Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in Doe Creek Farm, and for navigating this far into our website. Our goal is to help you create a beautiful and memorable day for yourselves and your guests, while alleviating the stress caused by planning an event of this magnitude. We are a full service wedding venue. We listen to you, offer suggestions, and set-up and coordinate everything according to your desires and decisions. Rest assured that the day of your event, we have everything under control (including pinning the boutonnieres on the gentlemen), so you can enjoy your day.
How many SEATED guests can you accommodate? We can comfortably accommodate 160 seated guests. We have had as many as 180 comfortably seated inside the reception area, but the dance floor gets a little smaller, and there's usually a short line to the restrooms (we have two) at that number.
What is the rental fee, and what does that include? The reception is $4400, and the ceremony is $900. The following items are included for the reception: 160 chiavari chairs, (20) 5' round tables, (8) 6' long tables, (3) 30" round tables, floor-length linens in white or ivory with matching napkins, lace runners, set up and clean up of all included items, venue coordinating. The following items are included for the ceremony: 170 whitE ceremony chairs, 20 shepherds hooks, pint-sized mason jars with wire hangers, rooms for bridal party to get ready, rehearsal, coordinating. For a detailed printable PDF of our pricing and what we include, please click HERE.
How much is the deposit? The deposit is $1000 and is non-refundable. The remaining balance is not due until 2 months prior to the wedding.
Is the venue private? Yes.
How many events are booked per day or per weekend? ONE. Your wedding will be our only event for the weekend, and you will have our full attention.
Is the ceremony site close to the reception site? Yes, the ceremony site is next to the reception site (separated by the yard and parking area).
Is there a changing area? The entire upstairs of the farmhouse (3 large rooms, a large bathroom and a balcony) is available for getting ready.
How much time is allotted for the rehearsal? We allow as much time as necessary for the rehearsal, but we usually tell couples to plan for about an hour.
Is the site handicap accessible? Yes.
Is there a rain plan? Yes. We use the reception area. We divide the room in half with ivory curtains, lengthwise, making it 20'x70' for the ceremony. We set up an indoor pergola and the chiavari chairs. On the other side of the curtains, we have all of your tables set up. Once the ceremony is over, we disperse the tables and chairs, remove the curtains, and we're ready for the reception. It takes less than 30 minutes, during which time your guests will be able to use the covered porches and restrooms and visit the bar. Most of the time, though, we wait out the rain (as long as the couple is willing to wait), wipe down the ceremony chairs, and proceed outside. Guests are welcome to wait out the rain inside the reception area.
How long will I have the event space? Friday thru Sunday. You are welcome to come as early as noon to decorate on Friday. We will have the tables in place and linens set. If you're having your ceremony here, we will also schedule a time for a rehearsal that day with you. On Saturday, you can come as early as 6 hours before the scheduled reception to set up/decorate. If you're having your ceremony here, the farmhouse will be open 5 hours prior to the ceremony for the bridal party to get ready. We allow 7 hours for the reception, starting with cocktail hour. You are welcome to come back on Sunday to retrieve any of your belongings/decorations.
Is there an in-house caterer? Yes. Mikie Nichols with The Element is our exclusive caterer. She is one of the best caterers in our area (and beyond). Her food is phenomenal and service is impeccable. China, flatware, stemware and non-alcoholic beverages are all included, and you will be invited to attend a food and wine tasting at Doe Creek Farm once you create a preliminary menu.
Can I bring a cake/ dessert from an outside source? Is there a fee for cake-cutting service? You are welcome to bring in your own cake/ desserts. We do not charge a fee to cut the cake, but you are responsible for bringing utensils to cut the cake.
Can I bring in my own alcohol? Yes. We are partnered with our family's award-winning winery (Altillo Vineyards) for wine, but you are welcome to bring anything else you like. We do provide bartenders, glassware and ice for an additional fee. For a detailed printable PDF of our pricing and what we include, please click HERE.
Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? Yes.
Are there restrictions on what type of music I can play or at what time the music must be over? Can you accommodate a DJ or a live band? There are no restrictions on the type of music played or at what time it is played. We can accommodate DJs and live bands, but because of the acoustics in our reception space DJs or very small bands generally sound better.
Is there parking on site? Is the parking convenient to the ceremony and reception space? Yes, we have plenty of parking between the ceremony and reception space, making it very convenient for guests coming and going.
How many restrooms are there? We have two large, handicap-accessible restrooms in the reception space.
Is on-site coordinating available? If so, what is offered, and is there an additional fee? Yes, we do offer on-site coordinating. Your coordinator is available to you throughout your planning process to answer any questions you or your other vendors might have. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you and to ensure that you and your guests are well taken care of. The month before the wedding, we will help you create a timeline for the event. We will also discuss and create the layouts for both the ceremony and reception, so we can have everything in place and ready to go for you. We coordinate, in detail, the ceremony, and we walk you and your bridal party through the rehearsal. We are present the day-of to meet your vendors as they arrive, and we stay the entire evening to be sure that everything flows smoothly according to your timeline. There is no additional fee associated with this service.
Do you offer security guards? If not, am I required to hire my own? No, and no.
Does the venue have liability insurance? Yes.
Can I hire my own vendors? Yes. The only exclusive vendor we require here is our caterer. Aside from that, you are welcome to hire whomever you like. We do offer a list of recommended vendors to help get you started.
Do you have signage or other aides to help direct my guests to the venue? We do have a large "Doe Creek Farm" sign at our entrance. We also have a wooden "wedding" sign that we are happy to put there. It is a good idea to bring something (balloons or a sign) to mark the first turn off of the highway so guests know they're going the right way.
Do you have a recycling policy? We do recycle glass and aluminum (there will be a container for that at the bar). Our caterer does not use disposable plates and cups, so the trash we produce is very minimal.