Your Wedding day is extremely important to us. We are unique as a venue, not only are we a family run venue, we live here to. We take every pride and effort to make this special for you. We are not the same as other wedding venues. Our family history is here and you are part of that. Our venue is not a hotel or purpose built venue, we are part of the fabric of the countryside and village. We promise we will do everything we can to make your day as special and unique as we can. We are proud to share our home with you.
Your venue hire includes, The Stables, our wedding preparation suite, The Old Dairy Barn, our licensed ceremony barn, The Oak Barn, our large dining and evening barn, complete with the Sty our fully stocked bar. The Oak Terrace, our large outdoor roofed garden terrace, The Courtyard Terrace, our large outdoor roofed evening food/BBQ/Drink Reception area, overlooking the courtyard to The Stables and The Old Dairy Bar. We are licensed for indoor ceremonies In both the Oak Barn and The Old Dairy Barn, and Recorded and live performance music. We are licensed for the sale on and off premises of alcohol, from 9am -11.45pm. Closing at Midnight.
We have designed the venue to give you venue hire luxury without the absolute need to have to ‘dress’ the venue at significant costs.
You hire the venue……it is our priority to leave you with a canvass that can remain as it is without you ‘having’ to fill with decorations.
When you plan your wedding you may initially think…… I have the venue. What do i need? What are my priorities?
1. The venue as it is…. Will give you everything you need as a basic without adding. You don’t have to over add with sweet carts and gimmick items, they will not make your wedding, you and your guests will.
2. The very best advice -“Feed and Water them well.” Jenkinsons caterers will plan your food and you can be assured of quality and luxury. We will water them well and you can order from this website.
3. Decorations??? A Centre piece for your tables are a necessity. We do not supply these as every wedding is different. Simply great floristry in a centre piece will define everything about your wedding and your style. Honestly do not underestimate the Importance and impact of great floristry. This venue is designed so that this is all you need to do. Anything further is your choice. Genuine Floristry may be expensive but it will save you spending on other items where you do not need to.
4. Post Box , Guests well wishing book/item, table plan and name places. These can be simple to complex items, and eBay , vista print type sites can help you save.
5. Music, sets an atmosphere, and ambiance. Music is always important. Live or recorded. A pianist can be beautiful during dining, and a live band can set off your evening entertainment into the celebration of the year. These all have their own costs, so work out your budget But do give this some considerable thought.
6. Do not get carried away listening to ’you must have this‘. You and your guests will remember, each other, the beautiful venue, the wedding, the food and the drink, and the atmosphere.
Absolute Musts for planning your day …………. The itinerary document and the table plans below are an essential part of the planning. Please print and complete.
If you are using a wedding planner or On the day wedding management company please advise them to send to us in well in advance of your wedding.
Check and book your registrar, or church .... focus on the time you want to get married! Remember this day will go so quickly so make the most of your time.
If you are getting married here, secure the registrar as soon as possible by calling Staffordshire County Council on 0300 111 8001.
If you would prefer a Church wedding you can of course opt to be married in your family church or alternatively St.Giles Church in Whittington is available for those outside of the parish And only 5 mins away! Speak to St.Giles Church for more information on having your church wedding here in the village on 07721767963.
Without a doubt you will have ideas! You will have seen posts on Instagram or Pinterest that will have grabbed your attention. Branding your wedding is like branding a business. Once you have chosen your colours and theme it will help you with everything you are going to decide upon from there, such as dresses, floristry, suits and stationary.
Jenkinsons are our designated caterers, once you have booked us as your venue we will send your details to them so that they can contact you directly to discuss everything food related! They will produce a food itinerary with you and bring you in for a menu tasting so you can sample some of their delicious dishes.
Jenkinsons caterers have full control and liability for any food brought onto site, so please ensure all food items including your wedding cake, are itemised on the itinerary including when to serve them! This is very important for safety, liability, traceability and hygiene control purposes so please speak to your wedding food coordinator about your wedding food plans.
Jenkinsons are a family run company like ourselves and have over 80 years of being high quality food caterers. We are proud to work with them and stand by the experience and quality they bring with them.
We have made it easy for you to pre-order your wedding drinks right here on this website. You can either order one of our set drinks packages or put together your own bespoke package.
We accept both cash and card at the bar and it is fully stocked with everything from exclusive wines to craft gins and even cocktails on tap, so there really is something for everyone!
You cannot bring any alcohol onto our site as we are a fully licensed venue. All of our drink is controlled and looked after to ensure the highest of standards in quality and value.
All drink items are the responsibility of Coton House Farm and not Jenkinsons.
Try to Go Green..... We are green! We are a 100% renewable energy venue, with low power consumption heating and lighting. Fully insulated buildings, and we plant hundreds of trees per year to off set your wedding. We recycle all of our glass , plastics and cardboard, we take nothing to landfill. Our general waste is sent for conversion into renewable energy pellets. Waste water is collected and taken for treatment and rainwater used for irrigation. Our Food is all locally sourced, supporting Staffordshire farming, and reducing food miles. In fact most of our vegetables are grown in our village. Most of our beer products are brewed less than 10 miles away and all of our wines are Vegan friendly. So use local, support small businesses, reduce miles, reduce waste.
Our Commitment - meaning your wedding is supporting …. We commit funds annually into Horse and Carriage Riding for the Disabled, Worcester Warriers Rugby Club Centre of Excellence for womens Rugby, Lichfield Rugby Club, and Burton Rugby Club , particularly the rise of female teams and players into the national pathway. Whittington Community projects supported by the country and craft fair, and the use of Fair trade products. We are also avid supporters of our neighbouring charity St. Giles Hospice.
Our office is always open for communication, and we welcome your contact.
Jenkinsons Caterers will contact you through their Wedding Food Coordinator and all things ‘foodie’ will be dealt with by them. On the day some couples choose to employ a Wedding planner or on the day management team, others just allow the highly experienced Jenkinsons Venue Catering manager, who will be present during your entire day to run the day for you (following the itinerary you created).
Our venue manager will be present during your day. They will be here to ensure all legal and safety measures, (front of house and back room) including standards are adhered to. Table linen and set up are controlled by the venue catering manager from Jenkinsons who will be your point of contact on your day. Once we have your full itinerary, we will pass this over to your venue catering manager for your day. Neither the venue catering manager or the venue manager are Toast Masters. If you require this as a formal service, then you will need to employ a toast master or allocate a guest to announce entrance and speeches etc.
Exclusive use starts 2 hours before your ceremony or dining, whichever comes first. Please remember and do not be offended if we have any showrounds of potential couples in and around the venue during the morning period. You were in this position once! We wont intrude into your privacy. The wedding coordinators may be busy with the couples however the duty managers and morning concierge are here for you.
You will want to make an itinerary, This will help your front of house catering team deliver your day. Email it to us so we can have this ready for your day.
Why do we need it?
1. To ensure legality and compliance with your suppliers.
2. To ensure service staff have a detailed plan and times to deliver to.
It is very important to us that we know your plans,
Your Jenkinsons food coordinator will help create a food plan with you and this will help you with your days timings, but your staff on the day will need more detailed information.
Make your timings run in order. Walk through your day in your mind, as you want it. Then write it down.
Write who each supplier is, their name, business and contact number, preferably mobile number.
(The below is purely an example and may not fit your wedding.)
0900hrs -Arrive at venue with bridesmaids. Dad is dropping us off.
0910hrs -Photographer arrives.(Say who this is.)
0920hrs -Make up and Hairstylist arriving.(Say who they are.)
0930hrs -Venue Dresser is arriving.(Say who they are.)
1000hrs -Florist arriving.(Say who florist is)
1020hrs -Champagne order from venue for bridal preparation suite.
1030hrs -Cake arriving.(Say who this is.)
1200hrs -Ceremony musician arrives (Say who this is.)
1245hrs -Groom and groomsmen arrive. (Say who.)
1300hrs -Guests start to arrive.
1330hrs -Ceremony will start in the Old Dairy Barn
1400hrs -Ceremony concluded...
1400hrs -Group photographs followed by drinks and canapé reception on the terrace.
1430hrs -Bride and Groom enter the Oak Barn alone for room reveal.
1435hrs -Bride and Groom slope off for photographs.
1500hrs -Background music set playing in Oak Barn in preparation for dining.
1515hrs -Guests enter the Oak Barn and view table plan to find seat.
1525hrs -Bride and Groom return to Oak Barn, Groomsman announces all stand for the Bride and Groom.
1530hrs -All seats taken and dining is served.
1730hrs -Speeches commence. Running order of Father of the bride, Groom, best man.
1800hrs -Speeches conclude.
1800hrs -Evening entertainment band or DJ arrive to set-up and play background music. (Say who this is.)
1900hrs -Evening guests begin to arrive.
1910hrs -Evening entertainment band arrive.
1955hrs -Cake cutting.
2000hrs -First dance.
2005hrs -Evening food served.
2100hrs -Band starts first set.
2145hrs -DJ Plays disco
2200hrs -Band play second set.
2300hrs -DJ for disco.
Midnight -Carriages.(Taxis pre booked.) Family member to take postbox and valuables home.
proceeding day -
1000hrs -Collect private items and decorations left.
1000hrs -All guest cars to be collected from venue.
Find the table plan to suit your layout. Aim for tables of 10. 10 at a table is perfect. Avoid lower than 10. Try and complete as much detail as possible, eg/ type of wine on table, mark high chair, vegetarian, vegan, table name/number, name of guest, etc, and email or hand to your wedding coordinator.
If your ceremony music is not live music and you intent to use recorded music, our advice is to download the music onto your device , and not rely on ‘the cloud’. Try using a Bluetooth speaker as this is the easiest and best and your ‘music host’ can practice at home, ensuring they are confident in delivering when and how you need it. Do not rely on WiFi for your ceremony, it is too important.
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