Frequently Asked Questions

Your Planning Meeting is where we go over all your details for your special day to ensure you have a stress-free day. You will be invited to this 3 months before your big day and it will last 1.5 hrs.

The Bridal Dressing Room is available to the Bridal Party from 11AM. This is situated on our top floor (Ceremony floor).

Meanwhile the Groomsmen can arrive an hour before the ceremony and can relax downstairs in our Gallery space to meet and greet guests. Or if the Mill House has been booked, all guests can check in from 12.30PM. This means the Groomsmen can head there to relax, get ready and have any pre wedding photos taken before heading to The West Mill for the ceremony.

We recommend advising your guests to arrive 30 minutes before your ceremony time to allow time to have a drink or take their seats.

Your stylist, florist, wedding cake and any suppliers you’ve booked for your wedding day may arrive from 10.30AM.

We request that you drop off all, non-perishable, items at 9.00AM the day before your wedding. We request you ensure your non-corkage drinks are delivered to us the day before your wedding, to ensure we can chill these drinks overnight.

Any perishable items such as fresh flowers or your wedding cake are to be dropped off on the wedding day. We do not take responsibility for your wedding dress or suit.

We advise that your guests arrive 30 minutes ahead of your ceremony, and as our bar is located on the first floor of The West Mill we don’t recommend having the bar open before the ceremony, however, if you did wish to have the bar floor open there would be a charge of £75.00 to do so.

Pre-ceremony and drinks reception £125.00.

If you then wished to have the bar open during your drinks reception and wedding breakfast, there would be an additional £150.00.

Yes, we provide disabled access via the front door to our venue and all floors can be accessed by our lift.  Guests with mobility issues are welcome to be dropped off at the front door of the venue before parking in the car park.

We do! Each floor of The West Mill has its own PA system which you can plug your own device into. You are welcome to create your own playlists via Spotify and send your Event Manager a link to the playlist, or alternatively you can use our pre-chosen playlists.

Here in Darley Abbey we are fortunate to have two stunning properties for you and your guests. The Mill House, which is located along the cobblestones in Darley Abbey can sleep up to 16 guests. The Mill Cottage can be found at the top of our driveway and can sleep up to 10 guests.

*Please note that breakfast is available at The Mill House only*.

Breakfast is served from 8.45am.

Yes, chaperoned dogs can be part of your ceremony up until the end of the drinks reception. We do not allow dogs to stay in our accommodation unless they are service dogs.

Yes, we have a fantastic selection of well loved suppliers here.

No, you are welcome to use your own suppliers. We just ask that they have the relevant insurance which we will need a copy of at your planning meeting.

You may dress the venue as you choose; we just ask that all candle flames are contained either in hurricane vases or lanterns.

Biodegradable confetti or rose petals are fine. Find out more here.

No, but we do allow sparklers and firepits.

Last orders are called at 12AM. The venue is locked at 12.30AM.

Absolutely not! We ask that your cake suppliers deliver these to The West Mill on the day of your wedding. We will then supply a cake knife and a cake stand for you.

Yes we have around 80 spaces in our car park. Vehicles have to be moved by 10.30AM the following day.

We have a great list of reliable taxis which can be provided in your planning meeting.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.