The biggest change in weddings in the last five years has been in venues. Back in the day, you hired a big country house hotel and / or a marquee. Now it seems half of our weddings in the UK are in barns and fields – and I LOVE that! It gives you so much more creative freedom to style your day – and fits perfectly with three MAJOR wedding styles: barn weddings, festival weddings and tipi weddings.

I’ve worked with some fabulous planners and stylists who really come into their own for planning ‘blank canvas’ weddings – and one thing I’ve learned is that logistics is a pretty big deal. You need to hire everything from loos to generators, flooring to hay bales and benches for your wedding guests.

Often tipi and marquee companies can help. And sometimes you just stumble across a brilliant idea on Pinterest which fits perfectly with your relaxed wedding style!


I know I’m not alone in my aversion to polyester chair covers at weddings… many a time I’ve asked why venues can’t just invest in nice chairs – isn’t it that simple? So I’m thrilled to be able to introduce Partybench today – especially for marquee weddings, tipi celebrations and festival style weddings – oh, and this is just the perfect seating solution for your barn wedding too!


Partybench joined English Wedding last month. It didn’t take long for me to know I LOVE what they do – and I do so hope you will too! They’ve been in business for nearly 6 years now, and they hire out gorgeous, sustainable benches and tables for weddings and events. With the boom in barn wedding venues and relaxed, family-style dining we KNOW these guys are going to be big – and with their focus on sustainability and quality they really can’t go wrong!



The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

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Bride & Groom Direct

Established in 1906, Bride & Groom Direct have over 100 years experience supplying wedding stationery to couples around the UK. Their online shop includes beautiful wedding invites, unique wedding gifts, and an attractive range of further accessories and remarkable wedding favours and thank you cards.

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