FAQs for Weddings at Manor Estate​

We understand that planning your special day can be both exciting and overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with all the necessary information to make your wedding experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

On this page you’ll find answers to the most common questions regarding the booking procedure, our charming Barn venue, catering, wedding breakfasts, wine, supplies, florists, pet policies, and more!

The Manor Estate is dedicated to ensuring that your wedding is a memorable and enchanting occasion, tailored to your unique preferences and desires. We have a range of amazing facilities and options available to make your vision a reality. Our team is committed to providing exceptional service throughout the planning process.

Please feel free to browse through the FAQs below to find the information you need. If you have any additional questions or would like to discuss your specific requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re here to help you every step of the way on your journey to wedded bliss.

Our Faqs For Weddings

25% deposit is required to secure your chosen date with signed Terms and Conditions & completed booking form. This deposit payment is non-refundable so we encourage couples to make sure their chosen caterer is available and ceremony time/date.

If your date is less than one year away the deposit is 50%. Payment is accepted in the form of a cheque or electronic bank payment. NO CASH is accepted.

The next 25% is payable a year before your wedding date and the balance is payable 1 month prior to the wedding along with extras such as drinks package/hire items.

Yes, we are a licensed venue for Civil Marriages, Civil Partnerships and we welcome Humanist Ceremonies, Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows.

We have three licensed areas for civil ceremonies: The Stables (120 people, The Mill (75 people) and the Gazebo in the Manor Gardens (120 people).

If you are celebrating your day at The Manor Barn we do not charge extra to host any type of ceremony. However, please be aware that your registrar, celebrant or other party may well require an additional fee.

We have a list of Harpists, Acoustic Guitarists or String Quartets who play regularly at ceremonies available from our office on request.

Several weddings have taken place at St Peter’s Church in Winterbourne Stoke. If you are a member of the Church of England & meet their criteria for a religious ceremony please contact Pippa for more details.

Yes. We do allow your own caterers, however this does incur an additional fee of £500 + VAT.

Yes. You may bring your own wine and champagne for the wedding breakfast and toast. This is limited to half a bottle of wine per guest and two glasses of toast wine per guest.

The Manor Estate charges a service fee of £10 per bottle. This includes the receiving of your delivery the day before your Wedding Day, chilling, storage, recycling of used bottles/cardboard and the re-boxing of any leftovers for your collection the next day.

Our fully licensed bar is available throughout the event and we have an extensive wine list.

Yes. We offer a choice of drinks packages and have an extensive list of wedding breakfast wines and toast drinks. If you buy our wine & arrival drinks then the service charge is not payable.

Your chosen caterer will supply your china, cutlery and linen.

Yes, we supply all reception drink glassware (champagne flutes, pimms glasses), plus wedding breakfast glassware (1x water, 1x wine glass, 1x toast glass). All bar glassware is also included.

Yes… please read the notes below. If you have any questions please contact Pippa: enquiries@manorestate.co.uk or 07545988479

Access to The Manor Barn is 10am the day before or 9am on the day of the event. If you are in any doubt over timings please contact Pippa to confirm.

Please note we do not have facilities to store flowers before the day of the event. And it should go without saying but please insure you have completed any floristry work well in advance of the guests arrival!

Adhesive pads, sticky tapes, nails, cable ties, drawing pins, or any other style of pin, staple guns, glue guns, blu tac type products all of which may damage the furniture/fabric of the building.

Do not use non-biodegradable confetti made of metallic plastic or glitter placed on the tablecloths (It blocks our floor cleaner up).

Wall garlands or similar style decorations may be fixed using string, or coated florists wire.

When placing flower arrangements please be careful. Damage can easily occur by small amounts of water from leaking foam flower containers. Any displays should be completely dry at the base, and foliage must not be dripping. If in any doubt do PLEASE ASK.

Please also note that the chairs in the barn MUST NOT be used to stand on, as it causes damage. (We will charge to repair or replace any damaged furniture).

Please make sure any areas you have worked are left clean & dry, with particular attention to the floor, as the cleaners won’t return prior to the event.

Please take all rubbish with you when you have finished, including boxes and plant waste (leave no rubbish on site).

All items can then be collected between 9am–12noon the following morning.

The Manor Barn will not be held responsible for any damage or loss of any florist sundries hired to a couple using the barn.

Yes the Bride and Groom are welcome to bring one dog, but please be aware of the A303 and keep your dog on a lead at all times. We also ask that you kindly clean up behind them, as not all guests appreciate your dog when they are attending in their best shoes!

Included within the venue hire are 6 round tables that can seat groups of 8, or 10 these measure 5’6’’.

Also included are 3 trestle tables which make up a long top table each measuring 2’3’’ x 6’.

The mezzanine levels have two rectangular tables each measuring 8’ x 4’.

The Straw Loft mezzanine can also fit one additional round table.

Yes, our caterers are very flexible and most offer an outdoor barbecue option.

If you are bringing in your own caterers please be aware of the additional charge and also ensure that the floor/grass is protected to avoid damage.

Yes, non-amplified music is allowed, for ceremonies or drinks receptions i.e. Harpist, Classical Guitarist, Quartets.

Yes, biodegradable confetti i.e petals are allowed outside the venue. However, glitter and non-biodegradable confetti is not allowed inside or outside of the venue.

No, sorry the use of Piñatas or Confetti Cannons is not allowed inside or outside of the venue.

No Sky lanterns, even the biodegradable with bamboo fittings are not permitted due to our close proximity to livestock.

Fireworks are permitted if supplied by Distant Thunder.

Yes. Please note all deposits and balances are non-refundable (please read the Terms and Conditions for full details). We highly recommend that you take out appropriate wedding insurance.

No, we do not allow you to provide your own bar at any time. The licensed bar within the barn must be used under the conditions of hire.

Any unauthorised alcohol brought onto site during the Wedding Day will be removed and your damage deposit affected.

Yes, typically the bar is open prior to the civil ceremony and throughout the whole day.

Please be aware that under the ceremony licence no drinks may be taken into the ceremony space prior or during the ceremony.

We have introduced an iZettle machine which takes card payments, but due to unpredictable rural Wifi we encourage all guests to bring enough cash for the day.

Yes, photographers are welcome to view Monday – Friday within office hours by appointment only. If you would like to arrange a pre-wedding photoshoot use of the Manor Estate, barn, farm and grounds for 3 hours is: £100.

If you wish to supply a Band or DJ they MUST HAVE valid full Public Liability Insurance and all performance equipment must have valid Portable Appliance Testing certificates at the time they are due to perform.

This must be supplied 1 month prior to the event in either e-copy or hardcopy by post.

Please also note the following restrictions that all bands must adhere to:
• No staging is allowed, No smoke / vapour / bubble machines.
• No changing facilities, food or drink are provided by the venue.
• We reserve the right to turn down the music if it exceeds 90 decibels or we feel the music is too loud.
• Music is turned down at 11 and stops at 11:30pm.
• The Band or Disco must be packed up and off site by 12.30am.

No, our fire regulations do not permit candles within the Barn. Please use battery candles. If you wish to use candles outside, this is permitted as long as they are positioned 3 metres away from the Barn and not directly under the gazebo roofs.

All presents and items of worth must be removed on the event day – The Manor Estate is not liable for these.

The removal of all decorations can be done the following day between 9am and 12noon.

Yes, it is lovely to have some professional photographs at the venue when you are in ‘normal’ clothes. Use of the Barn and grounds for 3 hours is: £100.

• Final payment is due 1 month prior to the wedding to include ceremony charge if applicable.
• Copy of PAT and public liability insurance details – from band or disco.
• Permission for Animals to attend in writing.
• Responsible Person – 1 month before the wedding the name of your responsible person appointed to remain at the end of the event to ensure all guests leave the venue.
• Confirmed Drinks Package or corkage
• 7 days before the event your damage deposit of £500 is due or this can be paid in the final payment.

Yes, all bar tabs need to be pre-paid before the Wedding Date.

Under council licence you are not allowed to consume food or drink during the ceremony.

No, however there are areas outside to smoke & pots provided for disposal of stubs.

No, there is no waiting area for guests. You must ensure transport is available for guests to leave promptly following the event, as this forms part of our Terms and Conditions.

Coach/taxi transport is advisable for departing guests when possible.

If the site cannot be secured at 00.30 unfortunately we will have to make an additional venue hire charge.

Yes, free car parking is available. Vehicles left at owners own risk. Collection time is between 9am – 12noon the following morning.

Please ensure cars are removed by 12noon as the security gates may be closed if guests arrive outside of these times.

If cars are left onsite overnight this does not permit their owners to sleep in the cars. All guests are asked to depart by 12 midnight.

You must ensure transport is available for guests to leave promptly following the event, as this forms part of our Terms and Conditions.

Coach/taxi transport is advisable for departing guests when possible. If the site cannot be secured at 00.30 unfortunately we will have to make an additional venue hire charge.

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