Music for your ceremony can be accepted on any electrical device (no CD’s please). We use an AUX cable, so as long as there is a headphone socket, it is an acceptable device. Please create playlists that are titled when music is to be played, for example… - “Before Ceremony” (as many songs as you like) - “Walk In” (recommend 1 song choice) - “Register signing” (recommend up to 10 songs) - “Walk out” (recommend 1 song choice) - “After Ceremony” (as many songs as you like – as this can be kept playing during your drinks reception)
You have a number of choices when it comes to deciding on who you will choose to get the party started...
Our in-house DJ Read more about our in-house disco here. If you don't immediately have anyone else in mind, most couples will turn here first. Our in-house Disco works at 70% of our Weddings so can definitely be relied on to get the party started. Not only will they play the type of music you ask for, but the organisation side of things is as simple as letting us know you'd like to book, and we'll take care of the rest!
Other Disco's If you are using any other DJ or Disco, it is essential you check that they have PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance. Our PAT and PL policy can be found here. When it comes to set-up times, following your Itinerary meeting, when we have confirmed timings for your wedding day, you can advise them of our suggested start time. If your Disco is taking place in the Barn only, please make sure they are aware they cannot access the room until you are finished with your meal/speeches. If your Disco is taking place in the Evening Marquee or Day Marquee, it is advisable that you tell your Disco the time we have suggested they start playing, so they can arrive earlier, and be set up in time to begin at this time. If you are having your speeches after your meal, we recommend asking them to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your speeches beginning. If you are not having speeches or are having them earlier in the day, we recommend asking them to arrive 1 hour prior to your evening guests arriving. This gives them plenty of time to unload their equipment without causing you any disruption. When it comes to the end of the evening, all external Disco's must be out of the building by 1am. It is essential that you pre-warn suppliers of this, so they are aware that the will have a maximum of 1 hour to take down their equipment.
Bands If you are thinking of hiring a band for your evening entertainment, it is very important you read through their requirements first. Some might not require too much space, but you'll find that some need much more space than you'd imagine. Once you know this information, please contact us so we can advise you if this is a viable option for your wedding (i.e. If you are planning on having a Barn only reception with 100 evening guests, but would like a 6 piece band, a sweet cart and photo booth for the evening all in the Barn, this won't be do-able). If you are having the Evening Marquee or Day Marquee, you will normally have more than enough space to accommodate having a band (and most importantly, without compromising your precious dancing space!), but if you are at all unsure, please feel free to double check with us. It is still essential you check that they have PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance. Our PAT and PL policy can be found here. Bands will also need to plug into our sound system. Please contact us for further information on this.
If you are having your speeches after your meal, we recommend asking them to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your speeches beginning. If you are not having speeches or are having them earlier in the day, we recommend asking them to arrive 1 hour prior to your evening guests arriving. This gives them plenty of time to unload their equipment without causing you any disruption.
Some Band's do request an area in which band members can get changed (please check their contracts for this information). If you are using either sized Marquee, they can use this space to do so, as they can use it to get changed before anyone else has access to this area. If you are using the Barn only, one option could be to give them access to one of the booked B&B rooms upstairs, so they can get changed. If you need any more advice on this matter, please contact us directly with their specific requirements so we can advise you further on this.
Some Band's may require feeding (please check their contacts for this information). We advise that you add them into the evening numbers and they can eat from the evening buffet during their break from their sets. If they have any specific dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know in advance.
Background Music for the day For a Barn Reception, we can play your background music directly into the Barn if it comes provided to us on an electronic device. Similarly, for an Event Suite Reception we will have a PA system and microphone set up where we can play your background music if it comes provided on a device.
We don't feel it's necessary to use a microphone for the speeches in the Barn, as it's not a huge room and voices can travel much better.