Frequently asked questions
How do we work out the timings for the day?
Most civil ceremonies take approx 30 minutes, drinks receptions with photos and canapés approx 1 hour and 15 minutes, 15 minutes for seating guests, wedding breakfast approx 2 hours 30 minutes and coffee in the East Barn whilst the South Barn is turned around approx 1 hour. These approximate timings are to be used as a guide and may differ from your intended plans. We will work through an itinerary with you to plan out your day in more detail.
What access do we have to the venue prior to our event?
We are on site at the venue from 9am on your event day but would suggest that yourselves and your suppliers do not arrive before 10am so that we have time to do any heavy moving. The cottage is not available until 12 noon, so whilst you can arrive from 10am to decorate the venue, there is still strictly no access to the cottage until 12 noon.
Is there any equipment on site that we can use?
We have table number stands and table numbers, a cake table, a cake knife, three easels, six highchairs, two coat rails, ten 6ft trestle tables, fourteen 6ft round tables, two 7ft round tables and three 5ft 6in round tables. Included in package menus are all table linens for your required numbers based on a top table for 8 – 10 guests (long or round) and round tables of 10 for all remaining guests.
When do we drop off drinks that we have provided?
We ask for drinks to be dropped off between 9am and 12 noon the day before your wedding so that we have adequate time to check what has been delivered and get it all chilled for the next day.
What happens if guests drop out or we need to add a guest?
We ask for final guest numbers 6 weeks before your event date and invoice your final balance 4 weeks before your event. Once this final invoice has been sent we are unable to reduce your guest numbers or offer you a refund. Clients who find themselves with absent guests usually upgrade an evening guest to fill the vacancy. We are happy to add to your numbers up until 3 days before your event and invoice you for any additions as they happen. In the event of any additions to guest numbers or last minute equipment hire requests, payment will need to be made immediately via BACS so that it has been received prior to the event.
Is the Stable Bar open before our civil ceremony?
Yes, it is. Why have your friends meeting at a different place and arriving late when they could meet you at the venue in plenty of time for a relaxing drink prior to your ceremony. It is also a very welcome sight to those who have travelled for several hours to get to the venue and may not have had time to stop for refreshments. During the winter months the bar area is cosy and snug with a roaring fire and in summer drinks can be enjoyed outside in the front garden. The only restriction we have at this time is that drinks are not permitted in the East Barn for 1 hour prior to the ceremony.
Are children allowed colouring sets?
We would strongly advise that children are not provided with colouring pens or crayons that permanently damage table linen and fabrics as all damages arising from this are chargeable. Tablecloths are charged at £40.00 + VAT each and napkins at £5.00 + VAT each. We would advise the use of sticker books as an alternative to colouring books to keep children entertained. The same applies to the use of ink stamp pads, often used for finger print trees.
What happens if tableware, linen or equipment gets broken or damaged?
With our package menus you are covered for £25.00 worth of breakages or damages so for most clients this is sufficient. On rare occasions damages exceed the £25.00 and in this instance you are invoiced after the event for the excess. We will endeavour to inform you as soon as possible, either on the day or the following morning, of any damages that may exceed this figure.
Do you serve the wine by the glass or leave the bottles on the tables?
We can do either. Most couples prefer for the bottles to be left on the tables for guests to help themselves to when they want and the waiting staff replenish the bottles before they run out. However, some couples prefer for guests to have their wine served and this is then offered before each course. In either case, a dedicated wine waiter or waitress will be present throughout the wedding breakfast.
Who directs all the guests?
Usually someone from the bridal party acts as a Master of Ceremonies. This is often the Best Man but may also possibly be an usher, a relative or a friend. Some couples employ the services of a professional Master of Ceremonies. What ever you decide, our Front of House manager will liaise with the allotted person and help them to keep, as closely as possible, to the agreed itinerary for the day.
Once the Stable Bar is open in the evening, what happens to the drinks we have provided?
Nibbles2Nosh serve your drinks up until the final course of the meal. When you vacate the South Barn to return to the East Barn for coffee you are welcome to take your glass and any bottles of opened wine with you. Once the Stable Bar is open for the evening we are unable to open any more of the alcohol you have provided. The Stable Bar are happy that there is an interim period after your meal has finished, when they are open, in which to drink up your opened bottles but this is restricted to 1 hour, which usually coincides with returning to the South Barn for the beginning of the evenings entertainment. Any left over unopened drinks will be stored for you to collect in the morning.
What time do we have to collect our belonging the following morning?
You are required to vacate the cottage by 10am the following morning and would then collect your other belonging (table decorations, flowers, left over alcohol) straight after this. We would hope that your belongings have been collected up and packed in cars by 11am.