The pandemic put paid to the dreams of many brides and grooms to be. Weddings were cancelled, guest numbers reduced and some were postponed from March 2020. Those planning to get married during the summer of 2021 thought they might be lucky but a little uncertainty remains. As for the honeymoons that is just another dream in the waiting.
Restrictions are lifting
Happily, restrictions are lifting and more of the young couples in love can begin to look for their perfect venue. Since 12 April the government has allowed wedding venues to be back in business. Although, it might not be quite as easy as it should be, mix a little imagination with a few local wedding businesses and your dream wedding will once again come alive.
Marital laws brought up-to-date
Already, thousands are racing to book venues, registrars and places of worship. In 2022, it’s estimated that over a million people will get married with over 500,000 weddings taking place. Changes in the law have helped. The Law Commission has acknowledged that marital laws, dating back to the 1800s are unnecessarily restrictive. Basically, the couple must marry in a registered building, that is a licenced venue or place of worship. Excitingly this means that couples will be allowed to legally marry almost anywhere. Can you imagine getting married at the top of your favourite mountain? We’re not sure what the guests would say! This will help if in the future we experience similar pandemics and potentially it could make the wedding experience cheaper.
Having said that, wedding venues and suppliers are still suffering from the financial knocks they felt over the last year. Along with increased costs following BREXIT, particularly felt by florists the savings may be eaten up elsewhere. At the end of the day the wedding businesses must ensure that they remain sustainable.
One of our favourite local venues
One of our favourite local wedding venues is the rural Furtho Manor Farm, just off the A508 as you head from Milton Keynes towards Northampton. They have developed an amazing wedding offering over the past couple of years. During the week they host a few small weddings, as well as the larger wedding receptions on a Saturday.
Lockdown did change what they were able to offer and host, for a few happy couples their weddings did take place. In 2020, four lucky couples had got married in January and February before face masks and social distancing became the norm. Since then, the small weddings certainly came into their own in 2020 as these were the only weddings allowed to take place. Furtho hosts Linda and Robin Welton were then able to offer weddings on any day of the week when permitted.
Happy Winter weddings
In December, two small wedding ceremonies took place at the gorgeous Furtho Manor Farm Venue. The couples listened nervously before Christmas for the latest Covid Restrictions. Luckily, Northamptonshire weddings were allowed to host weddings with guests restricted to fifteen and Northamptonshire Registrars conducting the ceremony.
Although both these weddings were ceremony only, earlier in the year, when allowed some couples were able to get married and have small receptions, Linda and Robin were able to host these. While most bride and grooms prefer the ceremony and celebration weddings, ceremony only can be equally good. The area offers a vast area of countryside, a beautiful 15th-century dovecote and church as well as a lake. Couples will be able to make the most of precious photo opportunities in this natural environment.
So much to offer
When restrictions are fully lifted happy couples can hold their wedding reception in the barn, as they are licenced by Northamptonshire County Council to hold both marriage and civil ceremonies. There is a choice of three spaces to hold your ceremony – the barn, a gazebo or the ceremony room opposite the main house. For imaginative or those with a budget to use a wedding planner, the barn provides a blank canvas within which you can create a unique wedding. Happily, this team believe having enough time to set up and take down is essential for a smooth, stress-free experience. They give you ample access pre-wedding and afterwards too. With only one wedding per weekend, you will be able to begin preparations from the Wednesday before the wedding.
The area outside the barn offers plenty of space for bouncy castles, lawn games, tables, food vans and so much more. With the new roadmap for how England will come out of the lockdown now in place, couples can now get excited about weddings again in 2021.
Get in touch to book
Furtho Manor Farm has had a flurry of new enquiries, so if you looking get in touch. In the meantime, since April they have loved showing couples around once again.
To enquire e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
www.furthomanorfarm.co.uk 01908 542139
Furtho Manor Farm Old Stratford Milton Keynes MK19 6NR