Who decorates? And how are decorations decided?
We can do all your decorating for you, and our standard areas are INCLUDED in the price. You don’t have to pay anything extra. Once you’ve decided on the “look and feel” you want for your big day, you will schedule a wedding planning consultation with one of our wedding coordinators. This meeting takes 1-2 hours and we’ll discuss all the details of your decorations and show you options we have in our well-stocked decorating closet. Additional planning meetings can also be scheduled, but each additional hour planning meeting is $100.
Our standard decorating includes:
*Setting up all chairs on wedding lawn, and setting up all tables and chairs in reception barn
*Decorating the gazebo on the wedding lawn
*Set up and decorate the appetizer area and game lawn
*Linens and centerpieces/decorations for all tables, including head table, dessert table, cards/gift table, and favor area.
*Backdrop for head table
*Welcome center decorations (area where your guests are first received onto the property, which is usually where the guest book, programs, and other items are placed).
You are welcome to bring your own decorations as well. Just tell us where to put them and how to set them up, and we’ll do it for you! Our goal is to make your big day as stress-free as possible, so we’re more than happy to do all the decorating for you. We *may* need to charge a small up-charge if the extra decorations are considerably more than we normally do. We would charge the cost of adding an additional decorator for the day which is typically between $100-$200 depending on what you have in mind!
How long does it take to do all the decorating?
We typically start around 8:30 a.m. and we’re done by 1:00 p.m. (sometimes sooner!). Most weddings start around 3:30/4:30 so that gives you plenty of time for pre-wedding pictures with everything decorated! We typically have about 5 people working to get everything ready for you! If you have a lot more planned than what is included in our standard decorating plan, then we may need to hire a few more people and charge the cost of adding an additional decorator for the day which is typically between $100-$200 depending on what you have in mind! But, we can discuss that during your wedding planning consultation meeting!
Can I decorate the day before?
Clients can add a four-hour block of time on the Friday before the wedding day for rehearsal and some set-up (please email for our current price list). Many clients find it helpful to at the very least drop off all their decorations and sort everything so that decorating goes quickly on Saturday morning. You can also decorate anything that will be going on walls inside the barn. However, we do not do tables, the welcome center, or the gazebo until Saturday morning because we risk the decorations getting damaged due to adverse weather or wildlife that may come out at night and check things out.
Can people swim?
Yes, however, you have to plan ahead for this because we require that one of our lifeguards is present for the duration of your swim time. Depending on your guest #’s, we may also require 2 lifeguards. A lifeguard are $13/hour. No guest is allowed to drink or eat in the pond, and guests that are intoxicated are not permitted to swim. We have a good variety of children’s life vests, adult vests, pool noodles, pool floats, and other fun items we’ll bring out if you decide on swimming.
What yard games are included?
We have corn hole, croquet, giant jenga, and giant scrabble. We are also happy to pull out our ping pong table and basketball hoop for guests if you’d like!
What does your decorating closet include?
This is a bit hard to answer only because it is always expanding! Clients often leave some decorations for the next couple to enjoy. But, in general, we have the following: lots of silk flowers and garlands in many colors, plain mason jars, wood log slabs, shabby chic couches and chairs, shabby chic dressers and side tables, vintage dishes, Edison string lights, lanterns, burlap runners, lace table coverings, doilies, decorated mason jars (some with lace, some with burlap, some painted, etc.), easels (floor and table top), lots of chalkboard signs (large bistro signs to small table top signs), lots of signs (about seating, guest books, etc.), growing collection of table runners, large variety of vases, metal tins (large and small), wooden crates, tea lights, birdcage for cards, vintage suitcase for cards, and much more!
When does everything have to be cleaned up?
You don’t need to clean up any of the decorations we’ve done--we’ll take care of that. The only things you need to clean up are your decorations, and any trash guests may have left out and about! And, you don’t have to do that until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, which is “check-out time.” That means that when you’re tired and done celebrating for the night, you and your new spouse can simply retreat to the Red Barn Bed and Breakfast (onsite!). Breakfast will be delivered to you in the morning, and then you can clean and pack up!
What overnight accommodations do you provide?
The Bed and Breakfast suite in the Red Barn is reserved for the newlyweds on the wedding night; however, we have an additional BnB called Clover Cottage on site that you can rent for a few guests. Clover Cottage is a smaller BnB that has a king sized bed and a futon.
Sometimes brides like to rent the Red Barn for the bridal party on the night before the wedding. The Red Barn has a king bed downstairs, and upstairs we have a queen air mattress and a full sized bed (plus plenty of space for extra air mattresses and cots if you bring them). This can be added to a package if you would like!
Is the reception barn heated/have air-conditioning?
No, the reception barn has no AC or central heat; however, we do have ceiling fans and floor fans that we use to move the air. We also have two gas patio heaters we can use inside to warm things up a bit. The Red Barn and Clover Cottage (the two onsite BnB's where the weddings parties can get ready) both do have central heat and AC.