A wedding wouldn’t be complete without the suppliers who work extremely hard in the background making your day unique and perfect. At Sheene Mill we work close with our recommended suppliers. Our suppliers understand the venue inside and out which makes things much more straight forward. You are not obliged to use our recommended suppliers but we do suggest that you speak to them and see what they have to offer.
Key Venue Information
Civil Ceremony License - YES
Exclusive Use - YES
Outdoor Weddings - YES
In House Caterer - YES
Dining Capacity - 120
Evening Capacity - 180
Bespoke Handmade Jewellry
Our initial design is created from a description of your vision, and we keep in close contact with you throughout the design process to ensure we capture the very essence of your desire.
Drives Of Yesteryear
Classic and modern Wedding car services.
Phil Lynch Photographer
Absolutely stunning photography, breathtaking and captivating.
Right Hook Band
Fantastic Rock and Pop Act
The Right Hook is a busy rock and pop act that has wowed audiences across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond performing at corporate events, weddings, product launches and private parties.
Lee Smith Magician
Magic is not only a great ice breaker, but a great way to ensure guests are entertained during drinks receptions, waiting for photos, in between courses or at the evening reception.
John Paul O’Donnell
My name is John Paul ODonnell and I’m a classically trained professional photographer with a career that spans 24 years.
Wedding DJ and Special Effects
3D Events are a Cambridge-based provider of technical services and equipment for conferences, corporate entertainment, live music, special events and audio-visual presentation.
Mickey Fordola is a unique performer - an old fashioned crooner with a twist.
Mickey is a highly experienced, professional singer. He performs at a wide range of events and has even had the pleasure of singing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Heads of State at a private party. Special requests will always be accommodated. Please view the song list here.
Sam Lewis Band
Wedding & Corporate Party Band
The Sam Lewis Band is a professional wedding and corporate party band based in Hertfordshire in the South-East of England, UK; we offer excellent live music to cater for a whole host of events and occasions. Having performed alongside some of the music industry's greats such as Rod Stewart and Muse, our experience and party know-how is second to none!
My name is Barney, and photography is my passion – I’m so lucky that I get to do something I love for a living. I offer a range of photography services in and around Rutland.
Your Local Royston Florist
September flowers is a unique floral brand born from a passion for boutique floral design. Run by Interior and floral designer Kenia Hatfield who began her floral career by crafting sticking bouquets for a select group of clients. Over time, appreciation and demand for her unique style grew through word of mouth praise!
Scott’s of Cambridge
We are based in Cambridge and specialise in modern reportage wedding photography. We cover The Home Counties, London and East Anglia. We are a family business, so our service is always professional, persona and friendly. We believe the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the photographer at your wedding is crucial to the end quality of your picture. Call Scott or Lucy Gilbert on 01954 250125 to check availability for your wedding date. Thank you
Beautiful Hand Made Pieces of Perfection
Wisteria Cake Company specialises in contemporary celebration cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, christening, baby showers, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some useful information before saying ‘i do’ at Sheene Mill Venue Name: Sheene Mill How many guests can be catered for at one time? 110 for a sit down meal, 110 for buffet style. How many guests can be catered for with an Evening Reception? 200. Are we licensed for Civil Ceremonies & what is the maximum capacity? Yes, we have three licensed ceremony areas. The Outdoor Pavilion & Lawn for up to 110 people; The Main Banqueting Room for up to 110 people and the Garden Conservatory for up to 35. Will you have a dedicated Wedding Planning Team? Yes, we have experienced wedding planners who help you with the whole planning process. You will also be invited in for a ‘Planning Meeting’ where all details will be covered. Will you have an Event Manager on the day? Yes, you are allocated an Event Manager who will be there for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. There will always be an Event Manager on site throughout the whole of your day. Do we offer exclusive use? Yes, you can have the whole building and grounds all to yourself. Is all the furniture included in the price? Yes, all chairs, linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware, tables […]
Garden games for big kids
What better way to entertain your guests at your wedding than a selection of giant / garden games, these can be used indoor or outdoor and will keep your guests entertained throughout the day and into the evening. Our range includes giant connect four, jenga, and many more traditional games created in an entertaining giant scale. If you would like to know more please call us on 01763 261393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for the Day
Sheene Mill are extremely flexible around your needs and requirements and have put together this schedule as an example of how we find the best days run for both you and your guests. We want to ensure that you have enough time to enjoy your day and do not feel pressured or rushed at any stage throughout the day. Speak to your wedding coordinator and they will be able to guide you through the whole process. The most important thing to remember is that THIS IS YOUR DAY! 14:15 – Arrival of guests 14:45 – Guests seated ready 15:00 – Ceremony 15:30 – Reception Drinks & Canapes 16:00 – Photo Opportunities 17:00 – Wedding Breakfast & Speeches 19:00 – Evening Guest Arrival 20:00 – First Dance & Cake Cutting 00:00 – Carriages Await 14:15 – Arrival of guests You don’t want your guests to arrive too early but you want to allow enough time in case there is any unexpected traffic. You may wish to request your guests to arrive even earlier if you plan to arrive by wedding car so that your guests don’t see the bride before the ceremony. The venue will always assist guests who are late and attempt […]
If it’s good enough for the Queen… it’s good enough for the Sheene!
We are delighted to welcome Aubrey Allen (the butcher appointed by Her Majesty the Queen) to the Sheene Mill team. Let’s read a little more about them… We’re a family business, established in 1933, and we understand that providing the best meat from gate to plate is more important than marketing promises. Our reputation has been built on our uncompromising commitment to provenance, fair trade with farmers and especially sourcing the finest Scotch beef. Our time consuming dry ageing process for beef has been perfected and we know it is the only way to develop the texture and flavour of the product; our relationship with all our suppliers has developed so far over the years that the top 5% of their yield is reserved for us and so for you. Our team of Master Butchers work with chefs on our menu inspiration days to develop new products in our independently assessed cutting plant where hygiene is paramount. Our staff, many of whom have stayed with us for over 20 years, share and understand our family philosophy of integrity and experience over the fast buck and quick fixes. We are proud that successful restaurants nationwide rely on Aubrey Allen meat but […]
Wine tasting & selection
1) How much wine do you need for your wedding reception? You can estimate pouring around 5 glasses of wine per bottle and 6 glasses for Champagne poured into flutes. As a rough guide, assume each guest will consume about half a bottle of wine (then add a little for a safety margin). It’s better to have too much rather than too little. 2) How to choose wines to fit with the Season and time of day Warming, fuller-bodied wines are perfect for Winter Weddings (Full-bodied Chardonnays, oak matured Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon). Summer Weddings call for lighter, more refreshing wine styles (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis or Rosé and Pinot Noir or a Spanish Garnacha). If your Wedding ‘Breakfast’ is at lunchtime, then people often prefer wines that are lighter in style – anything too alcoholic and you’ll find half of the room nodding off in the afternoon. 3) How to choose a wine for the toast It’s customary to serve sparkling wine for the toast. Many couples choose Champagne, but there are loads of other superb sparkling wines that you may prefer. For a lighter alternative, try Prosecco from Italy. 4) How to pair your wines with food […]
10 questions to ask at viewings
When you are ready to begin the hunt for the perfect Wedding venue it can all be a little daunting and overwhelming so it helps to know what to ask and what to look for. Make a note ahead of time of anything key you know you definitely want and be sure to go with a pad and pen. Question 1… What are the maximum number of guests allowed for the day and evening? Do any of the rooms / areas have restrictions on numbers? You may think you want a small Wedding Breakfast of 30 guests in their beautiful Conservatory but if you numbers increase to 45, does this mean there are too many for your preferred room and if so where will the meal take place – is it a good idea to find out all of this information before you get too far into the planning. Question 2… What are the options for getting married at the venue and where are the licensed areas? If you know you would prefer a Civil Ceremony over a Church Wedding then find out where the venue is licensed to hold the Ceremony. Can you get married outside? What happens if […]
Going GREEN for our grazing ‘G’night
We’re just two days away from our Vegan Grazing Evening here at Sheene Mill which will feature an evening of a superfood antioxidant cocktail as well as a five course tasting menu. Not only that but you’ll also get some vegan canapés on arrival. [ Click here for more information about the Event ] So, for those of you who are planning on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, we’ve put together 10 helpful tips you’ll need to know before going green. LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN Before you can even begin taking on this diet, firstly you will need familiarize yourself with what your new vegan life will be like. This will not only give you knowledge but will help you feel more prepared for your new lifestyle, after all going vegan is so much more than just changing your diet! Learn the benefits, research ingredients, educate yourself about the practices and health measures. If you’re seriously considering making the switch to vegan you will need a B12 supplement, an iron supplement and you’ll need to find new protein sources. Read, watch and learn all about veganism before making the change. ADD TO YOUR DIET BEFORE TAKING AWAY FROM […]
What it takes to work in Hospitality
When recruiting at Sheene Mill we always tell our candidates exactly what it is like to work in the hospitality industry – It’s hard work! But have a read of 10 reason why we believe that working in hospitality can be fantastic… According to the 2009 Trends & Statistics survey by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), around 1.9 million people now work in the industry. The chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re one of them. You probably also know exactly why your industry is so popular, and why so many people want to work in it. Yes, the shifts can be long and tiring, but you’ll rarely find someone with a hospitality job who doesn’t have a passion for it. Here are just ten of the reasons why a career in hospitality is well… great! 1. You make people’s day Whether you’re a concierge in a hotel, or a kitchen porter working behind the scenes, or even if you’re involved in the management of a hospitality business, every time you come into work you’re making someone’s day that little bit better. Your business is all about people. It’s not about widgets or spreadsheets; it’s about making people happy. 2. It’s creative As well as being a people-oriented industry, hospitality is creative. […]
We Need YOUR Help! Awards and Reviews
We are delighted to announce that Sheene Mill have been nominated in “The Wedding Industry Awards 2017”. This is a very prestigious award for our venue and we would love to get shortlisted in the “Country Wedding Venues” category. We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill in the very short questionnaire about your day with us. To vote please click the link below… you vote matters so much to us. Wedding Industry Awards – VOTING CLOSES 23 October 2016 !!! https://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/2017/east-of-england/countryside-venue/sheene-mill Only for couples who got married with us between October 2015 and October 2016 ________________________________________ More ways you can help… If you have the time then we would love your votes and reviews on the following websites. Thanks! VOTE for us on Guides for brides http://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/find/wedding-venues/cambridgeshire/the-sheene-mill/142375/awards REVIEW: Hitched.com http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/reviews/add/sheene-mill_225.htm REVIEW: WeddingVenues.com http://www.weddingvenues.com/venue/8410_sheene-mill-melbourn-cambridgeshire REVIEW: Guides For Brides http://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/find/wedding-venues/cambridgeshire/the-sheene-mill/7794 REVIEW: TripAdvisor.com http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/UserReview-g499500-d313737-m11765-The_Sheene_Mill-Melbourn_Cambridgeshire_England.html NOMINATE US for The Good Food Guide 2017 http://www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/feedback
The WOW moment
When we first received this photograph from Phil Lynch we nearly broke the internet. The response and praise was incredible. But as Phil will tell you, this isn’t a simple point and click photo opportunity. It’s always good to have an idea of the style of photography for your big day and some examples to hand to your photographer always helps. This gives your photographer the best opportunity to get the shot and equipment needed setup ready. For this particular shot Phil had multiple flashes positioned behind the bride and groom to ensure they were lit up with minimal shadows. To get a general all round focus across the trees multiple shots were stitched together electronically to ensure everything looked crisp. When the raw image is ready there is then always some touching up to do on PhotoShop. Highlighting the night sky, twinkling lights in the trees and ensuring the vibrant colours of the garden lighting were all key parts of making this photograph what it is. If you want more information about Phil Lynch and his work please visit: http://www.phillynch.com/