A DIY Wedding at a Safari Park: Jodi & Dave

I’m not gonna lie, where was something in particular that swayed me when it came to featuring this wedding… Stan, the ever so slightly disgruntled looking cat. Of course when I saw the rest of the photos, I just happened to fall in love with Stan’s owners, Jodi & Dave as well, but if I’m going to be 100% truthful, Stan did help their cause.

This couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding and so by DIYing as much as they could the day came in at under £9000. The ceremony was held at Swiss Gardens, Shuttleworth with the reception taking place in the Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park. “We looked at about 12 venues from a marquee where I keep my horses to a vintage factory ballroom but nothing quite ticked all the boxes”, wrote Jodi. “But when we found Swiss Gardens we knew instantly this was the one. We originally booked it for August 2013, but then were told the venue would be shutting down for 18 months for a lottery funded renovation so we could only postpone, cancel or move it forward! So we moved it forward giving us only 6 months to plan and make everything!”

“We were married in the tiny thatched house in the centre of the open gardens”, she continued. “It only seats 20 people so we had immediate family inside and rest of  our guests outside looking in through the open windows and doors. It made for a very relaxed ceremony that was really intimate (we could pretty much touch everyone’s knees when we stood at the front). The registrars were also very relaxed and friendly they were happy to have the odd joke and giggle with us during the formal bit! The gardens are a public garden so we did get the odd person hanging on to watch the wedding but we quite liked that!”

“The safari park was a really relaxed venue with the option of swan pedlos on the lake and a train ride for all the guests. All the staff were really friendly and happily to let us do our thing! Dave and I can get a bit bored at weddings so for us it was important to have outside space and to have other activities to keep the day varied. This place worked perfectly for us there was lots going on a