Everglades Park
FAQs

Civil Ceremony

Which room would we have our Civil Wedding Ceremony in?

The Washington Suite, Biscayne Suite are licensed for civil weddings. We can also hold ceremonies outside in the Wedding Pagoda between 1st April and 30th September, if the weather is unsuitable on the day we can make arrangements for the ceremony to be held in the Washington Suite

How many guests can we invite for a Civil Wedding Ceremony?

We are licensed to hold Civil Wedding Ceremonies for up to 85 guests.

Do we have to pay any extra for the Civil Wedding Ceremony?

There are no additional facility fees to pay Everglades Park Hotel, but there will be a fee to pay directly to the registrar in order for them to conduct the ceremony for you.

Do we have to book the registrar separately?

Yes, it is a legal requirement that you contact the Registrar separately and ensure they are available to conduct a Civil Wedding Ceremony on the date you have chosen. This can be done up to 2 year in advance. We will give you the contact details of the local registrar when you come for a show-round.

How long does a Civil Ceremony take?

A Civil Ceremony normally takes around 25 minutes, a little longer if you include readings or music.

What does a Humanist Ceremony involve?

A Humanist Ceremony is a celebration rather than a legal ceremony and can be carried out anywhere within the Hotel or the grounds. If you have a humanist ceremony you will also need to arrange to be legally married with the local Registrar.

Can we use the Church in the village?

Yes, you will need to contact the vicar to discuss the arrangements and check availability. We will give you the contact details of the Church and vicar when you come for a show-round.

Logistics

What is the maximum number of guests we can have for the Wedding Breakfast?

We can fit 120 guests for your wedding breakfast in the Pendle Suite.

What time can we arrive at the Hotel on our Wedding Day?

Hire of the suite starts from 11.00am. We normally recommend the groom arrives 1 hour prior and the bride arrives 15 mins prior to the wedding if getting married at the hotel this way we can ensure the guests are in the ceremony suite and this gives time for the Registrar to speak to her. Please note guest rooms will be available from 3pm.

What do we need to bring to the venue prior to the wedding day?

You can drop off table plans, name cards, favours etc a few days prior to the wedding. Your wedding coordinator will discuss which day you are dropping these on your final details appointment and we can make sure the function manager is present who will be running your wedding.

Do you allow children at the Hotel?

Yes, we welcome children of all ages to the hotel but ask that they are supervised at all times.

Do you have any high chairs we can use?

Yes, we have high chairs which you are welcome to use.

Can we have lunch at the Hotel whilst we are getting ready?

Yes, we can provide a sandwich lunch for you while you are getting ready. This would need to be ordered in advance.

What time do we need to leave the Hotel the next day?

We serve breakfast at 8.30am-10am and all rooms will need to be vacated by 11am although there is no rush for you to leave the hotel

Will I need a microphone for the speeches? If so, do I have to provide my own?

The natural acoustics of the room provide good amplification for most people making a speech, however a microphone and PA system can be arranged at an extra cost if you feel this may be needed.

Can you provide an easel to hold our table plan?

Yes, we provide an easel which can hold your table plan.

What time do we have to finish the party?

In order to conform with our Premises License and out of consideration for local residents, all wedding parties must finish by 1am.

Can we decorate our own napkins?

You can as long as we know in advance so that we can ensure they are ready for you to collect and decorate before your wedding.

When do I have to confirm final numbers?

We need your final numbers 8 weeks prior to your wedding for your day and evening reception.

Do you have a cloakroom we can use?

Yes, this is located off hotel reception

Do you provide children’s entertainment?

Following discussions with yourself we can arrange this at an extra cost.

Can you recommend any local suppliers? (florist, photographer etc.)

When you come for a show-round we will give you a comprehensive contact list of trusted suppliers

Can my photographer come to the Hotel before the wedding to look round?

Yes, but please make an appointment before hand to make sure the suites are not in use

Do you recommend having a break between the day and the evening?

We strongly recommend that your daytime reception does have a break prior to evening guest’s arriving this enables us to add extra chairs tables etc and dj to set up. Your wedding coordinator can advise you on what is the best time for the evening guests to arrive.

Is the Hotel lit from the outside at night time?

Yes, the front of the Hotel is lit by floodlighting at night.

Do I have to lay the name cards etc. out on the morning of our wedding or can you do that for us?

We can lay the table with your name places, favours, menus etc. as long as they are given to us in table order. We will lay these out for you on the morning of your wedding.

Is there disabled access?

Yes, we have step-free access to the Biscayne Suites and the Washington Suite and downstairs bedrooms unfortunately the Ambassador Suite upstairs does not have disables access

Can we have fireworks?

Unfortunately we do not allow fireworks to be let off within the grounds of the hotel. This is due to the close proximity of residential areas.

Can we launch Chinese lanterns?

Unfortunately we don’t allow Chinese lanterns to be launched as the debris impacts on our local residents and farmland. It also causes harm to local livestock. This ruling is in line with recommendations from the Country Land Association.

Can we have candles around the Hotel?

Candles can be used on the tables as long as they are in a safe candle holder.

Can we have confetti or rose petals?

Absolutely – but we allow the throwing of confetti outside in the grounds only and this must be natural or biodegradable. Rose petals can be thrown in certain areas of the hotel

Food and Wine

Can we have a menu tasting session?

Food and drink is a big part of your big day. We offer a complimentary tasting of your chosen menu, which will be taken in our restaurant on a date of your choice however this is to try the food and will not necessarily be the same presentation

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, as long as we know in advance then we can cater for most dietary needs.

What age do you classify a child?

Anyone up-to age 12 is classified as a child.

Can we bring our own wine in?

Wine and champagne must be purchased through the Everglades Park Hotel and we don’t offer a corkage service. If there is something specific you would like to offer to your guests which isn’t on our drinks list we will be happy to try and source it on your behalf.

Accommodation

Do you have a Bridal Suite?

We have a dedicated bridal suite situated in the Hotel

Where does the bride normally get ready?

Most brides choose to get ready in the Room they stayed in the night prior although we have the La Belle suite which is a bridal prep room available on the morning of the wedding at an extra cost

How many people can stay overnight in the Hotel?

We have 64 rooms (including the Bridal Suite) which are available for guests to book on a discounted wedding rate by giving card details and then payment taken on the day . If you’d like to book for close family members these can be added to your wedding invoice.

Can we bring our own cots and / or bedding?

Z beds or cots must be booked for children or additional guests staying in the bedrooms however parents may bring their own travel cot and bedding for babies under 3 years old.

Can we stay over the night before our wedding?

With the hotel’s full wedding packages we do offer a complimentary room for the night prior for the bride or groom

Can we have breakfast in bed?

Yes, the happy couple can have breakfast in bed complimentary – this is a chargeable option for your other guests. For all other guests breakfast is served in Keys Restaurant the following morning, from 8.30am – 10am.

Booking Process

When can we come and have a look round the Hotel?

We would be delighted to show you round the Everglades Park Hotel to bring to life what we can offer you for your special day. You can make a appointment by phone on 0151 495 5500

What deposit do I have to pay when I confirm a date?

You can reserve a date provisionally for 7 days awaiting a £600.00 non refundable deposit

What are the deposit requirements?

Once you’ve paid your initial £600 deposit your date is then confirmed by signing your wedding contract. The deposit schedule is then as follows: 25% of the total cost should be paid 12 months prior to the wedding. 50% of the total cost should be paid 6 months prior to the wedding. 75% of the total cost should be paid 3 months prior to the wedding. 100% of the total cost should be paid 4 weeks prior to the wedding. All other extra charges should be paid on departure.

Contact Details

Derby Road
Widnes
WA8 3UJ

0151 495 5500

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