When we first got engaged we talked about not getting married until summer 2012 to give us time to save enough money and still be able to have some kind of social life , at the time i was fine with this but as the weeks went by and the tick of my little body clock kept getting louder i really wanted to push for a 2011 wedding.
After a few weeks of telling the other half he didn’t want to be looking at our wedding pictures with me all old and wrinkly(maybe a little strong but hey it worked) he relented , we worked out our finances set our budget then started planning our 2011 wedding day.Of course this has meant no social life for the last few months but we will get our day our way( just at my time) at the end of it!
We both knew from the start we wanted a summer wedding and with some of Darren’s family working in schools it had to fall in the summer holidays as we had already decided we wanted a friday wedding so that we could prolong our wedding weekend for as long as possible.As we are both not particularly religious we both wanted a civil ceremony too.
So we knew the year, the season and the budget, all we needed now was the venue.
I thought finding the venue would be pretty plain sailing if im honest, we live in Kent where there are many beautiful buildings and places it is the garden of England after all.For weeks we trawled through the internet and magazines trying to find suitable places, I didn’t think our wish list was too long, a stately home kind of look , nice gardens and exclusive use, not too much right??
The only thing we could find was about 15 minutes away from home but it had no accommodation and as most of our guests would be travelling we totally discounted it and broadened our search taking in Surrey and even Essex, this threw up a few options that we went to see but upon viewing them just knew they were not for us, one looked beautiful from the outside but once in could have been any hotel function room,another was an old school that also looked fab from the outside but once in felt like you were in the school dinning room (which you were) aaarrrggghhhhh would we ever find the place 😦
We went to see a new venue in Surrey that had been recently refurbished, it was stunning venue really did take your breath away, we ran around like kids imagining our day there.We went home and called Darren’s parents to get them to come and look to, they liked it all looked promising 🙂 Then lots of doubts started creeping in, it was a very big venue would we feel lost in it? The food in an affordable package did not sound appealing,to be fair basic, there did not seem to be any flexibility with the venue on timings and you were not allowed there on the day till 10am,quite late if getting ready there , the thing that totally changed our mind was how totally impersonal it seemed, everything was done via web or calling a central office, if i am holding the most important day of my life there i want to feel as though it matters to them too!
So twas back to the drawing board 😦
For some reason we decided to have a look at the local wedding venue thinking nothing ventured nothing gained!
Once you turned into the 20 acre walled grounds you could see Bradbourne House was beautiful.
The wedding consultant Sharon Page could not have made you feel more welcome and could not do enough to help, we walked around the grounds and the house several times, talking about what we would do, what could go where and practising walking down the aisle he he
This is the main hall where we shall be getting married ( just in front of the end doors) and having our wedding breakfast.
This is the back hall which could be used for photos if it rains! ( please don’t let it rain, please don’t let it rain)
The gorgeous lake in the grounds, hopefully there will be no children jumping in eek, although i could do a trash the dress shoot on the same day ???? hhhmmmm
I hope you enjoyed a little look at our venue choice, i decided not to name and show the places that we didnt choose because while they were not right for us they may be perfect for someone else and would hate to put people off.