Skip to main content
The Venue at Sandy Cove Hotel at sunset

Frequently asked wedding questions

The deposit amounts required depends on the type of wedding you are booking:

  • Weddings over 30 or weekend weddings £3,500
  • Small Intimate Wedding £2,000
  • Elopement Wedding £1,500
  • Exclusive use Wedding (Hotel & The Venue) £7,500

The legal ceremony is not included in your price, you need to contact the local registrar through the Devon County Council website.

Anytime between 11.30am and 4.30pm. Our recommendation for the best time would be between 12pm and 1pm.

Our wedding brochure contains all the information you need for hire charges.

Download our Wedding Brochure

Your fee provides exclusive use of the wedding facility and gardens all day and evening of your wedding. Bar, Wedding Coordinator and dedicated team of catering staff provided by us. All tables, crockery, cutlery, glassware and linen.

Yes, completely exclusive to you; your venue hire fee provides use of The Venue grounds, function building and bar from 10am on the day of your wedding until midnight.

Guests are welcome to arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony time. The bar in The Venue will be open for coffees and drinks.

We will liaise with you to make this decision with you. We have a beautiful indoor ceremony room which can be used where a decision can be made within minutes. If the weather is bad and you want to get married inside The Venue then we will liaise with you to make a decision approximately 2 hours before the ceremony.

Yes, you do. We usually recommend 3 songs: 1 for your arrival, 1 for signing of the register and 1 for after the ceremony. Please get all the songs together on a device with Bluetooth. This can then be linked up to our system inside or out. Our staff will be happy to operate this for you during your ceremony if you wish or you may prefer to ask someone from your wedding party to do this for you.

Yes, you can, but they are only available to book up to 2 months in advance of the Wedding date.

Yes, please ask us about availability and rates.

Yes, biodegradable confetti can be used around the outside ceremony area.

You have access from 10am on the morning of your wedding. We cannot grant access before this time. This also applies to any supplier you have.

Yes, we have heating throughout The Venue and it is also fully air conditioned and ventilated.

The bar is open all day and is shut at midnight. If the ceremony is inside The Venue, the bar will have to be shut 1 hour before the ceremony and during the ceremony - this is a stipulation from the registrars.

The bi fold doors can stay open until 10pm after this time they will be closed but you will be able to still go outside.  The Venue is fully air conditioned.

Yes, you can have a reception/party after your church ceremony, the venue hire charges will still apply.

Our staff will put any table decorations and free-standing decorations around for you. We will run through with you before your day where you would like everything to go.

Unfortunately not, we do not have the appropriate storage space for this.

No, you cannot pin anything to the walls, ceilings door or fences.

No, you cannot as it can damage our polished concrete floor.

Yes, you can bring in centre pieces, name places, table numbers and favours. Our staff will lay this all up for you. We do not allow sprinkles and petals due to damage they can cause to our machines.

We would like you to have a table plan, it helps in catering for people with special diets etc. If you have young children attending don’t forget to include highchairs in the table numbers, as they take up a whole space.

We do have some highchairs available. They are at the table highchairs with low backs suitable for children that can sit up confidently on their own.

We do have a built-in sound system for background music only.

Yes, we have microphone integrated into the sound system inside The Venue.

Yes, you can, they must be inside and the bi fold doors will be shut at 10pm.

No, we have state of the art lighting with fibre optic twinkling lights and colour changing LEDs to match your desired colour.

No, we do not allow you to supply drinks, even if you are willing to pay corkage.

No, we do not allow alcoholic favours of any kind.

We do not allow any tale sprinkles or petals as they can cause damage to our machines.

We strictly do not allow anyone to bring any food or drink onto the premises (except for the wedding cake only).

No, sorry. All our food is cooked to order using fresh local produce. The food gets delivered fresh for every wedding and with the wide menu choices, it is simply not feasible to provide food tastings. Our chefs have a 3 AA Rosette award for our food.

If you let us know in advance all your guests with special diets, we will be able to cater for these.

The Wedding Coordinator and team of staff run the whole day.

It is the responsibility of the Best Man or a member of the wedding party, along with the help of the Wedding Coordinator, to ensure guests are seated 10 minutes before the meal time.

Yes, you are allowed up to 2 well behaved dogs as The Venue is exclusive to you. Dogs are not allowed in the inside the public areas of the hotel. They are allowed in standard bedrooms only.

No, sorry, we don’t due to fire risk.

We allow sparklers outside for a photo opportunity for the couple only.

Sorry, no. Due to complaints from local residents, the local council have stopped us doing them.

Our venue hire is up to midnight on the day of your wedding, this is the time of last orders but does allow your guests to finish their drinks.

All guests, DJs and ands need to have left the venue by 12.45am at the latest.

Decorations will need to be collected at the end of the evening. We suggest you designate some people from your wedding party to collect them. Our staff will help pack them all up at the end of the evening one of your guests can then put straight into a car in the car park outside.

Due to environmental health and safety guidelines we must discard, and food left at the end of the evening.

Yes, a £500 deposit is payable on your final invoice and is refundable a few days after your wedding.

This is in case of any damage, theft, partying in rooms after midnight, extra guests found to be staying not notified to the hotel in advance (if this happens you will also be liable for the cost of accommodation for these people) and people bring their own alcohol into the The Venue, hotel and ground.

Your final invoice is due 1 month before your wedding date.  After this time, no refunds are possible.

We fix your venue hire fee to the ones at the time of your booking.  Food and drink prices may rise due to the increase in stock costs.

No, unfortunately not. Access is strictly only allowed from 10am on the day of the wedding. Decorations can be brought down to The Venue from 10am on the wedding day. Our team of staff will do all the decorations for you, so you don’t need to worry on your special day.

The Venue capacity for a daytime reception is up to a maximum of 170 and in the evening it is up to 200.

Yes, we do have WiFi you can connect to in The Venue.

Children 12 and under are charged £15.95 per child when eating from the children’s menu or 50% of the adult meal charge when having the same menu as adults. Children over 12 have the same food as the adults and are charged full price. For any young children not eating there is no charge.

We recommend speeches are done after the meal, this allows timings of the day to run smoothly as it is the least disruptive to food service due to the length of speeches not always known.

Yes we do, please email [email protected] and we can send you our recommended list.

Gazebo: 2.4m wide x 2.2m high

Round tables: 5ft 6’ seating a maximum of 10 people per table.

Top table: Trestle tables of 6ft long (2 tables are usually used) for 8 people 3 trestle tables would be used. The maximum number of people on the top table can be 14 (using more trestle tables)

It is not easy to get a taxi at the end of the night.  Please advise your guests to book taxis well in advance, it is very hard to get hold of one in our area when leaving booking until the evening of the wedding.

The deposit paid at the time of booking is strictly non-refundable under any circumstances. Cancellations must be made in writing.

All deposits are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstance.

Weddings over 30 / weekend wedding; Small Intimate Wedding or Elopement:

Final numbers are due 6 weeks before your wedding day.  No changes can be made beyond this point.  Final payment is due no later than 4 weeks before your wedding day

Exclusive Use Wedding (Hotel & The Venue):

Final numbers are due 2 months before your wedding day.  No changes can be made beyond this point.  Final payment is due no later than 2 months before your wedding day.

We recommend you take out wedding insurance to protect yourselves. It is not something that we require, we just recommend it.