Wedding FAQS

Can you get married outside at Aswanley?

If you would like an outdoor wedding, getting married in Scotland gives you choice. Scottish Law allows couples to get married virtually anywhere as long as the ceremony is conducted by a religious official, registrar or recognised humanistic celebrant. Popular places at Aswanley are on the lawn next to the fortified house, or in front of the barn looking down the River Deveron valley. Scottish weather is known for it’s unpredictability, so having the fireplace room in the barn as a backup gives people peace of mind!

Will there be other events at the venue on our wedding day?

No, you have exclusive use of the venue on the day of your wedding.

Are there any time constraints?

For the ceremony: you can get married at whatever time you like. We find that a 2pm ceremony works well as this leaves a nice gap for drinks, canapes and photographs, but not too long that people are get tired standing.

For the reception: The bar closes at 12.30am latest. Everyone, including the band, should have left the venue by 1am.

Is the space accessible?

Yes, there are multiple accessible entrances to the barn. The doors from the fireplace room onto the river terrace have a small ramp. We also have an accessible toilet.

Are there noise restrictions?

No – there’s no chance of disturbing the neighbours – there aren’t any!

How will your in house wedding co-ordinators help?

Lauren and Sarah are here to help as much or as little as you would like throughout the planning process – from a suggestion for a supplier to advice on table layouts and everything in between.

When is the balance payment due?

The balance is due 3 months before the wedding. Aswanley will send you the balance invoice a few weeks prior to this. It can either be paid by bank transfer or by cheque.

When do I need to confirm my drinks requirements?

Aswanley require confirmation of wine and reception/toast drinks 3 weeks before your wedding. This will be invoiced, to be paid in advance of the wedding. Any unopened bottles will be credited into stock and you will be refunded.

Can I supply my own drinks?

You can supply your own wine and champagne subject to a corkage fee per bottle. We will require confirmation of how many bottles you are bringing in. However no beers or spirits are permitted to be brought in – these can be ordered through Aswanley.

When can I have access to the venue to set up?

If there is no event the day before your wedding, access for clients to arrange personalised details to venue is on the day before the wedding 10am to 5pm only. If there is an event on the day before your wedding, Aswanley will ensure that your personalised details are put in place on the morning of your wedding (within reason). Caterers should have your table plan details and your florist should be instructed that setup is on the Saturday morning. A day will be arranged should you wish to do a mock set up or rehearsal in the week leading up to your wedding.

What are the measurements of the rectangular tables?

Each table is 4ft by 2ft6inches (2ft 5.5 inches to the ground).

What are the dimensions of the dining room and ballroom?

The carpeted dining area measures 24ft x 67ft. The ballroom measures 31ft x 67ft.

Do you provide linen?

Aswanley does not provide tablecloths or napkins. These can usually be supplied by your caterer.

Do you allow confetti?

Confetti is allowed as long as it is bio degradable and only used outdoors.

Do you allow fireworks?

We do allow fireworks although we are limited to 3 displays per year at a charge of £200. Aswanley must be notified three months in advance which company you are using. We require that the company provide a qualified technician and have Public Liability Insurance.

When can I collect my belongings after the wedding, for example any decorations?

Personal items can be collected the day after the wedding between 9am- 12.30pm. Our cleaning staff will have gathered most of it into one area to make collection easier. Anything hung from the rafters or on the wheels will need to be taken down by yourselves.

What is the cancellation policy?

Notification of any cancellation must be made by the Client in writing and will be effective on the date received by Aswanley. Deposits and balances are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation not covered by the appropriate insurance.

On receipt of cancellation Aswanley shall release the date and attempt to secure another booking. If the date is successfully resold Aswanley will refund the Client’s deposit, less a £500 cancellation fee.