Frequently Asked Questions
We are so excited that you are thinking of choosing The Wellbeing Farm as your venue.
Over the years we have delivered hundreds of weddings and events and many couples and organisers ask the same questions and all require the same information. So we have assembled all the answers and information into a comprehensive Planning Pack which will be given to you when you book and pay your deposit. This will give you all the information you will need.
When you book an event with us, you are provided with an Onboarding Pack, a Planning Pack and an Off-Boarding Process so we cover all stages and give you full guidance and information right through your planning journey.
For further information
If you can’t find your answer, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us on [email protected] or call us on 01204 852113.
Keeping in touch…
We do provide a seven day service to respond to queries via email ([email protected]). Our opening times are currently 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Sunday, but obviously at other times when we have functions on.
Please always get in touch with us before physically calling in to the farm so that we can ensure somebody is available and you aren’t impacting another couple’s wedding/event.
The best way to get in contact with us is either phone (01204 852113) or email ([email protected]).
Ceremony Related Questions
Can I get married at The Wellbeing Farm?
Absolutely, our Wedding Barn and Wedding Pavilion are fully licensed under Blackburn with Darwen Registry Office so please call them on 01254 588660 and check if your date is available.
Address: The Register Office, Town Hall, Blackburn BB1 7DY
Phone Number: 01254 588660
E-mail: [email protected]
Do we have to book the Registrar separately?
Yes, you will need to liaise with the Registrar separately and ensure they are available to conduct a wedding ceremony on the date you’ve chosen and at the right time, and it is best to do this before you confirm your date here.
How do we register to get married?
– this website provides a useful overview of the steps you need to take to arrange your marriage in the UK.
Our Wedding Barn is fully licensed for weddings, and to have your wedding at the farm, you first need to contact Blackburn with Darwen Registry Office to check if a Registrar is available on your date
Once you have checked that the Registrar is available, then you start the wedding registration process with your local authority giving them the intention that you are going to get married.
Unfortunately, there is some element of going back and forth amongst councils / registry offices at this first stage, so your local authority would process the bands which are published so anyone who could dispute your marriage can do so. Once you get the certificate / piece of paper saying you can get married, and then this is sent to Blackburn with Darwen Registry Office.
Can we have an outdoor Ceremony?
Yes, this is something we’d love to help you with. We have a licensed Wedding Pavilion located on our front lawn which makes the most of the views and even has heating and lighting! Obviously, this is weather dependent and even though you may dream of having an outside ceremony, if the weather is bad or we have experienced excessive rain leading up to your wedding day which has made the fields so wet that your shoes will be ruined, then unfortunately you may not be able to have an outside ceremony. We will always discuss this with you and where possible we will make it happen for you. If the weather is awful, our fall-back position is to hold your ceremony in the Wedding Barn.
Will ours be the only wedding at your venue on our wedding day?
Yes. You will have exclusive use of the Wedding Barn from 11am the day of your wedding and earlier by prior arrangement.
Although you will have exclusive use of the venue (i.e. there will never be another function or wedding on at the same time as your wedding at the farm), there may be another couple or guests staying in The Farmhouse who will have exclusive use of the venue on another date.
To reassure you, the arrival times of any other couple staying in The Farmhouse are timed and they have to sign strict terms and conditions which state that they are not allowed outside of The Farmhouse when another wedding or function is on. To date we have had 15 couples staying in The Farmhouse, not one couple has ever said that they saw anyone else during their wedding apart from their guests.
Could we have a celebrant ceremony?
Yes of course! Celebrants can provide a more flexible ceremony than a registrar ceremony can. We have many celebrant contacts which we recommend on our secret wedding website.
What is the capacity of your venue? How many guests can I invite?
We can accommodate up to 180 guests seated in our Wedding Barn or 350 people unseated.
In our smaller Wheatsheaf Barn we can accommodate up to 32 people seated (for wedding receptions and events) and up to 75 people standing.
What age do you classify a child?
Under 5’s are free. A child is age 5-12 years old.
Do you have any high chairs we can use?
Yes, we have at least six high chairs which you can use.
Do you have WIFI?
Yes, free WIFI is available throughout and passwords are displayed throughout the venue.
I have an electric car. Do you have an EV charging point
Yes – we have 2 located at the front of the farm at the top of the drive on the right hand side. The electricity is paid for using a credit card.
How many car park spaces are there?
There is ample, free, car parking at The Wellbeing Farm as well as disabled parking. We also have an overflow car park. When the weather is not behaving, guests can be dropped at the front door to be greeted by our front of house with umbrellas.
What is the disabled access like?
The whole farm from the car park through to the Barns and grounds is all on one level without any steps allowing easy disabled access.
Do you have accommodation?
We have The Farmhouse (located in the middle of The Wellbeing Farm) which has three bedrooms and can also sleep up to 6 people. Check in times are 5pm and check out times are 10am.
If you’d like to check in earlier on the day of your wedding to get ready, you can use our Snug area and then move into the Farmhouse later on to change into your wedding dress/outfit.
We also supply clients with details for many local hotels/B&Bs we can put you in touch with cab/taxi companies too. Hotels and B&B’s are located on our website – we have included the approximate distance in miles for each accommodation provider from the farm.
Do you allow animals?
We allow the couple ONLY to bring a dog for their wedding. It can be used as part of the ceremony but we highly recommend from then on that you book a sitter for the remainder of the event.
If you are staying in the Farmhouse on the night of your wedding, your dog can stay there but we do charge a fee. Dogs are not allowed upstairs.
We do not allow cats or any other pets in the Farmhouse.
Which taxi ranks can I use?
We’ve found these firms are the most reliable – we would highly recommend pre-booking your taxis in advance.
- Elton Taxis – http://eltonbullitt.co.uk/ 0161 764 6666 email: [email protected] (recommended)
- City Taxis, Darwen 01254777888 (good if staying towards Darwen / Blackburn hotels)
- Metro Cars 01204 521300 (hit and miss service – would recommend Elton Taxis before this firm)
- Atlas Executive Travel 01204 412564 / 07951795453 – can provide a mini bus service for your guests.
We find Elton Bullit to be the most reliable taxi firm – they can be contacted on 0161 764 6666. We do advise pre booking but usually as long as they are given plenty of notice there shouldn’t be any problems.
Is the Wedding Barn warmed in the winter months?
Yes – we have an 85 kilowatt heating system which pumps warm air into the Wedding Barn – this system is the same system used for marquees. We also have two additional back-up heaters.
The Wheatsheaf Bar has a wood-burning stove which is used for winter months.
Do you allow camping at the farm?
We don’t have camping facilities. There are several local campsites nearby. We do not allow any campervans to stay overnight in the main farm car park as our electric gates are locked overnight and you won’t have the code in case you need to leave early. However, you can use our bottom car park.
Can vehicles be left overnight?
Yes, guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight at their own risk. CCTV operates throughout the premises to ensure security. If cars are left overnight, collection is needed before 10am the following day.
Can I stay in my campervan at the farm overnight?
You are welcome to use our bottom car park for your campervan but please note there is no electricity or toilet access.
Is there a smoking area?
Guests are permitted to smoke externally and there is an undercover dedicated smoking area (no smoking either tobacco or vapour cigarettes ‘e-cigs’ are permitted within the buildings).
What about if it rains?
The buildings were designed so that they work just as well on a cold rainy day as they do on a clear sunny day. The Wedding Barn bar area provides ample space for your reception.
As well as our main Wedding Barn, Wheatsheaf Bar is also perfect for a separate reception area if arriving from one of the local churches. The Wedding Barn is such a size that it can comfortably accommodate 300+ people. The Wheatsheaf Barn has an awning which we use so you can still meet our animals even though it is raining.
Do you have disabled and baby change facilities?
Baby changing facilities are provided in both the Wedding Barn and Wheatsheaf Barn and we always have emergency nappies and wet wipes on hand!
Do you allow pets at your functions?
You can have one or two pets but they must be kept on a lead at all times – sorry but we do not allow dogs to roam freely around the farm or our internal areas no matter how friendly they are. This is because of our free-roaming sheep.
Cleaning of the venue after your function…
At the start of the hire period, we will provide you with a clean venue.
At the end of the hire period please leave the venue reasonably clean, clear and tidy. We will thoroughly clean, but if cleaning is required in excess of what we consider to be normal for such a function we will invoice you for additional costs. You will also have to pay if any damage occurs or anything is stolen from the farm during your wedding. Everything is outlined in our Terms and Booking Conditions.
What happens if it snows?
We are set up to cope with all weathers. For extreme weather like snow, we have our own snow plough and tractors. We have a grit bin, grit spreader and order a tonne of rock salt at the beginning of every winter season. The main road to the farm is on a bus route and is always gritted by the Council.
Where can I see exactly what props are available in your prop store?
You would be best popping up to the farm to have a rummage in there yourself as there are all kinds of things that you’re free to use – this is done at the meeting 3 months prior to your wedding.
We love to see all the great ways our props can be used! We are constantly getting new things so unfortunately we do not have an up-to-date list as it’s forever changing but if you’re looking for something specific you can contact one of the team and we can let you know if that’s something that we have available. Other than that our secret website will give you a great idea of some of the things that can be found in the prop store. All items are subject to availability on the day.
Music & Entertainment
Can I have live music?
You may organise live music for your wedding reception, but if not, we have a music system in both barns.. We can put background music on the sound system in the Wheatsheaf Barn and Wedding Barn or you can bring your own music or simply share your playlists with us as we have spare iPads. All Bands / DJs / Performers must also adhere to our terms and booking conditions regarding noise levels, finish and departure times.
Important: If you are using any suppliers who are bringing electrical equipment, we will ask you at your planning meetings for their PAT Certificates.
Please note that our music systems are not loud enough for proper disco and we recommend you hire a DJ etc. if you want a real party atmosphere.
Will the animals be present at my wedding?
Absolutely our Llamas and Alpacas will be wearing bowties.
Sandra and Mabel our sheep will be roaming round and about.
Our donkeys will be located in the animal shed.
You are welcome to bring your well-behaved dog (or any other animal) to your wedding but they MUST be kept on a lead.
Can you recommend any local suppliers? (florist, photographer etc.)
On our website are details of local suppliers such as photographers, florists, musicians, local hotels etc. Please refer to the Wedding Suppliers section on our website.
Can my photographer come to The Wellbeing Farm before the wedding to look round?
Yes, as long as they make an appointment in advance of their arrival.
Bookings and payments
When do I have to confirm the final numbers?
We need your final numbers one month prior to your wedding date when we send you a final guest number confirmation sheet to complete.
Please remember that for your final meeting, we need:
- confirmed final numbers and allergies;
- a finalised table plan and corresponding seating chart (this can be found on the secret website); and
- your finalised prop store planning form.
Why are your deposits non-refundable?
Before a couple decide to book our venue, we incur quite a lot of costs involved in showing couples around the venue; wedding fairs, wedding coordinators, refreshments, emails, phone calls, visits, follow-up meetings, all this takes TIME and it costs money.
We spend time with couples pulling the vision of their perfect wedding together which includes time to prepare a personalised quote. When the couple book, we also spend time preparing a Wedding Wow Pack which we post out to the couple.
Terms and Conditions are in place for every couple who chooses to get married at The Wellbeing Farm and when you make a provisional booking, we give you 7 days to really make sure it is the right decision.
The deposit secures the date as once the date is booked, we refuse any other bookings and enquiries for the date. As we are an exclusive venue, if a customer cancels the wedding for any reason, there is no guarantee that we can fill the date. We always offer the couple the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date with no cost incurred to themselves.
We work on a very small profit margin, and what small profit we do make we plough back into the business …you just have to look back over our few years to see the positive expensive changes to transform the venue into what it is today …and there is more to come.
Security Deposit before your wedding
We take a £500 security deposit a few days before your wedding, to cover for any damages that arise. This covers damage and vandalism, and events which have resulted in extra cleaning fees, such as confetti thrown inside etc
How do you help us with planning our wedding and what are the payment arrangements?
A year in advance of your wedding: Attend one of our Wedding Feast Experiences to taste and experience the different wedding packages we offer. Please check our Facebook page for details on when our Wedding Feast Experience events are held.
6 months before your wedding you will be invited to your wedding planning meeting to start to plan the specifics of your big day from timings down to food choices
1st payment of your contracted amount
3 months before your wedding – you will be invites to book in for your prop shed viewing – you will be given a itinerary to complete and hand back to the wedding coordinators who will update your functions sheet
2nd payment of your contracted amount
1 month before your wedding you will meet with our Wedding Coordinator to finalise your wedding schedule and function sheet and to check for any final changes. The outcome of this meeting will be a detailed schedule of your wedding with final numbers agreed. Final payment based on your final numbers and any extras
We have a very active Facebook page which we usually post photos of our weddings and events to. Please make sure you use this as it’s the best way of keeping up to speed with what’s happening.
When you book your wedding, you will be given access to a secret website which contains loads of information to help you plan your wedding.
Can we have a menu tasting session with the Chef?
We offer Wedding Feast Experiences at numerous times throughout the year to enable you to do this.
We can supply examples of menus and every menu is discussed with you in detail to ensure the perfect harmony between menu, budget and guest enjoyment.
If you are on our luxury package, we can arrange a personalised and bespoke menu tasting for you.
Can we bring our own caterers in?
We do not allow this because it is essential that we consistently offer the highest standard of catering. We only use meat from our local family butchers (Whiteheads) and have chosen suppliers to meet our high standards of catering.
Can you provide halal meat?
Unfortunately, since we have our own butchers, we do not routinely provide halal meat. However, in exceptional circumstances, this can be arranged.
Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
Yes, provided we know in advance then we can cater for most dietary needs. Dietary requirements will need to be confirmed at least one month before your function when we send you a final guest number confirmation sheet to complete. You will also need to use our special colour coding system for your table plan – information on this will be given to you in your WoW Pack when you book your wedding and is also provided within our Secret Planning Website.
What age do you classify a child?
Under 5’s are free. A child is age 5-12 years old.
Can we bring our own drink to the wedding?
No, unfortunately, we are fully licensed. Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol onto the premises in any form, so please do not bring hip flasks, bottles, cans or other containers with you to the wedding! This includes drinking out the back of your car in the car park. We operate a very strict policy where any alcohol found will be confiscated and in certain circumstances, you may be asked to leave, so please do not ruin the day for a bottle of booze! Our bar prices are not much more than local pub prices. We carry an extensive range of alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks for guests to enjoy themselves.
We are licensed premises and have a duty of care to all our guests and are required to adhere to strict licensing laws for your health and safety.
Please do not drink and drive – we want you to get home safely!
What are your bar prices like?
Even though we are an exclusive venue, we try to keep our prices competitive and charge approximately £6.50 for a pint of premium lager, £4.20 for a glass of wine and spirits (including mixers) start at £3.50).
Our bar prices can be found in the Secret Wedding planning website along with our wine and cocktail menus.
Can we taste the wine before we select it?
Yes, you can taste our wines at our Wedding Feast Experience events.
Do you have a licensed bar?
Yes, we have licensed bars in 2 locations, Wheatsheaf Bar and Main Wedding Barn.
What time would last orders at the bar be and how long do guests have to vacate The Barn?
Normally last orders are at 12:30 am with music finishing at 1 am if you think your guests can last up until then! Taxis do need to be ordered before 1 am as due to the rural location of The Farm they could take more than the usual 15 minutes to arrive.
Where does the couple normally get ready?
If you have booked the farmhouse accommodation for the night of your wedding, this will be available from 5 pm on the day of your wedding, but you are welcome to use the Snug to get ready in. If you’d like to check in earlier on the day of your wedding to get ready, you can use our Snug area for your makeup / hair etc. and then move into the Farmhouse later (when it has been cleaned and ready) to change into your wedding dress/outfit.
The Snug can cater for up to 6 people and includes a bottle of prosecco for you to enjoy.
After the Wedding
What time do we have to finish the party?
In order to conform with our premises licence and out of consideration for local residents, all functions must finish by 1:00 am.