FAQs

Ceremony

  • What is your maximum capacity for a ceremony?

    We can seat a maximum of 116 including the Bride and Groom.
  • Can we have music for our ceremony?

    You can decide whether you wish to have live music, such as a string quartet or harpist, for your ceremony. Alternatively, you may wish to provide your tracks on an iPod, copy them to a disc or provide us with a CD, and we can play them for you. We recommend you have a couple of songs whilst your guests are waiting; one for when the Bride enters; two for the signing of the Register; and one for your recessional.
  • Can my priest/vicar marry us at the venue?

    Yes, your Registrar would conduct the civil ceremony first and once they have left, your religious blessing can take place.
  • Are chair covers included?

    Chair Covers are included in our package. We have lots of sash colours to choose from! We also have Gold Chiavari chairs, which can be used as an alternative option.
  • Do you provide an aisle carpet?

    Yes, the aisle carpet is provided as part of your package for either a Grand Salon or an outside ceremony.
  • Is the ceremony price included?

    The room is included in your package, but you will have to call Braintree Registry Office to arrange your ceremony. They guarantee that they will marry couples at Gosfield Hall every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, so you can book your venue first!
  • What time should I have my ceremony?

    Between 1pm and 3pm is ideal, although we can accommodate most times.
  • What if I want an outdoor ceremony and it rains?

    Your outside ceremony will be confirmed on the morning of the wedding, as we can never guarantee the weather. The Queen's Gallery will always be available for the ceremony if the weather is inclement.
  • How many ceremony options do you have?

    We have the Queen's Gallery that can seat a maximum of 116, or the Grand Salon, which can seat up to 90 guests. You can also choose to marry outside in the Inner or Outer Courtyards in an al fresco setting.
  • How long does a civil ceremony last?

    Usually between 20 and 30 minutes.

Logistics

  • What is your maximum capacity for the evening reception?

    We can accommodate a maximum of 250 guests standing and seated.
  • What time do we have to be offsite by?

    All residents can enjoy after-hours drinks and retire to the Library. Guests not staying will depart at midnight, unless a bar extension has been pre-arranged by the Bride and Groom.
  • Can guests who are staying elsewhere come back for breakfast?

    Yes, they are more than welcome to do so, but this does have to be pre-booked. The price for this is £15 per person.
  • What flowers are included?

    You will see lots of silk flowers around the house, which are neutral colours to suit any scheme. If you would like to provide your own fresh flowers in addition, you may do so.
  • Is the DJ included?

    Yes! The services of our resident DJ are included in your package.
  • Do I have to pay extra for the dance floor?

    The LED dancefloor is included but can also be removed if so wished.
  • Can I bring in my own decorations?

    The house décor is beautiful, so further decorations are not necessary.
  • Can I have fireworks on my wedding day?

    Yes, our supplier Dynamic Fireworks will be more than happy to arrange a grand display for you.
  • Do I have exclusive use?

    Yes, from midday until midnight.
  • Can I have a bouncy castle?

    No, but we have a Garden Games package that you are able to book to entertain the children – and the adults!
  • What time can guests arrive?

    Check-in is at midday. We advise you ask guests who aren't staying over to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • What time can suppliers arrive?

    Any suppliers can arrive from 11am.
  • Is the venue wheelchair friendly?

    A lift is available from the ground floor to all floors of the house.
  • Are children allowed?

    Yes. We have lots of yummy food options which the children will actually eat!!
  • Can I have confetti?

    Yes, we have inside and outside spaces for this shot. We ask for natural rose petals outside and fake petals inside. Be sure to inform your guests!
  • Do you allow pets?

    Prior arrangements have to be agreed with the venue or Sales Manager. Pets are not permitted to stay overnight.
  • Is there Wifi?

    Yes we offer WiFi in the bar area and the access code can be obtained from our team on the day.

Accommodation

  • How many guests can stay in the cottage the night before?

    We have a beautiful suite called the Lady’s Chambers, which can be available from 5pm the night before your wedding. The Lady’s Chambers can sleep up to six, and is a great way to spend the night before your wedding. Fresh croissants and a continental breakfast will be delivered to you and your five guests while you are getting ready on the morning of your wedding.
  • How many guests can stay on the night of the wedding?

    We are lucky to have 23 beautiful rooms, which can accommodate up to 67 guests.
  • What time is breakfast served the following morning?

    A delicious Full English Breakfast, with Continental options will be served in The Ballroom at 9am. It is lovely to see your guests the following morning to share memories of your special day.
  • What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 10am.
  • Do you provide travel cots?

    We do not have travel cots to hire, but parents can bring these with them and they can be put into any of our ground floor or first floor bedrooms.
  • What facilities are provided in the rooms?

    We provide tea and coffee-making facilities and bottled water for all guests. Irons, ironing boards and hairdryers can be available upon request.
  • Is there Wifi in the rooms?

    Wifi is best found in the Bar and Library but due to the size of the house, it can be intermittent in other areas including bedrooms. Enjoy a day without the internet!

Food & Wine

  • What is your maximum capacity for a sit-down meal?

    We can accommodate a maximum of 116 seated guests.
  • Can we bring in our own drinks?

    Corkage options are not permitted, but if there is a certain drink you wish to have, this can be discussed prior to the wedding day.
  • Can we bring in external catering?

    We employ a team of in-house chefs who provide our couples with extensive menus and can be flexible to needs and requirements. We do not allow external catering apart from your wedding cake.
  • Can we create our own menu?

    Our Head Chef is more than happy to adapt our current menu options.
  • Do you offer an afternoon tea?

    You have the option of upgrading to our Afternoon Tea selection in place of canapés, if you are thinking of something different!
  • Do you offer a hog roast?

    You can upgrade your evening buffet to a scrummy hog roast for only a small supplement cost per head. Contact your Personal Wedding Manager for prices.
  • Do you offer a barbecue?

    You can upgrade your evening buffet to a barbecue for only a small supplement cost per head. Contact your Personal Wedding Manager for prices.
  • Can you offer international cuisine?

    Our Head Chef is highly trained in English and French cuisine. However, if there is a particular theme/dish you would like to discuss, please let us know.

Booking Process

  • How do I book a viewing?

    Please call our office on 01787 472914 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and we can talk through available appointment dates. Alternatively, email our Sales Manager, Becky Fanning, on [email protected] with your enquiry.
  • How long does a viewing take?

    Between one-and-a-half and two hours, but this does include time for us to relax and discuss your package over a coffee.
  • When are viewings available?

    Private viewing appointments are available on any non-wedding day. Evening appointments are also available upon request.
  • How can I check availability?

    Availability of wedding dates can change daily, but we are more than happy to talk through current availability by phone or email.
  • How do I secure a wedding date?

    We take a £500 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit to secure your wedding date.
  • What is the payment schedule?

    A further non-refundable and non-transferable deposit will be required, representing 50% of the package price (based on 60 day guests) as stated in your booking confirmation letter. Dates booked less than six months away will require a further deposit two weeks after booking. Wedding dates booked six to eight months away will require a further deposit six weeks after booking. Wedding dates booked eight to fifteen months away will require a further deposit two months after booking. Wedding dates booked 16+ months away will require £1,000 two months after booking and then a further deposit 13 months prior to the wedding. Wedding dates booked 23 months away will require £1,000 six months after booking, and then 50% of package due 13 months prior to the wedding.
  • When is the final balance due?

    Your final numbers and accommodation details are due four weeks prior to your wedding and then your final balance is due for payment three weeks prior to your wedding.
  • When will I meet my Personal Wedding manager?

    They will be in contact with you between four and five months prior to your wedding day to introduce themselves and liaise with you right up to your wedding day.
  • Do you hold dates for a period of time?

    We are unable to provisionally hold dates without taking the initial deposit.
  • How far in advance can I book a date?

    We are happy to discuss any future date with you.
  • How soon can I get married?

    You are legally required to give 28 days' notice to the Registrar. In exceptional circumstances, a special licence can be issued.
  • Do you have minimum guest numbers?

    Our packages are based on 60 guests all day and evening for a Sunday-Thursday wedding date. If you are looking to secure a Friday, Saturday or Bank Holiday Sunday, we have a higher minimum guest requirement of 80 adult day guests and a total of 100 in the evening.
  • Can I get married on any day of the year?

    Every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, as you would be unable to secure a Registrar to conduct the ceremony on these days.

Guest Questions

  • What time can I arrive?

    Guests can arrive from 12pm, but please check your invite for arrival time!
  • What time can I check-in to my bedroom?

    Check-in can be made available at 12pm.
  • What time do we have to be offsite by?

    Check-out is at 10am and we ask all to be off site by 10:30am.
  • Is the venue wheelchair friendly?

    Yes, and we also have disabled-friendly bedrooms also on the ground floor.
  • Are children allowed?

    Most definitely as long as the couple say so!
  • Can I have confetti?

    Confetti shots can be taken inside and outside. We ask for fake petals only inside, and natural rose petals only outside.
  • Do you allow pets?

    Pets are not permitted at Gosfield Hall.
  • Is there Wifi?

    Wifi is available in the bar. Please speak to one of our team to gain access to the username and password.
  • What time is breakfast served the following morning?

    You are more than welcome to join the Bride and Groom for a Full English Breakfast and Continental options in the Ballroom at 9am.
  • What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 10am. We find a lot of guests will check out just before 9am ready for breakfast.
  • Do you provide travel cots?

    We do not have travel cots to hire but you can bring these with you and they can be put into any of our ground floor or first floor bedrooms.
  • What facilities are provided in the rooms?

    We provide tea and coffee-making facilities and bottled water for all guests. Irons, ironing boards and hairdryers can be available upon request.
  • Is there Wifi in the rooms?

    Wifi is best found in the bar, but due to the size of the house it can be intermittent in other areas, including bedrooms. Enjoy a day without the internet!
  • Can I pre-purchase food/drinks for my room?

    Yes. Although we do not offer room service, you are able to pre-order sandwiches for the rooms if you wish.
  • Can I purchase gifts for the couple?

    Of course! What a lovely way to let the happy couple know you are thinking of them. Why not arrange for a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to their room or we can arrange for some wedding-inspired dipped strawberries and Champagne to be presented to them when they retire to their honeymoon suite?

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