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FAQs

You’ve probably got a hundred thousand burning questions you want to ask about getting married and finding the perfect countryside wedding venue. And when you start looking around, you’ll likely have even more that spring to mind.

We are always here to answer your questions – however big or small they might be. We’ll go out of our way to make sure you have absolutely everything you need to know about a wedding with us, and we’ll even help answer any general marriage planning questions you have (and probably have a good chat about themes and ideas, giving you plenty of tips and advice too)!

You can ask us any question at all here (via email, Facebook or Twitter), or come and have a look around in person, and we’ll have a coffee and a chat!

But to help get you started, we’ve put together some of the most common questions we’re always asked! If there’s anything you can’t find and want to know – just ask!

THE ESSENTIALS

How big is Heaton House Farm?

As big as you need it to be! We can accommodate parties of all sizes – small and intimate for 10 guests to a lavish affair for over 600 guests if needed.

Heaton House Farm covers a large area of countryside overlooking the boundaries of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. We’re a working farm, so we have an extensive amount of land.

Our wedding venue features a number of connected barns and rustic buildings, ensuring your day flows beautifully from one area to the next. And we have extensive grounds and some stunning water gardens too!

How much does it cost to hire the venue?

That depends on when you’d like to get married! It varies from month to month and weekdays to weekends. The best way to find out our costs is to request a brochure and we’ll be in touch!

We have one set cost to hire the entire venue though – including all the little things you’ll need for the day – chairs, speakers, and your own personal coordinator on the day! You can then decide on your catering and décor to match your own desires.

Do we get exclusive use of the venue?

Absolutely yes! This is about your big day and no-one else’s. However you decide to celebrate, you’ll have full exclusive use of Heaton House Farm for your wedding day, meaning all our gardens, all of our barns, and all the space in between for just you and your guests.

Can I stay at Heaton House Farm?

Of course you can! We’re really proud of the accommodation we have on-site, with our converted barn areas hosting 15 unique rooms for over 40 guests. Each has a luxurious feel and its own history, and of course, don’t forget our exclusive honeymoon suite for you and your partner.

Can I choose my own suppliers?

Due to the facilities at our converted barn, we work with a select group of catering suppliers who know exactly what to expect and how to deliver to exceptional standards. We know you can trust them, and we know they’ll do an excellent job for your wedding breakfast.

For other suppliers, you’ll still have plenty of choice from our supplier directory, and we can make recommendations for all other suppliers you might need – or you can bring your own!

How do we find you?

We’re right in the middle of the country, really easy to get to from wherever you’re coming from, by car, train or plane! You can find directions to the farm right here.

Do you cater for Jewish Weddings?

Absolutely, we’ve hosted a number of Jewish weddings at Heaton House Farm, and work with I&M catering to provide delicious kosher food for your wedding breakfast.

Can we make special requests?

We welcome any and all special requests – no matter how big or how small. Whatever part of your day you’d like help with, just ask us, and we’ll do whatever we can to make it possible!

Do you cater for Asian Weddings?

Of course. We’re one of the most popular destinations for Asian weddings in the North West and Midlands, and have a number of approved caterers specialising in Asian cuisine.

Can you recommend a wedding photographer or caterer?

We work extremely closely with a number of photographers, caterers, florists and a range of other suppliers. Check out our suggestions for suppliers and see which best matches your dream wedding.

What do we do if we have special dietary requirements?

All you’ll need to do is let your chosen caterers know ahead of time, and they’ll be more than happy to make any special accommodations for you or your guests.

Do we have to move to different rooms and buildings on the big day, or do we have to wait around for rooms to be changed and turned around?

We understand it can be one of the most frustrating parts of any wedding – sat waiting around whilst staff close off a room and rearrange all the furniture, or wandering half way around the building (or to a new location entirely) to move from the dining room to the dance floor.

Well don’t worry, you won’t have to think about either of those with us. From ceremony to the final dance of the night, all our rooms flow seamlessly into one other, and can be customised and sized to your exact requirements. No waiting around and no long walks!

Can we bring our own alcohol?

We’ve got a fully licensed bar that’s open from 12pm, so you won’t need to worry about bringing any alcohol. It’s fully stocked with everything you’ll need, and if you have any favourite drinks or special requests, just let us know and we’ll do everything we can to make sure it’s ready to serve on your big day.

What time does your bar open?

Our bar is open from 12 noon until 11.45pm. We don’t close during your wedding breakfast, so your guests will always have access to their favourite drinks.

What parking facilities do you have?

We have ample free parking for guests. Our car park is also accessible by minibuses and coaches, and we have a taxi drop off point near the main entrance.

What available dates do you have left?

Please contact us to recieve an up to date list of availalbe dates.

I'm bringing my baby, what facilities do you have?

We have a dedicated Parent and Baby room with a baby changing mat as well as a nursing chair, bottle warmer and sink facilities.

THE CEREMONY

Are you a licensed venue?

We are a licensed wedding venue, so you can get married right here on the farm and not have to worry about going to a registry office. We recommend you liaise with Staffordshire Moorlands Registrars (0300 111 8001) who’ll officiate your wedding.

Where can I get married?

We have a number of stunning different locations for your ceremony around the farm. Take a look at the choices you’ll have for tying the knot here.

Can we get married outside?

If you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding in the countryside, we can help! Our beautiful Oak Pagoda is the setting for your ceremony, outside on our charming patio and out onto the lawn if you have more than 150 guests. And don’t worry – we always have plans in place to move indoors if the British weather lets us down!

Can we get married in a barn?

If you’re looking for a rustic farm for your wedding, the chances are you’ve thought about getting married in a barn. And we are definitely the place! Take a look at our gorgeous Oak Beamed Barn.

Can I hold a civil partnership with you?

Our doors are always open to every couple. You and your partner can enjoy a civil ceremony – in whatever way you’d like – right here with us.

Do we have to get married at Heaton House Farm, or can we get married elsewhere?

If you’re looking for a traditional church ceremony, there are a number of options in the surrounding area. We can even provide a list of local churches to help you out! We’d be more than happy to welcome all your guests after the ceremony and ensure everything is in place for your reception – that’s not a problem at all.

THE GROUNDS

Can we have access to the grounds?

Of course. One of the most attractive parts of our wedding venue is the rolling green hills and stunning vistas that surround us, and we’d love for all your guests to enjoy them.

Canapes on the patio, party games on the lawn – it’s all possible with us, and you’ll have exclusive private access – no golfers and no other wedding parties.

What’s your disabled access like?

We’ve been working hard to make sure we can offer excellent disabled access right through our venue. We have step-free access from the ceremony, through to the wedding breakfast, and back to our accommodation, with a number of specially-designed ground floor rooms to stay overnight.

THE ACCOMMODATION

What time can we arrive and check in?

Our bridal preparation suite is available for you from 11am on the day of your wedding. The other rooms are available to check in from 1pm. Many wedding parties may choose to stay with us the night before the big day as well, to give themselves more time to prepare.

What time do we need to check out?

After the big day, you’ll have the option to enjoy a delicious farm-sourced breakfast the morning after, welcoming back close friends and family with spaces for up to 60 guests between 9am-10am! Check-out from our rooms is at 10am.

How many rooms do you have?

We have 15 rooms here at Heaton House Farm, with a number of different options to accommodate couples, singles and families.

How many people can stay in each room?

The set-up of each of our rooms vary, with some able to accommodate families and others more suitable for couples. In total, we can host up to 40 guests. You can find out more on our accommodation page.

i need more rooms! Do you have other accommodation nearby?

There are lots of different options for additional accommodation in the local area if you have a large wedding party, with hotels and B&Bs all nearby. We will send you a list of over 40 local properties once you book.