Running a business, even one as fun as ours, is hard work. Not only are there regular, weekly jobs to do for each and every wedding and event that takes place at The Great Barn Devon, but even when the season slows a little (i.e. January) there is a mountain of work to be done to keep the barn and grounds in tip top condition. We never know when a potential client may want to come and see the venue and so we always like to keep it looking fresh and clean and ready to party.
Whilst winter is not the most obvious time to think about outdoor weddings, the trend for marrying al fresco has never been more popular and with an endless choice of beautiful woods, beaches, gardens, hilltops and more, available to use as your wedding backdrop, we have put together a helpful checklist if you are thinking of tying the knot outside, whatever the season.
So that our brides can get married in the garden we are building a beautiful gazebo. We’ve used oak which has been cut from our woodland. The roof will be made from individual shingles from larch, sourced from a timber yard in the Teign Valley. Next step is to have it licensed and then we are good to go. The plan is for our brides to make their entrance through the little arched gate in our courtyard and walk the length of the lawn….on a fine summer’s day what could be more perfect!
Catering for your wedding guests can be a delicious but stressful minefield. Deciding on whether to serve a three-course wedding breakfast or a belt-busting all-you-can-eat buffet is only half the quandary. Depending on what time of day you get married, can mean the difference between one or two (or sometimes even more) servings of food.
So, you’ve set the date to marry the one you love, you’ve chosen your maid of honour and even started looking at wedding gowns. But have you considered the ceremony itself? And have you been able to choose a venue that can give you the wedding ceremony of your dreams?
Welcome to the second instalment of our brand new feature on The Great Barn Devon’s blog pages. Not only do we host some of the most incredibly beautiful, personal and memorable weddings and events here, in the beautiful Devon countryside, we also come across some equally awesome weddings that happen elsewhere around the globe.