FAQs

We know that weddings are the most important time of your life. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or alternatively have a read of our FAQs below.

How long do you provisionally hold our booking before we pay the deposit?

A £50 fee is required to provisionally book the date of your choice with a £500 deposit to confirm the booking within 14 days.

How do I confirm?

To confirm your booking you will be asked to sign our terms and conditions, complete a booking form and pay a non refundable £500 deposit.

How do we book a civil ceremony/partnership?

Once you know your date and have checked the availability at the Hall the wedding manager will contact Swinton Register Office to confirm the availability of the registrar.
By law you must both give ‘notice of marriage’ which is a formal declaration of your intention to
marry. This must be done as soon as possible following your confirmation booking. To give notice you must both visit the register office in the district you live. This incurs a £70 fee paid directly to the registrars office.

How and when do we pay?

A deposit of £500 will be taken to secure the venue for your preferred date. A further payment of
£500 is due 3 months before the date of your ceremony. The remainder of the fee, including any catering charges, is due 30 days before the date of the ceremony. Payment of the outstanding balance can be paid in instalments if required.

Is there a minimum number of guests?

No, but the maximum we can accommodate is 88 guests plus the bride and groom.

What sort of music can we have for the ceremony?

The ceremony music must be non-religious and not have any religious connotation. We would recommend that you think of at least four tracks; one for the walk down the aisle, two for the signing of the register and one as the couple depart. You may also wish to play music as the guests arrive. We have a PA system available to use during the ceremony and can provide background music if desired.

Do you allow live music?

Yes, if you would like to have live music at your wedding please discuss your requirements with the Wedding Manager. The Oriel window in the Great Hall is the ideal location for a harpist, string quartet or musician of your choice.

Are we permitted to bring our own wine?

We do allow couples to supply their own drinks but operate a corkage fee of £10 per standard 750ml bottle. There would also be a minimal charge for the hire of glasses. Please ask your Wedding Manager for more details.

How many ceremonies do you hold per day?

We only hold one ceremony each day.

Is there a red carpet?

Included in the hire fee is a luxurious red carpet in the Great Hall, as well as red carpets at the bride’s entrance (Star Chamber) and guests entrance (weather permitting).

Do you provide flowers?

Yes, included in the hire fee is one pedestal arrangement and one table top arrangement. The floral arrangements will remain at the hall after your ceremony. Flowers in the arrangements will be white with green foliage, although depending on seasonality we may be able to incorporate your colour scheme if possible. You are permitted to bring in your own flowers, but due to the nature of objects to protect the period furniture within the building, you must discuss the placement of the flowers in the venue with the Wedding Manager.

Do you allow candles?

No, candles are not allowed anywhere within the Hall. As a Grade 1 listed building there are strict rules regarding the use of candles in the building.

Do you allow the Great Hall to be decorated?

Yes. Please discuss your requirements with our Wedding Manager who will be happy to advise you and arrange access the day before if needed.

Can you provide chair covers?

Yes, we can provide black or white chair covers and a selection of organza, satin and taffeta sashes to compliment your colour scheme. Chair covers and sashes cost £4.50 per chair.

Can we throw confetti?

Yes, you may throw bio-degradable confetti in the grounds of the Hall. Please note, confetti bombs and party poppers are not allowed. We do not allow confetti to be used in the building.

Do you have accommodation on site?

No, but there are numerous hotels within walking distance of the venue. Please discuss your requirements with the Wedding Manager.

Can we have our wedding breakfast and reception at the Hall?

No, unfortunately due to the nature and age of the building we cannot offer couples a full wedding reception. However, we are located close to Salford Quays and Manchester City Centre, providing a wide range of hotels and venues to choose from.

As Ordsall Hall is steeped in history they may wish to continue this theme and have their reception at The Court House in Worsley which is a Grade II listed building and was built in 1849. Alternatively if they would like a larger venue complete with well stocked gardens for their photographs to be taken in, then Buile Hill Park Hall may appeal to them.

Can I bring my own catering?

No, all catering and drinks will be provided and organised by the Ordsall Hall wedding team - please ask us for more information. You cannot bring your own food into the hall, this is provided and organised by the Hall. You can with prior arrangement bring your own alcohol but you will be charged a corkage fee of £10 per  standard 750ml bottle.

What photography is permitted?

Flash photography is not permitted during the ceremony. You are able to take photographs before and afterwards. Video cameras may be used during the ceremony with prior arrangement with the Superintendant Registrar. There will be an opportunity for guests to take photographs following the signing of the register.