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WEDDING FAQ'S

VIEWING
If you would like to arrange a time to show family and friends the Inn after your initial viewing please call us on 01207 235 555 and we can see if the wedding suite is free

BOOKING
WHAT DEPOSIT DO I PAY TO BOOK MY WEDDING?
We require a £800 non-refundable deposit (£900 2019)

PRICING AND PACKAGES

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE AFTER BOOKING?
Twelve Month before the Big Day a a non-refundable 25% of the pack price is due.
Six months before the Big Day, you will be invited to a meeting, usually held on a Wednesday evening, where we will gather some more information as to how you would like your day to go, timings, menu choices etc.  and at this point a non-refundable 25% of the pack price is due.
Six weeks before the wedding you will again join us for a meeting where we will discuss your final arrangements for the day and this is when the non-refundable final balance is paid. Your final balance will be calculated, this will include your civil ceremony price plus any extra day or night guests minus the original deposit and 25% 12 and 6 month payment.

CAN I PAY IN ADVANCE OF THIS SCHEDULE?
Yes you can make extra payment at any time that you like.

HOW CAN I PAY?
Payments can be made by debit card, cash or cheques (made payable to South Causey Inn). Payments by Credit Card will incur a £2.5% charge.

CAN I SPLIT THE PAYMENT?
Yes payments can be split for different payment methods.
CAN A FAMILY MEMBER PAY ON MY BEHALF?
Yes, if a family member is kind enough to want to help.

THE PRICE OF THE PACKAGE HAS CHANGED SINCE I BOOKED, WHICH PRICE DO I PAY?
The price of the package at the time that you booked is the price you will pay. Don’t panic if you see the price change on the website, this may be a new price for several years ahead.

CIVIL CEREMONY

DO I PAY EXTRA FOR A CIVIL CEREMONY?
Yes you have to pay for a licence to be married at the Inn. If you are using the registrars services you will also have to pay the registry office a fee for the registrars to perform the ceremony.

IS THIS THE ONLY OPTION?
No, you could be married at a religious house i.e. Church, Mosque, Synagogue or you could use a Celebrant.

IF I HAVE A CANDLE CEREMONY?
Yes you can, but you have to provide your own candles and holders.

BEDROOMS

WHICH ROOM IS THE BRIDAL SUITE?
Room 31 is the usual Bridal Suite forBespoke, Gold, Sunday and Evening in  the Durham Suite. Room 26 Durham Suite Platinum and Infinity package. Room 41 Old Barn Platinum and Infinity package .

DO MY GUESTS RECEIVE ANY DISCOUNT ON BEDROOMS?
Yes, your guests receive a rounded 10% discount on bedrooms on the night of the wedding.

CAN MY GUESTS GET THIS DISCOUNT ON BEDROOMS BOOKED ONLINE?
No, unfortunately guests will only receive the discount by booking the rooms over the phone on 01207 235 555

DO MY GUESTS HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
Yes, there is a £30 (£50 Hot Tub rooms)  non-refundable deposit required on booking.

ARE ANY BEDROOMS HELD FOR ME?
No bedrooms are held for the wedding party. We advise booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

CAN I STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING?
Yes you can. However please keep in mind that no room will be held, it is the responsibility of the wedding party to book this.

WHAT TIME IS CHECK- IN FOR ALL ROOMS?
Check- in is from 2pm for all Guests.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ANY THINGS LEFT IN BEDROOMS?
We will hold any belongings left in accordance with our Lost Property Policy.

WEDDING PLANNING
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING AT MY 6 WEEK MEETING?
At your 6 weeks meeting we will require:

Platinum Packages
Your Table Plan
Your menu choices in the following format:
The overall total of each dish required - for example:
23 Seafood Platter, 20 Vegetable Soup, 6 Duck Leg, 1 Vegetarian Mushroom Bruchetta
20 Rack of Lamb, 15 Beef Wellington, 14 Chicken Breast in Parma Ham, 1 Vegetarian Chilli
49 Trio of Desserts, 1 Fresh Fruit Salad

Table by Table totals- for example:
Table 1: 2 Seafood Platter, 4 Soup, 1 Duck Leg
4 Rack of Lamb, 2 Beef Wellington, 1 Chicken in Parma Ham
7 Trio of Desserts
Table 2: 3 Seafood Platter, 3 Soup, 1 Duck Leg
5 Rack of Lamb, 2 Chicken in Parma Ham
7 Trio of Desserts
etc.

Individual totals - for example:
Table 1:
John Smith – 1 Seafood Platter, 1 Rack of Lamb, 1 Trio of Desserts
Sarah Smith – 1 Seafood Platter, 1 Beef Wellington, 1 Trio of Dessert
Etc

Gold Package
We will require:

Your Table Plan
Your menu choices in the following format:
The overall total of each dish required i.e.
49 Vegetable Soup1 Vegetarian Mushroom Bruchetta
49 Roast Beef, 1 Vegetarian Chilli
49 Crumble and Custard, 1 Fresh Fruit Salad

Your Table by Table Plan - for example:
Top Table: 6 Soup, 6 Beef, 6 Crumble
DRESSING

CAN I CHOOSE MY ROOM DRESSING?
Room dressing is included in the Platinum Package or it can be added to Gold Package. You will contact us arrange a time to come down to discuss your room dressing.( Please note that at peak season – June, July, August and December the function suite is often in use.) This is normally between the six month and the six weeks meetings. You can book your dressing meeting as soon as you know your colour scheme/ theme.

NAME CARDS
Please note on platinum package name cards have to contain the individual menu choice of the guest.

IF I AM USING AND EXTERNAL COMPANY FOR DRESSING –WHAT TIMES CAN THEY COME?
External companies must sign an external supplier’s form before delivering anything to the Inn. It is the wedding parties responsibility that companies are informed of this and that the form is signed. Companies can access the function suite from 9am on the day of the wedding and all belongings of the company must be picked up by 7.30am the day after the wedding. South Causey Inn cannot accept any responsibility for external supplies or brides own wedding items. When collecting your thing the following day we ask that a list of ALL items that you bring to decorate your room etc is given and you must check that these things are there before you leave the next day. South Causey Inn cannot accept any responsibility for loss or breakages.

WHEN CAN I BRING MY THINGS?
Anytime the day before the wedding. Please make sure items are clearly marked as to which table they need to be on etc.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY THINGS AFTER THE WEDDING?
Any items left in the wedding suite can will be collected together in the wedding suite (either Durham or Barn) to be collected between 9am and 10am. After this time they will be moved to an alternative collection site. The Inn cannot accept any responsibility for items before, during or after the event. 

DO YOU ALLOW CONFETTI EXPLODING BALLOONS?
Yes, however if you would like to have an confetti exploding balloon we have to charge £100 as we have to hire a external firm to clean the foliage in the rafters as against Health and Safety  for our staff to clean at that height.

WEDDING ETIQUETTE

WHEN SHOULD THE SPEECHES TAKE PLACE AND IN WHAT ORDER?
Traditionally speeches take place after the wedding breakfast, but nowadays it is more common to have the speeches before the wedding breakfast so everyone can enjoy the meal free of nerves. The traditional order is Father of the Bride, Groom and then Best Man.

WHAT IS THE TRADITIONAL SEATING ARRANGEMENT FOR THE TOP TABLE?
Traditionally the seating arrangements for the top table is Chief Bridesmaid, groom’s father, bride’s mother, groom, bride, bride’s father,  grooms mother and best man. However we understand that this is not always the most practical arrangement and if you would prefer no top table or a top table of only the bride and groom that is your choice.

MUSIC

WHAT TYPE OF SYSTEM DO YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE MUSIC THROUGH MY WEDDING CEREMONY?
Our system supports mp3 players, iPods, phones and CDs. Mp3 players and iPods are the easiest as music can be put onto a Playlist, without having to change to different CDs (and occasionally CDs can jump). Playlist, without having to change to different CDs (and occasionally CDs can jump).
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

WILL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS BE PROVIDED IF I AM HAVING A WINTER WEDDING? 
If you are getting married over the Christmas Period our Decorations are put up on the last Friday in November & taken down the day after New Year’s Day.

DRINKS

DO YOU ALLOW CORKAGE?
No, unfortunately we don’t allow corkage.

MY PARTNER HAS A FAVOURITE BEER, CAN YOU SUPPLY IT?
We will try our hardest to get your favourite drinks. Please discuss this with your wedding co-ordinator, who will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

WHAT TIME IS LAST ORDERS?
The bar closes a midnight. 

FOOD

I WANT  MY CAKE CUT A CERTAIN WAY, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please inform your wedding co-ordinator during your six month meeting and place a note with the wedding cake when it arrives. Chef will then follow the written instructions.

ARE THE BRIDE AND GROOM COUNTED AS ONE OF THE GUEST TOTALS I HAVE IN MY PACKAGE?
Yes they are. So for example if your package is based on 50 daytime guests that would include the bride and groom and 48 guests.

CAN I CHOOSE MORE ONE THAN ONE FLAVOUR OF SOUP?
No the only one soup flavour can be chosen.
I HAVE A FUSSY EATER COMING TO MY WEDDING! WHAT DO I DO?
If your guest would prefer the meal without sauce/ gravy/ omit certain ingredients just let us know when you have your six weeks meeting. If they still don’t like anything speak to your wedding co-ordinator who will be happy to help.

I HAVE A MUSLIM/ JEWISH GUEST - IS YOUR MEAT HALAL/ KOSHER?
No, unfortunately our meat is not Halal/Kosher. Please speak to your wedding co-ordinator to discuss your guest’s needs.

DO I NEED TO CATER FOR ALL OF MY EVENING GUESTS?
Yes all Evening guest must be catered for.  If your number of Guests exceeds 200 you will be cater for 90% of your Guests.

ONE OF MY GUESTS IS BRINGING THEIR BABY – THEY DO NOT REQUIRE A MEAL BUT CAN YOU HEAT UP MILK/BABY FOOD?
Yes, just let us know when you need it heated up. Children in high chairs where you are not supplying a meal, are free of charge.
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