Frequently Asked Questions- Weddings


Can we have a choice menu?

We ask for you to choose a set meal for everyone, and we have created a fine selection for you to choose from.

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes – though we do require full details at least one week in advance.

How long does it take to serve the meal?

We allow 3 hours for the service of the meal with speeches, cutting of the cake, etc. – depends on the amount of people attending... and the length of the speeches!

Can we have speeches before the meal?

You can have speeches prior to or after the wedding breakfast.

Do you cater for children/babies?

We have a separate children's menu or big eaters can have a half portion of the adult menu at half price.

Do you have any highchairs?

Yes, please kindly reserve in advance.

Do all guests have to be catered for with the evening buffet?

We ask that there is sufficient food for everyone, and this ensures that there is.

What time is the evening buffet served?

Usually between 21.00 and 22.00, as a late supper


What rooms are licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies?

The Great Hall, Old Dining Room, State Drawing Room, The Pagoda and The Victoria Room.

Can the ceremony be in the Great Hall?

Yes – though be aware it then takes up to 2 hours for the room to be changed around for the wedding breakfast.

Do we have use of all Public Rooms?

If you choose to take Exclusive Use then you will, otherwise the Great Hall, Old Dining Room & Old Bar will be reserved exclusively for your guests. Our other lounge areas, Vavasour restaurant and Tudor Bar will be available to the public. .

What happens with the rooms that we have for the wedding?

If the weather is not too pleasant, then the Flemish Hall may be used for your Reception Drinks.

The Old Bar is solely for the wedding party. It can be open from your arrival right through until the evening ends.
The Old Dining Room may be used for your civil ceremony, receiving line and then as the buffet area in the evening. The Great Hall is where the wedding breakfast is served, then on the evening the dance floor and entertainment are set up.

Where does the evening entertainment go?

Usually in the Great Hall.

What time do we have the function rooms from?

The rooms are for the use of the wedding party all day whether that is first thing in the morning or mid afternoon.


How many rooms do you have?

32 - a delightful combination of four posters, suites and doubles.

Which is the Bridal Suite?

Which ever room you like the most, subject to availability. Everyone has their own favourite.

Is there a special wedding rate?

Yes, you receive a discount off our Rack Rates, please refer to your brochure for details or call reservations team on 01937 53 53 02

What time is check in?

Check in for all guests is 3pm. (Bridal Suite from 12pm). Luggage can be stored until rooms are ready.

What time is check out?

Check out is 11am

Are there any family rooms?

We have a number of suites which have sofa beds or extra beds available for the charge of £10.00 per child and £20.00 per adult, this includes breakfast and VAT.

Is their much accommodation in the area?

From large chain hotels in Wetherby & York to family B & Bs in the local village (a list available upon request).

How long can we hold bedrooms?

The hotel reserves the right to release all unamed bedrooms without prior notice 12 weeks prior to the wedding date.

Do you have pet friendly rooms?

Yes, some of our courtyard rooms are available for guests travelling with pets, please arrange this prior to your visit. A small charge of £10 per night is applicable.


What is a Civil Ceremony?

A Civil Ceremony is a non religious legal marriage ceremony normally conducted by a registrar. It is often performed in a registered venue instead of a church wedding.

How do I arrange for a Civil Ceremony?

Having confirmed the date and time of the marriage, you should contact the Superintendent Registrar that she can attend and conduct the ceremony on the day and time in question.

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