Venue Dressing Guidelines

Planning Your Perfect Day

Bring Your Vision To Life

We love working with incredible wedding suppliers to help bring your vision to life. Here are a few guidelines on what we do and don’t allow at Hanbury Barns Wedding Venue. Don't hesistate to get in touch if you’d like to discuss any creative ideas you have before your big day. 

If you’ve got an idea for something and you’re unsure of whether we’ll allow it or not, just ask us. We’ll always try to be as accommodating as possible to ensure you have the Best Day Ever.

Come And Visit Us

We’re a stylish and rustic barn wedding venue; if you’d like to come and visit us so that you can get a better idea of what works in the venue and what doesn't, then get in touch. We'll book you in for an appointment and gladly show you around our beautiful barns.

We don’t want to limit your imagination and creativity but there are a few things we don’t allow at Hanbury Barns.

Read on to learn more about the do's and don'ts.

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Candles - What We Allow

We allow tealights in small glass holders or votives.

Top Tip – Please provide long burning tealights that last for 8 hours so that they only have to be refreshed once, if at all.

Church style candles are also fine, as long as they’re inside a hurricane lamp, and weighed down with sand or something that will stop them falling over.

Candles - What We Don't Allow

Candelabra type candles tend to be unsuitable but can be used with LED candles if necessary.

Real candles can NOT be used at all in the venue if there is any pampas grass used in your decorations.

Please bear in mind that the registrars do not allow lit candles on the signing table due to the presence of legal documents.

LED Candles or Battery Powered Fairy Lights are a great alternative to a naked flame, as pictured.

Sparklers at Hanbury Barns

If you're planning on doing a beautiful ‘sparkler shot’ please ensure that you chat this through with the Events Team at your earliest convenience.

We allow sparklers to be lit in the Country Courtyard. Please do not light sparklers anywhere else at the venue.

You’ll need to supply the sparklers, plenty of lighters and a bucket of sand for extinguishing them after the shot.

Please avoid supplying sparklers as a ‘favour’ on the table. It's also always a good idea to designate a sensible (and sober!) guest to manage the sparkler shot.


We love seeing all the artistic floral displays created for weddings. If you’re supplying flowers for a wedding at Hanbury Barns you can do so from 10am on the wedding day. The Events Team will be onsite to greet you and to show you where to place any floral arrangments and centrepieces.

We’ve got a cool and dry place to store any buttonholes and bridal bouquets.

Please be aware that we do not have a suitable area for you to arrange flowers onsite, we expect you to deliver finished pieces.

Floral Archways and Large Displays

If you’re supplying a floral archway or any other large decorative items such as vintage cycles, pallets, decorative step ladders, wheelbarrows…please be aware that we will carefully move these items into storage at the end of the night.

If you’ve hired these items out to the couple and would prefer to come back and dismantle them yourself, please get in touch to arrange collection at midnight on the night of the wedding.

Drop Off and Collect Your Items

Wedding suppliers can arrive from 10am on the wedding day with the couple’s exclusive use starting at 11am.

If you're a florist or venue dresser who has arranged to collect your smaller items (vases, cake stands) the next day, collection is at 8am.

All other items belonging to the couple must be collected before 9.30am the morning after the wedding. We unfortunately can't store items for any longer periods of time.

We don't allow...

Due to our countryside location we do not allow Chinese Lanterns or Balloon Releases (We like happy farm animals and wildlife!)

Fireworks are not allowed.

Hay Bales are not allowed.

We provide all the furniture at Hanbury Barns and we don’t allow other furniture to be used.

Chair Sashes & Bunting

We cannot fix chair sashes in place due to the amount of time it takes on the morning of the wedding. However, we have some amazing Venue Dressers on our Handpicked Suppliers List who can supply and fit your chair sashes from 10am on the big day.

Bunting and fairy lighting should be made/ordered to the correct sizes, and supplied untangled with setup instructions ready to hang .