Barn Wedding report - 11th November 2017
I've been lurking on the forum for a while now and didn't have a planning thread but I really would like to do a report. Hopefully you will find it a fun read and maybe even find the few DIY elements helpful.
Brief history: Graham and I met at work. Our first date was actually the date of the Royal wedding in 2011 (makes it easy to remember!). We moved in together in 2013, bought a house together in 2014 and then got engaged in August 2016.
Proposal: As a rule, each year we both take our birthdays as leave and spend the day together and on my birthday, G insists on paying for everything so I get completely spoilt. We rarely go away so last year, we decided to go to Belfast for a few days, including my birthday. On the actual day, he took me to the Rose Garden in Belfast's Botanical Gardens and proposed. He did a brilliant job of choosing my ring. I like big sparkly rocks as much as the next girl but as I have quite small hands, only delicate rings look good on me. Unfortunately he’s lost the picture of my ring that day! I’m hoping he somehow finds it and I can pop it in later. Here are a couple of photos of the rose garden (not exactly the same but oh well!).
He'd gone to my parents to ask for my father's permission but as luck would have it, Dad was out when he visited. So he told my mum who was very excited, told her not to tell anyone and then returned the next day. Dad was as cool as a cucumber while Mum was bouncing in her seat. Apparently it was obvious why G was there and just to wind Mum up, my father acted like nothing was out of the ordinary and started sorting through the mail! This was roughly the Wednesday before the Monday G proposed and he'd gone to great lengths to keep it a secret. He'd sworn my parents to secrecy but by Friday night, my mother was already blabbing to her friends. She does struggle with secrets!
Naturally I started looking at venues. My ideal venue was somewhere with grounds, a marquee and availability in September 17 (G didn't want a long engagement and insisted on getting married within 1.5 years). Unfortunately, quotes from venues or prices from websites of places we liked soon made us realise that our budget wasn't large enough for what we liked. We'd set it at £15k (excluding clothes and honeymoon) which is no small amount so we decided on November as it would be cheaper.
Eventually we found Lains Barn in Oxfordshire. I love the rustic look and even though there wasn't much land, I figured the weather would be dreary so it wouldn't actually matter (and I was right!). I think one of the most stressful parts of planning the wedding was finding the venue. After that things pretty much fell into place - with a bit of work of course!
We booked around late September or early October. So we had about 13 months to plan everything else and it was plenty. I can stress out quite easily so I decided to just keep on top of everything and be proactive.
Save the Dates:
I love kraft paper and it suited our venue so I chose these Save the Dates which we sent out about a year in advance.