Here at Casterley Barn, we believe that planning your wedding should be one of the biggest adventures of your lives to date.

We believe it should be a fun, romantic, exciting time, filled with memories to treasure and support from family, friends and an expert team. That’s why we’ve put together this 12-month guide to wedding planning, so you’ll know what to do and when.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
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12 months to go

Choose the backdrop

When you first get engaged, you’ll be bowled over by the range of wedding venues on offer. Gone are the days when stately homes and hotels were the only options. Today, there’s a wedding venue for almost every couple’s style, from historic stone castles to eco-friendly, contemporary barns like Casterley.

Look through real weddings, get stuck into Pinterest and scan through styled shoots to decide what venue and vibe is right for you. You might want a church ceremony followed by a barn reception, or perhaps to get married outside (Casterley Barn’s infinity lawn is an idyllic spot for this).

When you’ve found a venue you can imagine getting married at, book a visit and attend their wedding open day. You’ll experience the venue styled for a celebration and meet suppliers who could bring your ideas to life, making planning much simpler.

Balance the budget

Every couple will have a different wedding budget to work to. You may be dipping into your rainy day funds, receiving help from relatives or setting up a savings plan.

Whatever total you’re working with, take 10% off your overall budget and treat this lower amount as your ceiling for spending. That way, you have a 10% contingency fund for unexpected extra costs when wedding planning.

Invest in the best

The three things that make the biggest difference when wedding planning are your venue, photographer and caterer. Your photographer will immortalise your wedding to cherish forever and your caterer will ensure you have a room of happy guests.

Your wedding venue defines the style, atmosphere and tone of the entire celebrations, from providing a peaceful location for your pre-wedding meeting with the registrar to offering plenty of space to party. At Casterley Barn, couples can make the most of the light-filled main barn and intimate mezzanine, luxe bar, fire pit and terrace and infinity lawn and gardens.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
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9 months to go

Let the fun begin!

The most popular entertainment acts can book up many months in advance, so now is the time to plan your reception. Double check with your venue where they can position a live band or DJ and how flexible they can be on less traditional entertainment, like roaming musicians.

Choose your wedding wardrobe

Custom-made suits and wedding dresses have lead times of up to six months because they are made to measure. Visit boutiques to find your perfect outfits now to ensure they arrive in plenty of time for the wedding.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
Image by Lydia Stamps Photography

6 months to go

Be our guest

Your invitations should go in the post around six months before the wedding. Include insert cards with information about directions, menu choices and accommodation.

At Casterley Barn, we have two charming Shepherd’s Huts available to rent on our organic farm and can also host bell tent glamping in the meadows.

The finer things

Choosing the details of your wedding can be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Think visiting local flower fields and hand-selecting seasonal, British blooms, or enjoying a wedding cake tasting with your cake designer.

These finishing touches allow you to put your own unique stamp on your wedding and at Casterley, we invite you to do as much or little as you like. Our purpose-built barn has been designed to make your dreams simple, so you’ll find convenient fixings in the ceiling for hanging floral chandeliers and virtually no red tape for where you can and can’t decorate.

You can meet a host of hand-picked, local wedding suppliers, from florists to food trucks, and hone your wedmin skills at interactive workshops at our Wedding Showcase. Join us on Sunday 24th February from 11am to 3pm to experience the barn for yourselves.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
Image by Lydia Stamps Photography

3 months to go

With three months until the big day, your wedding planning is also complete. Now is the time to give family and friends a gentle nudge if they’ve yet to RSVP and to schedule your final few alterations for your wedding dress.

It’s also a good opportunity to send a photo list to your photographer – think couple’s portraits in the garden arbour or wandering hand-in-hand down the private lane, with nothing but rolling countryside and the big open sky for your vista…

Now is also the time to choose your confetti. Biodegradable, British-grown real flower petal confetti comes in a myriad of dreamy colours and many providers allow you to create a custom petal mix for your wedding.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
Image by Lydia Stamps Photography

1 month to go

Your wedding coordinator will be in touch in the final weeks before your wedding to confirm final guest numbers. This ensures every table is perfectly set for you on the big day and means there’s no need for a last-minute rush. Your caterers will appreciate receiving any dietary requirements at this point, too.

Make wedding planning a breeze with our 12-month countdown. Discover exactly what you need to tick off the list when for a super stylish celebration.
Image by Lydia Stamps Photography

The big day

Relax – you’ve done it! Your wedding is planned to perfection, your venue team is on-hand to liaise with suppliers and you’ve got something truly amazing ahead. Enjoy it!

If you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey, come along to Casterley Barn’s Wedding Showcase from 11am3pm on Sunday 24th February.

Meet our partner suppliers, discover dreamy decorating ideas and taste treats from mouth-watering menus as you wander, cocktail in hand, through Casterley’s contemporary barn and out into the breath-taking garden, where your view reaches across our infinity lawn as far as the eye can see, to where the countryside kisses the sky…

RSVP to secure your tickets to the Wedding Showcase and kick-start your Wiltshire wedding dream. We look forward to helping you make it happen!


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