Weddings – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the onsite caterer?

Award winning caterers Ampersand are the contracted caterer onsite. They are experts at crafting delicious dishes for prestigious events and use local, sustainable ingredients wherever possible. The team have created a wedding package especially for the Old Royal Naval College, but Ampersand are equally happy to work with you to create your own perfect tailor made package. The venue is not available for dry hire but Ampersand are able to create a fusion menu to suit your requirements. Ampersand also work alongside Dawat catering for any Asian catering requirements. For more information please get in touch with the events team.

What would be my timings?

Timings for your wedding will be dependent on your chosen venue and our events team will be happy to discuss these with a standard guide itinerary for a wedding ceremony and breakfast in the Painted Hall. Kindly note that as the Painted Hall is open to the public daily between 10am to 5pm, the following times will be applicable:

  • 16.00 – Guest arrival
  • 16.30 – Civil Ceremony
  • 17.00 – Drinks and canapés served whilst photographs are taken
  • 18.00 – Guests seated for three course wedding breakfast
  • 19.30 – Coffee and speeches
  • 20.00 – Guests move through to evening party venue
  • 22.00 – Late night snacks served, if applicable
  • 22.30 – Evening bar to close
  • 22.40 – Last dance by the DJ or band
  • 23.00 – Guests depart (can be extended until 01.00am at £360.00 per hour. Additional security will also be required for this time and charged accordingly)

Any overstay of your agreed timings will incur additional charges.

Who books the registrar?

Due to legal reasons we are unable to book the registrar for you, so please find below the contact details for Greenwich Council who you will need to contact directly to book the registrar for your
special day. They will be happy to advise you on availability, fees and the process for booking the wedding ceremony.

Royal Borough of Greenwich, Town Hall, 39 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6PW
020 8921 5015 I registrar@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Can I take pictures and where?

Only couples who are married at the Old Royal Naval College are permitted to take their photographs in the grounds. You will also receive exclusive use of your chosen interior spaces.

Do we have exclusive use of the grounds?

Exclusive use is not possible. The Greenwich Foundation and site partners aim to provide enjoyment for all visitors and bring the buildings to life through an annual programme of high quality public events. You will have exclusive use of the rooms that you hire, and we will keep you notified of any other events and activities taking place within the grounds.

The Old Royal Naval College is one of the top 20 visitor attractions in the UK and receives over 1.7 million visitors a year. Its free attractions, the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel are open daily. The Old Royal Naval College is also home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The site is also a popular film location, and you may well have seen it in major film productions such as ‘The Golden Compass’,’ The Duchess’,’ The Queen’, ’Sherlock Holmes’, ’Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘The King’s Speech’.

How much should I budget for food and drink per person for my guests?

You can select our wedding package or you can select each of the items individually. The final cost of your menu will depend on the course option you select. Please see our seasonal menus for your selection. You may also want to budget for canapés to enjoy during your drinks reception and whilst your photographs are being taken; we recommend 4 canapés per person from £14.50. An evening finger buffet is an excellent way to keep guests’ energy and spirits up; we recommend a minimum 5 items per person from £29.00 or why not chose from our late night snacks selection. Our wine selection starts from £25.50 per bottle and Prosecco from £36.00 per bottle. We would recommend working on half a bottle of wine per person as a minimum.

What other costs are there?

Included in your package are white or black table cloths and white napkins (tables are not covered in the Painted Hall, however, napkins will be provided), existing crockery, cutlery, glassware, existing furniture, waiting staff and bar staff. You may wish to enhance your package with the following: flowers, chair covers, name cards, menus, furniture and music. All of your enhancements will be at an additional cost. Removal of any furniture to all or any rooms will incur an additional charge, quoted upon enquiry.

Is there a bar available?

The Old Royal Naval College is a fully licensed venue and can offer a bar facility in addition to serving drinks with your meal. We are happy to provide a cash bar or an account bar. We can also provide a credit card facility behind the bar. Our packages include a bar until 23.00pm. Extension request can be arranged for £360.00 to extend the bar until 01.00am. Extra security will also be required for this time and charged accordingly.

Can I bring my own wine?

We recognise that sometimes you have a particular wine that you want to enjoy on your special day and we are more than happy to prepare and serve it for you. The following corkage rates apply for any drinks brought onto the site:

  • Provide your own reception bubbles and two dinner wines – £18.00 per guest
  • Provide your own after dinner bar beverages for up to 3 hours – £14.50 per guest

Please note this charge applies to providing your own champagne, sparkling wine, wine, bottled beer and soft drinks. Spirits will be an additional charge. Please enquire for further details.

Wine service charge / corkage to cover wine waiters, glassware, ice, ice buckets, logistics and refrigeration prior to your day and disposal of bottles at the end of the event.

Are there any restrictions?

Neither naked flame, fireworks nor confetti are allowed at the Old Royal Naval College. However, fireworks can be arranged on a barge on the River Thames.

Do you provide accommodation?

Unfortunately we do not have accommodation onsite, however, we do have partnerships with local hotels, who offer preferred rates dependent on the number of rooms you need. A list of these hotels can be found on the Preferred Suppliers List.

Do you have parking available on site?

Parking on the site is restricted and a limited number of spaces may be available for you and your guests. The event team will be able to confirm availability for your chosen date.

Are all your prices inclusive of VAT?

All of our wedding package prices are inclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate.

How will the conservation of the Painted Hall affect my wedding?

On Sunday 25th September 2016, The Painted Hall will be closing its doors for weddings reopening during 2018. During the conservation period our Admiral’s House and Queen Mary Undercroft are still available for hire. Should you wish to discuss the Painted Hall conversation project in more detail, please do get in touch with our events team.