Written by Victoria Phillips, published 9th mar 2017
Make your special day more memorable with woods and trees
Making your wedding memorable and different can be a challenge for any bride and groom.
By putting tree or woodland dedications on your gift list instead of toasters and gift vouchers, or even transforming traditional wedding favours into a living and growing talking point by dedicating to your guests, you can do something amazing for nature in a way that will always be remembered.
Tree and woodland dedications from the Woodland Trust are a meaningful and lasting way of ensuring your special day stands out for all the right reasons. Trees can be dedicated from a suggested donation of just £15 and also on offer are quarter acre groves or more with benches and marker posts with personalised plaques. As a thank you, you or your guests will receive a dedication pack, including a personalised certificate, map so you can easily visit, and information about the wood itself.
Woodland Trust supporter Hannah Leonard wanted to make sure her wedding favours weren’t thrown away with the table confetti at the end of the day.
“We wanted to do something memorable for guests, something everyone would appreciate and wouldn’t be wasted. We were able to choose some woodland near the venue and come up with our own dedication wording. We had a very positive reaction from guests – they hadn’t seen anything like this before at other weddings and they thought it was a great idea. We were delighted to give something unique to our guests while also helping such a great charity.”
Rather than creating a gift list, Vanessa Watchman and her husband set up an online fund for their guests to donate towards. With the money raised they dedicated an acre of woodland and a grove post in a wood in Pembrokeshire, Wales to celebrate their wedding. “We asked for donations rather than gifts, as it was a second wedding for us both,” says Vanessa. “I had always dreamed of planting an acre of oaks - leaving something behind for the next generation.”
A dedication will live for years to come in a choice of beautiful Woodland Trust woods all over the UK, helping to support British wildlife and leaving a growing testament to your love.
All dedications are free to visit whenever you wish, and as your relationship flourishes, you your family and friends can go and remember your special day while enjoying the wonderful UK countryside.
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest conservation charity for trees and woodland. Each dedication directly supports its work protecting this country’s woods and wildlife. To find out more about the Woodland Trust’s dedications, visit woodlandtrustshop.com/weddings or phone 0330 333 3300.