Venue Guide – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below, We’ve included some questions and answers you may find useful when planning your event with our hire products.
If your question is not answered below, feel free to Contact Us.
Booking Process – FAQs
From first contact, to saving your date – The booking process.
Arrange a personal tour of Dalswinton Estate.
Bookings essential – we check your event date availability!
We will show you the Estate and the marquee and discuss how we run the venue, drinks and catering.
Pay the required deposit to save the date!
£500 to confirm your venue booking & save the date!We take 30% if within 12 months of your date.
Arrange a meeting with us and your caterer to discuss your event in detail
Arrange a meeting with us and Alasdair Knight (BQA Events) to discuss your event in detail – menu options, personalised drinks packages etc.
We take a £500 payment towards your catering cost at this point.
Arrange a complimentary menu tasting.
On payment of your catering deposit we will then arrange a complimentary menu tasting.
At this point your menu selection will be discussed and confirmed.
Marquee Venue – FAQS
Venue Timings, Access and Frequently asked questions!
What time can I access the marquee on the day of my event?
You have exclusive use of the marquee and grounds from 9am on the day of your event. If you would
like to reserve the day before from 9am, for a fee, for setting up then this can easily be arranged.
What time do all guests have to leave the Estate?
We ask that carriages are booked for 12.30am (prompt). Music and Bar service end at midnight.
We have found that booking coaches for all your guests to climb aboard works the best and takes the hassle out of making sure everyone gets in the right taxis!!!
When do I have to take away all of my belongings, flowers etc?
Either yourselves or your florist must remove all of your flowers by 9am the morning after your event.
(if your wedding is on a Saturday we can confirm a later time on the Sunday subject to availability.) If
neither yourself or florist is able to return to do this we charge a fee of £150+VAT to clear everything
away for you, including signs/personalisation etc and you can collect this at a later date. Unfortunately,
flowers cannot be stored.
Can we put candles on the tables?
Yes, of course! You can hire all of your candles from ourselves!
How is the marquee heated?
Our marquees is heated using indirect heaters which sit outside and blow warm air through ducts and are thermostatically controlled.
You have nothing to worry about. We are experts and the marquee is first class and airtight.
How is the marquee lit?
A variety of lighting effects are available – please ask for our latest Finishing Touches Brochure.
We include our beautiful chandelier lighting as standard but can provide a range of lighting effects including dimmable fairy light canopy, uplighters, festoon lights and flood lights all from our own stock.
What about marquee decoration?
If you have any ideas or requests please ask.
We have done so many marquee weddings we might just be able to make your dreams come true!
Are there other upgrades available?
There are a variety of upgrades available to the internal finish e.g. clear roofs on the marquee, fairy light canopy, outdoor festoon lighting, flood lighting trees, stages, wooden floral cartwheels and hanging floral rings.
Dalswinton Estate – FAQS
About the Estate, we are a privately owned home so some things to remember
What parts of the Estate can I use on the day of my event?
The Loch, woods and walled garden are yours exclusively for your day.
The Loch and it’s surrounding area is very much a feature of Dalswinton. Please feel free to encourage your guests to walk around the Loch and visit the replica steam boat, which was the first steam boat to sail in Britain. There are fantastic locations for photographs throughout the woods, lochside and walled garden.
Whilst we want you to feel at home unfortunately we have to be a little bit strict with a few things;
We politely ask that you respect the privacy of those living on the Estate by staying within the above
mentioned areas. It is vitally important that the neighbours and residents are respected at all times, to
this end we would ask:
• The ‘Big house’ and it’s gardens are private and this is respected at all times. We are happy for
drone footage of the Estate to be taken but not of the main house.
• Parking is only in designated parking areas, not in front of the main gates or along the drive, and
that you follow any instructions provided by our parking staff.
• All vehicles on the estate must adhere to the 10mph speed limit to ensure safety of everyone,
particularly children and animals.
What time do all guests have to leave the Estate?
We ask that carriages are booked for 12.30am (prompt). We have found that booking coaches for all
your guests to climb aboard works the best and takes the hassle out of making sure everyone gets in the
You may leave your car over night but please remove the next day.
Can I have Fireworks?
Unfortunately not, due to our neighbours and the animals on the estate we are unable to allow