FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU JUST DO WEDDINGS?
We can host any type of event; weddings, parties, naming ceremonies, christening parties, dinners or anything else you may be planning. Just get in touch to find out about costing and availability.
CAN WE USE OUR OWN CATERERS?
You would have to use our catering team for all food and drinks but if what you require isn’t listed they will be more than happy to work with you to come up with exactly what you’d like.
CAN WE HAVE A PAY BAR?
Yes, the bar will be open throughout your event and will be able to serve drinks until midnight. The bar must be closed before and during the ceremony.
CAN OUR SUPPLIERS VISIT IN ADVANCE?
You are welcome to re-visit with suppliers and
family once you're ready to plan the details. Visits can easily be arranged with your event coordinator or come along to one of our open days.
CAN GUESTS THROW CONFETTI?
We ask that you only throw biodegradable
confetti, no foil shapes please.
IS THERE A HIRE CHARGE?
Yes, the hire charge varies depending on the day of the week, time of year and how last minute your booking is. As a rough guide, it ranges from £795 for
Mondays - Wednesdays to £1,695 for peak Saturdays. We may be able to offer areduction depending on your guest numbers. Do get in touch with as much detail as possible about your event and we'll get straight back to you with
WHAT ARE YOUR CAPACITIES?
Due to the split level layout of the venue we can either offer a small ceremony for 30 guests (or 50 with some watching the vows from the ground floor) followed by a seated reception or a larger ceremony for up to 80 followed by a non-seated party. If you're not having a ceremony with us we can accommodate 80 guests for a seated meal and 100 for a non-seated party.
CAN YOU ARRANGE THE REGISTRAR?
We can't arrange the registrar for you so you will need to speak to them directly. Start by contacting the Essex Registration Service on 0345 603 7632 to make sure they have availability for your date. You can find your local Registry Office here: www.registryofficesnearme.com.
Don't forget, it's your responsibility to confirm and book the registrar for your ceremony.
WHERE DO WE PARK?
There's a large public car park just opposite The Old Parish Rooms. Take a look at the contact page for a map showing alternative par parks in Rayleigh.
DO YOU HAVE A GARDEN?
We're completely surrounded by the church yard so don't have our own garden. We can recommend some local areas for photographs.
DO YOU HAVE ACCOMMODATION?
Although there's no accommodation at the venue your event coordinator can recommend some local places to stay.
CAN WE ADD OUR OWN TOUCHES OR IDEAS?
Absolutely! As much as possible we will try to accommodate your wishes and work with you to make the day personal to you. The packages and photos on the website are just a guide, you're free to plan your day however you like.