Getting married in Sussex and looking for a dreamy woodland wedding venue? Wilderness Wood is The One!
If we got married, it would be at Wilderness Wood in Sussex. It’s the best wedding venue we’ve shot at, because it’s right in the middle of nature and it’s genuinely rustic and down to earth – they do woodworking workshops, nature walks and meditation sessions throughout the week, and only hold a handful of weddings a year, so it’s really special for anyone who gets married there. A wedding conveyor belt it is not!
Why we love Wilderness Wood Sussex wedding venue
We live seven minutes from Wilderness, so it’s officially our local, and we’re just in love with it. We go there for fun even when we’re not shooting a wedding there! It’s got woodlands, an outdoor BBQ and sitting area, picnic benches, and it’s even got a legal wedding ceremony venue, which means you can have a legal 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 on hay bales and watch the ceremony, and the woodland clearing doubles up as a dancefloor for a band or silent disco later on in the evening, where you can dance the night away in the moonlight, surrounded by festoon lights.
You can also camp at Wilderness Wood in the field, and go for a head-clearing walk the next day around the Christmas tree farm and woodland – and play on the Big Swing! If you want to check it out, you can just pop in and have a piece of cake in the cafe and wander the grounds. There are some hidden surprises in the woods too – Emily and Dan, who run Wilderness Wood, are totally quirky, and in the very best way.
Here’s a Wilderness Wood wedding we shot, where we did portraits on the Big Swing!
How to plan your wedding at Wilderness Wood
Wilderness Wood 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. We’re members ourselves – we love being part of something so wholesome and beautiful.
If you’re looking for a woodland wedding venue in Sussex where you can get legally married and camp overnight, Wilderness Wood in Sussex is the one. Here are some photos of weddings we’ve shot at Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down. If you’re looking for a photographer, get in touch with us!