Searching for a Venue

When we started looking for our venue, Mr. Wellies and I had several specifics in mind. We knew we wanted a barn, preferably one that was local and small enough that it would suit our party of six. The interior would be simple, rather than elaborate, and wouldn’t need much personalization. Our photographers, M2 Photography, had shot a lot of weddings at Holly Hedge Estate and highly recommended it, so we scheduled a tour to view the property.

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Located in New Hope, Holly Hedge is a quiet, secluded estate with gorgeous grounds. Our tour guide, Wendy, showed us the barn, the honeymoon suite, and the main house. Mr. Wellies and I absolutely loved the barn. We pictured ourselves getting married in front of the stone fireplace, surrounded by candles and string lights. It had just the atmosphere we were looking for.

Mr. Wellies and I only had a few minor complaints. Wendy said the barn wasn’t heated, so if the weather got too cold, we might need to move the reception into the main house. We assumed that renting heaters was a possibility, although we didn’t know how much they would cost. Mr. Wellies also didn’t like how our voices echoed in the space and worried our ceremony would feel too loud. Lastly, I wasn’t crazy about having our reception just feet away from our ceremony. The idea of passing tables and chairs as I walked down the aisle didn’t fit with the romantic image I had in my head.

Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. Wendy was such a great help: she responded to emails promptly and created a lovely customized package for us. We easily might have booked Holly Hedge Estate, if I hadn’t stumbled across our venue while browsing the internet one day.

Was there a venue that was a close second to the one you chose?


Miss Wellies

Wedding Date:
February 2014
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  1. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 pm

    What is this “reception” you speak of? I thought a reception meant receiving guests? Are you going to have some guests after your ceremony?

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    drod 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:19 pm

    I was just about to ask the same question that Mrs. Blue Whale did. I was under the impression that there would be 6 people at you wedding of which 4 were your photographers and videographers.

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    lh526 318 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    Why do you need tables and chairs for 6 guests?

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:40 pm

    @Mrs. Blue Whale & @drod & @lh526: Mr. Wellies and I are having dinner after our ceremony. Since our photographers and videographers require a meal, they will be eating with us.

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    Mrs B., Guest @ 2:18 pm

    I was confused as well. Thank you for explaining it. I think the word reception is what is throwing people off. @Mrs. Blue Whale, you are right, it is called a reception because the couple is receiving guests as a thank you for attending their wedding.

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    pumalvr 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:10 pm

    Why do you need a reception if you’re eloping and your only guest are your paid vendors?

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 pm

    @Mrs B.: Sorry for the confusion! I should have used a different word.
    @Pumalvr: When I used the word “reception,” I meant dinner, cake, and our first dance together. :)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 pm

    That barn would have looked so romantic filled with candles, as you described

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    J, Guest @ 9:34 pm

    That seems really weird. Why would you want to have your first dinner as a married couple with four paid vendors instead of like, your parents or alone?

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 5:52 am

    Beautiful place!
    There was a venue a wanted for our venue that had an amazing stone patio with a tree in the middle however it had many cons: cost, limited guest capacity and we had to rent the tables and linens… anyway, too much trouble.

    Then we found the venue that we ended up choosing, a closed ballroom that was far more accomodating.

    Can’t wait to see what you chose!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:40 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: I agree. :)
    @cosmo_gmr: I’m glad your venue was so accommodating! While our venue has tables and linens available, we’re planning on renting specific chairs and tablecloths, in order to get the look we want. :)

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 8:21 am

    @Miss Wellies: That sounds awesome!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:07 am

    @cosmo_gmr: Thanks! I can’t wait to see it all come together. :)

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    Miss Leopard 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:20 pm

    You rented that for 10-15 people?!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:58 am

    @Miss Leopard: Although we considered it, we decided to go with another venue. :)

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    @J: I don’t think it’s weird at all! :) Since our vendors require meals, they’ll be joining us for dinner. We also want them to be there for our first dance and cutting the cake.

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