Your Herts and Beds Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 100)

THE FOREST CENTRE 01234 767 037 | Set in an award-winning Millenium Country Park in Marston Moretaine, The Forest Centre is a non-traditional wedding venue focussing on the beautiful natural environment at the Forest of Marston Vale. This scenic setting includes woodlands, meadows, wetlands and lakes – perfect for taking memorable photographs. The venue is a modern and contemporary building with various spaces, food, drink and entertainment options for special events. With help from the in-house caterers and wedding coordinator, the team will do everything to help lovebirds create truly personal experiences. The venue can host alternative celebrant services at The Forest Centre or in the outdoor spaces, as well as more traditional ceremonies. The Willow Corner can host al fresco celebrations with up to 100 guests, which is set in the protected countryside overlooking the wetlands. The team can also provide marquee weddings if pairs want something more bohemian and rustic. The space includes a dancefloor, carpet, lighting, tables and chairs. It’s also perfect for al fresco dining, such as hog roasts, barbecues and street food vendors all available through in-house caterers or local food traders. As a special gift, the venue dedicates a tree to couples to celebrate their wedding, mark the importance of marriage’s lasting legacy and highlight their contribution to the venue’s work. The experienced wedding coordinator is always happy to show nearlyweds around the spaces, mix and match the best offers to suit lovebirds and discuss any personal touches. They also have brilliant relationships with local suppliers and can suggest various providers, including florists, DJs, bakers, venue stylists and bridal boutiques. The wedding coordinator will be there from the initial visit to ensure everything runs smoothly into the journey to wedded bliss. EDWORTH MANOR 07791 300 194 | Edworth Manor is a working farm just one mile south of Biggleswade, which one family has run for more than 200 years. Nearlyweds can expect a personal service from the experienced team, who will help guide them through the planning process. Guests get a glimpse of farm life as they travel up the drive past grass meadows and tractors before reaching the venue. Couples often comment on how peaceful and tucked away the setting is. The meadow offers a perfect space for photos with a rural backdrop; couples are often snapped underneath the trees or in front of the timber-clad barns. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, but the 12th-century church is available for blessings with permission of the Churches Conservation Trust. Celebrant-led ceremonies occur in the 18th-century barn at Edworth Manor, a rustic space that’s one of the largest in the area with plenty of historic character. Guests are taken back by the oak timbers and attractive alcoves, which offer a fantastic canvas for couples to personalise as little or as much as they like. The barn is only available for a limited number of occasions during the summer months each year. Available for exclusive use only and on a dry-hire basis, lovebirds are given access well ahead of the day to style the space as they wish. Double doors open out of the timber-clad barn onto a mown grass meadow, which couples can style for welcome drinks, garden games and outdoor catering. The recently restored The Old Granary is connected to the main barn, perfect for private dining receptions for up to 25 people year round and can also be used for celebrant-led ceremonies with 40 loved ones or as a place for the bridal party to get ready. 20