Wedding Traditions: Where did they come from?

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE

A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE

Have you ever wondered where this rhyme originated? Or why we throw confetti? Or wear a veil…?

We’ve researched some of our most well known wedding traditions in the UK to find out where they came from and the significance they hold, even today.

WEARING WHITE

Wearing white on your wedding day has modern day connotations of purity, religion and virginity.

However, after some research we have found that the real reason white wedding dresses became so traditional was due to Queen Victoria and her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. The Queen simply liked the colour (which only the wealthy could really afford in those times) and as a result it became the must have colour for wedding dresses! Victoria’s lace dress became a must have, with aristocratic families choosing the colour and material to display their wealth and status. Nothing to do with purity at all… interesting huh?

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GARTERS

A bit of an odd tradition right? We thought so too! We found this information from Bustle about this wedding idea…

Brides have always been seen as very good luck, and getting a piece of the wedding attire even more so. A medieval French tradition meant that immediately after they left the altar, brides were rushed by attendees wanting to tear off a bit of her gown for good fortune.

The result? A bride in rags, and probably not too pleased. The garter version, just like the bouquet toss, was devised sometime in history as a way to keep the mob at bay and still let the bride remain fully clothed.

We’re glad this has taken on much more of a fun and playful aspect of the day in recent years…! No ripping of dresses at The Granary please…!

Vintage Style Garter - notonthehighstreet.com

Vintage Style Garter - notonthehighstreet.com

WEDDING VEIL

A wedding veil is really down to personal preference with many brides choosing to wear it as an accessory, others for use during the ceremony and some not at all! We found this explanation about how veils came to be used on Cosmopolitan:

It turns out that veils first became popular in the Roman times when a red sheet, called a 'flammeum', was used to cover the bride from head-to-toe. This was supposed to make the bride look like she was on fire which, in turn, was intended to scare off any evil spirits looking to ruin her big day.

Over time, the veil became a method to disguise the bride from evil spirits and, of course, her husband who wasn't supposed to see his new wife until the deed was done. The un-veiling of the bride - done by the groom - was to symbolise that ownership has changed hands; from her father, to her husband.

So whether or not you would choose to wear one, the veil has been around for many years and looks set to be around as a wedding accessory for many years to come.

Image - Chasing Eve Photography

Image - Chasing Eve Photography


SOMETHING OLD

Originating from around the Victorian era, to have something ‘old’ on your person on your wedding day, was another method of keeping ‘evil spirits’ away. It would also signify continuity and hold a strong sentimental value. This would commonly be a piece of jewellery belonging to an older relation. Another well-loved item to use as ‘something old’ would be to wear the mother or grandmothers wedding dress - a very traditional and symbolic statement.


SOMETHING NEW

Having a ‘new’ item on your wedding day would symbolise good fortune and success in the couples new life together. Nowadays this can be any item such as clothing, a pocket watch or similar trinkets to carry with you - just a small token to signify a new chapter and optimism for the future. Lovely! :)


SOMETHING BORROWED

This one could have a double meaning…. by borrowing something from your friends or family, this was a promise from the lender to always have your best interests at heart and the promise to be there to support you whenever needed. It also has an added sentimental value attached to it which is what we think it’s all about :)

The alternative is to borrow something from an already happily married couple whose borrowed possession may ‘rub off’ some good luck on to you! During the 18th and 19th centuries, this would even go as far as borrowing a female relatives undergarments to encourage fertility following the marriage - we’re not sure this is such a favoured tradition nowadays!


SOMETHING BLUE

The colour blue symbolises purity, love and faithfulness. This dates back to biblical times when the colour was used to represent these virtues. Traditionally the colour blue can be seen in a brides garter, a bouquet or in small details like a piece of jewellery, for example.



A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE

The sixpence tradition began in the late 17th century as a part of the dowry gift to the groom.

Wikipedia states ‘A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter”.

As time and traditions have moved on, this has evolved and now a sixpence is used as a good luck charm by the bride and typically worn in the left shoe throughout the day. It symbolises wealth and happiness.


WHICH SIDE SHOULD I SIT?

Having seen many weddings under our timber beams over the past 6 years, we know that this wedding tradition isn’t as prevalent nowadays. All the same, we found it really interesting to find our just where this idea came from! This article from The Spruce explains it perfectly…

Wedding lore tells us that hundreds of years ago, kidnappers would often capture and hurry off with the bride in order to steal her dowry. So, in order to ensure that the groom could keep his sword arm (the right) free, the bride stood on the other side (the left.) Today, in spite of the fact that the groom rarely wears a sword nor needs to fend off attackers, you'll almost always see the bride standing on the groom's left. It is also traditional for wedding guests to follow suit. Typically, the bride's guests and family sit on the left, while the groom's family and guests sit on the right.

If you’re not a huge fan of this tradition, signs such as ‘Choose a seat, not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied’ are a great way to let people know your thoughts on this :)

Image - Ania Ames Photography

Image - Ania Ames Photography

YOU CAN’T SEE HER BEFORE THE WEDDING!

This long standing and still very much used tradition is one that got us scratching our heads a bit! Brides also took a look into this and found the following:

One such tradition that we take for granted today is the superstition that it is bad luck to see the bride on the wedding day. Now, we must ask ourselves: but why would it be bad luck to see the bride? Picture this: You're an Elizabethan-era father who scraped together enough goats and cows to make a compelling dowry for your teenage daughter, and you're this close to getting her married to the fella down the street. You've been negotiating with his family for months, and you've nearly got it in the bag. The last thing you would want is for the groom-to-be to catch a glimpse of your daughter the morning of the wedding and realise that—bless her heart—she's a homely thing. Why, if he saw her before the very second she arrived at the altar, he might run, and now wouldn't that be bad luck? Better to be safe than sorry—you have your daughter don a veil, too. Now there's no way he can make a quick getaway as she treks down the aisle. Phew!

Wow. Just wow… :/

With all of the above aside, we do really enjoy this tradition in its modern form. To be present when the bride and groom, groom and groom or bride and bride see each other for the first time on the day is simply magical! And for this reason, we like this tradition and all of the excitement and anticipation it brings with it. LOVE!


CONFETTI

The tradition of throwing items such as rice, seeds, flowers and small sweets began many centuries back, with the more modern option of paper being adopted as the confetti of choice by the Victorians (it would hurt a lot less than getting rained on by candy or getting a bit of rice in the eye!).

The word ‘confetti’ is the plural of the Italian word ‘confetto’, meaning small sweet. The Italians would favour throwing small sweets or almonds to signal the start of the informal celebrations, which leads us on to another wedding favourite over the years… sugared almonds. You learn something new everyday! :)

Image - Greg Coltman Photography

Image - Greg Coltman Photography

CARRYING A BOUQUET

Now this one is quite straight forward.

In times gone by, when people would only bathe a couple of times a year, a bouquet was carried on the wedding day in order to mask the smell and make the bride feel better. Even though our bathing habits are now far better and take place more regularly (hopefully), this tradition has stayed and we for one love it!

A bouquet is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding day, add a pop of colour to your wedding photos as well as giving the bride (or groom) something to hold as they make their way down the aisle. It is a nerve-racking moment after all!

GOING ACROSS THE THRESHOLD

The Knot describes this tradition below:

The ancient Romans started it: the bride had to show that she was not at all crazy about leaving her father's home, and so was dragged over the threshold to her groom's house. Ancients also believed that evil spirits, in a last-ditch effort to curse the couple, hovered at the threshold of their new home, so the bride had to be lifted to ensure that the spirits couldn't enter her body through the soles of her feet. These days, it's just fun!

We’re glad it’s all a bit of fun these days… no evil spirits please!


So there you have it folks! Just a few of the popular wedding traditions that we are all familiar with in the UK. It’s just so interesting to look back at our history and understand the things which are still happening today after so many years!

Are there other wedding or event related blogs you would like to see? Or topics that we could help you with via a blog? We are always happy to hear from you so please do get in touch if you have specific content you want us to take a look at!

Thanks for visiting our blog :)

The GG’s x

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

CALUM + FINOLA

07.07.18


Let us transport you back to a warm summers day last July last year, when we had the pleasure of creating wonderful memories with our bride and groom, Finola and Calum.

With flashes of tartan, gorgeous blooms from Clare Jones, hessian runners mixed with pale pink shades and a room full of family and friends, Mr & Mrs MacAulay had a wedding day dreams are made of!

Scroll down to hear Finola’s thoughts on her special day, the planning stages and how you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff! Accompanied by a delightful selection of photos by the talented Liam Smith Photography, we hope you enjoy!

PICKING THE DRESS

I tried to keep an open mind and not overthink what kind of dress I wanted prior to going to any shops. I had heard people say that if you did, you would be disappointed. That the dream dress maybe wouldn’t quite fit the way you had always imagined or look quite right on you.

I booked my first appointment for one sunny summer Saturday at Pure Brides in Norwich. I had no idea what kind of dress would suit my shape so found it hard to get started. The girls at Pure Brides helped pick out a few different designs to try on. The second dress I put on was a Sottero & Midgley dress. As I walked out to reveal it I caught a glimpse in the mirror across the room. From that point on a couldn’t wipe the smile off my face, my mum and twin sister were crying and I knew that we had found the dress. The crisp white embellished lace layered over a light gold material underneath really made the detail pop.

It was perfect, and I looked no further - it really did make me feel so special.

 

SUITED & BOOTED

Calum had an easy decision. His family are Scottish, so he was always going to wear his kilt. The groomsmen hired kilts with similar colours to the MacAulay Hunting tartan that Calum and his family were going to wear with blue waistcoats and grey tie. Calum wore a grey waistcoat with navy tie so that he would look slightly different to the rest of the boys.

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

I found picking venues to view really difficult. I felt like I had looked at every website of venues in East Anglia by the time we actually booked some appointments! During a week off work I just decided to pull the trigger and booked appointments for four different venues over the following couple of weeks.

The Granary Estates was the first venue we looked at. We both liked the character and charm of the Flint Barn and how this seamlessly connected to the glass walkway that looks out on to the courtyard garden. I think the big moment was as we walked around the corner and saw the Granary Barn - I think both our jaws dropped to the floor! It was such an amazing space, with high ceilings, rustic beams, and an airy feel. We saw another couple of venues but kept comparing them back to the Granary Estates. There was always something that didn’t quite match up to the emotions we both got on that first visit to the Granary Estate; so the choice was obvious.

Predictably, I had a Pinterest board full of ideas and themes that I had put together over the couple of months following our engagement. One theme stuck out as clearly being an overall favourite. A mix of soft pinks and lavenders with touches of hessian and jute twine: the typical country rustic look. Hall & Co helped make this theme a reality with soft white drapes, fairy lights, and hessian table runners.

The Granary Estates prop shop had loads of items that compliment the barns perfectly including the tree stumps for the table centrepieces, the crates used to make a photo display, and the ladder for the table plan. I spent countless evenings gluing lace and twine to jars, printing invitations and stationary, and scouring Etsy to ensure everything matched perfectly.

We wanted to add a personal touch and do something that would break the initial awkward small talk on tables where not everyone knew each other. Calum came up with the idea of adding two lines onto the back of everyone’s place name - the first stating how that person knows the newlyweds and a second with a funny comment or quote that would need explaining to the rest of the table. This was harder than we originally thought, but it was so worth it. As we sat down for dinner, we carefully watched as one by one friends and family found them and had to explain theirs to the table, some stories more embarrassing than others!

 

FLOWERS

Clare Jones is one of the recommended suppliers for The Granary Estates. I checked out her Instagram account and fell in love with some of her creations. I told her the colours I wanted, emailed some pictures of things I had found and left the rest up to her.

I showed her a picture I had found on the Granary Estates website of some hanging flower spheres I liked, she laughed and said that the picture was actually of her own wedding a couple of years earlier. I think it was at that moment I knew we were on the same page and I could trust her to create beautiful but relaxed arrangements - she just ‘got it’!

My favourite pieces were the hanging flower spheres in the Granary Barn and also our gorgeous welcome arrangement at the door of the Flint Barn.

 

CATERING

We decided on Hall & Co for our catering as we felt the sample menus really suited our tastes. Canapes included slow braised beef rib croquette and cornbread with goats cheese and tomato jam. They were delicious, and people were fighting over who got the last ones. Luckily we didn’t have to worry about that as they saved a special tray reserved just for us, which was such a nice touch.

We decided to have a traditional sit down wedding breakfast and after much deliberation our menu consisted of cured salmon with horseradish creme fraiche to start, followed by slow braised pork belly with confit garlic mash with the obligatory crackling. We finished with salted caramel s'mores brownie. We received so many compliments from our guests on the quality of the food that Hall & Co produced.

 

PARTY TIME!

I spent five years in Scotland as a teenager and much preferred the ceilidhs to the discos. Although Calum is Scottish he had never actually been to one, so I had to really persuade him how much fun they were. It is such a good way to get everyone up and dancing. He eventually agreed and I found The Ceilidh Tree that were able to provide the ceilidh band and then also did a DJ set afterwards which gave us the best of both worlds.

It was so much fun! By the end no one cared if they were doing the right steps, we were all just enjoying flinging each other around and laughing while we did it. The evening went so quickly and I wish we had had double the time to dance!

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

We found Liam Smith online and loved his documentary style of photography. His pictures are beautifully shot and edited. They really stood out to us which is why we jumped at the opportunity to book him. Liam was so lovely and made us both feel at ease, at times we didn’t even realise he was there, but he managed to capture the day perfectly.

A couple of weeks after the wedding we received a slideshow that he had made out of some of our photographs. We relived the whole day again while watching it, the photographs had captured so many things that we had forgotten about or missed. The natural composition of them really enables you to appreciate how much everyone was enjoying themselves and have provided us with moments of our special day that we can keep forever.

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

Your wedding day is probably the only day in your life where every single person you have ever loved, family and friends, are all together in one room - all there to celebrate you as a couple and the start of your new adventure as husband and wife.

I found the thought quite overwhelming, but it was simply just amazing. The day goes by so quickly, before you know it, it’s time to say goodbye to everyone. I feel for that reason it’s really important to be able to enjoy it and remember that if something isn’t quite how you imagined or doesn’t quite go to plan, only you know about it, and to be honest it really doesn’t matter!

Once you wake up on the day, let everyone else take the reins and just enjoy spending time with all the people most important to you.

Time to Celebrate!

Have you got a special birthday, family celebration

or christening coming up?

At The Granary Estates, we admit it… we’re primarily known for being a wedding venue, but we do accommodate for a whole host of other events under our timber beams!

This summer, we have some Friday dates still waiting to be snapped up and we think they could be the perfect opportunity for you to have your family celebration, birthday boogie, anniversary dinner or even a space to gather after your little ones christening…

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With our fully licensed bar, exclusive space and chequerboard dance floor, the barns is the ultimate venue to celebrate all occasions with loved ones and friends.

We can create catering packages to suit your requirements and will work with you to make the event one to remember! Priding ourselves on our flexibility, you can do as much or as little to the barns as you’d like. It really is up to you!

The exterior grounds are stunning and a great space to utilise during the summer months :)

Thank you for your help in providing us with an excellent night of fun! We loved it and have had so much great feedback from our guests about how beautiful the venue was!
— Roger Varian, Birthday Celebration
Many thanks to you and all of your staff for looking after us so well. We were able to relax and enjoy the party enormously knowing that you had organised everything so well. We have recieved many compliments on the Granary Barns and the service priovided.
— Mr Ellis, Anniversary Lunch

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We can also recommend a number of evening entertainment options including DJ packages and live bands to keep the party going :)

If our award-winning Barns appeal to you and you’d like to find out more, please feel free to get in touch, we’d love to speak with you!

You can speak with our Events Team via one of the following:

Call us: 01638 731230

Send an email: info@thegranaryestates.co.uk

We look forward to speaking with you and have a wonderful weekend!

Meet The Experts: Dreamwave

Our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.
— CARINA, Dreamwave Events

Hello Dreamwave! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

CARINA: Paul and Dave, already both experienced, technically skilled DJs, joined forces to form Dreamwave Events back in 2009.  They have always been about connecting with the clients, combining a first-class service from the initial contact through to the evening of the event and providing a bespoke performance by understanding their audience. 

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

How has the company grown in the past few years?

CARINA: We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!  With the combined motive power, knowledge and professionalism of the team, Dreamwave Events has grown year on year.  By staying true to our roots providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality, we have a set of DJs whose technical skills and their ability to read the crowd, guarantees a personalised entertainment experience.

We are so proud of the fantastic team we have today from our dedicated office staff and knowledgeable crew to our hand-picked highly skilled DJ’s whose artistic flare and dynamic style can only mean your evening party will be a complete hit!

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to move forward with the business and have moved into providing collaborations with artists like Sister Sax and most recently, DJ Destruction.

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Tell us a bit more about your exciting new venture with DJ Destruction…

CARINA: We are always looking at innovative ways to move forward.  DJ Destruction is a world class scratch DJ who will perform for a one hour set during your evening party when booked alongside our evening DJ package.   We have seen him perform and he is absolutely awesome! He completely immerses himself into his high-octane sets.  You can check my blog post, that has a short clip of DJ Destruction performing.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

CARINA: This sounds completely biased – but I would say, don’t underestimate the evening party.  From experience, I would say a lot of couples do not put it on their priority list, yet it is a large chunk of your day and the part that you and you guests get to let your hair down and have fun! 

On this note, make sure it’s the party you envisage with the music and entertainment you want. 

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

What is one of your favourite memories at the barns?

PAUL: One of my fondest memories was providing our Cocktail DJ service during a wedding drinks reception a couple of years ago on very warm summers day!  We can play any type of background music during this service from modern acoustic tracks to chilled jazz but on this occasion,  it was funky house / Ibiza classics! It was amazing guests where dancing along on the lawn whilst enjoying drinks and canapes, the atmosphere was perfect and much like being in Ibiza right there and then!

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through in 2019?

CARINA: We find when it comes to entertainment, that couples are always looking for something new to blow away their guests.  We have seen many old school garage DJ’s performing and DJ’s jamming alongside saxophonists – now it’s time to make way for DJ Destruction! 😊


What other events can you/do you do?

CARINA: There are two sides to Dreamwave Events;  Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting.  And we can cater for anything from an intimate private function to a huge corporate gala!  Our specialist team is experienced and knowledgeable.  I have already talked about our DJ side thoroughly – but our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.

Image - Dreamwave Events

Image - Dreamwave Events

Pancake Day Treat…

AMERICAN PANCAKES

with Caramelised Banana, Candied Pecans,

Ginger Nut Biscuits, Maple Syrup and Spiced Mascarpone

   

By Hall & Co Event Design

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INGREDIENTS - Pancake Batter

  • 140g plain flour

  •  1 tsp Baking powder

  •  1/2 tsp maldon sea salt

  •  2 tbsp caster sugar

  •  130ml full fat milk

  • 1 free range egg

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  •  1 tsp vanilla extract

   

Mix the flour, baking powder, sea salt and sugar together.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.

Allow to stand for 15-20 min.

While pancake batter is cooling prepare the toppings

   

TOPPINGS

  •  1 banana

  •  1/2 cup pecans

  •  bottle of maple syrup

  •  2 tbsp caster sugar

  •  pinch sea salt

  •  1 egg   

  •  250g mascarpone

  •  1 tsp ground nutmeg

   

First make the candied pecans. Lightly toast the pecans in a frying pan for 5 mins over a low heat and allow to cool.

Lightly whisk 1 egg white and add a good drizzle of maple syrup, along with maldon sea salt and 1 tbsp sugar.

Mix well and then add the pecans. Ensure pecans are well covered and bake in the oven for 20-25 mins on 160 degrees.

Next, cut the banana in half length ways, lay on a metal tray and cover the flat side with the remaining sugar.

Blowtorch till a golden caramel colour is achieved.

Mix the mascarpone with the ground nutmeg and sit to one side till needed 

    

Now begin cooking the pancakes. In a non stick pan, add a small splash of rapeseed oil and allow to warm. Spoon in the mix, cook either side for 2-3 minutes and keep warm in the oven till the rest are cooked.

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Try more of their foodie goodness at Little Acre Kitchen - a hidden treasure in the heart of St.Ives. We can personally recommend it’s well worth a visit for a coffee and cake, brunch or even a cheeky cocktail!

Meet The Experts: Pro Event Hire

Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
— CHARLIE, Pro Event Hire


From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!

As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)

We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!

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Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.

We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.

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I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.

Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.

How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?

We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).

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What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.

How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?

Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.

My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be. 

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests. 

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!

This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding. 

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And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?

We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!

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Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

EMMA + DAN

10.12.18

Winter weddings are always so magical at the barns. With our 18ft Christmas tree taking pride of place in the barn, fairy lights twinkling throughout and the toasty fire pit crackling outside, our rural venue is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding during the winter months.

Emma and Dan knew that they wanted a barn wedding and we were happy to oblige, playing host to their winter celebration at the barns in December. Our recommended photographer, Tom Halliday, was on hand throughout the day to capture every smile, embrace and now cherished memory, for Emma & Dan to keep and look back on in years to come. Scroll down to see a selection of these photos and Emma’s words of wisdom…!

PICKING THE DRESS

I had always known that I wanted a dress with sleeves but had no idea what shape to go for. The girls at Fleur De Lys Bridal in Saffron Walden were really helpful and the first time I went they allowed me to try on as many dresses as I wanted in whichever shape. I actually held a dress the first time that didn’t turn out to be ‘the one’. After having another look online I picked a few more dresses to try on at another visit and that was when I found my dress. 

The moment I put my dress on and came out to reveal it to my Mum, Nan and bridesmaid Sian there were tears in everyone’s eyes and I knew it was the one. I loved the beautiful intricate detail on the sleeves and bodice which I felt were perfect for a winter wedding and the illusion back added something extra special to the dress. The floor length plain veil I chose really made me feel like a bride and everything came together perfectly on the day. 

 

SUITED & BOOTED

The suits were from Anthony Formal Wear in Colchester; Dan & I went to choose them together but I really wanted Dan to choose how he wanted himself and the boys to look on the day. He went for a navy suit with a navy and cream puppytooth waistcoat. Dan had a scoop neck waistcoat and a matching hank and bow tie, whilst the rest of the groomsmen had burgundy ties and hanks to tie in with the bridesmaids. They all looked really smart on the day! 

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had four bridesmaids and three flower girls. Sammi, my best friend for the past twenty-six years was my maid of honour and then Alex, Charlotte and Sian were my other bridesmaids. Sammi, Alex, Charlotte and I have travelled some of Australia together and have shared a lot of happy memories over the years. I couldn’t have imagined getting married without those four girls by my side; they truly are such a special bunch and I’m very lucky to have them. Elsie, our beautiful daughter was one of our flower girls as well as our niece’s Elys & Ruby; they all looked so lovely on the day with their gold and cream dresses and fur boleros.

I saw the bridesmaids’ dresses soon after Dan & I got engaged and fell in love with the colour and the lace sleeves. I knew they would be perfect but they were out of my budget so I hung on and ended up managing to get 20% off them on Black Friday luckily. They were from Coast and all the girls were so pleased with them and felt beautiful in them which was so important for me. I loved staying at the cottage the night before with all my favourite girls and the morning getting ready with them all was perfect. Also when we all came out of the ceremony we were all singing and dancing to the exit song and had a big group cheers at the end. They are all stunning girls and I was so proud to have them stand by my side. 

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

The Granary Estates was the first venue we looked at after we got engaged and we both came away knowing it was the one. I had always imagined I would get married in a barn and the Granary excelled all of my expectations; both the flint and granary barns are stunning with lovely old features. During Christmas the barns are literally magical, with an 18ft Christmas tree in the granary barn and fairy lights flicking away in the flint barn it was the perfect place to have our winter wedding. The glass walkway linking the two barns and the courtyard are also beautiful features of the barns.   

Hall & Co transformed the flint barn into a soft seating area post ceremony and they also hung a canopy of fairy lights over the dancefloor which added to the Wintery feel. We went for mercury gold, deep burgundy and textured green foliage as the themes for the wedding. They were incorporated throughout the day to create the rustic winter wedding we had both imagined. Our suppliers were amazing and transformed the venue into everything we had ever wanted with beautiful flowers, foliage and candlelight used as the centrepieces. We also wanted to add personal touches to our day so I handwrote the chalkboard and place names and we made our wedding favours; also decorating the venue with photos of our loved ones special days.

 

FLOWERS

Our flowers were by the amazingly talented Emily of Emily Tallulah Flowers; Emily is my good friend Grace’s sister and I had previously seen weddings and other events she had supplied for in the past and knew she would be perfect. Not only is she very kind and warm but she has an ability to transform your ideas into everything you could want and more. We had beautiful burgundy and hanoi ranunculus, Juliet roses, peach avalanche roses and quicksand, as well as textured green and gold foliages. I was literally obsessed with my bouquet and couldn’t have been happier with all the gorgeous flowers that filled the venue on our big day. The colours of the flowers fitted perfectly with the venue and our theme. 

 

THE VOWS

I actually felt quite calm before the ceremony, I think the girls were quite surprised but I was really excited and looking forward to seeing Dan at the end of the aisle. We had chosen our favourite song for me to walk down the aisle to and as soon as I heard that the tears started. It was so special for us sharing the day with our family and friends; Sammi and my cousin Alice did beautiful readings. We chose them because the words really resonated with us both and to a certain degree summed up our relationship perfectly. 

I can still remember every part of the ceremony; Dan & I had written personal vows that neither of us had read before and it was an extremely emotional moment, I could barely get my words out through the tears but I am so glad we chose to write them as it made the ceremony feel even more personal. The Flint barn looked perfect with the canopy of fairy lights, Christmas tree in the corner and the beautiful floral aisle ends; it was the perfect setting for our ceremony. 

 

CATERING

We chose Hall & Co as our caterers; the day we first met with Elizabeth she was so professional and lovely and took the time to really get to know our likes and dislikes. We had lovely canapes and a two course wedding breakfast. For the mains our guests had a choice of slow braised pork belly or shin of beef, both with mash and spring greens. With me being a chocaholic the obvious choice for desert was a dark chocolate mousse, coffee mascarpone and a spiced caramel biscuit. We had so many comments from our guests to say how amazing the food was on the day.

 

PARTY TIME!

We had around 60 additional evening guests join us to celebrate in the evening. We decided to go for a DJ, Andy of Soundwave Disco who has been an old family friend was the obvious choice and did a great job on the night. We chose the acoustic version of Sam Smith – Latch as our first dance; it was actually one of the things we left until last to choose but after listening to it a few times we knew the words were perfect. Dan was brave enough to lift me on the night (after nearly knocking me out a couple of times at home on the ceiling) at the exact moment the confetti cannons went off which came together exactly as we wanted it to. 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Halliday was our wedding photographer and he was absolutely amazing on the day and the lead up to the wedding. He’s such a genuine, friendly bloke and his style of photography is just out of this world. We had seen some weddings he had shot before and immediately knew we wanted him to be our wedding photographer, other than the venue he was actually the first supplier we booked for our wedding. His photos are just absolutely stunning and I couldn’t even begin to pick a favourite as they are all so beautiful and sum up the day perfectly. They arrived in our inbox within 5 weeks which we were so pleased about as we got to re-live the day all over again so soon after the wedding. I’ve had quite a few printed off and put in frames ready for when we move into our new home in March and we can’t wait to see the album. 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

I remember the first moment I saw Dan at the bottom of the aisle and feeling so happy and lucky to be marrying him. Also just looking around at our amazing family and friends and feeling so lucky to share the day with all those we love the most as well as the big tear-jerker moment when my Dad came in the room with my daughter Elsie to see me for the first time. 

Because we had 2 and a half years to plan the wedding I think it all went pretty smoothly in the end as we didn’t ever really need to rush anything in the planning process. The last decision we made which was probably one of the best decisions was to have a videographer; the day flies by so quickly and now we look back and are so glad we have those memories to watch for the rest of our lives. OW Productions was a great choice and we are both so excited to watch the video back! 

My top tip would just be ENJOY every moment and don’t stress over the little things. Everything will fall into place on the day and if it doesn’t go exactly as you planned then don’t worry – no one around you will notice it as all they care about is you and the love you have for each other. 

Grab your slice of the action!

Today see’s a nationwide celebration of all thing pizza taking place! To mark National Pizza Day, we asked the talented team at Fired Up to tell us about there fave recipe and where you can sample some of their delicious oven-baked creations! Over to you Fired Up… :)


Our ethos is keep it simple, keep it traditional and use the best Italian ingredients you can find!

Pizza is one of the nations favourite dishes because it literally caters for all – old, young, vegetarians, vegans & meat eaters. It’s diversity makes pizza wonderful!

We researched all of our pizza’s by travelling to Naples which is home to our favourite pizza’s and we based our dough flavourings and toppings around the Italian style. Through a lot of research, we bought our findings back to the Streets of Cambridge and the people of this fine city, who have been enjoying our pizza for 8 years now.

For us (Rory & Nancy the owners of Fired Up) our favourite pizza has to be the N’Duja. There is something very special about this pizza cooked in 90’s in our oven...

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Dough - We use a classic Neapolitan recipe ’00’ Flour, yeast, water and table salt. We allow to prove over 24 hours for the springy moorish crust. 

Our tomato sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

N’Duja - What can we say about this, possible one of the finest ingredients ever made. A soft spreadable Salami from Calabrian. It has a smokey, spicy and highly addictive taste and melts into puddles of loveliness over the pizza. 

To finish the pizza, we add basil leaves and Virgin Oil - simple but amazing!


Want to try some of this authentic and delicious pizza for yourself?! Find Fired Up here:


Cambridge Food Park at the Cambridge Science Park

The Cambridge Beer Festival (for their 3rd consecutive year) - 20th - 25th May 2019

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend 2019 - 23rd & 24th March 2019


Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

NATHALIE + KIERON

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Last autumn, we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Nathalie, Kieron and their loved ones to their wonderful November nuptials.

With a strong vision of how they wanted their big day to look, the future Mr & Mrs Bates had lots of personal touches from fairy lights, to sparklers and of course, their amazing personalised neon sign (scroll down…!).

Here we take a look back at their special day, captured by the talented Three Flowers Photography… some serious wedding inspo coming your way!

PICKING THE DRESS

I knew I wanted a fitted fishtail dress but I was convinced I wanted sleeves with it being November. I thought I’d need to be warm. I tried on A-LOT of dresses (all with sleeves) only to end up choosing one without. When you try them on in the shop they are all in larger sizes usually so even when they pin them to fit the mesh of the arms, it still looks baggy and it was hard for me to imagine it being smaller although I’m sure it would have looked lovely. I felt far too covered up in all of them so ended up with a sleeveless with mesh that made it appear strapless.

Confetti and Lace in Lakeside, Essex became my second home I must have tried nearly all of the dresses and it’s a very big shop! I loved the atmosphere in there and always felt very relaxed compared to other stores I went to. It was by far my favourite and I would definitely recommend it.

I didn’t expect to have that ‘wow’ moment, but I did feel quite emotional the first time I tried my dress on. I was just with my mum and was getting really fed up with the whole process by this point, but it felt so special that I did well up slightly. The back and the train are what did it for me, which is why I didn’t have a veil because I didn’t want to cover that part of the dress up. 

 

SUITED & BOOTED

Kieron got his suit from Anthony’s in Billericay and he designed his suit from scratch. He doesn’t really wear suits so he wanted to get a nice one that he could wear in the future. I went with him because I was scared of what he’d pick (there was a lot of talk about larger checks and out there patterns) but I liked the ones he chose.

He picked a navy check and a very lary lining, and the other boys just had navy so he stood out but not too much. The boys clubbed together and bought him a pocket watch so they all had matching ones with their names engraved on them which was really nice and they looked great with the waistcoats in the photos.

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had three bridesmaids; my sister and my two best friends. The dresses were the first and easiest thing I sorted out. We got engaged just before Christmas, so I nabbed the dresses in the sale from early in January. I knew I wanted a champagne gold colour and found them online, they were ISSA at House Of Fraser and were in the sale for £40 from £120. I grabbed about 6 different sizes so they had options and got the girls to try them on, luckily they all liked them!

We all got ready together in the morning which was nice. It was stressful at times with 4 people doing their own hair and make up in one room.. but was nice to share the morning with them and make memories.

Half way through me and Kieron having our photos taken, the girls appeared with glasses and a bottle of prosecco which I was very happy to see as I’d been outside for about 40 mins and was freezing.

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

We knew we wanted a barn, but I didn’t want a classic Tudor-style with dark beams so that limited the options. When I saw The Granary Estates on Instagram I fell in love with the flint walls and light feel. We spent a weekend driving around looking at venues, we saw about 15 barns in one weekend and The Granary was the last one we saw, much to Kieron’s annoyance! When we turned the corner and saw the big barn I looked at Kieron and said this is the one! Luckily, he didn’t disagree. 

We loved the fairy lights and the drapes in the main barn so Hall & Co did those for us. Other than that, we kept it very simple letting the flint and grandness of the barns speak for themselves and opted for greenery instead of flowers to keep costs down but also because I liked the simplicity of the greenery and the lights.

 

FLOWERS

My mum managed to convince friends to let her chop up their gardens for greenery and bought some extra bits a few days before from our local flower stall, where she also bought the flowers for our bouquets which she made herself. I was very impressed, she’s very arty like me which came in useful.

 

THE VOWS

I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be standing waiting in the corridor. I’d had a few glasses of prosecco for dutch courage, but when the doors opened and I saw everyone looking at me I panicked and basically dragged my dad down the aisle as quickly as I could. I remember blinking loads while walking down, thinking don’t cry, don’t cry, your make-up! In one photo you can see a pool of tears in my eyes but luckily they didn’t spill out!

Once I was at the front with Kieron I felt less nervous but found myself squeezing his hand and fidgeting from one foot to the other. I was willing it to hurry up as I’m not good with attention being on me (hard to avoid on your wedding day) so I don’t remember much of the ceremony. My sister read a poem which she’d written about us which was amazing and nearly got me.

 

CATERING

We used Crown Catering Cambridge and they were amazing, we’ve had so many compliments on the food! Mainly the butternut squash and chilli soup which really helped warm us up after being outside for photos. Then we kept it simple with roast chicken and had our wedding cake (lemon drizzle) as dessert so we cut the cake after the main course and did the speeches while they cut it up in the kitchen. It worked really well as then the cake didn’t go to waste and we still have loads left in our freezer!

 

PARTY TIME!

We only had 20 or so more guests in the evening. Kieron wanted a band but the budget didn’t allow for it so we booked the Granary DJ package. We were a little worried as we had never met or heard them DJ, but we used their online system to pick out our ‘must play songs’, all of which he played and the rest of the music was amazing. The dance floor was packed the whole night!

We didn’t really have ‘a song’ so we found it quite hard to pick our first dance song, however I loved our choice and the confetti cannons were great, although it did all go in my mouth! I enjoyed the party so much more than I thought and after the first dance was over, I really relaxed. I had a bit more to drink and just felt like we were on a night out with our friends, who also didn’t leave the dancefloor!  

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Charlotte from Three Flowers Photography was our photographer and, along with her second shooter, was amazing! We loved them.

We had a tight schedule for photos as in November the sunset is much earlier, but they were on it. 

I saw that Charlotte had shot a November wedding at the Granary the year before and loved her style. She knew the venue and even though it wasn’t summer, the photos looked amazing. We’re SO happy with how they turned out and were so lucky with the weather and the sunset! 

We had the photos 5 weeks after the big day, although she sent me a few early so I could get them printed for the family’s Christmas presents. I haven’t made a book yet but it’s on my list of things to do. 

We definitely have some favourites, we are also lucky that some of the guests had good cameras too so they captured some really nice natural moments too. 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

It’s very cheesy but I just remember being so happy, surrounded by everyone you love, I thought it would be daunting, but it was great. And all the things you think will bother you or that you’ll worry about on the day, don’t, you just don’t care about anything else that’s happening. And dancing, we spent what felt like the whole night on the dancefloor.

One of Kieron’s groomsmen filmed the whole day on his Go-Pro which was so nice to have because we couldn’t really remember so much, it really does go by in a blur. We watched the ceremony and speeches a few days later and saw so many bits we’d missed. 

Also trust the staff - they are doing it every week so they know better than you do. I printed out a master list of the day and gave it to the staff and also my mum, the bridesmaids and groomsmen so everyone knew what was happening and we could relax.

What's your flavour? #NationalSoupMonth

TUSCAN BEAN + CHORIZO SOUP

By Crown Catering Cambridge

To mark National Soup Week, we asked one of our Granary caterers, Crown Catering Cambridge, to provide us with a delicious recipe for you to try at home on these chilly winter nights! To sample more tasty dishes from the Crown team, visit The Kings Head in Dullingham :)

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Ingredients

1x small onion

1x large carrot

2x sticks celery

2x cloves garlic

100g chorizo

1x pint brown chicken stock

1x pint pasta sauce

1x large handful lilyput cappers

100g butter beans

Basil to taste

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1 Chop the celery, garlic, onion and carrots.

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2 Sauté until softened.

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3 Add diced chorizo sausage - cook for 10 minutes.

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4 Add chopped baby plum tomatoes.

5 And fresh brown chicken stock.

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6 Reduce by half.

7 Add pasta sauce.

8 Cook for 35/40 minutes on a low heat.

9 Finish with lilyput capers, freshly chopped basil and butter beans.

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Not just a wedding venue...

The Granary Estates | Conference Venue

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The Granary Estates is a stunning and unique conference venue located on the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire border which offers a flexible meeting space in an ideal countryside location.

With two separate venues available, The Granary Estates offers choice and variety. Whether you want a completely blank canvas in the shape of a 32-acre field or an 18th century flint barn with private grounds, we have a variety of options on offer to anyone looking for an events and conference venue in the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.  

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The Granary Barns offer exclusive use, with three barn spaces available in which to host your corporate function. Choose from the Flint Barn, the Milling Room or the Granary Barn; all spacious and aesthetically stunning spaces which can hold delegate numbers ranging from 10 to 200. The glass walkway joining the three barns provides natural light and views of the private courtyard.

The Estates alternative events venue (located in the village of Dullingham, Cambridgeshire) is the Polo Club. A large marquee or stylish tipi tent look fantastic on the grounds if required. Outdoor activities, team building and company sports days all work great at this venue on a dry hire basis.

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For further details on our events venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, get in touch by calling 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CONFERENCES options



The Granary Showcase 2019

Last weekend saw our January Showcase take place at The Granary Barns. At this time of year with lots of newly engaged couples on the search for their perfect venue, we love taking this opportunity to dress our barns and show the many different ways you can have your tables and venue styled.

With the help of our industry friends and Granary suppliers; Clare Jones, Tolly’s Flowers, Hall & Co. Event Design, Covers By Gill, CMA Hire and Cambridge Wedding Services, the barns looked stunning with wall to wall inspiration!

Here are a few snippets from the weekend - if you’re feeling inspired and would like to come and take a look around our barns too, please feel free to get in touch with our events team HERE :)

LINKS TO OUR SUPPLIERS BELOW

STYLING - The Granary Estates + Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS + FOLIAGE - Clare Jones Floral Design, Tolly’s Flowers + Hall & Co. Event Design

CHAIR VIOLES + CANDELABRA - Covers By Gill

TABLEWARE + CROSSBACK CHAIRS - CMA Hire

DJ + DISCO - Cambridge Wedding Services

2019 Wedding Trends

As we get ready for our Showcase weekend and to meet those of you still searching for your perfect venue (exciting times!), it’s time to take a look at what trends are expected to be big this year in the wedding industry!

Looking back over the past 12 months, we saw many of the predicted trends of 2018 making their way to the barns. Flower installations, draped foliage, grazing stations and personalised signage were all popular with our couples last year and from looking at 2019 predicted trends, they look set to stick around for a bit longer :)

We have been looking at the wedding industries predicted trends for the coming year and are excited to see some of these make at the Granary Barns very soon! Let’s get those creative juices flowing…!

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Peonies - such a delicate, beautiful bloom and one which is going to be bang on trend this year. Whether its used in a bountiful bouquet or as part of your centrepieces, this is a flower which will be seen a lot during 2019 and we couldn’t be happier!

As with 2018, foliage will be a favourite this year and used in a variety of gorgeous ways. From hanging florals to table runners to food station decoration, greenery will be a great way to bring fresh, boho vibes to your big day.

Dried flowers, seeds and grass such as pampas are also predicted to be popular this year. If your someone who likes to be organised, this may be the trend for you as these arrangements will be easy to create and store with lots of time to spare, and can also be reused following the day, the perfect keepsakes to hand out to your nearest and dearest.

 

COLOUR POPS & PALETTE

Colour choices in your wedding styling can be a big decision. They can dictate the choice of flowers you can have through to what stationery will compliment your table… the most important thing is to choose what YOU like!

This years predicted colour palette consist of nudes, ice cream pastels and pops of coral. Colour blocking with a chosen colour will be a key trend to ensure bold statements and a flowing aesthetic throughout your venue styling.

 

DRESSED TO IMPRESS

With two royal weddings in 2018, it was clear that this years bridal wear was going to have been influenced by ‘The Megan Effect’. Simple, elegant gowns are the popular choice following the May nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and we are big fans! With additional features such as oversized bows or deep pockets, this seasons newest trend won’t be for everyone but is a statement piece for those who prefer the clean, minimal look.

Three piece suits are back on trend and are sure to make you and your groomsmen feel special on the big day. By mixing textures and patterns or adding a dazzling pocket watch, you can really make your suit personal to you. As always, the addition of a pocket square or button-holes can help to bring in the flowers and tie in the wedding styling for that finishing touch.

Bronzed and brushed metal cutlery are also on this years most desirable pieces of tableware so keep an eye out for these! Wedding stationery is something which is a personal choice, some put a lot of thought into this whilst others decide not to have any at all! If you are a stationery lover (like us), minimal designs and pastel shades of card are predicted to be a hit this summer.

 

VENUES + STYLING

The wedding industry has seen a growth in more diverse and interesting venues over the past few years, with barns, historic and industrial spaces proving very popular. This year, ‘bringing the outdoors in’ will continue to be a prominent theme, contrasting clean, modern lines with the outdoors and nature.

 

FOOD & DRINK

Much like in 2018, as couples are getting more creative with their big day, so has the food options available to them. Three course meals, barbecues, food stalls, sharing platters - the list of options available is at its most varied and we find that couples are taking more control of what they would like served to their loved ones.

For 2019, grazing stations, sharer boards and comfort foods (like mac’n’cheese, sausage & mash) are all looking to be very popular and we cant wait to see what our catering teams cook up during the next 12 months! YUM!

BUT THE THING TO REMEMBER IS….

Every wedding that is held here at The Granary Barns or at The Polo Club is unique. Even though every wedding season comes with many beautiful trends, our advice is always to go with your heart and make the day personal to you! Don't get caught up in spending too much money on things you don't really want (which is easy to do) and stick to your guns - it's YOUR day and we are here to make it special for YOU!

We hope you’re feeling inspired and ready for the year ahead… bring on 2019! x

2018 - A look back...

2018 has been AMAZING at The Granary Estates!

Here we take a look back at just some of the memories that have been made under our timber beams and a reminder of why we do what we do.

With another full and varied year ahead, we are going to take the time on New Years Day to relax and unwind before we are back in the Estates Office and ready to crack on with more weddings, events and celebrations throughout 2019!

It’s been a privilege to work with you all this year, whether that has been as a supplier, a host, one of our many wonderful couples or corporate clients - we hope you all have a great night tonight and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

The GG’s and Granary team! x

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Tom Halliday

Julia & You

Matt Wing

Chasing Eve

David Boynton

Eales Photography

Liam Smith Photography

Lina & Tom

Shoot It Momma

Mark Cribb Photography

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..and last but not least, our Operations Director, Amy!



What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Being home with my hubby and Mills

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Fav Christmas song / movie

Shaking Stevens!

What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

Best - Three years ago, my brother flew home from Australia, and I hadn’t seen him for two years. We had a big family Christmas at ours, and that was really special. Last year me and Mills got matching Barbour jackets 😉 , which was a close second!

Worst – We were having our en-suite renovated last year and two days before Christmas our builders left, my husband was working late and came home to find the house completely flooded. We had a faulty tap. It was an absolute nightmare, but the show went on and we hosted for 10 guests! We laugh about it now!!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

It’s my northern family’s tradition to have hot beef and gravy rolls with chips on Boxing day. It’s a great hangover cure and usually enjoyed in PJ’s watching Christmas movies! No calorie counting that day.

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Crisps and dips

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Roses or Quality streets?

Roses errrrrrrry’time.

 

Christmas eve – in or out?

In an ideal world, it’s a dog walk with Mills and then a bottle of red in a village pub with Hughesy, before coming home to chill. In reality I have usually travelled back to Birmingham with a car full of unwrapped presents, so spend the eve rushing around trying to get organised!

Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Yes, I treat myself every year!

Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

I always attempt a lie in, then its bacon sarnies before a long walk with Mills

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Your fave Christmas movie?

Love Actually or The Holiday.

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HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVERYONE!

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!

LOVE, THE GG’S X

I'm dreaming of a winter wedding...

We have seen many stunning weddings take place under our rustic, timber beams throughout December. The barns are filled with fairy lights, festive scents and taking centre stage is, of course, our 18ft Christmas tree (styled to perfection by Hall & Co.).

For those of you who love this time of year and dream of having a winter celebration, take a look at some of our previous weddings at the Granary Barns.

Fairy lights, sequin table cloths, snow inspired cakes, silver palettes, the glow of real candles and our roaring fit pit - subtle nods to the winter season and simple ways to enhance that festive feeling with your wedding styling.

Always a magical time of year, we LOVE a winter wedding and seeing couples celebrate with friends and family under our Christmas tree..…maybe this could be you next year? :)

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..here’s our Marketing Manager, Lynne!



What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love seeing all of my friends and family at this time of year! Its a great excuse to fill in the diary with social events throughout the month and let your hair down :)

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Roses or Quality streets?

Even though I’m normally a Cadburys girl, it’s Quality Streets all the way at Christmas time!


Christmas eve – in or out?

A bit of both! I normally try and go out early with friends and finish up having a drink with family in the evening.


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Always! I’ve got 3…

fave Christmas song?

It’s a bit of a random one but it’s Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody! Its the song that reminds me the most of Christmas growing up and family parties :)

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

I love Christmas dinner, but it’s got to be the Boxing Day spread that I look forward to the most - my Grandma’s ‘Christmas Soup’ recipe with fresh, crusty bread is the highlight for sure!


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

A lie in if possible! Depends on the festivities the night before… :)


Your fave Christmas movie?

Home Alone - its not Christmas if I haven’t watched 1 & 2!

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NEXT UP

Operations Director, Amy!

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..over to our Wedding & Events Coordinator, Parris!


What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

It’s cheesy but has to be the socialising, good food & drink!


What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

I think I am very lucky (or just not fussy) and not had many bad presents. However, I would have to say my worst present has to be a premixed Pina Colada cocktail I got in a secret Santa as I have an allergy to pineapple! (And I use to love Pina Colada too so that was not cool!).  

Best present has to be my first ever designer bag… I never thought I would ever own such a beauty!

Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

All the standard ones I think… my favourite ones have to be Boxing Day with all the cousins, cheese, wine & games! (I love Boxing Day more than Christmas day itself… shhhh!)

I also put the Christmas tree up with a bailey’s & a Christmas film playing in the background every year.. 

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Image - google.com

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

It has to be the cheese and cold meats. Right!?

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Image - The Boston Calendar

Roses or Quality streets?

Quality streets all the way.

Christmas eve – in or out?

It use to be out but now I’ve got my own place, it’s going to be in this year :)


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

If I have to wear one it’s going to be the ‘girliest’ one I can find!

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Image - Next.co.uk

Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

You don’t get a choice when you have 2 under 5’s in the house. Up early it is.

What are you most looking forward to doing over the Christmas season this year?

I have been organised this year and have lots of social events to go to so it has to be that.

Your fave Christmas movie?

Has to be The Grinch… big kid at heart!

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Image - MSN.com

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Marketing & Creative Manager, Lynne!




Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..here’s our Event Manager, Mikaela!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Eating aaaaaall the food and spending time with the family!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

….put on a stone :/

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Image - google.com

Roses or Quality streets?

Neither! I'm all about miniature heroes!


Christmas eve – in or out?

Definitely out - the best time to see everyone and celebrate with a drink or two :)


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Absolutely. The jazzier the better!

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Image - google.com


Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Turkey….fulled loaded with heaps of homemade bread sauce!

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Image - Johnny’s Kitchen


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

Pretty much the only day I don’t mind getting up early. Just to try and catch Santa obviously.


Your fave Christmas movie?

The Holiday - I love to watch it with my Mum around this time of year :)

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Image - BuzzFeed

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Wedding & events Coordinator, Parris!

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..first up, our Wedding & Events Coordinator, Naomi!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love the build up to Christmas; Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, putting the tree up, the cold weather, Christmas markets, Christmas lights everywhere! I also love giving gifts that I know the recipient will love, and watching them open it on Christmas day!  

Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Market

Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Market


What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

Hmm... best was probably my over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, they get plenty of wear every winter! Not sure on worst present, I was once given a bright orange canvas bag.. can’t say I’ve used that much!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

My Dad and I always go and pick out the Christmas tree at the end of November, and Matt and I always make and decorate loads of gingerbread!

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Image www.onceuponachef.com

Roses or Quality streets?

Hmm… probably Roses!


Christmas eve – in or out?

In! Tucked up in my Christmas bedding with a hot chocolate and a Christmas movie J


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

YES!


Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Has to be the main Christmas dinner! Saying that we always have a buffet style dinner in the evening on Christmas day, with mini pizzas, petit pain rolls etc. which I always look forward to!

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Image - BBC Food


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

Up early - the ONLY day of the year I will happily wake up early!


What are you most looking forward to doing over the Christmas season this year?

We have family from Weymouth and London coming up for Christmas this year, so I am really looking forward to spending some time with them!


Your fave Christmas movie?

Miracle on 34th Street…  a classic!

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Image - Google.com

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Events & Operations Manager, Mikaela!