Glastonbury, known as a major pilgrimage site for neo-pagans, King Arthur, the Tor and of course, Pilton’s world-renowned Glastonbury Festival, is an ideal setting for a rural countryside wedding.
Think rolling countryside views, peaceful farmland and a slower pace than the hustle and bustle of a city. If you’re dreaming of a tranquil wedding amongst a green expanse, woodlands and wildflowers, a wedding in Glastonbury, Somerset, might be just perfect for you.
So, if you’re dreaming of a Somerset wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Having compiled a number of our favourite wedding businesses from The Wedding Secret based in the nearby area, all of the tips and tricks you need to plan a beautiful Glastonbury wedding can be found below.
Of course, if you’re thinking about getting married somewhere else in Somerset, the same suppliers and ideas can be applied!
Situated just south of Shepton Mallet and in the tiny village of East Pennard lies the idyllic country manor that is Pennard House. This stunning stately Georgian home is just a few miles away from the site of Glastonbury Festival – the very heart of Somerset! It even boasts an on-site Church. As a result couples can perform a religious ceremony if they wish.
If you want to get married away from Glastonbury centre, simply look north to the foot of the Mendip Hills. Adjacent to the lovely Blagdon Lake sits the luxurious vineyard and wedding venue Aldwick Estate.
Surrounded by the largest vineyard in Somerset and boasting two event spaces, couples are spoilt for choice. The magnificent exposed beams in the Old Barn and New Barn make the spaces perfect for rustic nuptials.
Offering an exclusive 5% off overall venue hire when you book them via The Wedding Secret, they put forward a fantastic opportunity to get married in the countryside.
Take inspiration from renowned Glastonbury Festival and consequently host your own festival wedding! Tents are an absolute must at an outdoor wedding because they provide shade in the midsummer sun and shelter from the rain.
Somerset is not short of beautiful rolling countryside and green fields, so you won’t struggle to find the perfect spot for your big day.
Nestled a short distance from Glastonbury in the quaint village of Wells is Woodford Farm. With 35-acres of countryside at its disposal and a beautiful lake, it’s a DIY wedding venue like no other.
From festival themed weddings to marquee or tipi receptions, it can accommodate nuptials of any size. As a result, it’s an idyllic spot for intimate gatherings and large weddings… entirely bespoke of course.
If you’ve found the ideal space large or you have a field at your disposal, create your very own wedding reception venue! Abbas Marquees is located in Pilton – the same village that Glastonbury Festival is hosted within – and festivals and events are at their very hearts.
Award-winning marquee providers, they offer luxury marquees and tipis subsequently catering to all preferences.
Absolutely anything goes on your wedding day, and you can really have fun with your mode of transport. Why not arrive to your wedding in true hippy-festival style with a VW campervan? Do you have to transport a number of guests? No problem, a retro red double decker bus can accommodate everyone!
Step back in time with an authentic vintage vehicle and embrace the slower pace of the countryside. Butleigh-based authentic vintage car hire company Lilly & Tilly Vintage Car Hire own a lovely pair of 1929 blue Austin saloons. The cars are provided along with friendly, knowledgeable and appropriately attired chauffeurs. Consequently couples can enjoy a stress-free ride on their big day.
A beautiful – and delicious – centrepiece on your wedding day, you can get creative with your cake! If you’re planning a rustic barn wedding, a naked or semi-naked cake would really complement the theme.
A masterpiece adorned with flowers would be fabulous for a festival wedding because of the amalgamation of colours and textures.
Cakes By Shelleyanne, based out of Yeovil, provides divine, hand-baked cakes, edible favours, cupcakes and more for lucky couples across the South West.
Wakey Cakey are Glastonbury based wedding cake makers who only use locally-sourced ingredients. This home-baker loves to think outside the box, creating cakes that please the eye and the belly. As a result, they can accommodate all themes, from traditional to novelty cakes.
If you are planning to set up a real outdoor countryside wedding, then you are going to need a caterer to attend your special day.
You could opt for a traditional English cream tea or finger-food like sandwiches. Alternatively a hog roast, barbecue or even fish and chip van would be an excellent addition to Somerset wedding.
Garbanzo’s Ice Cream Hire is a Wiltshire-based mobile ice cream tricycle service operating across the South West! Not only is ice cream a sure hit with all guests, but this is also an aesthetically pleasing feature. Plus, what summery outdoor occasion is complete without ice cream?
Flowers are synonymous with nature and the countryside. When choosing a florist to represent a countryside theme, it’s important to go for more traditional flowers, those you may associate with an English garden or meadow.
In addition, you could opt for a bouquet that is wild and whimsical, beautifully undone, as if the flowers and foliage has been freshly picked from a garden or hedgerow.
The Walled Garden at Mells, near Frome, is a florist perfect for such a cause. Not only do they use English flowers grown in a 17th century walled garden but they work in harmony with your theme and colour scheme. Consequently they create a unique arrangement of seasonal blooms.
Let’s not forget the all-important dress! You can either opt for a classical, traditional white wedding dress or something that’s a little different.
From balloon sleeve bohemian gowns featuring intricate lace overlay to traditional A-line gowns overflowing with tulle.
Visit our wedding dress in Somerset page for more info about local boutiques and dress designers!
After all of the careful planning and coordinating to pull off your beautiful big day, you want to be able to look back on images that really do it justice. As a result, a professional photographer is always a good idea! Retro disposable cameras are fun, and can be dotted around your venue, but nothing quite beats the quality snaps of an expert.
How Photography, based out of their home in Cheddar, is perfectly poised to capture excellent quality images in the Glastonbury area and across the whole of Somerset.
For more excellent Somerset based photographers, simply have a little look on our website.
Nearby wedding venues and hotels Pennard House, Bowlish House and Sparkford Hall all offer accommodation if you are looking for a luxurious bed for you and your guests to lay your heads upon – even if you don’t want to hold your reception there.
Alternatively, if you’re a true festival goer camping is of course the only option!
For a more personalised set of wedding businesses based around exactly where you want to get married, go to www.theweddingsecret.co.uk. Here you can search by county and our site will provide a bespoke list of suppliers based in terms of distance from you.