Why choose a Countryside Wedding Venue?

Who doesn’t love the Countryside?

The fresh air, the beautiful views, the sounds of tractors whirring away in the distance. Here at Dodford Manor we have noticed a real increase in couples taking a lot more of a relaxed approach to their special day. BBQ Wedding Breakfasts, no formal speeches, games played during the drinks reception and Best Women instead of Best Men!

Having a Countryside Wedding Venue really helps couples to have the informal day they are after. The beautiful Barns and the stunning countryside views offer a sense of relaxation and tranquillity to a wedding. No beeping of cars, pollution, and row upon row on buildings!

The beauty of Dodford Manor is although we are a Countryside Wedding Venue, we really have great rail and road connections. So, although we are deep in the Countryside getting to us is a breeze!

A lot of photographers seem to have grasped this new look on weddings too. Couples are now opting for more relaxed shots than the traditional ‘posed’ photo. You will often see newlyweds taking a stroll through the fields accompanied by a pographer snapping away!

With the Countryside comes some fabulous nature. At Dodford Manor we are lucky enough to have our own resident sheep! The bleating of lambs in the spring time makes a wonderful addition to any countryside wedding! When your photographer takes you into the fields for some wonderful photos, you may well find our sheep making their way into your wedding album, they are quite good at photo bombing!

Having your wedding at a Countryside Wedding Venue also allows for a bit of fun for your wedding transport! Who doesn’t love a Bridal Party arriving on a Tractor Trailer! Our venue provides the perfect backdrop for a row of Land Rover Defenders used as wedding cars! Saying this we do love a traditional horse and carriage!

Weather can play a huge part in a wedding. From frosty mornings to glorious sunshine, Dodford Manor manages to look great whatever the weather! Did you know that it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day? Some of the best photos include an umbrella or two! As you may have noticed the British weather can be a tad unpredictable, so we are prepared with fully heated or air conditioned barns. How about bringing some blankets to keep your guest warm should they choose to venture out on a chilly winters evening. Planning a Summer wedding? Don’t forgot the sun-block, shades and for good measure a few umbrellas!

Why choose a barn wedding venue?


With the buildup to and the enjoyment of Christmas now over (boo), the New Year celebrations recently past, and everyone enduring the current blustery winter weather… you would be fooled into

thinking the national mood is one of grim determination, endurance and willing on the springtime! However across the nation there is a wonderful group, whose feet are barely touching the ground and their spirits are soaring! Over the festive season several thousand folk will have ‘popped the big question’ and got engaged. Congratulations!

Newly engaged couples are at this minute excitedly hatching wedding plans, drawing on their recent experiences of friends’ and family weddings, scouring the internet/social media for wedding inspiration… and zipping round the country seeking a wedding venue. It is on this last point we’ll dwell.

‘Newly-engageds’ have never had so much choice in wedding venues on offer; from stately homes to a marquees in a field, rambling country houses to village halls, hotels to barn wedding venues. There is a diverse variety of venues out there to suit every couple and budget! With such a raft of appealing venues, why do some couples choose barn wedding venues?

We meet a wonderful range of newly engaged couples at Dodford Manor and whilst they have very individual ideas and aspirations for their wedding day, from listening to what made them visit us and what they want from a barn wedding venue, we have noted a couple of interesting trends.

1. A barn weddings’ open plan layout. Couples like the openness that barn wedding venues can offer. All the family and friends being fully incorporated in both the ceremony, the following wedding breakfast and onward into the evening festivities, everyone celebrates together in the same space.


2. The countryside wedding setting. Couples are sometimes not only drawn to the inclusiveness of the actual barn wedding but to the rural setting and space around. As life, careers and much of society is increasingly drawn into towns and cities, the appeal of ‘breaking out’ and getting back to nature is really compelling to couples who are starting the rest of their lives together. Why not get married surrounded by beautiful countryside and ‘getting back to our roots’!


3. Barns offer unusual wedding venues. Getting married at a barn wedding venue offers the bride & groom and their guests a more quirky wedding venue experience to the more well-trodden wedding venue route, say of church or registry office, followed by hospitality at a local hotel, marquee or hall. The rural setting and typically agricultural buildings often incorporate their farming past, with a range of barns, yards and historic buildings offering an interesting setting. Barn wedding venues also offer a blank canvass on which couples can then set out and decorate and as they choose.

Northamptonshire Wedding Venues Dodford Manor Oak Barn Wedding Breakfast Set Up

There are a good number of other compelling reasons why a barn wedding venue may be for you…. but that would be telling!

If you would like to know more or would like to come visit us (happily nestled in the countryside)

please do call us on 01327 349761 or email: enquiries@dodfordmanor-venue.co.uk

And congratulations once more!!!!



We have recently been crowned for the second year running best Regional Events Team in the Wedding Industry Awards! We are so delighted with this achievement!

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