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..............Frequently asked questions / Important information...

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..............What is the charge for the venue?
..............Please see 'tariff' info.

..............What does the venue hire fee include?
..............Your fee provides use of the wedding facility and garden overlooking the beach all day and evening of your wedding. Food,
............. drink, disco/band, wedding insurance and registrar fees are extra. Bar and catering staff are provided by us.

..............What is your wedding availability?
..............Please email us for available dates : bookings@tunnelsbeaches.co.uk >>

..............What dates are still available for 2018 onwards?
..............Dates are booking up very fast, 2018 is looking like a very busy year with well over 100 bookings already, which has resulted
..............in prime 2019 dates getting snapped up!! If you have a preferred Wedding day/date in mind we recommend booking as
..............early as possible to avoid disappointment! Please email for available dates from 2018 onwards...

..............How much does a typical wedding & reception cost at Tunnels Beaches?
..............As a guide price our weddings tend to range from £9000 to £18000 (Depending on choices!)

..............A typical wedding based on 100 guests attending would cost a total of approx. £12,000 based on including the following items...
..............Venue hire (High season) £5950 - £7750 (Low & Mid Season dates £3250 - £6000)
..............Canapés after ceremony (100 @ £7.95pp) £795
..............Gourmet BBQ (100 @ £30pp) £3000
..............Desserts (100 @ £5.95pp) £595
..............Drinks package (100 @ £21pp) £2100
..............Evening snacks (100 @ £3.95pp) £395
..............Teas & coffees (100 @ £2.50pp) £250
..............Damage deposit (pre-authorisation of a credit card) £500
..............Wedding insurance approx. £50 (this is arranged by yourselves, but is compulsory)
..............Seal playing in sea directly below £FREE (subject to availability!)
..............Clearly the total cost will depend on the number of guests you choose to invite, the day of the wedding and food/drink options.
..............Registrar fees are extra and payable direct, costing around £300 - £400)

..............Will prices such as venue hire, food & drinks rise after I book & pay my deposit?
..............We fix your venue hire fee to those current to the date of your booking. However food & drink prices may rise due to increases
..............in stock costs & Duty/VAT.

..............Do you require a damage deposit?
..............Yes, a credit card pre-authorisation of £500 as a damage deposit is required prior to your wedding. Funds will only be taken
..............if damage is caused or if items are missing.

..............Is there a best time of year for weather?
..............Every month of each year is different, so it is impossible to predict/answer this! It can be lovely weather any day of any month.
..............We have had lots of wedding days when it was awful in the morning but lovely by the afternoon. You have your fall-back plan
..............sorted, (i.e. a gorgeous indoor facility with the same breathtaking views) so just relax and go with the flow. We will always
..............endeavour to have your wedding outside whenever possible.

..............Do you have heating/air conditioning depending on weather conditions on the day?
..............Yes, we have underfloor heating and our venue is also fully air conditioned (handy once the party gets going on the dancefloor!).

..............Do you offer Winter weddings?
..............No, weddings are available from March until the end of October.

..............Does the bar stay open all day?
..............Yes for the duration of the event. The closing time will be agreed prior to the event.

..............What is the charge for a ceremony?
..............Please see 'tariff' info.

..............Can we just have the ceremony with you but move on to somewhere else for the evening reception?
..............No, due to the limited availability of dates we only accept ceremonies if accompanied by an evening reception/party.

..............Can we just have a wedding reception?
..............Yes, we are happy to take on receptions/parties after your Church ceremony, the venue hire charge is the same as the main tariff.

..............What time can we hold our wedding/civil ceremony?
..............We can hold the ceremony from 12pm onwards. (2pm/3pm recommended as this works the best).

..............Will the venue be exclusive to us?
..............Your booking hire fee provides private use of the garden, beachside function building & bar from the morning of your wedding.

..............What time can we access the venue on our wedding day?
..............You have access to the venue from 10am on the morning of your wedding. Access will not be granted before this time as our
..............cleaners will still be working up until this time.

..............Can we access the venue the day before our wedding day if there is not a wedding booked the previous day?
..............Unfortunately not, access is strictly only allowed the day of your wedding booking. On days without bookings our wedding team
..............will be having a well deserved and necessary rest and we don't allow unaccompanied access to the venue. We also often organise
..............essential maintenance to be carried out between bookings in order to ensure our high standards are met.

..............We do not live locally - will this be an issue?
..............The majority of our couples do not live locally. Don't worry: organisation of your day will be a breeze - see testimonials for proof!

..............Can we arrange a wedding rehearsal?
..............We do not offer rehearsals and find that it just isn't necessary due to the relaxed nature of our venue.

..............Can we get married on the beach?
..............No, but as near possible! Legally all ceremonies must be held within an approved structure. Your options include a thatched
..............gazebo overlooking the sea or within our gorgeous bespoke Wedding venue overlooking the garden, gazebo & sea - both
..............provide a stunning backdrop for your Wedding ceremony!

..............Do you allow dogs to attend the ceremony?
..............Yes we allow up to two well behaved dogs at the venue for the ceremony & photos in the afternoon. However, they need
..............to be taken away later in the afternoon before the food & evening celebrations.

..............What are the maximum numbers for guests?
..............We encourage relaxed, informal weddings and parties. The venue capacity is for a maximum of 120 guests for the ceremony
..............& barbecue & up to 160 day & evening guests combined.

..............What are the minimum numbers for guests?
..............Our minimum numbers are set at 50 adult guests (inc. yourselves!). Our policy is to charge an additional £100 venue hire fee
..............surcharge per person under the minimum guest numbers. So for example, 40 guests would attract an additional venue hire
..............charge of £1000.

..............Do you have built-in sound systems?
..............Yes you can simply bring along an iPod or laptop to plug directly into our top quality professional indoor and outdoor PA systems.

..............Do we need to supply the music for the Wedding Ceremony itself?
..............Yes, you just need to provide an iPhone, iPod or iPad to plug directly into our sound system. We recommend three songs...
..............One song for the arrival, a song for the signing of the register & one for post ceremony. Our staff will be happy to control the
..............music for you during the ceremony, but you may like to assign someone from the Wedding party to liase with them on the day.

..............Do you have Superfast WIFI?
..............Yes! You can therefore connect to Spotify or iTunes on the day. You can also set up your iPhone to control the music! We always
..............recommend you don't rely solely on Spotify or iTunes - back up your playlists onto either an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Although unlikely,
..............it's always best to have a contingency plan in the event of our WIFI misbehaving.

..............Do we need PA equipment?
..............The outdoor, seaside location can often make it difficult for some guests to hear what's going on. Many couples choose to use
..............our integrated PA system that works throughout the facility inside and out. PA/Sound System Info. Sheet >>

..............Can we have a band or DJ?
..............Yes - up to 4 piece bands are ideal - also bring iPods for flexibility during the day. Daytime acoustic acts work well for before/after ..............ceremony. Evening bands/DJ's must set up inside the venue (not outdoors), & should start at 9pm (set up just before), this allows
..............plenty of time for tables from food service to be cleared etc and prevents disruption to your guests.
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..............We can recommend...
............. Roger Styles (Acoustic Guitarist & Vocalist) – t: 01392 860399 – www.rogerstylesevents.com
............. Sam Dowden (Acoustic Guitarist & Vocalist) – www.samdowdenmusic.com
............. Wayne Green (Acoustic Guitarist & Vocalist) – www.facebook.com/waynegreenmusic
............. The Hot Hats (Acoustic Guitarist & Vocalist - Duo) – www.hot-hats.co.uk
............. Mark Barnwell (Spanish, Latin & Flamenco Guitar) – www.markbarnwell.co.uk
............. Sorrelli Strings (Professional String Quartet, Trio & Duo) – www.sorrellistrings.com
............. The Wedding Spinner (Great DJ!!) – www.theweddingspinner.co.uk
............. JP Leisure (Pro Wedding DJ & DJ/PA Equipment Hire) - www.jpleisure.co.uk/JPL-Entertainment

..............Can we have Karaoke?
..............Unfortunately not.

..............What decorations will we need?
..............Due to the dramatic coastal location extensive decoration is not normally necessary. Many couples arrange for the gazebo to
..............be dressed with flowers or other decorations. Table decorations are also worth considering. You have access from 10am for
..............decorating purposes. We have pre-installed decorative lighting for the gazebo, bar, function room, garden and dramatic cliff
..............flood lighting. We highly recommend a simple approach, the less time spent decorating the venue on your wedding morning,
..............the more ralaxed it will be for everyone involved!

..............Do you have any suggestions or ideas that have worked well before?
..............Mid afternoon marriage ceremonies are very popular and our 2.30pm ceremony time works best...
..............Sun on the terraces & beaches for photos and great continuity for the event going into the evening reception/party.

..............Choose an accompanying drinks package and our canapé menu to keep your guests happy straight after the ceremony.

..............Create a relaxed and informal garden party atmosphere by not seating all of your guests for ceremony or food. Allow guests
..............to make full use of our balconies and terraces and enjoy the amazing views!

..............Paella or our informal food platters are popular with guests as a late evening snack to accompany the flowing drinks and as a break
..............in the band’s sets. Alternatively we can provide a Cake of Cheese, served with biscuits & homemade chutneys.

..............A typical wedding at Tunnels Beaches might follow these (flexible) timings...

..............Morning of wedding - Wedding cake and decorations delivered and venue decorated by friends/relatives
..............1.45pm - Guests arrive & welcome drinks served
..............2.30pm - Ceremony begins
..............3.45pm - Photos in garden & on beach whilst guests enjoy canapés & drinks
..............5.30pm - BBQ & desserts & wine served with meal
..............6.30pm - Speeches & toasts - we strongly recommend speeches are done after your meal!!
..............7.00pm - Cheese & biscuits served in ground floor bar
..............7.15pm - Teas & coffee served in ground floor bar
..............7.30pm - Evening guests (if any) arrive
..............9pm - Disco/Band starts (or use an iPod connected to our sound system with a good play list)
..............9.30pm - Evening snacks served
..............2am - Finish

..............Can we supply our own drink and food?
..............We strictly do not allow customers to bring any food or drink onto the premises. (Other than wedding cake). We cater for
..............all food in-house.

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Can we have our wedding cake as our dessert?
..............We do not allow you to serve your cake for dessert, however, it works well to display on our ground floor bar sideboard alongside
..............napkins for your guests to enjoy as a late evening snack.

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Can you store our wedding cake for us ahead of our wedding day?
..............Unfortunately not, we simply don't have the appropriate storage space to be able to offer this. You will need to arrange for your
..............cake supplier to deliver and set up your cake on your wedding day.

..............Do you offer food tastings?
..............No, sorry. We are a relaxed informal venue. Our barbecues are hugely popular and use only the best local produce. Due to
..............the nature of cooking on barbecues, the fact that all meat & fish are delivered fresh every wedding day, and the wide menu
..............choices, it is simply not feasible to provide food tastings. Please see our 'testimonials' website section for proof that our
..............food is top notch.

..............We have several guests with specific food preferences and/or allergies and intolerances, do you cater for them?
..............If you are aware of several guests having specific food requirements then please consider this when making your food choices.
..............We offer a range of Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free & Dairy Free menu options and all our menu's have food symbols alongside
..............to help you order accordingly. If yourself or one of your guests has a severe allergy (eg. nut allergy) then our Chef is happy to
..............discuss this directly, ahead of the wedding if you prefer. Please just let us know, we are always happy to advise.

..............Is corkage charged?
..............We do not allow you to supply any drinks, even if you're willing to pay corkage - please see our wine lists and bar tariff for prices.

..............Alcoholic favours?
..............We do not allow parties to supply alcoholic favours. Alcoholic gifts must be locked away and taken in the morning.

..............Do we pay full food prices for children?
..............Depends on their age... 0-3yrs eat free of charge, 4-12yrs are half adult prices and over 12yrs are full adult prices.
..............Note: Desserts are always charged at full adult prices as the portions are unchanged.

..............Who arranges the 'master of ceremonies'?
..............Yourselves. We provide an informal and relaxed wedding venue so this could maybe be the job of your best man/maid of honour.

..............When is the best time for speeches?
..............We strongly recommend speeches commence after all food and desserts, this allows timings to run smoothly on the day and is
..............the least disruptive to food service (due to the unprdeictable length of speeches!!) Guests are much more relaxed once they have
..............some food in their bellies! We understand some people like to get speeches out the way at an earlier time due to nerves, but in
..............our experience this never works well in practice. Due to the nature of all our food being freshly prepared, timings are crucial,
..............please trust us on this!! If this is simply not agreeable with you on the day, then we will prepare the BBQ buffet, ready to eat,
..............30 minutes after the start of the final speech.

..............Do you allow confetti?
..............Yes (within a designated area) as long as it is biodegradable, and strictly none indoors or on the beaches. Silk and fresh petals
..............are allowed. Foil in any form is not allowed. Bubbles are fine. We now offer our own branded confetti available to buy!

..............Can we bring our own props?
..............This needs to be agreed on an individual basis, please contact us before booking any external suppliers.

............. Can you recommend a good wedding cake maker (who is happy to deliver to North Devon?)
..............We are happy to recommend...
..............Nibble & Scoff – t: 01647 441461 – www.nibbleandscoff.co.uk
..............Claire Makes Cakes – t: 07747 517737 – www.clairemakescakes.co.uk

..............Can you recommend a good local florist?
..............Yes, we would happily recommend the following...
..............Jane Fulton – t: 07900 884170, email: jane@dejeuny.co.ukwww.dejeuny.co.uk
..............Sweet Williams Flowers – t: 01271 879749 - www.sweetwilliamsflowers.com
..............Pumpkin & Pye – t: 07920 117906 – www.weddingflowersdevon.co.uk
..............Teasels Florists – t: 01271 812250, email: teaselsflorists@outlook.comwww.flowerdeliverynorthdevon.co.uk
..............Exmoor Flowers – t: 01598 753322, m: 0781 500 6191 – www.exmoorflowers.co.uk
..............Twigs Flowers – t: 01271 326267, email: admin@twigsflowers.co.ukwww.twigsflowers.co.uk
..............Offshore Blooms – www.offshoreblooms.co.uk

..............Can you recommend a photographer?
..............We can recommend the following talented photographers!...
..............Matt Fryer – www.mattfryer.co.uk
..............Andy Wardle Photography – www.andywardle.com
..............Inbetween Days Photography (Laura) – www.inbetweendaysphotography.com
..............Pip & Simon Photography – www.pipandsimon.co.uk
..............Maxi Photography – www.maxiphotography.com
..............Nova Wedding Photography – www.novaweddingphotography.co.uk
..............Luna Weddings – www.lunaweddings.co.uk
..............Aga Tomaszek – www.agatomaszek.com
..............Babb Photo – www.babbphoto.com
..............Andy Gaines – www.andygaines.com
..............Jamie Bott – www.jamiebottweddingphotography.com
..............Rebecca Roundhillwww.rebeccaroundhill.co.uk
..............Alex Miller Photography – www.alexmillerweddings.co.uk
..............Kensa Photography (Adrian) – www.kensaphotography.co.uk
..............Lucy Shergold – www.lucyshergoldphotography.co.uk
..............Richard Rayner – www.richardrayner.com
..............Anna Pumer Photography – www.annapumerphotography.com
..............Yeti Photography – www.yetiphotography.co.uk
..............Indigo Perspective Photography (Jon) – www.indigoperspective.com
..............Evolve Photography (Matt) – www.evolvephoto.co.uk
..............Simon Gilbertwww.gilbertandevans.com
..............Plum Tree Studios (Jenny) – www.plumtreestudios.co.uk

..............Can you recommend a good videographer?
..............We are happy to recommend...
..............Wedding Memories Videography (Alex) – www.weddingmemories.org.uk
..............Clark & Palmer Wedding Films – www.clarkandpalmerfilms.com

..............Can you recommend a good local make up artist/beautician?
..............Yes, we would happily recommend the following make up artists...
..............Jo Kift – t: 07803 606021, email: jokift@sky.com, www.jokiftmakeup.com, facebook: jokiftmakeup
..............Julie Whitmore – t: 07773 313812 – www.juliesmobilebeauty.co.uk
..............Changing Faces (hair & make up) – www.changingfaces.net
..............Amy Elizabeth – t: 07947 132252 – www.amy-elizabeth.com
..............Shine Hair & Beauty, Ilfracombe – t: 01271 855582 – www.shinehairsalon.co.uk
..............Eve Ashby, Professional Make-up Artist - www.eveashby.co.uk
..............Rachel Earner, Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry - t: 07976 534882, facebook: Isabellegracemakeup

..............Can you recommend a good local hairdresser?
..............Yes, we can recommend...
..............Shine Hair & Beauty, Ilfracombe – t: 01271 855582 – www.shinehairsalon.co.uk
..............Rachel Louise Hair & Beauty – t: 01823 339988 – www.rachel-louise.com
..............Pinned to Perfection – t: 07402 242472 – www.pinnedtoperfection.co.uk
..............Tangles Hair & Beauty, Braunton – t: 01271 813035 – www.facebook.com/tanglesbraunton
..............The Oak Room, Barnstaple – t: 01271 344999 – www.theoakroom-hairandbeautysalon.co.uk

..............Can you recommend a good local baby sitter/child minder?
..............We can happily recommend Sarah Nardoni, a friend of ours who is a qualified and experienced nursery nurse (& mum of 2!).
............ .References & CRB check available. t: 07747 305433, email: sarah.nardoni@btinternet.com

..............Can you recommend a good local dog sitter?
..............Yes! We can recommend 'Pet Buddies' - www.yourpetsbestbuddy.co.uk

..............Do you provide table linen?
..............Our tables are 5ft round (seating up to 10 guests but 8 guests preferable), in a rustic timber plank style. They look great
..............without table cloths. We therefore don't provide table linen, however, you are of course welcome to supply your own...

..............Can you recommend a Bridal Shop?
..............Harmony Brides, Swindon (My cousins shop!) – t: 01793 613000 – www.harmonybrides.co.uk
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..............Do you allow fireworks?
..............Sorry, no. Due to complaints from local residents we do not allow fireworks. Sparklers are fine.

..............Do you allow paper lanterns?
..............Sorry, no. Due to almost causing the cliffs to catch fire on a previous occasion, we no longer allow them!!

..............Should we create a seating or table plan?
..............The most successful weddings don't have a seating plan that specifies seats but do have a table plan so that guests know which
..............table they can sit at. We set up tables inside, on the first floor, as we have fantastic views & no worries about the weather.
..............We have a maximum capacity of 12 tables of 10 on the first floor. If you have young children attending your wedding, don't forget
..............to include highchairs in table numbers - they take up the same space!

..............How/where are the Gourmet BBQ Buffet & Desserts served?
..............We set up the Gourmet BBQ Buffet in our ground floor bar area (against the front interior railings of the building). We have always
..............done this and find it works well for guests to come down from the first floor, usually a table at a time, fill their plates & return
..............upstairs to enjoy the food at their table. If you have ordered desserts, these are then served directly to you at your table, once all
..............guests have finished the main meal. This is the best position to set up our Buffet tables due to space requirements and close
..............proximity to our basement kitchen for replenishment of food. The BBQ will be set up alongside the buffet tables in all but the most ..............inclement weather, in which case all food then has to be prepared in our kitchen.

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Can we decorate tables?
..............We can put flowers or decorations on tables that you or your florist supplies. Sprinkling of foil is not allowed due to damage
..............to our machines.

..............What is provided by the venue for the tables?
..............Cutlery, wine glasses & water glasses are provided on the tables, along with any pre-ordered wine & table water.

..............Can we take left over food home with us?
..............Due to food hygeine regulations we are not allowed to let customers do this. This is NOT negotiable on the day!

..............Do we take presents home on the evening?
..............We cannot securely store your presents overnight, but we are happy to store the cake and any flowers left.

..............Useful measurements...
..............Thatched Gazebo (for bunting/flowers etc) : 9m circumference, 6 vertical posts in total, 1.5m between posts, posts 1.8m high.
..............Outdoor Terrace - Area (Gazebo location) : approx. 10m x 10m
..............Outdoor Terrace - Perimeter Fence (for bunting etc) : 32m
..............Round Dining Tables : 5ft (approx. 1.5m) diameter
..............Registrar/Ceremony Square Table : 0.7m
..............Wedding Cake/Cake of Cheese Sideboard (venue ground floor): 2m (length) x 0.5m (depth)
..............Additional Sideboards (venue first floor): 1.35m (length) x 0.5m (depth) & 2m (length) x 0.5m (depth)

..............Smoking policy!
..............As per government legislation, smoking is not permitted indoors. We can designate undercover outdoor areas for any guests
..............who wish to smoke.

..............How about parking?
..............There is a pay and display at our entrance for approximately 35 cars. Alternatively there is parking on the public roads nearby.
..............Many guests stay in nearby self catering houses or B&Bs and leave their cars there. We provide a parking space for the bride's
..............Wedding car on the day itself.

..............Is it easy to get a taxi at the end of the evening?
..............Please don't assume Taxi's will be available at the end of the night, it is very difficult trying to get hold of one in our area!
..............We recommend you stay within walking distance of our venue, alternatively, please consider pre-booking our own Wedding Guest
..............Shuttle, details at the end of this page...

..............Late payment policy?
..............Please be aware that we have a strict payment policy. Payments that are 2 weeks overdue, will result in the cancellation of
..............your wedding. If you foresee any issues with due payments, please discuss with us in advance of it becoming a serious issue.

..............Are we able to change our wedding date/postpone our wedding? What is your policy?
..............• Within 1 month of booking - no problem to change wedding date.
..............• After 1 month of booking & up to 6 months prior to wedding date - £250 admin fee incurred.
..............• Within 6 months of wedding date - treated as a wedding cancellation (see cancellation policy below...)
..............Please note: Any new wedding date booked with us would be charged at the current tariff for that date.

..............What is your wedding cancellation policy?
..............1. All deposits are strictly non-refundable.
..............2. Cancellations must be made in writing.
..............3. Cancellation time:
.................• Up to 6 months prior to date of Wedding – deposit withheld.
.................• 4-6 months prior to date of Wedding – 50% of current estimated value.
.................• 2-4 months prior to date of Wedding – 75% of current estimated value.
.................• 2 months and less – 100% of current estimated value.
..............Tunnels Beaches Limited is conscious of the difficulties that can arise for the Client in the event of cancellation. With that
..............in mind, it is a condition of your booking that you take out adequate Wedding Insurance to cover any unforseen eventualities.
..............Proof of insurance is required within 30 days of your initial booking. Please email a copy of your certificate and policy. Good
..............policies can be purchased from a variety of well known online retailers such as John Lewis and Debenhams for as little as £20!

..............What is your accommodation cancellation policy?
..............1. All deposits are strictly non-refundable.
..............2. Cancellations must be made in writing.
..............3. Cancellation time:
.................• Up to 6 months prior to date of Wedding – deposit withheld.
.................• 4-6 months prior to date of Wedding – 50% of booking value.
.................• 2-4 months prior to date of Wedding – 75% of booking value.
.................• 2 months and less – 100% of booking value.
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