Your own daytime drinks with no corkage charge…
The West Mill is a no corkage charge wedding venue meaning you have the choice to bring your own daytime drinks without a corkage charge.
How it Works…
Our No corkage Policy allows you to supply the drinks for your daytime drinks, this is your Drinks Reception and The Wedding Breakfast. In line with our ‘no hidden extras’ policy there is no corkage or service charge applied.
We will ask you to deliver your drinks the day before wedding day along with your other decor items. We will then chill your drinks overnight and on your big day our experienced catering staff will serve it to perfection. If there are any of your supplied drinks left over after the no corkage period ends, these will be stored safely stored and can be collected the following day.
Your Drinks Reception…
This takes place straight after the ceremony and typically lasts around an hour and a half. Your guests will mingle and enjoy a drink in the beautiful surroundings while photographs are taken. We would suggest you opt for classics like Fizz, Bottled Beers and Long Drinks such as Pimms for your drinks reception.
Your Wedding Breakfast…
We would suggest you provide half a bottle of wine per person throughout your wedding breakfast with a glass of something fizzy for the toasts. In addition, our catering staff will provide large jugs of fresh tap water or put out any bottles of sparkling water you may have supplied.
The Pay Bar…
Our friendly bar serving staff will ensure a steady flow of wine to your guests’ tables throughout the meal, after which The West Mill Bar will opens and any unopened leftover drinks are stored away for collection at a later date.
Should you wish to make drinks free to your guests after the No Corkage period ends you are welcome to put a tab behind the bar.
FAQs – No Corkage at The West Mill
What is No Corkage?
Our No Corkage Policy allows you to provide your own daytime drinks (Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast) without incurring any extra charges for us storing and serving them. It also gives you the creative freedom to serve drinks that represent you as a couple, as you’re not tied to any formal drinks packages.
When does the no corkage period begin and end?
Our No Corkage Period begins after the Ceremony and ends after your Wedding Breakfast or Speeches depending on which way around you choose to do things. Your leftover drinks, should there be any left, will be stored away for you to collect the following day and further drinks will then be served and purchased from The West Mill Pay Bar.
Can we serve alcoholic arrival drinks before the Ceremony?
As your no corkage begins after the ceremony, we are unable to serve drinks/alcohol beforehand. We have Kilner jar dispensers which we fill with iced water and this is available throughout the day. We will also serve a small selection of your soft drinks that you may have provided before the ceremony. We ask that you invite your guests to the venue half an hour before the ceremony which gives them the perfect amount of time for them to freshen up, mingle and grab a refreshing drink.
Can we serve cocktails for the Drinks Reception?
Yes of course, cocktail bars are a popular choice and our wooden drinks reception bar on The Gallery Floor or our Horsebox Bar in the courtyard is the perfect place to serve them from. We do ask that cocktails are long drinks which consist of mixers and spirits and can be made in larger quantities.
Popular drinks include: Mojitos, G&T cocktails with a twist, Pimms, Mulled Wine and Prosecco based cocktails.
Unfortunately, we are unable to shake up individual cocktails, if this is something you’d like you are welcome to hire in a mixologist to shake up your drinks reception – Please get in touch should this be something you are considering.
Can we have beer/ale kegs for the drinks reception?
Absolutely, we love it when couples get creative with their drink offerings. Your beer supplier will be able to access the venue from 10.30am on the day of your wedding to set up the kegs ready for the drinks reception.
Do you have props for styling the drinks reception?
Absolutely, we have the following items available to use that will jazz up your drinks reception perfectly.
Vintage look apple crates
Handcrafted Wooden Bar
Bespoke Made Light Up Wooden Star
An assortment of Lanterns
Two Kilner Jar Drinks Dispensers (8L)
Vintage Wooden Easel
A converted horsebox bar outside in the courtyard
Can we have spirits on the Wedding Breakfast tables during dinner?
Unfortunately we cannot allow spirits on the tables as it’s part of our policy to promote responsible drinking. Should you wish to have spirits and mixers available throughout the wedding breakfast we would recommend opening up the bar earlier. There is a surcharge for this option and the details of which can be discussed with our in house caterers.
Can we have alcoholic favours?
This is no problem at all. We can allow miniature spirits or standard size bottles of beer.
For any clarification on the above please do get in touch with the events team.