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It can feel like every venue has a marquee offer so how do you choose between them? Well there are marquees and then there are marquees in beautiful surrounds - Flaxbourne Gardens is one of those that fits that final point. Here's why you should consider it amongst your top options for a marquee wedding.
Flaxbourne Gardens is situated near Aspley Guise on the Beds/Bucks border, not too far from junction 13 of the M1. It's rural setting next to a farm gives little away about what's in store from the main road, but once inside you'll be amazed at what has been created. This is a marquee venue unlike any other you'll find.
After what has felt like a long old slog, they finally achieved licensed ceremony venue status, a hugely positive step, earlier this year. So now you can do your whole day at the venue. And you'll want to make the most of every moment at this venue, so this is a fantastic addition to their offer.
Their gardens are the 'piece de resistance' here, and the gardening team take a great deal of pride in their seasonal flowerbeds and manicured lawns but it's the folly's and focal points that have been created by the owners that make this a truly unique venue. From the miniature windmill to the hermits cave, arches and bridges, and even a mini moated castle, you'll not find anything else like it on this scale. You have so many possible locations to chose from for your photos that it's pretty safe to say that you're spoilt for choice. At the very least you can call it whimsical but stunning, and yes maybe just a little bit odd, but you won't be disappointed, and you won't run out of views to chose from.
Accommodating up to 300 people maximum in a mix of seated and standing for a party, or up to 100 people for a ceremony, it's a good size. Calling this venue 'Outdoor' pretty much covers it so be weather ready, and you could bring in a celebrant if you wanted a non-legal but more fun ceremony in your exact choice of location on the grounds. Food options are flexible, you can bring in your own catering if you really want to (for a fee) but Paul Linden Catering is fantastic; canapes or sit down meals, to the most exquisite desserts. Just take a look at the menus on the website, you should find something that appeals, and I can vouch for how tasty it is.
Food and drink prices are very reasonable for their offer. The venue hire prices might appear a bit confusing but if you're looking for a great deal here the value you get with an early in the week date is amazing. You have to bear in mind there are a limited number of weeks each year that this venue is available for use so their hire fee may seem a little higher than other more traditional marquee offerings, but this is not your traditional wedding marquee offer. AND they offer payment plans, so you don't have to pay huge amounts in one go like you do at other venues.
Yes, the gardens are only available seasonally but that's to your benefit, you'll not get the gardens at their best at wilder wetter times of the year. And yes it's rural with no accommodation, but don't let that stop you from taking a look.