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We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you and your guests have the best day possible. Do not hesitate to contact us here should you need any further information.

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How do I contact the registrar to book my ceremony?

To have a civil wedding ceremony at Upwaltham Barns you will need to give notice for your wedding and book your registrars to conduct the ceremony. The phone number for West Sussex Registrar’s Office is 01243 642122 and their email is [email protected]. We are legally unable to do this on your behalf.

Do you have a microphone and speakers we can use? 

We have one microphone in the South barn. There are speakers in each barn which can be used for background music only. Please speak to your wedding coordinator after booking to discuss how to connect your phone.

Do you have a ladder we can use? 

We do have one step ladder on site which can be used. However please note that this may need to be shared with your suppliers on the morning of your wedding.

Do we need wedding insurance? 

We strongly advise that all our wedding couples take out wedding insurance. This covers any unplanned situations and any damages to the venue which you may be charged for.

Is the venue ours for the whole day? 

Upwaltham Barns is exclusively yours from 12noon until 12midnight on the day of your wedding.

Are we allowed confetti? 

We live in an area of outstanding natural beauty and only allow the use of real petals for confetti. Please note that the use of any other type of confetti including confetti cannons or bombs is strictly forbidden anywhere at Upwaltham Barns.

Can we bring our dog? 

We love dogs and understand many people want to include their beloved pets as part of their wedding day. If you are planning on including your dog, please let us know so we can send you some additional information as there are some restrictions on where dogs are allowed.

Can we have children at our wedding? 

We ask that any children under the age of 16 are supervised by either a named responsible person or a childcare company. Please see our recommended suppliers here.
You can also read our blog post on ways to entertain children at a wedding.

Can we play ball games?

To maintain a safe environment for everyone, ball games are not allowed, and a responsible adult must supervise children at play at all times.

Can we have sparklers & fireworks? 

The use of sparklers and fireworks is only allowed during the winter months, from the beginning of November until the end of March each year. This will ensure that it is dark by early evening. The use of sparklers will need to be no later than 8.30 pm and fireworks must be organised through one of our recommended suppliers and finished by 10.45 pm.

Are we allowed real candles? 

Tealights and candles can be used in both barns if they are placed in deep glass holders so that the flame is well below the rim. Any bare tall candles or candelabras should be designed to catch the wax to allow the candles to burn down safely. Only non-drip candles must be used. Uncovered candles are not permitted in either the Stable Bar or along the aisle or placed on the floor of the East Barn. In these locations, covered lanterns are recommended.

We would like to come for a revisit after booking – how do we arrange this? 

Please contact the wedding office on 01798 300242 to book any re-visits. We have lots of weekday availability and a few visit slots available in the mornings at weekends.

I’ve got a question and I don’t know whom to ask

If you are unsure who to go to then please feel free to email [email protected] and we can point you in the right direction with your enquiry.

Can our photographer/videographer use a drone? 

We do allow drones to be used at Upwaltham Barns, however, we need your photographer/videographer to send us a few things in advance of your wedding. If they are using a drone, please ask them to contact us as there are some restrictions.

Are there minimum numbers? 

The Nibbles2Nosh and stable bar menu prices are based on a minimum of 50 full-paying adult guests. Numbers below 50 adults are charged at a higher rate and are subject to quotation.

Are we allowed alcoholic wedding favours? 

Unfortunately, we do not allow alcoholic wedding favours. There is a huge range of wonderful ideas which can be found on our Pinterest board.


How do we find you? 

Our address is Upwaltham Barns. Upwaltham, West Sussex, GU28 0LX.

The nearest train station is Barnham, which is a 15-20min drive away.

What time can we arrive? 

Guests are welcome from one hour before the ceremony time. The stable bar will be open during this time for you to purchase refreshments.

What time does the party end? 

All music must be finished by midnight and all guests must have departed by 12.30 am. We ask that taxis are booked in advance. Sadly, Uber is yet to extend to our rural location!

Can you recommend any taxi companies? 

Due to our rural location, all taxis to and from the venue need to be pre-booked well in advance. Please see our recommended taxi companies on our local suppliers list.

IMPORTANT please do NOT use the Uber app although it appears to work under Chichester, booked taxis through Uber do not arrive to pick you up from Upwaltham Barns!

Can we leave our car overnight? 

We have plenty of parking available at Upwaltham Barns. You are welcome to leave your car overnight at your own risk, but it must be collected by 10 am the following day.

Is there any local accommodation you can recommend? 

We have put together a list of local accommodation to help your guests plan their stay. Please see here.

Can we bring confetti? 

Only natural petal confetti is allowed, please check with the wedding couple before bringing your own confetti as they often provide it for you.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible? 

Yes, our whole venue is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet available for use. If you need any help, please ask a member of our team for assistance.

Are we able to camp or bring our campervan? 

Yes! You may camp in a tent or bring a campervan; however, we do ask that you check that the wedding couple is happy for you to do this first. Please make sure the wedding couple contacts us in advance so we can inform them of the rules and regulations in place. Please note there are minimal facilities available.

Does the bar take cash and card? 

Yes, both. Please note there is no ATM available on the property.

Are we allowed to smoke at the venue? 

Yes, in designated areas. We have a heated Moroccan-style snug which can also be used.

I think I lost something at a wedding – whom do I speak to about lost property? 

We do our utmost to send everything back with the wedding couple in the morning after their wedding so check with them first and if no luck then contact us at [email protected]

Jasmine Cottage

Who is allowed to stay the night in Jasmine Cottage?

Jasmine cottage is exclusively for the use of the wedding couple. We do not allow anyone else to stay the night other than if the wedding couple has a baby under one.

What time are we allowed access? 

You have access to Jasmine Cottage from 12noon on the day of your wedding until 10 am the following morning. There is a grazing box package available via Nibbles2Nosh should you wish to provide catering for bridesmaids and groomsmen before your ceremony.

What’s included within Jasmine cottage? 

Jasmine cottage is a beautiful space for your wedding night. Provided are a fridge, glasses, cutlery and crockery, a kettle, coffee machine, tea and coffee pods, towels, a roll-top bath, twin sinks, and a full-length mirror. There are also hooks on the beams for a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses to be hung.

What’s for breakfast? 

A continental breakfast will be brought to you at 9 am the morning after your wedding. This includes orange juice, yoghurts, fresh seasonal fruit, home-cooked croissants, butter and Jam.

Local Accommodation

There is a wide selection of accommodation close to Upwaltham Barns, suitable for all budgets and tastes. We have put together a list of local accommodation to help your guests plan their stay.

It is also possible to arrange glamping on-site at Upwaltham, this requires advance planning so please talk to us if this is something you would like to provide for your guests.

Upwaltham Barns

The heart of the South Downs

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