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Weddings at Gileston Manor

Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings at Gileston Manor - Ceremonies

Please see below our frequently asked questions from couples.

If you can’t find the answer you need please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.


Booking a Wedding

If you let us know your preferred wedding date we can check availability for you.

Gileston Manor will be exclusively yours for the weekend; this includes the accommodation which must be booked as part of the venue.

Gileston Manor Estate is so special we would love you to see it for yourself. Our in-house Wedding Coordinators are available to show you around on a day that is suitable for you - BOOK HERE

The Manor House will be available to hire for weddings and accommodation from Autumn 2021 - Your wedding reception will be held in our gorgeous lotus marquee which is set in its own area of the grounds, or the beautiful Secret Garden. On arrival and for photographs you may make use of the front lawns, the walled garden and the area around the marquee. The front lawns are not accessible after 9pm, this is to ensure the safety of guests and to minimise the disturbance to the village.

Once you’ve viewed the venue, we will hold your preferred date for 10 days whilst you speak to other suppliers such as caterers, photographers etc.

We then require a deposit of 25% of the venue hire fee. The remaining balance is then payable in 2 further instalments; 50% payable 6 months before your wedding date and 50% 3 months before your wedding date.

The non-refundable booking fee is payable by Bacs transfer to confirm the date. We do not accept cash or cheques. We ask that you complete a booking form and sign our terms and conditions.

Your initial deposit (booking fee) is non-refundable.

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for our cancellation policy.

We ask for a £1,000 refundable damage deposit which will be only used in the unlikely event that there is damage to the venue, table and chairs, damage to the grounds and car park, including sickness due to excess alcohol and any alcohol brought on site without permission.


St Giles Church is right next to the Manor and can hold up to 80 guests.

Use of the Church is subject to the Church in Wales’ own regulations.

You will need to contact our vicar to discuss the arrangements, costs and check availability.

Our vicar’s details are, Glamorgan Heritage Coast Parish Office Tel: 01446 792439 or Email: office@ghcp.church

We welcome humanist weddings and blessings, we ask that you organise your own celebrant for the ceremony. These can be held in our Folly, marquee or in the grounds of the Manor, weather permitting.


No, we have up to 15 round tables and 200 beautiful cross back wooden chairs included in the cost of the venue hire.

In our fabulous Lotus Marquee, you can have a maximum of 140 guests for a sit-down dinner. For your evening celebrations you can have a maximum of 200 guests.

We have 8 long trestle tables available for you to use for your wedding, if you would like any more, let us know and we can hire these in at an extra cost.

If you would like another style of chair that is different to our stunning cross back chairs that is not a problem.

Let us know and we can hire in an alternative for you at an extra cost.

We have a list of Suppliers We Love which we can send out

On the day of your wedding you can arrive from 9am. Check-in to the accommodation is from 4pm.

You can access the marquee from 4pm the day before. We ask that you get in touch beforehand to make an appointment to drop things off to ensure the Wedding Co-Ordinator is on site to meet you.

Yes, we welcome children at Gileston Manor but ask that they are supervised at all times.

We have three high chairs available for you to use.

We have a microphone you are more than welcome to use for your speeches, which is connected to our sound system.

Yes, we have a cream vintage style easel you are welcome to use. We also have additional stands available to hire.

We have either a small round 3ft clothed table or a larger 6ft trestle you are welcome to use for your wedding cake. We also have a cake stand and cake knife available to hire.

The bar at Gileston Manor closes at 12 midnight and we ask carriages to be booked for 12.30pm. Live music must stop at 11pm, DJs at midnight.

You are more than welcome to decorate the marquee to suit your theme and personal style.

Our bar area has a permanent bar but no furniture, this is to allow you to dress the marquee according to your chosen style. We have a selection of furniture available to hire.

You are more than welcome to have a flower wall at your wedding.

Yes absolutely, we have a couple of fabulous photobooth and selfie mirror suppliers. We can provide you with their contact details.

We have suppliers who can provide children’s entertainment, if you need their details let us know.

Yes, not a problem, but please make an appointment beforehand.

We have lots of fabulous lighting around the venue at night.

We can lay the table with your name places, favours, menus etc. We ask that they are given to us in table order. We will lay these out for you or you are free to do this the evening before.

We allow fireworks and sparklers at Gileston Manor, however, we ask that you notify us in advance.

Unfortunately, we don’t allow Chinese lanterns to be launched as the debris impacts on our local residents and farmland. It also causes harm to local livestock.

Candles can be used on the tables as long as they are in a safe candle holder. Any taper candles in candlesticks must be slow burn..

Yes, however, we only allow the use of natural and bio degradable confetti or rose petals, this way we are able to responsibly take care of the stunning surrounding environment.

Yes, we allow helium balloons fixed inside the marquee, however because of the danger to wildlife we ask that you do not release balloons.


The bar is run by a well trained and experienced hospitality team and we have a wide range of arrival drinks and an extensive wine and champagne list.

All food catering is organised through your choice of one of our preferred caterers.

Outside drinks vendors are not permitted. Ice cream vendors and sweet trolleys are welcome.

All our caterers ask that you provide your final numbers and table plan including any dietary requirements two weeks before your wedding date.

It is essential that we offer a consistently high standard of catering and therefore only offer our own excellent caterers Strawberry Shortcake Dining.

Our caters offer an exceptionally high level of service and competitive prices.

We ask that you use the caterer you have chosen for your day to also cater any evening food you want to have.

All of our caterers offer amazing evening food options from pizzas, to hog roasts to cheese platters.

Yes, our caterers offer food tastings.

There is no extra charge for dietary requirements and our caterers offer exceptional choices for any requirement.

Our caterers classify a child around the age 10-12.

We supply all the drinks including the wine and have an extensive wine list, so we are sure you will find something to suit both your taste and your budget.

Any alcohol brought on to site by guests will be confiscated and the guests may be asked to leave.

Absolutely, we can arrange a wine tasting with our Sommelier who will recommend wines to match your chosen menu.


Yes, we have a fabulous bridal Suite called ‘The Apple Store’ but you can stay in any of our accommodation.

We have eight beautiful suites on site providing accommodation for up to 24 guests:

  • ‘The Apple Store’ which sleeps 2.
  • ‘The Coach House’ which sleeps 6.
  • ‘The Cheese House’ which sleeps 4.
  • ‘The Stalls’ which sleeps 2.
  • ‘The Stables’ which sleeps 2 plus 2 on a sofa bed.
  • 'The Bakery' which sleeps 2.
  • 'The Carriages' which sleeps 2.
  • 'The Vault' which sleeps 2.

You may bring cots and bedding for small children.

The top floor of the The Apple Store and The Coach House accommodations interconnect and are perfect for the bride and bridesmaids the night before the wedding, with plenty of space to get ready in the morning.

Our usual check-in time is 4pm and check-out is at 12pm the following day.

We don’t supply breakfast, however your caterer will be happy to provide any catering you require; please discuss with them directly.

Alternatively, feel free to cater for yourselves, each suite has its own fully equipped kitchen.

Evening meals, lunches, etc. can be arranged before or after your wedding. Please discuss with your chosen caterer.

All alcohol must be purchased directly from Gileston Manor. We can arrange for it to be placed in your rooms in advance.

Yes, there are plenty of other hotels and B&B’s locally. Please ask for details.

If you have stayed overnight in our fabulous on-site accommodation we ask that you check out by midday unless agreed differently beforehand.


Access to the marquee from the disabled car parking area is reasonably flat, however due to the gardens being old and historic some access is limited. Please let us know before hand of any guests with limited mobility and we can do our best to accommodate them based on their individual needs.

Our car parks can hold up to 60 cars, if cars are left over night we ask that they are collected as soon as possible the following day.

Unfortunately, we do not allow large vehicles/coaches at Gileston Manor as the roads nearby are quite small and access is tight. We absolutely encourage your guests to hire minibuses, we have a list of taxis and minibuses we can give you to hand out to your guests.

At Gileston Manor we have a selection of luxury estate vehicles that can we used for your wedding day. Please ask for details.

Our Wedding Co-ordinator will work with you right up to your big day. You will be invited to come for a meeting approximately 6 months and then, again, one month before your wedding day to discuss the logistics of your day.

We would love to be able to show off your stunning wedding day on our social media sites and website, if this is something you would like us not to do that’s not a problem just let us know beforehand.

We will ask you and your photographer for permission.

At Gileston Manor we have a strict non-smoking rule in all our buildings and in the marquee which also includes e-cigarettes. We ask that you use the designated smoking areas provided.

We suggest that you advise your guests to pre-book any taxis you may require. Gileston Manor is not responsible for any guests left stranded at the venue.