What Might My Wedding Cost?


This information is designed to give you a clear idea of the amount you can expect to pay if you hold a wedding at Layer Marney Tower. The venue charge is fixed, so the more people you have the less you pay per person.

Sample 1 – Wedding ceremony and reception for 80 daytime guests and 30 evening guests
Sample 2 – Wedding reception for 120 daytime guests and 50 evening guests
Sample 3 – Wedding ceremony and reception for 30 guests, without dancing

There is a fixed fee of £750 that is charged for a wedding ceremony. These usually take place in the Corsellis Room which can seat up to 120 guests. Other rooms such as the Hall of the Gatehouse and Tuke’s Chamber are also licensed and may be suitable for smaller numbers.

The prices that are charged for a reception vary with the day of the week and the month of the year. The reception price includes the bridal suite and use of our stately Rolls Royce.

Wedding ceremony and reception for 80 daytime guests and 30 evening guests


Day of event: Friday in September 2020
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Corsellis Room, Layer Marney Tower
Wedding Reception Venue: The Long Gallery, Layer Marney Tower
Number of guests: 80 by day, 30 additional guests in the evening

Three course menu, chosen from Bouquet Garni’s menu selection:

  • French and Soda Breads and Butter
  • Beetroot cured salmon with baby watercress and horseradish mousse
  • Slow roasted shoulder of lamb with rosemary jus and gratin dauphinoise
  • Homemade summer pudding with clotted cream and honey tuile
  • Tea, Coffee and Chocolates

Price per person: £38.35 +VAT

ItemItem PriceTotal inc. VAT
Wedding Ceremony Fee£750 incl VAT£750.00
Wedding Reception Fee£4,850 incl VAT£4,850.00
Use of 1931 Rolls Royce, taking bride from home to Layer Marney TowerComplementary
3 Course Wedding Breakfast80 @ £38.35 +VAT£3,681.60
Evening paella, catering for half the 80 day guests and all of the 30 evening guests70 @ £10.50 +VAT£882.00
Wine Service Charge80 @ £3.00 +VAT£288.00
Use of the de Zoete bridal suiteComplementary
Total Cost£10,451.60

Wedding reception for 120 daytime guests and 50 evening guests


Day of event: Saturday in July 2020
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Corsellis Room, Layer Marney Tower
Wedding Reception Venue: The Long Gallery, Layer Marney Tower
Number of guests: 120 during the day plus 50 in the evening

Three course menu, chosen from Bouquet Garni’s menu selection:

  • French and Soda Breads and Butter
  • Roasted New Potato and Stilton salad, with toasted pine nuts and rocket leaves
  • Roasted Rib-eye of Beef with shallots, red wine jus and fondant potato
  • Strawberry Eton Mess
  • Tea, Coffee and Chocolates

Price per person: £41.60 +VAT

ItemItem PriceTotal inc. VAT
Wedding Ceremony Fee£750 incl VAT£750.00
Wedding Reception Fee£5,850 incl VAT£5,850.00
Use of 1931 Rolls Royce, taking bride from home to Layer Marney TowerComplementary
Drinks reception in the gardens with hot and cold canapes served to guestsCanapes £3.50pp 120 @ £3.50 +VAT£504.00
3 Course Wedding Breakfast120 @ £41.60 +VAT£5990.40
Evening hog roast, catering for half the 120 day guests and all of the 50 evening guests110 @ £14.05 +VAT£1,854.60
Wine service charge120 @ £3.00 +VAT£432.00
Linen napkins for wedding breakfast£0.85 @ 120 +VAT£119.85
Use of the de Zoete bridal suiteComplementary
Total Cost£15,501.85

Wedding ceremony and reception for 30 guests, without dancing


Day of event: Thursday in November 2020
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Tuke’s Chamber, Layer Marney Tower
Wedding Reception Venue: The Corsellis Room, Layer Marney Tower
Number of guests: 30 guests

Three course menu, chosen from Bouquet Garni’s menu selection:

  • French, Ciabatta and Multigrain Breads and Butter
  • Tartare of Three Salmons with crème fraiche and melba toast
  • Rump of Lamb with Lemon Zest and Parsley with redcurrant sauce and sable potatoes
  • Raspberry and Chocolate Torte with vanilla crème and raspberries
  • Tea, Coffee and Chocolates

Price per person: £41.70 +VAT

ItemItem PriceTotal inc. VAT
Wedding Ceremony Fee£750 incl VAT£750.00
Wedding Reception Fee£1,400 incl VAT£1,400
Use of 1931 Rolls Royce, taking bride from home to Layer Marney TowerComplementary
3 Course Wedding Breakfast30 @ £41.70 +VAT£1,501.20
Wine Service Charge30 @ £3.00 +VAT£108.00
Use of the de Zoete bridal suiteComplementary
Total Cost£3,759.20

Catering at Layer Marney Tower


Our aim is to give you excellent food, first class service and real value for money. We endeavor to make our charges as fair and transparent as possible. Prices are set a year in advance to assist you in your budgeting.

Jon Marriot and Rob Staples – Bouquet Garni Caterers Ltd

If you would like any more information or have any queries telephone 01206 330784 or email us.

Main menu pricing
The menu price covers the cost of all the food, serving equipment, staff, crockery, cutlery, table linen and good quality paper napkins.

Evening menu pricing
As with the main menu prices, the evening menu prices will include all the food, service and equipment you require. As a general rule, we suggest that whilst you cater for all of evening guests, you only cater for half of the guests attending during the day. This will reduce wastage and save you money.

What is included
Our menu price includes good quality paper napkins, but if you wish to have linen napkins then there is an additional charge.
Most couples choose to provide their own drinks for the drinks reception, wedding breakfast, and toasts – often using Mr Wheeler as their supplier.

Where you provide your own drink, Bouquet Garni make a wine service charge that includes the provision of glasses and the serving of the drinks. This is currently £3.00 per head plus VAT. Equipment such as cake tables and knives, or easels for a table plan, are included.

Drinks and Wine Waiter charges
At Layer Marney Tower you are welcome to supply your own drinks for the reception, main meal and toasts.

Bar charges
Usually couples opt for a pay bar, with the guests buying the drinks. If you prefer, Bouquet Garni will run a tab for the bar and this will be added to your invoice. If you would like to have your own wine served from the bar then there will be a corkage charge of £10.00 + VAT per bottle.

New Year’s Eve
We do make a surcharge to reflect the extra staffing costs at times such as New Year’s Eve.