Less than a week to go.. A few final things to say!

Hello everyone! With just 5 days until our big day, we thought we’d write one final update ahead of the event …

First of all, we might be a little stressed at the moment, but we’re also soo excited. We can’t wait to see everyone at the weekend. Thanks so much to those who’ve been in touch to offer support and those who’ve already had a look at our giftlist as well! Everyone is awesome. OK then, a few things to mention as said!


Campers and Glampers! Or those planning to? Read this!

Well – I hope if you’re planning to Glamp or Camp, you’ve already booked it! Especially the glampers! There’s really not long to go now!! You might be able to get a booking confirmed TODAY but act fast if this applies to anyone?

1But to everyone who is planning to camp or glamp, we just want to let you know about arrival times.

People are very welcome to arrive and set up on SATURDAY, From 10:30, to set up their tents if camping, or to ‘check in’ to their bell tents if glamping ! The ceremony is at 13:00.  We’ll have some welcome drinks from 12:00, so if you can set up by then, you get to take that in. Seating for the ceremony is at 12:45 sharp, so don’t be late! If you’re glamping, check in is easy, find tent, put stuff in tent. Come have a drink! If camping though, this is the best time to get your tents set up (Unless you want to do it during the reception?!?) so get it sorted, so you can relax :-)If it helps, we don’t mind if people who have booked in turn up Friday evening! From 20:00. I can’t promise you’ll see much of us at all, but it the bell tents are there, the pitches are open, and if this works better for you – it’s fine by us! Hate to say though, our bar won’t be open, so bring a can or two if you like… Oh, and you must must must let us know if you plan to do this! Send dave an email… dave@davehayward.co.uk. Thanks!

Bar? That brings us on nicely to..


The Bar and our BYOB policy!

Just so you know, we’ve got good Beer! And mixers, and softs. You might have seen our running order, it drops the hint that for a period, there’ll be free pour beer! Awesome! As well as for the meal, for our ‘Hoppy Hour’ everything will be free! Excellent. Outside of those hours, we’ll be running a cash bar. Don’t worry. It’s heavily subsidised by us and super cheap… Here’s an idea of how cheap:

09f003faa862b155bb33cd10f45861b3Beer £2/pint, £1/half.

Shots £1/each.

Wine £2/ large glass.

Softs £0.30 each…


Why do we tell you this? Well – we know a bunch of people will want to bring their own booze, either for consumption once our bar has to unfortunately close at 01:00, or because they just have a favourite tipple. That’s fine from 21:00 on Saturday, and all day Sunday, but our cash bar has great beer, as well as Gin, Whiskey, cider, and soft drinks – and if the Beer isn’t drunk, it gets poured down the drains at the end of the weekend. That’d be a shame…

The other reason we bring it up, is to remind you – cash means cash! Cash is king! Our bar in the middle of a field in the middle of a farm, doesn’t take credit cards!!! So please bring some money along! I know, so 20th Century…

Glampers! Hello again! Will you have a bed to sleep in?

973a9776a98e2b527d8abb30c1b10169-bell-tent-glampingOne thing we’re terrified of is someone having booked Glamping, and end up finding out they’ve not a bed to sleep in within the tent. Paranoid? Probably.. But as a note: The £140 fee covers setup and take down of your tent, which is available Saturday and Sunday, and Friday by prior request.

Barrie who runs the tents charges £20 extra for an airbed, and £20 extra again for the bedding. If you’ve not paid either of those, you won’t get them. Of course – bring your own if you like, you can park a few meters from the tents, but if you’ve not planned for this – please now do! Contact dave if any questions…

You can also contact Barrie directly on 07767347050 if you want to add something in to an existing order.


But we’re certain this is just Dave being paranoid and that this is all catered for!!




See you on Saturday

cheers-beer-yogaThat’s it! We’re super excited. See you on Saturday!!!!!





All the best,
Dave and Naomi xxx

8 week countdown: Sunday news, accommodation bookings due and views on the giftlist. Oh! And Frockery!

‘ello all!

With just 7 weeks to go until our wedding it’s time for a multifaceted update!

Sunday Needs!


Well, being less than an expert at planning a wedding, it’s dawned on me that I may have made a most grievous, egregious even, error on the RSVP forms everyone has lovingly filled out. That is – everyone who’s attending Sunday: We’ve no idea if you’re back for Breakfast Sunday morning or not.

If you’re in a Hotel – it makes sense that you may not be, but I don’t have numbers for that! So this needs ironing out sharpish. After all, Bacon is at stake here…

So there is now – a unique and exciting – breakfast button! The link is here:

Breakfast Button!

Well I’m glad that’s out of the way!


Accommodation Bookings!


Next up! And a little less complicated… If you’ve not yet told us you’re camping in your own tent, could you do so as soon as possible by booking in?  This will ‘bag’ you (You’ll see what I did there in a second) some water, a Torch, some freshening up wipes and a bin bag! Exciting news! If we don’t know about you, we won’t have one for you. So do please book in if this is you!

Oh, and if you haven’t booked a Tipi yet but do plan to, what on earth are you waiting for? Barry has warned us that he’s not got many left… Make it so!

As an aside, the Hotels in the area are becoming quite light on rooms, what with the ‘fest being the same weekend as a Jamie Oliver food thingy, and Towersey festival. So if you’re planning a Hotel booking, please don’t leave it too late! A list of Hotels is on the accommodation section of the website.


Our HoneyFund page is now live!


Next then, thank you so much again to everyone who has RSVP’d. If you have, you’ll possibly also be aware of our Giftlist page, which was set to go live on the 1st of July.

For those who are wishing to very kindly give us something: This has now been put live, so if you want to have a look at the kind of misadventures you can send us on – feel free to mosey over!  As an aside, if you don’t like any of our thoughts on the matter there is also a gift voucher option, which gives you the chance to tell us what to spend your generous gifts on. If at all possible we’ll do as you say, and gather pictorial evidence of the same, so here’s your chance to see Dave even more embarrassed than he will be whilst trying to give a Speech…

HoneyFund: http://wedding.davehayward.co.uk/giftlist 


A Frocking Good Time!

1f894dcb-be74-4e07-8ecf-93b18b29d631One thing we’ve been asked a bunch of times is, it’s an outdoor wedding in a field! What should we wear?

Our advice is this:

The wedding party will be in traditional wedding fair; smart (As smart as Dave can get)! Blokes in shirts and trousers, woman in dresses, traditional wedding! But! All we ask of all of our guests is to ‘dress to impress’. No blue jeans or trainers!  So trousers, dresses, shirts, that kind of thing. You can always dress down a little later on.

Dave has tried to have special words with his Dad about wearing camouflage or having more than 10 holes in his jumper. Only time will tell.

A final thing here, is shoes! As a mostly outdoor event on grass, Stilletos are not highly recommended. Wider heeled high heels will be fine unless it’s torrential rain (Here’s hoping… Err… Not)..

OK then!

Open Mic Sunday


On Sunday, for a few hours across the afternoon – we’ll be running an open mic / jam session. Got an instrument you would like to bring along? Do so! We’ve got a 12 channel mixer and 4 mics as things stand, so acoustic or electric there’s cover. It sounds like we’re going to have drums, a couple of guitars, maybe even some keys. There’s a few talented musicians across our friends, so whilst those less of a mind drink plenty of our remaining beer supplies, this is a chance for a jam.

If you’ve any questions about this, what to bring, what we might need, drop Naomi an email, whatsapp, etc. It’s her gig, so to speak.

Dave wants to intersperse this session with 2 themed playlists,  “Davestock” and “Ravey Dave’s Rave Hour” respectively. So far, he isn’t allowed…




And finally…


I know what anyone who’s ever worked with Dave is thinking: “By Christ does that guy ramble on in an email!” And you’re probably right! So thanks for sticking with this, thanks for attending our wedding in advance, and thanks so much full stop for being a part of our lives and wanting to share this day with us. See you on the day, but more importantly thereafter in the bar and on the dancefloor! Oh! And on that, some of the song choices have been truly ridiculous. You know who you people are! But we’ll do what we can to accommodate ‘many’ of them..
See you on August 26th from 12:00!

Dave and Naomi

A note on Loos!

You might be wondering, if we’re in a field, what’s the deal with facilities??
Whilst not the most glamorous aspect of a wedding, we did just want to let people know – especially those considering camping/glamping, that we have their needs met!!

At the event itself …

We will have a 2+1 luxury unit, suitable for up to 200 people, with hot running water, mirrors and lights…

2+1 Luxury toilet

In the glamping field ..


We intend to additionally have (Even though it’s only about a 3 minute walk to the other loo! ) closer facilities to hand for those who’ve had one beer to many and find themselves with a middle-of-the-night need!


portable toilets


So worry not, and get your glamping booked!

Dave and Naomi x

Almost about to invite you all!

Well, after a painstaking evening of several beers, we’ve pretty much finished this little site and have our draft invite ready to go out as well! Now all’s to do is get them printed, and hopefully we’ll start seeing some RSVPs in sooner rather than later!

Looking forward to it already…


Brewery Dilemma!

It’s a hard life having so many brilliant local Breweries around us …

With less than a year to go, clearly the most important logistical decision we have is to determine who is bringing us our Kegs of Beer!

So in the last few months, and the next few months, and the few months after that – we’ve been touring local breweries. There are options in Thame, Marlow, Windsor and Henley – some of you might be able to guess where in Henley – and have started thinking about just how much stock we might need.

…There are probably more stressful aspects of wedding planning, more important decisions, but I personally feel that getting this one exactly right really is key…