Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in the barn hire?
Here at the Great Tythe Barn we always try to give you an all-inclusive price as we don’t believe in hidden charges. Please find below what is included with the barn hire charges:
- The barn is available from 9am until 2.00am – please contact the office for additional charges
- Experienced Wedding & Event Coordinators to help you plan your big day
- Use of our standard 5ft round tables, any tables for a cake, formal top table etc and chairs*
- Fairy Light canopy
- Fully stocked and staffed in-house bar – we accept cash, cards, and guests can set up a tab if they wish
- 2 Cordless microphones
- PA system for background ceremony/reception music
- Beautiful drinks reception lawn
- Use of the games lawn for outdoor games**
- Use of our fire pit***
* We have 200 gold chairs with red velvet seats and backs on site. As of the end of January 2019, we will have 120 lime-washed Chiavari chairs. Should these not match your style, other chairs may be hired.
** You will need to bring your own or hire games through a supplier.
*** Additional charge for logs.
NB inclusive packages are available for winter and midweek weddings. Please see our prices and packages page for more information.
What are the Terms of booking?
- £500 deposit is required to confirm booking
- A further 50% payment 6 months in advance of the wedding date
- The remaining balance of barn hire & catering expenses are payable 3 weeks prior to the wedding date
- Catering MUST be supplied by one of our catering suppliers
All payments are non refundable.
What’s the capacity?
For the evening reception we can accommodate up to 350 guests however for a reception of over 250 guests additional bar facilities need to be considered.
Do you have minimum numbers?
Saturdays during May – September & after 13th December.
Monday – Thursday and Sunday outside of peak season, our minimum numbers are 50.
Fridays and Saturday January – March and November – 13th December are covered by our Winter Package with minimum numbers of 60.
What time can we access the venue?
Can we hire our own chairs?
Yes. We appreciate that each wedding is unique and has its own style so you are more than welcome to hire other chairs should you decide that ours aren’t for you.
Included in the Barn Hire, we have 120 lime washed Chiavari chairs.
Is there a choice of the caterers?
We have 2 fabulous caterers to choose from. Please see our food & drink pages for more information.
Can we bring our own caterers?
Unfortunately not. We have a selection of amazing caterers that all offer a variety of menus to exceed your expectations. They have not only been personally selected by the owner for their food but also their exceptional front of house managers.
Do you supply tablecloths, china and cutlery?
Can we have candles?
Is confetti allowed?
Are Church Weddings available?
What is the booking procedure?
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Yes, it’s quite a popular choice here at the barn. We charge £9.75 per adult corkage fee. Our corkage includes the receiving of your delivery at a pre-arranged time, chilling, service, provision of glasses and re-boxing of any leftovers for your collection.
Corkage applies to Sparkling wine or Champagne for your reception drinks, Wine during the meal and Sparkling wine or Champagne for toasts. All drinks from the end of the meal must be purchased from the bar. Please note that Pimms, spirts and beer must be brought through the barn.
Will guests be able to pay by credit/debit card at the bar?
Yes! Many guests like to set up a tab so they don’t have to carry cash with them as long as this is paid at the end of the evening. A minimum spend of £5 is required.
Is there a noise limit for our band or DJ?
Do you have facilities to play background music?
Is there heating in the barn?
Does the barn have disabled access?
Are fireworks allowed?
Yes. Due to local livestock and our own donkeys & pigs we ask that fireworks are let off no later than 10pm. Please ensure that you give us plenty of notice so we can inform local residents. We also ask that you use Distant Thunder for your fireworks.
Are we allowed to supply sweets for a candy table?
Are we allowed to have an ice cream van?
Is there a Honeymoon suite?
Could a marquee be considered?
Can you recommend suppliers such as florists, DJ’s and photographers?
Are we allowed to have Chinese lanterns?
Unfortunately not – we are surrounded by farmland and livestock, as well as the cottages and barn. It has also been banned by environmental health.
Is there a table plan stand provided?
Is there accommodation on site?
Can I bring my dog?
Can I have a cheese wedding Cake?
Are there any restrictions on decorations?
Can we have outdoor games on the lawn?
Can we have BBQ or Hog Roast?
All food on the day of the wedding must be provided by one of our caterers, both day and evening food all of which offer BBQ and hog roast.
If you are planning to have a BBQ the day before and the day after the wedding please discuss ideas with the office as we have functions on the surrounding days.
We would love to hear from you! To arrange a viewing or for any other enquiries please use the form below contact one of our Event Co-ordinators. Viewings are strictly by appointments only. Viewings can be arranged Monday – Friday 9-5 as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings.