FAQs

Ceremony

  • What is your maximum capacity for a ceremony?

    We can accommodate 130, including the Bride and Groom, in our beautiful Victorian Orangery.
  • Can we have music for our ceremony?

    You can decide whether you wish to have live music, such as a string quartet or harpist. Alternatively, you may wish to provide your chosen tracks on an iPod, copy them to a disc or provide us with a CD and we can play them for you. We recommend that you have a couple of songs whilst your guests are waiting; one for the Bride's entrance; two for signing of the register; and one for your recessional.
  • Can my priest/vicar marry us at the venue?

    You will have to contact Taunton Registry Office to arrange your ceremony. They will guarantee that they will marry couples at St Audries Park every day of the year except Christmas and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, so you can book your venue first! Your Registrars would conduct the civil ceremony first and, once they have left, your religious blessing can take place.
  • Are chair covers included?

    Yes they are included as part of your package, and we have lots of sash colours to choose from! New for 2017, bamboo chairs are available as an alternative to chair covers for your wedding breakfast.
  • Do you provide an aisle carpet?

    Yes, there is a stunning light-cream carpet in the Orangery for the Bride and bridal party to walk down.
  • Is the ceremony price included?

    There is a separate fee to be paid direct to Taunton Registry Office. You can contact the office on 01823 282 251 for prices and further information.
  • What time should I have my ceremony?

    Between 1pm and 3pm is ideal, although you will still have a perfect day whatever time you choose. This would be booked through the Registrar.
  • How many ceremony options do you have?

    Our Drawing Room is also licenced for a civil ceremony. It boasts lots of natural light and a stunning white and gold architrave ceiling. You also have the option to have a religious ceremony in the church at St Audries Park, St Etheldreda's.
  • How long does a civil ceremony last?

    It will depend if you have any readings and/or poems, but usually between 20 minutes and half-an-hour.

Logistics

  • What is your maximum capacity for the evening reception?

    We can accommodate up to 250 for your evening reception and buffet.
  • What time do we have to be off site by?

    The bars will close at midnight, and your DJ and Disco will also stop at this time. You may decide to have an extension to 1am if you wish. There is an additional charge of £1,000, but this does include a £500 bar tab to spend on the day/night of your wedding.
  • Can guests who are staying elsewhere come back for breakfast?

    Yes, of course. We can accommodate a maximum of 130 for a cooked buffet breakfast the morning after your wedding. The cost is £15.00 per adult guest, and £7.50 for children.
  • What flowers are included?

    We offer silk-based flowers that are included in your package, and situated around the house and in the Orangery. They are neutral-coloured, so will go with any theme!
  • Is the DJ included?

    Yes! The services of our DJ and disco are included in your package.
  • Do I have to pay extra for the dance floor?

    No, our sparkly dance floor is included in your package.
  • Can I bring in my own decorations?

    You are welcome to provide your own decorations, as long as they don't cause any damage to the Main House and grounds. Your Personal Wedding Manager will organise and set up confetti, place cards, table plan, iPod (music), wedding party gifts, photo booth props, and any other items you request.
  • Can I have fireworks on my wedding day?

    Yes. If you are thinking of ending your special day with a bang, we must stipulate that we can only allow Firemagic as our firework supplier. Visit www.firemagic.co.uk
  • Do I have exclusive use?

    Yes, you will have exclusive use of your very own country house from midday on the day of your wedding.
  • Can I have a bouncy castle?

    No, I’m afraid that, due to the wide range of health and safety implications, we do not allow bouncy castles on the grounds of St Audries Park.
  • What time can guests arrive?

    Day guests are welcome to arrive from 11am, when our cocktail bar will be open. You can order non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, as well as freshly prepared sandwiches. Check-in is from 12 noon, allowing your guests ample time to unpack, freshen up and prepare for the wedding ceremony.
  • What time can suppliers arrive?

    Due to the exclusive use that we offer each wedding party, access to the main house for all suppliers is strictly from 11.00am onwards.
  • Is the venue wheelchair friendly?

    We have disabled access available via the main entrance and a ramp is available for wheelchair access. We also have disabled toilets available on the ground floor.
  • Are children allowed?

    Yes, we welcome babies and young children to St Audries Park.
  • Can I have confetti?

    Yes, we allow natural petals, which can be used outside only. Leaving small boxes or cones of confetti at the entrance to the Orangery or church for guests to take is the ideal way to have those perfect confetti wedding photos, and it also means you can ensure your guests throw the right kind of confetti.
  • Do you allow pets?

    I’m afraid that, due to the deer park we have onsite, pets are now allowed anywhere on the grounds of St Audries Park except guide dogs.
  • Is there Wifi?

    We provide free Wifi in designated reception areas for the convenience of you and your guests.

Accomodation

  • How many guests can stay in the cottage the night before?

    The Holly Cottage is perfect for that girlie night in before the big day. It sleeps up to seven guests (one double, one twin and one single room, and a sofa bed in the lounge). Check-in is available from 5pm, giving you plenty of time to chill out and relax.
  • How many guests can stay on the night of the wedding?

    We have 14 Main House bedrooms (including two family suites), 12 Coach House bedrooms, 11 Windsor House bedrooms, and four Walled Garden bedrooms. Peregrine House sleeps up to six guests, and Church Lodge sleeps up to 11 guests and includes a private hot tub. These are available to block-book on the night of your wedding. We can accommodate over 100 guests on the night of your wedding.
  • What time is breakfast served the following morning?

    A full cooked buffet breakfast with continental option will be served the morning after your wedding in the Banqueting Hall between 8:30am and 9:15am (breakfast service finishes at 9:30am).
  • What time is Check-out?

    We kindly ask that rooms are vacated by 10am ready for you to depart the estate by 11am.
  • Do you provide travel cots?

    I’m afraid not, due to potential health and safety implications. However, guests are welcome to provide their own. A maximum of two travel cots (parents’ own) for children age two and under can be accommodated in selected bedrooms situated in the Main House only.
  • What facilities are provided in the rooms?

    We offer tea and coffee-making facilities and still bottled water. Although we do not offer room service, you are able to pre-order sandwiches for the rooms if you wish.
  • Is there Wifi in the rooms?

    I’m afraid we do not offer Wifi in the rooms, only in the designated reception areas.

Food and Wine

  • What is your maximum capacity for a sit-down meal?

    The maximum we can accommodate for the wedding breakfast in the Banqueting Hall is 130, including the bride and groom.
  • Can we bring in our own drinks?

    We do not offer corkage and you cannot bring your own drinks into St Audries Park. We provide a comprehensive list of wines and Champagnes as well as fully stocked bars.
  • Can we bring in external catering?

    We have our own team of chefs at St Audries Park, who have an excellent reputation for their quality of food. Outside caterers and the provision of food by you or outside companies is not permitted with the exception of your wedding cake.
  • Can we create our own menu?

    We offer a variety of delicious dishes to suit you and your guests, but if you have something else in mind, please let us know in advance. Where possible, there is flexibility in our menus and our Head Chef would be delighted to forward some alternative dishes.
  • Do you offer an afternoon tea?

    We offer a mini afternoon tea as an upgrade option to your canapés, which will make an ideal accompaniment to your celebratory drinks.
  • Do you offer a hog roast?

    We offer a hog roast served with delicious accompaniments! The hog roast is an upgrade option to your evening buffet.
  • Do you offer a barbecue?

    Perfect for spring and summer weddings, we offer the ‘The Quantocks BBQ’ as an upgrade option to your evening buffet.
  • Can you offer international cuisine?

    Where possible, we can offer flexibility in our menus, but some cuisines require a particular style of cooking practices and traditions, therefore we cannot guarantee authenticity of all cuisines.

Booking Process

  • How do I book a viewing?

    To book a viewing appointment, please call Jade on 01984 633633 or 07920 180601 or email her at [email protected]
  • How long does a viewing take?

    A viewing appointment will last around 2 hours. This will give you enough time to see the Main House, accommodation and our stunning grounds.
  • When are viewings available?

    You can view St Audries Park on any non-wedding day and, given the nature of the business, this does mean that weekends are generally not available. We can offer evening appointments too!
  • How can I check availability?

    To check for availability, please call Jade on 01984 633633 or 07920 180601 or email her at [email protected]
  • How do I secure a wedding date?

    To secure your preferred date, we take a £500 non-refundable and non-transferable booking deposit.
  • What is the payment schedule?

    A further non-refundable and non-transferable deposit will be required, representing 50% of the package price (based on 60 day guests) as stated in your booking confirmation letter. Dates booked less than six months away will require a further deposit two weeks after booking. Wedding dates booked six to eight months away will require a further deposit six weeks after booking. Wedding dates booked eight to fifteen months away will require a further deposit two months after booking. Wedding dates booked 16-23 months away will require a further deposit of £1,000 two months after booking and then 50% of the package 13 months prior to the wedding. Wedding dates booked 23 months away will require £1,000 six months after booking, and then 50% of package due 13 months prior to the wedding.
  • When is the final balance due?

    The outstanding balance of all invoices generated in accordance with your final requirements will be due three weeks prior to your wedding date.
  • When will I meet my Personal Wedding Manager?

    Your Personal Wedding Manager will be in touch to arrange your planning meeting approximately four to six months prior to your wedding, when we can arrange precise detail for your day, including menu choices, wines to be served, times of bar service etc.
  • Do you hold dates for a period of time?

    Due to the nature of our business, with the vast amount of enquires we receive on a daily business, we cannot hold any dates at St Audries Park.
  • How far in advance can I book a date?

    There is no time limit!
  • How soon can I get married?

    You will need to submit your notice early enough to allow the Registrar to make sure both parties are free to marry one another, but you can secure your preferred date in just 30 days’ time!
  • Do you have minimum guest numbers?

    Yes, the minimum guest requirement for a Friday, Saturday or Bank Holiday Sunday would be 80 adult day guests and 100 total in the evening. The minimum for a Sunday to Thursday would be 60 all-day and evening.
  • Can I get married on any day of the year?

    You can get married at St Audries Park every day of the year except Christmas and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

Guest Questions

  • What time can I arrive?

    As a day guest, you are welcome to arrive from 11am, when our cocktail bar will be open. You can order non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, as well as freshly prepared sandwiches.
  • What time can I check in to my bedroom?

    Check-in is from 12 noon, allowing you ample time to unpack, freshen up and prepare for the wedding ceremony.
  • What time do we have to be off site by?

    Due to exclusive use we offer every wedding party, we ask that all guests must leave the estate by 11am.
  • Is the venue wheelchair friendly?

    We have disabled access available via the main entrance and a ramp is available for wheelchair access. We also have disabled toilets available on the ground floor.
  • Are children allowed?

    Yes, we welcome babies and young children to St Audries Park.
  • Can I have confetti?

    Yes, we allow natural petals, which can be used outside only.
  • Do you allow pets?

    I’m afraid that, due to the deer park we have onsite, pets are now allowed anywhere on the grounds of St Audries Park except guide dogs
  • Is there Wifi?

    We provide free Wifi in designated reception areas for your convenience.
  • What time is breakfast served the following morning?

    A full cooked buffet breakfast with continental option will be served the morning after in the Banqueting Hall between 8:30am and 9:15am (breakfast service will finish at 9:30am).
  • What time is Check-out?

    We kindly ask that rooms are vacated by 10am ready for you to depart the estate by 11am.
  • Do you provide travel cots?

    I’m afraid not, due to potential health and safety implications. However, guests are welcome to provide their own. A maximum of two travel cots (parents’ own) for children age two and under can be accommodated in selected bedrooms situated in the Main House only.
  • What facilities are provided in the rooms?

    We offer tea and coffee-making facilities and still bottled water.
  • Is there Wifi in the rooms?

    I’m afraid we do not offer Wifi in the rooms, only in the designated reception areas.
  • Can I pre-purchase food/drinks for my room?

    Although we do not offer room service, you are able to pre-order sandwiches and/or a selection of drinks for the rooms if you wish.
  • Can I purchase gifts for the couple?

    Yes, we can arrange a bouquet of fresh flowers or Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, which would make a lovely gift! Please call the office on 01984 633 633 or email [email protected]