“Wedding Licence. Can we get married at Church Farm?”
Church Farm is a reception venue only although we have lovely venues nearby for the marriage service before you and your guests come on to Church farm for the reception.
“Can we have a blessing at Church Farm?”
Yes, we have a choice of beautiful locations for blessings.
“What if it rains?”
Set-up - We have an all-weather service track to ensure the marquee lorries, catering vans and loos can get to the site without any problem. This has been tested and we have found Church Farm receptions go ahead regardless of the weather. Guests - Your guests walk from the car park to the marquee along a mown path – we provide umbrellas and your marquee company can supply wet weather matting to the door by prior arrangement if the forecast is poor.
“How many receptions do you hold a year?”
Only 6 receptions a year to ensure our neighbours are not disturbed and preserve the natural beauty of the meadow and to guarantee each wedding is relaxed, unhurried and very special.
“Where would the reception be?”
In the stunning natural meadow. We provide a list of recommended marquee and catering companies who provide a wide range of styles and prices to suit all budgets.
“How many guests can we invite?”
We can accommodate up to 225 guests. The average wedding size at Church Farm is 90 - 150)
“Does Church Farm have it’s own marquee?”
No, you choose the style of marquee want from our list of recommended suppliers – this choice includes giant tepees, traditional, circus and ‘sperry’ tents.
“What does the hire fee include?” (link to prices)
Please see ‘Prices’ section for a list of what is included and for further details contact Kate.
“Do you have parking?”
Yes, we have a grass car park for 60 cars and hard standing for a further 10. Also on-road parking beside The Common if needed. Should your guests arrive by taxi, mini buses or coach the car park staff ensure all are directed correctly.
“Can you help our elderly guests who cannot walk easily?”
Yes, we have a utility vehicle to greet guests who are unable to walk when they arrive and gently drive them to the blessing, garden or marquee – by prior arrangement. This vehicle also buzzes around during the set-up moving flowers, champagne, cakes, decorations and campers with their tents.
“Can we park overnight?”
Yes, we are more than happy for you to leave your car here overnight, however it is entirely at our own risk and must be collected by midday the following day. the car park is fenced and the main gate secured overnight.
“Can we have live music in the meadow?”
Yes. However, we have to be extremely careful as Church Farm is in the middle of the village and we need to comply with the County Council’s requirements. add whatever
“Do you have extras to hire?”
Yes – fire pits, garden games, benches, bunting, vintage bicycles etc. etc.
“May we use the garden for photographs?”
Yes – you are very welcome. You may also use the garden for tea, cake cutting and speeches.
“Can we supply our own alcohol?”
Yes. Charges for corkage or service and glass hire are between you and your caterer. Alternatively our recommended bar service ‘Raise the Bar’ is brilliant.
“What about he loos”
The loos are very smart event loos which arrive just for your wedding. They are organised by either your marquee company or Church Farm. Loos with disabled access can be arranged. We can supply an accurate quote once the number of guests you expect is confirmed.
“What about power?”
We have installed power to the marquee area which will supply power for your caterer, lighting, band etc. We also have a stand-by generator as back-up in the unlikely event of a powercut.
“Can we have fireworks, Chinese lanterns and candles?”
No. Fireworks and Chinese lanterns are not permitted at Church Farm due to our proximity to farmland. Candles are permitted as long as they are in heatproof containers. At the end of your reception you will find our pretty lanterns have been placed along the paths making the meadow look even more magical and these light the way from the marquee to the campsite and to the car park. We also light one large fire pit for you for no extra charge. If you want more than one we have more fire pits available to hire.
“When do we have to finish?”
11.45pm is the latest that we are allowed to play any music.
“Are there plenty of places to stay nearby?”
Yes – see Accommodation section on Recommended Suppliers list.
“Who cleans up?”
Your caterer and bar should take all their equipment and rubbish away on the night. All extra decorations and anything else supplied by you will need to be removed from Church Farm on Sunday before the marquee comes down. With family and friends this can be done very quickly. Alternatively we can arrange for the cleaning –up to be done for you at an hourly rate.
“What happens to the rubbish?”
You have two options: (i) Church Farm can get quotes for a mini skip to be here for you to make everything very easy for you. (ii) You can take the rubbish and bottles to the recycling centre which is only 2 miles away and is open on Sunday morning. We help with bins and bags and a vehicle to carry rubbish from the marquee to the car park.
“Where can I find waitresses?”
Your caterers should bring their own team of waiting staff and they are essential to keep the event beautiful and running smoothly.
“What time does the meadow have to be clear?”
We aim for midday on Sunday and then a lazy afternoon with the papers.
“Can we order breakfast at Church Farm?”
Yes, the campers may pre-order a continental breakfast which is rolled out to the Willow Acre or the marquee depending on the weather. A selection of teas, real coffee, croissants, pastries, fruit juice, yoghurts etc. For large numbers we arrange for caterers. Camping and breakfast is charged separately.
“How many people can camp?”
There is room in the Willow Acre for up to 100 campers depending on tent size. Please discuss prior to the event.
“Can we bring our dog?”
Yes, one beautifully behaved dog is very welcome but please be aware you will be responsible for cleaning up after it.
“What flowers will be in season?”
We make sure the garden borders provide a lovely backdrop throughout the wedding season. The meadow is less predictable as Mother Nature is in charge but it is always lovely.
To discuss your perfect wedding day, contact Kate Bicknell:
Daytime tel: 01249 758444
Evening and weekends tel: 01249 750264
Any other time 07770 554559