We understand that organising a wedding is a step out of your comfort zone – it is however something we do rather well. We thought we would answer some often asked questions, to help you in your planning – this isn’t to prevent you from making contact with us, we are very happy to answer questions that are important to you.
Is there anything included in a Ballathie Wedding that other hotels may charge for?
We offer the following at no additional cost to yourself –
- Personalised menu cards
- Personalised table plan
- Cake stand and knife
- Red carpet
- Master of Ceremonies
- Room Hire for wedding breakfast (assuming a minimum of 65 guests)
- Room Hire for wedding ceremony (assuming a maximum of 80 guests)
Are there table decorations included?
We provide white linen tableclothes and napkins, appropriate glassware and crockery. Coloured napkins and slip covers for tables can be arranged with our linen supplier at an additional cost. We have small decorative glass vases on each table, which can be utilised on the day of your wedding, but you may wish to provide additional flowers for each table.
Are flowers included?
We are happy to adjust our standard floral arrangements to suit your colour scheme, however this does not include table decorations.
Is the Honeymoon Room Complimentary?
No, we don’t offer complimentary items, then make a hidden increased charge somewhere else to compensate. The Honeymoon room is part of the minimum of 25 bedrooms we ask larger weddings to take.
Who will look after us on the day?
It would be very unusual for Gail Schofield not to be able to guide you each step of the way and be the first friendly reassuring face to congratulate you as you arrive at Ballathie. If, for any reason Gail will not be in attendance, you will be told about this before the wedding, and be reassured who will look after you.
Can I bring any of my own catering?
No, due to Health and Hygiene legislation, we cannot receive handle or serve any of your own food items, with the exception of the wedding cake and favours.
Are the facilities for the less mobile or guests with disabilities?
Ballathie has a disabled access ramp for the front door, once in the hotel, all the rooms used by the wedding are on the ground floor and are accessible. There is a ground floor accessible toilet.
There is also a ground floor bedroom, with suitable access for wheelchair users
Can the hotel cater for guests with special diets?
Yes, advance warning is preferred, to enable Chef to prepare a tasty alternative to the dishes chosen for the menu.
Is there a children’s menu?
Yes, for under 12’s, we offer half portions of the adult menu at half price, or items from our Children’s menu, for example – chicken nuggets, sausage, etc. You can choose in advance what the children can have.
What time is the bar open until?
As a standard the bar license runs until midnight, but can be extended to 2am for all resident guests by prior arrangement.
Can I get early access to hotel bedrooms on the day of the wedding?
Check in time for resident guests is 2pm onwards and checkout time is 11am. Depending on the time guests from the night prior check out of any particular room, would dictate if an earlier check in would be possible.
We endeavour to try to assist with early check in’s, but cannot guarantee. To be sure access to a particular bedroom is guaranteed, we would recommend you reserve the room from the night prior.
We would ask that you ask your guests to give consideration to the environment, please request that they throw either rice, fresh flower petals or biodegradable confetti. Please note we do not allow confetti to be thrown inside the house.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, as a valued member of the family, it may be you wish your dog to be at the hotel on the day of your wedding. Dogs are welcome in the Grand Hall, and in certain bedrooms, however we do ask that he/she is not left alone in a bedroom. We would recommend whilst the wedding breakfast takes place, that dogs are safely kept in their car.