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CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS AT HIMLEY HALL

Provisional Booking

We are happy to provisionally hold a date for you for up to two weeks without obligation.  In this time you should make a booking with Staffordshire Registration Service if your wish to hold your ceremony at Himley Hall or with an alternative ceremony venue if you wish to hold your reception only at Himley Hall.

 

Confirmation of Booking

Once you have booked the registrars for a Himley Hall ceremony or your choice of alternative ceremony venue , please telephone us to confirm your ceremony and/or reception booking . We then send you a letter detailing your booking and enclosing our Terms & Conditions for you to sign and return to us.  Our letter will request that you pay the ceremony room hire in full (if applicable) and a non-refundable £750.00 deposit for each reception (wedding breakfast and/or evening function) within one month of the date of our confirmation letter. Payment can be made by cheque payable to Dudley MBC or by credit or debit card via the telephone or in person at Himley Hall.

 

Six months prior to your Wedding

We will write to you and request a second non refundable deposit of £750.00 for each reception booked.

 

Two months prior to your Wedding

Our Catering Manager aims to meets couples to discuss the finer details for their reception; menu choices, evening buffet choices, drinks package options, room layout, linen colour etc. 

At this meeting we also ask for your final catering numbers. This allows us to calculate the exact cost of your day based on your requirements, less the deposits already paid.  We will then advise you of the amount left to pay.

 

One month prior to your Wedding

Your final balance is due for payment.

 

Two to four weeks prior to your Wedding

There will be one final meeting with our Wedding Coordinator, who will be looking after you and your guests for the ceremony part of your day.  We ask you to bring in your ceremony music, and we will discuss details to ensure the smooth running of your ceremony.

 

 

YOUR CEREMONY EXPLAINED

Registrars

It is the responsibility of the couple to ensure that a booking is made with Staffordshire Registration Service for their attendance at the ceremony and that all necessary legal formalities are completed. Please refer to the Guidelines for those who wish to marry on approved premises on our Ceremony page for more information.

Arriving for the Ceremony

The groom, best man and guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. The bride should arrive 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.


Car Parking

The Hall’s courtyard is reserved for your wedding party. If you would like to keep the courtyard clear for wedding photographs, please ask your guests to park elsewhere on the site and allow only the official wedding cars into the courtyard. We will provide you with parking passes for you to distribute to your guests, so that no one has to ‘Pay and Display’.


Ceremony Music

All music, either with or without lyrics, must be non-religious. We ask you to bring your music,  on two CDs,  to your final appointment. It is useful if the guest’s music is on a separate CD to the other ceremony music.

Background music for guests  –  20-30 minutes.

  • Bride’s entrance – 1 track / 2 minutes.

  • Signing the Register – 2 tracks / 10 minutes

  • Bride and Groom’s exit – 1 track / 5 minutes

If you would like a musician to play during the ceremony, please discuss details with our Wedding Coordinator. The musician should arrive one hour before the ceremony, so that he/she can set up before the Registrars arrive .


Seating requirements

If you would like to reserve seats for your principal guests, we will be happy to provide name place cards which can be placed on the appropriate seats. We will discuss this with you at your final appointment. You will need to decide where your Bridesmaids and Page Boys will be seated. Witnesses and anyone giving a reading should be seated in an aisle seat or on the front row.


Flowers in the Ceremony Room

The Bride’s bouquet or the top table arrangement for your reception can be placed on the Registrar’s table during the Ceremony. Please be aware that the Registrars will not allow flowers with water in an open vase to be placed on the table in case of spillage. Pedestals of flowers may be placed in the room if required.

 

Photographer and Videographer

Prior to the Ceremony we will introduce your photographer and videographer to the Registrars, who will inform them where they should stand and what is permitted during the ceremony.

 

Confetti

Fresh or dried flower petals may be used for your confetti shot outside the Hall. Your petals will be placed in our wicker baskets and our staff will hand them out to guests when your photographer is ready  to take the confetti shot.

We do not allow biodegradable confetti in the Hall or Park.

 

Drinks

If you would like us to serve drinks after your Ceremony, we will ask you to complete an order form at your final appointment.

 

Final Appointment

Our Wedding Coordinator will contact you to arrange a final meeting approximately one month prior to you ceremony.  At the meeting we will run through the details for your ceremony to ensure the smooth running of your day.  Please advise our Wedding Coordinator if you make any alterations to your plans following the final meeting.