Weddings / Civil Partnerships FAQ's
Q. How much does it cost for the use of the Walled Garden at Carnfunnock?
A. The fee is £200 which covers the cost of setting up the venue with chairs and a table and providing security backup while your ceremony is in progress. A small silk flower arrangement for the table and a larger silk flower arrangement are also provided, or if you wish you can bring your own flowers.
Q. How much is the fee for a ceremony within the Walled Garden at Carnfunnock?
A. The fee for a ceremony is weekdays £169; Saturdays £268.50; Bank holidays £334.
Q. Can we have our ceremony on a Bank Holiday?
A. Unfortunately not. The Country Park is extremely busy on Bank Holidays and it would not be possible to hold a ceremony then.
Q. Can we have our ceremony on a Sunday?
A. No. Larne Borough Council has given the directive that ceremonies should only be held Monday - Saturday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Q. Who will be performing the ceremony?
A. A member of staff from the registration service of Larne Borough Council.
Q. Can we have music at our ceremony?
A. Yes, if you have a battery operated portable CD player you can have someone operate this, or if you prefer you can have your own musicians.
Q. What are the seating arrangements?
A. If you are having your ceremony in the amphitheatre there are seats provided for all the guests. If your ceremony is in the Time Garden, or elsewhere in the Walled Garden, then seats will only be provided for the ceremony principals for signing of the Schedule. As this is an outside venue, the seats are sturdy stacking chairs, there is no limit to the amount of seats that can be provided.
Q. Will the Walled Garden be closed to the public during our ceremony?
A. No, the Garden will not be closed, but there is plenty of room and any members of the public that are around should not create any problems. Security will be in attendance to ensure that members of the public do not disturb the proceedings.
Q. What happens if it is raining?
A. There is a sail shade in the amphitheatre part of the Walled Garden, which gives some degree of protection. The sail shade will handle very light showers but is not waterproof so if the weather was very bad, then all guests must be advised to bring umbrellas. A gazebo can also be erected over the Registrar and couple for the ceremony.
Q. Do our guests have to pay car parking charges?
A. Any guests wishing to park their car will need to show their wedding invitation to gain access to the Country Park.
Q. How do I arrange a ceremony within the Walled Garden at Carnfunnock?
A. Please contact the Registrarís Office on 028 2827 2313 ext. 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make the initial booking. The Registrar will check with Carnfunnock regarding availability and get back to you.
Q. Are there any other venues within the Larne Borough Council area that a Wedding/Civil Partnership can be held?
A. Yes, there are 8 premises registered as follows:-
Ballygally Castle Hotel - 028 2858 1066
Redhall Estate, Ballycarry - 028 9337 2240
Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough - 028 2888 5255
Blue Circle Cruising & Sailing Club, Magheramorne - 028 2827 3569
Glenarm Castle - 028 2884 1203
Magheramorne House (Forever Living) - 028 2827 9900
Carnfunnock Country Park - 028 2827 0541
Registrarís Office, Smiley Buildings - 028 2827 2313