As soon as we saw these stunning Birch trees we knew we had found our range of wedding trees. The first thing that couples who hire them say is usually “they are beautiful” and they are. It took 5 years until by chance we came across a new supplier, one look at this range of trees and we bought the entire stock.
We wanted to introduce a hire range of smaller trees, trees that could fit in to smaller venues, venues with low ceilings, marquees… – smaller spaces that people wanted to get married in. With the new branches having a rich red peeling bark that changes into a glorious white lower down the tree these multi-stemmed Birch trees are our solution for beautiful trees to hire for smaller spaces.
A Guide for Brides
It is usually the bride who phones to enquire about tree hire for weddings and we get asked some fairly standard questions, which is understandable if you have never hired wedding trees before. We hope this guide to hiring trees for weddings will help.
The first thing to remember is, it is your wedding so don’t worry about what other couples do or have done in the past or what the experts say. We say, make it your day, plan it your way.
What are Wedding Trees?
Despite what the “wedding experts” say there is no such thing as a wedding tree. However, there are certain types of trees, plants and traditions which have become associated with weddings.
As a greenery hire company we have to carefully monitor requests and trends and assess what to stock. So it will not come as a surprise to learn that the most requested trees were Birch trees and Olive trees. With topiary plants for weddings that want a more formal look. Have said all that we probably supply bamboo to more than 40 weddings a year so people can and do experiment!
There are two types of venues
Wet hire venue = a venue which has many aspects available in house e.g. staffing, catering, audio-visual equipment etc. This type of venue will already be pretty “busy” from a visual point a view, so unless you need to hire a tree lined avenue you probably won’t want large quantities of trees.
Dry hire venue = a venue which is a blank canvas and you decide what happens within the space. A blank canvas, how fab.
Dressing the venue
There is no right amount of trees to hire for a venue and the look that you want will determine how many trees and what size of tree you need to hire. If there was a “right amount of trees to hire” then most suppliers would do the usual clichéd Bronze, Silver or Gold packages.
People tend to focus on dressing:
- The entrance
- Boring/plain aspects
- Behind the top table for photographs
- Using trees as room divides, which can then be removed and placed in allocated areas once the divide has served it’s purpose
- Hiding unsightly areas
If you need help in working out how many trees you need, ask your supplier for suggestions but before you call them try to get hold of a floor plan. Why? Because there are tens of thousands of wedding venues in the UK and no one supplier will know every venue. A floor plan will help you to plan your wedding and help any supplier to help you.
Compare like for like
Event suppliers in certain sectors don’t have any real standardisation, the better the supplier the better the end product. That means a 3M tall tree can vary from a twig to a beautiful specimen tree, so you need to compare like for like. Below is an example of an apple and pears comparison of two trees – the tree on the right is supplied by ourselves and the other by… who knows.
Once you have decided on a supplier book early. Especially relevant if you are having a wedding during the peak season (April – November) – all the best suppliers get booked up very quickly.
Think night time lighting up the trees will add impact or if you have a wedding taking place in the late autumn or winter consider up lighting these trees as the white bark lends itself to adding lighting, just drop dead gorgeous.
To accompany wedding trees or themed events complementary hire plants include:
For an alternative wedding trees to hire when you are having a late Autumn or winter wedding and want to hire trees in leaf:
For further information see the Birch tree hire page