Frequently Asked Questions
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 6-8 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 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.
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. If we do not have a wedding the day before, you are welcome to arrive at 9.00am.
We normally host weddings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays so early access is usually only possible before a Thursday wedding (but sometimes on a Friday, confirmed two months before your wedding).
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.
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 fill in an enquiry form please click here.
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?
Can my supplier come for a site visit?
Of course! We are busy running weddings Thursday-Saturdays but usually available Monday-Wednesday during office hours to have a chat and show your suppliers around. Just email us!
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.
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 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 need to be completely enclosed or they need to be LED, due to health and safety.
Can we use confetti?
Confetti photos are the best! We allow confetti in the Courtyard Barn and outside in the courtyard. We just ask for it to be biodegradable and if you use real petals that they aren’t dyed (they can stain wedding dresses)!
Can we pay by card at the bar?
Yes but there is a £5.00 minimum spend.
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.
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.
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, or during the early evening period before your first dance as this is when most of your photos will be taken.
We’re sorry that we can’t allow dogs in the barn for your wedding breakfast (due to health/safety requirements) or in the bridal suite (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 Starpaws.
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 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 drinks packages?
Yes, we have four Unlimited Drinks Packages to choose from starting at £13.00 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.
Can we use confetti cannons?
Due to health and safety on the dancefloor, we do not allow the use of confetti cannons.
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.
What deposit is required?
We ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking with the final 50% due two months before the wedding. If you are booking the venue two years ahead, then it may be possible to pay a 25% deposit, with the next 25% payable six months later.
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 months before your wedding, where we will discuss all the details for your day and draw up final plans.
Can we get married at the venue?
Yes! Our venue is licensed for civil ceremonies.