No Corkage Venue

Dovecote Events is one of very few no corkage wedding venues, offering you the opportunity to provide your own daytime drinks without a corkage charge. If you've got that special collection of fizz you've been saving or you are passionate about your wine then this is a great option for you.

How it works

Dovecote Events is a licenced venue but offers a no corkage option for your wedding, allowing you to provide your own drinks during the daytime whilst not incurring a charge for service or disposal of empty bottles.

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. If you require ice for your drinks or you have chosen to provide ice buckets, this will also need to be provided.

Wedding breakfast

The tables will be set with your chosen wine for 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 breakfastHalf a bottle of wine per person (total bottles of wine will be based on total numbers of guests)
Toast drinkOne glass of fizz per person

Dovecote Events will ensure you are advised on quantities required to make sure there is enough to serve all of your guests.

If you would like to supplement the quantity of drinks served during the day, please either consider purchasing a drinks package through the venue or by putting a tab behind the bar.

Any drink supplied over the quantities given above will not be accepted on delivery.

Effective from 1st September 2018