I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the wedding venue search should be your number one priority when embarking on the planning journey. Without the venue, it’s almost impossible to tick anything else off your to-do-list.
But choosing your wedding venue is a decision that shouldn’t be rushed and there’s a huge amount to consider. One key thing to think about before you go ahead and book your big day is suppliers. If you want complete freedom and flexibility when choosing the professionals who are going to help you have the perfect day, you may want a venue that doesn’t have a preferred supplier list.
To help give you a kick-start on the search, I’ve put together 10 gorgeous settings from the #CocoCollection that offer supplier flexibility, leaving you to let your imagination run wild and create the day of your dreams. Don’t say I don’t spoil you…
From the award-winning yurt village to its fairy tale location, everything about Plush Tents is infused with magic. The team are all about flexibility too – no matter what your theme, style, colour palette or personality may be. In fact, they love seeing how couples use the setting and you’ll find that no wedding is ever the same here. With a BYOB policy for alcohol, you can go all out with your décor, creating a seriously cool bar area for your friends and family to enjoy. Boho-chic, eco-friendly or an explosion of colour – you name it, you can have it.
What could be more romantic than celebrating your love story beside a lake? You can have just that at Bittenham Springs. This unique Gloucestershire wedding venue is a real hidden gem, making it the perfect spot for a marquee wedding. The team want the whole experience to be totally relaxed and will work with you to create a day that could only ever be yours. There are no packages, no corkage fees and no set suppliers, so you can have the celebration you want without any of the stress.
The Pilgrims Rest
If you ever wanted a wedding venue that is full of rustic charm, you’ve found it. The Pilgrims Rest is an exclusive-use wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. It’s wonderfully historic with plenty of architectural delights, with the bonus of being affordable. A venue for all seasons, you can enjoy the gardens and pretty cottage in the summer sunshine, or you can wrap up warm and be cosy by the fires in the winter. The space is carefully designed to keep the costs down and you have the flexibility to choose your own caterers and suppliers. It’s beautiful without breaking the bank, what more could you want?!
Barnston Lodge Weddings
An 18th Century manor house in the gorgeous Essex countryside, Barnston Lodge promises a stylish setting for your special day. The venue is exclusively yours to enjoy for the whole weekend, meaning you and your guests can really make yourselves at home. The team focus on hosting bespoke weddings and encourage you to get creative as possible, without any corkage fees or overpriced catering. The space is truly versatile, allowing you to have a celebration that best reflects you, whether that’s country garden themed or fun festival vibes.
The epitome of romance in the rolling Cotswold countryside, Norton Hall awaits you. From the moment you arrive, you will instantly feel at home thanks to its cosy interiors, wild gardens and expert wedding team. There are oodles of options to ensure your day is completely individual and you can relax knowing that your wedding will be unique to you. Although they have a list of recommended suppliers on hand, they pride themselves on being flexible should you have a vendor you would love to use. It’s oh so easy to fall in love with this weekend wedding venue.
Offering a picturesque location in the Hampshire countryside, Silchester Farm fuses rustic vibes with a modern edge. No matter what your style or taste may be, you can unleash your creativity to bring your dream day to life. The team will be on hand to help every step of the way and will work with you and your suppliers to ensure everything is the definition of perfection. This family farm really is magical in every sense of the word.
Ashridge Great Barn
A wedding venue on a working farm in the rolling Devon countryside, Ashridge Great Barn is surrounded by nothing but green pastures, wildflowers and woodland that is overflowing with wildlife. Available exclusively for three days, the team only host a limited of number of weddings each year to ensure each and every celebration is unique. You will be spoilt with a walled garden, a ‘snug’ area, a fire pit and so much more. With access to a large kitchen, your chosen caterers will have plenty of space to prepare scrumptious delights. Don’t forget, they don’t charge corkage!
Wedding Weekends at The Copse
A gorgeous self-catering country house in Oxfordshire, Wedding Weekends at The Copse promises seclusion, privacy and exclusivity. The venue offers complete flexibility when it comes to picking the professionals, and you can choose all of your suppliers so that your wedding reception is just the way you want it. A light-filled, oak-framed house with nine bedrooms, it also has a hot tub, fire pits, a bar, a cinema room and cosy lounge areas. You can really make The Copse your own for the duration of your celebration.
New Craven Hall
A cool, modern space with an industrial feel, New Craven Hall features exposed brickwork, large metal beams, warm lighting and plush furniture. It’s luxurious with an urban edge – the perfect combination. The team offer a bespoke service for weddings, allowing you to create your very own wedding package with complete and utter control over your day. Here, you can tell your story, with your own quirks, styles and personalities.
Great Betley Farmhouse
A gorgeous 16th Century farmhouse hidden away in the West Sussex countryside, Great Betley is a rustic and relaxed wedding venue where you can have your day, your way. It’s essentially a blank canvas wedding venue with incredible views and even better service, and you will have it all to yourself for two whole days. Your guests can make the most of the surroundings and glamp in the fields and meadows, extending your celebration and making it even more memorable.