It’s been a little while since my last post where I talked about my ‘omg we’re getting married… where do I start?’ panic. And since then myself and lee haven’t really done a lot when it comes to the wedding. Partly because 1. we’re not planning to get married until summer ’17 so we’re just enjoying being engaged at the mo, and 2. because we’ve decided we’re going to spend a good amount of time focusing on one of the most important decisions… the VENUE!
Okay, so the title is a bit deceiving as we have not actually booked any wedding venues just yet… But we have done a fair bit of research and scoped out the venues we’re loving – looked at pros and cons of different venues, and scheduled in a viewing at our favourite (yay!).
So I thought I would share with you all some of the venues that we’ve been looking at, the style we’re going for, and just some general advice/tips when it comes to researching venues.
I mentioned in my last post that we’ve been looking mostly at barn style weddings – however, we’ve also looked at a few other rustic style venues that have caught our eye. The only real type of venue that I knew we didn’t want was a classic, formal manor house/hotel style venue. There are tons near to us, and having been to a few other weddings at places like this, myself and Lee both agreed that a venue with a more rustic, relaxed vibe was much more ‘us’.
We’re lucky enough to have lots of really lovely wedding venues in Somerset, so there’s lots of choice when it comes to different styles – here are just a few of our favourites so far.
The first place we scoped out online was Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet- I had seen some wedding pictures from here a few months beforehand, and totally loved the style of the venue, so had to go back and find out where this place was. They have a choice of different reception rooms but this one was our favourite – those beams and the really simple, understated style are what we really loved. I also loved their ‘secret gardens’, which can be used for some seriously stunning photographs.
Hestercombe Gardens was a place that came to our attention through online researching. This is another venue with lots of different room options – which is good as it means there’s pretty much something for any style or however many people you choose to invite.
Their Orangery (image above) is what really drew me in. I love how intimate this ceremony room looks, whilst still being so bright and light-filled. I also loved their Bampfylde Hall (below) which you can use as a reception venue – those rustic walls and simple styling are so lovely.
In case you couldn’t tell from the name, Hestercombe Gardens also has the prettiest gardens that would make the most amazing backdrop for all kinds of stunning photography. It was actually when looking at this place that I realise how important having a pretty outdoor space for photographs was to me.
Priston Mill – The Tythe Barn
We found Priston Mill online, whilst searching for barn venues, and thought their Tythe Barn fill the bill perfectly. The barn itself is so rustic and gives the ideal simple backdrop that you can add all kinds of beautiful decorations to. I can just imagine it all filled with candles and fairy lights.
The stonework and wood features all around this place make it feel really rustic and understated – a style that we really love. This one is definitely a favourite of ours.
And last, but certainly not least…
I pretty much fell in love with Almonry Barn as soon as I saw pictures of it online – and immediately showed them to Lee, who also loved it. It’s the most beautiful venue – definitely the most showstopping of the venues we’ve looked at! Everything from the fairy light chandelier, to the stone work, beams and gorgeous light-filled rooms. When it comes to venue styling and photography, Almonry Barn is perfect. Even the outdoor space is pretty. I also love that very little would need to be done when it comes to styling it ourselves, as I think the fairylight chandelier and chair and table set-up is really pretty and understated in itself.
Another thing I love about Almonry is how much thought and effort has gone into some of their styled shots. It really gives you an idea of how you could style it, and what different options would look like.
Which one will be our favourite we’ve seen them all in the flesh, I’m not sure as venues can all look and feel completely different in the flesh – but we’re pretty excited to start getting visits booked in!
What do you think of these venues? What are your favourite wedding venue styles?