I left the Venue Pricing and General Information page with just the type of information that a curious new-comer bride would want to see and view. Then...I have created this new page just for you. I didn't want to clutter up the site with all of the vitals - the logistics - that come from planning a huge party - which in essence is what you are doing.
This page covers a wide variety of topics. It starts off with a link to the Farm Rules which most of you already have on one of the pages of your original contract. These are good to look over since at the time of your tour - you were likely concentrating on the ambiance of the venue - not the details of the contract. So - it is good to be reminded that you can't have open flame candles in the barn - only battery operated ones. It is good to know that you can't throw birdseed or confetti during your departure....and so on.
Next, I created a pdf. file page with a primitive drawing of the barn. This shows you the openings, the rough measurements of the barn and where the electrical outlets are at, etc. This is helpful to show your decorator or caterer so they can have a general feel of the floor plan of our venue. It shows the buffet room and its length - also the driveway and drop off areas. It does re-emphasize that we don't want anybody to be driving on our grassy areas. Sometimes the caterers want to pull up in the barn or right beside an opening - which both of those are forbidden - but without pre-warning, they will often attempt it purely out of convenience. We try to maintain our grassy areas for not only the appearance of your wedding but for all of our weddings - so please, make sure your vendors and crew respect this wish.
Next, there are logistic information - Can I use Sternos to warm our food? Can I fill up my pitchers with your water to make my lemonade? Does the caterer take away the garbage? Anyway - the nitty gritty details of logistics is answered here.
There is a section on "Making it Your Own" and how we encourage this for our brides. We do have a website page on our site that gives you some general ideas plus look back at my blog sites from the past to see additional photos from past weddings. I do try to include a slew of photos on my website but I can't include them all. Our Facebook page is also a good place to look at our other photos. Also - the topic of "What if I need extra time?" is addressed. Some brides gets confused on this issue - whether to consider extra time an add-on that you can wait till the last minute to purchase....or whether you need to buy it upfront and ahead of time. I try to clarify and explain the two different choices on this topic.
Next is about our Vendor Suggestions. We have only been operating for a bit over a year now so our first hand knowledge and recommendations are limited...but it is a great place to start and referring our past vendors is a pleasure for us to provide - for them and for you.
I include the topic of "Do I need to purchase insurance if I bring alcohol to my event?" Such topics like insurance are a pain to discuss, but unfortunately it is a reality in the world in which we live. I carry insurance on our property but items that are brought onto our property, like the alcohol, by you/your guests need to be covered with the a liability insurance. This is explained in this section so you can determine whether it applies to you or not.
A topic about giving directions to your guest so that they can find our venue is addressed. Unfortunately GPS often does located Farmhouse Lane. I have tried and tried and failed to remedy the situation. But - maps and directions and alternatives are discussed in a paragraph which hopefully will be helpful to you.
Contact Jill is a paragraph instructing each bride to follow up with Jill prior to sending in her last payment. In case of any trouble shooting or requests for additional add-ons, this is a good opportunity during the final home-stretch to check in with us here.
Last two paragraphs are where we encourage you to stay in touch whether that is by reading THIS BLOG (and I would love to have some feedback)...whether it is by following us on our FACEBOOK page (and I would love to have some comments there too)...or whether it is emailing us if you need some help troubleshooting. We don't know everything but hopefully we can steer you in the right direction.
So....check out the website page...I will link it again here....Once You Have Booked