Essential Questions to ask your wedding venue – answered by us!

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Do we have a treat for you today?! We have racked our brains and scoured our emails and WhatsApp chats, and even consulted Google to find out what questions you need to ask your wedding venue before getting in touch to book your wedding. The thing is, you’ve probably never planned a wedding before so you have little clue what to ask your wedding venue! We’ve covered almost every single base right here, but if there’s something you want to know but can’t find, please do get in touch and we’d be happy to help! So, without further ado, here are all the essential questions to ask your wedding venue – answered by us!

Essential Facts about your favourite Cornwall wedding venue

Can you hold my provisional wedding date whilst I check with family & registrars?

Yes, we can hold your provisional wedding date for two weeks. This keeps it fair for all our couples enquiring. To check our availability, please get in touch here.

Grant Lampard

How many wedding guests can you accommodate in the day and the evening?

If you’d like to stay here at Tredudwell Manor with us the night before and the night of your wedding, we can offer our gorgeous manor house B&B for up to 18 guests (info here). For your wedding ceremony, whether indoor or outdoor (options all here) and for your wedding reception we can host up to 220 wedding guests.

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Pink wave Photography

How do we check availability for our desired wedding date?

It’s really easy with us. You can get in touch via our contact page where you can fill out a quick form with basic details, email us, or give us a call.

Are your wedding venue tours free?

Yes! We’d love to show you around Tredudwell Manor. Here’s how it works: you get in touch with us via our contact form, email, or phone and we offer you up to 90 minutes 1:1 tour around our beautiful barn wedding venue. You can ask us your burning questions, feel inspired on how you’d like to use our space, and you’re welcome to bring along whoever you like.

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Pink wave photography

Is the wedding venue licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are licensed to hold indoor wedding ceremonies in our barn wedding venue and outdoor wedding ceremonies in our beautiful gardens complete with Roman temples. You also have the option of getting married at our local church and then having your reception here. We’ve put together a complete guide on how to say I do with your ideal wedding ceremony here.

Pink Wave Photography

Can we get married outside at your wedding venue?

Yes! we have a gorgeous outdoor area in our gardens with a natural amphitheatre, Roman temples and beautiful views of the Cornwall coast. You can read all about outdoor wedding ceremony options here.

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Grant Lampard

Is the wedding venue available for exclusive hire?

Yes, we guarantee you have exclusive hire when you book your Cornwall wedding with us.

Do you have accommodation on-site at your wedding venue?

Yes, you are very welcome to stay with us in our luxury manor house on the night before your wedding and the night of your wedding with up to 18 guests in total.

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Albion Row

Does it matter that we live out of county?

Not at all! Here at Tredudwell, we welcome couples from all over the UK and indeed all over the world! Please do have a read of our guide on how to plan your wedding if you don’t live in Cornwall.

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Dan Ward

Booking your Cornwall wedding suppliers

Who will be the point of contact in the lead-up to the wedding?

Our dedicated wedding coordinator, Hayley will be your point of contact here at Tredudwell. You can find out more about her and the rest of our team here.

Do I have to use your recommended suppliers?

You have free rein to choose your wedding suppliers for photography, videography, clothing, flowers, decor, and styling. We only ask that you book one of our recommended caterers. We will provide you with a list of wonderful wedding suppliers who we love to recommend.

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Grant Lampard

Timings of your Cornwall wedding

From what time can we access your wedding venue?

You have exclusive access from 8 am the day before until noon the day after your wedding.

Are there areas for both of us to get ready in the morning?

Yes, you are welcome to get ready for your wedding in our luxury manor house. We have put together a guide on the perfect wedding day morning timeline here.

Tom Frost Photography

What is the changeover plan from the ceremony to the reception room?

We are so lucky to have so much space here at Tredudwell. There is no need for a changeover plan as no matter whether you have an indoor barn wedding ceremony or outdoor wedding ceremony, we have a fully soundproofed dividing wall we can simply pull back.

How flexible are you with the timings of the wedding day?

We are completely flexible to your wishes for the timings of your wedding day.

Can I get married on any day of the week at your wedding venue?

Yes! We love a weekday wedding just as much as a weekend wedding. In fact, you can read our guide on how to plan a weekday wedding here.

Grey Dog images

Questions to ask your wedding venue about décor and styling your wedding

Are there any wedding décor restrictions?

We are very flexible, so there are pretty much no restrictions on how you decorate for your Cornwall, except nothing stuck to the walls (like blu tack) or any naked flames (e.g. Chinese lanterns, candles in jars)

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Lyra and Moth photography

Are fireworks and confetti allowed for our wedding?

Yes, we can provide recommended suppliers for your fireworks and we ask that you only use biodegradable confetti.

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Thomas Frost Photography

Eating & drinking at your Cornwall wedding

Do you offer a complimentary menu tasting?

Yes, our recommended wedding caterers offer a complimentary menu tasting with you and this can happen at Tredudwell Manor.

What menu options and packages do you have?

This would all be arranged through one of our recommended wedding caterers

Do you cater to vegetarians and vegans?

Yes, our recommended wedding caterers can cater to vegetarians and vegan diets.

Do you have an in-house catering team?

No, but the use of our catering kitchen is included in our venue hire, and we work closely with our recommended caterers to deliver a fantastic experience for your wedding.

Are crockery and linen included in the price?

Not in the venue hire prices, as that would be included in the caterer’s quote.

What size tables do you have?

You can choose from round tables 5 ft 6 or 6ft wide, or trestle tables 2ft x 6ft for up to 220 wedding guests.

Grant Lampard

Is there a cake-cutting fee? do you provide cake-cutting utensils?

We don’t charge a cake-cutting fee and you’ll need to bring your own cake-cutting utensils.

Can we bring our own alcohol? Do you charge a corkage fee?

We do not charge a corkage fee for up to one reception drink, ½ bottle of wine on the table, and a toast drink per wedding guest. On top of that, all alcohol must be purchased at our in-house bar.

Pink Wave Photography

Questions to ask your Cornwall wedding venue – Music, drinking and staying up late

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Thomas Frost Photography

What evening food options do you offer?

We would recommend caterers who can offer a wide range of different evening food options

Can you accommodate a live band or DJ? when can they set up?

Yes, they can set up any time and it will not disturb the wedding breakfast as our dividing wall is fully soundproof.

What are your bar prices and is it cash only?

We can supply bar prices when you enquire but we are cheaper than the local pubs and you can use cash or card.

Could we plug an iPhone into your sound system?

Yes. many of our couples choose to use a phone that plays music for their wedding ceremony music, for example.

What time will our evening reception need to finish?

We are licensed until midnight and we can arrange a late licence if you wish for an additional fee of £150.

pink wave photography

What are taxis like in the area?

The taxis we use are very reliable. We can provide a list to you when you enquire and they must be pre-booked as they are very busy!

Accessibility & Security Questions to ask your wedding venue

Do you have disabled access?

Yes, we are fully accessible for disabled access.

How many toilets are there?

We have 3 x ladies’ toilets and 4 x gents 1 disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

Is there somewhere we can securely store our wedding gifts?

Yes, we can arrange that for you in a lockable space.

Is there enough parking for all our guests?

Yes we have plenty of parking on site which is secure

Are children welcome?

Yes! Of course, it’s up to you whether you include children in your wedding day.

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Pink Wave Photography

Are you dog or pet-friendly?

Yes we are! Feel inspired by our real wedding with a dog here!

Laura Warbey Photography

Questions to ask your wedding venue about Costs & What’s Included

How much is the wedding venue hire?

It depends on what you would like for your wedding as we have a range of options for you. Please request a brochure here and you can check our prices.

How much will the initial deposit be & when is the final payment due?

We charge 25% of the your chosen package price as the deposit, and then the final payment is due a month before your wedding date.

What’s included in the hire price & is vat included?

Yes, VAT is included in the price. We include accommodation on site for up to 18 guests, our barn wedding venue reception space for up to 220 guests, tables, and chairs, and use of the in-house bar and catering kitchen. The ceremony fee is charged separately as some couples get married at another venue. this can range from £250-£450. We have put together a Cornwall wedding ceremony guide here for you.

Does your wedding venue cost include food?

We can arrange for you to speak to our recommended caterers to get a quote. We even have exclusive menu offers with some of our recommended caterers.

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Grant Lampard Photography/kernow forno

Are there any extra charges for staff/cleaning/room hire that aren’t included in the prices given to us?

No, staff and cleaning charges are included in our Cornwall wedding venue hire fees.

What’s the cancellation policy?

Please refer to our terms and conditions for this XXX

Are there any wedding venue restrictions?

We have very few restrictions here at Tredudwell! Please see our terms and conditions for full details. Oh, and please don’t swim in our pond!

Grant Lampard

Do you have public liability insurance?

Yes, we are fully covered by public liability insurance.

Are wedding venue deposits refundable?

It depends on the circumstances, please refer to our terms and conditions here XXX.

Do you have a variety of ceremony spaces options?

Not every wedding venue is licensed to hold weddings indoors and outdoors. Here at Tredudwell, we are delighted to offer a full range of wedding ceremony spaces which you can view here.

Why do wedding venues cost so much?

There are so many factors that drive up the prices. The running costs of building and maintaining a historical barn wedding venue are considerable and we offer so much here which gives you plenty of options and we are always adding more features! We can include accommodation on-site for up to 18 guests, our barn wedding venue reception up to 220 guests, tables and chairs, use of the inhouse bar and catering kitchen. You can check out our prices in our brochure here.  The ceremony fee is charged separately as some couples get married at another venue. This can range from £250-£450. We have a Cornwall wedding ceremony guide here.

Albion Row Photography

Are wedding venue prices negotiable?

No, as this wouldn’t be fair to our other couples. We run special offers and we can always support you to look at your priorities to meet your budget.

How do we book our wedding with you?

Get in touch via the contact form, email or phone – we are excited to hear from you!

We hope this guide full of questions to ask your wedding venue in Cornwall was helpful for you. Please do let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed out that you’re keen to know!

Valerie & all at Tredudwell x



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