Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Ooh, that's a hard one. Every event, party and wedding is different. We love seeing how the barn is transformed for each one. Probably the highlight so far is the first wedding that was filmed for an an ITV series following British businesses through their first year. Barnutopia is one of the success stories.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Book the venue and registrar and don't worry about the rest. It's a bit like going on holiday, as long as you have the essentials (a place to sleep and clean underwear) everything else will sort itself out. At our very first wedding the evening caterers (booked by the bride, phew, not us) failed to turn up. We ran into town and bought a load of burgers, chicken fillets and pizzas and fed 65+ hungry guests within an hour or so. It turned into a fabulous evening.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Another hard one. The weddings and events we have at Barnutopia are almost always DIY and full of personal touches. The first reception had hundreds of pom poms and decorations made by the whole family, a birthday party had an illuminated sign made from cardboard and fairly lights, a wedding party had a bounce house and the bride managed to bounce herself out of it (no damage done!) It's lovely to see what folks thing of.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, beautiful, friendly, well-equipped, memorable.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
With views in every direction you can choose almost any spot. However, looking out from the yurt field takes some beating.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Baroness Karren Brady attended the very first wedding in August 2017.
What’s your favourite canapé?
I'm not sure I have a favourite canape. I can say, though, that canapes are probably my favourite kind of food. I love the variety and being able to choose from lots of different savoury treats.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Red wine and popcorn. Not very sophisticated, I know. But it is midnight, after all.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Depends on who you're talking to. According to our guests it could be the yurts, the long barn, the views or the piggies.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Oh golly. We are passionate about every part of our business and work hard to make it a welcoming, comfortable and practical venue. We are very proud that we have achieved so much in a relatively short period (under 3 years) and have been rewarded by over one hundred and sixty 5-star guest reviews.