Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings & Events at Godwick Hall

We?ve put together a list of commonly asked questions to help you plan your day. If you have any further questions not covered below, please ask. We are happy to provide advice and guidance using our experience of previous weddings and events at Godwick.

We?ve put together a list of commonly asked questions to help you plan your day. If you have any further questions not covered below, please ask.

The Wedding

Tell me about your wedding ceremonies - are you licensed?

Ceremonies can be held inside the drawing room or dining room which are part of the licensed area or outside as part of a ?duo-ceremony? where couples have their ceremony outside and return inside the Hall to conduct the legal aspects of the wedding.

How do we book and what?s the deposit and payment options?

Once you?ve decided to go ahead and book Godwick we are happy to hold a date for 10 days. This gives you time to contact the Registrar?s office www.norfolk.gov.uk/ceremonyenquiryform if you wish to marry at Godwick Hall.

Once you have confirmation from the Registrar that your date is available then you need to confirm your booking with us by sending us a non-refundable deposit of ?250 together with a signed copy of our terms and conditions.

Six months prior to your date 50% of the venue hire and any accommodation is due, with the 100% balance paid two months before the big day. Any optional extras and damage deposits are required a month prior. A 5% discount is available for couples who wish to pay the venue-hire fee and accommodation costs in full when making their booking.

We love the idea of your ?Duo? ceremony and getting married outside but what happens if it rains?

We usually have a better idea of what the weather will be like a few days before your wedding and can plan accordingly. Plan B is to set up a ceremony inside the hall so if the weather turns for the worse just before the ceremony then we move inside for the comfort of your guests, the registrars and of course yourselves.

For an outside ceremony, we set this up on the morning of the wedding. However, if it?s decided that the ceremony is to be held indoors before we have set up outside we will refund any costs incurred for the ?Duo? ceremony.

Do you recommend other suppliers?

We have contacts with many local suppliers providing services such as wedding cakes, flowers, photography, hair and make-up, taxis, coach hire, marquees, bell tents for camping, additional lighting, vintage bunting, bands and other entertainment.

If you have a specific theme in mind, we are very happy to work with you to make it a reality for you if it is possible.

How many guests can be seated in the hall?

For your ceremony, we can seat up to 30 guests and hold a sit-down meal in the dining room for 25 guests. If you want to seat the maximum of 30 then your best food option would be an informal buffet style wedding breakfast. Remember we do have a lovely lawned area to the front of the hall ideal for a marquee if you do want everyone seated for your wedding breakfast.

Do we need chair covers?

Our chairs are a natural lime wash chiavari style with ivory seat pads. We think they are simple and look great without chair covers, but if you wish to cover then you can do so, but at your cost.

What time can I get into the hall?

You have access from 9am on the day of your wedding for your set up.

Do you have car parking?

There is plenty of car parking adjacent to the hall.

What about music and entertainment?

We allow music and alcohol to be served until 11.30pm and request that all guests have left by midnight.

Can we put decorations up in the hall?

We would love you to personalise the hall with your own decorations and flowers. Please do not put up any decorations in the hall that cause danger to your guests or cause any damage to the fabric of the building. Any electrical items that are to be used within the Barn must be PAT tested and a certificate provided on request.

Are we able to have candles?

Candles create a lovely ambience and we do permit these providing they are in a container which is tall enough to shield the naked flame.

Can we throw confetti?

Confetti is thrown outside only and we do insist that confetti is biodegradable and made of rose petals ONLY as these disperse quickly and easily.

Can we organise a firework display? What about sparklers?

We are located on a working farm with sheep and other livestock so we cannot allow fireworks, Chinese lanterns, balloon releases and aerial displays in respect of the animals, landscape and historic buildings. Due to the potential fire risk we cannot allow sparklers, but you can hire two fire pits and guests love gathering around these in the evening.

Catering & Alcohol

Can I use my friends or family to do my catering?

In our experience, we believe the best option for you to have a great wedding and event is to use professional caterers rather than rely on your friends, family and guests. As a responsible venue, we operate within the guidance and requirements of the local council for food hygiene/safety.

We want to protect you, your guests and our reputation from a bad experience. So, we can only permit professional caterers who have a five-star hygiene rating and appropriate public liability insurance to use our catering facilities at the hall.

We can supply you with a list of recommended caterers, but if you are keen to use a caterer from outside our list we will need a copy of their 5-star food hygiene rating and public liability insurance. Caterers who have not worked with us before are welcome to make an appointment to view the kitchen space at the hall.

The only catering we organise on your behalf is that of a Hog Roast as we only allow one supplier to be used.

Regrettably this means we cannot accommodate self-catering wedding food and the kitchen is a staff-only area.

Do you have table linen, crockery etc for us to use?

able linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware is not supplied by Godwick, so you would need to ask your caterer to include these items in your quote. A guide price for crockery and linen for a three-course meal is in the region of ?8 per head; your caterer can advise you on this.

Can we provide our own alcohol?

Yes you can, if you are accommodated at the hall on a self-catering basis there is no corkage charge, all we ask is that your drinks are served responsibly by your caterers or we can organise staff to serve your guests. You can provide alcohol all day and during the evening if required however staff and glass hire charges would apply.

If you are staying on a bed and breakfast basis we can organise a Godwick pop up bar in the conservatory serving beers, wines and a selection of spirits either on a per consumption basis or as a cash bar.

Can we provide our own alcohol?

Yes you can and there is no corkage charge, all we ask is that your drinks are served responsibly by your caterers or we can organise staff to serve your guests. You can provide alcohol all day and through the evening if required, however staff and glass hire charges apply.

Many of our couples provide alcohol for the day time, which is usually served by their caterers, who will organise the glassware, and then hire the Godwick bar later for their guests to buy their own drinks – the choice is yours.

Can Godwick provide the alcohol?

Yes, we use a local Norfolk wine merchants and have a very competitively priced wine list with wines ranging from ?11.00 to ?20.00. We can also arrange welcome drinks and the fizz for the speeches as well if required.

Staying at Godwick

How many guest can stay at Godwick?

We can accommodate 20-22 guests on site within the Hall and Shepherd?s huts set within the grounds of the Hall.

Tell us more about the options of staying

We have the fabulous Godwick Hall and this can be hired on a self-catering or bed-and-breakfast basis.

Self-Catering hire: Exclusive use of Godwick Hall, on a self-catering basis for up to 14 guests including children (two additional folding beds are available at an additional cost taking the maximum number to 16). A two-night stay is required and this is usually the night before and the night of the wedding.?The Hall has seven luxury bedrooms, dining and drawing room, games room, conservatory and kitchen.

Bed-and-Breakfast hire: Exclusive use of Godwick Hall on a bed and breakfast basis for up to 14 guests including children (two additional folding beds are available at an additional cost taking the maximum number to 16). A two-night stay is required and this is usually the night before and the night of the wedding.

The Hall has seven luxury bedrooms, dining and drawing room and conservatory; this option does not include the use of the kitchen and games room.

Glamping at Godwick: Our three quirky Shepherd?s Huts are set within the grounds of the hall.

Self-Catering hire: Use of all three Shepherd?s Huts for the night before and the wedding night for a maximum of 2 guests per hut, on a self-catering basis.

Bed-and-Breakfast hire: Use of all three Shepherd?s Huts for the night before and the wedding night for a maximum of 2 guests per hut, including continental breakfast served to the huts.

Weddings at Godwick
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Weddings at
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