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Six Of The Very Best Barn Wedding Venues in Yorkshire.

At Caitlin + Jones, we have had the lovely opportunity to work in some beautiful barn venues across Yorkshire. As Yorkshire Wedding Photographers, we just love a good barn. There is something wonderful about celebrating your wedding day in a building so full of history. Barns provide a blank canvas for couples wanting to let their DIY abilities shine! The visual combination of wooden beams, exposed brickwork and a rustic atmosphere is perfect for the bride and groom who want to step away from a traditional celebration. As photographers, here are a few of our favourites from around the Yorkshire area…

 

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Cheerful Chilli Barn, Otley, West Yorkshire

1- Cheerful Chilli Barn, Otley, West Yorkshire

The Chilli Barn is a solid favourite of ours. A Wharfedale Yorkshire stone barn overlooking acres beautiful rural countryside, it has been in the family for six generations, lovingly converted for wedding celebrations. It is licensed to conduct both outdoor and indoor marriage ceremonies. While the indoor capacity for a ceremony in 60, outdoor ceremonies could be negotiated to perhaps accommodate more guests. They are a really supportive venue, offering a meeting with their event planner as a standard when booking. We absolutely loved their menu; they offer a really amazing vegetarian choice too (bear this in mind as 2019 is the Year of the Vegans!). They have so much outdoor space including garden games to occupy your guests; a fire pit for the evening and hay bales around the lawn to sit on during a drinks reception. The evening capacity for the party is 90, so invite a few more to join in the celebration. It’s only a short walk from the Otley Chevin which is a perfect location for your couple’s portrait session. At Caitlin + Jones we really recommend including a couple’s shoot in your wedding day schedule. Like most wedding photographers, we love catching the hour before sunset. It gives the most perfect lighting all year round. The Cheerful Chili Barn also borders woodland, meadows and moorland too, so the possibilities for your portraits are endless! Have a look at their website for more information: https://www.chillibarn.co.uk

 

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Deepdale Farm – Pickering, North Yorkshire

2- Deepdale Farm – Pickering, North Yorkshire 

Deepdale Farm is nestled in the most idyllic spot, not too far from Pickering in North Yorkshire. Now this is a lifesaver of a barn for those of you with a massive family. We know the pressure of trying to find a venue that will allow you to invite all of your close family (nods to Nathan with his tribe of sixty). This venue can seat up to 180 guests! After hosting a couple of family weddings, the people of Deepdale Farm decided to share their wonderful space with other couples. This space is truly a blank canvas, with a main barn (including a rustic bar area) and smaller ceremony barn adjoining on the side to create spaces with different atmospheres. They offer a huge space with so many different areas: we especially loved their Grillkota; a round wooden hut with seating for about fifteen people, a fire crackling away in the centre to keep your guests cosy and entertained. With camping onsite too, you really can host your dream festival-style wedding. See the website for more details:http://www.deepdalefarmweddings.com/rustic-barn-wedding.html

 

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Airedale Barn Weddings at East Riddleston Hall – Keighley, West Yorkshire

3- Airedale Barn Weddings at East Riddleston Hall – Keighley, West Yorkshire 

A great National Trust venue with so much history! This Grade II listed barn sits on the old West Yorkshire Estate of East Riddleston Hall. With foundations of the hall itself dating back to the year 973, it doesn’t get much more historic than this. The Airedale Barn transports you into the past with its beautiful wooden beams. It’s fully licensed for wedding ceremonies you can enjoy your whole day there. The lovely gardens are available for you to use for your photographs, or just to explore. The sunken rose garden, fragrant lavender beds and wild flowers offer beautiful backdrops for family formals or couples shoots. Anyone hiring this barn for their wedding also contributes to conserving it for future generations, see the National Trust website for additional details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall/features/weddings-at-east-riddlesden-hall

 

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Deighton Lodge – York, North Yorkshire

4- Deighton Lodge – York, North Yorkshire

The newly renovated Deighton Lodge is a stunning setting for your barn wedding. With the option for outdoor or indoor ceremonies you have so much choice. Bare brick walls, stable doors, original pitched roof and beams… beautifully bespoke. Even on a rainy day your wedding photographers would have opportunities for fantastic indoor photographs. With on-site accommodation for up to 19 guests, a designated Bridal Parlour for the bride and bridesmaid’s preparation (gentlemen are offered the Snooker Room for their use) and a Wedding Co-ordinator included in your package, it makes the most relaxed setting for your wedding day. Just when you thought it sounds like it couldn’t possibly be any more stress-free… they have a spa next door. Cue choir music. They only take on a limited number of weddings a year (only 15!) ensuring you get a totally personal and tailored wedding. Talk to Carla at: Carla@DeightonLodge.com or visit: http://deightonlodge.com/weddings/the-barn

 

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The Normans – York, North Yorkshire

5- The Normans – York, North Yorkshire

A newly converted 18th century barn on the outskirts of York; The Normans farm has belonged to the same family for three generations. It includes four different spaces, all of which you can use fully for your wedding day: The Courtyard, linking all the separate spaces, perfect for the drinks reception whatever the weather, thanks for a huge umbrella thoughtfully installed thanks to the Yorkshire weather! Then the Ceremony Barn, a fully licensed 18th Century space, seating up to 120; The Cow Stalls, which can be used as a cosy snug and The Grain Shed, the evening space which seats 130 for dining or has a capacity of 180 for partying. Onsite accommodation is perfect for before or after the wedding day so have a look at their website for more details: http://thenormansweddings.co.uk/about-the-venue/

 

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Eden Barn - Kirkby Stephen, The Yorkshire Dales

6- Eden Barn - Kirkby Stephen, The Yorkshire Dales

Last but not least, Eden Barn. A little hidden gem set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales countryside, bordering the Pennines and the Lake District National Park. Beautiful locations in the Lake District are only a short distance away… couples photography shoot at Ullswater Lake anyone? While even closer you’ll find lovely locations for photographs in the Yorkshire Dales. Exposed stone walls and floors make this the perfect barn wedding venue. Cosy and intimate in feeling for weddings that are a little smaller than the other venues but it still can seat up to 140 day guests and 180 evening guests. It includes a hand-crafted oak bar set in front of a floral canopy, a stone flagged floor and a rustic wooden vaulted ceiling. The stunning views of local scenery can be viewed from the patio outside the barn, giving you and your guests total privacy so you can be totally in your wedding bubble all day long. From 2020 they offer a complete set up package, so all you need to do is drop off your decorations and leave the rest with the wonderful team at Eden Barn! Visit: https://www.edenbarn.co.uk

In Conversation With... Sian Chaplin - Yorkshire Wedding and Events Planner.

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“I am so lucky to work with such creative couples..”

What’s your business name and where are you based?

My business name is simply my name just to make things easy! Sian Chaplin Events. I am based in Leeds, West Yorkshire but plan and coordinate weddings across Yorkshire and the UK. 


How long have you been a wedding planner? 

I set up my business back in January 2017 and went fully self employed as of May 2018. I have been in the events industry for over 12 years now so it's honestly a dream come true to be able to work with couples full time as part of my own events business. 


What inspires you the most about your work?

My couples! The majority of the weddings I get involved with are the DIY and outdoor types which involve a lot of creativity, unique ideas and hard work from each and every couple plus often their family and friends. I am so lucky to work with such creative couples who really want to make their day personal to them both. The ideas they come up with are so fun and unique!

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“My best piece of advice? Do not stress! Take it slowly, make lists, get your loved ones involved and enjoy it”


What has been the most rewarding part of your job?

The friendships I build with my couples is most definitely the most rewarding part of my work and one of the many reasons why I love what I do. Planning a wedding takes a lot of hours and hard work so receiving such lovely feedback from my couples makes it all so worth it, especially when they say how grateful there are to have had me there to support them with the planning and coordination of their special day. 

When it comes to weddings, what advice would you give to brides and grooms starting to plan and think about planning options?

When you are ready to start wedding planning it's important to focus and note down a list of what you need to do and when. Take advantage of the checklists that you see in magazines and online, it will make the whole planning process a lot easier and less overwhelming. Focus on your guest numbers, budget, ideal month/date and look and feel of your day before you consider searching for a venue and booking your church ceremony or registrar. Once you have the venue and ceremony confirmed you can then look at all other suppliers such as your photographer, caterer, florist, entertainment etc. Be aware of the time of year as often suppliers get booked up well in advance during high season. The important thing to remember though is to not rush into booking your suppliers. Take your time to do your research, get recommendations from family and friends, go to wedding fairs and check out their reviews. . Plan regular date nights with your partner and remember that this day is about the both of you! 


What are your favourite details of weddings to plan and be creative with?

Outdoor and DIY weddings are so much fun and always involve lots of fabulous ideas and quirky suppliers. I love getting involved with the DIY projects that couples set out to create. Often I'll be setting up on the morning whilst the couple enjoy getting ready, which involves putting all of their creative creations into place such as DIY table plans, photo backdrops and garden games. 

This is going to sound ridiculously boring but I'm also a sucker for a schedule! For every wedding I get involved in I create a schedule that details each and every supplier involved along with the timings from the day of set up to take down. I'm such a geek when it comes to anything like this and often my suppliers and couples comment on how detailed and great it is which is always nice to hear! 

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“The friendships I build with my couples is most definitely the most rewarding part of my work”


Have you had any stand-out weddings that you loved and why?

It's really hard to choose but I would have to say my first wedding that I coordinated when setting up my business was so quirky and fun I honestly don't think I'll witness a day like that again! It was a huge garden festival weddings with actors who dressed up as grannies to serve afternoon tea along with a bar that looked like an ice cream van and a bell tent village for all of the guests. It was amazing! I also love to experience weddings where there are a mixture of cultures and traditions. My last wedding of 2018 was a mixture of English and Nigerian traditions which was so fantastic to see and a lot of fun! 

Get in touch with Sian over on her website.. CLICK HERE..

Top Tips from Yorkshire Wedding Planner Sian Chaplin