Photograph by Kevin Scott Wood
Do you host 'CONVEYOR BELT' style weddings - back to back?
As we only host a handful of weddings every year you can always be assured that your wedding day will receive the highly personal service it deserves.
What's Included in the VENUE HIRE fee?
Venue Hire fees include: Advance and on day supplier and event coordination, access for setup, as well as two fully S.I.A Licensed security guards. Luxury Lavatory unit hire is also included. It also includes pre-event supplier access. If you are having a marquee on The Island set up days for putting it up and taking it down as well as main power and water are all included.
How much is the DEPOSIT and when is it due?
60% is OF THE VENUE HIRE is required to secure your chosen date. This payable on booking and non refundable.
The Marquee supplier requires a 25% deposit and the caterers differ. Deposits must be paid to secure services and avoid disappointment. Balance payments are due six months before your wedding date.
When is the BALANCE due?
THE VENUE HIRE balance is due 6 months before your wedding date.
Are all your Venue Hire Options EXCLUSIVE USE?
Unless you choose 'Full Venue Hire' we reserve the right to host other weddings on the day. We will endeavour to ensure that there is no overlap (ie: a 'Civil Wedding Hire' in the morning followed by a seperate 'Island Only Hire' wedding reception in the afternoon).
Can we have unlimited SITE MEETINGS?
Each wedding booking includes one pre Wedding couple/suppliers planning site meeting.
If you should require additional pre Wedding couple/supplier site meetings or venue visits, these charged at £50.00
Do we require WEDDING INSURANCE?
Yes, as a term of your contract you will need to show proof of insurance to secure your booking.
On average how much does WEDDING INSURANCE COST?
From £96-165. We recommend: www.events-insurance.co.uk
Can we COLLECT PERSONAL ITEMS the following day, or do we have to take everything with us?
You are able to collect items the following day (10-12pm Sunday).
Do we have ACCESS TO DECORATE and bring things onsite the day before the wedding?
Yes, all hire options include hours of access for set up, please see the details of each hire for allocated hours.
Additional hours can be purchased (initial hour charged at £100.00, subsequent hours at £60.00).
Is Island Hall is an officially licensed to hold CIVIL WEDDINGS?
Yes, we can offer ceremonies from 10 up to 80 guests, and we also have a licensed gazebo for outdoor ceremonies (capacity the same in case of bad weather).
Can we have our CEREMONY OUTSIDE?
Yes! We have licensed gazebo and can offer ceremonies from 10 up to 80 guests (limited capacity due to wet weather continjency). There are no additioanl fees, but costs to consider are:
Can we use OUR OWN CATERER?
Unless you require specific cuisine for religious or cultural reasons* Island Hall only works with approved caterers. ALL refreshments must be served by an approved/agreed caterer.
*IF you need to use an unapproved caterer, there is a 10% charge (over 50 guests) or 20% charge (under 50 guests) on your final catering bill to cover our coordination and extra administration caused by working with a caterer who does not know the venue.
Can we eat EAT IN THE House?
Depending on your requirements we can offer you an intimate wedding breakfast in the house for up to 48 guests, or a marquee on the Island for up to 220. ALL weddings for over 48 seated for a meal require a marquee and that ALL evening receptions with dancing require a marquee. NO MARQUEE WEDDINGS NOVEMBER-MARCH INCLUSIVE. If your reception meal is in the main house, the latest your hire period can finish is 9pm - by which time the property must be clear of guests & suppliers. If the event over-runs late fees will apply, we suggest departure transport is booked in advance.
What is a realistic BUDGET PRICE FOR 100 GUESTS - all inclusive?
100 guests = £15,870-£18,770.00 (inc VAT) approx. (including: reception drinks & canapes, a three course seated meal within wine etc, marquee and everything you would need like staff, linen, glassware and of course lighting and a dancefloor!)
Do we NEED A MARQUEE?
All weddings for over 48 seated for a meal require a marquee and ALL evening receptions with dancing require a marquee. NO MARQUEE WEDDINGS NOVEMBER-MARCH INCLUSIVE.
Can we use our OUR OWN MARQUEE SUPPLIER?
Unless you require an unusual (tipi etc) style tent, Island Hall only works with an approved marquee supplier: Fairytale Marquees.
IF you need to use an unapproved marquee supplier, there is a 10% charge on your final marquee bill to cover our coordination and extra administration caused by working with a marquee supplier who does not know the venue.
What's Included in the MARQUEE QUOTE?
Marquee Quotes include: The structure, delivery, assembly and removal, chairs, tables, cake table, carpet, dance floor, lighting, lining, catering tent (with carpet & trestles) & a coat rail.
Can we bring OUR OWN WINE, ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRINKS? & is there CORKAGE?
Please be aware that if you choose to supply your own alcohol you will need to deliver this directly to your caterer as we do not accept ANY alcohol deliveries OR alcohol left in the marquee over night as it is NOT INSURED and we cannot take responsibility for it.
Island Hall Does Not Charge Corkage and so you can choose to bring your own wine, however all bars must finish service by: 20:00 within the house or 23:00 in the marquee.
If you choose to supply your own drinks from the Reception trough to an Evening Bar. Costs to consider are: Wine & Water Waiters as well as chilling, extra glassware and removal of empty bottles. Your caterer can directly supply uniformed wine waiters for your event at approximately £7.20 (incVAT) per guest. This price includes reception drinks, wine with the meal & the evening bar and glassware. Both of our preferred caterers can run a cash or prepaid bar for you, we do not allow external bar companies.
Please be aware that if you choose to supply your own alcohol you will need to deliver this directly to the caterer as we do not accept ANY alcohol deliveries.
Can we use an external BAR COMPANY?
Island Hall does not allow external bar companies.
What are your MUSIC RESTRICTIONS?
LIVE music cut off is 22:00. DJ or other recorded music cut off is 23:00 (after which ambient level music is permitted until 23:30). The marquee will be fitted with a sound inhibitor set at 100db@ 1 meter from speaker source, within the marquee itself. This is classified as a ‘disco’ output. It’s definitely loud enough for a good party! This gives set at 52 decibels at our boundary wall - this is a legal requirement and term of our license - Bands & DJ's are required to plug their equipment into this to monitor sound levels.
What time do GUESTS & SUPPLIERS need to have DEPARTED BY?
Guest departure should begin from 11.15-11.30pm as ALL guests and suppliers need to have departed by 11.45, so that the property can be secured by midnight. Over running is billed at £550.00 per hour.
Can we PARK at the property?
Two parking spaces are available to the Couple and two are available for Registrars within our courtyard.
Island Hall is adjacent to the Mill Yard free public car park (PE29 2AQ) and parking in Godmanchester is unrestricted.
We find that parking is never really a problem. Most guests naturally travel in pairs (at least) and many choose not to drink and drive, because a taxi to a local hotel is inexpensive in comparison to not being able to have a few drinks and enjoy the day thoroughly.
Can we bring a PHOTOBOOTH onto the Island?
Yes! Just check your suppliers delivery requirements/restrictions.
Can we bring a FIRE PIT?
Can we have FIREWORKS?
Yes! All fireworks need to be set off by a reputable company carrying the correct insurance and displays need to be completed by 10.15pm
Can we STAY at the property?
Unfortunately not. Please see this page for local hotels & B&B's.
Are ANIMALS welcome?
YES! Animals, from beloved pets to ponies, are welcome as long as they are superivised and accompanied by a 'carer' to clear up any mess they might leave (as we wouldn't want your guests treading in anything unpleasent!).
WE ALLOW FIRE PITS, FIREWORKS AND MUCH MORE IF YOU HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST PLEASE ASK!