Grittleton House

FAQs

What is Included in the House Hire?

We pride ourselves on our transparency & simple pricing structure - we don’t believe in hidden charges.  Below is a list of what is included within the House Hire price;

  • Exclusive use of House 9am to midnight
  • Support of our Wedding & Event Coordinator to help you plan your big day
  • Tables (5ft, 5ft 6” or 6ft rounds or trestle) & chairs
  • White linen tablecloths & napkins
  • China, glassware and cutlery
  • Large easel & board for table plan
  • Wedding cake stand, knife & table
  • Fully stocked and staffed cash bar
  • All staff
  • 37 acres including our Italian sunken garden & terrace
What are the Terms of Booking?

£1,000 booking fee is required to confirm booking then the balance of your venue hire 6 months in advance of the wedding date.  All food, drink & any extras are payable 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. All payments are non-refundable.

What is the Capacity?

We can accommodate up to 180 guests for a ceremony in one of the Galleries. For the wedding breakfast we can seat a maximum of 126 dining guests in each Gallery.   This will be ‘Hogwarts’ style (i.e. top table & 3 legs) If you prefer rounds tables our maximum is 112.  We are happy to spread guests across both Galleries totally 250 guests. From 2019 we will be able to use our restored Orangery seating up to 200.  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 350 guests in the House.

Do You Have Minimum Numbers?

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?

Access to the House is from 9am on the day of the wedding. If we don’t have an event the previous day then you are also invited to come in between noon & 4pm to add your finishing touches to the rooms.

Can We Bring Our Own Caterers?

Unfortunately not. We have an amazing Michelin trained chef who is happy to tweak our menus or create a totally bespoke one.

Do you Supply Tablecloths, China and Cutlery?

Yes these are all included within the venue hire price

Can We Have Candles?

Yes, we love candles, as demonstrated by the number we have around the House. Common sense should be applied to candles i.e. tea lights should be in containers

Is confetti allowed?

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

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 Get Married at the House Who Do I Need to Contact?

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

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. £1,000 deposit is required at the time of booking which secures your date. Payment is accepted in the form of a cheque, cash or bank transfer.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Of course, we charge £10 per 75cl bottles of wine/Prosecco/Champagne. Our corkage covers the receiving of your delivery at a pre-arranged time, chilling, service, provision of glasses and re-boxing of any leftovers for your collection.

Corkage applies to wine consumed during the meal and Sparkling wine or Champagne for toasts.  All drinks before and after the wedding breakfast must be purchased from the bar.

 

Does the House Have Disabled Access?

Yes, we have wheelchair ramps and a disabled toilet. Due to the House being a grade 2 listed building we do not have lift facilities to the first floor.

Are Fireworks Allowed?

Unfortunately unless you are getting married on Bonfire weekend or New Year’s eve then due to the proximity of the village we don’t allow fireworks.

Is There a Bridal Suite?

From April 2019 we will have a choice of two beautiful Bridal Suites located in the House.

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/  There is a daily ground rent whilst the marquee is being erected & dismantled.

Can you Recommend Suppliers Such as Florists, DJs and Photographers?

Always happy to recommend suppliers that we have worked with in the past.  They are listed on our Recommended Suppliers list.

Is There a Table Plan Stand Provided?

Yes. If you didn’t want to hire our beautiful silver gilt mirror then we are happy to supply a simple board & easel which you are welcome to use free of charge.

Is There Accommodation on Site?

The Old Stables, converted from the original Victorian Stables, is located on the edge of our estate. The 20 en-suite bedrooms are made up of  singles, double / twins & family rooms.  Full details can be found on our website www.grittletonhouse.co.uk/accommodation/ .  In addition, from April 2019 we will have 4 double rooms in the House, increasing to 10 by the end of 2020.

Can I Bring My Dog?

We are happy to allow well behaved doga to be part of your wedding ceremony & for photographs afterwards.  Dogs should be collected prior to the wedding breakfast.  Dogs are not permitted in the Drawing Room or bedrooms.

Can I Have a Cheese Wedding Cake?

You are welcome to bring your own Wedding Cake or Whole Cheeses as a wedding cake only.

Are There Any Restrictions on Decorations?

We ask people to be respectful of our House & appreciate it is Grade 2 listed, we do not permit anything being stuck to the walls.

Can We Have Outdoor Games On The Lawn?

You are welcome to bring lawn games to keep your guests amused - or hire them from us as one of our Finishing Touches.

Is There An Opportunity to Taste The Food?

We hold a number of taster evenings throughout the year which you are invited to once you have booked.  Along with taster samples of the whole Duchess menu, we also offer samples of our whole wine list and reception drinks.

 

Do You Offer Children’s Menus?

Whilst we are more than happy to provide smaller portions of the chosen wedding breakfast main course for

2 to 10 year olds we appreciate that some children have simpler tastes so do offer some child friendly options.  The price is £25.

Do You Have High Chairs?

Yes we can offer the use of 3 highchairs

What Timings Would You Suggest for Our Wedding Day?

Our suggested timings are;

  •   30 mins for civil ceremony
  •   1½  - 2 hours for drinks reception
  •   1½ - 2 hours for wedding breakfast – depending on speeches & number of guests
Do You Have a Cake Stand We Can Use?

We actually have 2 depending on your style of cake plus a beautiful cake knife

Do You Have a Cloakroom We Can Use?

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

Are We Allowed Live Music For Our Ceremony?

Yes please! The acoustics are amazing in the House so it is always a pleasure to have live music.  We have had lots of performers in the past - some of the most memorable being bagpipes, electric harpist and a brass band playing Christmas carols. 

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.

What Happens on the Morning of Our Wedding?

We offer the beautiful Drawing Room on the first floor as a dressing room for the bride or groom to get ready with their party.  The room has a dressing table, a full length mirror, fridge (with complimentary Prosecco), tea & coffee making facilities plus a screen to change behind. There are also toilets available on the first floor.  If you are getting married at the House both parties will also need to have their final meeting with the Registrars prior to the ceremony.  Our wedding coordinator or member of our Events Team will be on hand to guide the wedding parties through the meetings and in to the ceremony.  As timings are crucial at this point of a wedding day the Grittleton House team appreciate the support of the wedding parties in keeping to agreed times.

Do We Need to See the Registrars Prior to Our Ceremony If We Are Getting Married at the House?

Yes, normally couples see the Registrars separately but you can select to meet with them together. The meeting will last about 15 minutes 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 & 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 often undertake several venue visits during their day to perform ceremonies 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?

We book a final run through meeting 4 – 6 weeks before your wedding day.  Ideally this meeting is face to face but can be held over the phone or via facetime etc. The meeting lasts around 1½ to 2 hours & covers all details of your wedding day.