What are the usual timings for a wedding day at Brookfield Barn?
This is by no means a prescribed timetable, but a rough indicator for the average day. If holding your ceremony here, West Sussex Registrars offer ceremonies on the hour. 1pm or 2pm tends to work best to fit everything else in without a rush, but ceremonies have also been held as early as 12pm and late as 4pm.
The prep room is available from 9am, if you wish to get ready there. Suppliers can arrive as early as 9am to start setting up in the barn, the terrace and bar are available from 11am for set up.
12:00: Venue opens for guest arrival
13:00: Onsite ceremony starts
13:30: Photos, welcome drinks and canapés while caterers prepare the barn (90 mins - 2 hours)
14:00: Guest rooms open
15:15: Guests take seats for the wedding breakfast
15:30: Wedding Breakfast starts & speeches (2.5 - 3 hours, based on a 3 course meal for 100 guests with 30 mins of speeches)
18:15: Wedding Breakfast ends, guests turn out to the bar and terrace
19:00: Evening guests arrive
20:00: Cake cut & first dance in the barn
21:00: Evening food is served
23:15: Last orders at the bar
23:30: Bar closes
23:45: Music finishes & taxis
00:00: Venue closes
How does set up work?
Set up for your wedding can work two different ways depending if there is a wedding the day before yours or not.
No wedding the day before yours
You'll be able to come onsite between 2-5pm the day before your wedding, dropping off drinks, decor, dresses and anything else you need to bring. You can get involved with the set up as much or as little as you'd like - the events team will be on hand to help and to chat through last minute questions. The only things we can't accept onsite the day before your wedding are fresh flowers, cake or other perishables.
Wedding the day before yours
You'll be able to drop off your drink and decorations with us around 4:30pm, and the events team will be responsible for setting up your small decor the following morning and will coordinate your suppliers responsible for any other bits - i.e. flowers, venue styling and cake.
If you have any other questions around set up, get in touch with us and the team will be happy to talk it through, as it does vary according to what decor and elements you are planning.
What time is the prep room available?
The prep room is available on the morning of your wedding from 9am until the start of your ceremony, which includes supplier access. When you arrive in the morning, one of the events team will meet you in the car park and show you up to the room. After your ceremony, the prep room will close and any of your belongings in there will be available to collect from the secure landing outside the prep room.
What time are the guest rooms available?
The honeymoon suite and guest rooms are available for check-in from 2pm on your wedding day. Check-out is 10am the following morning.