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Wedding FAQs

Q: Can we host a Civil Ceremony at the venue?
A: While our venue itself is not licensed for a Civil Ceremony, you can easily book your desired date, time, and registrar for your legal ceremony with the Berkshire registry office. If you prefer a ceremony with a celebrant, we are more than happy to accommodate this request as well.

Q: How long can we provisionally hold a date?
A: We understand the importance of making the right decision for your special day, and we're happy to offer a two-week provisional hold on your desired date without a deposit, giving you ample time to discuss and finalise your plans with family members.

Q: Is confetti allowed at the venue?
A: Yes, we welcome the use of bio-degradable or petal confetti for outdoor celebrations. However, we kindly request that confetti not be used inside the venue. Our team is always happy to discuss alternative ideas for creating unique photo opportunities, such as dry ice effects.

Q: Are fireworks permitted at the venue?
A: In consideration of the surrounding wildlife and residents, we regret to inform you that fireworks are not allowed at our venue.

Q: Can we bring in external catering?
A: While you are welcome to provide your own wedding cake, all other food and refreshments will be expertly prepared by our talented in-house catering team. Please ensure that your cake maker provides a list of allergens for all ingredients used.

Q: What time will our evening reception end?
A: On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the private bar will close at either midnight or 12:30 AM. On other nights, the curfew is midnight. The main hotel bar, however, may remain open for in-house guests at the discretion of the duty manager.

Q: Are there any décor restrictions?
A: For safety reasons, naked flames are not permitted at our venue, but LED candles make an excellent alternative. For any décor that requires height, an external supplier with public liability insurance must be present. You are welcome to drop off small items such as gifts and favours the day before your wedding, and our team will gladly set them out for you.

Q: Do you have a list of recommended suppliers?
A: We have fostered strong relationships with a selection of trusted suppliers, including venue stylists and photographers. You are welcome to use their services or choose your own. Please maintain a contact list for your suppliers, as we will coordinate with them to arrange setup times and other details.

Q: Is there sufficient parking available?
A: With over 200 complimentary parking spaces, there is ample room for you and your guests to park on-site.

Q: Are drones allowed at the venue?
A: Yes, drones are permitted, provided that their licensing and insurance are verified. We will also display a public notice in our reception area to inform hotel guests of drone usage.

Q: How will our belongings be handled at the end of the night?
A: Our team will securely store your belongings overnight, allowing you to collect them the following morning. Take your time to enjoy breakfast and bid farewell to your guests before collecting your items.

Q: Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
A: Absolutely! Our Head Chef will work closely with you to adapt your chosen menu to suit any dietary requirements or offer alternative options if necessary. You will also have the opportunity to attend a full menu tasting and sample the wines included in your package.

Q: What furniture and tableware are included in the package?
A: Our packages include tables, chairs, glassware, crockery, cutlery, as well as complimentary use of a cake stand, knife, and easels.

Q: Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, the majority of our function spaces and bedrooms are located on the ground floor. We also provide two accessible toilets and four accessible bedrooms.

Q: Can we prepare for the wedding at the venue on the morning of the event?
A: Certainly! If you choose to stay with us the night prior to your wedding, we will ensure you have the most suitable room to get ready in on your special day. There's no need to check out by 11 AM, as you can keep the room until you're ready to begin the ceremony or depart for the church. Additionally, our team will take care of transferring your packed luggage to the Wedding Suite for your convenience.