Wedding planning: The Venue {We found the one!}


A couple of months ago we went to see a wedding venue for the first time and we fell in love. It’s perfect for us. The Carriage Hall is a restored and converted station goods shed which makes a really unique and beautiful setting for a wedding. I love love love the big open space of the main hall with its stripped back brick walls and super high ceiling. It has lovely rural views and seating scattered about outside to enjoy a drink in the (hopefully) sunshine.

I actually dismissed The Carriage Hall a few years ago when I started looking because it doesn’t have any bedrooms to stay in and I really didn’t want anyone to have to leave early with Ava to put her to bed somewhere else. However, we are getting married next summer by which time Ava will be three and a half, therefore she will probably stay up late with us dancing the night away and if she gets too tired she can always fall asleep on someone’s shoulder for a bit, or in a room we have earmarked as a kiddies play/sleep room.

We did also want bedrooms at our wedding venue for ourselves so that we can just retire upstairs at the end of our long happy day and so we could join our close family who would have also stayed there for breakfast the next morning.

But this place is pretty perfect in every other way, and it’s really not a problem staying somewhere else. I just need to find a beautiful hotel in Nottingham for us to stay on our wedding night. We were actually thinking of staying in the Lace Market Hotel where the boy proposed to me but it just went out of business!

This weekend we went back to The Carriage Hall for a wedding open day and mainly to see the venue again. We still love it. The hubs-to-be thinks he likes it even more than last time. It was lovely to see it in the sunshine with people milling about outside and with all the big windows and doors thrown wide open. Let’s all now cross our fingers for sunshine on our special day!


  1. 27th June 2014 / 9:36 am

    Sounds fantastic! wow! You have lots of planning ahead, I look forward to reading all about it :-)

    • 28th June 2014 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks Steph :) I do, I really want to get stuck in with all the planning; I can imagine not having got any further in about six months and suddenly panicking! x

  2. 29th June 2014 / 9:29 pm

    That looks so beautiful – I am off to their website in a mo to have a nosey around! Well done on finding your perfect venue :) Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo and look forward to reading more of your blog x
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    • 9th July 2014 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks so much Victoria :) It is really beautiful and a bit different – I don’t think the photo’s actually do it justice at all. I can’t wait! x

  3. 1st July 2014 / 10:18 am

    It looks lovely! I’m now wracking my brains to think of the best hotel in Notts for you to stay in, I’ve never stayed in any romantic ones, more business types! Congratulations, I’m sure it’ll be the most amazing day xx

    • 9th July 2014 / 1:43 pm

      Haha, thank you! If you think of any suitable hotels please let me know! :) Thanks so much, I can’t wait! xx

  4. 31st July 2014 / 10:47 am

    That looks beautiful and very exciting!
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