Your ideal barn wedding venue – what to consider before you book?
April 13, 2017
Rustic elegance blends in with a hint of rural town charm
The Chichester Hotel was built around the Essex Barn which is around 300 years old and part of Chichester Hall. Converted barns are becoming more and more popular as wedding venues, as they offer a romantic setting whilst providing all the mod cons and amenities. Each countryside barn has its own unique style and character. They can be modern, traditional or historical and the Essex Barn has all the heritage and authenticity but with the added comfort of modern technology. What is common is the vast spectrum of wedding themes which you can incorporate in your wedding reception.
A barn’s relaxed feel can be easily tailored to meet your high expectations and even the quirkiest décor preferences, just by choosing the right event styling items. The Event Hire Company can style the Essex Barn using a range of furniture of your choice.
What should you know before your first meeting at the venue?
First and foremost, size matters – the key to success is working out, in the absolute early stages, what your expected headcount is likely to be and aiming to find a barn that can accommodate your number of guests. A wedding venue’s brochure will outline their capacities depending on the function room you book and arrangement of the reception. Compare standing drinks reception versus formal seated dinner – both will require different facilities and different types of function rooms will suit both.
Finding the middle ground means you do not overestimate (very few people in a majestic hall) nor underestimate the attendance (watch out for my toes!).
Before you secure the venue of your dreams, you need to meet with The Chichester Hotel’s event organiser in order to make the magic happen. You need to enquire upfront what is going to be available within your venue hire package and what aspects of styling you are going to account for separately. Typically included are tables, linen, cutlery and basic lighting.
However, any additional venue decorations (such as centrepieces, tea light holders and lounge furniture) may come at an extra cost – you wouldn’t want to have yourself surprised with some unexpected records on the final bill! Worth checking is the fact that when hiring the Essex Barn for your wedding the hotel has its own suppliers for all of your needs – including Asian weddings and Indian catering. Never be afraid to ask for credentials of their chefs’ cooking skills and examples of proposed gourmet wedding menus.
Ideal wedding setting just an hour’s drive from the capital
“Why get married in Essex?” you ask. The choice of stunning and newly renovated wedding barns around the county should be plentiful enough to give you the selection you require.
At your convenience, most countryside barns offer wedding services and partner with the best local suppliers and vendors – they will be able to help you with every aspect of planning your ceremony and reception.
The great thing about hotel wedding venues in Essex is the easy access to the M25, A127 and A130. The Chichester Hotel gives you the unique chance of soaking up the true spirit of rural English countryside, just a short drive away from central London.
…still not quite convinced? The Chichester Hotel is one of the best wedding venues in Wickford and Essex? Contact our team and let us prove to you we are more than capable of handling your wedding reception planning with the care and attention it deserves!