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 specialises 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 everyone’s 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.

Hertfordshire’s Natural Beauty Via Lodge Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lodge Farm House BandB is set within the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills; formally recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1965, covering 324 square miles of countryside including our own county of Hertfordshire and local Bedfordshire.

The area provides our guests with access to some of the finest landscapes in the country and to many wonderful woodlands, countryside walks and cycle paths. Pegsdon Hills, Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and Sharpenhoe Clappers are all gems of our local area. Swathed in wildflowers in spring and summer, offering stunning viewpoints over the rolling Chiltern hills.

The Chilterns Cycleway is a 170-mile circular cycle route taking in the best of the Chilterns scenery passing through Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire with some of the best landscapes in these counties. The route is mostly on-road, following minor roads, with just a few sections following towpaths, surfaced cycle lanes and bridleways.

There are lots of options for splitting up the cycle route into shorter sections and exploring a bit at a time. Shorter options that could be considered whilst staying with us at Lodge Farm House include the Great Offley to Whitwell route (5 miles). This section is on country lanes which pass through local farmland, then down from King’s Walden to the river at Whitwell.  This route is undulating as there is a long hill between King’s Walden and Whitwell so make sure that you take advantage of your full English breakfast at our bed and breakfast to set you up for the day and give you the sustenance you will need for the journey ahead!

For the keen birdwatchers amongst you, you may be interested to know that it is also one of the best places in the UK to see and admire red kites. These magnificent birds of prey were re-introduced to the area over 20 years ago and can often be seen in all their splendour gliding above our beautiful guest house. The red kite reintroduction has proved to be one of the greatest conservation success stories of the 20th century and you could experience these amazing birds from the grounds of our beautiful bed and breakfast.

If you enjoy a pub crawl, and frankly who doesn’t, you can enjoy walks from our local village pubs. The Three Springs Walks all begin and end at the Red Lion pub, in nearby Great Offley. You will have the pleasure of being able to explore green tranquil landscapes of ancient hedges, sunken lanes and small woodlands all the way. The long and short circular routes of the Three Springs Walk take you through some of the loveliest countryside of the northern Chilterns near Hitchin.

Alternatively starting and finishing from the nearby Lilley Arms, a 300-year-old former coaching inn, the Chalk Hill Walk gives a choice of a 2 or 5-mile walk, both starting and finishing at this pub.

No need to feel guilty about indulging in a pub lunch and enjoying your favourite tipple when completing these beautiful countryside walks, you will deserve them!

After experiencing the delights of the countryside, return to Lodge Farm House guest house where you will be able to explore our beautiful gardens, have access to our gorgeous lounge area where you will find comfy sofas, lovely views and an honesty bar. It’s the perfect space for relaxing before retiring to your comfortable bedroom.

So, as you can see there are many reasons to make Lodge Farm House B&B your choice of accommodation when visiting Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire. Situated in the beautiful landscapes of the Chilterns our guests have a wealth of activities and sights to experience, taking in the English countryside at its best.

Whether staying for work or pleasure we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Another Nearly Royal Wedding at Lodge Farm House!

Having worked closely with Richard from Country Tipi’s for over a year now. We absolutely love putting their Tipis up in the beautiful grounds here. The multi-level garden is ideal to fit their 3 tipi triangle set-up like a glove, check out the photograph above!

Set within the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills and only 3 miles away from the historic market town of Hitchin, you’ll struggle to find a better connected rural location. Lodge Farm House offers various packages to suit different budgets, including use of the B&B during your wedding. There is even a beautiful secluded secret garden for you to hold your ceremony in. We’ve just held one of our first weddings of the season: the fantastic wedding of Ricky & Jess, The new Mr & Mrs King. Check out some of the beautiful shots from the hugely talented D&A photography below:


We also run our own converted horsebox bar called the Tipsy Pony, which has a wide selection of great drinks. As of two weeks ago we now offer the option to link the bar to the Tipis using a custom joining kit to keep it sealed if required. Get in touch with Maria via email on or 01462 768 229 for further information about the venue and B&B.


Our Hitchin Highlights – by Lodge Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lodge Farm House B&B is just a stone’s throw from the historic market town of Hitchin.

Set in over 20 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside our B&B is perfectly placed, only a few miles from Hitchin and Luton.

Our Victorian farmhouse turned bed and breakfast guest house is truly a tranquil retreat. It has been described by many of our visitors as a hidden gem. Sitting in the lovely, peaceful gardens overlooking the rolling hillside views, it’s hard to believe that you’re only three miles from bustling Hitchin!

Top 5 Hitchin Highlights

Our B and B guests often ask us where they can go and what they can do during their stay with us. We always recommend a trip to Hitchin. The town is always buzzing with its wonderful restaurants, CAMRA pubs and bars. Whether you are looking for a casual pizza or an a la carte meal there are plenty of options available to suit all culinary tastes and wallets.

  1. Hitchin Town Centre

hitchinHitchin’s quaint square often holds outdoor market events for foodies where local produce is on offer. Some of the eagled eyed among you will recognise it from the fantastic hit series ‘Doctor Foster’ starring Suranne Jones. Some of the tense, dramatic scenes were filmed in Hitchin town centre!

  1. Hitchin Lavender Farm

lavenderIf it’s the great outdoors that takes your fancy we often suggest checking out Hitchin Lavender Farm. It’s a great place to visit for both adults and children. When the lavender & sunflowers are in full bloom you can enjoy picking them to take home to enjoy. Its tea room serves lovely food & wonderful cakes in the converted barn next to the fields. You’ll also find a well-presented shop selling some unusual gifts. Free parking is available on site to visitors.


  1. Swimming in Hitchin

swimOn a hot sunny day, Hitchin’s outdoor swimming pool can resemble a tourist beach in Europe! It is open during the spring and summer months. During less favourable weather, you can enjoy two indoor heated swimming pools.


  1. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

For entertainment, visit the Queen Mother Theatre… it never disappoints. The team at Lodge Farm House B&B have seen many high-quality shows there. The programme is varied, with something for everyone – and the bar offers bargain priced refreshments. For a full list of everything that is on, go to



  1. St Mary’s Church, Hitchin

churchSitting alongside the River Hiz, St Mary’s church is the centrepiece of the town and the largest Parish Church in Hertfordshire. Dating back to the 14th & 15th centuries it is a beautiful piece of architecture; the stained glass and stonework are superb. Occasionally, the church tower is opened to the public and you can climb to the top and overlook the town, market place and river. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope that our Hitchin highlights have given you some ideas about what to do during your stay with us at Lodge Farm House. However, with its warm atmosphere, lovely gardens, wonderful views and beautifully decorated comfortable rooms you may not want to leave the grounds of our wonderfully peaceful guest house!! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Lodge Farm’s First Wedding Fair!

Lodge Farm’s First Wedding Fair!

This month, we welcomed over 200 people to our first Wedding Fair. Lodge Farm is renowned for being a welcoming venue full of character – perfect for small, intimate weddings or larger celebrations of 50 to 200 people. What better way to show people what we’re all about?

Weddings have been a fabulous part of our venue for five years. Part of our success is the partners that we work with to provide our happy couples with their perfect day. We were delighted that so many of our suppliers supported our event. Many are based locally in the Hitchin and Luton areas, which makes them perfect partners for Lodge Farm weddings.


Our Wedding Fair was held on Easter Monday and the weather was kind to us. The sunshine really showed off our fabulous gardens and scenery – our romantic backdrop is a complimentary part of every wedding package we offer!

Some brides-to-be came along to book a wedding venue for their big day… others were looking for ideas and inspiration. Everyone enjoyed the event and went away smiling!

As we look back on an amazing event, we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped to make our Wedding Fair a big success – including our guests, suppliers and our own team who worked so hard. It was lovely to receive such lovely feedback about our wedding venue and the packages we offer.

Our Wedding Suppliers – From Hitchin, Luton and beyond…

It was lovely that so many of our wedding suppliers supported our event…

Claire Nellis from Heaven Flowers helped to show off our venue by decorating our arbour with a stunning floral display, (see below).

She also brought along some lovely examples of the bridal bouquets she crafts.













(With thanks to Claire for these wonderful photos.)

A supplier who has been a big feature of weddings and events at Lodge Farm since we started to hold weddings is Nick from Fairytale Marquees. Nick provides marquees of all shapes and sizes – including the one we used on the day.


Delicious food and cake tasters were on offer from Laura at Kingfisher Caterers and Sarah from Novelties Cakes. No-one went away hungry!

The other exhibitors who supported our Wedding Fair were:

  • Country Tipistipi
  • Disco Nyts
  • Dub Vintage vehicle hire
  • House of Colour
  • It’s All About The Days celebrant service
  • Lance James independent jeweller
  • LSK Luxury Toilet Hire
  • Magician Matthew Le Mottee
  • Mirror Images Events
  • Pianist Elliot Porter
  • Please Be Seated chair covers and bows
  • Smiley Booth photo booth
  • Special Occasions Video
  • Sung Blue Photography
  • The Vintage Wedding Drive

If you would like the contact details of any of these wedding suppliers – or more information about our wedding packages, please contact us. We’d be delighted to show you around!

New Supper Club at Lodge Farm!

Try something different.. our new Supper Club!

Join our Supper Club event on the 11th February. Jean Luc is a Michelin trained chef and has produced a lovely menu just for us.

We’ll start with drinks from 7pm, with a glass of Prosecco. Dinner will be at 8pm. The cost is great value at just £45 per person.

This is a truly special opportunity, perfect for an early Valentine’s Day gift, an evening to treat a good friend… or simply because you deserve it!

To reserve your places, please email Maria.

Jean Luc Sainlo - Lodge Farm's Supper Club ChefEnjoy Michelin quality food from our chef Jean Luc…

Jean Luc loves to cook excellent food with fresh, seasonal ingredients. He has a broad experience but specialises in European and Nouvelle cuisine.

His long career involves working in France and the UK with the likes of Philippe Chavent, Gordon Ramsay and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Jean Luc now runs Sainlo Events will his wife and business partner Colleen. The Supper Club is a lovely partnership between Sainlo Events and Lodge Farm.

B&B on site!

Why not stay at Lodge Farm House on the night of the Supper Club? It’s the perfect end to a fabulous Supper Club evening…

Enjoy a fabulously cosy and charming stay – with a great breakfast too! Book your room now!

See you on 11th February!

Brilliant Business Meetings at Lodge Farm House

Discover a beautiful venue for brilliant business meetings.

Business meetings will never be the same again. Goodbye boring, bland meeting venues. Hello to a professional, personable setting with exceptional customer service. There’s lots of free parking too!

Lodge Farm House is conveniently located between Hitchin and Luton. Our meeting venue is the ideal choice for meetings of up to eight delegates. The room is spacious, bright and includes free wi-fi. The refreshments are amazing too.

Why worry about town centre traffic and finding car parks? Feel relaxed and inspired at the start of your meeting thanks to a beautiful, country drive to Lodge Farm’s tranquil setting. You’ll find it hard to believe that we’re so close to Hitchin and Luton.

A Creative, Professional Venue for Business Meetings

First impressions count. Your clients and/or guests will love Lodge Farm House. The setting and service are perfect ambassadors for your business. It’s a great venue for a business meeting or a one-to-one (for those networkers out there). More importantly, it shows the creative, considerate side of your business. Why not try something a little different?

Is your business international? Our meeting venue is near to Luton airport. This is especially helpful if you or other delegates are travelling from Luton airport before or after your meeting at Lodge Farm House.

So – if you’re planning a meeting and are looking for an ideal venue, contact Maria to find out more.