Booking your Wedding
How do I make an appointment for a wedding show around?
You can contact our Wedding Coordinators on:
Eaves Hall – 01200 420831 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitton Hall – 01254 827181 or email@example.com
Shireburn Arms – 01254 826678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Falcon Manor – 01729 823814 or email@example.com
Holmes Mill Function Room & Bistro – 01200 407183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Civil Ceremonies at James’ Places
All of our venues are licensed for civil ceremonies, some are even registered outside too.
Do you provide the Registrar?
It is the responsibility of the couple to arrange for a Registrar to be in attendance on their Wedding Day. Please speak to the Dream Maker at your venue for the contact details of the local Registry office and about timings for your day.
What are your maximum numbers for a Wedding?
Eaves Hall – 120 seated day guests and up to 250 evening guests
Mitton Hall – 180 seated day guests and up to 350 evening guests
Shireburn Arms – 100 seated day guests and up to 150 evening guests
Falcon – 85 seated day guests (107 including the snug) and 150 evening guests
Holmes Mill Function Room – 150 seated day guests and up to 200 evening guests
Holmes Mill Bistro – 90 seated day guests and up to 120 evening guests
All of our weddings are individually priced depending on the date and number of guests present at your wedding. For a quotation, please contact our Dream Makers on the details listed above.
After the initial deposit has been paid, we ask for 50% of the estimated balance six months prior, the total invoice is to be cleared no later than three months prior. We do understand however that you may need to add additional items onto the invoice after the three month point, we ask for this to be settled no later than one month prior. You are more than welcome to pay off a larger proportion at anytime if you prefer.
Payment can be made by cash, card, cheque or via online banking.
How many bedrooms do you have?
Eaves Hall – 30
Mitton Hall – 18
Shireburn Arms – 21*
Falcon Manor – 16*
Upon booking your wedding with us, we will reserve all available rooms for the night of the wedding. You will then have full control over booking these rooms, we just need to know the final details 3 months before. *Speak to your Dream Maker for full terms and conditions.
Holmes Mill Spinning Block – 39
NB: these bedrooms are booked on a first come first served for the wedding party and the general public.
Where possible, we can arrange early check ins for you but this must be arranged prior to the day and are chargeable.
Can you accommodate children?
Yes, all our venues have z-beds and cots available at an additional charge.
Is their additional accommodation nearby?
Yes, speak to your Dream Maker for more details. If guests staying elsewhere wish to join you for breakfast the following morning – please speak to your Dream Maker.
About Your Day
Do you provide a venue dresser?
We do not provide a venue dresser. Your Dream Maker will discuss how the building will be presented with you at the time of booking. If you feel a venue dresser is required you are welcome to organise this yourself.
Do you provide a cake stand and knife?
Yes, all our venues provide a cake stand and knife.
Can we have confetti?
Yes, as long as it is biodegradable. We do not allow confetti cannons.
Can we supply our own food?
No. You are required to use our team of in-house Chefs for your Wedding Breakfast. Please speak to your Dream Maker about the evening supper and any extras such as candy carts.
Can we give alcoholic favours?
As with food, we are unable to permit any external supply of alcohol.
Can we have external suppliers?
Yes, please speak to your Dream Maker regarding access and collection times, along with what relevant insurance documents are required.
Can we have fireworks?
As most of our venues are situated in the middle of the countryside this is subject to each venues individual permission. We are unable to accommodate Chinese lanterns being set off at any of the venues.
When can we drop wedding items off at the venue?
Any table decorations, table plan, name cards etc. can be dropped off either the day prior or on the morning of your wedding. Please package ALL items table by table with clear instructions to enable our team to set up your tables correctly. Although we will do our upmost to store everything in a safe environment, our venues will not be held responsible for anything misplaced or broken.
All our venues have beautiful chairs however should you require them, chair covers can be hired from your venue dresser.
Will the happy couple be able to get ready at their venue on their wedding day?
Where possible we will do our utmost to provide a room for you to get ready in. Some of our venues have designated dressing rooms, however others don’t. Please speak to your Dream Maker for further details on this.
Tables & Wedding Breakfast
We suggest between 8 and 12 guests per table. Tables are either 5ft or 6ft in size and a top table of 10 would be 18 ft in length.
You are able to choose two starters, main courses and desserts, with an additional Vegetarian option for each course. If you choose to offer a choice to your guests we require a full list of guest’s meals per table, no later than one month before your wedding along with any dietary requirements there may be. The choice of each person’s meal must also be written on the back of the name cards that are placed on the tables during the wedding breakfast, provided by the happy couple.
Throughout the year we offer taster events, this is your chance to come to taste the dishes you like and the wine too. These are additional to the wedding package and you can bring as many guests as you like.
Each of our venues have their own centrepieces which you are more than welcome to use on the day, along with mirror plates and tealights too. For measurements etc, please speak to your Dream Maker.
Timings of the Wedding Breakfast
Dependent on guest numbers we allow approximately 2 hours for the meal & 30 minutes in total for the speeches.
Dependent on guest numbers we allow approximately half an hour for this to happen before the meal is served.
The Evening Reception
Before the Evening Reception, we require approximately one hour (depending on the number of guests) to turn the room around for the evening. During this time your guests may use the private bar or residents may go up to their rooms.
We are happy for you to bring your own entertainment. This may be a band or a singer, for example. All we ask is that they provide us with a current Public Liability Insurance certificate. Please be aware of the space available when booking your entertainment. Any entertainment booked needs to be made aware by you that we operate a noise limiter at each of our venues due to nearby residents.
We suggest that the best time to serve the evening supper is around 9.30pm. Food is served for a maximum of one hour and then cleared away. There are several options to choose from, supplements apply dependent on your menu choice. Please ask your Dream Maker for further details.
During the evening celebration, what time will the bar stay open until?
Last orders will be given at 12:15 am with the bar closing at 12:30 am.
A bar will then re-open at 01:00 am for residents only, at the Bar Manager’s discretion.
Do I need Wedding insurance?
Yes we will only take a booking if you take out wedding insurance. The average cost of a wedding these days is around £20,000. Many people will spend much less than this and others much more, but everyone getting married has something in common – in paying for their big day they are making one of the largest financial investments of their lives.
After buying a house or a car, the other significant financial commitment in most people’s lives will be their wedding day or civil partnership.