Frequently asked wedding questions

Our FAQ’s are here as a guide for all those little details that make your day magical

Our frequently asked wedding questions are detailed below as a guide to answer those little details that are important to you.


Q What time can my ceremony be at?
A Our aim is to make your day as memorable as we can, and because of this, we only ever host one wedding per day. This means we can cater to your wishes, we would however recommend 2pm for weddings under 100 guests and 1.30pm for weddings over 100 guests, this allows a perfect amount of time to enjoy photographs, champagne and canapés in our beautiful gardens.


Q What is your maximum number of people for dining/night time?
A We can accommodate up to 150 guests for dining and 200 guests for your evening reception.


Q How many people can I have at a table?
A
You can have anything between 8 and 12 at a table, however we find 10 works best and this number gives your guests the perfect amount of space for dining.


Q How much deposit is required to book my wedding?
A
£1000 is required to secure your date, we then process a further interim payment of £3000 one year in advance with the remaining balance to be paid in full 4 weeks prior to your special day. We’re here to help you as much as we can, and to make the process easy for you, once you have secured your date, we open an account for you. This means you can pay sums of money into your account at any time to contribute towards reducing your final balance and to help you with your budget and wedding plans.


Q Can I provisionally hold a date?
A
Yes, we recommend holding your desired wedding date for 2 weeks. This will not allow anyone else to confirm while you make your final decision.  Extensions on this hold are also possible, and your dedicated wedding coordinator would be able to give advice if you require an extension.


Q Can I bring in my own wine for tables?
A
We have an extensive range of premium wines but if you are looking for something different, we could be delighted to offer you some bespoke products. Our wedding coordinator will help you with this. We do not offer a corkage service.


Q Can I have alcohol as my favours?
A
Yes you can offer alcohol as favours, but we ask that they only be presented to your guests at the meal on their place setting.  We can arrange miniature Bottega Gold for the ladies which fits in perfectly with our ballroom. Our wedding coordinator can provide you with more details.


Q Will someone dress the ballroom for me on the day?
A
Our professional wedding team will meet with you the day before your wedding and will take all your set up requirements. We will then dress our ballroom exactly how you wish leaving you stress free to relax and enjoy your big day.


Q Will there be another wedding taking place in the hotel on my day?
A
We pride ourselves on only hosting one wedding per day, your day is for you and your guests and your party will receive our complete attention. This means you can also enjoy private gardens for your photographs and only your invited guests will be witness to your magical union.


Q What if my numbers change after I book?
A
When you book, you confirm your estimated numbers of guests which we understand may change. We allow a 10% reduction in numbers subject to minimum numbers not being affected. These numbers can increase up to our maximum capacity of 150.


Q Can I add things into my wedding estimate after I book?
A
Of course. We know that planning a wedding takes a lot of time and thought. You’ll be gaining ideas and inspiration as your planning gets underway. Our wedding co-ordinator will be on hand for you throughout the whole process for advice and she will be able to order you any items you may wish to include for your day, such as LED dancefloor/backdrop etc.

Q Do I need to ask my guests for a pre-order?
A
Our professional function team will attend to all your tables and take the orders from all your guests on the day. Planning your big day can be quite stressful, let us take one thing off your mind.


Q Do my room rates include breakfast for my guests?
A
Yes, all our wedding room rates are inclusive of a full Scottish breakfast for your guests. We also offer bubbly at breakfast for all your guests as a little extra as they may wish to enjoy making the next morning an extension of your celebrations.


Q Are children allowed to stay until the end of my wedding at night time?
A Yes. Our license allows this, because it is a private function. There is no need for children to leave early, they can stay all evening and join in with the celebrations.


Q Am I allowed to bring in external caterers to do the food for my event?
A
We have a dedicated kitchen team who bring you a selection of delicious wedding menus using the finest locally sourced produce. We can create bespoke options for your special day and we can also offer a complimentary meal tasting when you confirm your special day with us. We do not allow external caterers.


Q What size is your dancefloor?
A
Our dancefloor is 21’ x 33’, which is larger than most. It is a perfect space for everyone to dance the night away.  We can also arrange an LED dancefloor if you wish to add some extra sparkle to your magical day.


Q Is there a payment plan option available?
A
Yes, we have a variety of options to suit everyone. You can pay towards your wedding at any time by coming into the hotel. We offer a secure WorldPay email link as a standard order facility.


Q Can you help with florist, cake, cars etc?
A
Our Wedding team has a list of recommended suppliers for all the luxury extras you might wish to have for your day. We will always be there for you should you need any advice.


Q What size are the candelabras?
A
They are 80cm in height, gold 5 arm candelabras and come complete with candles to dress your tables elegantly. This adds the perfect finishing touch and creates a beautiful ambience in our Grand Ballroom. You can provide your own bespoke centrepieces should you wish to create a different look for your special day.


Q Can I change my package after I confirm my date?
A
You can upgrade your package at any time after you have confirmed your wedding. You can also add luxury additions such as DJs, chair covers at any time.


Q Do I need to take all bedrooms when booking a wedding?
A
We have 11 beautiful and individually decorated suites for your guests as well as your very own luxury honeymoon suite. The cost for these is added to your estimate and is deducted and settled by your guests one month prior to your special day. This ensures your privacy for your big day, as it will be only your guests staying at the hotel, and it also allows for a private breakfast celebration the following morning.


Q What is the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive weddings?
A
The Grand Ballroom and all bedrooms are exclusively yours for your big day. You may also wish Annabel’s restaurant to be closed to the public. For weddings over 60 guests, the restaurant remains closed throughout the day but we open this from approx. 8.00pm in the evening. If you wish to close the restaurant in the evening please do not hesitate to discuss an exclusively yours option for your special day.


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