Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
The best wedding? Difficult to answer, to us, each wedding party is unique and special... one that does stand out in our memories is two lovely ladies who had a wonderful celebration with us, they decorated the trees and the area around the fire pit with beautiful hand made decorations and the ceremony under the trees was, well, just beautiful. The whole gathering was so calm and relaxed and peaceful whilst still being a fantastic celebration with music and fun and lots of love!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don’t try to arrange it all yourselves!
Unless you're super wealthy and can afford the most fantabulous wedding planner, the temptation is to say “we’ll get family and friends to help”. Yep, great idea and we’ve seen it work... only a few times, over many years...
But mostly, with the ‘do it all ourselves’ couples, we’ve seen stressed out brides and grooms - on their special day. Family and friends obviously mean well, and with the best intentions they may offer all types of things, but that doesn't mean they actually can do them on the day!
I have (Pete, founder of The Soul Camp) been organising gatherings of all types from weddings to festivals to clubs for 20 years and the best advice I can give is to plan your special celebration very carefully with someone who has experience of event organisation.
It doesn't have to cost loads, they can be a friend or relative or colleague, just ask people you know, and they don’t have to be a wedding planner in my opinion, just someone who’s experienced in events organisation. And personally, i’m happy to share all I know for free. In fact I’m currently writing an ebook for planning your gathering. :)
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
As you know, we’re into outdoorsy type wedding celebrations not formal ones, so we love all things natural and nature based.
We had a lovely gathering where the bride asked us if we could supply some bales for seating for their ceremony and some wooden centerpiece platters for the table.
We got the chainsaw out and sliced a load of 3cm thick platters from a fallen big branch of an oak tree. They looked really nice, so natural with locally (and responsibly) picked flowers in simple recycled jars in the centre. Lovely!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique. Stunning. Flexible. Alternative. Off-radar.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There Are lots! Under ancient beautiful oak trees in the fields below The Soul House. Between the two majestic scots pines on the lawn. In The Soul House with it's unique faded glory original 1919 art deco interior. At the top of the valley against the backdrop of the beautiful south view.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Yes! But we respect people’s privacy completely and think it polite not to mention them.