Advice and Information

This section’s about "things to bear in mind" as well as answers to some of the questions which guests often have (things like parking, loos and confetti) so it’s worth reading through the list as you may just find the answers you’re looking for… but we’ll start with the reason for being here – and something about civil wedding ceremonies.

Outdoor weddings are very popular so it may well be the case that 'your' bride and groom are planning to celebrate their wedding ceremony in one of our three outdoor locations. If they are, then there are a few things worth bearing in mind:

  • The Rose Arbour is our most popular outdoor weddings location; with grass under-foot those very high heels might not be ideal footwear.
  • The English climate being what it is, a warmer jacket or shawl and an umbrella might be wise - "just in case".
  • The registrars will try to ensure that a planned-for outside wedding does, indeed, take place outdoors but, sometimes, it just may not be possible. The Registrars will make the final decision.
  • Outdoor ceremony areas don't have number restrictions unlike those indoors. If an outdoor ceremony has to be relocated inside but guest numbers exceed the Fire Officer's permitted room capacity some guests may have to view the ceremony from outside the actual marriage room – usually from under a canopy or marquee which the couple will have hired for that very purpose.

Other things to note:

  • We're one of the few venues not to object to confetti, but please ensure it is 100% biodegradable (rice-paper or dried petals) otherwise we may have to charge the bride and groom for any clean-up afterwards. And do bear in mind that some dark-coloured confetti may be dyed so be wary around white dresses!
  • The Stone Barn isn't heated so unless the couple has hired-in something to generate a little background heat the barn might become a little chilly on some evenings.
  • For those that need to know about loos, we have: two cubicles in the ladies, a cubicle and two urinals in the gents as well as a wheel-chair access loo with baby-changing table.
  • Car may be left overnight but must be removed by 11.00am the following day. The driveway security gates will remain locked overnight and will reopen at 7.30am.
  • By law smoking is not permitted in any buildings or covered areas – which includes marquees.
  • As a licensed venue guests are not allowed to bring or consume any alcohol except that provided by the bar. 
  • If you're bringing a present do make sure a gift-label is securely fastened, this will ensure the bride and groom know whom to thank afterwards!
  • As Clanfield is in a rural area mobile 'phone signals for different networks does vary. Friar Court does provide free guest wifi but owing to the solid stone walls it is only available in areas close to the house.
  • As Friars Court is a private house so aside from the public loos there are no rooms available for guests to change clothes in.
  • Due to Health & Safety restrictions fireworks, bonfires and sky lanterns are not permitted.
  • Owing to the fact we have our own pets no dogs are allowed on the premises with the exception for guide dogs for which we ask that we are told in advance.
  • The Bride & Groom have signed a contract and paid a security bond as part of their hire of Friars Court. Any breach of contract, damage or disruption to our house or garden by theft, accidental negligence or willful intent will be deducted from this bond.
  • The owners and employees of Friars Court accept no responsibility for loss, damage or injury to persons or their property whilst on the premises.

And finally…..

  • Please respect our home as you would your own.

 We hope you enjoy the special day.