• Carlie Northwood

Introducing Staycation Weddings

Everyone has heard of the term staycation, right?

Staycation breaks, holidays and even honeymoons – a perfect option for many as the UK is full of stunning and diverse places that cater for all types of getaways, including (but not limited to!):

· Long weekend breaks

· Family holidays with small children

· Gatherings of friends for occasions such as Birthdays, Hen or Stag Do’s and Reunions

· Eco conscious travellers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint

Or maybe there are others out there like me that just love to explore new places in this gorgeous Country we live in and find any excuse to spend some time away from home without the hassle or expense of international travel!

In any case, they have become more and more popular over the last few years and I have a feeling that their popularity will only continue in the post Covid19 world.

The stunning grounds of Oxleaze Barn in Lechlade

After my own wedding in Italy was cancelled due to the Global Pandemic, I started my research into creating a similar intimate experience for me and my guests in the UK instead.

This is what became a light bulb moment for me as a Wedding Planner!

I for one, realise now more than ever how lucky I am to live where I do. Newbury is situated on the edge of the Wessex Downs in Berkshire which is perfectly situated for easy access to the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and the Home Counties - places that I visit frequently for both work and pleasure.

Oxleaze Barn’s beautiful courtyard

There are so many truly amazing venues, sites and accommodation options within these Counties alone that are perfect for escaping our day-to-day lives and familiar surroundings - not to mention the possibility of having extended celebrations over a few days or even a long weekend – a fabulous bonus!

With the many rustic barns that ooze Italian charm (such as the gorgeous Oxleaze Barn featured in this post) and extraordinary manor houses in settings that resemble rural France, there is no doubt in my mind that a destination wedding can easily be achieved right here in the stunning UK!

Oxleaze Barn

With that in mind, I aspire to use my personal experience to help other couples create, design and plan a truly unique and personal experience by providing advice, guidance and support in this new trend of staycation weddings.

If you love the idea of having a localised destination wedding, contact me today to find out how I can help you with your plans!

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