Wedding FAQs

We have attempted to answer some of the most common wedding queries below, however this is by no means an exhaustive list so please don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions.

When can we hold our wedding celebration at Tissington Hall?

Tissington Hall in the heart of Derbyshire is licensed to host weddings from 1st April – 31st October each year.

Is Tissington Hall licensed for civil ceremonies?

Tissington Hall is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. There are two rooms to choose from:

  • The Main Hall, capacity 100 guests
  • The East Drawing Room, capacity 75 guests.

The timing of the ceremony is for you to arrange with your registrar.

Can we hire the Hall for our civil ceremony only?

You may hire Tissington Hall for use for your civil ceremony only from Monday-Thursday.

Can we get married in St. Mary’s Church in Tissington Village?

Many of our couples decide to hold their ceremony or blessing at St. Mary’s Church just across from the hall. It is a beautiful Norman building that has been holding weddings in Derbyshire for almost 1000 years. The church can accommodate up to 150 people for intimate Church of England services. Please contact us for further details.

Are we guaranteed exclusivity?

Tissington Hall is an exclusive wedding venue. We are never open to the public on the day of a wedding so the entire venue is solely for the enjoyment of you and your guests.

What service can we expect from Tissington Hall?

We pride ourselves on giving couples a uniquely personal level of service. Phoebe Skeen Smith, our Wedding Co-ordinator, has years of experience in the wedding industry. She will personally look after your booking from the first moment of enquiry, right up until the day itself and she’ll be the one to turn the lights off at the end! She is happy to advise on everything from florists to favours and will ensure that every aspect of your day runs smoothly.

We’d like to come and view the venue. When can we do this?

You are welcome to contact Phoebe on 01335 352200 or to arrange an appointment at your convenience Monday – Saturday. We also hold wedding fairs in April and October each year.

What is the booking procedure?

Tissington Hall can be provisionally held for you for 14 days without commitment. To confirm a booking we ask for a 50% deposit to secure your date, with the remaining 50% due 60 days before your wedding.

Can we bring our own suppliers?

Red Olive Catering is the only supplier we insist upon. All other suppliers such as florists and photographers are your choice, but we are more than happy to advise and give recommendations.

Is smoking permitted at Tissington Hall?

Due to government legislation from the 1st July 2007 smoking is no longer permitted within the hall or marquee. Guests may smoke outside on the terrace and decking areas.

Can we have access to the hall and marquee the day before the wedding?

As long as there isn’t an event being held the day before your wedding you are welcome to come along and add your personal touches. In the case of there being another event prior to your wedding you may drop decorations etc. off the day before and either arrange for Phoebe, our Wedding Co-ordinator, to put them in place for you or you can come and position them yourself in the morning.

Can cars be left at the venue overnight?

Cars can be left on the verge in the village opposite the hall overnight, but we ask that they are collected promptly the following morning. Vehicles are left at the owners risk and Tissington Estate does not accept liability for cars left overnight.

Is the marquee heated? Is there air-conditioning?

The Arboretum Pavilion is heated. Air conditioning units can be hired at an additional cost, but most couples find it unnecessary.

Are we able to have confetti?

We have no objection to your guests using bio-degradable confetti and rose petals; however we do have restrictions on where in the wedding venue this can be thrown. We can advise you on site visits where we allow this.

When must our celebration end?

Due to nearby residences in the village, all music must finish by 11.30pm and guests must depart by midnight at the latest.

Can we have fireworks or sky lanterns?

Sadly we cannot allow firework displays out of consideration to the local residents and nearby livestock. Sky lanterns cannot be used as they are a fire hazard and extremely dangerous to nearby cattle.

Can we arrange coaches to come to the wedding venue?

Yes, coaches and minibuses can drop off and pick up guests directly in front of the hall. We are happy to recommend reliable local businesses.

Do you recommend insurance for our wedding?

We recommend that you do get insurance for your day. is a good website to obtain this from.