Today on the blog I am featuring a popular local wedding venue, Reach Court Farm. I have been lucky enough to attend a number of weddings here myself over the years and have been blown away each and every time. Each time I have visited the venue, there has been something new. It seems that they are continually improving the venue to meet the growing demands of today’s bride and grooms who want to enjoy an intimate venue with beautiful and flexible spaces to celebrate with friends both inside and out and Reach Court Farm has just that. A number of my friends have married at the beautifully converted barn in St Margaret’s Bay and each one has been unique to the couple with the freedom to make the venue their own. It really is the perfect venue set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens with fabulous views of the open Kent countryside providing a charming natural backdrop to an idyllic English country wedding.
I have been in touch with the proprietors Oliver and James to find out more about this popular wedding venue….
PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND REACH COURT FARM?
It has been 15 years since the first wedding at Reach Court Farm, a project that began with the wedding of a family friend and slowly progressed into the venue you see today.
My brother James and I have been running the business for the last 5 years, slowly trying to improve every aspect of the venue and wedding day experience, always striving to add something each year that will make your wedding day stand out from the rest.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT REACH COURT FARM THAT APPEALS MOST TO YOUR COUPLES?
We try to adopt a relaxed attitude to each and every wedding at Reach Court Farm. We currently focus on doing a limited quantity of events each summer, allowing us to get to know our clients better and provide a much more personalised service, ensuring each wedding day is unique and special.
One of the key benefits to a wedding at Reach Court Farm is that we allow clients access the day before their wedding to add creative touches and decorations to the venue, meaning the client gets to create a space that is unique to them, all the while meaning there are none of these worries on the actual wedding day itself.
WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOUR COUPLES FOR THE CEREMONY, COME RAIN OR SHINE?
We have a license for an outdoor, oak framed gazebo where the wedding ceremony will take place, or we have a separate license for the inside of the barn in the event of bad weather (although luckily, we haven’t had to use the inside as often as you might think!).
DO COUPLE HAS THE FLEXIBILITY TO BRING IN THEIR OWN CATERERS?
We work with a select group of five caterers, Chives, Will Burnett, MK Catering, Baytree and Blackbirds Catering, who are all local and known for offering good quality and value within the wedding industry, allows us to relax in the knowledge that the food, presentation and service will be to a level that we know and expect.
DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OTHER LOCAL SUPPLIERS WHO COULD BE USED AT YOUR VENUE?
We see a wide and varied range of great suppliers at Reach Court Farm. Fantastic cakes made by All You Need Is Cake or The Lane Bakery, some great entertainment from The Wedding Chapsor and The Kingsdown Band. Finishing touches and decorative thought added by Hayleys Bloomers or Big Day Prop Hire. Oleg Samsonovs Photography help us to capture all the great moments (and also took the wonderful photos for our new website) and of course your self offering beautiful wedding stationery. There really are too many wonderful suppliers to mention….
IF YOU HAVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR COUPLES LOOKING FOR THEIR DREAM VENUE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My most important piece of advice to couples looking for a wedding venue is two-fold, on a practical point of view, make sure you know all your potential costs from the outset as this will help you budget (one of the reasons why Reach Court Farm operates a single price policy, so you know where you stand right from the start – shameless plug), and secondly, in 30 years’ time you probably won’t remember as much about the venue as you think you might, but you will always remember the friends and people who made your wedding day brilliant, so make sure you have your best friends and family on that guestlist.
WEDDING STATIONERY & VENUE DISCOUNT OFFER
Thinking of getting married at Reach Court Farm after hearing and seeing all it has to offer?
If you book your wedding at Reach Court Farm I am offering a 20% DISCOUNT on any Save the Date and/or Wedding Invitation orders plus a further 10% discount on any on-the-day stationery ordered to help dress the venue and keep your theme running throughout. Simply quote ‘REACH20‘ when placing your order. In addition to this Oliver and James will offer a £50 DISCOUNT on your venue booking so if you are looking to book your wedding at Reach Court Farm be sure to mention the Heart Invites blog discount – every little helps!
Do check out all of the wonderful suppliers mentioned in the post and of course pop over to the new Reach Court Farm website to find out more!