Why every season is wedding season at Folly Farm

With couples becoming increasingly adventurous and with savvy brides wanting great wedding deals, the idea of mid-summer being the best season for weddings is long gone.

Weddings are unique events. Therefore, you want every aspect of your big day to reflect your personalities. Determining the right season for your wedding is a big first step that helps focus the rest of your planning, from menus to colour schemes and even music and invitations. 

Being perched in the centre of a nature reserve, with wide open views across the Chew Valley, brides at Folly Farm embrace every season, whatever the weather. We are often asked our opinion on seasons when couples are deciding the all-important wedding date, so here’s our seasonal wedding guide in a nutshell...


Pros. With the daffodils and apple blossoms blooming in the orchard, and bluebells carpeting the ancient woodland floor in the nature reserve, spring is magnificent for photographs. With the flowers heading into bloom, this provides a symbolic backdrop to blossoming marriages and we see the first outdoor blessings and ceremonies of the year. The abundance of seasonal food from the kitchen garden creates great menus too!

Cons. It’s not the best time for hay fever sufferers! 


Pros. Long hazy days, sunshine and warm nights supping cold cider under the stars, need we say more? With the paddock available for camping, summer is a winner for those looking for a festival-themed wedding. Colours are bright and hopefully the sky will be blue. Outdoor ceremonies are in full swing, with brides opting for a blessing in the apple orchard or nuptials being said overlooking Chew Valley Lake. You would just need to hop back into the converted barn to sign the register. Another huge bonus for teachers and children alike is the school holidays!

Cons. It can be too hot. Make sure your bouquets are kept in water and given a little drink throughout the day and that your make-up is set with a spritz of hair spray. If summer is your dream, the dates book up quickly, so plan ahead. 


Pros. Nature’s colours provide a stunning backdrop for photographs and walks in the nature reserve, rustic, foraged decorations take centre stage while the nights are very cosy. Lighting the roaring log fire in the Atrium is highly recommended.

Cons. An early cold snap can make plans for outdoor games a little chilly, so have indoor fun planned just in case.


Pros. The backdrop to winter weddings is either dramatic skies or snowy landscapes. Think hot chocolate as welcome drinks, hot chestnuts as canapés and a fake fur shrug to keep you warm. Oh, and not forgetting Christmas. The 15ft Folly Farm Christmas tree is guaranteed to bring Christmas spirit to the festivities. 

Cons. Unpredictable weather means you need an icy conditions plan! Make friends with the local farmer, just in case a lift on a tractor is needed (a very rare occurrence!)

If you would like to book your wedding show round, please call Stella on 01275 331 590.

Sean Byrne