Following on from their success winning The Wedding Industry Awards ‘Best Wedding Industry Website 2016’ we caught up with the team from The Tythe Barn and had a quick chat about their success.
Q: What do you do?
A: We are a 14th Century barn wedding venue in rural Oxfordshire.
Q: What was your business idea?
A: Initially to make use and bring back to life a redundant lambing barn on our family working farm by restoring it and opening it up for events
Q: Why did you want to do this?
A: To bring the beautiful building back to life, give it back a purpose and not allow it to become an un-used ruin.
Q: What were you doing before?
A: It’s a family farm and Will had worked on the farm alongside his dad and brothers. In the late ’90’s Will had been developing his personal training business and realised something needed to be done with the barn. He had initially had thoughts that the barn could become a gym.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Since 1998.
Q: How long have you advertised with GfB?
A: Advertising with Guides For Brides has worked well for us as a venue – hence why we continue to do so many years down the line! As an advertiser we feel very looked after and constantly kept in the loop with how we can improve upon our advertising and Social Media accounts and increase our exposure. Great value for money!
Q: What has been your biggest lesson learnt?
A: To be guided by your instincts and to stick with them.
Q: What has been your biggest success?
A: We won Best Countryside Wedding Venue’ of the year in London and the South East 2 years running (2015/2016) and (as you know…) the best Wedding Industry Website’ 2016 – we are incredibly proud of that! Having Jamie Oliver’s catering team asking us if we would have them as our in-house caterer was very flattering and encouraging too.
Q: What would be your biggest tip to anyone looking to start a wedding business?
A: Give it a go – we love it but to give it careful consideration…..it is hard work and is definitely not a 9am -5pm job as your weekdays, evenings and weekends are go, go, go!
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