i-XKp6fRt-X3.jpg
4.png
  • Thinking about hiring your land for weddings but not sure what's involved or where to start?

  • Want some support launching, marketing or planning to operate your blank canvas venue?

  • How about someone to sense check your ideas, give some pointers or chew things over with?

The most honest and accurate advice comes from those who have been there and done that - that's us.

Many blank canvas venues are privately owned residential or agricultural spaces. It's really exciting to launch a new venture and make your land work for you, but it can be daunting to welcome strangers onto your property.

 

There's a lot to plan and do, implications and risks to consider and small but important things that won't cross your mind at the start.

On top of the considerations of hiring your space there's the work involved in creating your brand identity, launching and marketing your venue, managing enquiries, securing sales and preparing to host.

We created and ran our own venue so have done all of this, learnt some of it the hard way and - blowing our own trumpet a little - were really successful! We've built on that success further by launching two venues for other land owners in the last 12 months, both securing wedding bookings in their first month of operation.

 We're here to support you on your journey.

We offer a range of services and support to venue owners. Our consultancy packages are always bespoke,  tailored to where you are in your wedding venue journey

We know how important it is for venue owners to retain visibility and control. Our ultimate aim is to empower you run your outdoor venue effectively, providing you with the knowledge, tools and confidence to do so.

1.png

We start with a free get-together to see the site, understand your ideas, discuss how I can help with and give you the full lowdown from a venue owner perspective. That's really important because we want you to go in eyes wide open, especially if your venue is part of your home.

When you've made the exciting decision to go for it we'll work hands-on as part of your team and then transition responsibility over the coming months.

We know some venue owners choose not to be hands-on with running the venue, in which case we can recommend options for ongoing support.

2.png

Whether you're looking for support with your social media platforms, reviewing and updating procedures, re-branding, enquiries or managing events just arrange a free call with us and we can talk about ways we can help!

What we typically do, for venues existing and new

  • Brand identity & collateral

  • Website creation

  • Social media management

  • Directory listings

  • Site layout & logistics advice

  • Pricing and package modelling

  • Supplier recommendations and introductions

  • Open days and styled shoots

  • Enquiry management

  • Site visits and couple consultations

  • Sales style and coaching

  • Contract to sales process

  • Operating procedures & assets

  • License, planning and best practice guidance

  • Partnered planning and event management 

i-jnmVzkn-X3.jpg
Copy of gallery (4).png

Back garden to award winning wedding venue, fully booked for 2 seasons within 5 months of launch

In 2015 I bought an 18th century farmhouse in Bedfordshire with 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens, orchard and meadows. The prior owners had dedicated their retirement to the grounds and they were crying out to be shared. After hosting a housewarming event the overwhelming feedback aligned to my thinking - what a great place to get married. Some good friends were keen to do just that, providing me the opportunity to test the business model, so after planning their wedding in exchange for use of their photos the venue was launched

wNlwatvw.jpeg
  • August - first 'friendly' wedding

  • September - venue launched and marketed

  • October - first booking secured

  • February - two years' weddings fully booked

  • November - winner of highly commended best newcomer at the four counties wedding awards

Venue Timeline

We received broad praise from numerous industry colleagues regarding the speed of our success and won an award from the first season of trading. Whilst the grounds were gorgeous in summer all site visits were held across winter, requiring a creative flair and honed sales technique to help couples visualise and buy in to how they could bring to life a stunning and unique wedding in a bare field.

It was equally important that we knew the business of weddings and from the get-go were able to gain confidence and build rapport with our couples, give valuable advice and offer to support them further through planning and event management, making us an integral cog in their journey. We showed how much we genuinely cared about their weddings and they felt that, aiding our success. We can help you strive for the same success.

A little bit more about me

Outside the wedding world I've had a successful corporate career honing leadership, delivery, sales, project and relationship management skills. A 33 I was the youngest member of the European Board of a global company, responsible for the work of 300 people to over 90 of the world's most recognised brands. In 2018 I decided I wanted a better work/life balance but my corporate career was fundamental in developing the skills and work ethic that I apply to the things I'm truly passionate about in the wedding industry. 

I thrive off people - building relationships, collaborating and motivating everyone to do their best. I like solving problems and celebrating success. I like organisation - creating lists...and ticking things off them! I like working hard but always having fun, bringing energy, passion and drive. 

And when I'm done with all of that I like a large glass of good wine, socialising, long walks, good food, flowers - growing and arranging them, big adventures in my partner's classic land rover, small adventures with my young nephews and BBQs in the garden. And laughing as much as possible!

Think I might be able to help, or just interested to have a chat and find out more? I'd love to hear from you

hello@fieldsandfestoons.co.uk

07850 346144