I recently got married at the Clock Barn in Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK and it was absolutely amazing! The food was very tasty (provided by Galloping Gourmet), the staff were very organised and made the whole day go smoothly.
Firstly, I got in contact with the Clock Barn to arrange a visit to see the venue, its surroundings and what they had to offer. The correspondence between myself and the Clock Barn was professionally done, and although I had to postpone our viewing of the venue several times due to having a baby and being in hospital, they were always understanding.
When we finally went to see the venue, I fell in love with it immediately. My now husband knew we were getting married their as soon as we walked in and my eyes lit up at its gorgeousness. We were met by one of the members of staff (Tilly), who showed us around, let us take pictures, and explained the whole process of booking and choosing our wedding breakfast menu with Galloping Gourmet.
I then went home, went onto their website and booked the date straight away. We went with a November wedding (mainly because the cost was a lot less expensive).
We were then invited to meet with Galloping Gourmet, who were providing the food and drinks at the wedding to arrange what the wedding breakfast would be. We chose a vegetable soup for the starter, lamb roast for main and sticky toffee pudding with caramel custard for dessert.
Over the next few months, I had to send in wedding seating arrangements and how many guests would be attending.
We were then invited to a tasting evening event where we had a full 3 course meal with an extra surprise course, along with drinks and canapés. This helped us to understand the layout of the Clock Barn and how seating arrangements would be laid out. Also, the food was great!
Then, our wedding date finally arrived and I turned up with all the decorations that I had made. The staff greeted me and made me feel welcome. I was taken to the bridal room where I was to get ready with my daughter, my mum, my now mother-in-law and my Matron of Honour. This room was perfect, with a little on-suite toilet, plenty of mirrors and a make-up dresser table. We managed to put a travel cot up in this room for my daughter and still had plenty of room to move around.
Just before the ceremony was about to take place, myself and my Matron of Honour were brought up from the bridal room, into the main hall, and waited until beckoned into the ‘dance floor’ room for the ceremony to begin. This was all co-ordinated by the staff, the DJ and the registrar, all of whom made me feel so relaxed at this very nervous time.
After the ceremony, myself and my husband went off with the photographer to have photos taken, while the guests mingled and had drinks. We then rejoined the guests in the ‘Stable Room’, where we were offered drinks by the waiting staff and had more photographs taken.
Then it was time for the wedding breakfast. All the guests were sat down at their tables and the waiting staff refilled glasses and brought over dishes of food. This was all done in a very organised manner and was absolutely delicious. The waiting staff were all very polite and kept recharging glasses as soon as they noticed one was empty.
After the wedding had finished, and all guests had gone, the staff then tidied up for us, putting all our things away for safekeeping where we could collect in the morning.
This was a very good experience, and I highly recommend the Clock Barn as a wedding venue.
Here is their website: http://www.clockbarn-weddings.co.uk/