Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Wedding stylist Not Your Average I Do was called in to transform a working barn venue into the perfect summertime wedding location for Tom and Caroline – here’s how they did it…

Barn wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Farm gate Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: D&J Photography.

Tom and Caroline chose a beautiful working farm in the heart of Lymington, New Forest, as the backdrop for their big day.

The Set Up

Farm barn garden Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayA blank canvas… Credit: D&J Photography

Tom and Caro asked the Not Your Average I Do[1] (NYA) team to work their magic and completely transform the sheep pen farmyard from its usual working order into a highly stylish backdrop for their day.

Barn wedding set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe NYA team begin their set-up. Credit: D&J Photography

barn wedding drapes set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

There are always areas in a working barn that, rather than requiring beautiful decorations, just simply need to be covered up to ensure perfect wedding photographs! NYA opted for bespoke draped wall towards the back of the barn to hide those unsightly spots.

Barn wedding drapes Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayPreparing the draping. Credit: D&J Wedding Photography

When relying on an outside summer lawn to host your guests there are several things you want to think about to ensure the guests enjoy your day as much as you do: shade, seating, entertainment, lighting and warmth. Tom and Caroline ticked all these boxes, and then some!

Shade

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe farm lawn is transformed! Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Come rain or shine, cover from the elements is essential. Tom and Caroline opted for a stretch tent marquee as well as NYA’s barrel poseur tables with parasols to keep the guests (and their drinks) cool!

Seating

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayGuests enjoyed the chill-out area on the lawn. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

With over 100 guests, Tom and Caroline wanted to ensure that there would be adequate (and comfortable) seating for everyone. Dotting NYA’s deck chairs and bean bags about the grounds gave a chilled-out summer vibe. They added hay bales covered with blankets and cushions for added comfort.

Farm barn seating hay bales Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStable door with hay bales. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Entertainment

Barn wedding garden games Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe traditional wooden garden games were loved by all. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

The addition of NYA’s garden games brought fun for all ages!

Garden jenga Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Giant connect four Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Using NYA’s ‘not so average’ moon arch and a bespoke polaroid photo frame created a unique backdrop to act as the couple’s photobooth.

Floral hoop photobooth Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayMoon arch photo booth. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Wedding photobooth guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Lighting

Barn fairy lights Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DaySetting up the lighting in the barn. Credit: D&J Photography

For the wedding breakfast inside the barn, the happy couple chose a striking hanging table centre design, using NYA staggered festoon lighting covered in foliage and hanging glass baubles filled with candles and flowers.

Barn wedding reception tables Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding reception details Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

NYA installed a stunning 30m fairy light wall which acted as an amazing backdrop for the wedding breakfast and those all-important wedding speeches.

Father of the bride speech Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStaggered festoon lighting and glass baubles. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding bride Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFairy-light backdrop. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography barn wedding reception guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Warmth

Evening wedding guests fire pit Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe bride and her friends enjoying the warmth of the firepit. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Extra blankets are a great way to keep you and your guests warm as the evening sun drops – patio heaters are a great addition too, as well as firepits for mood lighting and toasting marshmallows!

Finishing Touches

Wooden light-up table plan Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBespoke light-up table plan. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

It’s the finishing touches that turn a blank canvas into a beautiful wedding venue. Tom and Caroline asked NYA to create a bespoke personalised light-up table plan. The couple’s floral hoops beautifully highlighted the brick wall of the barn.

Floral wedding hoops Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFloral hoops. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

As dusk turned to evening, the barrel festoon lighting by NYA turned the yard into a functional and romantic space to snuggle by the fire, really giving it that WOW factor. What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Evening wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBarrel festoon lighting. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Contact book:
Set-up photography – D&J Wedding Photography
On-the-day photography – Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography
Styling, lighting, props and photobooth – Not Your Average I Do
Florist – Katherine Bly Flowers
Venue – Warborne Farm[2][3][4][5][6]

notyouraverageido.com[7]

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References

  1. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  2. ^ D&J Wedding Photography (www.dandjphotography.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography (tomandlizzieredman.com)
  4. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  5. ^ Katherine Bly Flowers (katherinebly.com)
  6. ^ Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk)
  7. ^ notyouraverageido.com (notyouraverageido.com)

Win a Four-Night Minimoon to Turkey

Enjoy a luxury dual-destination break to Turkey, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul.

The Bosphorous, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul exterior Win a four-night minimoon to TurkeyThe Bosphorous, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Win a Four-Night Minimoon to Turkey

A lovingly-restored, 19th century Ottoman palace overlooking the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus Strait, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul on the Bosphorus is an idyllic retreat for couples to relax while exploring this exciting cultural metropolis. 

For a stay laced with tradition and indulgence, your prize will include a trip to the hotel’s luxurious spa, where you’ll unwind with a classic Turkish Hammam. Alternatively, you can surrender yourself to a pampering four-handed massage or detoxifying body wrap – all perfect ways to rejuvenate after days spent exploring the colourful streets and browsing the endless markets. 

And why not add a touch of romance to proceedings by dining on the terrace at enchanting on-site restaurant, Aqua? Pairing fresh Mediterranean seafood, cured meats and vegetable dishes with fine wines, it’s an ideal dinner spot for honeymooners. 

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet Win a four-night minimoon to TurkeyFour Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet

From here, you’ll travel to the charming Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, a tranquil sanctuary from the vibrant city. For a real sense of this enchanting resort, take a seat at restaurant Seasons’ glass-enclosed courtyard or on the terrace, surrounded by its fragrant garden. 

As part of your prize, you and your beloved will enjoy a delectable breakfast prepared by head chef Sadik Unal, with options including Turkish yoghurt, honeycomb and traditional Börek. 

Conclude your east-meets-west journey with a sunset spell on the Sultanahmet rooftop lounge, where you can toast your travels and take in the radiant Old City skyline and panoramic views of the iconic Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. 

One lucky couple will win:
• A two-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at The Bosphorus, with a Turkish Hammam for two.
• A two-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet with one Turkish breakfast for two.
• Cross-property transfers. 

To be in with a chance, simply enter your details in the form below. Good luck!

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The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

We were honoured to welcome so many of the wedding industry’s biggest names to The British Wedding Awards in February – here’s some more info on a few of the wonderful designers, venues and brands we recognised in this year’s coveted event. Congratulations to all those who won or were highly commended!

British Wedding Awards winners The British Wedding Awards 2019: the designers, venues and brands recognised on the nightCredit: Roger Brown Photography

The British Wedding Awards 2019: the designers, venues and brands recognised on the night

Maggie Sottero Designs

Bridal Brand of the Year – Winner

Maggie Sottero wedding dresses models The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the NightMaggie Sottero Designs[1] creates with you in mind, understanding and embracing the individuality of each bride. And with each of its labels – Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, and Rebecca Ingram – there’s a gown for you, no matter what your love story, style, or budget may be.

Maggie Sottero

Bridal Gown Collection – Highly Commended

Maggie Sottero long sleeve wedding dress The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Maggie Sottero[2]’s dresses are the perfect match for today’s modern, romantic bride. Inspired by the love stories of its many brides-to-be, its gowns fuse timeless silhouettes with alluring details. Visit your nearest stockist to try on the designs from its 2019 collection.

National Railway Museum

City Wedding Venue – Highly Commended

National Railway Museum wedding couple dancing The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the NightCredit: Phil Hartley

Highly commended at The British Wedding Awards, the National Railway Museum[3] offers one-of-a-kind spaces for couples looking to treat their guests to a unique experience. Personalise your wedding day with a venue that breaks away from more traditional celebrations.

Ladybird

Bridal Brand of the Year – Highly Commended

Ladybird plunge wedding dress The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Dutch brand Ladybird[4] has been an important player in the wedding dress market for more than two decades, with an extensive collection of styles for all types of bride, from glamorous princess dresses to figure-hugging silhouettes.

St Audries Park

Best Coastal Venue – Winner

St Audries Park wedding venue from above The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

St Audries Park[5] is a picture-perfect stately home nestled in the Quantock Hills overlooking the Bristol channel. Exclusively yours for your very special day, this beautiful venue features a breathtaking Victorian Orangery and accommodation for over 100 guests.

Crondon Park

Countryside Wedding Venue – Winner

Crondon Park wedding venue The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Crondon Park[6] is an exclusive wedding venue set within 160 acres of glorious Essex countryside. Its long tree-lined drive offers views over the beautiful and panoramic valley of Crondon.

Crondon Park

Barn Wedding Venue – Highly Commended

Crondon Park barn wedding venue The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

The Baronial Hall at Crondon Park[7] is a unique example of a 17th century Tudor–Jacobean Barn. It has a charm all of its own; its vaulted ceiling, timber beams and grand chandeliers certainly give it the wow factor you’d want for your wedding celebrations.

Purely Diamonds

Best Bridal Accessories – Winner

Purely Diamonds wedding rings The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Multi-award winning Purely Diamonds[8] has been at the forefront of the bridal jewellery industry since its inception in 1979. The family-run company skilfully crafts all diamond rings and jewellery to order from its London workshop, just for you.

Sass & Grace

Bridal Retailer – Winner

Sass & Grace bridal boutique The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Sass and Grace[9] is a luxurious, award-winning bridal boutique nestled in the Hampshire countryside, offering an extensive range of dresses, exceptional service and friendly atmosphere. The bride’s experience is at the heart of everything Sass and Grace does, which is why they’re honoured to receive this special award.

Prezola

Best Gift List Service – Winner

Prezola wedding gift list lifestyle shot The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

Prezola[10] has assisted thousands of style-savvy couples with creating their ultimate wedding gift list completely unique to them, their homes and lifestyles. As well as featuring a hand-picked collection of over 50,000 gifts from 500 retailers, Prezola also gives couples the flexibility to add charity donations, unique romantic experiences and personalised funds towards their dream honeymoon, all on a single list.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

Destination Wedding Venue – Winner

Coconut Bay beach resort wedding lifestyle shot The British Wedding Awards 2019: the Designers, Venues and Brands Recognised on the Night

St. Lucia’s Coconut Bay[11] provides a heavenly backdrop for celebrations of any size. With nuptials offered on the beach, in the elegant ocean-front gazebo or lush tropical gardens, the resort provides enchanting settings for every wedding style. Its various wedding packages include a number of lovely treats for newlyweds too, from bridal spa treatments to a sunset catamaran trip and even private island tours.

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  2. ^ Maggie Sottero (www.maggiesottero.com)
  3. ^ National Railway Museum (www.hiretherailwaymuseum.com)
  4. ^ Ladybird (ladybird.nl)
  5. ^ St Audries Park (www.audries-park.co.uk)
  6. ^ Crondon Park (www.crondonpark.com)
  7. ^ The Baronial Hall at Crondon Park (www.crondonpark.com)
  8. ^ Purely Diamonds (www.purelydiamonds.co.uk)
  9. ^ Sass and Grace (www.sassandgrace.co.uk)
  10. ^ Prezola (prezola.com)
  11. ^ Coconut Bay (www.coconutbayresort.co.uk)
  12. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  13. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  14. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Eight Processional Songs Guaranteed to Have Your Groom in Tears

You and your husband-to-be have no doubt put a lot of thought into your first dance song, but one of the most important pieces of wedding music is the processional. It’s the piece of music that will be playing when your groom first lays eyes on you as a bride, and what will play as you walk down the aisle towards him. If you’re determined to get his lower lip trembling, then you need that music to be emotional – here are a few of our suggestions for processional songs that will have him tearing up!

Crying groom 8-processional-songs-guaranteed-to-have-your-groom-in-tearsCredit: Kip Beelman Photography

Eight Processional Songs Guaranteed to Have Your Groom in Tears

‘Chasing Cars’, by Snow Patrol

It goes without saying that a lot of grooms probably won’t be swept off their feet by a bit of Beyonce or Taylor Swift. Try choosing an emotional song from a band that he loves and he’s far more likely to connect to the music. This gorgeous track from Snow Patrol has the perfect crescendo for the entrance of the bride, and has lovely lyrics too!

‘Ára Bátur’, by Sigur Rós

This Icelandic band create some frankly stunning instrumental music, and you won’t have to worry about the lyrics, as they’re all either in Icelandic or made up! This beautiful song builds slowly and is nearly nine minutes long, so you’ll have plenty of time to get a large bridal party down the aisle before the entrance of the bride. By the time you appear, your groom is likely to be seriously choked up.

‘Never Stop’ (wedding version), by Safetysuit

This one is all about the lyrics. If you’re choosing a song like this, listen to the words together beforehand, so that when the song’s played on the day the full importance of them will hit you both. They almost act like an extra vow! There are actually two versions of ‘Never Stop’ – this pretty piano wedding version, and the much rockier original for brides who don’t want to be subtle. We love them both!

‘Moon River’, originally by Henry Mancini

If your other half loves the classics, then he’s sure to love this. This is an incredible version of the song ‘Moon River’, which you may have seen sung by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If your ceremony space is grand and formal, then this powerful rendition by the London Philharmonic Orchestra will blow everyone away, and the harmonica solo will provide the perfect point for the bridal entrance.

‘She’s Always a Woman’, by Billy Joel

This song might seem a little less lyrically romantic than other options on this list, but we think it’s a fantastic choice. It will reflect that your groom loves you for both your good and bad qualities, and that he’ll always remember how you look walking down the aisle towards him no matter how old you both grow. Someone pass the tissues…

‘Here, There and Everywhere’, originally by The Beatles

If you and your husband-to-be can’t decide on a song that has a personal connection, then choosing a classic love song from a band like The Beatles is a smart decision. Most people will recognise and love it, and it will remain a classic for years to come. The original version of this song is amazing, but we also love this acoustic version arranged by Per-Olov Kindgren – it’s an excellent pace for a processional.

‘Grow Old With You’, by Adam Sandler

Songs from film soundtracks are very popular for modern wedding ceremonies, as they are often instrumental and nearly always elicit powerful emotions. This is no epic instrumental, but it is incredibly sweet. If your partner loves this movie, then he’ll have fond memories of this song and its lovely message.

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Wedding Timings: What Time of day is Best for my Wedding?

You probably want your wedding day to last for as long as possible because, chances are, it’s going to whizz by all too quickly! But when should you start things off and when should it all finish? It’s up to you really, so to help you decide on wedding timings, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons for each options…

Bride and groom in front of light-up letters Wedding Timings: What Time of day is Best for my Wedding?Credit: James Davidson

Wedding Timings: What Time of day is Best for my Wedding?

An afternoon wedding

Wedding marquee WEDDING TIMINGS: WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR MY WEDDING?Credit: Sarah Morris Photography

With an afternoon wedding, your time is going to be limited. If your ceremony is scheduled for 2pm and you then host a wedding reception afterwards, before leaving for your honeymoon at about 6pm, that only gives you four hours to fit everything in; this should be more than enough time for a small, intimate wedding, but if you’ve dreamed of a big event you might find it all a bit of a rush.

If you have young children whom you want to be part of your big day, then they’ll be at their best during the afternoon rather than the evening when they might become bored, tired and grumpy.

Because an afternoon event is shorter, you’ll find it easier to stick to a tight wedding budget. After your ceremony you could simply hold an afternoon tea. Apart from some fizz for the toasts, you can get away with serving cups of tea and coffee and soft drinks. A vintage theme works really well with an afternoon tea and don’t forget you can hire some really pretty china to add to the effect.

An afternoon wedding can open up your venue choices, too – you can hold an elegant affair in the conservatory of a stately home or country house hotel and maybe even have a string quartet playing as people arrive in the mellow afternoon light.

An evening wedding

Bride and groom in the evening WEDDING TIMINGS: WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR MY WEDDING?Credit: Rob Sanderson Photography

Due to a recent relaxation in the laws surrounding the time you can get married, you can now hold your ceremony during the evening and then throw a party immediately afterwards. If you fancy holding your event in a stately home or National Trust property, which normally only holds weddings outside of daytime opening hours, you may have the place all to yourselves. Talk to your venue about what’s possible.

Don’t feel you have to have a formal sit-down dinner if you’re hosting an evening celebration. If you’d rather your guests mingled, then consider serving a buffet. You can still have a table plan if you’re planning on seating your guests, and how about trying a sweetie table instead of formally serving dessert.

If you opt for an evening wedding then you’ll probably be having a DJ or live band to entertain your guests. If that’s the case, don’t forget to have some sort of chill-out room for your guests who would rather sit, chat and catch up instead of dance. They’re going to need to be able to hear each other rather than have music drowning out the conversation! Also, if you’re having to clear tables away from the front to accommodate the dancing then think about where those guests are going to be sitting – particularly older ones. You don’t want people to leave early because they’re uncomfortable!

Depending on the type of catering you decide on, an evening wedding may work out to be more expensive than an afternoon celebration as you’re likely to be inviting more people, hence catering for them all.

If young children are attending, you may need to think about a quiet room where they can sit and watch a DVD quietly or have a nap.

An all-day event

Wedding guests outdoors WEDDING TIMINGS: WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR MY WEDDING?Credit: Award Weddings

An all-day event goes on for longer, which is lovely for you but you’ll need to think carefully about your guests’ wants and needs if you’re entertaining them from lunchtime through to midnight.

Firstly, consider your budget. If you’re holding your ceremony at 2pm then you’ll need to offer your guests refreshments immediately afterwards, either a drinks reception or an afternoon tea. For the evening event you’re going to need to do the same again; greet your evening guests with drinks and canapés before an evening meal, whether it’s a buffet, formal sit-down or something informal like a hog roast.

You’re going to need to send out two different sorts of invitations – an invitation to both the afternoon and evening event for some guests and an evening-only invite to others. Don’t make your evening guests feel second-best. Greet them warmly; they’re making the effort to attend your wedding, they’ve probably given you a present and you want them to have a good time.

If you can have a short break between the afternoon and evening event it gives everyone a chance to catch their breath – and it also gives you chance to redo your hair and make-up. If you’re holding your evening do in a different venue, people can go back to where they’re staying to get changed, freshen up and return invigorated for the evening ahead. Children can be bathed and put to bed in the care of a babysitter so parents can enjoy an evening unencumbered.

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The 12 Most Romantic Wedding Venues

If you’re dreaming of your very own happily-ever-after that’s straight out of a fairytale, one of these romantic wedding venues is sure to fit the bill…

Blair Castle from above The 12 most romantic wedding venues

12 Most Romantic Wedding Venues

1. Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire

Shuttleworth House exterior The 12 Most Romantic Wedding VenuesCredit: Nick Hyland Photography

A 5000 acre site in the heart of rural Bedfordshire, the Shuttleworth estate offers an extraordinary setting for weddings. Choose from three distinct settings – the grand period house, a romantic Regency Swiss Garden, and an aircraft hangar with a backdrop of vintage aircraft and vehicles.

shuttleworth.org/weddings[1]

2. Blair Castle, Perthshire

Blair Castle wedding bride and groom The 12 most romantic wedding venues

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands, Blair Castle is fit for a fairytale wedding. The castle’s history spans 700 years, giving you some spectacular rooms and spaces in which to tie the knot – from the intimate Library to the State Dining Room, the grand Scots-Baronial Victorian Ballroom to the stunning gardens.

blair-castle.co.uk[2]

3. Ashridge House, Hertfordshire

Ashridge House from above the 12 most romantic wedding venuesCredit: Mooncast Films

Nestled in 190 acres of landscaped grounds, Ashridge House is a magnificent neo-gothic country manor. Hosting ceremonies for up to 170 and informal evening receptions for up to 400, it offers several breath-taking historic spaces, providing a truly unique backdrop to your perfect day.

ashridgehouse.org.uk/weddings[3]

4. Salomons Estate, Kent

Salomons Estate gardens and lake The 12 Most Romantic Wedding VenuesCredit: Penny Young Photography

Just outside the charming town of Tunbridge Wells, Salomons Estate’s vast grounds, romantic lakes and handsome manor house are the perfect combination for a country-meets-town wedding. Here, you can choose to marry in a range of rooms within the house or opt for an outdoor ceremony on the Victorian Terrace, with room for up to 230 day guests and 47 bedrooms for those who wish to stay overnight.

salomons-estate.com[4]

5. South Farm, Cambridgeshire

South Farm wedding bride and groom The 12 Most Romantic Wedding VenuesCredit: Photography by Bea

If a romantic countryside setting and first-rate food top your list of must-haves, then family run South Farm could be the venue for you. Nestled deep in the countryside, it’ll make a beautiful backdrop to the wedding day of your dreams – you’ll be charmed by its enchanting gardens, lovingly restored Grade II listed house and beautiful 16th century barn. Couples can enjoy exclusive use, with a choice of five romantic ceremony spaces including both indoor and outdoor options.

south-farm.co.uk/weddings[5]

6. The Roman Baths, Bath

Roman Baths in the evening The 12 Most Romantic Wedding VenuesCredit: James Davies

The namesake of the historical city of Bath, you can exchange your vows here when the museum is closed – giving you the option of a ceremony either by the light of the morning sun or in a romantic evening service conducted by torch light. Afterwards, drink receptions and wedding breakfasts can be held in the elegant Pump Room, or on the Terrace for smaller gatherings.

roman baths.co.uk/venue-hire[6]

7. The Ned, London

The Ned hotel wedding set-up The 12 most romantic wedding venues

Part of the super-stylish Soho House Group, The Ned was formerly home to Midland Bank, designed by Sir Edward ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. This vast venue has six private hire rooms and terraces available for weddings, with capacity between 10 and 200 guests. And whether your guest list is big or small, with 252 1920s-style bedrooms, every single one of your guests can stay the night. In fact, why not make a whole weekend of it?

thened.com[7]

8. Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Hedsor House from above The 12 most romantic wedding venues

Set within 100 acres of historic parkland and listed gardens, Hedsor House makes for one picturesque wedding venue. The Georgian manor house blends the architectural design of the era with stylish contemporary features, featuring a number of spectacular rooms and spaces that will be entirely yours for the duration of your stay. Civil ceremonies can take place here, or you can opt for a religious service at the 12th century church that’s just 300m from the house.

hedsor.com/weddings[8]

9. Highclere Castle, Berkshire

Highclere Castle at night Starry sky The 12 most romantic wedding venues

Whether you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or not, this palatial castle in leafy Berkshire is fit for a celebration. Civil ceremonies take place in the Saloon, featuring ornate detailing, stone arches and a sweeping oak staircase just waiting for you to make your entrance. The food here matches up to the scenery thanks to the Castle’s first-class in-house catering team.

highclerecastle.co.uk/weddings[9]

10. Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum Hintze Hall wedding set-up The 12 most romantic wedding venues

One of the capital’s most iconic venues, the Natural History Museum boasts magnificent architecture and intriguing collections to backdrop your day. Its largest space, Hintze Hall, is perfect for a big celebration – make use of the atmospheric lighting and plenty of candles for a romantic celebration your guests certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

nhm.ac.uk[10]

11. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace exterior The 12 most romantic wedding venues

Blenheim Palace’s 18th century baroque architecture, over 2000 acres of picturesque landscaped parkland and formal gardens make it fit for royalty. There’s six venue spaces here for different styles and sizes of wedding, from the Orangery to the Great Hall and the Long Library. Guest list exceed 300? Construct a marquee on the lawn that’s big enough for all your desired invitees.

blenheimpalace.com[11]

12. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Brighton Royal Pavilion gardens The 12 most romantic wedding venuesCredit: Simon Dack

Just a stone’s throw away from the city’s famous beach, The Royal Pavilion is the jewel in Brighton’s crown. Built as King George IV’s seaside pleasure palace, there are two rooms here which are licensed for weddings. The palace’s gardens are yours to enjoy for post-nuptial celebrations and photographs – head back inside for a wedding breakfast for 60.

brightonmuseums.org.uk[12]

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  12. ^ brightonmuseums.org.uk (brightonmuseums.org.uk)
  13. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  14. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  15. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Wedding Ideas Latest Issue: April 2019

Get yourself down to the shops – Wedding Ideas’ April issue is out now!

Wedding Ideas magazine April 2019 cover Wedding Ideas Latest Issue: April 2019

Wedding Ideas April issue out now!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • A-Z of aisle style: The most covetable dresses on the catwalk
  • Fabulous favours: Ideas that guests will love from as little as £1
  • The British Wedding Awards 2019: This year’s winners revealed
  • Best beauty buys: 35 of the hardest-working new-season products
  • Luxe trips for less: The all-inclusive honeymoons edit

Pick up your copy for £4.50 at WHSmith, Sainsbury’s Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons, as well as at all good newsagents nationwide.


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References

  1. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Escape to the Country With Little Coombe Cedar Yurts

Little Combe Cedar Yurts exterior Little Combe Cedar Yurts

Escape to the Country With Little Coombe Cedar Yurts

Perched on the slope of a sun-dappled, tranquil wooded valley near the pretty waterside village of Dittisham, Devon, Little Coombe Cedar Yurts are an irresistible blend of back-to-nature relaxation and cool, stylish luxury (each with their very own private hot tub!).

On arrival, unload your luggage onto one of the handy wheelbarrows and head to your hideaway, which is just along the pathway through the trees. All four charming yurts are positioned for the upmost privacy from each other and have huge decks, perfect for barbecuing, dining al fresco and taking in the jaw-droppingly beautiful views across the tree-tops to the valley below.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts hot tub Little Coombe Cedar YurtsEach yurt comes with its own outdoor hot tub

Step inside of the aptly-named Owl[1]Pheasant[2]Buzzard [3]or Woodpecker [4]Cedar Yurt (you may well spot these birds along with other wildlife, including the occasional deer!) and you will not be disappointed. The entrance leads into either the main, larger yurt (an incredible eight metres in diameter!) or the smaller yurt (four metres from side-to-side). The main yurt cleverly houses the living-area, sleeping-area (with king-size bed!) and en suite shower-room. There is a wonderfully well-equipped kitchen with an electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave, along with a washing-machine, WiFi, wood-burner (ideal for creating that cosy, romantic atmosphere) and even under-floor heating! Not to mention a TV with Blu-ray/DVD player – perfect for a night-in after a dip in the hot tub – and a Bluetooth sound-system, so you can listen to your favourite tunes until your heart’s content. The adjoining baby yurt houses triple bunk-beds and another en suite shower-room.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts interior Little Coombe Cedar YurtsInside the yurt

If you can bear to tear yourself away, there’s plenty to see and do nearby. Dittisham, less than a mile away, has two pubs, an excellent seafood café, post office, village store and foot ferry to the Greenway Estate [5](owned by the National Trust and once the holiday home of author Agatha Christie). At high tide, the stretch of river from Dittisham to Galmpton is perfect for sailing (you can hire a boat locally). Totnes and Dartmouth are well worth a visit, with shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Mountain bike hire can be arranged locally, surfing is available at Bantham beach (around an hour away) and Blackpool Sands, a stunning, privately-owned beach with a great organic cafe, is just ten minutes away.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts surrounding countryside Little Coombe Cedar YurtsThe idyllic scenery

All in all, if you’re looking for a get-away-from-it-all romantic escape where you can switch off from everyday life and enjoy the great outdoors without letting go of life’s luxuries, look no further than Little Coombe Cedar Yurts.

Prices from £590 for seven night, classic.co.uk[6]

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References

  1. ^ Owl (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  2. ^ Pheasant (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  3. ^ Buzzard  (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  4. ^ Woodpecker  (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  5. ^ Greenway Estate  (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
  6. ^ Prices from £590 for seven night, classic.co.uk (www.classic.co.uk)

Win a romantic getaway to the South of France

 

Soak up some authentic French flair with a minimoon at the newly revamped Château de Montcaud

Nestled in the heart of a five-acre park, in France’s rural Cèze Valley, lies Château de Montcaud, a property which spans over 170 years. [1]

The château first opened as a hotel back in 1992 and last summer was restored to its former glory, offering an authentic French hideaway for couples and honeymooners complete with exquisite gastronomy offerings and the most flawless service. 

This is quintessentially French hospitality at its finest: while you’ll likely spend most of your time just soaking up the atmosphere beneath the chestnut trees, a glass of fine wine in hand, make time to explore, too. Spend your days meandering around the parkland, enjoy a game or two of tennis, or cool off in the pool. More active couples can also explore the local area by bike, discovering the Cèze Valley’s many untrodden paths. 

Château de Montcaud offers quintessential French hospitality

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, choose from two restaurants, including the Bistro de Montcaud headed up by chef Mattieu Hervé. Hunker down to enjoy classic French fare such as côte de boeuf, moules-frites and other fresh market specials, as well as incredible wines from regional vintners. 

The winning newlyweds will stay in one of the château’s Privilege Rooms, which boast heavenly rain showers, tall ceilings, king-sized beds and views of either the surrounding forest, pool or parkland. Designed by Swiss interior designer Iria Degen and local architect Sophie Petit, this is a romantic bolthole for two at its best. 

The prize:

One lucky couple will win:
• Two nights in a Privilege Room
• Two complimentary glasses of champagne upon arrival
• One three-course dinner with wine pairing at the bistro 

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter your details in the form below. Good luck!

Terms and conditions: Prize includes all taxes. Rooms are bookable upon availability and black-out dates apply, including 19-21 April; 29 May – 1 June; 6-9 June; 1 July – 24 August; 23-26 December; 30 December – 1 January. This prize does not include travel costs.


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References

  1. ^ Château de Montcaud (www.chateaudemontcaud.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Win a luxury city break to Bath

Enjoy the sights, the spas and a romantic dinner for two, courtesy of Visit Bath

For a honeymoon staycation that includes brilliant boutique shopping, arts, culture and pampering, could there be a better destination than the UNESCO Heritage city of Bath? This UK destination is perfect for romantic wanderings, too; the famed Bath Skyline is known for its wild flowers and stunning vistas, while the Capability Brown-designed Prior Park is one of its most photographed spots, not to mention a popular haunt for marriage proposals! Be sure to soak up some culture in one of the many museums, including the world-renowned Roman Baths, stopping for excellent coffee in one of the city’s independent cafés along the way. [1]

Your mini-break will include an overnight stay at the five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, a stunning townhouse located in the iconic Georgian Royal Crescent. Recline in the luxury of one of its Deluxe Suites, enjoy full access to the award-winning spa facilities and complete your stay with breakfast at the 3AA Rosette Dower House Restaurant the following morning. Filled with antiques and authentic Georgian architecture, this charming hotel offers up serious period drama vibes, while still delivering all the modern comforts you’d expect from a luxury staycation. The property can also be hired out exclusively for weddings. 

Five-star luxury awaits at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The prize also includes a three-course dinner for two – complete with wine – at the renowned Ivy Bath Brasserie. With a central location on Milsom Street, the restaurant offers sophisticated and friendly all-day dining close to many of the city’s landmarks. Dine on a menu of British classics, including brunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails. 

The prize:

One lucky couple will win:
• One night in a Deluxe Suite at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa with breakfast and access to the spa facilities
• A three-course dinner for two and a bottle of wine, courtesy of The Ivy Bath Brasserie 

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter your details in the form below. Good luck!

Terms and conditions: Subject to availability. The overnight stay is valid Sunday to Friday, excluding Easter and Public Holidays, and must be taken by 30 June 2019. Dinner at The Ivy Bath Brasserie is valid for six months from the competition closing date and must be booked in advance.


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References

  1. ^ Bath (visitbath.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)