Your Wedding

Information & FAQs

We would like to congratulate you on your engagement and forthcoming wedding and welcome you to Rackleys, which is a unique venue for your very special day. From the moment you contact us we will do our very best to help and guide you through the whole exciting planning process and will work with you to create your very special and unique dream turn into reality.

Our office is situated in a beautiful old beamed restored farm building where we would be delighted to listen to what type of wedding you are planning over a coffee. Please feel free to contact us during office hours and we will do our best to help answer any questions that you may have. The office phone number is 07980693899 and the email address is hello@rackleys.co.uk

Whether you want a simple but delicious wedding breakfast or something a little more sophisticated Absolute Cuisine will take of all of your requirements and will be very happy to discuss the menu, dietary requirements, the set up and last minute queries you may have.

Registrar

UK law stipulates that couples must book their own wedding ceremony with the relevant district registrar. Rackleys falls with the Buckinghamshire district. Please bear in mind that a booking at Rackleys does not imply a booking with the registrar. We suggest that you book the date with the Registrar as soon as possible to ensure their availably. The Registrar will be able to advise and guide you through the whole process and how it works on the day, along with their costs.

The Buckinghamshire Register Office
Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1XF

01296 383005
registrars@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Local Churches

The local church is a beautiful 12th century church called St Mary-Le-Moor in Cadmore End, and is situated just off the main road (B482) and has plenty of parking and is just a short distance from Rackleys. If you are interested in knowing more about this beautiful old church and the availability please call 01494 881913.

For more information on holding your wedding or blessing ceremony in one of the local Chiltern churches please visit www.achurchnearyou.com or contact our office where our team will only be too happy to help you.

Rackleys Barn

key information

Rackleys Barn is situated in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Just 25 miles from Heathrow, 5.5 miles from Marlow and 9.5 miles from Henley upon Thames, it is the perfect place for a romantic setting for anyone looking for the exclusive use of a secluded wedding venue. The recently lovingly restored and renovated farm dates back over three hundred years and has seven acres of landscaped and natural grounds with stunning views over the valley looking towards the village of Fingest.

The barn and grounds will be licensed for civil weddings and can seat up to 120 guests in the main barn with its beautiful vaulted oak beam roof and gallery above that would be an ideal area to either chill out and chat with friends or family over a glass of wine, or could be an ideal place to have a steel band or string quartet. So you and your guests will be able to relax and enjoy your special day in one intimate location whatever the weather.

Use of the Barn

You may have use of the Barn to set up from 9 am on the day of your wedding. However if there is no function the day before yours, then we are very happy for you to start setting up the previous day between 10am and 4pm. This can usually be agreed two weeks before hand with our wedding team.

Under the terms of our license, the music and alcohol service has to end at 11.30pm. You and your guests are politely asked to leave the building quietly, so as to respect the local residents no later than 12 midnight.

There will be a room set aside to store any items that you may have left behind that evening so that you can collect them the following morning between 9am to midday or later by previous agreement. Rackleys will not accept any responsibility for any lost or damaged items and we would ask that you do not leave any items of high value with us overnight.

Brides Room

This former old hayloft has been beautifully restored so that the bride can access it directly from the car park, but can leave through the front door and cross the landscaped courtyard to the barn for the wedding ceremony and breakfast. It comes complete with a private walk in shower, washbasin and toilet. There will also be an ample supply of fluffy towels and bathrobes, along with a special range of toiletries.

There will be plenty of seating with ample mirrors on the walls, along with sockets for hairdryers, curling tongs or hair straighteners.
It will be large enough to accommodate not just you but your bridesmaids and mother of the bride. This dedicated brides room will be yours from 9am until you go home at the end of the evening. You are most welcome to bring along your own hairdresser and beautician, or we can advise you on local recommended stylists.

If you wished to order a finger buffet to eat while getting ready, please feel free to discuss it with us in advance and we will be only too happy to be of assistance.

Registrars Room

Adjacent to the bride’s room is a purpose built registrar’s room, which originally was the old piggery! Now transformed it is an ideal room for the Registrar to talk quietly to the couple individually prior to the wedding. This is a legal requirement.

FAQs

more Info

Please feel free to contact us during office hours and we will do our best to help answer any questions that you may have whatever the weather.

How many guests can we invite to our wedding breakfast?

The maximum seated capacity for a wedding breakfast is 120 guest seated around circular tables of 8 people. We also have a long table that you may wish to use as a top table.

Children

We welcome children of all ages at Rackleys, but please remember that the venue is child friendly and not child proof! Children are welcome to run around outside and play games in the garden but must be supervised at all times by an adult for safety reasons.
We can provide up to six high chairs if required, but these need to be pre booked in advance.
The disabled toilet near the entrance has baby changing facilities, along with a bin for dirty nappies.

Where can we take our wedding photos?

From the moment you drive up to Rackleys you will have some fantastic opportunities to take photos, both inside and outside. As you will exclusive use of the venue for the day you can choose where you would like your photos taken, whether it is looking across the Chiltern Hills or from inside the barn, the choice is yours!

What parking facilities are there?

There is a large dedicated car park to the left of the buildings as you drive up the lane from the main road. There is parking for 64 cars. Disabled parking is available closer the main barn and there will be staff available to help and guide all drivers.

Can cars be left overnight?

Yes, cars can be left overnight in the Rackleys car park. The cars will need to be collected the following morning between 9am and 11am. Rackleys does not take any responsibility for any car or vehicles or their contents left on the property.

Is the Barn heated?

Yes we will be able to adjust the heating according to the weather on the day. The barn has underfloor heating and is fully air conditioned, thus ensuring your comfort from start to finish.

Do you have disabled facilities?

Yes we do, as previously mentioned we have dedicated disabled parking close to the barn. We also have a fully equipped disabled ground floor toilet and the floor in the barn is all on a level, making it easier to get around. We also have a team of staff who are on hand to assist guests where necessary. Please can you inform us before the event if you have any disabled guests, so that we can make sure they are assisted when necessary.

Is there outside lighting?

Yes, there is an ample supply of outside lighting all around the venue. The car park will have low lighting, with some wall mounted lights in appropriate places thus reducing light pollution.

Confetti

We are happy for natural flower petals to be thrown in the garden area after your ceremony or as part of a group photo. Paper confetti is unfortunately not permitted. We suggest that you provide a basket of dried petals which can be given to guests as they leave the Barn after the ceremony

Catering

questions

Whether you want a simple but delicious wedding breakfast or something a little more sophisticated Absolute Cuisine will take of all of your requirements and will be very happy to discuss the menu, dietary requirements, the set up and last minute queries you may have.

What menus do you offer?

We offer a range of menu choices which are changed according to the seasons and availability of local fresh ingredients.

Can we choose from different menus?

You are most welcome to choose what you want for your wedding breakfast. We provide a choice within each price range, but if you wanted to choose a particular dish from a different price bracket then we are very happy to provide you with an amended price.
If you have a particular favourite dish that you don’t see on our menu selection, please do ask and we will do our very best to cater or you and will quote accordingly.

Can we have a food tasting?

You would be most welcome to have a food tasting. We would charge £30.00 per head including VAT, payable in advance of the tasting. If you booked your wedding breakfast at Rackleys that sum would be refunded to you after the wedding reception.

Do you offer a Children’s menu?

We do appreciate that many children would not like the same food as adults and therefore we offer a children’s menu and are very happy to discuss that with you. Children over the age of eleven years of age will be charged for at a full adult price. We do not offer baby food, but if you require any baby food that you provide warmed up, then we will be happy to oblige if at all possible.

Can you cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for them and within our menu section there are vegetarian options. We would require two weeks’ notice in writing of guests’ dietary requirements and allergies, otherwise we cannot guarantee that we would be able to offer what has been requested.

Do we have to provide our contractors with a meal?

We recommend that you provide your contractors with a meal if they spend five hours or more at your wedding.
We would like to make two suggestions, we can either provide you with a two course meal from your wedding breakfast or we can provide them with a finger buffet and soft drink.

Have you a cake stand and knife?

Yes, we are happy to provide you with a cake stand and knife. Please feel free to discuss it with the Event organiser when discussing your menu.

Can we provide our own drinks?

We offer a good selection of wines and alcohol from across the globe at reasonable prices, which we review on a regular basis to reflect changes in people’s tastes. With this in mind we do not permit people to bring their own drinks on site. All wine, beer, spirits and other drinks will reflect local pub prices.

Do we have to pay for staff separately?

No, this is built into your catering costs and will include an event organiser, waiting staff, bar staff, chefs and a full catering team are all there to help your day run smoothly.

Suppliers

and decorations

Do we have to use your suppliers, or can we book our own?

No you don’t have to use our local suppliers. If you wish to use your own suppliers they will be required to provide us with documentation two weeks in advance for our approval. This will include a current and valid insurance certificate and a current PAT testing certificate. Other documentation may be required subject to the nature of the supplier.

It is very important that if you are thinking of having something out of the ordinary to discuss it with us before confirming a booking with a supplier. While we welcome a variety of themes and individual touches, we would like to work with you to make it happen if at all possible, but sometimes there are limitations, so please do discuss your ideas with us first.

Can we have fireworks or Chinese lanterns?

Due to our neighbour being a local farm with a herd of cows it is not possible to have fireworks; in addition Chinese lanterns are not allowed due to the increased risk of fire in the surrounding countryside, however sparklers are allowed outside in certain allocated places.
Please feel free to discuss it with the event organiser.

Do you allow smoke or haze machines?

Sorry no, they set off the smoke alarm system and we would need to evacuate the building which would not be a fun way to spend your evening!

Do you allow candles?

Yes, we do allow candles, but ask that they are in a glass surround that is taller than the naked flame. Battery candles area good alternative and are very popular.

General

but important things

We are fully insured for public and employer liability and a copy of our current insurance will be available and on public display.

We would strongly recommend you take out insurance as your wedding is a big financial commitment and things can occasionally go wrong.

We have undertaken a full fire risk assessment and appropriate firefighting equipment is to be seen around the building.

Some of our staff have undertaken approved fire marshall training and would be able to guide guests to the fire marshall points in the unlikely event of the firm alarm going off.

We will also have a fully equipped first aid box along with a defibrillator and will have a trained first aider on for each wedding event.

In the unlikely event of having a power cut, we have our very own generator that will provide all the necessary power needed for any event.

Finally if you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask and we will only be too happy to answer them.

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