Grittleton House

FAQs

What is included in the house hire?

We have brought together all of the best elements to create a wedding that will amaze and delight your friends and family. Included in the hire charge are; 

  • Beautiful Victorian Country House, with private drive and 37 acres of outstanding grounds 
  • Use of exquisite Drawing Room by the wedding party for pre wedding preparations on your wedding day,
    to include a bottle of complimentary prosecco, soft drinks and fresh fruit 
  • Choice of ceremony room, reception room and party room. Our house is your house, just let us know how
    you want to use it 
  • Complimentary Bridal suite on your wedding night (minimum accommodation booking requirements
    apply) 
  • An invitation for two at one of our taster evenings. An opportunity to meet the chefs and event manager
    and taste your favourite menu choices and sample a selection of reception drinks, wines and fizz. 
  • Access to a host of our tried and tested suppliers 
  • Trestle or round tables & chairs 
  • White linen table cloths and napkins, crockery, cutlery and glassware 
  • Selection of table decorations and candelabras 
  • Wedding cake table, stand and knife 
  • Gilded mirror and easels for your table plan and other signage 
  • Lawn games 
  • Onsite parking
What is the capacity?

We can accommodate up to 180 seated guests for your ceremony in your choice of the Red or Yellow Gallery, or Victorian Orangery.  The stunning full height Library Well/Hall, can accommodate 80 seated guests, with additional guests able to view from the balconies above.

For the wedding breakfast we can seat a maximum of 126 dining guests in each of the Yellow and Red Galleries.   This will be ‘Hogwarts’ style (i.e. top table & 3 legs) If you prefer rounds tables our maximum is 112 seated guests.  We are happy to spread guests across both Galleries totalling maximum of 250 seated guests.

For a more Alfresco feel we can seat up to 200 in our charming Victorian Orangery, with views over the Italian Sunken Gardens.  Alternatively a marquee can be booked through our preferred supplier & situated in several locations within the Estate.

For the evening reception we can accommodate up to 400 guests in the House.

Do you have a minimum number of guests?

We have minimum catering numbers of 80 adult day guests on a Friday & Saturday & 50 for the rest of the week.  These numbers may be lowered by prior agreement at off peak times and late availability.

What time can we access the venue on the morning of our wedding?

Access to the House is from 9am on the day of the wedding. If we don’t have an event the previous day it may be possible to come in between noon & 4pm to add your finishing touches to the rooms.  This is at the discretion of the management team.

Are church weddings available?

Yes we have our own beautiful village Church, which can be accessed via our side gate. The church of St Mary the Virgin, Grittleton, originates from c. 1200 and the four-bay north arcade survives from that date. The three-stage tower is from the 15th century. Much work was carried out in the 19th century.  Should you want more information please visit their website https://bybrook.org.uk/our-churches/grittleton/.

If I want to have a Civil Ceremony at Grittleton House, who should I contact?

To book your Civil Ceremony you will need to contact Wiltshire Registrars on 0300 003 4570 or email ceremonies@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Does the House have disabled access?

Grittleton House is an historic and unique building, which comes with its own challenges.  Mobile ramps are available throughout the ground floor of the house.  Unfortunately there is no lift access to the bedrooms on the first floor, however there are ground floor bedrooms available at the Old Stables, located within the grounds.  Please alert us of your requirements and we will do our very best to make access as easy as possible.

Do we have exclusivity on our wedding day?

We only hold one wedding per day.  However prior to wedding guests arriving for a ceremony we may welcome prospective clients for show rounds or booked couples for a revisit sometimes with suppliers.  All meetings are scheduled.

Could a marquee be considered?

Absolutely, with 35 acres we have plenty of space.  Marquees need to be hired through our preferred suppliers Good Intents https://goodintents.co.uk/ , for more details please contact us.

Is there somewhere the wedding party can get ready before the ceremony?

The beautiful Drawing Room on the first floor, is available for your use during the morning of your wedding.  Plenty of space for the wedding party to prepare.  More details.

Do you have a cloakroom for our guests to use?

We don’t have a dedicated cloakroom but we do have coats rail, where guests can leave their coats.

Do you allow candles?

Yes, we love candles, as demonstrated by the number we have around the House. Common sense should be applied to candles i.e. they should be in suitable containers.  Unfortunately lit candles cannot be placed on the floor, particularly down the aisle as they present a fire hazard.

Is confetti allowed?

Yes both inside & out although it needs to be biodegradable please.

Are fireworks allowed?

Due to the close proximity of the village, fireworks are only permitted if the wedding date is close to Bonfire weekend or New Year’s Eve.

Are we allowed live music?

Yes please! The acoustics are amazing in the House so it is always a pleasure to have live music, whether it be to accompany your wedding ceremony or for your wedding party.

Can we have outdoor games on the lawn?

You are welcome to bring lawn games to keep your guests amused - we also have a  small selection available for your use.

Can our special pet be involved in our ceremony?

We understand that your furry friend is important to you and where possible we will do our best to include them in your special day.  Animals must not be left unattended and we ask that you make provision for them to be collected prior to the wedding breakfast.  Animals are not permitted into the bedrooms, drawing room or dining rooms at any point during the day.  Animals may not stay on site overnight.

Is there accommodation on site?

We have a selection of accommodation available both at the main House and at The Old Stables located within the grounds.  Full details can be found on our website 

Is there a wedding suite?

We have 4 fabulous master bedrooms, all beautiful and unique, the choice is yours.

Can I have a cheese wedding cake?

You are welcome to bring a cheese wedding cake, additional charges may apply.  Please check with the wedding coordinator.

Is there an opportunity to taste the food?

We hold a number of taster evenings throughout the year, during the evening there will be opportunity to sample our canapés, and items from our Baroness Menu, you  will also be invited to samples a variety of wines and reception drinks.

As part of your wedding package, you will receive two complimentary tickets, additional tickets can also be purchased should you wish to invite family and friends to join you.

 

Do you offer a children’s menu?

We do offer a children's menu, for 2-10 year old or alternatively we are more happy to serve smaller portions from your chosen wedding breakfast menu.

Do you have high chairs?

We can offer the use of 3 highchairs.  These must be requested and positioned in advance.

Can we bring our own caterers?

Unfortunately not. We have amazing Michelin trained chefs who are happy to tweak our menus or create a totally bespoke one for you.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

We offer a wide variety of drinks options and have amazing suppliers who can source most things.   If however you have a very specific requirement, corkage is available during the Wedding Breakfast only, this is for wine/Prosecco/Champagne only.   Our  corkage cost covers the receipt of your delivery at a pre-arranged time, chilling,  provision of glassware, serving of drinks and re-boxing any leftovers for your collection.

Wedding Breakfast corkage prices available on application.

 

What timings would you suggest for our wedding day?

Every wedding is different, our wedding coordinator will be happy to discuss your personal timings.  A rough guide is;

  •   30 mins for civil ceremony
  •   1½  - 2 hours for drinks reception
  •   1½ - 2 hours for wedding breakfast – depending on speeches & number of guests
Do we need to see the Registrars prior to our civil ceremony ?

Couples are legally required to meet with the registrars on the day of your wedding, prior to your civil ceremony.  Couples can meet seperately or together.  The meetings will last about 15 minutes (each) if meeting with them separately or 20 / 25 minutes is you have a joint meeting.  If you are meeting separately we normally arrange for one meeting to be in the Family Library, followed by one in the Drawing Room. This part of the day is very important as it is the start of the legal part of your wedding. The Registrars may be performing sevearl marriages in a day at different locations so keeping to agreed timings is key.  The Registrars retain the right to not perform the wedding service if one/both parties are late and they need to leave for another venue.

When are the final details of our wedding discussed?

A final run through meeting will take place  4 – 6 weeks prior to your wedding day.  The meeting will last for around 1½ to 2 hours & covers all details of your wedding day.  We recommend that both parties should attend this meeting.

Can you recommend suppliers such as florists and photographers?

We have a tried and tested list of suppliers available on our website , if required.

What is the booking procedure?

Once you have confirmed you would like to book we hold the date for 5 days giving you time to confirm with your church or Wiltshire registrars & complete & return your booking form and deposit.