GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

What is the rental fee and what does it include?
Our 2020 -21 rate starts at $6,000, with a 50% deposit due upon booking and the remaining amount due 180 days before your wedding date. Rental includes use of the barn, adjacent lawn, pasture, wooded ceremony site, suite for getting ready, and valet parking (wedding day only). The property is yours from 12:00 - 9:00pm on Friday, 8:00am - 10:30 pm on Saturday, and 8:00am - 12:00pm on Sunday. Please view our Investment Page for additional pricing information. 

How many guests can you accommodate?
The barn can comfortably seat 150 guests.

How late may our event go?
We ask that your bar close and music end by 10pm and guests have left the property by 10:30pm.

Do you provide tables and chairs?
Yes, we do provide 9ft x 3ft farm tables and x-back chairs for up to 150 guests. You will need to rent linens (if you want them), plates, glasses, flatware, etc. for your cocktail and reception.

Do you provide benches for our ceremony?
Yes!  We have benches to accommodate up to 150 guests and will place that in your chosen ceremony site.

Do you have bathrooms?
2019 will be the last season where we do not have bathrooms.  You are required to rent portable restrooms, which start around $1,700. Starting in 2020, we will have on-site bathrooms!

Is there a space to get ready?
Yes!  If you are not renting the farmhouse for the weekend, we do have a space for you in the farmhouse to use to get ready and relax on the day of your wedding.

Are their on-site accommodations?
Yes!  Our farmhouse sleeps 10 - 12 people, and you may rent it for both Friday and Saturday or just Saturday. You may check-in at 12:00pm on Friday or 8:00 am Saturday, depending on your rental period. 

Please refer to our accommodations page for additional local suggestions.

Do we need a tent?
A tent is not required and is not provided, however if you would like to have an alternative option in the event of rain for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail, it is a good option to have. A tent is a great option for additional shade during your outdoor cocktail.  You may also like the idea of dinner under the tent with dancing and dessert in the barn.  

Is there on-site parking?
Yes!  We provide valet parking for all of your guests.  Signs will direct guests to pull into our front driveway and our valet will parking them just beyond our pasture.  It is out sight so you and your guests do not have to see a parking lot.  

Do we need insurance?
Yes, you must obtain primary liability insurance for $1 million for each occurrence and $5 million for general aggregate.  Cover for the provision of alcohol must also be included (please see next question). We recommend WedSafe for insurance.  

May we supply our own beer, wine, and alcohol?
Yes.  You must obtain host liquor liability insurance for $1 million if it is not provided through your caterer or bar service.  You must hire a professional bar tending service or engage your caterer to serve any alcohol consumed on the property.

May we hang lights, attach things to the walls of the barn, throw confetti, etc.?
Affixing tape, tacks, staples, or similar devices to the walls or woodwork is not permitted without permission.  Additional damage or cleanup fees may be assessed in the event clean up or repairs are required following an event. Please note that confetti, rice, glitter, and similar thrown objects are prohibited.

May we have fireworks?
No.  Making your own fire pits, fireworks, and fog machines are not permitted.  There is a designated fire pit next to the barn that will be stocked with wood for the night.   Sparklers and tea lights on tables are permitted.  Smoking is permitted in the designated area.

Do you provide any props, lawn games, etc.?
Yes, we do!  We have a collection of milk glass vases, chalkboards, easels, escort card and/or favor displays, numerous antique ladders, informational/directional signage, giant jenga, and cornhole.  Please take a look at our current decor inventory here. Looking for something specific?  We can help you find it!

How is waste managed during our event and are we required to remove it after?
Waste management and removal is included in your rental fee.  We are excited to be working with Garbage to Garden for "zero waste" management of all events on the property.  Feel free to contact us for more details on this partnership! 

Are we required to set-up and break-down our tables, chairs, etc.?
Yes, you are responsible for setting-up your tables, chairs, etc. before your event and breaking-down the Sunday after your event.  We ask that you please stack all chairs to one side of the barn. You may leave the tables in place.  If you do not want to do this, we are happy to provide set-up and break-down for an additional fee. 

Are you pet-friendly?
Yes!  We love dogs (we have two rescue mixes ourself!) and welcome them here.  

Does Garden Gate provide event planning?
We do not offer planning services. We are onsite during your event and are here to help answer any and all questions we can for you and your hired vendors during both the planning and event itself! We are more than happy to suggest vendors during your planning process as well, and recommend you check out our vendors page to get started!

Starting in 2021 we will require our couples to hire a Day-of-Coordinator to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible. An experienced wedding coordinator will help bring the vision you have been planning for months (even years!) to fruition while being a trusted line of communication between you, your vendors, and us in the weeks leading up to your wedding and during your event! We recommend checking out our vendors pages for a list of experienced coordinators.

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Did we miss something?  Please feel free to ask us any questions at gardengatemaine@gmail.com or on our contact page.