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How to work with our team to make your wedding planning easier

We all know that planning a wedding can be stressful. There are so many things to think about and lots of decisions to make. Here at Brookfield Barn, we want to ensure your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible. That’s why we pride ourselves on having a dedicated team of experts that will work with you to make sure your day goes off without a hitch!

We want to make wedding planning easier for you

Every member of our team is passionate about weddings. We are committed to delivering world-class experiences for all of our couples and their loved ones. From our General Manager, James, to the casual bar staff, everyone at Brookfield Barn is here to bring your vision to life and enable you to have a fantastic day where you feel totally relaxed.

In the run up to your wedding, our team are always on hand to chat with you and answer any questions you may have. We highly recommend that you collaborate closely with them throughout the planning process as their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to you! The team know the ins and outs of Brookfield Barn and exactly what it means to run a successful Sussex wedding venue. They’ll also be able to chat through any exciting ideas you have and the logistics of how they would work here at Brookfield Barn.

Meet our wonderful team

As you arrive at Brookfield Barn you’ll meet our Show Round Executive, Karen and her assistant Carrie. They are responsible for organising all of our open events and show rounds, and will be on hand to chat you through any of your requests or questions before you book your wedding. Karen has an incredible relationship with our recommended suppliers so if you need someone to give you an unbiased opinion on which suppliers to choose she can help you with this.

Once you’ve fallen in love with Brookfield Barn and have signed on the dotted line, you will then be under the care of our Senior Events Managers, Anouskja and Annaëlle. This dynamic duo will get to know you really well over the months you spend planning the wedding and will be your main point of contact throughout the process. With over 20 years’ worth of wedding experience between the two of them, you are in very capable hands.

They’ll liaise directly with your suppliers and make sure everything is worked out to an exacting standard. They’ll also work with you, our head chef, Ian, and bar manager, Marc, to create a food and drink offer that’s absolutely everything you desire. We can make this fully bespoke to you and your partner, giving you a real sense of pride in the menu being served on your day.

Around 10 weeks before your wedding we will finalise our schedules and appoint one of the Senior Events Managers as your Front of House Director. They will then become your main point of contact for Brookfield Barn and will be familiar face on the day of your wedding, making sure everything runs perfectly.

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to host your wedding here at Brookfield Barn why not get in touch with us for more information.

Hear from the team themselves…

Annaëlle Bertrand, Senior Events Manager

What makes Brookfield Barn the perfect wedding venue?
Our beautiful barn overlooking the lake is such a picturesque setting for a wedding. The venue is so peaceful, I love being able to hear the sounds of nature. I love how we can offer so much flexibility to our couples, helping them bring their personality into their day.

What would be your best piece of advice for couples getting married at Brookfield Barn?
Always have a plan B! Whilst we have a beautiful outside ceremony space, we can’t control mother nature. Make sure you have some plans for how to dress the inside of the venue, too, just in the heavens decide to open!

What makes you so passionate about working in the wedding industry?
My first experience of the wedding industry was then I was just 13 years old! Since then, I’ve worked in wedding and event organisation for over five years. I’ve been at Brookfield Barn since August 2022. I absolutely love helping couples plan and organise their day, seeing it come to life is the best feeling!

Anouskja Atalay-Munro, Senior Event Manager

What makes Brookfield Barn the perfect wedding venue?
We’re lucky to have such an amazing team who are there to support couples as much or as little as they require. Some of our couples really feel as though they need a lot of support when planning their special day and with our wealth of experience, we can be as involved as much as you like, providing advice and encouragement along the way.

We also run your weddings on the day to ensure that all your fine details become a reality, from welcoming suppliers, to fluffing your wedding dress before you walk down the aisle, to organising your confetti shot.

I absolutely love our outside ceremony space – it’s so quiet and peaceful, definitely the perfect place to say ‘I do’! Our barn itself has been purpose-built with weddings in mind, meaning the day flows absolutely seamlessly.

What would be your best piece of advice for couples getting married at Brookfield Barn?
Intention. Every decision should be made intentionally, from the heart. Put your energy and focus into what you are passionate about and as long as your decisions are made purposefully, your wedding will be a true reflection of you both as a couple.

What makes you so passionate about working in the wedding industry?

Officially, it’s been nine years, however my mum is also in the industry so I’ve grown up helping her with weddings! I love love. I think weddings are an incredible opportunity for you to celebrate your love with your friends and family highlighting just how special you are. I feel very honoured to witness and be a part of such an exciting and special time for my couples, helping their wedding dreams become a reality.

Karen Austen, Show Round Executive

What makes Brookfield Barn the perfect wedding venue?
The beautiful views, the relaxed atmosphere and the ‘home away from home’ feeling that you get as soon as you walk through the doors.

What would be your best piece of advice for couples getting married at Brookfield Barn?
As the ceremony music beings to play you will get an overwhelming sensation of excitement and nervousness. My advice is when you both see each other for the first time, don’t worry about anyone else in the room just keep looking at one another and you will feel safe and at ease.

What makes you so passionate about working in the wedding industry?
I’ve only been in the wedding industry for a year now, but I love to meet excited couples and help them enjoy the wedding planning journey.

James Adamson, General Manager

What makes Brookfield Barn the perfect wedding venue?
The amazing views, the relaxed atmosphere of the venue and the discreet and friendly service provided by the team throughout.

What would be your best piece of advice for couples getting married at Brookfield Barn?
Don’t try to micro-manage the day! 50, 70, 130 guests will never behave the way you envisage, so there has to be flexibility factored into all your plans. We are experts at managing people and plans, so let us operate the day for you, that way you can enjoy your special day, enjoy a glass or three of fizz with your closest friends and family. It will be over all too quickly, stand back relax and enjoy, let us do the hard work!

What makes you so passionate about working in the wedding industry?
I have been organising and running events and parties for nearly 30 years, with my first wedding being 20 years ago. The thrill of a wedding is watching the guests faces, excitement on arrival, joy at the ceremony, indulgence when the food and drinks start to flow and then sheer pleasure when the music and dancing start in the evening.

Let Brookfield Barn capture your heart and imagination

Where glorious countryside meets breathtaking lakeside views. Where you can say ‘I do’ at the water’s edge and celebrate under enchanting oak beams. Private, peaceful and picturesque.

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