*AD – this post is a paid collaboration with Bijou Wedding Venues.
My boyfriend is going to see this post and think I’m getting way ahead of myself as we’re not even engaged. It’s totally normal to have been planning wedding ideas in your head since you were little, right? I’ve had a Pinterest board going for years where I save things like dream wedding dresses, ideas for decorations and colour scheme inspiration. In collaboration with Bijou Wedding Venues*, I’ve decided to share my top three wedding venues with you. If you’re a bride/groom to be or would just like some inspiration even if marriage isn’t in the picture yet, hopefully you can get some inspiration for different styles and venues that you might like.
Style One: Rustic Farmhouse
I’ve always loved the aesthetic of a rustic farmhouse style wedding, complete with wooden beamed ceilings and stunning gardens surrounding the venue. Bijou have the perfect venue for this called Notley Abbey; after flicking through the gallery for this place, I immediately fell in love as it’s just perfect for a more rustic theme. They have both indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony so depending on what season you’re getting married in, it suits both. The main hall has those beamed ceilings I mentioned earlier that I just absolutely love, if you like more of a vintage feel then I think this would suit that perfectly. One of my favourite things about this venue is the surrounding gardens, there’s a long walkway leading up to the building which is lined with trees all the way down. This would look stunning for an Autumn wedding when the leaves are red and orange, I’m already picturing all of the aesthetically pleasing couple photos you could snap there.
Style Two: Outdoor Country
In some ways this shares similarities with Notley Abbey; the most noticeable one being that it has the same beamed ceilings, however Notley is slightly more modernised whereas this gives off more of a true rustic country vibe. I picture this venue being more suitable for a Summer wedding whereas I’d be more likely to go with Notley Abbey for the Autumn. I love the idea of having an outdoor ceremony in gorgeous weather followed by a barbecue and garden party – Cain Manor is the perfect venue for this. There’s a huge wide open grass area with beautiful garden decorations, as well as a classy and cosy indoor area that fits perfectly with a country wedding. I would love to have a live country band playing whilst the evening party is happening, with everyone enjoying a warm night outside. There’s also the option to have an outdoor bar; that paired with a barbecue, the band and surrounded by loved ones is sure to be a special wedding to remember.
Style Three: Fairytale Mansion
This style swings completely the other way to the previous two. A huge fairytale wedding isn’t something I’d initially go for in my head, but wouldn’t it be incredible to really feel like a princess for a day in a huge magical mansion? The more time I spend staring longingly at photos of Botleys Mansion, the more I start to warm to the idea of a more traditional storybook wedding. One thing I worry about with a more extravagant wedding is that it won’t feel like it’s “me.” Thankfully, Bijou Wedding Venues will work with you to create a style that is personal to you and fits in with whatever desired colour schemes and styles you’d like in your wedding. There’s also plenty of photos in the gallery for Botleys Mansion to give you inspiration for decorations if you’re not quite sure what you’re after yet.
If you’re genuinely considering expressing an interest in one of these wedding venues for your special day, you can get in contact with Bijou Wedding Venues to request a brochure and book a visit. I have featured three of their venues within this post but they have two other gorgeous venues on their website that you can have a look at too. Let me know if your special day is coming up soon, I would love to hear what your plans are!
What style of wedding would you go for?