Frequently asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
About our venue
How long has The Parlour hosted weddings?
The Parlour initially started hosting a small amount of weddings in 2014 and grew from there due to the addition of The Willow Room. By the end of 2016 we had run over 65 weddings at The Parlour, then 40 in 2017 and 90 in 2018. All the senior management at The Parlour have an extensive background in hospitality & catering; Nigel the owner & Martin our General Manager in 4 & 5 star country house hotels and have experience in running between them over 1000 weddings. Graham our Head Chef & Alex our Sous Chef have again both worked in large hotels & restaurants awarded 2 rosettes, our team also includes Molly as our dedicated Wedding & Events Manager who also comes with a wealth of previous experience. Finally, Caitlin and Esme have recently joined our ever growing team as Wedding and Events Assistant Manager coming from venues such as Jesmond Dene House and Newton Hall.
Do you have more than one wedding ceremony on the same day?
When you have your wedding with us here at the Parlour you and your guests have exclusive use of the site for the full day!
Do you have accommodation?
We do have accommodation however not on site at the Parlour. Shotton Grange is only a 30 seconds drive from The Parlour, this is a 200 year old Georgian home with 7 acres of private land and is perfect for any wedding party the night before or with family the night of your wedding. This house and cottage is ran as self-catered accommodation for a minimum of 2 nights. For more information and pricing please ask your wedding co-ordinator.
We’d like to have our civil ceremony at 12 o’clock, is that possible?
The timing of your ceremony is entirely up to you! We do find that a ceremony between 1pm and 2pm is ideal but whatever time you decide we can tailor the day around that.
What are your minimum numbers at the parlour?
The minimum number of guests changes for different times of the year and type of package. Our Wedding Brochure has the details.
Do you allow marquees?
We would hate for our beautiful gardens to have any long lasting damage, so we do not allow marquees. However we do have gazebos on site.
Do you have a list of recommended suppliers to help me plan my big day?
Yes we do! We have a list of suppliers from every aspect of the wedding world to help you plan your day from event dressing to photo booths and much more. Please do not hesitate to ask for a copy!
Do you have a car park?
Yes, our car park can hold up to 60 cars. This is a locked, gated car park and guests are able to leave their cars here overnight at their own risk.
What time should I invite my evening guests for?
We advise 7pm-7.30 for your evening guests to arrive to make sure that you have finished your wedding breakfast and your evening reception room is ready for you all to enjoy.
We’re having a church wedding, what’s the earliest you’d say to arrive from the Church?
We’d suggest the earliest to be around 2pm for Arrival Drinks.
Food and Drink
What food options do you offer?
From afternoon teas to 4 course sit down meals. We have a wide variety of food options on offer! Please refer to our wedding brochure for all of our menu choices.
Are we given the opportunity to do menu tastings of the wedding breakfast before the big day to help us choose?
Of course. We do Menu tasting evening’s a few times a year, this is a perfect chance to taste items from your wedding breakfast to help you decide for you big day. This event is Free for all of our Bride & Grooms however you are more than welcome to bring family and friends along for £25 each.
How long does a typical wedding breakfast take?
Wedding breakfast here at the parlour normally take 2/2 ½ hours. Depending on the size of your wedding party or which food you may opt for the timings may be slightly different. Your wedding coordinator will be able to give you a more accurate time based on your choices.
We would love a BBQ but what happens if it rains?
Because you can’t really count on British weather we have tents and gazebos that will be put up in the gardens. If the weather is extremely bad our chefs will still cook your BBQ outside but we will move the buffet table indoors so no one has to get wet!
Do you allow outside catering or corkage?
Unfortunately not, although we do allow small alcoholic wedding favours.
Is it necessary for us to cater for all of our evening guests?
Yes, we ask that all of your evening guests are catered for. We wouldn’t want anyone missing out on our delicious buffets!
Do you cater for people with dietary requirements?
Yes we do. Please let us know in advance to your wedding day so our chefs can order different ingredients if needed. We would suggest asking for any dietary requirements as soon as possible from your guests so that we can prepare available options for your guest to choose from.
Do you provide a cake stand and knife?
We do! On site we have a silver cake knife and a round silver cake stand for you to use.
What is the maximum number of guests for the ceremony?
Our ceremony room here at The Parlour can comfortably hold a maximum 90 guests.
Do I need to book a registrar? Who do I contact for this?
Here at the parlour we hold your chosen wedding date free of charge for 10 days. Within this time you should contact the registrar to check if your chosen date and time are available. Contact the Alnwick registry office direct on 01665602870.
Can we get married outside? What if we opt for this and it rains?
Yes! Our garden room is licenced so if you are wanting to get married outside we will set your ceremony up in our beautiful gardens. If the weather on the morning of you big day isn’t looking to great we will simply set the indoor ceremony as usual! Please inform your wedding co-ordinator previous to your big day if you are wanting to hold your ceremony outside.
Do you supply a master of ceremonies?
Yes, as a part of your package a member of our Wedding Team will be there for all announcements you wish them to make.
Room setup & decoration
What tables can I have on my day?
We provide 5ft round tables that hold a maximum of 10 people, however we recommend 7-9 guests to make sure your guests are more comfortable. We also provide 6ft straight tables which are usually used as your top table if that is what you prefer. If you would prefer all round tables the Willow room will hold a maximum of 9 however with the addition of a straight top table we recommend only have 7 to 8 round tables in the room.
Do you supply napkins and table linen?
Yes we do. As standard with all packages you receive white table linen and white napkins.
Do you allow candles around the grounds and in the venue?
We allow small tea lights on tables in any room as long as they are in a holder as well as around the grounds of The Parlour. Taller candles must be secure or inside lanterns to be able to be lit.
What are you able to help set up in regards to decorations?
We will be able to help set up your gift/entrance table, place cards, table plans and wedding favours as well as simple table centre pieces.
When do our suppliers come in and dress the room?
Depending on if we have a function the night before your wedding your room dresser may be able to get in the room the day before. However if this is not possible they can arrive any time from 9am on the day of your wedding to start decorating!
Can we bring our own decorations and props?
Yes of course! You are more than welcome to decorate the room yourself and bring whatever props you feel you may need. If you are struggling for inspiration please have a look at our Facebook page ‘Weddings at the Parlour ‘for photographs from previous weddings.
Do you supply highchairs?
Yes we do! We also have baby changing facilities.
Do you have anything we can display our table plan on?
We have a beautiful white easel that will be placed in the foyer of the room for your guests to see.
Do you supply a DJ?
Yes, our resident DJ is included in all packages from 7pm until the end of your night. Our Dj will also work alongside any band or singer on the evening of your wedding if you would like so.
Do I have to have your DJ?
No of course not! You are more than welcome to bring your own form of entertainment or DJ.
Do you allow fireworks or Chinese lanterns?
Unfortunately due to us being in close proximity of a main road we are unable to allow the use of fireworks and Chinese lanterns.
Do you allow the use of sparklers?
Yes, even though fireworks are not allowed sparklers are no problem! As long as they are disposed of properly.
What is the payment procedure?
When you are ready to put down your deposit you will pay an initial 25% of your total. Your next payment will be required at your half way meeting which will be 50% and then your remaining balance is to be payed 14 days before your big day! You are obviously able to make payments between these dates.
Can I pay via BACS?
Yes of course! Please ask your wedding coordinator for our details.
Who do I make cheques payable to?
Please make all cheques payable to ‘marcantonio catering limited’.