Hold a date for 7 days whilst you check diaries and the availability of a church or registrar.
Book the church or registrar- The Great Barn is registered with Northamptonshire West Council. You will need to book with them independently to hold your service at our venue informing them which area you are looking to get married at. Their charges vary for different times of the week and year. You can book your ceremony through this link
Confirm the date by completing the booking form and paying the deposit.
12-9 Months prior to your Wedding
Your Personal Wedding Manager introduces themselves, and you will book your 1st planning meeting with them to start laying out your day, selecting your wedding breakfast menu choices, and drinks options.
9 Months prior to your Wedding
Pay the balance of your venue hire & accommodation.
6 Months prior to your Wedding
Pay 50% of catering and drinks based on your expected numbers.
12 Weeks prior to your Wedding
You will book your 2nd planning meeting with your Personal Wedding Manager to finalise details, such final guest numbers, table plans, dietary requirements, accommodation list, food and drink choices, and 3rd party suppliers.
6 Weeks prior to your Wedding
Payment of the final invoice. Guest numbers cannot be reduced from this point.
3 Weeks prior to your Wedding
Final sign-off of your event schedule and menus documents. No changes can be made at all inside 2 weeks.
Access to the venue and dressing rooms will be from 9am. Access to cottages from 6pm
After the Wedding
Check-out and collection of decorations by 10am, continental breakfast is provided in the cottages and all cars must be off site by this time.
What is the maximum number of guests?
We can hold up to 130 guests for a Ceremony in The Cart Shed along with up to 144 guests in The Croughton Barn for the wedding breakfast. For your evening reception, we can accommodate up to 175 guests.
Do you offer exclusive use hire?
Yes, this is an exclusive events venue and are fully licensed for civil ceremonies.
What time can we get access to the venue and what time does it close?
You have access to the venue (including the dressing room) from 9am. The music goes off and bar closes by midnight at the latest, with guests being asked to finish their drinks and leave the building and off site by 12.30am.
Do you have anyone to help us plan our day?
Yes, absolutely. You will be introduced to one of our personal wedding planners, who will guide you through planning your day, including food and drinks packages, suppliers, timings, as well as telling you about the little things you might not have thought about! They will also be there on the day to assist you from the moment you arrive on the morning of your wedding.
Is all the furniture included in the price?
Your venue hire includes all the rustic wooden tables, chairs, napkins, outside furniture, fairy lights, PA system, cake table, stand and cake knife, easel. All glassware, cutlery and crockery are included in the catering as well as disposable plates and napkins for your evening buffet.
Can we bring in our own DJ or live entertainment?
Yes, absolutely. They will need to provide relevant insurance documentation and PAT testing certificates. We do have a licence for live music up to 94 decibels and a music limiter that musicians must use to play through. All music to finish by midnight. Please note that bands will be required to use electronic drum kits. Smoke machines and confetti canons are not allowed.
Is there sufficient parking space?
We have ample hard parking space which is adjacent to the venue and lit up at night for safety. Cars can be left overnight, please ensure that cars are off the property by 10am at the latest as respect for the incoming wedding party to ensure there is enough parking.
Is the venue insured?
Yes, The Venue Group as an operator take insurance and health and safety very seriously.
Is there in-house catering?
We have our own in-house team of exceptionally talented chefs who have a tremendous amount of experience, passion and flair for all things food.
We do not allow any outside catering, we have invested significantly into our kitchens, equipment and staff. Your wedding cake or cheese wedding cake along with sweets, are the only external food option we allow.
Is there a minimum spend on food or drink?
All food and drinks packages have no minimum numbers, but we do require a minimum spend for the Wedding Breakfast, Drinks Package and Evening Food. Additional charges are levied for events between Christmas and New Year, and on Bank Holidays to cover increased staffing and supply costs.
What if we would like something our chefs cannot provide?
Our chefs have an extensive catering repertoire and are happy to discuss bespoke menus. Please note that bespoke menus will carry a minimum surcharge of £500 depending on your menu requirements. There may well be circumstances that they are not able to meet your requirements, so if this is likely to be the case, it is important you ask at the outset before booking with us.
Do you have a licenced bar?
We have a fully licensed bar that opens an hour before the ceremony takes place, but we cannot open earlier than 11am and will close at midnight. Please note our bar is card only. All drinks must be purchased through The Great Barn
Our bar prices are based on standard bar / restaurant prices and are subject to change occasionally throughout the year.
Is there any accommodation on site?
We have 3 cottages sleeping up to 10 guests available for you to hire for £540 (2024) £600 (2025) £660 (2026). The Garden & Stable cottage can sleep up to 4 guests each with two king size rooms in each cottage, one of which can be made into a twin room. There is one king size room available in the third cottage.
If you choose not to have the cottage than a non-occupancy fee of £150 will apply.
Check in to the cottages is at 6pm with check out the following day being at 10am. Continental breakfast is provided in the cottages.
We had our wedding at The Great Barn in May 23. It was the most beautiful venue and the team were fantastic.
Leading up to the wedding day Laura was very helpful in answering any questions and we felt reassured and in good hands throughout the planning process.
On the day Sarah and the team were brilliant in ensuring that every detail was taken care of and the day went as smoothly as possible.
We were lucky to have great weather and our guests really enjoyed the grounds and lawn games. We also stayed in the garden cottage which we would highly recommend to end the day.
Thank you so much to the whole team!
Jacqueline and Freddy x
We had our wedding at The Great Barn back in June and it is honestly the most beautiful wedding venue! The whole planning process with Laura was completely stress-free, and Hannah and the team on the day were so friendly and helped to ensure the day flowed smoothly. We'd highly recommend The Great Barn, thank you again!
We had our wedding at The Great Barn in May 2023.
Support running up to the big day with all our planning was great. During the day itself, the team were reassuring (very important for the Bride) attentive and discreet throughout the day. It all helped with the most magical day for us both and our guests. We also had the Cottage for the wedding night. Lovely place to wake up as Mr & Mrs!
I just wanted to write a quick email to say a huge thank you to you and the team for our amazing wedding on Saturday. It went without a hitch and everything was exactly as I envisioned. I cannot thank you enough. The team working on the day were conscientious, efficient and extremely professional and it ran incredibly smoothly. The venue is obviously also very beautiful and your team kindly decorated it exactly as I planned. Huge thanks to yourself as well for always being extremely helpful and working hard in the background to ensure the day ran smoothly.
Charlotte & Eoin, July 2023