No Corkage Policy

How it works

Dovecote Events offers a no corkage policy for your wedding, allowing you the option to provide your own drinks during the daytime whilst not incurring a charge for service.

At your food tasting, which will be booked in for the start of the year of your wedding, the event manager will discuss your ideas for your daytime drinks. Whilst Dovecote Events can supply bespoke drinks packages, the no corkage option is a popular choice, therefore advice will be provided allowing you the flexibility to buy your own drinks in time for your wedding day.

At your final details meeting, usually six weeks before your wedding, you will need to state what types of drinks you are supplying so that it is ensured that you have the correct glassware for the day. Arrangements will also be made for you to deliver your drink the day before your wedding and in time for it to be chilled and prepared.

When it’s served

Drinks reception

This takes place straight after the ceremony, usually lasting between one and two hours. Guests mingle in the grounds whilst enjoying a drink and perhaps even some canapés if you have chosen these for your menu. Our staff will prepare, pour and serve your drinks amongst the guests whilst the bar will also be open.

Popular choices for the drinks reception might be the classic Prosecco, Pimm’s and some bottled beers, or even a quirky cocktail. Should you opt for a cocktail consider what fruit and garnishes to provide with your alcohol for our staff to prepare, and a soft drink for children or for those not drinking alcohol.

Wedding breakfast

The tables will be set with your chosen wine to go with the meal, this could include red, white or rosé and we will provide carafes of iced water. The staff will then serve your toast drink prior to your speeches.

The bar

The bar will be open to guests directly after your ceremony and will remain open until midnight. Staff will ensure water carafes are regularly refilled during the service of your wedding breakfast.

Directly after your wedding breakfast has finished, our staff will remove any bottles of wine from your tables, storing them for collection the following morning at a time agreed in your final details meeting.


Drinks receptionOne drink per person (for example, one glass of Prosecco, one bottle of beer or one glass of Pimm’s)
Wedding breakfastFour bottles of wine per table (for example two bottles of white, a bottle of red and a bottle of rosé)
Toast drinkOne glass of fizz per person