FAQ for couples
Q. Do you have a one wedding per day policy?
A. That’s right. We will never hold more than one event on any given day.
Q. Is the venue available for exclusive use?
A. Yes – Exclusive use rates depend on day of the week. This can either be full take over of the hotel for 24 hours (11am-11am) or it can be parts of the hotel for certain times of the wedding day, for example the Tap Bar is popular to hire for a couple of hours during arrival drinks.
Q. Is there an option for dinner the night before?
A. Yes our Benson room (which seats up to 33) is ideal for a family gathering the night before.
Q. Is there an outdoor space?
A. Our pretty courtyard terrace is ideal for arrival drinks and photographs.
Exclusive use of the courtyard for 2 hours (for arrival drinks) is included in the wedding room hire rate. In the event of inclement weather, this can be moved to the Benson room.
Q. Who will be present on the day of my wedding?
A. Here at The George we have a dedicated wedding and events team. Natalie’s or one of her colleagues will be here from the start to oversee every aspect of your stay.
Q. Which rooms are licensed for ceremonies?
A. We recommend Rye Town Hall which is just a minute’s walk from The George. Alternatively our Benson room and the Ballroom are both licensed for ceremonies.
Q. What are the contact details for Rye Town Hall?
A. The telephone number for the Town Hall is 01797 223902
Q. What are the contact details for the Registrars?
A. Hastings registrars can be reached on 0345608019 (option 3)or email on [email protected] Please note it is the responsibility of the bridal couple to book the Registrars.
Q. How long does the ceremony last?
A. The ceremony lasts no longer than 30 minutes.
Q. Is a complimentary menu and wine tasting included?
A. Yes a menu and wine tasting for the bridal couple is included. We hold seasonal menu tastings for couples on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm. Additional family members may join for a fee.
Q. Do you cater for special dietary requirements? Coeliacs? Vegetarians?
A. Yes we cater for all dietary requirements and have a vegetarian wedding menu.
Q. What is the table layout? Are there different options?
A. The Ballroom seats up to 120 people. We have 2 x large round (6ft) tables which can seat up to 12 people and 10 x small round (5ft) tables that can seat up to 10 people. Alternatively we can provide long tables.
Q. Can we have a signature cocktail?
A. Yes this can be arranged in advanced. We can also provide (for example) a gin station.
Q. Is there a corkage fee?
A. Unfortunately corkage is not available.
Q. How will the serving staff be dressed?
A. Uniform for the serving staff is collared white shirts or blouses, ties for the boys, dark blue jeans and half aprons and converse-style trainers.
Q. Where can guests park their cars?
A. There is parking in the High Street outside the Hotel limited to an hour. We recommend the Cattle Market car park, which is a 4-5 minute walk from the hotel and charged at just £1.50 for 24 hours. Please see details here.
Q. Is there a lift/facilities/access for the elderly and disabled?
A. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the building there is no lift access to the first floor. Please let us know if you have guests coming with mobility issues.
Q. Where are the toilets?
A. There is one toilet adjacent to the ballroom on the first floor. Ladies and Gents toilets are also located on the ground floor, behind the bar.
Q. Stationary (name cards, table plans etc)
A. This is something that most couples will organise themselves. We can supply menu cards (one per table at £5 each) and place cards (plain white with our black G logo) for 25p per person.
Q. Guest check in on the day of the wedding.
A. Guaranteed check in is at 3pm. We will try to get wedding guests rooms ready as quickly as possible. This is why we recommend a 2pm/2.30pm ceremony as it gives our housekeeping team longer to get ready rooms ready for the wedding guests. If any guests have to travel a long distance we recommend they stay the night before.
Q. Is there a recommended DJ?
A. We recommend Ian of Southeast DJs and this is included within the room hire price for evening receptions.
Q. What is the sound limit for live bands?
A.The Ballroom has a sound limiter which can be triggered by loud bands, we can provide information on how this can be managed.
Q. What are the timings for music?
The DJ and/or band arrive and set up after the wedding meal
Live music from a band must finish by 10.30pm and the DJ can play until 11.30pm
We are flexible and can look into extending the music finish time (DJ only) slightly.
Q. Is there a bridal suite?
A. Room 1 is popular as our bridal suite, but our brides also love Room 8 and Room 41!
Q. How should my guests book their accommodation?
A. We will provide you with an online link for your guests to book their accommodation. Please ask your guests to use this link and not third party booking sites.
Q. Is there a minimum bedroom requirement?
A. For weddings with an evening reception we ask that the 11 bedrooms around the ballroom are taken.
The breakdown of these is as follows;
3x Queen doubles, rooms 3, 4 & 5
5x Superior double/ twin, rooms 11, 12, 16, 18 & 19
3x Luxury doubles, rooms 2, 15 & 17
Q. Which rooms are suitable for families with small children?
A. Room 8, Junior Suite, can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children up to the age of 8
Room 9, Luxury Double, has a small sofa for a child up to 5
Room 15 (one of the 11 around the ballroom) has a large double sofa bed for children up to 10
Room 17, Luxury Double, has a small sofa for a child up to 5
Room 21, luxury double, has a small sofa for up to 8
Room 22, superior double/ twin, has a sofa bed for 2 children up to 10 years
Room 30, superior double/ twin, this has a proper extra bed in the room for a teenager or for another adult
Room 31, junior suite with the pod bed, can sleep 2 children
Room 32, junior suite, has a small sofa for a child up to 8
Room 45, luxury double, can accommodate an extra bed for a child up to 8
Upgrades and grazing stations
Q. Is there a photobooth?
A. Yes- hire of the selfie booth in the Benson room is £250 for your evening reception and comes with unlimited film and props. This is a great addition to the evening reception. We can set the photobooth to print 2 copies of the same photo so the guest can keep one and the other can be put into the couple’s guestbook.
Q. Do you provide Grazing stations?
We have the following grazing stations available – please see images here.
An upgrade on your arrival Prosecco, this is £2.50 per person and includes purees and fruit to add to their Prosecco.
An add on for the evening munchies. The wall and 80 Krispy Kreme doughnuts costs £350. If you would like to bring your own doughnuts the wall is £150 to hire.
The patisserie station is an alternative to sit down dessert. £7.50 per person (on top of package rate). Includes 40 Eton mess shots, 40 jelly shots, 40 mini cheesecakes, 40 macaroons & sticks.
An addition to canapes. £5 per person, 2 oysters per person and lemon wedges.
An add on to the evening munchies, £7.50 per person to include 4 different cheese (cheddar, soft hard and blue) 3 different meats. Bread, crackers, olives, fruit and chutneys
Q. Can we upgrade to a premium wine?
A . Absolutely. Please ask Natalie for a full wine list. We have a great selection of sparkling wine from local English vineyards.
We’d be happy to answer any other queries you may have. Please email us.
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