FAQ’s – When considering The Ashes


Planning a wedding is great fun but we understand that you’ve probably never done it before, so we;ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions, including ‘How do I book a wedding at The Ashes?’ . . . . .

How do I book a wedding at The Ashes?

If you’d like to know how to book a wedding at The Ashes please contact us
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Is The Ashes wedding venue available on the required date?

To check availability please contact us
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Is your venue easy to find?

Yes, we are very easy to find, please see full directions on;
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What is a civil wedding?

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What is a Civil Wedding?

You can contact the register office directly on 0300 111 8001
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Will ours be the only wedding at your venue on our wedding day?

Yes. From 11am on your wedding day, you and your guests have exclusive use of the whole venue. We don’t do any viewings and because we don’t have any facilities which are open to the general public, such as a restaurant, we can guarantee that the only people wandering around The Grounds are those you have invited!

How many people can you accommodate?

The Ashes can accommodate weddings and parties for as few as 20-30 people, up to a maximum of 150 guests.

Is parking available?

Our discreetly positioned parking ensures that none of your wedding photos feature a car park in the background and can easily accommodate around 70 cars which can be left overnight. All cars must be collected by 10am the following day.

Is The Ashes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs?

A wedding is often a family affair with guests spanning all ages. The Ashes venue is easily accessible. We provide both disabled toilet facilities and a baby changing facility.

Is there any onsite accommodation?

No, although as The Ashes is nestled in the Staffordshire Moorlands at the foothills of the Peak District National Park, there are a myriad of appealing accommodation options close by for your guests to choose from, everything from the perfect small boutique hotel, to intimate and cost effective bed & breakfast options, right through to large hotels that can cater for your entire guest list. For listings and recommendations please visit;

Can we erect a marquee in The Grounds?


Are there separate rooms for the Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception?

Absolutely. For an idea of how you can make the most of our two beautiful barns visit The Venue section of this website

Is there a private suite the Bride and Groom can use throughout the day?

The Old Dairy is a perfect sanctuary for the Bride and Groom to enjoy a moment of calm during a very busy day!
The Old Dairy

Is there a dressing room that the Bride and Bridesmaids can use prior to the ceremony?

Comprising two spacious rooms, en suite shower room and a couple of full length mirrors, The Old Dairy is the perfect place for the Bride and Bridesmaids to get dressed prior to the ceremony and apply those finishing touches.
The Old Dairy

When do we set up for the wedding?

You have exclusive access to the venue from 11am on the morning of the wedding, when your Events Manager will set up for you together with your chosen florist and our fantastic caterers.

Do we have to pack everything up at the end of the night?

No, as you enjoy sweet dreams, our fabulous Restoration Team carefully collect together all your belongings and place them into your designated area of our secure storage facility, ready for collection the next day.

What facilities are available if the weather is poor?

We’re well prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. We have our own generator, our own snow plough and plenty of covered and indoor options for your drinks reception and photographs whatever the weather.

Can we use our own caterers?

No. Jenkinsons are our contracted caterers, we have used them exclusively since we opened in 2008 and they continue to impress us and our couples with the quality of their food and service. For more information please visit Sensational Food at The Ashes
Sensational Food

Can we provide our own drinks?

You are very welcome to provide all your own drinks for both the Drinks Reception and the Wedding Breakfast and there is no corkage or service fee applied.

What time does The Bar open and close?

The Bar opens at the end of the Wedding Breakfast meal and closes at 11.45pm. It is possible to have the bar open during your drinks reception by prior arrangement with the caterers who apply a small charge for this service.

What are The Bar prices like?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a comprehensive list of our bar prices. We aim to remain competitively priced at all times, we’re confident your guests will be pleasantly surprised.
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Do you have a list of recommended suppliers?

We have a fantastic Suppliers Section which has recommendations for everything from Florists to Photographers, DJs and live bands, Hair Stylists to Vintage Ice Cream Vendors, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.


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