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Luxury West Sussex Wedding Venue, Southend Barns, Reveals New Professional Styling Options

By: Prodigy
01/05/2024, Donnington // PRODIGY: Feature Story //

Southend Barns, a premium luxury Sussex wedding venue located at the foothills of the rolling South Downs National Park, has revealed a newly extended range of superb styling options for couples planning their exchange of vows, civil ceremony or wedding.

While the venue features a restored and preserved series of heritage barns, including vaulted ceilings and original beams, it caters to modern, themed and seasonal weddings, with styling ranging from traditional wedding décor to ultra-contemporary monochrome colour schemes.

Trends in Bespoke UK Weddings and Styling

In recent years, weddings and civil ceremonies have become more tailored and personalised, with many couples looking to move outside of convention. That may include alternatives to the customary white wedding dress, opting for grazing tables rather than a wedding breakfast, or be reflected in how a couple dresses the setting for their ceremony.

A survey by Hitched, the wedding directory, found that in 2022:

  • The average couple spent £8,400 on their wedding venue, plus £70 per person for catering.
  • Barn and hotel weddings remain the most popular options, with 20% of all couples hosting their big day at a barn or farm.
  • 19% of couples looked for options that were sustainable or eco-friendly.

The appeal of a rustic countryside setting is undoubtedly a significant factor while building in elements of nature and sustainability so important to today’s newlyweds. Some of the most prevalent changes and predicted trends for weddings in 2024 relate directly to themes and styling.

Hitched also found that interest in retro-inspired weddings has grown 29%, jazz musicians and saxophonists are becoming more popular than the traditional harpist, and searches for rented items to use during a wedding, from dresses to décor, have risen 152%.

Southend Barns Luxury Wedding Venue Styling
Southend Barns Luxury Wedding Venue Styling

Changes to the Southend Barns Venue Style Guide

Southend Barns has met this evolution in the aspirations and priorities of wedding guests and planners head-on, offering solutions that transform the expansive venue into a luxurious, intimate ceremony space or that capture a theme, vibe or style down to the finest details.

The family-owned venue has showcased some of its revamped styling options, working with curated photographers, vendors and stylists, introducing a cool, pared-back, romantic black-and-white look accented by gold and deep, rich foliage.

This theme, called Magical Monochrome, is set to be in significant demand during the peak summer wedding season, using classic colours with a contemporary twist. Arched mirrors, glass features and black, sumptuous candles add those touches of polish and refinement, with themes used throughout the grounds.

While guests can select their preferred flowers and floral displays, the venue designers suggest using sustainable, living plants rather than cut flowers – linking to the trend for more environmentally conscious weddings with a low carbon footprint.

Using local plants through the venue's selected vendor, the showcase shoot juxtaposes large monstera leaves against delicate birds of paradise and ever-popular miniature succulents, gifted as wedding favours for a living reminder of a special day.

Southend Barns Luxury Wedding Venue Magical Monochrome Styling Option
Southend Barns Luxury Wedding Venue Magical Monochrome Styling Option

The Importance of Venue Styling for Modern Wedding Experiences

Décor and styling can make a profound difference to the ambience and atmosphere of a day, and Dan Clarke Executive Chef & General Manager of Southend Barns advises all couples keen to explore ideas or gain inspiration from previous guests to browse the venue's Styling Selections gallery for ideas.

The detailed, comprehensive guide shows how specific spaces within Southend Barns have been adapted to interpret a particular theme and how couples have used lighting, draping and table displays for dramatic effect.

Clarke says, 'We are delighted to introduce Magical Monochrome and excited to share this new styling theme that we have been working hard on to perfect the finish and encapsulate those timeless themes of sophistication, elegance and luxury in a way that feels fresh, relevant and modern.

Here at Southend Barns, our superb event managers, chefs, and waiting teams are passionate about hosting weddings that are entirely personal. We create in-depth themes where every detail is thought of, and guests continue to be awed by those small features, from candles to place settings, glassware, and subtle lighting throughout the barns and spaces.

With our in-house culinary team working closely with reputable local vendors, we can also create bespoke menus built on locally sourced ingredients, carrying your theme and personal taste to every aspect of your day, using embellishments to create a feeling of cohesion.’

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About Southend Barns:

Situated in the idyllic West Sussex countryside, Southend Barns is a wedding venue like no other. With a unique blend of rustic charm and modern luxury, the venue offers a range of spaces to host ceremonies, receptions, and celebrations. The dedicated team at Southend Barns works tirelessly to ensure each wedding is a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Dan Clarke
General Manager

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