Who will be there on the Day? A weddings assistant will be on site before you arrive to greet you, while your enjoying getting ready they will be setting up your wedding and will have a contact number on hand if you need anything. Then your appointed host will be on site between 10/11am, and will leave once the evening reception is under way. If you have a Toastmaster, they will arrive an hour before the ceremony and stay until the first dance. Before departing, your host will say goodbye and ‘pass over’ to another manager/senior member of staff who will be on site until closing and be your point of contact if you need anything. However, throughout your entire day, if you need anything at any time you can ask any member of staff who will be happy to help. Your host will be assigned to you 6-4 weeks prior to your wedding. If you haven't already met them at some stage, your final meeting will be conducted with them directly.
Keeping to Timings We will have carefully planned the timings of your day with you on your Wedding Itinerary and during the day we will give you direction as to when you should be ‘doing things’ like cutting the cake. It is a fine line between being organised and drilling people – we want you to be relaxed on your day and do not wish to interrupt your precious time with your guests so we like to keep as low profile as possible. If you need anything during your day please ask your Toastmaster or host straight away. Guests like to know what is going on and when, and when they do, it also helps them be in the right place at the right time too. We recommend providing an ‘Order of the Day’ type sign or blackboard – welcoming your guests to your day, with the key events and the times they are due to happen. It is touches such as this which aid a smooth enjoyable day.
Confetti We do allow the use of confetti outside only. Confetti mustbe biodegradable only (foil confetti and artificial petals are not allowed). Although you will be aware of these rules, often not all of your guests will be, so please try and pass this information over to them. If we see that anyone has brought non-biodegradable confetti, we will ask to take it from them and it can be returned to them when they depart.
First Look If you want to be the first people in to the barn/marquee once we have completed setting up the wedding breakfast, please let us know. We will request guests do not enter the wedding breakfast room prior to the decoration being complete.You must give us prior notice if this is something you wish to do, as depending on your wedding plans it may not always be feasible.
Cutting the Cake Cutting the cake once evening guests have all arrived can be very difficult. They all want to speak to you and ask you about your day which means you have to (sometimes quite literally) be dragged away to cut the cake. We recommend unless it is particularly important to you to wait for evening guests that you cut your cake after your wedding breakfast, before the evening kicks in. After your pictures we will take the cake to the kitchen, cut portion and wrap it and place out with your evening food – however this process takes considerably more time than many people anticipate. This (apart from your first dance, if applicable) is your last ‘obligation’ of the day and really signifies the evening party can begin, and for many you can now begin to relax and enjoy the company of your evening guests.
Sparklers We do allow the use of Sparklers at the Inn, however, we do impose some restrictions to this. We allow for up to 30 of your guests to partake in this, as we find that it makes it a more safer and enjoyable experience for you and your nearest and dearest to experience. If you are planning on using sparklers for your wedding day, you must inform your host at some stage during the planning process. We will then be able to schedule a specific and agreed time for this to take place. On the day, either your Toastmaster or DJ/Band will then be asked to make an announcement to your guests to notify them when it is time to head outside. Your Toastmaster and/or the Evening Supervisor for your wedding will be on hand at this point with a bucket of water for the sparklers to be extinguished. For this reason it is vitally important we have a pre-warning so that we can be prepared for it taking place.