Above & beyond… a whirlwind of joy
Our dream wedding was something outdoors with a festival, woodland and boho-type feel, but we found these types of venue incredibly expensive and it involved an insane amount of DIY – something neither me or Pete are very good at!
My sister and brother-in-law recommended Bateman's Barn Suffolk to us, as they’d attended a wedding and stayed in the farmhouse. They only had good things to say about Bateman's and it’s safe to say, we were not disappointed!
Bateman's simply ticked all the boxes - plenty of beautiful outdoor space, a picturesque stone ruin, glorious ancient trees, rustic barn and covered courtyard area in case of rain – which as it turned out, we definitely needed!
What stood out was Nicole and John’s calm and relaxed nature ... and the fact that they do all the hard work for you, unlike the rest of the venues we’d seen within our budget!
Also, we were basically sold on the venue when we saw chickens running about as we drove in!
Pete and I would have sudden waves of panic as it all seemed to be going so smoothly. Nicole was always there to hold our hands and the fact that we followed her recommendations when choosing our wonderful suppliers made it a stress-free experience.
Julia from 'Darling Buds' - the most brilliant, funny and bloody amazing florist you will ever meet. Julia somehow knew exactly what I wanted and managed to produce it within budget, when I thought it was completely unattainable. The flowers were beyond my wildest dreams.
The delightful team at 'Funnells Kitchen' provided their ‘Hunky Dory’ BBQ option and a display of donuts for our reception. It was beautifully presented and absolutely scrummy!! We wish we had eaten more of the donuts…
The cool rustic tables and stylish tablewares from 'Anglia Elite' coupled with the venue's pretty chairs and Julia's flowers were even better than I could have imagined.
Jan at 'Belles and Beaus' supplied her garden games package and the coconut shy... which were a huge hit - haha! Setting up in the pretty lawned area next to the barn was perfect and it encouraged our guests to explore the beautiful venue.
It also made for some cracking (!) photo opportunities.
While we were in a whirlwind of joy, Nicole and John were busy making sure everything ran perfectly. Their years of experience are evident in the way that they calmly and efficiently managed our day without us even noticing, dealing with any situations that did crop up.
This even included taking care of a slightly inebriated guest who had been left behind at the venue! They managed to get her safely back to her hotel at the end of the night – they are honestly the most wonderful people!
It was also super nice waking up the next morning to a delicious breakfast in the barn and to find that Nicole and John had already done the tidying up!
There isn’t a single thing we would change about our day.
We are so pleased we chose Bateman’s Barn.
You absolutely get more than you pay for and you can relax in the knowledge that you are in very safe and experienced hands.
We cannot thank the Bateman's Barn team enough for going above and beyond, making the day everything we wanted and more.
Olivia and Pete
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