Way before we got engaged, Dan and I had thought about the type of place we’d like to get married. We knew we didn’t want a church, just a relaxed venue where we could have everything in one place. Hyde Barn was our answer and a venue we fell in love with before Dan had even gotten down on one knee. From the Cotswold stone and exposed beams to the pink sofas we knew this is where we wanted to get married – when the day finally came that is!
So, the first thing we did once we’d landed from New York was head to Hyde Barn to look around. Yes, I’ll admit I was a jet-lagged bride on a mission!
It didn’t take long for us to make a decision and confirm Hyde Barn for our wedding. Only five days after getting engaged to be exact.
Although we were pretty set on Hyde Barn, we looked at a few other places to make sure but they just weren’t right. One thing we did have to consider when choosing a venue was the cost. Here are a few things I found helped us make a decision and also make the most of our budget:
- Consider a last minute date – we were happy not to have a long engagement so took advantage of our venue’s ribbon rate. This is a set package that includes venue hire, food and drinks for a last minute date in the year. It’s still given us 10 months to plan and saved us thousands.
- Consider a day that’s not Saturday – Saturday weddings are automatically more expensive so try a weekday or Sunday. We opted for a Sunday, the cheapest day of the week. Although typically the most expensive when it comes to a registrar.
- Avoid Summer – Autumn just so happens to be my favourite season but it’s also more cost effective than choosing the middle of Summer. Especially when you can’t guarantee the weather.
- Don’t forget the food – along with venue it will be one of the biggest costs and we found varied massively venue to venue. Some also have suppliers you have to use.
I hope you found these tips helpful. It’s just three and a half weeks until I get to say ‘I do’ in this beautiful venue. Where has the year gone!?