Frequently Asked Questions

Catering & Beverages

Do you insist on doing all the catering in-house or are there other options?

Here at Rudby we like to give our couples the freedom to create their own magical day, so whether you are looking for a buffet, BBQ, afternoon tea, or a traditional sit-down meal our preferred catering partners can help bring your vision to life. Menus are produced as far ahead as possible and dietary requirements can also be catered for with advance notice directly with your chosen caterers.

Where are reception drinks served?

Following a ceremony in church, you have the option of having reception drinks in The Library, combined with the Entrance Hall and Bar area, which is situated at the foot of the main staircase.
Following a civil ceremony in the Library, reception drinks will be served in the Entrance Hall, Bar area and Lounge.  The ceremony chairs will be removed from the Library during the drinks reception, creating additional space to entertain your guests. The Library is also where your evening entertainment will be situated.  Guests are also welcome to enjoy reception drinks on the terrace and within the grounds.

Will there be an event manager on hand during the day?

An experienced member of the team will be on site for the duration of the event.

What shape and size tables do you have for the wedding breakfast, and how many?

We can provide up to 8 round tables that can seat up to 10 guests per table, rectangular tables are also available for the top table. We can also look into more bespoke options if required.

Can we see photographs of the Drawing Room set up and dressed for a wedding breakfast?

Yes, photographs are available upon request.  Alternatively, visit our Gallery or social media pages.

Do you provide a cake table, stand and knife?


Do you provide an easel on which we can display our table plan?


Do you supply table number/name stands for the dining tables?

Ideally they should be provided by yourself.

Is there a bar for drinks to be served from or will drinks be served from trays (or both)?

Both, dependent upon the nature of the event and your personal preference.

Is the bar fully stocked or can drinks be brought in by clients?

For any event where a bar is required to serve alcoholic beverages you must use one of the bar services’ suppliers listed on our ‘recommended suppliers’ list. We are unable to allow clients or their guests to consume drinks which they have brought into the house themselves whilst the bar is open.

Can you cater for dinner the night before and/or a brunch the day following the wedding?

Your chosen caterers will be able to discuss this with you and offer menus and costs for your requirements


Which authority covers Rudby Hall?

Hambleton District Council.

Can we have our wedding on any day of the week?


Do you allow confetti to be thrown?

Yes, providing it is biodegradable.

What are the options for ceremony music?

You are welcome to source your own live music, for example pianist, violinist or harpist.  Alternatively, we have a small speaker system which is Bluetooth enabled and this can be discussed and explained in more detail during the planning process.

Where would the Registrar meet the bride and groom prior to the wedding?

The groom is met in the ceremony room, and the bride in the Lounge.

Do the chairs used for the ceremony and wedding breakfast need to be covered?

Chairs do not need to be covered as we supply gold Chiavari chairs with ivory seat pads, however should you require chair drapes we can recommend a local supplier for this.

Where will guests congregate as they arrive?

The front porch or the Entrance Hall.

Can we see photographs of the ceremony room set up and dressed for a wedding?

Yes, photographs are available on request.  Alternatively, visit our Gallery or social media pages.

Is there space for musicians within the ceremony room?


We would like our pet to be part of the day; is it possible?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on site, however well-behaved they may be. Service dogs are excluded from this house rule.


Are professional fireworks displays allowed?

Due to our peaceful location and proximity to local farms, unfortunately fireworks are not permitted

Do you allow outdoor entertainment, such as lawn games or bouncy castles?

Unfortunately not, the outdoor grounds are used mainly for photographs and mingling.

When is the DJ or band allowed access to set up their equipment?

The DJ or band are required to set up their equipment in the Library during the wedding breakfast.

s there an area that could be used for a crèche if necessary?

There is a space that can be made available, but it needs to be by prior agreement with Rudby Hall.  It is also important to consider who is responsible for the crèche as children must never be left unattended.

Is there a quiet area where older guests can get away from the noise of the band/DJ?

Yes, the Lounge is ideal.

Do you provide a PA system that can be used for speeches?

No.  But we can recommend a supplier from whom you will be able to hire one if indeed this is a requirement.

What equipment can you provide if we wanted to play music during the ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception?

We have a small speaker system which is Bluetooth enabled and this can be discussed and explained in more detail during the planning process.

Is there a decibel (sound) limit?

Yes, set at the standard limit.

Are there any restrictions with regards to bringing props into the venue, including chocolate fountains, ice sculptures, bubble machines and fire pits?

All props, especially those which pose a potential health and safety risk, must be pre-approved by Rudby Hall.

What time are the alcohol and music licenses until?


Rooms and Capacities

Are you licensed for civil ceremonies and for how many guests?

Yes.  Maximum 80.

How many people can the venue accommodate?

Rudby Hall can accommodate up to 80 daytime for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast and 100 evening guests.

How many guests can stay overnight?

26 guests in 13 bedrooms.

Is there a minimum guest number or catering spend?

The Exclusive hire price of Rudby Hall remains the same regardless of the number of guests you have attending. Your chosen caterers may however have a minimum number that they will cater for.

Are there separate rooms for the wedding ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception?

Yes, and it is the couple’s choice as to how they would like to use them.

Is it possible to have a marquee?

We can permit a marquee on the grounds at an additional cost, there are however certain time restrictions for use. Please contact us directly to discuss in more detail if this is something you are interested in. Marquees do need to be hired independently.

Cost Considerations

What are the costs for use of the venue, catering, drinks and any other costs which are not included in the venue hire?

All prices quoted refer specifically to the exclusive use of Rudby Hall. All other costs are in addition to the hire fee, for example catering, drinks options, flowers entertainment etc. Quotes are available on request directly with your chosen supplier.

What are the payment terms? When is the deposit required, how much is it and is it non-refundable?

£2000.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. 50% of the contracted value is then due six months prior to the wedding date and the final balance is due two months before.

In addition, for weddings and events with 60 guests or more, mandatory security personnel are required to be discreetly present on the Estate for the duration of the event. Rudby Hall will reserve this service on your behalf and the charge will be added to your balance payment invoice once timings have been confirmed in full for the day/evening.

A refundable damage deposit of £1000.00 for Rudby Hall and/or £250.00 per cottage is required in addition to the FINAL balance payment. This will be refunded after departure once damage and cleanliness inspections have taken place.

Is VAT included?


How do you accept payment?

We accept payments via bank transfer or by credit/debit card. Please kindly note we do not accept American Express.

Suppliers – Set Up and Break Down

Do you allow candles?

Yes, if they are in storm lanterns or tea light holders, and providing the vessel in which they are placed is taller than the flame.  Naked flames in floral arrangements are not permitted.  Please note that clients must supply sufficient candles/tea lights as Rudby Hall do not provide replacements.

What time do you require all items to be removed?

All items must be removed from Rudby Hall on the day after your wedding.

Are there any restrictions on suppliers who can be used?

At the time of booking we will provide a recommended suppliers list, which have been thoroughly vetted to the highest standards alternatively you are more than welcome to source your own.


Do you have public liability insurance?


How many weddings do you hold per day/over a weekend?

The entire house is hired on an exclusive use basis and therefore we will only ever host one wedding during the time-period.

Do you offer exclusive use?

Yes, this is the only basis upon which we offer weddings and events at Rudby Hall.

Do you have a secure space where we can store wedding presents?



From the moment we stepped into Rudby Hall we knew this was the place we wanted our family and friends to gather for our wedding weekend. It was all ours from the day before our wedding until the day after. Perfect doesn’t do it justice; thank you so much to Sandra and Martin for sharing your little bit of heaven with us.

Mr & Mrs Thompson