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Someone approached me a few weeks ago for ideas on a campervan style wedding.  Their love in life is their campervan, and going away with their friends – surfing and enjoying the outdoor existence.  They have contemplated many a place to get married but they keep coming back to the idea of involving their campervan.

For some people, the thought of a huge event is quite daunting, or just too far away from normality. Instead, all they want for is a smaller more intimate event with close family and friends, enjoying the moment of marrying rather than worrying about what others may think.

I spent some time researching some ideas on outdoor venues, and was pleasantly surprised on what is now available.  I’ve included below just some of the venues I found in Yorkshire, however this list is certainly in no way exhaustive and there are many more UK wide…

Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm in Ripon (www.farmadventure.co.uk/weddings.html) – as far as I understand it you can have exclusive use of the farm for your wedding reception including an indoor barn, fields, log cabin, log fires, hay and straw bales and camping.


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Jollydays Luxury Camping

Jollydays Luxury Camping (www.jollydaysluxurycamping.co.uk) on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and just ten miles from York – they have over 200 acres of woodland.


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The Bivouac

The Bivouac in Masham, North Yorkshire (www.thebivouac.co.uk/weddings_and_groups) – woodland weddings with 40 mile views over countryside, rustic accommodation, fire pits, hot tubs and more.


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The great news is that you can have your wedding receptions at outdoor sites, and if they are not licenced for civil ceremonies you could always design your own personal ceremony which whilst not legal would be romantic…to legalise it, you could organise your ceremony at the Registry Office the day before your wedding to formally marry with a couple of witnesses.

Having explored the option of outdoor weddings, I’ve really warmed to the idea of them and think they are an amazing alternative wedding idea.  A word of caution though, make sure you consider all the costs…toilets, electricity, water, lights, heating, sound, music, tables, chairs, weather alternatives, food, dresscode, styling….and the venue itself (although dependent on the venue some or all of these costs could be included in the price).

At the end of the day, your wedding is for you two to remember for the rest of your lives…and so what I would say to all couples is please do not always focus on trying to please everybody, but take a leaf out of the book of those exploring alternative options, and really ensure that your day is what you want …..whatever that might be.

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