FAQS

WEDDINGS AT HATFIELD HOUSE – FAQ’S

DO YOU OFFER CIVIL CEREMONIES?

Both the Old Palace and Riding School are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships.

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?

Hatfield House has an easel for your table plan as well as table numbers and stands for you to use. We have 2 cake stands available on site and can provide one of these at no extra cost, providing it is available on the date of your wedding when you request it and that it matches the size of your cake. We can provide a knife to cut the cake.

CAN WE PROVIDE OUR OWN WINE? 

This is allowed with a corkage charge of £10.50 plus VAT per wine bottle and £15.50 plus VAT per sparkling wine/champagne bottle.  (75cl)

CAN WE PROVIDE OUR OWN FOOD?

All catering is provided by Hatfield House Hospitality.  The chefs are flexible and are happy to adapt menus to suit your requirements.  The exception to this is if Chef is not able to provide the catering due to your cultural reasons when you have opportunity to make your own arrangements for catering (subject to approval by Hatfield House Hospitality) and can hire the venue on a “dry hire” basis. .

CAN WE HAVE COLOURED TABLECLOTHS?

The provision of white napkins and tablecloths are included within the menu prices quoted.  Additional hire charges may apply for alternative colours.

DO YOU HAVE ROUND TABLES?

The long tables can be replaced with round tables in the Old Palace at an additional charge of £200.00 plus vat.

ARE CANDLES ALLOWED?

Candles and Tealights are allowed in both the Old Palace and Riding School, on the condition they are in stable containers (candle sticks, candelabra, hurricane lamps etc).

IS CONFETTI ALLOWED?

Unfortunately, confetti, rice or petals of any type is not permitted in the grounds / gardens outside the venues and fireworks are not permitted anywhere on the grounds.  Helium balloons are not allowed in the Old Palace.

WHAT TIME CAN WE ACCESS FROM?

Your chosen venue is available from 9.00am on the day of the wedding until Midnight, with the bar closing at 11.30pm. Should you wish to extend the party an extension is available until 1am (with the bar closing at 00.30) at an additional charge of £400.00 plus vat.

WHEN DO WE START DISCUSSING DETAILS?

The hospitality team is available at any time to answer your questions or if you require any advice. However, all details will be discussed with your wedding coordinator in a meeting 2 months prior to the wedding. We will contact you approximately 3 months before the wedding to set a date for the meeting with you.

DO WE NEED TO SET THE ROOM UP?

We will ask you to bring your table plan, name cards, favours, table decorations and any other item two days before the wedding. We will then set up everything on your tables so it is all ready for you when you arrive on the day.

IS THERE A MICROPHONE FOR SPEECHES?

Both the Old Palace and Riding School have a PA system for your use.  Microphones are available for your speeches and music can be played from a CD or Ipod during your wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast.

DO YOU HAVE ACCOMMODATION?

Hatfield House does not have bedrooms but there are a number of local hotels that we work closely with.  A list of hotels can be supplied.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Should you need to cancel your wedding at Hatfield House cancellation charges will apply.  A copy of these terms are supplied with your booking contract; if you would like a copy beforehand please ask your co-ordinator.  The initial deposit is non refundable.

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