So… the wedding. For those that don’t know I proposed to Andy on his birthday in July last year – I’m not the most patient of people (understatement of the year!) and so the fact that I had waited almost 7 years before proposing is fairly amazing – and thankfully he said yes. So after telling everybody and enjoying the many messages of congratulations that came our way it was time to get down to business. We settled on the date – 19th January 2013 – I’d always wanted a winter wedding and setting it 18 months away meant we had time to save the money to pay for it. Next task… the venue; we knew what we wanted – a barn with a fairly informal feel that we could decorate and really make ours – and though there are lots of places around they were all out of our price range. And then my Dad stumbled on Field Place in Worthing, a mere 5 minute walk from their house, and it was perfect.
Field Place is a council owned facility and is used for a wide range of events; there is an 18th Century Manor House set in 8 acres of grounds which comprises of 2 barns and various sporting facilities. For weddings they hold the ceremony in the house and the reception in one of the 2 barns which are just across the green – so exactly what we were looking for. As luck would have it they were having a wedding fair in a few weeks’ time so we took the opportunity to go down and have a look at the space and speak to the team. The staff at Field Place were great, happy to chat about all aspects of the day and full of information, they really seemed genuinely interested in helping you plan your day. The venue is super flexible with regards to timings, catering, set up etc. which meant we could really do exactly what we wanted. We decided to go back for a second time a few weeks later to talk to someone in a bit more detail and again the person we met with was full of information and really helpful, so we made a provisional booking there and then.
Date set, venue booked. DONE!
Next time... THE DRESS.