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Middleport Pottery Frequently Asked Questions

for Weddings

We want to help make it as simple as possible for you to find the wedding venue of your dreams. If you are considering using Middleport Pottery to host your wedding, civil partnership of celebrant occasion but need a bit more help deciding whether it is the venue for you why not read our frequently asked questions below.

If we haven't answered your question please feel free to contact us on 01782 499766. If you want to explore Middleport Pottery in person why not book a wedding venue tour by following the link below, or download a copy of our wedding brochure.

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Venue FAQs

Are the premises licensed for alcohol?

Yes. Working with our partner, The Fabulous Fizz Event Limited, we offer a full service bar for your event until 11:30pm.

Is there lift access to the upper floors?

All our rooms are accessible by lift except the Arden Mezzanine, so we urge you to be mindful of your guests when making use of this room.

Is there overnight accommodation available?

There is no accommodation available at the venue. We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton or please enquire at our Visitors reception for a full list of recommended local hotels.

Can we have exclusive use of the venue during public opening times?

Yes of course, please ask the Re-Form event manager for details.

Is indoor seating included?

Yes, whichever wedding package you choose, there will be enough seating for all your guests.

Is there outdoor seating?

Outdoor seating is available. You will see the layout of this when you visit the site.

Where can we go to have our photographs taken?

You will have use of the heritage site, (some exclusions apply) to capture your special day. Also, your photographer can visit the site before the big day to scope out the best areas to use for photographs.

Are you licenced for the legal ceremony?

Yes, our wedding licence is for the Regal Peacock, Burgess Room, the Arden Mezzanine, the Bottle Oven, and outdoor areas. We can work with you and your celebrant/registrar/minister on the timings, layout and other details to make your ceremony special.

How many guests can I have / What is your capacity?

Our Felicity wedding package is suitable for a variety of wedding formats, i.e. reception only weddings and/or very small weddings. This includes exclusive use of the Burgess room, Arden Mezzanine and Davenport Gallery. Outside canal space is also available for your use after 4pm.

Both the Arden Mezzanine, Burgess room and Regal Peacock are licensed ceremony areas.

The Arden Mezzanine has a maximum ceremony capacity for 20 guests and the Burgess room has a maximum capacity of 60 guests.

Reception only weddings with less than 100 guests (max 60 guests in Burgess room) 40 additional seating available in other spaces.

A small ceremony in the Arden Mezzanine of 20 guests can be followed by a reception dinner in the Burgess room for less than 60 guests.

Or a ceremony only in the Burgess room for 60 guests.

Our Willow package is for up to 250 guests across all spaces. In addition to the rooms in the Felicity package, the Regal Peacock is also included. This is our largest room which has a ceremony capacity for 100 guests and a banqueting capacity for 80/90 guests depending on layout.

Is the venue suitable for children / Do you have a play area for children?

Whilst the venue is suitable for children, we do have steep stairs and old wooden flooring which should not be walked on without shoes. Whilst we do not have a separate play area for children, we can help you with some indoor activities such as play with clay, which involves one ball of clay, boards, utensils, aprons etc to keep the children occupied. Please ask the Re-Form event manager for details.

What’s the cancellation policy?

All deposits are non-refundable and full payment is required 60 days prior to your wedding. If you have to cancel less than 60 days prior to your wedding, unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds. It is by the discretion of Re-Form Heritage if we are able to offer an alternative date.

If you have to cancel with less than 90 days to your wedding, we have the right to make a cancellation charge or to invoice for any costs incurred at that point.

Can we make a ceremony only booking?

Yes of course; our Felicity Package is for less than 60 guests and the Willow Package can cater for up to 100 guests.

When can we begin decorating the venue?

The venue will be made available to you the day before to dress from 12 noon and 5pm. If additional time is required, this would be possible but would incur an additional cost.

Is Middleport Pottery suitable for marquees?

This is certainly possible, please discuss with the Re-Form event manager to discuss your requirements.

Are there areas for both of us to get ready in the morning?

Unfortunately, we do not have any make-up areas or additional spaces suitable for changing.

How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable?

Venue hire requires a 50% non-refundable deposit. The deposit is due within 14 days of receiving your refreshment quote.

Facilities FAQs

Are there camping facilities?

No, there are no camping facilities onsite.

Is there guest parking?

Yes, we have a large main carpark as well as additional car parks located nearby in Travers Street. All parking is free.

Is there overnight parking?

Yes, we can arrange for overnight parking if reported in advance.

Is there a Blue Badge Holders Car Park?

Yes, we have a dedicated accessible car park for blue badge holders directly opposite the main entrance.

Are there adequate restroom facilities for our guests?

Yes, including accessible facilities and baby changing areas.

Ceremony FAQs

Are you a dog friendly wedding venue?

Of course, we know how important it is that your furry friends can be there to celebrate your big day, so we welcome all well-behaved dogs onsite, except in areas when dining.

Is entertainment included?

No, we encourage you to celebrate your special day with entertainment that is unique to you and your guests.

Can we choose our music / DJ?

Yes of course, it’s your special day after all.

Is a Master of Ceremonies included?

We do not provide a Master of Ceremonies, however we recommend you appoint a friend, family member or whoever you would like to fulfil this role.

Are mid-week bookings accepted?

In order to offer you exclusive use of the venue, we only accept bookings for weddings on Saturdays only.

Does the fee include insurance?

Unfortunately not: we suggest you seek independent insurance advise to cover the cost of your event, including the cancellation of up to and including the day of your event.

Is there somewhere we can safely store our wedding gifts?

We can set aside a space to store gifts during your ceremony and reception however, we do not suggest you leave wedding gifts of any value overnight. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any losses during the event either.

Do you have preferred suppliers for wedding favours we can use?

Yes, we have some wonderful resident artists and craftspeople in our Middleport studios that can help you with wedding favours (or room decoration) and would be happy to facilitate introductions.

Catering FAQs

Is there in-house catering?

Yes, we offer in-house catering with our preferred suppliers – local businesses that offer a range of delicious options and can deal with varying budget. We will put you in touch with our suppliers who can help you create your perfect menu.

Is outside catering available?

Yes, outside catering can be facilitated for those who wish to dine alfresco.

Is there a cake-cutting fee? Do you provide cake-cutting utensils?

Your chosen caterer will be able to answer this question at your refreshment meeting.

Can we bring our own beverages and refreshments on to the site?

No, we offer various catering options and an inhouse bar which will be fully stocked for your reception.

Is the bar cash only?

No, there are multiple payment ways available including advance orders or a pay as you go bar (cash and card) for your guests. We also accept money behind the bar or a fully paid bar. You can discuss this with the Fizz bar direct.

Do I Have to Use Your Recommended Suppliers?

Yes, but only for catering and bar facilities. We work with local suppliers that offer a range of options and budgets for each of our couples to work with.

What are the closing times for the bar and music?

Last orders are approximately 11.10pm. The bar closes and music must finish by 11.30pm. This leaves you 30 minutes to dress down and gather your belongings as the site closes at approximately 12 midnight.

Are there curfew extensions available?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide curfew extensions as we are situated in a residential area and must be considerate of our neighbours.

Decorations FAQs

Are fireworks permitted outside?

Yes, please ask the Re-Form event manager for details.

Are living flame candles allowed?

Whilst we do allow candles outside, they cannot be used in any inside space for safety reasons.

Are we allowed confetti?

Bio-degradable confetti and rice are permitted in the outside areas only.

Can you provide any decorations?

As each wedding is unique, we encourage couples to decorate the room themselves. We try to be flexible but there are certain things due to heritage status that are not permitted (i.e., the use of candles indoors). All decorations must be hung with string and no permanent fixings such as drawing pins, screws etc are allowed. You can potentially use the beams to hang decorations, however, there is a weight restriction. Please speak with your Re-Form Heritage event manager to discuss your options.

Do we need to pack everything up at the end of the night?

Yes, whilst we can give you access the day before the ceremony to set up the rooms, we would require most of your belongings to be packed up at the end of the day of the event. However, we don’t expect you to remove hanging decorations late in the evening. The site will therefore be accessible to you from 9am on Sunday if further dress down time is required before the site opens to the public at 10am.

Can we reset room layouts during the day?

We know how much hard work goes into making each room special and that is why we advise against changing layouts throughout the day. Our rooms have the flexibility to be decorated entirely to your tastes so please discuss your ideal layout with the Re-Form event manager at your meetings.

Book Your Wedding in the Heart of the Potteries

Are you seeking a unique venue for your wedding or love the idea of getting married at a heritage site? Are you from Stoke and want to embrace the history of ‘The Potteries’ in your special day? Speak to our events manager to find out more about our wedding availability and getting married at Middleport Pottery. You can also find out more information in our wedding brochure, view and download it here.

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