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Wedding FAQ's

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Bridle & Groom Wedding FAQ's

In order to simplify you wedding planning we have tried to guide you as honestly as possible through the key aspects of your wedding. We want to be as transparent as possible about hidden costs so you can make an informed decision about your choice of venue. Our pricing model and website has been simplified to reduce the time you need to spend searching for information and we hope you find it useful.

Please feel free to call or email for any further information or questions you might have.

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Can I bring my dog to the wedding?

Well behaved pets are welcome if they are kept on a lead for the duration of the Wedding, they could also be ring bearers, we can discuss this. However, our animals are not use to unknown dogs on site (particularly the donkeys), so we may ask that your pet stays overnight at the local Kennels which is half a mile away from us if you are camping over night, for your pets safety.

Covid safety at Blackwater Farm

Due to Covid-19 we have taken additional steps to keep everyone safe. We have push taps in our toilets which switch off without the need to touch them and hot air hand driers. Sanitiser will be available at different stations around the event.

There is seating at the venue which has been designed to seat your guests 2m apart should this be the requirement at the time.

The very nature of the outdoor venue will keep your guests safe and the Marquee without sides is an airy outdoor space.

The team have had recent Covid-19 update information and we will adhere to recent Government guidance.

If you are excited about everything you have read so far and would like to book, please call Lisa on: 07932976167 or get in touch here.

Can we stay at the venue or is there nearby accommodation?

The Bride and Groom can stay overnight in the luxury 5m Bell tent with double bed and recliners (there is also a toilet cabin next to your tent). This is part of the package as is the Blackwater fry up and coffee the following morning when you wake as a married couple. Your guests can camp and have breakfast with you for an additional fee (see prices page for full package).

Does your venue have liability insurance?

Yes we have public liability and are fully licensed, a full list of our policies and cover can be seen when you visit.

What are the toilet facilities like?

We have brand new, well equipped Ladies and Gents toilet facilities and a disabled toilet in the Garden Wedding Room.

Will our guests be able to park at the venue?

Yes, we have plenty of parking at the venue and if the weather is dry we can open up a field for your guest's cars. In wet weather we can accommodate 30 cars with additional road parking within walking distance of the venue. There will be a guide available to welcome your guests as they arrive and direct the parking. Disabled or wheelchair users can be driven to within 30 yards of the Marquee and Garden Wedding Room.

Are fireworks allowed?

No sorry, we are surrounded by farmland and cows graze on the land adjoining ours as well as our own flock of sheep, horse and donkeys. It is important that we respect the fields and the land which is used for grazing.

What happens if it rains?

The Garden Wedding room for your ceremony is really cosy in the rain and we can set up a porch and walkway awnings (…and umbrellas!) between the Garden Wedding Room and the large Marquee. The Marquee with optional cotton canvas sides offers a large space easily accommodating 120 guests, which can also be used if it rains.

Is VAT included in the price?

Yes, Bridle and Groom has built its reputation on being affordable with no hidden extras.

Who will coordinate my wedding on the day?

Lisa will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly along with the Bridle and Groom service team. We will create a timetable display for your wedding to inform your guests of the evening’s events and a seating plan display on an antique easel, once you have decided on your guests seating.

Lisa will guide you thorough every detail and decision for your wedding in the build up to your big day whether it is twelve weeks of planning or over two years. The final plan will be documented and signed off to ensure we get everything right. Our success is built on your happiness with your wedding.

When do we need to pay our holding deposit? Are there any other fees we should know about?

Yes, a £1000 non-refundable deposit secures your chosen dates with us. Any further fees will only occur if you decide to purchase services outside of the agreed wedding package, such as purchasing alcohol on your behalf. This will be agreed and signed for at each stage of the journey to your special day.

Do you have disabled access?

We have installed a brand new, large disabled toilet inside the Garden Wedding room. There is also a pathway between the Garden Wedding Room and Marquee for wheelchair users. We also have a golf buggy which can be used to transport guests to the main venue form the car park.

Do you have any special facilities for children?

Once the Wedding ceremony has taken place, the Garden Wedding Room will be cleared and set up as a lounge for your guests to use into the evening. This is an ideal place for those who would prefer not to be around the loud music (babies, children or older relatives) and a place where your guests can talk. If you would like to invite a children’s entertainer or bring your own activities for them, this is the perfect area for this. Tea and Coffee making facilities are also available in the Garden Wedding Room, included in the price.

Can we hire a DJ and music or a band for the event?

You are welcome to hire your own band or music for the event. We do have a PA system for your music and you could simply use your portable device and connect to our speakers for your disco as part of the package.

Can we bring our own alcohol? If so, what corkage do you charge?

We will not charge you corkage. As part of the package we will provide your guests with welcome drinks such as cranberry Prosecco or fruity Pimms and children’s drinks are free. We can discuss options for us to purchase alcohol on your behalf for the tables and we can store and chill this for you.

There is also an option for us to run a pay bar for your event and guests can pay by card or cash. We can stock alcohol to suit most of your guests preferences on request.

Where and when will the food be served?

The Hog Roast will be cooked at the venue and served as a buffet with ten rice and salad dishes for up to 100 guests (there is a £10 charge for each additional guest). We will also serve delicious rolls, Cornish butter with serviettes. The Wedding cake will be set up on a special table ready to be cut by the Bride and Groom, served to the guests at a time to suit the couple (the cake is included in the £8500 package). Blackwater Hot Dogs will be served as a buffet at 10.00pm just when your guests are starting to feel hungry again. We can add desserts to the Wedding breakfast and a range of sweet treats in the evening if required at an additional cost please see the Menu page.

Are the tablecloths, chairs, cutlery and glasses provided by the venue?

The comfortable metal folding chairs in the Garden Wedding Room and in the Marquee are free of charge; as are the eight spectacular leather and oak, top table chairs. The chairs come with white covers and hessian bows; we will decorate these with flowers in a colour of your choice (specialist flowers could be arranged for an extra fee). You are welcome to provide different colour bows should you wish to do so. The tables are dressed with white cotton table cloths with hessian coloured table squares, all included in the price, we also have deep red, pink or white cotton napkins. The hessian table runners, large glass lanterns and flower jugs are also included as is the crockery, cutlery and full range of glasses. There are no additional rental charges.

Will my event be the only one hosted on the day?

Yes, Bridle and Groom only caters for one wedding at a time to ensure that your event has all the focus it deserves. You will invest so much time and energy into every detail of your wedding that our role is to focus on you and making sure the day is perfect.

The Glamping site is not open to the public during weddings and the Honeymoon glamping tent is for exclusive use during weddings.

Is there a set ending time? Can we extend?

The Marquee entertainment should end at midnight, the exact finishing time for the music will be agreed with you as part of our discussions. We ask that if you do camp overnight, that you settle by 2.00am at the latest so you allow our farm animals to sleep. Should you decide to stay and have breakfast with your friends in the Garden Wedding Room the following day, we ask that you leave the site in the afternoon by 3.00pm. Guest numbers for camping will be discussed as part of your booking process.

Is your venue Environmentally friendly?

Yes, no single use plastics such as balloons/helium balloons or sky lights can be used at our venue due to the surrounding farm land and our own personal Eco credentials.

Can my maid/maids of honour and I help to decorate or personalise the venue?

If you buy into our package, the Marquee, Garden Wedding Room and entire site will already be gorgeously decorated with flowers and farm foliage, this leaves you to just think about making yourself gorgeous! However, assuming your wedding will be in the afternoon, you or your maid/maids of honour are welcome to add your personal touches to the venue. This will be agreed between us before you arrive and there is flexibility.

If you decide to stay in the 5m Bell tent and camp with your friends, we can agree a time for you to arrive early on the morning of the wedding and pitch your tents (The Bride and Groom’s large tent complete with double bed, will already be pitched for you).

As we are a working farm we prefer to use flower petal confetti which we provide for your guests attending your ceremony free of charge. The petal holder can be personalised to your taste by us. We do allow candles and other props of your choice to add to ours. We can discuss options and within reason add items to the venue which you provide.

Can we get married at Blackwater Farm? Where does the wedding take place?

Bridle and Groom is in the process of applying for their ceremony license for the Garden Wedding Room to be used for civil ceremonies. The venue overlooks an attractive garden and pond with ducks. There is a main wedding room complete with red carpet and stage to raise you up so all your guests can see the ceremony – and most importantly your dress. There is also an anterior room where you can meet with the registrar prior to your walk down the flower decorated isle.

How many guests can we have?

The Marquee will comfortably seat 120 guests and the Garden Wedding Room 50 guests, although there is also some space to seat people on the lawn to watch the ceremony if they are happy to do this (weather permitting).

During the evening, guest numbers can be increased to 150 if the food is served as a buffet and there is plenty of room for your guests to spread out and enjoy the rustic farm setting.

When can we visit Bridle and Groom Wedding Venue? Can we have virtual tour or Zoom meeting?

We can arrange a visit with you and give you a personal tour of the venue. Please contact Lisa on 07932976167.

We can also send you a virtual tour of the farm video on request or set up a live Zoom meeting with you.

Which dates are available at your venue? Are they priced differently?

We are open from March 15th to October 31st annually, however the team are ready to take your call at anytime of the year and will answer your questions. As a new venue we still have some weekends available for 2022, with prices held at the 2021 rate and an early booking discount for 2023. Pricing is currently the same for weekends and weekdays. Please contact us for date availability, call Lisa on 07932976167

Bridle and Groom is a new wedding venue open for business from April 2021 and we held our first wedding on the 4th September this year. We were thrilled with the feedback from Vicky (Bride) after the event:

'We had the most perfect day and for me I truly believe no other venue would have done that...our day was perfect in every way, all of our guests loved it as much as we did and we will never forget the lengths you all went to for us.'

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