
How to plan your wedding at Wilderness
Wilderness only hold a select few weddings a year, and they ask that you become a member and join in some community activities – a bit like the way the church makes you turn up at church for six weeks before you can get married there, except with fresh air, trees, tea and the knowledge that you’re contributing to helping nature.
If you’re looking for a woodland wedding venue in Sussex where you can get legally married and stay overnight, Wilderness is the one. Here’s a wedding I shot at Wilderness Wood wedding venue for inspo!