What is a dry venue hire?

Dry hire simply means venue hire only, undecorated and unstaffed.

On the day of my wedding, when can guests arrive?
The gate will be open half an hour before the ceremony begins.

Can we get legally married at The Paddock?
At this moment in time we are not registered for actual marriage ceremonies. You will need to register your marriage before-hand and arrange for the blessing to take place at The Paddock. You would need to book your own local celebrant to officiate the blessing.

Can we book a midweek wedding at Secret Garden Soirees?

Can we hire the venue for additional hours for decorating and cleaning up?
Yes, additional hours can be arranged.

Do you have staff to decorate the garden?
We leave that up to you and your family and friends although we are happy to assist where required. It’s a great idea to use a gazebo for a make-shift kitchen or hire mobile food and bar trucks.

Can we bring fridges and chillers?
Yes, they may be bought on site but will need to be powered by your own generator and all electrical appliances must be PAT tested.

Will we have access to water?
Yes, water can be made available on request.

Can we hire a paid bar company?
Yes, we would recommend mobile bars for hire that will turn up with all equipment and staff to man the bar with the option to provide a first drinks toast as well.

Do suppliers need to provide their own equipment?
Yes, also relevant insurances and a licence for selling alcohol.

When can suppliers deliver/pick up equipment hired by couples?
Suppliers can deliver and pick up items during the hire period. All items must be taken away by midnight on the day of hire.

Are children allowed to play in the garden and paddock areas?
Yes, but children must be supervised at all times and there are some areas that will be out of bounds.

Can we hire a band/singer?
Yes, but they must be finished by 10pm due to noise disturbance in the village.
Recommendations available on request.

Are you open all year round?
We are not open in November or December due to poor weather conditions.

How many car parking spaces do you have?

Can cars be left over night?
Yes, but must be collected by 10.30am the following day.

Can our guests camp overnight?
Yes, prior to arrangement only.

Do you have a brochure?
Yes, please get in touch and we will email it to you.

Do we have to hire a celebrant?
Yes, You must also be registered beforehand to be legally married.

Can you hold a preferred date for us?
Yes, upon deposit of £500 which is non-refundable. It will always be based on first come, first served basis. The remaining invoice will need to be paid approximately 2 months prior to your booked date.

Can we pay the deposit or invoice by credit card?
We require all payments via bank transfer or cash we do not accept payments by credit card or PayPal.
Our prices are non-negotiable