Can you have a Bushcraft Wedding?

When Flint and I (well I) first started planning the wedding we were going to hold the ceremony and reception out in the woods somewhere. This sounded like a great idea but when I looked into it I didn’t fancy portaloos, generators and the risk of a wash out if it poured with rain. Flint and I wouldn’t be too fussed and I’d love an excuse for some new wellies, but I didn’t think our guests would be too happy!

So… We decided on a barn and will be saying our vows, having our reception and staying over at the Dairy Barns, Hickling, Norfolk.

Now… How to make it a nice pretty wedding but also incorporate Bushcraft and nature into it….???

Well you can see above that our homemade wedding invites have a tree theme and here’s a few items from our list of things to do;

1. Crochet bride and groom love birds – I’ve almost finished these and will upload a pic when done 🙂

2. Carve and sand spoons – Flint has 72 spoons to carve and I am sanding them. Each table is named after a tree; willow, spruce, hawthorn, alder, sycamore, birch, lime, ash, poplar and each guest will get a hand carved spoon made from the wood of the table they are sat at. Flint has had 20months to do this and so far he has done 18…

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3. Collect wild flowers – although we are having ‘normal bouquets’, some of the flowers around the venue will be wild.

4. Finish knife for cutting cake – Flint has made a knife from scratch. It started as some sort of petal pole and I think he heated and hammered it then sharpened it. He’s also made a handle for it. It looks great but isn’t quite finished and I’ll upload a photo once its done

5. Dry petals for confetti – for the last 2 years I have been collecting petals from wild flowers I have picked or from all the (haha yeah!) bouquets of flowers Flint gets me!

6. Sort out manekin with clothing – Flint originally wanted to wear his Buck skin shirt to the wedding. OBVIOUSLY I said no! However, I have agreed to a manekin wearing it on the day – bit weird but hey, like I said before, it’s all about compromise!

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7. Varnish paddle – last summer Flint made a paddle and took it out with him to Sweden (which is why it looks a bit battered!). We’re gonna use this is a bit of a guest book and ask people to sign it 🙂 He burned the picture of the otter into the front which is very cute. We saw one our Sweden trip.

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8. Finish card log – this is amazing! It’s a hollowed out bit of a tree trunk with a lid to use as a post box 🙂 Flint has also carved some birds for the front!!

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So, in conclusion – on balance I think it’s quite a natural and bushcrafty (new word maybe) wedding.

However, It’s perhaps not very manly considering everyone has floral mismatched China and tea out of a teapot, there’s a lot of pink, and I’ve embarrassed Flint with lots of photos of him as a teeny tiny boy!!! Mwuhahaha!! Oh well, what does he expect???!!

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