Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have Hog Roast/BBQ?

 Yes, we provide both.  Food is cooked outside.  However, during inclement weather it will be cooked in our kitchens and served inside for food hygiene, health and safety reasons.

 Can I bring my own wine, beer or champagne, and is there a corkage fee if I do?

Sorry, we do not offer corkage.  We do have a fine set of wines and champagnes at very reasonable prices and will always endeavour to provide the drinks of your choice.

Can I use my own suppliers?

Aside from caterers and chair cover providers, yes, of course. 
However, as we do pride ourselves on being able to provide the best service to you and your guests, we provide a list of reputable recommended suppliers for your convenience who have worked closely with us for some considerable time and are familiar with the venue. 
Should you choose a supplier who is not on our recommended list we would ask that they liaise closely with our Event Management Team so that they are well prepared for the day. 

If a new supplier is brought in with less than two weeks notice we cannot be held responsible for any problems that may occur on the day.
Suppliers are responsible for disposing of their own rubbish. 

Do you allow outside caterers?

 No, as we have a great catering team who can do a bespoke menu just for you. 
If you discuss your requirements with your Event Manager she will work with the banqueting team to ensure all your requirements are catered for.

 Can we have a band?

Bands are permitted and noise levels must not exceed 95 decibels.
For the comfort of your guests and our neighbours we reserve the right to stop bands playing if they exceed these limits. 
Bands are also required to set up equipment and do soundchecks before your guests arrive wherever practicable.

Ideally bands and DJ’s should visit the venue prior to the event so that they are familiar with the layout and equipment they will be using.
All electrical equipment is run from one 13 amp socket so if extension leads are required, checks must be made to ensure that they will not cause a circuit overload.

Can we have fireworks/Chinese lanterns?

We do not permit fireworks/Chinese lanterns as we are surrounded by farmland.

Do we have to have an evening buffet?

If your function extends to the evening we would recommend that you offer your guests a food option.  The good news is that you are not tied to a traditional evening buffet and could choose simply to offer everybody bacon and sausage rolls in the evening.  The choice really is yours, simply discuss your requirements with your Event Manager.

Do we have to have a sit down meal?

No, we try to make everything possible and anything is negotiable.

 What overnight accommodation do you provide?

We have rooms available at The Lodge Country Inn from £50 per night. 
Please call 01245 320060 to check availability and book.

What are your finishing times?

Midnight

When would we have to pay you? 

Your £500 non refundable deposit on booking.

Final Payment and damage deposit 42 days before your event.

Any additional guests added less than 42 days before your event must be paid for on booking.

Can we just have the ceremony at The Lodge Country Event Venue?

Yes, but we cannot offer a ‘ceremony only’ option on a Friday or Saturday.

Can we just have the wedding breakfast and reception at The Lodge Country Event Venue?

Yes, please be aware that we cater for a minimum of 60 guests on a Friday or Saturday.

Do you have an Event Manager?

 Yes we do, she has a wealth of experience and she will work with you to create your perfect day from your first consultation until your last guest departs working alongside your exclusive bar and banqueting team.

How many people can the venue hold?

This depends on several factors, please speak to our Event Manager regarding your requirements.

Do you allow confetti on site?

We allow bio-degradable confetti in allocated areas.  Please speak to your Event Manager.

Are other weddings scheduled on the same day?

No, when you hire The Lodge Country Event Venue it is exclusively yours during the hours you have hired it for.  It is our belief that your day is extra special so we concentrate exclusively on you and your guests for the duration of your function.

 How many guests can be seated around each table?

A maximum of 10 guests around a round table and your top table will be laid according to how large your bridal party is. 

You will have the opportunity to discuss this with your Event Manager and she will ensure that the marquee is laid out so that it is aesthetically pleasing to you and your guests.

What is in the fine print in relation to offers or packages?

Offers : all offers made at the time of booking are non-transferable.  They cannot be exchanged for other offers.

Packages: Where glasses of wine are included in the package, you can choose whether this is red, white or rose wine before your event. 

Where half bottles or bottles of wine are included in a package each bottle will be left on the table.  Leftover bottles of wine cannot be refunded.

If accommodation is included this is for the use solely of the bride and groom, no other guests.

Specific menus relating to offers and packages will be discussed during your final meeting.   

The package cannot be amended; however, you can choose to upgrade reception drinks and sparkling wine for toasts and add guests if you wish.  Unfortunately, we are unable to reduce the guest numbers for weekend packages.