On 21st August, we woke up to the happy news of Hilary Swank’s intimate forest wedding. The highly acclaimed Academy Award winning actress known for her roles in Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry kept her marriage to Philip Schneider a low-key affair. But that couldn’t stop the world from gushing over the venue which was drop-dead gorgeous!

If you too plan to tie the knot in the middle of an enchanting forest, then here are 5 expert tips that’ll help you nail it.

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  1. Scout the Perfect Location: There are countless options to choose from, but you need to shortlist the venue taking into consideration your budget and convenience of travel for your guests. Here are three of our most favorite venues for a wedding amidst nature.

    • Vecoma at the Yellow River, Georgia

      USP: Airy ballroom brimming with a Southern charm. This venue is also home to a serene river.

    • Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

      USP: Access to a four-acre, fairytale forest and gorgeous tree-houses surrounded by lush greenery.

    • Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin

      USP: This is probably the most rustic and beautiful wedding venue in Wisconsin. It’s a no-frills establishment with a stunning backdrop for your dream wedding.

    Important Note: Once you’ve finalized the venue, make sure you find all details regarding permits and policies related to alcohol, music, cleanliness, lighting, etc.

  2. Choose Décor that Blends with Nature: When you already have a captivating backdrop, it’s best to keep your décor minimal and au naturel. Take a look at these beautiful items for inspiration.

    • Tree Lanterns: The easiest way to amplify any outdoor setting.

    • Tree Lanterns

    • Wood and Flowers: They blend in with nature, yet quickly make any space look more vibrant.
    • Wood and Flowers

    • Delicate Drapes: Use pastel shades to create a soft, romantic aura.
    • Delicate Drapes

    • Pick Royal Tones: If pastel hues are too dull for you then consider decorating the venue with arrangements in rich colors like purple.
    • Pick Royal Tones

  3. Nature Inspired Jewelry: From dew drops and dragonflies to flower petals and grapevines, there are many interesting nature inspired patterns to choose from for your bridal jewelry.

    Nature Inspired Jewelry

    1. Pear and marquise garnet grapevine earrings
    2. Diamond tree branch necklace
    3. Vintage-style emerald and diamond flower scroll ring
    4. Citrine trillium flower and butterfly bangle bracelet
  4. Keep It Intimate: When your wedding is attended by people who really matter to you (not counting those who come for booze and food), the entire aura of the place gets elevated. That’s exactly what a forest wedding deserves. To make this event even more memorable for yourself and your guests we recommend the following:

    • BBQ grill catering: The traditional (and best) way to celebrate with family and loved ones.
    • Delicious ruffle cake: For an unpretentious, ‘foresty’ feel.
    • Live music: So you’ll can enjoy a romantic dance around the bonfire
    • Memorable party favors: Think pretty plants; they’ll grow and blossom.
  5. Capture Memories: It goes without saying that a forest wedding is nothing short of a fairytale. So it only makes sense to invest in an excellent professional photographer to capture your dream-come-true event. Manage your wedding budget in such a way that you have the option to choose from some really good photographers. It’s a moment of a lifetime, so make sure you catch hold of a great one.

    Capture Memories

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