Weddings at The River Mill

Exclusive Use: What’s included?

There is nothing quite like seeing our gorgeous couples say ‘I do’ at The River Mill. Whether you are going all out on your all-important day, or keeping it simple, our unique wedding venue is the perfect adaptable space for any vibe.

Exclusive Use

Exclusively yours from 11am – 12am, The River Mill is the ideal unique wedding venue for your intimate special day.

Private access to our stunning riverbank is from 11am – 10pm. You can enjoy drinking and dining ‘al fresco’ style with your loved ones alongside our fire pits – we’ll also throw in some sparklers and marshmallows for toasting.


What you see is what you get. Any props you see at our venue are yours to use for the day:

  • Booze & Bubbles bath – this is ideal for photos/ beer or anything else!
  • Copper Frame with ‘Drunk In Love’ neon sign
  • Fairy lights
  • Decorative candles
  • Fire pits/ Sparklers and marshmallows

The Dream Team

We pride ourselves on having an award-winning events team. You will be allocated one of our super friendly and experienced event managers to take care of you and your event. You’ll meet your event manager three months prior to your event to go through every part to make it pitch perfect.

So, included in your venue hire you get all of the above PLUS all of this…
  • On-site luxury accommodation available to book
  • Private use of The Dressing Room from 11am
  • Flexible room layouts
  • Fully staffed and licensed bar
  • Chesterfield sofas and rustic furniture
  • PA system for your band and DJ
  • Appropriate tableware for your meal such as cutlery, crockery, glassware and napkins. 
  • Use of our Horse Box Bar – this can be used as your very own Gin Bar/ Cocktail station or street food station!

Wedding Timeline


Exclusive Use Begins


Your Ceremony!


Drinks Reception


Wedding Breakfast




Sparklers & Marshmallows


Evening Food


Last Orders

Wedding FAQs

River Mill ceremony area, which can seat comfortably up to 60 guests.

River Mill dining area, which can seat comfortably up to 60 guests.

Our dining area includes rustic wooden tables and wooden chairs.

Use of our Dressing Room which is available from 10.30AM and solely yours to use throughout your day and evening.

Our outdoor Riverbank area, including fire pits and sparklers.


An experienced Event Manager who shall look after you throughout the whole wedding day, including helping to set up your props/decorations, manage your suppliers/entertainment and ensure everything runs to schedule.

Full use of our Pay Bar, please note that we are a card payment only bar.

If you would like the horsebox to be open to serve drinks during your drinks reception, there isn’t a charge for us to do so!

Drinks need to be pre-ordered in advance via The River Mill Kitchen. Or, if you would like your guests to pay for their own drinks we can operate a token system, where they purchase a token inside at the bar and then select drinks from The Horsebox.

You have full and exclusive use of The River Mill from 10.30AM – Midnight.

Unfortunately we can’t offer any earlier access as our clean team shall be tidying the venue and ensuring it’s fresh for your arrival!

Remember that your Event Manager will be on site from 9.00AM and they can set up your tables, decorations and any floral arrangements you may have supplied so you won’t need to do this yourself!

Unfortunately, as the venue is in use most days this isn’t something that we offer. We ask you to drop your items off to The River Mill the day before your wedding and we shall then set these up for you. As we have viewings most evenings we wouldn’t want any of your items to get damaged or moved so we set these up at 9.00AM for you.

We completely understand that you or your suppliers may wish to arrive at The River Mill before 9.00AM. We shall do our best to accommodate any stylists or florists that would prefer earlier access, however we can not guarantee this and it will depend on the availability of your Event Manager who will discuss during your consultation.

No, whilst we are a registered venue to hold your ceremony, you shall need to call Derby Registras to book in your official ceremony with them.

It is completely up to you what time you have the legal ceremony. However, we suggest no earlier than 13.30PM to give you plenty of time in our beautiful Dressing Room and no later than 14.30PM, to ensure you have enough time to get ready in the morning, but also have plenty of time to make the most out of the space!

Please see our guide for your Wedding Day below…

9.00AM Your Event Manager arrives on site to set up your items.

11.00AM Your exclusive use of The River Mill starts and you can access the Dressing Room.

13.00PM Your guests arrive at The River Mill to take their seats in the ceremony area.

13.30PM Legal Ceremony begins

14.00PM Drinks reception

15.45PM Guests to be seated for the wedding breakfast

16.00PM Wedding breakfast served

18.00PM Speeches

18.30PM Evening reception begins

19.00PM Cutting of the cake

19.05PM First Dance

20.30PM Sparklers on The River Bank

21.00PM Evening Food served

23.30PM Last Orders

Midnight Guests to depart

Our team of Experienced Event Managers shall be in touch with you 6-8 weeks in advance of your Wedding Day to discuss your plans. This can be either at the venue, or can take place via the telephone or Teams.

For any questions you have ahead of them contacting you, please email and we shall happily help you!

There is a google map print out which you shall find located in the google drive. Please email or print this for your couples ahead of their planning meeting.

Monday – Friday: The Rugby Club overflow carpark is available from 9.00AM – Midnight, with the gates being closed and locked by Repton Security at midnight. Bob/Dayle know to open the gates when they arrive at work in the morning. The rugby club is highlighted in RED.

Saturday – Sunday: We recommend that our couples park in the YELLOW areas highlighted on the map. The English Wine Project has lots of spaces which are available Saturday – Sunday.

When our couples pay their first installment to The River Mill, they shall receive  a welcome email from Jenkinsons which shall introduce them.
9-12 months ahead of their wedding date they shall be invited to a tasting session.
Following this taster, they shall be contacted by RMK to book in a catering consultation, which is where the initial 50% installment shall be requested. The second 50% installment shall be requested 8 weeks prior to their wedding date.

They do! We organise 4 taster sessions, seasonally, throughout the year. These are canape style tasters, where the couple are invited to hour slots. During that hour we shall serve drinks and canapes for the couples to get a sample of the menus we have available.

The taster sessions are organised by Rachel and Louise.