Which room would we have our Civil Wedding Ceremony in?
The Cheshire Suite is our licensed room for civil weddings.
How many guests can we invite for a Civil Wedding Ceremony?
We have three different ceremony packages two choose from, however the prices of each all vary depending on which date you choose to have your special day.
Do we have to book the registrar separately?
Yes, it is a legal requirement that you contact Bury 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 a 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 House 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 a Church for our Ceremony?
Yes, you will need to contact the vicar/priest to discuss the arrangements and check availability.
What is the maximum number of guests we can have for the Wedding Breakfast?
The maximum capacity of the Sir Robert Peel Suite for your wedding breakfast is 80 guests.
What time can we arrive at the Old Mill on our Wedding Day?
Guests can arrive between 1 hour - 30 minutes prior to the ceremony if being held at the Old Mill.
What do we need to bring to the venue prior to the wedding day?
You can drop off table plans, name cards, favours etc. before your wedding and also your dress and suits if you’d like to. Our function manager who will be looking after your wedding on the day will contact you before the day to arrange an appointment to meet you and for you to drop off your items.
Do you allow children at the Hotel?
Yes, we welcome children of all ages to the Old Mill 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.
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 12am. The Residence bar will be open after this for all of those staying at the Old Mill Hotel.
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 9 weeks prior to your wedding for your day and evening reception, however small alterations can be done 4 weeks prior to the wedding.
Do you have a cloakroom we can use?
We have coat racks located at all entrances.
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 with details of local suppliers such as photographers, florists, cake makers etc.
Can my photographer come to the Old Mill before the wedding to look round?
Yes, but please make an appointment before hand.
Do you recommend having a break between the day and the evening?
We strongly recommend that your daytime reception rolls into your evening party without a break. In our experience, a lull in the day can impact on the enjoyment of a wedding, however our event managers can advise you on what is the best time for the evening guests to arrive.
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, however this is a separate entrance to where your guests will arrive so we will need to be informed of this.
Can we have fireworks?
Unfortunately we do not allow fireworks to be let off within the grounds of the Old Mill. 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 Old Mill.
Food and Wine
Can we have a menu tasting session?
We don’t do tasting sessions as such, however we do offer a complimentary meal in our restaurant cooked by our chefs to ensure that you are happy with the high standard of food we provide.
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 between the ages of 2 and 12 is classified as a child, under 2’s go free of charge.
Can we bring our own wine in?
Wine and champagne must be purchased through the Old Mill 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.
Can we taste the wine before we select it?
Of course, however we would need to book this in advance.
Do you have a Bridal Suite?
We have a dedicated bridal suite for the Bride and Groom here at the Old Mill.
Where does the bride normally get ready?
Most brides choose to stay with us the night before- this will be where they will get ready.
How many people can stay overnight in the Hotel?
We have 29 bedrooms in total. The bride and groom can provisionally block book 10 rooms for their guests, after this guests will need to book rooms directly with the hotel, these are booked on a first come first serve basis.
Can we bring our own cots and / or bedding?
Yes this is no problem at all as long as you notify the hotel before hand.
Can we stay over the night before our wedding?
Most brides choose to stay with us the night before- this will be where they will get ready and will receive a discount for staying the night before
Can my guests call independently to book a bedroom?
The bride and groom may co-ordinate the booking of all bedrooms that are required if they wish. Alternatively, we are able to take bedroom bookings from individual guests.
Do you have other hotels / B&B’s locally?
Yes, we have local hotels around the Bury/Ramsbottom area..
When can we come and have a look round the Hotel?
We would be delighted to show you round the Stables Country Club to bring to life what we can offer you for your special day. You can email or call us to book a show round in with us.
What deposit do I have to pay when I confirm a date?
You can reserve a date for one week, we would then need a £600 deposit to secure the booking and full payment four weeks before.