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The beautiful Southend Barns

The beautiful Southend Barns

Our Toast acts are frequent visitors to many of the gorgeous venues in our Sussex area, but one name which often pops up when we meet brides and grooms-to-be is the beautiful Chichester based venue Southend Barns

This dreamy barn is perfectly set up for our musicians with a dedicated stage area for bands and professional level sound facilities. The enclosed courtyard layout of the buildings also gives couples great flexibility to have multiple acts and entertainment scattered throughout their big day. 

Over the years we have seen brides and grooms use the various spaces available at Southend Barns to great effect, keeping guests entertained during photos, creating blissful ambience during reception drinks and hosting the perfect dance party during the evening reception. So, in honour of this beautiful and diverse venue, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, we have rounded up some of our favourite entertainment ideas to inspire all of you Southend Barns brides and grooms-to-be.

The Dairy Barn

Set the scene and welcome family and friends to your big day with an atmospheric string quartet nestled in the corner of this stunning ceremonies barn. Once everyone has settled, your musician is already in the ideal position to time your chosen piece perfectly to your ascent up the 22-foot aisle.

Popular choices for ceremony music include our elegant Toast String Quartet, our talented harpist Sally and the quirky but classic Chapel Hill

The Collecting Yard and Gardens

Located at the front of the barns, the beautiful and sheltered Collecting Yard is the perfect spot to set up your post ceremony entertainment. Whatever the weather guests can safely enjoy the stunning landscaped gardens and have a glass of champagne whilst listening to the elegant sounds of Amy Bee or acoustic guitarist Dave Smith. During the warmer months couples also like to take advantage of the lawn area opting for a vintage vibe with Thoroughly Modern Millie or the ever-popular duo Tea for Two

The gardens also provide the ideal space for some non-musical entertainment. Why not entertain family and friends with our talented Caricaturist or choose one of our close up magicians to mingle with guests and bring a little magic to your pre-dinner drinks. 

The Threshing Barn

Once the wedding breakfast is over and everyone is buzzing after a good meal and a glass or two of fizz, it is time to bring in the big guns and get the party started! The in-demand Deloreans are a fantastic way to kick start the evening celebrations or if you are after an old school vibe why not try the fabulous Vintage Beats? Follow your party band of choice with one of our experienced Toast DJs and you will keep your guests dancing all night. 

The Final Touches

Wedding decor is all about the detail. The beamed beauty of Southend Barns looks stunning with a touch of light illuminating its 200-year-old features. Our Love Letters offer the perfect way to achieve this and are available to hire in a range of 4ft, 5ft or 6ft options. 

The spacious barn also allows plenty of room to experiment with different dance floor options. From glistening light up dance floors to glossy white options, we have something to suit every taste. 

Finally, your outside entertainment needn’t slow down just because the sun has set. Our incredible Fire Performers are a sure-fire way to wow your guests and ensure your big day goes down in wedding history!


Southend Barns Photo Credit: Bumble and Brown

Posted 29 September 2017 by Rachel Soothill

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