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Your Questions answered

We’ll take you through every step of your wedding day, from your very first visit to The Pear Tree to the day you walk down the aisle. From ceremony options to capacities, catering to costs – you’ll find everything you need to know about celebrating a garden wedding in Wiltshire in these FAQs.

Wedding Venue FAQs

How do we arrange a visit?

To arrange a visit, you can visit our book a visit page on our website and select a suitable date and time using our visit calendar. Alternatively, if you want to speak to our team directly, call 01793 781270. 

How much is it to secure a date?

Your initial payment is £750 of your venue hire fee.

What are your prices? 

Please click here to see our prices page.

How do we book? 

Once you have been to visit, you will receive an email with login details for our booking portal, which can also be found here. Remember to book your registrar or church, details of which can be found below.

Which local registry office do I book my ceremony with? 

You book your ceremony via Wiltshire registry office. Their contact number is 0300 003 4570.

Where is the nearest church?

There are four churches within a two-mile radius of The Pear Tree, including St Mary’s Church which is next door!

If you would prefer a church wedding, you can still make use of Cascade before your ceremony. Alternatively, you may choose to arrive at The Pear Tree after your wedding ceremony.

We’ve booked a wedding; how do I contact the Events Team? 

You can call us on 01793 781263 or email us on [email protected].

Do we need wedding insurance?

We strongly recommend that you take out wedding insurance. Weddings are a big investment, and fingers crossed that you’ll never need to call on your insurance but having it in place will cover you for a range of eventualities.

What is your capacity for ceremonies, dining and evening receptions?

Ceremony – We can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony in Blossom, we can also accommodate 150 guests for an outdoor ceremony.

Dining – We can seat up to 150 guests for your wedding breakfast in The Orangery.

Dancing – We can accommodate up to 200 guests for your evening reception. 

Accommodation – We have 18 bedrooms at The Pear Tree, meaning we can accommodate up to 36 guests. Each guest can also join us for breakfast in The Orangery the next morning. 

Do you have somewhere to get ready on the morning of the wedding?

Yes, we have Cascade, our purpose-designed dressing room with a seating area and hair and makeup stations. This space is available from 9 am the morning of your wedding. We also have ‘The Library’ which doubles as an ideal second wedding preparation space, and is available for an hour and a half before the ceremony.

What time can suppliers access the venue?

Suppliers have access from 10 am.

What is your closing time?

Last orders will be called at 11:15 pm, the bar then closes at 11:30 pm along with the music finishing. The venue closes at 12 midnight, we ask that all guests who aren’t staying the night have pre-booked taxis to collect them by midnight, and those staying overnight are asked to retire to their bedroom by midnight. NB: The gardens close at 10 pm.

Can we have candles at our wedding?

Unfortunately, we can’t allow real candles in Blossom (due to licensing restrictions), or outdoors in the Pavilion. Candles are permitted in our other venue spaces however, they must be placed in suitable candle holders. Battery operated candles are also a great alternative. Please speak to your event manager for further information.

Can we have confetti at the wedding?

Yes, but we only permit real petal confetti or biodegradable confetti and it must be thrown outside. Confetti cannons/shooters/launchers are not permitted.

Can we have outdoor games?

Unfortunately, outdoor games are not permitted at The Pear Tree.

Does the venue have heating and/or air conditioning facilities?

Yes, we have heating for the colder months and air conditioning for the warmer months. Please note, our bedrooms have heating but not air conditioning. The majority of the ground floor is air conditioned.

Can we have fireworks at our wedding?

Out of respect for our neighbours and surroundings, we unfortunately cannot allow sparklers, fireworks or a firepit at The Pear Tree.

Can our dog come to our wedding?

Yes! We love (well behaved) dogs, and they are more than welcome to join you for the ceremony and for pictures. We have two rooms that can be allocated for dogs to stay overnight and dog crates will be provided. We can provide a water bowl and treats.

Can we have sky lanterns?

Unfortunately, lanterns are not permitted at The Pear Tree due to their environmental impact.

Do you have a photobooth onsite?

Yes! We have our very own ‘Pear Pod’ at The Pear Tree which you can use on your wedding day. There are three different packages available, all of which can be booked through our Events Team (please get in touch for more info).

Are there any restrictions on music or instruments?

Please see our music policy for further details.

What sort of drinks are available to purchase from the bar on our wedding day?

We have a selection of premium spirits, cocktails and luxury coffees available. Please speak to our Events Team for more detailed information.

Can we have alcoholic favours for our guests?

Absolutely! We have a great selection of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) favours for you to choose from.

Please speak to our Events Team for more information (these must be purchased from the venue, as it isn’t possible to bring in your own alcohol).

Can we use our own caterers/suppliers? 

We have a fantastic team of in-house chefs who provide all of our catering. It is not possible to use your own caterers. You are welcome to use your own suppliers for anything else, subject to them meeting our required conditions for insurance etc. We have a list of recommended suppliers that you may find helpful.

For a walkthrough of a wedding day which illustrates how timings can work, please see our wedding timeline.

Event Venue FAQs

Can you host private events other than weddings? 

Yes! We can and do host many different types of events and celebrations, such as gala dinners, product launches, Christmas parties and many more. The best way to find out more about hosting an event here is by visiting our website’s events page or contacting the team directly on 01793 781263.

How do we arrange to visit to discuss our event? 

Call us on 01793 781263, and we will arrange for you to come and see The Pear Tree in person.

How much does hiring The Pear Tree for a private event cost? 

Every event we host here is unique, so we do not have a standard pricing package. Instead, we speak with you directly to create a bespoke package that suits you and your event.

What is your capacity?

This will vary depending on your event type, but our maximum capacity is 200 guests.

Can we use our own caterers?

We do not allow outside caterers at The Pear Tree. However, we are more than happy to work with you to create a bespoke menu that perfectly fits your vision.

Is the venue exclusive use only?

Yes, all events have exclusive use of the venue.

Can we use our own suppliers?

Yes, we are happy for you to use your own suppliers for everything apart from catering and drinks.

Food and Drink FAQs

Who provides the catering?

All catering is provided by The Pear Tree’s onsite team of chefs.

Do you have prices and an example menu?

Yes, please see herehere for example menus and prices for wedding food.

Are we able to create our own menu?

Our chefs love working with you to create your own menu if you would like something a little different from our packages.

Can we bring our own food & drink to the venue?

It is not possible to bring any food and drink into the venue other than a wedding cake, confectionery (which must be in the original sealed containers in which they were purchased), and edible favours with allergens clearly labelled. Please speak with our team if you need any further clarification.

Our guests have allergies; how do we inform the team?

Please speak to our Events Team about any allergies or dietary requirements you or your guests may have during your meetings in the lead-up to the event.

Do you offer vegan & vegetarian options?

Yes, we have a delicious range of vegan and vegetarian options.

Are we able to create bespoke cocktails?

You can work with our bar team to create bespoke cocktails for your event.

Can we pre-order food and drink for the morning of the wedding or event?

Yes! We have a range of delicious grazing boards available to enjoy while you get ready in Cascade. We can also provide bottles of Champagne or prosecco for your wedding morning celebrations. Please speak to the Events Team for more information.

Can we swap the draught products for our wedding/event?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to change the draught products on our bar, but we can add beer, cider, or ale drums to your package upon request. Please speak to our events team for more information.

Guest & Accommodation FAQs

How do we get to the venue?

Our address is The Pear Tree, Purton, Swindon SN5 4ED. For more information on how to find us have a look at our directions.

Is there parking, and can cars be left overnight?

Yes, there is ample parking available at The Pear Tree. Cars can be left overnight but must be collected by 10 am the next morning.

Do you have a smoking area?

Yes, there is a designated smoking area in the front courtyard area. Smoking is prohibited anywhere else within the building on the Terrace or in the back garden.

What payment options do you accept at the bar?

We accept credit and debit card payments at our bar. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash.

What are the local taxi numbers?

Veezu – 01793 701701

24/7 Cars – 01793 469247

M4 Taxis – 01793 205800

Cross Street Cars – 01793 232323

What time does the venue close?

Last orders will be called at 11:15 pm, the bar then closes at 11:30 pm along with the music finishing. The venue closes at 12 midnight, we ask that all guests who aren’t staying the night have pre-booked taxis to collect them by midnight, and those staying overnight are asked to retire to their bedroom by midnight. NB: The gardens close at 10 pm.

Is there somewhere to purchase a drink ahead of the wedding or event when we arrive?

Our bar is usually open ahead of a wedding ceremony. Please note that the bar closes 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Please speak to the wedding couple about the exact timings of the day.

If you are attending another type of event, please speak to the event organiser to find out when the bar will open.

Can I purchase a gift for the couple for their wedding day?

Absolutely! If you want to purchase one of our products as a gift for the happy couple, we can arrange this for you. Please contact us on 01793 781263.

How many bedrooms are there?

The Pear Tree has 18 bedrooms, including Moonglow, the incredible Master Suite. All accommodation is exclusive to those attending the wedding or event.

How do we book the accommodation?

Once you have booked your wedding or event date, we will share a link to the website and a secret code with you, which will unlock the bedrooms for the night of your wedding or event. You can then book the rooms you want and then share the code with your guests to reserve their rooms.

Can we stay the night before a wedding or event?

This may be possible if we do not have an event booking the day before. We can confirm this closer to the wedding or event date.  We will release the night before the wedding date four months prior. Please note that we require a minimum of 6 bedrooms to be booked. We can offer supper and drinks if this is something you would like. Please speak with our Events Team if this is something that you may be interested in.

How much is the accommodation?

Please take a look at our pricing page for the accommodation costs. The Pear Tree is available to book in its entirety.

What time is check-in?

Guests can check in to their bedrooms from 3.30 pm.

What time is checkout?

We ask that all guests check out by 10 am.

Is the venue accessible?

Bedroom 3 on the ground floor is an ambulant bedroom for overnight guests. A ramp can be added for access to Blossom.

We’ve left something behind; who do I contact? 

Please call the venue team on 01793 781263 or email [email protected].

Is breakfast and VAT included in the room rate?

Yes, all bedroom prices include breakfast and VAT.

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