The Barns at Redcoats - New Hertfordshire wedding venue review

The Barns at Redcoats - New Hertfordshire wedding venue review

A warm May evening with a glass of prosecco, surrounded by beautiful countryside and great people - this is how I spent my Thursday evening.

I had been invited to the Barns at Redcoats, nr Hitchin as they opened the doors to their brand new barn wedding venue for their launch party.

The Farmhouse at Redcoats dates back to the 15th Century and is surrounded by beautiful views of the Hertfordshire countryside. I have visited the Farmhouse many times for afternoon tea, dinner and recently a fragrance making hen party.

Until recently I hadn't even noticed the barn on the site, which has always been there but had been left unused and was falling down. 37 weeks ago building work began on the site and WOW what a transformation. The barn has become a beautifully restored exclusive use barn wedding venue and it is truly stunning.

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5 questions you need to ask your partner before your wedding day.

5 questions you need to ask your partner before your wedding day.

When it comes to marriage it is easy to get caught up with the wedding day itself. All the planning for the biggest day of your life can take over, but it’s really important to remember that once the wedding day is over you are committing to a marriage that will last a lifetime.

When I got married eight years ago I was fortunate enough to take part in a marriage preparation course with my husband to be at the church where we were to be wed. Unfortunately not everyone has access to these kind of sessions so today I want to encourage all of you to take an evening out to discuss some of the most important topics that could cause tension in your marriage.

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Why it's ok to be a little bit Bridezilla....

Why it's ok to be a little bit Bridezilla....

Planning your wedding day is one of the most stressful times in your life. You are expected to run a full scale event for LOTS of guests. You are expected to negotiate contracts, source suppliers, manage the running of the day and finalise a guest list… it’s a full scale operation. Put this together with the fact you are about to commit yourself to another human being for a WHOLE lifetime, you can see why things may start to get a little stressful.

Often the bride takes the hit when it comes to wedding stress, egged on by the media, the term Bridezilla starts getting banded about. ‘Don’t be a Bridezilla… don’t turn all Bridezilla on us… uh oh here comes Bridezilla. If you have been planning your wedding for a while… it won’t take long before someone brings this word to your attention!

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Are your wedding flowers British?

Are your wedding flowers British?

Your wedding day is a huge time in your life and it’s easy to get carried away with spending.  Often flowers get left until the end and before you know it there’s not enough budget left for a really important part of your day.  Flowers make memories and will be captured forever in your photography as well as in yours and your guests minds. When I got married it was a bit of a wake up call to find out that some flowers are only available at certain times of year, I just assumed I could have anything I wanted! When choosing my flowers I hadn't even considered where in the world they came from, I just assumed they were grown locally, but perhaps I had it all wrong! In an age when we are all thinking more about the environment, and where things come from, perhaps it's time to start thinking about our flowers with a different frame of mind.

Today local flower farmer Emma from Urban Flower Farmer is going to challenge us on why buying British could be the best option, so don't be afraid to chat to your florist about what they source their flowers.

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