If I got married again the Curradine Barns would definitely be at the top of my venue list. It’s no secret that it’s one of my favourite places to go. I love everything about the place. It’s quaint, crooked and interesting. I always spot something I haven’t noticed before. And it has its couples firmly at the heart of its service.
The Curradine Barns has everything. Especially in its prep room! It’s the perfect place to get started. It has a long and comfy sofa; ornate full-length mirrors; bridesmaid dressing tables complete with lights and fold away drawers; two bathrooms (topped up with White Company soaps); a kitchenette (with an array of teas, coffees and champagne glasses); a spacious landing for dresses to hang from; and a sitting room where you can find a tray of the best brownie I have ever had the pleasure of devouring. That’s not to mention the pastries. It’s cute. What makes it even cuter is the double doors that open up onto a balcony that overlooks the main barn. There’s usually a string quartet getting set up here, a harpist or some huge light up letters.
It offers so many styling options. But I love opening the balcony doors to see a large rustic, flower garland suspended from the rafters and fairy lights adding the to the atmosphere with the smallest twinkles of light. It never fails to look anything other than perfect.
The prep room is perfectly contained, but close to the action above the heart of the venue. Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists and Photographers love the natural light and space available up here. With its beams and exposed brick it’s perfect for styling album pictures.
One of the best things about the place is that you’re not too far away from the action. Quite often as the bridal party you’re shut away and know nothing of what’s going on at your own wedding until you’re walking down the aisle. Directly below the prep room is the bar and courtyard. You can spy on your guests as they arrive and you can feel the atmosphere rising as the ceremony gets closer and more guests arrive. The moment you hear your guests being ushered into the barn and silence descends, you know it’s your turn.
The Curradine Barns has a warmth that is sometimes missing from larger, modern buildings and venues. I never tire of being invited here. And if I had to pick one venue to work from for my whole career, The Curradine Barns might just be it.