Getting married in the woods | 5 things you need to know + tips

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Published On: 19-04-2022Last Updated: 19-09-2022By Categories: Tips, Trouwfotografie, Trouwlocatie2 CommentsTags:

Getting married in the woods | 5 things you need to know + tips

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Bridal couple lying on the grass in a forest

Getting married in the woods

Vaak te vinden in de natuur? Ga dan voor een bruiloft in het bos. In plaats van formeel, trouw je tussen de boomblaadjes, prachtige flowers en struiken. In deze blog bespreken we alle ins and outs Of getting married in the woods.

How do you get married in the forest?

Inviting a master of ceremonies, setting up some chairs and arranging an altar: it would be nice, but unfortunately it is not that simple. Not every forest allows marriages. Here's how to get married in the forest.

A recognised or symbolic ceremony

If you want to get married in the forest, do it at a recognised venue, in a Forestry Commission area, or hold a symbolic ceremony. We will discuss all the options.

Approved location

You can hold your wedding at a hotel, restaurant, farm or other recognised event venue by the forest. If you get married at a recognised venue, the catering and decoration will (often) be arranged for you. Therefore, the reception and party are often celebrated at the same venue.

Forestry Commission

You can also choose to get married ín the forest. This is possible at various locations of Staatsbosbeheer. No facilities are available at these locations, you have to arrange this yourself. Because there are many arrangements to be made, it is nice to get help. For example, choose a package from 'Getting married in the woods.' This is an organisation by Lianne Balduk that has selected beautiful woodland wedding venues for true nature lovers. The reception and party can also continue in the forest. For this, however, sufficient lighting, food and drinks must be arranged. In addition, of course, no loud music should be played.

Symbolic ceremony

Not every venue allows an official ceremony. Do you still want to get married here? Then opt for a symbolic ceremony. You get married in the town hall first, after which you invite your guests to the 'ceremony' in the woods. This may sound crazy, but it's actually fun! You can now make up your own rules, choose your own master of ceremonies and make your vows as crazy as you want. You are also allowed to have a party after a symbolic ceremony. This is allowed until midnight in most forests, as long as noise and light nuisance are taken into account.

Bohemian wedding dress with yellow car

Arrange a plan B

We live in the Netherlands: unfortunately, it is not sunny every day! If it rains, there is not much we can do about it. Going into the ceremony soaking wet is not an option for most couples. Therefore, arrange an indoor location in case of bad weather. This is often easy to arrange at a hotel or restaurant; they are prepared for this. If you marry in the middle of the forest, this is more difficult. In this case, many couples keep tarpaulins and tents in reserve, or start the ceremony later in the day.

Different wedding venues

For inspiration, we have listed several wedding venues; each venue in a different style. Which one suits you?

special wedding photos Bridal couple with guests dancing around them. Wedding photographer Justin Manders

Festival style - The Empire of the Emperor

At Amsterdam you will find Empire of the Emperor. It is a beautiful wedding venue in the middle of nature, with cool indoor party space. At this venue, you will find the perfect combination between peace and nature , and a big party including a DJ. The menu features delicious organic local produce.

"We work with daily fresh products as much as possible and do not use products from the convenience industry. After all, nature offers plenty of variety and we make grateful use of that."

City Park - Dudok

In Rotterdam's city park, you'll find a venue of DUDOK in one of the most beautiful villas in Rotterdam. You are close to civilisation, but surrounded by greenery. There are also beautiful party rooms in this villa, where there is enough space for a cosy wedding party!

"Get married in a green oasis of peace, right in the middle of Rotterdam's dynamic city centre! Dudok in the Park is a monumental villa built in 1750. An authentic building with contemporary interior."

The Thatched Roof in Delft

Remote - The Thatched Roof

For a wedding in the middle of nature, you are in the right place at The Thatched Roof at Delft. At this beautiful location in the middle of the Delft wood you will get married under a gazebo with beautiful views over the landscape. Even on a rainy day, you'll be in the right place at this venue: you get married in the glass conservatory, which still gives you views over the landscape.

"Een klein en intiem tuinfeest of een spetterend en exclusief feest. Wij hebben alles in huis om jullie bruiloft tot een onvergetelijk dag te maken. Ons team weet als geen ander hoe belangrijk jullie wedding day is en natuurlijk willen jullie dat alles tot in detail klopt. De mogelijkheden zijn eindeloos.”

Castle De Haar (Castle de Haar)

Luxurious castle - Kasteel de Haar

At Haarzuilen, near Utrecht, you will find Castle de Haar. In dit luxe kasteel, verscholen tussen bomen en parken, geef je elkaar het jawoord in de rozentuin, in het kasteel, of in de door flowers omringde kapel.

"Kasteel de Haar is the most luxurious castle in the Netherlands and offers a variety of unique places that will give your day an extra special atmosphere; the Rose Garden, beautiful gates, the romantic little bridge and a history that says 'you'. Like a true fairytale castle, it rises from an imposing park surrounded by ancient gardens and water features."

Farmhouse- Zwethburch

Farmhouse- Zwethburch

At the edge of De Lier find the beautiful farmhouse Zwethburch. Surrounded by nature and water, you get married here in the open air, then continue the party inside in a beautiful, old ballroom. This farmhouse is the perfect combination between rural and luxury.

"To the choice of this venue, your guests will immediately recognise your sense of taste and exclusivity. And count on a party that will also hold a special place in their memory."

Advantages and disadvantages

All wedding venues have pros and cons, and so does getting married in the forest, although as a nature fanatic you might not care about this. We discuss the biggest pros and cons.


A forest wedding has a few (minor) drawbacks. We discuss the 3 biggest ones.


An outdoor wedding means insects. Especially around water in summer, you will be stung by a mosquito sooner or later. Bees and wasps will also be around the corner regularly. This is part of the deal! You are outside. It is up to you whether this is seen as a problem. Just one tip: instead of ordinary candles, buy candles with citronella scent; this will keep most mosquitoes at bay.

Arrange plan B

It's a bit more arrangement: two plans. Still, with an outdoor wedding it is essential to have a back-up plan in case of bad weather. If you are not planners, you can always outsource this to a wedding planner.

Weather conditions

We have talked about rain. Don't forget that there could also be a heat wave, strong winds or cold temperatures during the wedding. It is important to take these into account as well.

getting married in the woods


We name the 4 biggest advantages of a forest wedding.

Picturesque landscape

The scenery: that's what you do it for. You are not getting married in a hall, but in beautiful nature. Wedding stress will vanish like snow in the tranquil landscape.

Little decor needed

Nature is a beautiful backdrop in itself, so you don't need to dress up the surroundings elaborately. A few garlands with cosy lights and/or candles are enough!

Many guests

With an outdoor wedding, there is more space than between four walls. You can therefore invite more guests to the wedding ceremony and/or party. You put up as many chairs as you want!

Natural light

In rooms with a lot of (fluorescent) light, it is more difficult to take charming photos. In contrast, outdoor photos often look beautiful and natural. Especially in the famous Golden Hour, when the sun is low, you can take beautiful outdoor photos. An outdoor wedding is therefore ideal for the most beautiful wedding photos.


As you have read, getting married in the forest has many advantages, especially for nature lovers. To make the wedding as optimal as possible, we have compiled some additional tips.

Think of the seasons

It's a clue, but an important one: with an outdoor wedding, you need to take the seasons into account. For the best outdoor dance party, it's best to pick a summer month. Are you a fan of autumn leaves or the winter cold? Then a forest wedding is also possible. In this case, though, you choose a venue where you are guaranteed to be covered, with heaters and fire pits available.

Specify a practical "dress code"

It is important that guests know that the wedding will take place (partly) outside. Clearly state that guests should bring warm, cold, or extra rainwear. In case of a summer wedding (at the water's edge), mention that the guests can bring mosquito spray and sunscreen, if necessary. You can also buy this yourself and have it ready on a side table. Is your wedding taking place on woodland, grass or sandy soil? Please mention that heels are not the most comfortable choice of footwear on these surfaces.

Buy blankets

Even in the summer months, it can cool down considerably in the evening. Therefore, make sure there are enough plaids and blankets available for all guests. This is not only practical against the cold, but also looks cosy!

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  1. Vincent Rondwijk 25 August 2022 at 15:19 - Reply

    Good to know you can't get married at every location. For that matter, a symbolic ceremony in the forest seems beautiful to me. There are also many beautiful venues for gatherings in different forests.

  2. Marie de Jonge 23 June 2022 at 13:08 - Reply

    I would also like to get married in a beautiful natural place. A wooded area in summer also seems very nice to me. In addition, a wedding on the water also appeals to me! Of course, this requires some planning!

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