Frequently Asked Questions…
We would be delighted to give you a tour of Shilstone to discuss your wedding plans.
To arrange a visit, please contact us or call 01548 830888.
Before your visit, you may wish to take a look at some of our frequently asked questions.
Are you an exclusive wedding venue?
Yes. Unlike hotels and many country clubs we will never have more than one wedding per day, Shilstone will be exclusively yours.
We would like to bring some of our own décor, how soon can we have access to the venue to decorate?
Access to the venue for the wedding party is from 10am on the day of your wedding. If there is no other event at Shilstone the day before your wedding, we may be able to arrange access to the venue the day before.
How much will my wedding at Shilstone cost?
Please contact us for a copy of our brochure and cost guide. We would be delighted to give you a tour of the grounds and create a bespoke quote for your wedding.
Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?
Yes! We are fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Ceremonies at Shilstone can take place in the rustic ceremony barn, or on the steps in front of the house.
We would really like to get married in church, is this an option?
Of course! There are a number of beautiful churches within a few miles from Shilstone.
Is Shilstone disabled friendly?
Yes. As Shilstone has grown as a venue, access for wheelchair users has greatly improved. Across the whole site, we have ramps and ground floor toilet facilities, including in our Mughal Marquee.
Can we have a live band?
Definitely! We’ve got some fantastic bands on our recommended suppliers list. Please do not hesitate to ask for a copy of this list!
Can we have additional evening guests?
Of course! There is no per head charge for evening guests, so the more the merrier!
Are we allowed to throw confetti?
Of course, we simply ask that either fresh or dried petals are used and must be thrown only in outdoor spaces.
How many people can you accommodate for the ceremony?
Our rustic ceremony barn can seat up to 135 guests with some additional standing space. We can also use our Terrace Room, connected to the rustic ceremony barn to accommodate even more guests!
Is there a maximum number of guests we can have for our reception?
Our marquee (weddings April – October) can seat 220 guests for your wedding breakfast.
Our rustic barn, terrace room and botanical atrium (weddings November – March) can seat between 60 and 80 guests. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.
Who sets up the tables and clears up the venue the next day?
Our team of staff will set up the tables, chairs, table linen and cutlery. We would ask that centrepieces, table names / numbers, guest place names and
additional décor items are put in place by members of the wedding party. We will clear up all of the tables after the wedding and put aside any decorations ready for collection.
Do you have any volume restrictions?
We have a specialist sound system provided by www.directacousticsolutions.com which ensures that music is concentrated onto the dancefloor, but elsewhere in the marquee you can converse at a normal level.
This also means that the sound won’t escape and affect our neighbours. For more information please contact us directly.
Do you cater for smaller weddings?
In our peak season (May – September) we have a preferred minimum of 75 day guests for a Friday and 90 day guests on a Saturday. We can host smaller, more intimate weddings on weekdays and off-peak dates.
Do you book our Civil Ceremony with Devon County Council or do we need to do that?
Only the couple can request and complete the booking of the ceremony directly with Devon Registration Services. Our preferred ceremony start time is 2pm.
Can we use our own caterers?
All catering at Shilstone is provided by our talented in house chefs. Our menus are flexible and we can adapt them to suit your unique tastes and requirements.
Can we bring our own drinks?
We ask that all drinks are provided by Shilstone. We offer a generous drinks package which is excellent value for money.
We also have a fully stocked bar for guests to buy drinks in the evening. We accept both cash and card payments at our paid bar.
Can we have fireworks?
Because of our beautiful rural location and close proximity to local livestock, we can’t allow fireworks or Chinese lanterns at Shilstone.