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Wedding receptions

Drinks/canapé receptions

You and your guests are welcome to have drinks and refreshments with us following your ceremony. We offer the use of our beautiful Victorian Dome Room for this purpose, or, in good weather, you may choose to have drinks outside in our gardens instead.

Couples can supply their own wine, champagne and other drinks if this is arranged with us prior to the day. Our price includes staff to serve your guests with drinks of your choice. Corkage charges will apply - please ask for further information. Please note: we do not have bar facilities at the Hall.

Another option you may wish to look at is using an external catering company to provide drinks, refreshments and canapés for your reception. In this case the catering company will usually provide their own serving staff. This is not included in our package price. Please discuss this option with us if you are interested.

Wedding breakfasts at Smithills Hall

Depending on the size of your party, it may also be possible to hold your wedding breakfast with us. In this case, we would always work with external caterers since Smithills Hall does not currently have on-site catering facilities.

For wedding breakfasts, we can offer our Medieval Great Hall, which can fit up to 50 guests for a sit-down meal, or our Dome Room if you have fewer than 30 guests. If you are also holding your wedding ceremony in our Great Hall, it is necessary to arrange for a drinks reception prior to the meal in order to allow time for the room to be changed over.

Additional time at the Hall for your wedding breakfast is priced at an hourly rate, enabling us to tailor what we offer to your individual requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Holding your evening reception at Smithills Hall

Unfortunately due to the nature and age of the building we cannot offer couples a full evening wedding reception inside the Hall.

However, if you would like to stay with us for the evening, it is possible to hold your reception in a marquee in the grounds of the Hall – contact us for more information about this option.

Catering for your wedding breakfast/reception

Smithills Hall does not currently have catering facilities on site, and so we are unable to provide wedding catering as part of our wedding package.

However, we are happy to work with external caterers who can supply canapés and refreshments, or even a full sit-down meal. To do this we need to work closely with the catering company to ensure that everything goes smoothly on your big day. We can recommend companies with whom we have worked successfully before; alternatively, if you have something specific in mind, or a company who you would like to cater for your wedding, please feel free to discuss this with us.