Flowers outside Longford Barn

Getting to Know – Longford Barn

Venue Name: Longford Barn

Website: http://longfordbarn.co.uk

Location: Near Salisbury in Wiltshire

What type of venue is Longford Barn and how old is the building?

Longford Barn is an original wooden threshing barn on staddle stones, and although we don’t know exactly how old it is, we believe it to be over 250 years old, so very old and very, very rustic!

Flowers outside Longford Barn

What is Barnfield Weddings?

Barnfield Weddings is the Wedding side or our photography and print business and also includes our Wedding Planning Workshops. We operate from Longford Barn, the barn we hire out for the occasional wedding.

Heart wedding day sign at Longford Barn

How long has Barnfield Weddings been hiring Longford Barn as a wedding venue?

We hosted our first weddings at Longford Barn in 2014.

Long wedding table in Longford Barn

Is Longford Barn licensed for wedding ceremonies?

We have made the decision not to license Longford Barn for ceremonies, and instead we work very closely with an independent celebrant for couples who wish to have a very personal ceremony.

Many couples are unaware that they can marry at a Registry Office for a minimum fee and without guests (other than a couple of witnesses). This is simply the legal formality of filling in the necessary paperwork, rather like the register signing after a church ceremony.

Some of our couples opt for this and then consider that their real wedding is the ceremony that they design with their celebrant. A personalised celebrant led ceremony suits couples who have no religious leanings or wish to have control over where, when and how they make their lifelong commitment of love.

We are blessed to be in a perfect rural location yet only a ten minute drive into the centre of Salisbury, where there are many churches, Salisbury Cathedral, a very pleasant Registry Office and licensed hotels, not to mention the wide selection of village churches in our surrounding area, so there is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing where to tie the knot.

We have one couple this summer who have chosen to have their legal ceremony at a nearby castle, followed by what promises to be an amazing wedding party afterwards at Longford Barn.

We encourage anyone who has made the decision not to have a religious ceremony to consider the option of using an independent celebrant and designing a wedding ceremony that is totally unique to them.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Longford Barn

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Longford Barn?

The barn has capacity to seat 90 people comfortably, and if a couple would like a marquee ceremony in the Barn Field there is adequate capacity for 150 guests. 60 is an ideal number if the budget is tight, and this will mean that there’s no need for a marquee or yurt and additional loos.

Barn feild set up for wedding at Longford Barn

Is catering provided for weddings?

There are no kitchen facilities at Longford Barn, but most caterers will either have their own or have access to a field kitchen. We can advise on catering and have worked with some great people, including a fantastic caterer sited in the farmhouse next door!

Wedding food at Longford Barn

Does Barnfield Weddings have a set price for weddings or is there a tiered pricing structure? What packages do you offer?

At Barnfield Weddings we try to keep things simple so we have one hire price which is NOT subject to seasonal variations.

The hire price includes access to the site from the day before the wedding to set up and dress the barn, use of the site until 11:30 pm on the wedding day, and access the following day to clear away.

Included in the hire price is the use of electricity for caterers, any extra lighting, for your band or DJ, and use of our three loos. Also included in the hire fee is our very own invaluable ‘Girl Friday’ or ‘go-to’ lady on your wedding day.

As photographers ourselves we don’t permit other photographers on site. We are experienced wedding photographers with an extensive wedding portfolio, and a condition of booking Longford Barn as a wedding venue is that we are the photographers for your special day.

Our photography fee is clearly explained and includes an engagement shoot, and we will be with you all day on your wedding day from bridal prep through to the end of the night. Photography is explained fully during your consultation and if you want something a little different just ask us!

Longford Barn

Does Longford Barn have a wedding co-ordinator on site and are they available on the day of the wedding?

The wedding co-ordinator is myself, Sonja Barnfield, and on the wedding day we employ Lee who is our own ‘Girl Friday’ or ‘go-to’ lady, and she is here from early in the day until well after the last guest has gone home.

Round wedding tables in Longford Barn

What can a couple expect from having their wedding with Barnfield Weddings at Longford Barn ?

Any couple having their wedding here can be assured that their wedding will be unique. Our barn is only available for a very limited number of weddings which helps to ensure that we remain exclusive.

We don’t have many rules, and the barn, field and yard are a blank canvas for you to dress as you please – we encourage individuality and creativity!

Harry and I have an extensive network of contacts and we can help and advise you as much or as little as you wish by putting you in touch with our contacts and making suggestions.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy, and anyone booking Longford Barn is welcome to pop in when needed, subject of course to us being available.

I will liaise with your suppliers in the run up to your wedding to make sure they have everything they will need so that your day runs smoothly.

Purple balloons in ceiling at Longford Barn

What is the best thing about having your wedding at Longford Barn?

It’s your space to do with as you please and make your day just as you wish.

Colourful flowers at Longford Barn

Does Longford Barn have rooms for guests to stay?

No, we don’t have any on site accommodation, however there are plenty of hotels and B&B’s nearby.

Wedding reception at Longford Barn

What’s your top tip for choosing the perfect wedding venue?

I always compare this to choosing a home; ask yourself, does this space feel right? Can you visualise your wedding there? Does it feel comfortable? It really is as simple as that. Ask yourself if the venue will allow you to have the wedding day that you envisage or does it have lots of restrictions.

Note that I haven’t said anything about capacity – in our experience couples are generally happy to adjust their guest numbers to fit their ideal venue, rather than compromise on a venue to fit their guests. It is your day after all!

Longford Barn

Where can I find out more about Longford Barn?

Visit the Barnfield Weddings venue page on The Wedding Community

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