Where to start?

The first thing we thought when we got engaged (after the tears and giddiness had died down) was ‘where shall we have it?’ I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but I’d never really given it much thought. I had no idea Richard was going to propose and I wasn’t one for dreaming about a big white wedding. We got engaged in a gorgeous Shepherd’s Hut in Bilsdale so, as we drove around, we immediately started seeing potential venues and pretty little places that would suit our style.

The beautiful little Shepherd’s Hut in Bilsdale.

Once we arrived home we got in touch with all the places we’d talked about and seen (I’ll tell you about them later). What we didn’t realise was that numbers are an issue for so many venues, so, with our rough guest list at around 100 we started discounting venues who didn’t have capacity. Some of our favourites were being scrubbed off our Trello Board (a must have tool for any bride-to-be) and we began to realise that this wasn’t as fun as we’d first thought. We soldiered on and looked at some amazing places. Some of our favourites were:

The Barn at Sledmere House

Barmbyfield Barn, York

WedBarn, Halifax

East Keswick Village Hall, Leeds

The problem was, they weren’t exactly what we wanted either because of distance, outdoor space, availability, the list goes on. We went back to the drawing board and my beloved Oakwell Hall sat sadly in the ‘out’ column because it couldn’t hold enough people. That’s when we got ruthless and began cutting our guest list. We had over 20 children on the list, so after a few heartfelt conversations with friends and some lengthy discussions with each other, we decided to limit the number of children and went to see Oakwell Hall. It was perfect and had everything we wanted: the option to get married outdoors, freedom over bar and caterers, amazing outdoor space and time to set up the venue ourselves. We were over the moon and the staff at Oakwell were amazing in helping us every step of the way. My biggest bit of advice is to keep an open mind when venue hunting, see if you can overcome the problem or, if you’ve no idea where to start, get in touch with me and I’ll help you begin your search by hunting out some venues that match you and your style.

The Barn at Oakwell Hall, ready and waiting for the guests and the wet weather to arrive. Photograph by Adam Wilkinson Photography.


See you again soon,

Laura x

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