Is the wedding venue available for exclusive hire?
The Tythe Barn is an ‘exclusive use’ venue which means we only ever permit and host one event at a time. As a private, family run venue set on our family estate you will be the only couple getting married and the collection of barns, the grounds and our experienced team of staff will all be dedicated to looking after you and your guests for your entire event.
Are we able to hold a civil ceremony / civil partnership at The Tythe Barn?
Yes, we are licensed for up to 150 guests and can host both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Indoor ceremonies take place in our 14th Century stone barn beneath a canopy of fairy lights and gorgeous oak beams. Our outdoor ceremonies can take place on any day of the year, as long as the weather remains warm and dry and use the stunning barn grounds with it’s wonderful oak pergola and pretty garden path. Smaller and more intimate ceremonies can also take place in our Cowshed barn featuring beams, wood burners and fairy lights. We are also able to hold different types of ceremonies at the barn eg humanist
Who is the local Registrar?
The Oxfordshire Registration Service. They are contactable on Tel: 0345 241 2489
Can we have a Church wedding?
Yes. Next door to The Tythe Barn you will find our beautiful 12th Century village church – St. Mary’s church. You are welcome to contact our Vicar, the lovely Reverend Peter to discuss your wedding plans. If you do choose to get married in a church, you can then pop back to us at the barn via our ‘church gate’ for your reception, wedding breakfast and evening party. You also have the option to hold a civil ceremony with us at the barn followed by a blessing at the church and then return to us to enjoy the rest of your day.
Reverend Peter Wright Tel: 01869 572272
How many reception guests can be catered for?
Seating in the barn can be provided for up to 150 guests for the wedding breakfast, with capacity for 200 plus guests in the evening. Please count each person as a ‘bum on seat’ and place at the table regardless of age so babies in highchairs (we have seven highchairs) are counted as part of your total number of guests. Our tables are rectangular and seat 8 guests apart from the three window settings where the table can accommodate 9 guests. Round tables are not encouraged however if you would like to have round tables then we can hire them in for you at an additional cost. With round tables the maximum seating capacity in the barn is 110 guests.
Can we invite additional evening guests?
Whilst we can provide for 150 seated guests for your wedding breakfast, there’s room for 200 plus guests in the evening so evening guests are welcome to join you for drinks and dancing and to continue your celebrations.
What do we do about music and entertainment?
There are several options for music – the most popular is to hire a DJ or a live band. For DJ’s in particular, we have a designated company to look after you who have years of experience working alongside the barn and further details can be sent on to you. You can choose a live band to play at your wedding and the acoustics in the barn are fantastic. You are also welcome to put your own playlist together and we can play this through Spotify or you can plug in your own iPod for which we have a lighting and sound system available or, of course, you may choose to have a combination of all of the above.
Do you have a sound limiter?
Like most venues we do have a sound limiter in place. It is set at 87.5 decibels. Please don’t panic if this sounds completely alien to you, your wedding band or DJ will know exactly what this means. It’s simply a volume limit that they can play to, and most professional entertainers will be able to tailor the volume of their act to our venue’s limit.
What PA (public address) and sound system do you have available?
We have available a PA system, a roaming microphone and our Bose sound system both indoors and outdoors. These are available for you to use for your speeches as well as for certain elements of your evening entertainment however please ask the office for detailed information on the excellent PA & Sound System we have on-site.
Can we bring our own suppliers and/or decorations?
The barn provides you with a wonderful backdrop upon which you can style and decorate as you wish. We only ask that nothing is permanently attached so that anything you bring along or attach to the venue can be detached at the end of your day. We also have a very comprehensive list of ‘Recommended Suppliers’ to help you on your way but they are just that ‘recommended’ and you are more than welcome to select your own. Please do bear in mind however that many of the trusted suppliers on our list have been to the barn a number of times and therefore have built up a relationship and know the venue well. Having said that we are frequently impressed by new suppliers that visit the barn and as a result we welcome the fact that our list is always evolving. Link to Suppliers
Are fireworks/confetti allowed?
The Tythe Barn dates back to 1370 and has a beautiful thatched roof. Due to the potential risk, fireworks are therefore not allowed at the venue. Included in our venue hire are our iron candlesticks and real flame oil candles however we do also allow couples to bring their own candles to the venue – as long as the flame sits below the top of the candle holder. We only allow dried lavender and bubbles for those ‘confetti’ moments, both of which can be ordered through the venue.
What are the Changeover Plans for the different elements of our day, for eg from Ceremony to Reception Drinks?
At The Tythe Barn we have been hosting weddings since 1998 and have an extremely efficient and well-practiced process for the various ‘turnaround’ plans that need to take place during your wedding day. If your ceremony is indoors in the main barn and therefore followed later on by your wedding breakfast, we have our gorgeous Cowshed barn available for guests to enjoy their reception drinks and canapes. The Cowshed is an incredible space, with floor to ceiling glazing down one side, old beams wrapped in fairy lights, wood burner and a pizza oven. As you and your guests enjoy the reception in this barn overlooking our gardens, our experienced team of staff are well-briefed to efficiently turnaround the main barn for your meal and in no time at all the room will be ready for you and your guests to take your seat for the feast.
Is the venue warm?
We know all too well that our English weather can be a bit hit and miss! Much thought has gone into the superior systems for keeping our barns warm and the venue has advanced and bespoke heaters, underfloor heating, wood burners both indoors and outside, real flame effect fires and candles which together add both warmth and atmosphere and more than enough heat.
Do you have outdoor heaters?
We have outdoor wood burners for guests to keep warm, with snuggly blankets and sheepskin rugs. A great spot to sip that coffee martini following the wedding breakfast or indulge in our scrumptious ‘fireside Quesadillas’.
What happens if there is a power cut?
At The Tythe Barn we have invested in a diesel-powered generator so if the National Grid goes down, the generator automatically turns itself on, so we have you and the party covered!
Do you have accommodation on-site?
Whilst there is no accommodation for guests on site (we have our gorgeous Shepherd’s Hut for the wedding couple – please see below) there is plenty of superb accommodation nearby both in our local village, in Bicester town and in the surrounding countryside villages. With Bicester Village not too far away and the Cotswolds on our doorstep we are also fortunate enough to have quite a lot of ‘rather nice’ hotels, pubs with rooms and B&B’s who cater to a high standard but maintain that relaxed rural vibe. Our comprehensive accommodation list offers further details and with local taxi firms regularly travelling between our venue and local accommodation your guests will not have a problem getting to and from the wedding. Please see our Accommodation List for information.
The Shepherd’s Hut
The Shepherd’s Hut is our wonderful Wedding Suite tucked away on our estate and designed entirely for the couple on their wedding night. Complete with mini kitchen, en-suite, wood burner, luxury double bed and all the ‘home comforts’ you might expect for a luxurious stay, albeit in a quirky wooden hut on wheels. You can enjoy a private sleepover in The Shepherd’s Hut, with breakfast, for £175.00 and departure is usually around 10.30am the following morning.
Do you have a bridal Dressing Room?
Yes absolutely, you and your bridesmaids can make use of our superb preparation area The Nook which is a 1-minute walk from the main barn and overlooks our pretty gardens but is just hidden from view behind the garden’s stone wall. Allowing for total privacy and offering a real home from home experience, this interior designed space has huge mirrors, plenty of dedicated hanging space, tea, coffee and refreshment facilities and basically anything else you might want whilst you prepare for your day. The Nook comprises two large adjoining rooms, with an en-suite as well as a separate loo and offers plenty of space. It is available for an early start around 9am until later on in the evening and can be hired for £200. Frequently mentioned by our brides as one of the ‘highlights’ of their day, getting ready in The Nook enables brides to indulge in the morning’s preparations, surrounded by their dearest bridesmaids whilst being part of the buzz that envelopes the venue from the very start of their day.
Can we use our own caterers?
We fully understand that the catering plays a vital role throughout the course of your wedding day and as such we are passionate about delivering each element to a very high standard. With the award-winning Absolute Taste team as our in-house caterers, all of your food requirements are taken care of. Absolute Taste use the very best hand-picked produce available to create beautiful menus and inspire with a range of dishes created to complement your day. Couples are able to arrange tastings to sample dishes before confirming decisions on their menu selection. Absolute Taste can cater to all dietary requirements and are well-informed about the special conditions that may need to be in place regarding certain allergies. Please contact our office for more details and for a Menu brochure
What evening food options do you offer?
Following your wedding breakfast, service of tea and coffee, the fun and games of late afternoon and the arrival of your evening guests will soon mean it’s time to party. During this time your wedding guests will definitely be peckish again and at The Tythe barn we have a seriously good selection of options for your evening food. Why not add some theatre to your evening with the help of our pizza chefs and the drama of them creating delicious pizzas, in front of your guests, straight from our built-in pizza oven. If you’d rather base yourselves outside, ask us to get the outdoor wood burners lit and enjoy some fireside quesadillas whilst cosying up on one of our sheepskin rugs. Absolute Taste have a wonderful evening food menu for you to discover – for more details do ask for their Menu brochure
Is there a charge to cut the cake or to use the cake knife?
The Tythe Barn offers either our wonderful rustic log or more traditional silver cake stand for you to place your wedding cake on. Both of these are included in our venue hire – as is the knife.
Do you have a drinks’ list and do you charge corkage?
The Tythe Barn supplies all alcohol for your wedding day and has a comprehensive Wine and Drinks List. If you choose to supply your own wine for the day then we do charge a corkage fee. We also have a well-stocked bar with a good selection of wines, spirits, lagers, ale and soft drinks. We love to support local vineyards and distilleries and have a number of locally sourced and made Gins, Ales, wines and Champagnes on our shelves. Our bar accepts both cash and cards but not American Express.
Is parking available at the venue for guests?
The car park at The Tythe Barn has plenty of parking space for all guests, with space for 75 guests and the capacity to accommodate larger vehicles, such as a coach or bus. Cars can remain in the car park overnight until 10am the following morning.
When does the venue close?
This does depend on which day of the week your wedding is booked but for a weekend wedding The Tythe Barn contract allows couples and their guests to party on until midnight. You can discuss having an extension to your day. Just before midnight the bar will call last orders.
Do we need to tidy up after our wedding?
No, of course not! The tidying up of the venue once you and your guests have left is all part of what we do and we have a great system in place to gather all of your decoration and belongings from your day and safely store them away until you are ready to collect them the following day.
Do you have a wedding planning service or a point of contact?
With 20 plus years of experience helping you plan and organise your day is a key part of what we do. From your initial enquiry and first viewing right through to the days following your wedding (and often beyond that) we are there to support you. By phone, via email and whenever you arrange to visit us our dedicated team are here for you. A fundamental part of our planning process is the in-depth meeting we hold with all our couples in the months leading up to your day during which all elements of your day and the timings will come to fruition. We are always there for you should you wish to make any adjustments following this meeting – indeed minor tweaks can be made right up until the week of your wedding.
Are you flexible with the timings and structure of the day if we don’t want a traditional wedding?
Yes. We would like to help you have the wedding day that you have dreamed of and fully appreciate that each couple have different ideas for how their day will be. We help you create a completely bespoke wedding day that fits in with your own plans and wishes and where we feel it may be beneficial to you both, we may step in to make a few tweaks or to offer some guidance and advice.
Will we have someone to run our day?
At the Run Through meeting, if you haven’t already done so, you will meet with your Function Manager who will look after you and your guests at your wedding, will run your day, coordinate our experienced team of staff and make sure everything goes smoothly. Did you know we were presented with the ‘Best Customer Service’ award by our couples and the Guides for Brides team?
Can we come and visit the venue?
We would love to show you around and offer private viewings of the venue throughout the week and at certain times during the weekend. As The Tythe Barn is set on our family farm we ask couples to arrange an appointment prior to their showround. To arrange a visit please give us a call on 01869 321442 or by email [email protected] or via our website www.thetythebarn.co.uk
If we love the venue can we hold a date?
We allow couples who have visited the barn for a viewing and are seriously considering The Tythe Barn as the venue for their wedding to place a ‘note of interest’ on a date. This gives couples time to consider their options, is free of charge and will be in place for 10 working days. Whilst a NOI is in place, no other booking can be made on that date.
How much will the initial deposit be and when is the final payment due?
To secure your booking at The Tythe Barn we ask you to put down a deposit for 50% of the venue hire. Your remaining balance will not be due until 2 months before your wedding day.
Are there any extra charges for staff, the set up or cleaning?
Most weddings at The Tythe Barn do not incur any extra costs and the cleaning, the preparations for your day, running of your wedding and the clearing away of your decorations at the end of your day are all part of the service we offer. On some occasions, if the preparations or service for a wedding require additional manpower there may be a small additional cost to cover extra members of staff. This is always discussed beforehand.
Should we get insurance?
Couples invest a considerable amount of money into their wedding day and we always advise looking into the various insurance policies on offer. On rare occasions couples can be faced with unforeseeable circumstances or may find they need to cancel their wedding. Wedding insurance isn’t just about a change of heart, it’s about making sure you’re not left out of pocket if something goes wrong and we suggest that it may well be worth considering wedding insurance which can offer peace of mind in case of something unexpected.
Do You Have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes, we do.
Do You Have Disabled Access?
Yes, we have access and toilets for disabled and elderly guests.
How much does it cost to hire The Tythe Barn?
Venue Hire prices range from £3,400 to £7,500 including VAT and are subject to availability.
What is provided within the venue hire cost?
Generally, the venue hire cost covers exclusive hire of the venue from 10am until midnight, with extensions available on request at an additional cost. Our guidance, support and advice with all aspects of your wedding planning are included (as mentioned previously) and a Function Manager will be on hand to run your day. Tables, comfortable leather chairs, highchairs, candlesticks, candles and tealights, Bose PA system for background music, microphone and stand, dancefloor, private changing room within our reception area with en-suite facilities, band changing room, lounge area for use as a creche, mood lighting throughout the venue and garden festoon bulbs, garden furniture, deckchairs and picnic blankets, helicopter landing site, car parking for 75 cars, back-up generator and defibrillator are amongst some, but not all, of the things included in our venue hire fee.
Where is The Tythe Barn?
The Tythe Barn is on our working family farm in the Oxfordshire village of Launton. We are on the doorstep of the gorgeous Cotswolds and surrounded by many typically English country villages worth a visit if you are popping by to see us at the barn.
Where can we find reviews of The Tythe Barn?
We have a number of testimonials from couples on our website and receive many wonderful thank you cards from both our couples and guests alike which we would be happy to share with you. The reviews and feedback we receive can also be found on various popular wedding directories, including www.hitched.co.uk, www.cocoweddingvenues.co.uk and Guides for Brides.
Is The Tythe Barn a ‘green’ wedding venue?
At The Tythe Barn we are aware of our responsibility towards the environment and have made a number of efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and give back to the local community that we’re so much a part of. Conscious about trying to recycle as many materials as possible, from our office paper to our wasted food products we’re dedicated to a more sustainable way of working. This approach is a fundamental part of how we operate at the barn and we hope to demonstrate that we can combine being greener, more socially responsible and environmentally friendly with the running of a successful business. For further information please refer to our brochure.
What is your response to Covid-19?
We appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and there is a certain degree of uncertainty about what lies ahead. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can at The Tythe Barn to try and keep things running as normally as possible but this is an evolving situation and we will be following and adapting to any guidelines and measures that are put in place by the Government that directly relate to wedding venues. At the time of writing The Tythe Barn is unable to host weddings due to the present government restrictions in place however we do look forward to and hope that we will be able to open our doors to our couples and their guests very soon. We appreciate your understanding and co-operation as we all try to navigate our way through these challenging times.