Barn wedding venue

Emma and Olly had a fabulous rainy October wedding. Here is their story:

How many venues did you view before you booked Cantley House Hotel?

Around 10 – Cantley House was the first one we looked at, and after that everywhere we went we just compared to Cantley and nothing matched up!

Why did you choose Cantley House Hotel as your wedding venue?

It had everything we wanted, the beautiful rustic barn but the convenience of the hotel attached for guests coming form near and far, especially those with children, was the best combination of features. Plus we could have the ceremony and reception in one place saving on travel costs for us and our guests!

What advice would you give other couples getting married at Cantley House?

If possible, do the Exclusive Use deal. It was just so incredibly stress free we both smiled ALL DAY LONG because everything is taken care of on the day. The added bonus of having breakfast with most of your guests in the morning and continuing the celebrations was just brilliant.

 Who was your favourite wedding supplier and why?

Photography by Vicki! She is AMAZING and it was like having a friend come and take our photos, which are so beautiful.

Was there a theme to your wedding and what were your decorations?

Our wedding had a steampunk / Jules Verne explorer theme. We had this reflected in our outfits, and the bridal party and many guests also embraced the theme. We made 100% of the decorations ourselves, Olly (the groom) made the amazing hot air balloon lamps from recycled light shades and twine. We got a whole load of old books from eBay and stacked them up to be the base of our bottle lights, which Olly drilled the bottoms of so we could hide all the battery packs from the fairy lights inside the top book (which was hollow). I made all the place settings, invites, menus and favour tags as I do this as a part-time job anyway. All the flowers for the tables and bouquets were fake so we could make them waaaaay in advance. My bridesmaid’s mum made the AMAZING steampunk themed cake, and we decorated a whole heap of toy guns, hats and accessories for a DIY selfie booth.

Would you change any part of your day?

Not a thing, not even the fact that it rained ALL DAY as the rain makes beautiful sky glitter!