Frequently asked questionsYour Wedding Questions Answered
Your Wedding Questions Answered
When and how do I decide on what I want for my Wedding Breakfast?
You will be given the current Wedding Menu’s approximately 6 months prior to your wedding day, to enable you to choose which dishes would be perfect for your wedding breakfast.
What if I have vegetarian guests or guests with dietary requirements?
We have separate vegetarian options to select from. We ask that you choose one option for all vegetarian guests.
We can cater for all special dietary requirements that we are made aware of.
Can I have a Menu Tasting?
Menu Tastings are included within the Gold Package. If you book on the Bronze or Silver Package, then you can still have a Menu Tasting to sample the wedding breakfast food at an additional £45 per person.
When do I need to decide on what option I want for the evening?
I would need to know what you have chosen before your final invoice is due, please let me know at our final details meeting which will take place a minimum of four weeks in advance of your wedding.
Can I bring my wedding cake to the hotel before my wedding day?
Your wedding cake must be delivered on the morning of the wedding as we are unable to store it on site.
Can you cut up my wedding cake and serve in the evening?
Yes of course. We can also provide side plates and napkins for your guests. The cake will be cut up as per your instructions and served on sharing platters.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
You are required to use our cash bar for your wedding. You are able to provide your own alcohol for other parts of the day, however there is a corkage charge attached to this. Please ask for more details.
I do not want the wine that you have included in my package, can I change it?
Yes, you may choose an alternative wine from our wine list, we would then add any extra charge onto your final balance.
Can I add more Prosecco/table wine to my package?
Yes, as long as you let me know before your final invoice is due. A minimum of four weeks in advance.
Can I offer my guests a free bar?
Yes, you would need to pre-pay your tab the day prior to your wedding. You are welcome to ‘up’ the limit on the day, but a pre-payment on the day is needed.
What time is your bar license until?
12 o’clock midnight.
How many bedrooms do you have?
We have 23 bedrooms including your bridal suite.
How many rooms would I need to commit too for exclusive use?
We ask that you take a minimum of 22 out of the 23 rooms on the night of your wedding unless agreed otherwise (Please check your contract if an alternative number of rooms have been agreed).
How much are the rooms on my wedding night?
We offer one rate for all rooms of £125.00 which is based on two sharing, bed and breakfast. There is no reduction for single occupancy. Additional guests are charged at £25.00 per child, and £35.00 per adult, bed and breakfast.
Can my guests stay for more than one night?
Yes, subject to availability, the prices of extra nights are charged at the current rate at the time of booking. Please see our recommendation list if we are fully booked.
How do my guests book bedrooms?
Your guests would need to contact our reservations team directly to make a bedroom booking. Your guests would need to quote your name and the date of your wedding. We would require all guest’s details including credit/debit card details to confirm the booking, however payment would not be due until check in.
What time can my guests check in, and what time is check out?
Checking in is from 2.30pm. We understand that your guests may want to check in early, our house keeping team work very hard to service rooms as quickly as possible, so guests can arrive early. Please let us know if there is anyone specific who requires an early check in. Check out time is 11.00am.
What do we need to do about music?
You will need to organise your evening entertainment, we have a list of our preferred suppliers available to you.
What time can my DJ/band play until?
12 o’clock midnight.
Do you provide music for the ceremony and drinks reception?
If you are having your ceremony here, you would need to provide us with your choice of music that we will play during the ceremony. We would like the music to be provided on an iPod/mp3 player/ tablet device with play lists for;
Bride entrance, Signing of the register, Bride and groom exit
We can provide background music for the drinks reception and background music for the marquee, unless you wanted to bring your own choice of music.
When would I need to give you my choice of music?
Please bring your music with you when you attend the final details meeting, as I would like to do a practice test with you. You would then need to give me the device the day before or on the morning of your wedding as I appreciate that you may be using your personal phone for the music.
Setting up and decorations
When can I set up the marquee / ceremony room?
Providing we do not have an event the day prior to your wedding, we will aim to have the marquee table layout ready for you to decorate the day prior. If we do have an event taking place the day before, then the marquee will be ready for you to decorate on the morning of your wedding, from 7am.
Any decorating for the ceremony room would need to be organised by you or someone else in your party on the morning of your wedding after all the guests have left the restaurant from having breakfast. This is usually from 11am onwards.
Can I bring lawn games?
Yes, just let me know what you are bringing so we can advise you where is best for you to set them up.
Do you allow candles in the ceremony room?
Yes, but not on the register table as some registrars have particular rules regarding candles.
Floor Plan and Dimensions
How big is the marquee?
12 meters long x 9 meters wide
What style tables are there?
Round tables or vintage trestle tables.
How many guests can you seat on round tables?
90 guests, with a long top table.
How many guests can you seat on the vintage trestle tables?
Can you arrange my flowers?
No – but we do have a recommended supplier who works closely with the hotel.
Where are the most common areas for photos?
The Moonraker front lawn is great for photos, especially a group photo. The walled garden provides a great a space for photos and can be found next to the manor house. It is looked after by our gardener Adrian. If the weather is wet, then the Milking parlour is also great, especially in front of the open fire.
Can my photographer come and have a look around the venue before my wedding?
Yes, we recommend that your photographer has a look around before your wedding. Please check with me that we do not have any events taking place on the date your photographer would like to come.
When do I need to make payments for my wedding?
When you receive your signed contract, you will also receive a payment schedule which will detail how much and when your payments are due.
My guest list number has increased / decreased, when do I need to let you know?
I would need to know your final guest list number at our final details meeting, before your final invoice is due. Your final invoice would then be adjusted accordingly. See your contract for deadlines.
I would need a copy of your table plan 2 weeks prior to your wedding day, clearly highlighting where any children and anyone with dietary requirements are going to be sat. Please note, we will set the your table layout according to your plan, we also work out sizes of food platter from your plan, any changes that you make without letting me know, will cause problems and will affect your wedding breakfast service on the day.
Wedding meetings / Final details
Can I arrange to come in and see you to talk about plans I have or any questions I have?
My working hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am until 5pm each week.
When do you need to know all the details about my day?
You will be invited to the hotel to have a final planning meeting at approximately one month prior to your wedding. In this meeting we will go into detail about how your day will run and talk through any questions you or I may have. You would need to complete your wedding function sheet that I would send you, ahead of your meeting for us to run through.
The meeting would need to take a place during my working hours, so please ensure you are able to take time off work. I will of course give you notice, and we will work together to ensure that we can arrange a mutually convenient time. Please do let me know if you require more notice.