Cripps Barn Wedding Venue Review

If you read my post on shortlisting wedding venues where we used a scoring system to determine which venues we really wanted to visit, you’ll know that Cripps Barn was the overall top-scorer.

Cripps barn is based in the Cotswolds and is part of a chain of wedding venues called Cripps Venues. We were drawn to the rustic styling, informal setting and rural surroundings of this barn which is showcased idealistically on the venue’s website. However, when we stepped into Cripps Barn, it almost felt like a different venue.

Cripps Barn Ceremony Room

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Caswell House wedding venue review

Caswell house was another serious contender for the position of ‘the chosen one’. The words needed to describe it are luxurious, elegant and picturesque. From the preened gardens to the beautiful interior, there was little to fault. Plus, they have a family of ducks living in the grounds, who are just simply adorable and would make wonderful pictures if they showed up for your wedding day. Hard to resist really…

Albert Palmer Photography – Caswell House ducks
When I walk into a ceremony room, I am almost desperate for that ‘wow’ feeling. I want to feel taken aback by the beauty of the room. I realise that can seem like a lot to ask, but you can’t escape disappointment when you set your heart on something. Yes, you can dress a room up and of course you would, but shouldn’t it capture your emotions too?Read More »

Lains Barn wedding venue review

The outside of Lains Barn is beautiful. You walk underneath a floral arch to enter the garden which has a covered patio area and a lawned courtyard. The building itself is L-shaped. The long corridor-like glazed byre overlooks the courtyard and is to be used as the setting for the drinks reception, extending outside if the weather permits. The large ceremony room will transform into the wedding breakfast during your drinks reception, and again into the disco to finish off the night. The alcove seating area in the main room is sure to serve as cosy spaces for your guests in the evening. This 16th century barn has the original flagstone flooring, beams and rustic features which we loved.

Lains Barn floral arch

Details which could easily be overlooked but don’t scream perfection for me were the bridal dressing room situated at the rear and the dividers which cover the door the bride will appear from. To compensate for having no bridal suite, they have provided a room which would allow the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in or do final touch-ups. While practical, it lacked a bit of luxury, and didn’t feel as private as it should due to its close proximity to the ceremony room. I also felt Read More »

Old Luxters Barn wedding venue review

Up a winding hill and overlooking a vineyard, the drive towards this Henley-on-Thames wedding venue is very picturesque. We were late for our appointment at Old Luxters Barn, and we felt terrible. While undeserved, we were offered a cup of tea along with some biscuits which we graciously accepted.

The winding path on the way down from Old Luxters Barn

Source – own photograph

Old Luxters Barn consists of one area, so while the price of the venue is really reasonable, the addition of a marquee is recommended to ensure smooth running of the day and to provide shelter and warmth if necessary. Although it is seemingly normal to move guests in and out of the main room during a weddingRead More »

Cain Manor wedding venue review

You approach Cain Manor by winding through wooded grounds, until you set your eyes upon the country house wedding venue. With no idea which part of the venue to enter or which door to open, we waited nervously somewhere in front of Cain Manor until we were waved in. Greeted by another glass of Prosecco, we started to think this would be the case at all the venues – little did we know it would be our last glass of the whole process. Seeing as it was only the third wedding venue that we had visited, we reeked of newbies. Which is why we were so lucky to have Jo Thorp showing us around on the day. She instantly put us both at ease as she tried to decipher what we wanted for our wedding, which at that point, we really didn’t know! Essentially, these first venue visits were guinea pigs for us, but Cain Manor really could have been a contender in the big game.

cain-manor-outsideImage credit: Bijou wedding venues

Cain Manor, located on the Surrey-Hampshire border, combines the elegant with the rustic and the boutique with the classic, and it really set the standard for our search. Read More »

The Olde Bell wedding venue review

As you come down the winding road, you have The Olde Bell pub on one side, and their Tithe Barn on the other. We visited The Olde Bell during one of their wedding fairs. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly, thank you very much, and we proceeded to awkwardly walk around the open space and approach a few of the stalls. I was starting to think that we weren’t very good at playing it cool, when one of the events managers came to our rescue. The truth is, wedding fairs are great for getting a feel of what the venue offers, as well as discovering suppliers which know the venue inside and out, however I don’t believe that they are good for getting a proper idea as to whether a venue is right for you.

The Olde Bell – Tithe Barn wedding breakfast

Image source: The Olde Bell

The Olde Bell venue staff were lovely, and we did end up being shown around. The Tithe Barn, which is a sensitively restored 16th Century Tudor barn has the original beams and exposed rafters, for us felt a little big. During your ceremony, the large room would be divided by a neutral-toned curtain, which would hide the tables which are set up for your wedding breakfast. While it is a clever idea and ensures a quick turnaroundRead More »