The Venue – Wedding Planning Update

The Venue – Wedding Planning Update

First thing’s first, the venue… If you’ve been keeping up to date with my Instagram stories over the past 6 months or so, you’ll know that our wedding venue is somewhat unique, beautiful, and – so far – incredibly stressful! I’ve never been one for the ‘easy option’ and my wedding has been not exception…

The Venue – Where are we up to?

For those of you who don’t know, we’ve chosen to have our wedding reception at my parents’ house in a stunning, old, (and currently semi-derelict) barn. (We’re getting married at a church in Tavistock).

The barn (when completed will be named ‘Chapel Barn’) has always been an incredibly special place. My parents have had plans to do it up for the past 10 years (since we moved to Devon) and they finally started by doing the roof back in 2017.

In April 2018 Euan popped the question and after initially deliberating over whether to use the barn, or to have a marquee in one of the fields, we decided on the barn. Which meant there was a timescale for the project and things needed to start moving pretty quickly!

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the venue wedding planning update blog post lila bailey blog
the venue wedding planning update blog post lila bailey blog

The floor needed digging out completely (it used to be home to 3 giant corn mills!) so that was the first job. Then it was underfloor heating and re-laying the floor. That started in October and is the only thing that has been completed *sigh*.

We’ve had the windows & doors made, which have arrived in a less than perfect condition *sigh* so need to be sorted asap. Then they can be put in and we can finally get the second floor in! Then stairs need to go in and that’ll be the worst of the structural stuff done. Until that point, my blood pressure will remain pretty high…

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The Venue – What has been difficult?

At the moment, the most difficult thing has been waiting for it all to get done. Mainly because until it’s finished, it’s hard for us to decide exactly where everything is going to take place! I’ve got a pretty good idea in my head of logistically how it’s all going to work, but until I’ve seen it in the flesh it’s really hard to be 100% certain.

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The other thing which has been slightly hard is the size of the barn. It only seats around 100 people comfortably, and our ideal guest-list is more like 150… But, we knew this was the case when we chose the barn over the marquee (and was actually one of my reasons for choosing the barn… but more on that later).

The Venue – Best Bits?

My absolute favourite thing about the venue being the barn is that it’s so incredibly special & personal to us. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve worked for wedding venues, or because I’ve always thought of my family home as the perfect place to celebrate my wedding. Either way, I’m so grateful to be lucky enough to have this amazing barn to use!

I also love that I’m completely starting from scratch. Whilst it would be so (so so so so) much easier to get married at an existing wedding venue where everything you need is provided already, I cannot express how much I’m loving the challenge of putting it altogether myself. I am a wedding planner after all, so it makes sense!

Recently I’ve been looking into tablecloths and comparing prices, as well as all the fun bits like table decor and signs. It’s not an easy journey but fully worth it!

The Venue – Top Tips?

Okay, so top tips for your venue search…

  • Don’t pay too much – you’d be amazed at how many venues totally overcharge for the ‘privilege’ of using their space. At some point I’ll do a blog with a breakdown of venue costs etc so you can see what you should be spending.
  • Decide what is most important to you a find a venue which fits your needs. There are hundreds (and hundreds) of venues out there, so don’t compromise on the things that matter. Everyone will have different priorities, and that’s okay! So figure out what yours are before you start your venue search. The perfect one will be out there, I promise!
  • Make sure everything you need is included, not extra. Sometimes a deal will seem too good to be true, which means it probably is!
  • Wet weather!! If your venue is perfect in the rain, then it’ll be extra perfect in the sun. This is the UK, and good weather is a luxury, not a guarantee. Hope for good weather always, but go for a venue that is prepared for the worst.
  • Most importantly… fall in love with it! You only get one shot, and feeling comfortable and happy with your decision is a total priority. You can absolutely fall in love with a venue as much as I’ve fallen in love with our barn, if not more!

Next up…

So that’s the venue. Next up I’ll be sharing our suppliers, how we (I) found them, and some top tips for choosing yours!

If you want to see more from the barn, head on over to my Instagram page (@lilabaileyweddings) and have a watch of my ‘Barn Renovation’ highlight.

Check out my last post for a bit about my past year of engagement…

Fabulously Floral…

Fabulously Floral…

Fabulously Floral

 

Florals with a fabulous edge… Well, as you may have noticed, I co-ordinated a fabby floral photoshoot recently at the amazing wedding venue, Ever After, where I have been working a lot recently. The setting was just perfect and the photos… wow!

The sun was shining but there was just enough cloud for Charlotte to get perfect lighting on her wonderful shots… It’s always worth remembering that sometimes a little cloud on your wedding day is actually preferable to harsh beaming sunshine. Just ask any photographer, they’ll be sure to tell you!

Ever After has the most magical floral feel. It is so idillic and peaceful, and the gardens are just breathtaking. I don’t know about you but I’ve never been anywhere quite like it! Perfect for a stunning garden wedding, and they also do intimate winter elopements too!

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Flowers

Fabulously floral Katherine Milligan from Millifleur provided an array of to-die-for flowers, capturing the natural feel of the venue with a sneaky hint of modern. She is definitely the go-to florist for your wedding… Have a cheeky peak at her website! Possibly the nicest lady around, and I can’t wait to work with her again!

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

 

Photography

Need a photographer? Thankfully you are in the right place. Charlotte from Charlotte Dart Photography and Film took some incredible shots (well, you can see that for yourself!) and she was a darling to work with. She was quick off the mark at editing and getting them back to us, and I loved them so much I had to totally update my website to do them justice!

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Model

Now, you probably don’t need a model for your wedding, but just in case here is Alice, our gorgeous model who very kindly agreed to help us out last minute and doesn’t she just look wonderful?! She was natural and easy and made the photoshoot work like a dream. We abso-fabso-lutely couldn’t have done it without you Alice, so thank you a million!

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

Lila Bailey Fabulously Floral Photoshoot

 

Styled right? I sure hope so!

Feeling inspired? Your wedding could look just like this! Find out more about how we can help you create this amazing floral affair by visiting our weddings page

First Blog Post!

First Blog Post!

Welcome to Lila Bailey’s very first blog post…

Hello lovely people. It is a beautiful April day and I’m sitting in the sunshine looking forward to the summer and all the weddings ahead. Today I’m working on the website and brainstorming different styled shoot ideas in collaboration with Milli Fleur and The Empty Box Company, two of Lila Bailey’s recommended suppliers. It is an exciting time as things are starting to come together, but there is still so much on the horizon… I wish it could all be done now! But the greatest things often take the longest time (or so I keep telling myself).

This morning I visited the gorgeous Dartmoor venue, Ever After, at Lower Grenofen. I may be biased but I do think it is just the most phenomenal place, especially in the sunshine; I am very much looking forward to co-ordinating weddings there this summer.

Well, thanks for checking in and I hope you have a magical day.

 

B x