Finding the venue:
When we saw Cheshire Woodland Wedding Venue online, we knew we wanted to see it in person! Ebony welcomed us to the venue and showed us around- even though it was a grey, chilly day in February, the setting was beautiful and the barn took our breath away! We knew that if we loved it in February, we'd *LOVE* it in June with trees and foliage in full bloom.
We booked in Feb 21 for June 22. Ebony was on hand throughout to answer any questions or queries- nothing was too much trouble! As part of the booking information, we were also given a list of recommended suppliers, which was really helpful and we were delighted with our choice of caterer- Treacle Town Pie Company. A brilliant recommendation! We had a meeting a few months before to run though the day, which was brilliant and helped us ensure all of the finer details were addressed. We felt really confident and excited about our day!
The afternoon before, we were able to go to the barn and add any extra touches. Nic and Ebony were on hand to help if needed. They were great to chat with and really put us at ease! The tables were set up exactly as we'd asked, which was great and made it easier to put out name cards, table names and wedding favours etc.
On the big day, one of the registrars was caught in traffic and so slightly delayed, but Ebony was ready with a glass of fizz for the bridal party. That was thoughtful and perfect; really helped us to gather our thoughts and get ready for the walk down the aisle! The day was perfect! Despite it raining heavily the days before and it drizzling that morning, it did not affect our day. The large umbrellas were up in the ceremony area to cover guests during the service and benches dried beforehand. The sun actually made an appearance during our vows and stayed out for the rest of the day! There is a microphone in the ceremony area, with speakers around, so guests can easily hear the ceremony, as well as music before and after.
The activities on offer are brilliant! We really wanted a venue where our loved ones could have fun. We wanted something different and somewhere where guests could join in and have the option to sit inside or outside. Cheshire Woodland Wedding Venue has it all!! Guests enjoyed archery, air rifle shooting, segway ride and birds of prey - these activities were mannned and the staff were superb! Other activities include low ropes, mini golf and lawn games. It was brilliant to see everyone enjoying themselves! During this time, our guests enjoyed a welcome drink from the gorgeous woodland bar, which was then available to buy drinks from during the activities. The bar staff were wonderful- they took orders and delivered to guests during the activity time which was brilliant and meant that there was never any queues. We also hired the sweet cart on offer and provided our own sweets, this went down a storm! We'd put together a playlist, this was played during the activities and the meal through the PA system.
The falconry show:
The falconry show was excellent! This is a must and a great way to bring guests back together before entering the barn! The staff are brilliant!! So knowledgeable and it certainly brought more laughter to the day with audience participation.
The barn - wow!! Absolutely stunning! A truly magical set up! It was everything we'd hoped for and more! It was great that we could have some tables of benches and some with chairs to ensure comfort for all guests. The couch area is also a perfect touch for those wanting to have a relax and chat (or nap as my Grandpa did!) after the meal. Guests also enjoyed the outside seating area, with fire pits. We provided skewers and marshmallows (which were our wedding favours) and these were well used! From day to night, it really is a beautiful setting. We had a DJ and band to entertain guests during the evening reception. There is plenty of space on the dance floor and again, the option to sit inside or outside which suited us and our guests perfectly. During the evening, everywhere looked extra magical with the beautiful fairy lights. The woodland area was also lit up and I know a few guests enjoyed and evening walk and commented on the stunning surroundings.
We would highly recommend Cheshire Woodland Wedding Venue- it truly is a wonderful place to hold your special day. The staff are excellent, the facilities are brilliant and the setting is stunning. What more could you ask for?!