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Wedding FAQ

What is the process for payment?

Once a firm booking has been arranged for the date we will require a non-refundable 20% deposit. The rest of the invoice may be paid in installments of your choosing with the last installment being received no later than a month before the wedding date. Cash, cheque, BACS or card payments are all accepted. 

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony?

Room 4 has a capacity of 80 seated guests, this can be extended into Room 5 via sliding doors should you require with an additional 20-30 guest spaces, although visibility may be reduced. Room 7 has a capacity for 70 seated guests. The Lower Hall has a capacity of 145 seated guests. 

What is the capacity for a wedding reception? 

Wedding receptions can only be held in the downstairs hall. The Lower Hall has a capacity for 120 seated guests for a sit down meal. 

How many hours are included in the hire cost?

As long or as little as required, you book per hour.

How much time is included for set up and break down, before and after?

For an all-day wedding we allow access to the Centre from 9am to ensure there is enough time to set the room up to your requirements. Our caretaking staff will set up any tables and chairs and take them down at the end of the evening, but will not add any decorations to the room, or clear them away. Everyone in your party will have to have left the Centre by midnight. We can hold any items leftover but will only be able to store these until the following day.

Are there any restrictions on decor?

Any decorations required for your day are welcome, but please consider the logistics before organising anything, especially for items that need to be hung from ceilings etc. Any decorations must be put up and taken down on the day. You are more than welcome to book additional hours before your ceremony or reception to decorate the room, which will be charged at the standard hourly rate. In some cases if there are no other bookings you are welcome to hire the Centre the night before to decorate so it is set up in advance, and for additional hours the following day to take any decorations down. However, this cannot always be guaranteed. Decorations may be stored overnight but will need to be picked up the next day, otherwise they will be discarded.

Are there any lighting options?

We are limited to the lighting we have in our facility, however you are welcome to bring any additional lighting equipment such as fairy lights etc. as long as it is PAT tested - this can be done prior to your wedding day by our caretaking staff. This lighting must be put up and removed on the day of your hire, so please ensure someone is able to do this for you. You may also use LED candles, any open flames would not be allowed. Lighting provided by DJ's is also welcome.

What are the catering options?

Leigh Community Centre has an on site cafe; Lorna & Lottie's, that can provide catering for events at the Centre, however they are a third party and all bookings will need to be managed by them. Contact Neil on 07778 126098 to discuss options. 

We only allow outside catering for cold buffets, this includes bringing your own, as we cannot allow the use of our kitchens to external caterers.

Are there any restrictions on alcohol?

Alcohol must be purchased from our bar. If you have a particular drinks or wine that you want stocked for your day then please let us know in advance and we can ensure that this is brought in for you. A 20% alcohol surcharge is included in your hire cost, as well as a charge for an additional caretaker to manage the Centre whilst people are drinking, which is a requirement of our licence. The bar will close at 11.30pm and the standard "Challenge 25' will be applied to anyone buying alcohol.

What equipment is provided with the hire?

The Community Centre can provide trestle tables and dining chairs. A PA system is also available if required to play music and also has a microphone. We can also provide a projector if you want to have any kind of photo slideshow etc.The Lower Hall also features a mirror ball, a fixed stage area and a grand piano.

Items such as linens, cutlery, glasses and crockery would need to be organised by the hirer.  

What is the cancellation policy?

We require any cancellations of bookings to be sent to us in writing (letter/email) no less than three weeks prior to the hire date. Full payment will still be required for any event cancelled within the three weeks prior to the hire. We require a non-refundable 20% deposit to hold the date which will be required once a firm booking has been arranged.

Will there be any other events in the Centre on the day?

We are unable to promise exclusivity in the Centre so some of the other rooms may be in use during your ceremony or reception. The Centre is a lot busier during the week with regular classes so please bear this in mind. Where possible we will try to ensure that no other hirers are using the rooms that day, but we cannot guarantee this. 

Is there disabled access?

We have disabled toilets on both floors of the Centre as well as ramps into the building and down to the Lower Hall, and a lift to the first floor.

Are there any volume restrictions?

The Centre is surrounded by housing so we do ask that you keep noise levels to a reasonable volume. Our caretakers will advise if the music is too loud.

Are there plug sockets in the rooms?

The Ceremony Room and Lower Hall both have multiple plug sockets. Our caretakers also have extension leads should you require them.

Is a rehearsal ceremony included?

There is no formal rehearsal hire included in the package cost. You are welcome to book the Ceremony Room at any time it's available leading up to your wedding day for a rehearsal.

What if any damages occur on the day?

We will require a damage deposit cheque of £150 to cover any damages that could occur during your hire. This will either be returned to you or securely shredded after your hire, if no damages have occurred. If something does get damaged during your hire the payment will be surrendered.