Wedding Questions and Answers
Below are some of the wedding questions we are most asked about planning and holding a wedding at Hargate Hall. If you have a question that is not covered here or want further clarification on something, just drop us an email.
What is the cost of a wedding ?
The costs will vary depending on time of year, number of guests and whether or not you will want or need the marquee. Our wedding pricing is split into 3 parts, Venue hire £1000, Accommodation £4,500 to £6,250 and optional marquee £2,250 to £2,500. The minimum total cost is around £5,500 and the maximum is around £9,500. This is for the whole place for 3 nights. If you want an accurate price, and to check availability check our online booking page.
Who is responsible for booking the registrar or church?
This is one of the most important things you need to do, because without them, there will be no wedding! For a civil ceremony, you will need to contact the registry office where you live to give notice, and our local office as well to book the registrars to conduct your ceremony. You are also responsible for paying the registrars charges and costs. They will also be able to answer any wedding questions that you have about the civil ceremony itself. If you are planning a church wedding, then have a chat with the vicar or celebrant there.
Can we use a marquee?
Yes. We have a marquee on site which is used for wedding breakfasts. The Main Hall can seat up to 60, above this the marquee will be needed. The marquee is available for use all weekend, but is primarily to be used as a dining room. Loud or amplified music is not allowed. The partying and music takes place in the Hall.
Can we have a band or DJ?
Yes. In the Hall you can have live bands, DJs or play your own music. For the latter you can bring your own equipment, or you can hire our lights and speakers and just plug in your phone or laptop.
Can we book the venue for our wedding, but not the accommodation?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. The accommodation is an integral part of the venue. We would not be able to let out the apartments if you were holding a wedding. The only exception to this is our Midweek Wedding package, for which accommodation is not included.
What are the arrival and departure times?
You can arrive any time after 16:00 on the day of your arrival (typically Friday) and you must leave by 10:00 on the day of your departure (typically Monday). If this does not suit you, please discuss it with us. We will be flexible where possible.
Do we have to have the wedding ceremony in the main hall?
Generally, yes. This is the primary part of the building that is licensed. The tennis pavilion and oak gazebo are also licensed, but their use is very dependent on the weather. If you want this option, please discuss the possibilities with us.
How much car parking space is there?
There is parking for about 40 cars.
Can we have our deposit back if we have to cancel?
No. All deposits paid are non refundable,and additionally, depending on when you cancel you may be liable for some or all of the final balance. We always recommend that you cover yourselves by taking out wedding insurance. For full details on this please check our wedding terms and conditions.
Do you allow candles?
Unfortunately not. Real candles are not permitted in any part of the building or marquee, they are just too much of a fire risk. They are allowed outside, however in prolonged dry spells when there is a greater fire risk, we may restrict their use.
Who is responsible for setting up and clearing away?
You are. We operate on a self-catering and self-managed basis. For the vast majority of weddings, friends and family have done a lot the set up and decoration themselves (and enjoyed it!) However, you can always hire staff to do some or all of this for you, just ask us.
Do you allow fireworks?
As with many places in the National Park, we do not allow fireworks or Chinese lanterns. This is due to the close proximity of livestock. The ONLY exceptions to this are for fireworks on the weekend closest to 5th November, and New Year’s Eve.
Can we decorate in the hall?
Yes, most definitely. We love seeing the creativity that goes into this. However please do not pin, tape or otherwise attach anything to the walls or woodwork. Any damage caused, by doing so will be charged for.
What about drinks and alcohol?
You can either provide your own drinks or we can arrange for a pay bar to be laid on for you. We ask that you set your bar up in the entrance lobby, although a drinks table or similar is perfectly OK in the marquee as well. In the entrance lobby we have 2 under counter bottle fridges, a serving counter and a hand pump for use with casks of real ale. (for those hiring it). We have also converted a horse box into a bar, which makes a great focal point. For more information on this see our page on bar options.
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