Lodge Farm’s Top Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding

Getting engaged is so exciting and romantic, then the wedding planning begins!

Weddings have been a fabulous part of our countryside venue for over four years and during this time, we have hosted nearly 50 weddings, each one completely bespoke and unique! Along with our team of passionate and dedicated suppliers, we absolutely love turning our couples wedding day dreams into reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lodge Farm House specialise in exclusive weddings for up to 200 people. We work together with our couples and our trusted, local suppliers delivering wonderful weddings at our sensational Hertfordshire location.

Every wedding at Lodge Farm House is unique. From your ceremony choice to the structure type you choose, to how you personalise the space to reflect you as a couple. We are at hand to ensure that everything is taken care of with passion and dedication to seamlessly deliver the wedding of your dreams.

Some couples can find the task of starting to plan their wedding beyond daunting. So help is at hand here at Lodge Farm House where we have put together some top tips to help make sorting out the finer details of your special day that bit easier….

  • First things first, if you haven’t already shouted it from the rooftops tell your family and friends that you have got engaged! Now is also a good time to choose your bestman and bridesmaids. They will then be on hand from the get go to help with arrangements and planning.
  • Work out what is important to you as a couple and what type of wedding you want. Once you have agreed your priorities then it’s time to set your budget, agree on a date, find your venue and get planning!
  • When you start organising your ceremony it is important to understand the legalities involved in tying the knot. Whether you are having a religious or civil ceremony arrange a meeting with the relevant minister or registrar to discuss the service type, date required and any legal notice requirements.
  • As you start planning your wedding you will make a lot of telephone calls and send a lot of emails so pull together everyones contact details in one place. Include all of your key contacts and suppliers with their telephone numbers, website and emails addresses. You may also want to set up your own dedicated email id for all wedding related correspondence.
  • Set a budget and stick to it! Consider opening a wedding bank account and organising wedding insurance. Be clear on who is paying for what, so there are no surprises. It is key to agree on the number of guests that you wish to invite to the wedding day and to the evening reception as this will have a big impact on costs and venue requirements.
  • Draw up a wedding project plan; nothing beats a simple computerised spreadsheet. This will allow you to monitor progress and costs at a glance.
  • Consider hiring an Event Manager – here at Lodge Farm House we offer a full event management service and we will be on site up to and including your wedding day and beyond!

  • Key things to include in your wedding plan and what to budget for:
    • Venue hire and decoration
    • Catering & waiting staff
    • Rental equipment such as a marquee, tipi, mobile toilets, tables & chairs, table settings, linens, generator etc.
    • Drinks, Corkage, Mobile Bar & Bar staff
    • Prosecco or champagne for speeches & toasts
    • Entertainment for the day and evening
    • Honeymoon – to prevent any hidden cost surprises check your passports are valid, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations requirements
    • Hen & Stag parties
    • Registrar / Church fees including bell ringer, choir & organist fees
    • Photographer & Videographer – if you have any ‘must have’shots its worth agreeing them with the photographer in advance
    • Wedding rings
    • Wedding outfits for the bride, groom, best man, ushers, bridesmaids, flower girls & page boys. Don’t forget to include the cost of the veil, shoes, lingerie, jewellery and your going away outfits!
    • Transportation
    • Toastmaster
    • Florist – bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, venue & table flowers
    • Cake including stand & knife
    • Favours
    • Stationery – including save the date cards, invitations, map & direction cards, table plan, place cards, guest book and thank you cards. Don’t forget to include the postal delivery costs!
    • Additional accommodation costs for the night before & after your big day for yourselves and your guests
    • Hairdresser, Nails & Makeup artist
    • Thank you gifts
  • Ensure that you book key services at least 12 months in advance. If you have a special date that you specifically want to be married on you may need to book your venue sooner.
  • Consider using a gift list company to help your guests chose appropriate presents; these can be sent out with the invitions
  • Relax, enjoy your day and the rest of your lives together!

We hope that these top tips help you achieve the wedding you have been picturing since your engagement, and your guests enjoy a great day, filled with happy memories that they will never forget.

And bear in mind here at Lodge Farm House we can fully event manage your day, taking away the stress and strain of planning and juggling various suppliers.

 

If you would like the contact details of any of our wedding suppliers, or more information about our wedding venue please get in touch. We’d be delighted to meet you and show you around Lodge Farm House and our stunning grounds set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside!

The Sun Shone for Sam & Jonny at Lodge Farm House Wedding Venue!

Sam & Jonny held their fabulous wedding celebration for their lovely friends and family at Lodge Farm House on Saturday 3rd June. They couldn’t have picked a better day for it, the sun shone down on them all day and into the evening. Conditions allowed their photographer to take some amazing photographs with the stunning backdrop of our countryside venue, (between Hitchin and Luton). Some wonderful memories for our happy couple to treasure forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam & Jonny chose a gorgeous traditional marquee for their structure which they beautifully decorated and personalised on the day before their wedding. They displayed bunting, colourful balloons, wild flowers, vintage props and sweet treats creating a wonderful area to celebrate their special day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam, her beautiful bridesmaids and family members chose to stay the night before the wedding at our guest house where they enjoyed a home-cooked meal that evening in our relaxing dining room. This was freshly cooked and served by Maria from Lodge Farm House with love.

Maria has worked closely with the couple since first taking their wedding booking back in April ’16 to ensure the celebrations over the entire weekend went without a hitch.

A full English breakfast was served on the morning of the wedding.  Following breakfast, Lodge Farm House became a hive of activity with the bride and bridesmaids having their hair and makeup done in the stunning surroundings of our intimate wedding venue.

Once ready and dressed in their finery they then made their way over to Campton village where Sam & Jonny were married in the historic village church. The first wedding ceremony to be held in the church for many years; making it especially memorable.

The couple returned to Lodge Farm House in a glorious vintage car as Mr & Mrs Burton, a glass of fizz was waiting for Sam, and a Malibu & coke for Jonny…. apparently one of his favourite tipples!

Reception drinks and canapes were served in front of Lodge Farm House in the spectacular sunshine before making their way into the beautifully decorated marquee for the wedding breakfast and speeches. The speeches sounded hilarious with everyone belly laughing throughout.

The food was supplied by our preferred suppliers Kingfisher Catering who never fail to disappoint. A gorgeous posh BBQ was served to the guests at their tables accompanied by some lovely fresh salads and potatoes. Absolutely yummy! Thanks again to Laura and John from Kingfisher for their wonderful food and professional service.

Throughout the day and evening, many guests commented on the beautiful wedding venue and the stunning setting. The ‘Tipsy Pony’ our converted horse trailer bar was admired by many of the wedding party. The guests went on to dance the night away to the sounds provided by Disco Nyts one of our favourite local mobile disco, DJ, sound and lighting hire companies.

 

As the night went on Lodge Farm House grounds became illuminated with the hundreds of tiny, fairy lights in the trees and bushes making the whole area look completely magical! Just one of the touches provided by Lodge Farm House to make any event special.

 

 

Everyone at Lodge Farm House guest house would like to wish the new Mr & Mrs Burton all the luck in the world as they begin married life together on their honeymoon in Singapore and Bali!! We hope you have a wonderful time and that you come back to visit us soon at Lodge Farm House.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the happy couple for the great review they posted, it is very much appreciated…

‘My husband and I had our wedding at Lodge Farm on the 3rd June and it was the most amazing day! The venue is absolutely stunning. Maria, Laura and the team are all lovely and worked so hard to make it such a special day for us. We stayed the night before the wedding too, it felt really homely and Maria made us feel very welcome. Thank you for giving us a day to cherish forever!

 Love Sam & Jonny x’

If you would like the contact details of any of our wedding suppliers, or more information about our wedding venue please get in touch. We’d be delighted to meet you and show you around Lodge Farm House and our stunning grounds set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside!

Lodge Farm House Wedding Venue sends hearty congratulations to Sarah & Dom!

Saturday 27th May was all about Sarah & Dom’s wedding! Time has certainly flown since the happy couple decided to hold their wedding ceremony at Lodge Farm House back in July ’16! Since confirming their booking with us at our beautiful countryside venue it’s been full steam ahead with the arrangements to make it a day to remember.

Sarah & Dom chose a 3-hat tipi structure supplied by the lovely Richard from Country Tipis which was efficiently built in the grounds 2 days before the wedding; giving everyone involved plenty of time to decorate and personalise the structure before the big day.

Sarah and her beautiful bridesmaids chose to stay the night before the wedding at our guest house; giving them all a chance to relax and enjoy the comfortable rooms, the honesty bar and the full English breakfast on the morning of the wedding before getting ready in the stunning surroundings of our intimate wedding venue.

Sarah & Dom married in historic St Mary’s church in Hitchin before returning to Lodge Farm House with their family and friends. I am sure that you will agree the bride & her bridesmaids looked stunning….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests enjoyed reception drinks in the sunshine before for making their way into the beautifully decorated tipi for their wedding breakfast and speeches. Everyone agreed that the food supplied by Kingfisher Catering was amazing, so we would like to give a shout out to Laura and John from Kingfisher for making it all happen so effortlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guests were bowled over with the beautiful venue, grounds, funky tipi structure and especially the Tipsy Pony; the converted horse trailer which was a big hit with all the wedding party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All that is left to say is huge congratulations & best wishes to Sarah & Dom the new Mr & Mrs el-Beih from everyone at Lodge Farm House guest house!!

We hope that you had a wonderful honeymoon in Cuba and many thanks for the lovely review that you posted on TripAdvisor and Dom’s lovely mum Fiona posted on Facebook (as below)!

‘If you’re looking for the perfect venue to create your own wedding then look no further!

From the first time we drove through the gate we both knew we wanted to have our reception at Lodge Farm. It is a peaceful, intimate and deceptively large venue. The kids loved playing in the garden and so did the adults! The views are stunning, the terrace is pristine and the house is beautiful. And we’re only talking about the outside. Inside, the rooms are well appointed, each decorated sympathetically and with a warmth and charm that Maria herself exhibits in abundance.

Maria is a delightful, welcoming and magnanimous host. We both felt that she had genuinely invested in making our day the best one of our lives so far. She was always on hand during the lead up to the wedding and also last minute for the inevitable bits and pieces. Nothing was too much trouble. Also, breakfast is awesome!

If you thought that Lodge Farm looks beautiful during the day, rest assured that you will be amazed come the evening! Our guests could not fault the setting, the service and the welcome they received. Laura (event manager who works with Maria) works tirelessly to ensure that the day runs seamlessly. Her calm manner, good humour and practicality mean you can put your complete trust in her to give you the wedding that you asked for.

We cannot recommend Lodge Farm highly enough and we will hold it in our hearts always. 5 stars without a doubt. There are not enough superlatives!! Thank you so very much Maria, Laura and all of the team.” Dom & Sarah

“My son Dom & his lovely new wife Sarah had a fairytale wedding reception here on 27 May 2017. The house and gardens are beautiful and the tipis from Country Tipis were just right. We had a fun day on 26th dressing the tipis and tables.

The day itself was joyful and went without a hitch and the immediate families stayed in the house (all included in the price) afterwards & were treated to a delicious full English the next morning. We have wonderful memories of a very special day.

Maria, her wedding coordinator Laura and Ian from Kingfisher Caterers listened to what the happy couple wanted and helped them achieve it to perfection. I can’t recommend them all highly enough. A big thank you to them all.” Fiona, Dom’s mum.

For the contact details of these wedding suppliers or information about our wedding packages please contact us. we’d be delighted to show you around our exclusive venue.