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Making The Most Of The Outdoors At Upwaltham Barns

Surrounded by the glorious Sussex countryside, Upwaltham Barns is certainly a barn wedding venue where the great outdoors adds extra beauty to every wedding. We love seeing couples enjoying the outdoor spaces and, if you’ve opted for a country wedding, what could be better? Here’s our guide to making the most of the outdoors here at Upwaltham Barns.

The Courtyard and Gardens

The Courtyard and Gardens are exclusively yours to explore, and they provide lots of additional space for your wedding celebrations. Here are a few suggestions to make the most of these beautiful surroundings…

As your guests will all pass through the courtyard, this is a great spot for some fabulous wedding signage. Take a look at these signage ideas which are perfect for our barn wedding venue.

Serve your drinks and canapes in the courtyard following an unforgettable ceremony in the East Barn. The outdoor seating, complete with parasols, will keep everyone cool, however warm the weather.

Bring the courtyard to life with some music. String quartets, jazz bands or acoustic musicians create a fantastic atmosphere here.

Speak to your photographer and use the courtyard or the stunning front gardens as a backdrop for your group photos. The courtyard is also the perfect location for that all-important confetti shot!

In the evening, the Moroccan Snug, complete with its own heat lamps to keep it cosy all year round, is full of authentic cushions and fabrics making a unique photography spot and comfy seating area for your guests.

The Countryside

With the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park all around us, Upwaltham Barns really is a secluded country wedding idyll. If you can bring yourself to step away from this dream barn wedding venue, the surrounding countryside is definitely worth exploring.

Escape with your photographer for some romantic couple’s portraits that will add another layer of romance to your wedding photos. We suggest speaking to your photographer to decide when’s the best time for these. If you’d like to make the most of ‘golden hour’, that beautiful hour before sunset when the light is just stunning, you’ll need to factor this into your wedding day timeline.

Getting your Guests Outside

If you really want to make the most of the outdoors at Upwaltham Barns, there are lots of details that you can include in your day to get your guests outside. Here are a few suggestions for your country wedding…

Why not hold your drinks reception in the courtyard after your wedding ceremony? This is a fantastic way to mingle with your guests and kick off the celebrations!

Set up your table plan in the courtyard so that guests can check out their seating assignments during the drinks reception.

Use the courtyard as a space for additional entertainment during your wedding reception. Photo booths or vintage ice cream vans work really well here.

For guests both young and old a selection of outdoor garden games set up in the front garden always adds a bit of fun to any wedding, or a crazy golf course in the carpark field keeps everyone entertained.

Organise a barbecue for your evening food and set this up in the courtyard. This is a sure-fire way to get your guests outside!

We’d love to show you the outdoor (and indoor!) spaces at Upwaltham Barns so you can see their beauty for yourself. Why not book a time to come and visit us so you can enjoy the great outdoors yourself. In the meantime, take a look at these amazing rustic country wedding ideas – we know you’ll love them.

Upwaltham Barns

The heart of the South Downs

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