Why you should seriously consider an 'out of season' wedding
30 Nov 2017
As we crunch our way through the fallen leaves of summer towards Christmas, we thought we'd put together a few reasons why getting married out of season is 100% something you should consider!
1 - The Nitty Gritty (Venue hire rates)
I'll start with the least exciting reason (or possibly the most exciting). It's a fact, getting married in the summer months means you generally pay a premium for your venue, with hire rates increasing considerably the closer you get towards July and August (unfortunately we fall into this category as well....sorry!) At the other end of the scale 'out of season' months such as January, February, March and November prove to be a much more cost effective option for cost savvy couples. Paying less for the venue means you may have more of your wedding budget to spend on other wedding ideas you may have discounted before, think food & drink, entertainment or decor.
By choosing an off season date you won't be compromising on the quality of your wedding in any shape or form; with all our beautiful decorative accessories, all the help and support throughout the planning process and on the day itself, exclusive use venue hire and not forgetting the fantastic Award Winning food and service you get from our incredible caterers Morgans all year round, it really is an exciting prospect!
2 - Wedding Suppliers
As well as the venue, wedding suppliers are always at their busiest during the summer months as well, finding the perfect supplier who is also available on your wedding date can be a mission in itself, so out of season you'll often find you have the pick of the bunch! Having your wedding in their quieter months also means you may also be treated to special out of season offers or reduced rates... wine win for everyone right?! Aside from availability, your indoor entertainers have your guests full attention, as guests are more likely to participate in the entertainments you've put on rather than just lounging in the gardens enjoying the sunshine. The Brick barn is the perfect space after your ceremony for everything from photo booths, casinos and full scale giant scalextric to childrens soft play and bouncy castles!
3 - The weather
The fact is, we're in England and as much as we'd love to be able to promise all our couples a gloriously sunny day at any time of year, it's the one thing we can't control (sad face). English summers are definitely getting warmer but with that they also seem to be getting wetter (not that we're avid watchers of the weather forecast or anything..) so even having a mid summer wedding won't guarantee you'll spend the whole day sunning yourselves in the gardens. Couples marrying early in the year or in Autumn expect and plan for the weather to be cooler and wetter, so when it is a beautiful crisp sunny day it really is a wonderful unexpected bonus! (At the very least it's a good excuse to buy yourself some wedding wellies just incase or 'Weddingtons' as one Groom proudly told me they were known as!) Photographers in particular LOVE the softer light you find in the winter months, meaning they're not on an endless hunt for the perfect shady spot for non squinty photos!
The flexible design of the Barns is such that there is plenty of space inside for all of your guests throughout the day, without feeling too claustrophobic or on top of each other - all our floor to ceiling glass doors create a sense of light and space even on the dullest of days. Coupled with a roaring log fire in the snug and underfloor heating throughout the Barns, out of season weddings definitely win the prize for cosy get togethers with loved ones.
4 - The FOOD!
Forget Wedding Breakfast package menus, here at the Barns every single couple has the most beautiful wedding breakfast menu personally designed bespoke for their wedding by Head Chef Anthony Morgan. The beauty of bepoke designed menus is that incorporating local seasonal produce couldn't be easier, giving our couples a totally unique meal which is 'of the moment' to wow their friends and family.
The style of food is also a big winner, think hearty British favourites, winter warmers and cosy dishes filled with flavour. Although it is totally up to you what you have to eat on your wedding day, we are finding that couples are generally moving away slightly from overly formal 'fancy' dining for their wedding day in favour of sharing style roasts or tapas which are just perfect for the colder months and super social at the same time, providing a meal everyone can relax in to and enjoy eating!
5 - It's party time!
Although us Brits spend half our lives at this time of year complaining about the nights drawing in earlier and earlier (we all do it, nothing to be ashamed of), darker evenings actually provide the perfect recipe for a tip top party! In the summer guests religiously spend every spare moment worshipping whatever sunlight and warmth they can get in the Courtyard Garden - which don't get me wrong is a really lovely way to spend the day however, when it comes to getting everybody back inside for the party, it can be a bit of a challenge until much later in the evening, cutting your partying time short. When it's dark and chilly outsdie your wedding guests will be filling the dancefloor "All night long", giving you the best party atmosphere EVER!
6 - Honeymooning
If you're planning on heading straight off on your honeymoon after the wedding (we'll try not to get too jealous), winter dates mean that you are blessed with often the best prices and weather conditions in far flung destinations, thankfully usually avoiding hurricane season which would definitely put a dampner on your beach side bathing! Couples marrying in the Summer months generally opt for a mini-moon for a few days straight after the wedding before jetting off later in the year for their main honeymoon (I mean two holidays though, so no complaining!) Factor into that though school holiday price increases and it may be a bit limiting to where and when you can go.
7 - Colour
This one is more for those Autumnal dates but I couldn't resist going on about my favourite time of year a little bit more.. seriously though, the colours in the leaves, the softness of the sunlight, the spectacular sunsets, the roses in the garden that are still out well into November, the crisp clear days, log fires, candles, blankets, faux fur stoles, the bridal colour palettes; berries, green, aubergines, jewel tones, golds.... I could literally go on and on!
Everything about Autumnal weddings screams opulence, warmth, cosiness and luxurious colour. Coupled with candles, fairy lights and lanterns dotted around inside the Barns, it's a very stylish time of year!
Photography Credits: Amy Taylor Imaging; Samantha Jane Photography; AE Wedding Photography; David Cawson Photography; Tammie Louise Photography