Frequently Asked Questions

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We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and all consuming, gathering information and researching every little intricate element that goes in to organising your special day. From our vast experience of planning, coordinating and collaborating with couples on creating their dream wedding, we’ve put together a list of questions that we tend to get asked often. Of course, if you have any further queries, our team will be happy to help and assist.

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On the contrary - the Larchfield Team are on hand to act as your wedding concierge and to assist with the co-ordinating of set up. The main difference between a hotel and Larchfield Estate is that you get to select a caterer who will then set up tables and linens etc. as would be done in a hotel. Alternatively if you would like to decorate the barn with your own personal touches then we are very happy for you to do so. Larchfield offers you much more flexibility to have the day you want but the full time events team are here to personally help co-ordinate your event, to take the stress away.
The serving of alcohol and music will stop at 1am according to NI licensing laws. All guests must have vacated the venue by 1.30am.
Our onsite accommodation can sleep up to 37 in a combination of cottages and separate rooms. Can I book two nights accommodation? Our accommodation is always offered to any couples getting married here at Larchfield Estate on the night of their wedding so we wouldn’t be able to offer two nights at the time of your booking. We would however be happy to offer you the accommodation for two nights if still available 3 months prior to your wedding date.
Yes you are welcome to provide your own bubbly for drinks reception and toasts, and wine to be served through dinner. There are no corkage charges for this, and your caterers will serve these drinks for you and provide all the necessary glassware. If you want to serve any other alcohol during your drinks reception – e.g. chilled beers, cocktails, then you can arrange this through the bar company who can provide any additional drinks at incredibly reasonable costs.
Indoor Stables - 150 maximum, Barn - 264 maximum and Outdoor Walled Garden - 264 maximum. At Larchfield we have a ceremony fee, which allows you to choose the location of your preference – with both Plan A and Plan B options in place to allow for changeable weather. We will set up the chairs for you in the location of your choice.
For a civil ceremony each couple must apply directly to Lisburn and Castlereagh Council Registration Office, we will then provide the necessary documents to return to the council. For religious ceremonies you can bring your own minister, or we do have contacts for some semi-retired ministers who can perform your ceremony at Larchfield, and the ministers will take care of the necessary paperwork involved. Humanist ceremonies are a beautiful option for those looking for something non-religious but a little more personal, and we can provide a range of recommendations for this too!
At Larchfield our events vary in size greatly, usually from 60 – 180 guests – however the Barn is licensed for up to 264 for dining. The set up of the room can be tailored to best use the space to suit your numbers, whatever the size of your party.
On booking we share our suppliers list, we have a wide variety of trusted suppliers to help with all aspects of your day, from florists and cakes to photographers and bands – giving you the flexibility to find the perfect supplier to suit your individual tastes. The team are here to chat through and recommend.
You can have candles at Larchfield, we’re one of the few venues who still permit this. We just ask that candles are in a jar/container which is higher than the height of the flame. Candlelight is beautifully atmospheric in the barn.
Yes, one of our Event Managers will be on-site for the duration of your wedding to ensure that your day runs smoothly and according to plan, and will be happy to perform MC duties as required. We have a PA system in the Barn which you can play background music through, and there is a roving microphone attached to this which you can use for speeches.
We don’t offer wedding packages, we do this in order to give you the freedom to have exactly what you want for your day. Each wedding is unique at Larchfield Estate
Larchfield Barn doesn’t require any extra decor – we’ve added lots of simple touches using trees and fairy lights to create a magical atmosphere, however if you would like to add additional decor you’re very welcome to do so, and we can recommend the best suppliers so you get exactly what you want.
We can arrange fireworks at Larchfield between February & September, situated in the large grass area near the Walled Garden. There would be a small additional fee for this, to cover the fireworks permit, and additional stewarding on the night.
There are no additional charges for photography, you are welcome to use the Walled Gardens as you please, with special access to one of the lakes for just the Bride and Groom to have a few moments to yourself. You can use the shelter of the greenhouse on rainier days, as well as nooks and crannys around the courtyard to get outdoor photos all year round.
Bank Holiday Mondays are charged at the Thursday rate for the same week.
We always have a Plan A and Plan B in place, so you don’t need to worry about any last minute stresses, we’ll be there to ensure that everything runs smoothly and your guests won’t end up getting wet! It’s the beauty of plenty of space and exclusive use!
• Wedding coordination – team available to help whenever and wherever we can from the moment to book – with the help of our experienced, multi award winning events team - on hand for professional help and advice at all stages • Ensuring that the venue is kept to the high standards that you book for to be ready waiting for you for your exclusive use for the duration of your wedding day • Securing the date for you for your exclusive use of the venue • Set up co-ordination for your wedding taken care of by the events team • Option of sale or return wine list at trade prices • No charge / no minimum spend pay bar if required • Your Larchfield Estate Manager onsite throughout your wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly and to MC for you if required • Tables and Chivari chairs for dining • Wooden garden chairs or Chivari chairs for your ceremony depending on whether you opt for outdoors or indoors • Selection of wrought iron garden furniture • PA system in the barn with cordless microphone for speeches • Access to the Lake for the bride and groom for photos (at your own risk, no swimming please!) • Fairy lights on trees inside the barn • Easels for seating plan • Post box for guests letters • Whiskey barrels for drinks tables • Sofas and coffee tables • Use of the venue on your booked date
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