Q. What is the traditional order of speeches?
There is no set time which is considered to be more appropriate for the speeches. Options for timings are during the drinks reception, before, or after the Wedding Breakfast.
First Speech – performed by the person who gives the bride away. They say a few words about the bride and groom, and then proposes a toast to the happy couple.
Second Speech - performed by the Groom. He begins by responding to the toast on behalf of the bride and himself. Following on, the groom proposes a toast to the bridesmaids.
Third Speech - performed by the Best Man. He replies on behalf of the bridesmaids, gives his speech and reads out any messages, emails and cards.
Q. Which room would our ceremony be held in?
Our License allows a wedding ceremony to take place in any of our public rooms which include the Conservatory, The Dining Room and The Roxburghe Room. Ceremonies within the gardens are also available weather permitting.
Q. What are the maximum capacities for Ceremony, Meal and Dancing?
Our Conservatory has the largest capacity seating 60 guests (64 maximum) for Ceremony and Wedding Meal. Our Fire & Safety policy allows up an additional 60 guests to join your evening reception (120 total) either the Conservatory or The Dining Room can be utilised for Dancing. Our suppliers have a range of marquee sizes available to enable us to cater for up to 250 guests.
Q. Do you cater for Children, and will this increase our max capacity?
We do cater for children and they are very welcome. High chairs, extra beds, travel cots and baby changing facilities are available. Unless the child is a newborn baby, each child will take up one whole space / place setting regardless of size or age. Children aged 12 or over are charged as an adult, children under 12 are charged half the price of an adult, and children under 2 years and have no food requirements are free of charge. We do ask that children are supervised at all times, details of registered childminding services can be provided on request.
Q. Do you allow dogs?
Yes, we have six pet friendly deluxe bedrooms located in our Courtyard as well as two double kennels with fresh water supply. Dogs are allowed to roam the grounds on a lead, however we do respectfully ask that you clean up after your pet, and do not bring your pet into the main hotel.
Q. Do we have to book suppliers and the registrar separately?
Yes. The hotel will provide the essentials for your big day, but we believe every couple should have the flexibility to choose their own suppliers. You will need to select your suppliers, and decide who will conduct your ceremony. We will give you the contact details of the local registrar or celebrant, and our recommended local suppliers, and we will work with them throughout the planning of your day
Q. What time can our guests check in to their accommodation?
We cannot guarantee check in until 3pm however every effort is made to have accommodation available as soon as possible following our check out time of 11am. We do suggest that your guests stay the night before the wedding to ensure their accommodation is available for dressing and preparing for the wedding. Limited changing facilities are available should a two night stay not be possible.
Q. Do you have a microphone or PA system?
We do not provide these items as a microphone is not needed due to the capacity of the hotel.