We know that weddings are the most important time of your life. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or alternatively take a browse of our most commonly asked questions below.
How long so you provisionally hold our booking before we have to pay the deposit?
A £550 deposit is required immediately to book and secure the date.
How do I confirm my booking?
On receipt of the £550 deposit a booking form and terms and conditions will be sent to confirm your booking.
How do we book a civil ceremony?
Once you know your date and have checked the availability at the Hall, the Wedding Manager will contact the Swinton Register Office to confirm the availability of the Registrar. By law you must both give ‘notice of marriage’, which is a formal declaration of your intention to marry. This must be done as soon as possible following your booking confirmation. To give notice you must both visit the Register Officer in the district you live.
Is there a maximum number of guests?
No, but the maximum number of guests is 88 plus the bride and groom.
What sort of music can we have for the ceremony?
The ceremony music must be non-religious and not have any religious connotation. We would recommend that you think of at least four tracks; one for the walk down the aisle, two for the signing of the register and one as the couple depart. You may also wish to play music as the guests arrive. We have a PA system available to use during the ceremony and can provide background music if desired.
Do you allow live music?
Yes, if you would like to have live music at your wedding please discuss your requirements with the Wedding Manager. The Oriel window in the Great Hall is the ideal location for a harpist, string quartet or musician of your choice.
Are we permitted to bring our own wine?
We do allow couples to supply their own drinks but operate a corkage fee of £10 per standard 750ml bottle. There would also be a minimal charge for the hire of glasses. Please ask your Wedding Manager for more details.
How many ceremonies do you hold per day?
We only hold one ceremony each day.
Is there a red carpet?
Included in the hire fee is a luxurious red carpet in the Great Hall, as well as red carpets at the bride’s entrance (Star Chamber) and guests entrance (weather permitting).
Do you provide flowers?
Yes, included in the hire fee is one pedestal arrangement and one table top arrangement. The floral arrangements will remain at the hall after your ceremony. Flowers in the arrangements will be white with green foliage, although depending on seasonality we may be able to incorporate your colour scheme if possible. You are permitted to bring in your own flowers, but due to the nature of objects to protect the period furniture within the building, you must discuss the placement of the flowers in the venue with the Wedding Manager.
Do you allow candles?
No, candles are not allowed anywhere within the Hall. As a Grade 1 listed building there are strict rules regarding the use of candles in the building.
Do you allow the Great Hall to be decorated?
Yes. Please discuss your requirements with our Wedding Manager who will be happy to advise you and arrange access the day before if needed.
Can you provide chair covers?
Yes, we can provide white chair covers and a selection of organza, satin and taffeta sashes to compliment your colour scheme. Chair covers and sashes cost £4.50 per chair.
Can we throw confetti?
Yes, you may throw bio-degradable confetti in the grounds of the Hall. Please note, confetti bombs and party poppers are not allowed. We do not allow confetti to be used in the building.
Do you have accommodation on site?
No, but there are numerous hotels within walking distance of the venue. Please discuss your requirements with the Wedding Manager.
Can we have our wedding breakfast and reception at the Hall?
No, unfortunately due to the nature and age of the building we cannot offer couples a full wedding reception. However, we are located close to Salford Quays and Manchester City Centre, providing a wide range of hotels and venues to choose from.
Can I bring my own catering?
No, all catering and drinks will be provided and organised by the Ordsall Hall wedding team – please ask us for more information. You cannot bring your own food into the hall, this is provided and organised by the Hall. You can with prior arrangement bring your own alcohol but you will be charged a corkage fee of £10 per standard 750ml bottle.
What photography is permitted?
Flash photography is not permitted during the ceremony. You are able to take photographs before and afterwards. Video cameras may be used during the ceremony with prior arrangement with the Superintendant Registrar. There will be an opportunity for guests to take photographs following the signing of the register.
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