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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What time should we book our ceremony for?
    For a civil ceremony, we recommend you book a ceremony time between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. For more information on how your day could run please click here. If you would like to see what times are available for your desired wedding date, you can fill out this form to see what available times there are with the Registration Service. For a Church wedding, we find a ceremony time between 12.30 and 2.30pm works best.
  • Which Northamptonshire Council do we book our ceremony with?
    We fall under the West Northamptonshire Council Registration Service. The main registration offices for this Council is in Northampton with Registration Offices in Daventry and Towcester. To view current ceremony times please click here.
  • What time can we access the venue the day of our wedding?
    We are more than happy to work alongside your suppliers to help with decorations to make your vision come alive, leaving you to relax and enjoy your wedding morning. If however you would like to do any decorating yourself, you are welcome to come at 9.30am onwards. We will confirm a time with you about 8-12 weeks before your wedding, during a Day in Detail planning meeting. We will also invite you to come over the morning before the wedding to drop off everything so we can decorate for you on the day itself.
  • What time can I access the Honeymoon Suite on the day of my wedding?
    If we have a wedding the day before yours, the Dodford Room (the dressing room next to the honeymoon suite) is available from 11.30am and the Honeymoon Suite itself from 12.00pm
  • What time can my suppliers access the venue?
    Your suppliers are welcome to arrive on site from 9.30am onwards to set up for you.
  • What time does the venue close?
    You are welcome to end your wedding at either 11.30pm or midnight, which will be agreed before the wedding. The music will finish and the bar will close at this time, however we ask that all guests are off site 30 minutes after the wedding please.
  • Can we use our own suppliers?
    Yes! We have a wide range of fabulous recommended suppliers who we think will be able to help you with your wedding day however we do welcome outside suppliers too, including caterers.
  • Do you allow live bands?
    Yes, we love live music and have a large number of recommended bands for your wedding. Should you like to find your own band this is absolutely fine but we do have some terms and conditions that the band must sign to be able to play. Bands must play with electronic drums to keep within our 94 decibel sound limiter. We also ask that all live music must stop by 11.00pm however PA/disco music can continue until midnight.
  • What can we do for evening food?
    Anything you like! We have some evening food packages ourselves but we have seen everything from crepes, cheese cakes to pizza vans! Check out our recommended suppliers for ideas.
  • What are the minimum and maximum numbers?
    We don’t have a minimum capacity (we have hosted an intimate wedding for 10 guests before). Our maximum capacity for a seated wedding breakfast in the Catesby Barn is 96 guests. If you are after a more informal day with guests sitting/eating across the two barns, we can accommodate numbers up to 120 guests. Please contact us for more information on how we can help with this. In the evening you can have up to 180 guests.
  • Is there accommodation onsite?
    Yes, our Honeymoon Suite is onsite for the newlyweds to stay however there isn’t any additional accommodation at Dodmoor House. We have a range of convenient local accommodation options to suit all tastes, as well as specific deals with two local hotels to help your guests with somewhere close to stay, please click here for more information.
  • Do you supply linen, cutlery and crockery?"
    Due to the number of different companies catering at Dodmoor House, we do not supply any linen, cutlery or crockery (we do have glasses though). When looking for a caterer, we ask you to make them aware of this early on so they can quote you at the beginning (together with providing all staff to lay up tables and serve/clear food please).
  • Can we provide own alcohol?
    Yes – we have a no corkage fee policy here that starts after your wedding ceremony (or your arrival from church) and finishes at the end of the meal or speeches, whichever comes last. We will chill everything for you, provide the glassware and ice as well as the staff to serve it. Nearer to the wedding, we will discuss what it is you’d like to serve as well as help you come up with quantities. The pay-bar will otherwise be open before a ceremony and after the meal/speeches (it’s also available via waitress service in the daytime if your guests want to buy any additional drinks).
  • Do you provide any decorations?
    Yes – we have lots of decorations which you can borrow, free of charge! Please click here to see all the decorations on site.
  • Can we have real candles?
    We LOVE candles and anything twinkly. All the candles we provide for you are real (except the candelabras in the Summer, the fans and hot wax would not mix well)! If you’d like to provide additional candles that’s great, however they do need to be in holders while any candles on the floor or on/the Registrar's table need to be completely enclosed or instead LED, due to health and safety. We are happy to swap the Registrars' table candles from LED candles to real candles after the ceremony has taken place. Please also note that the Registrar's for your ceremony would have the final say on candles on or near to the table, so they may have to be removed in some cases.
  • Can we use confetti?
    Confetti photos are beautiful! We can allow confetti in the Courtyard Barn and on the steps outside in the courtyard. We just ask for this to be real or dried petals only please (rather than paper confetti, even if it's biodegradable). We can suggest some suppliers for this if needed, while you are welcome to source your own petals if you'd prefer!
  • Can we use confetti cannons?
    Due to health and safety on the dancefloor, we do not allow the use of confetti cannons.
  • Is there parking onsite?
    We have plenty of car parking spaces on site. Guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight but we do ask they are collected by 11.00am the following morning please.
  • Can we bring our dog?
    We love dogs – we even have our own; the mischievous and lovely Bramble (he stays inside for all weddings!) but dogs are definitely a part of your family and make for the best photos! We allow dogs to be present for your ceremony and drinks reception and during the early evening period before your first dance as this is when most of your photos will be taken. We would suggest you check with your caterers if you would like your dog to join the wedding breakfast (due to health/safety requirements) and we’re sorry that we can’t allow dogs in the Honeymoon Suite and Dodford Room (as other couples may have allergies). We ask that they are always kept on their leads and someone (other than you) is in charge of them whilst they are here. If you need someone to help look after your four legged friend why not get in touch with Pamper My Poochie For further information please see our blog here - Dogs at Dodmoor
  • Do you provide any drinks packages?
    Yes, we have four Unlimited Drinks Packages to choose from starting at £16.00 per person. These offer a great amount of choice and are a fantastic way of controlling your drinks budget whilst giving your guests an unlimited number of drinks throughout the day. Please click here to download our drinks brochure.
  • Will there be any other events taking place on our wedding day?
    Your wedding will be the only one we have on your date, the venue and the staff are all here to deliver YOUR perfect day!
  • Is there a cake cutting fee?
    We are more than happy to cut up your wedding cake for you, free of charge!
  • Is there disabled access?
    Dodmoor House is accessible to everyone, with slopes in the courtyard and ramps available if needed. Our bar is located upstairs and as we are Grade 2 listed we do not have a lift, we will however see if we can get your guests any drinks throughout the evening.
  • Is there somewhere to securely store our cards and gifts?
    We have a lockable card box you can borrow and we put all your presents and cards in the Honeymoon Suite for you after all your evening guests have arrived, you will have a key to keep this secure should you wish.
  • When can we come and look around?
    We offer viewings Monday-Wednesdays in the daytime or some early evenings or on Saturday mornings before the wedding begins. We also host regular open evenings with lots of recommended suppliers! To book in for a viewing please click here and fill out our enquiry form or ring us on 01327 341736.
  • What deposit is required?
    With regards to a venue deposit, we have fixed our total fee in advance, which includes VAT and fees for booking, planning your wedding, maintaining the venue and hosting your special day. We ask for a £500 non-refundable booking fee up front to secure a date please, while 50% of the remaining amount is our wedding planning fee and half of this is also payable up front. The other half of the wedding planning fee is then due one year before your date, while the final payment of around 50% is the venue fee for hosting your wedding, which is due two months before the big day.
  • Can we hold a date whilst we make a decision?
    Absolutely, please just let us know which date you'd like to hold. There's no cost to do so and we will keep it on hold for two weeks so you can finalise your plans. We know it's a big decision!
  • When we will meet our wedding co-ordinator?
    We will invite you for a Day in Detail planning meeting around two - three months before your wedding, where we will discuss all the details for your day and draw up final plans. The person who hosts this meeting will be your dedicated wedding coordinator (you may well have already met them at your viewing or one of our regular Open Evenings). You can ring and email them as much as you like in the lead up to the day (they honestly love nothing more than talking about your day)! They will also meet you again the day before the wedding, to check in all your wedding items and ease any last minute worries. They will be with you on the day itself, making sure you're at the right place at the right time and ensuring you have loads of fun!
  • Can we get married at the venue?
    Yes! Our venue is licensed for civil ceremonies.
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