River Rest Weddings
Frequently Asked Questions


  • What dates are available in the month I'm considering?
    • We can provide a list of available dates for the month you are requesting. The only thing that secures your date is River Rests receipt of your deposit. Once the deposit is made your date is set in stone.

  • How many people can this location accommodate?
    • River Rest can accommodate more guests outside than on the inside of the house. Our Max indoor capacity is 65 guests. We can accommodate up to 100 on the decks. Please consider this when planning your event. Tent rental for inclement weather is permitted when you have an outdoor event. Please note that Tent placement is limited.

  • What is the rental fee and what is included in that price? Is there a discount for booking an off-season date or Sunday through Friday?
    • At River Rest our goal is to build a package to fit each budget. We are willing to walk you through the venue and discuss the things that are most important and build your package from that. We do offer lower rates for Sundays because your hours on site are limited. We would love to go over the options with you through a consultation.

  • How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable? What's the payment plan for the entire bill?
    • We require 50% down to hold your date. Your deposit is non-refundable. We will require full payment 30 days prior to your event. If this is not an option to you, please express this to us so that we can create a custom payment plan to accommodate your financial situation. We pride ourselves on flexibility and we may be able to meet all of our clients budgets. It is important that once arrangements are made to accommodate you that payments are made on time.

  • Can I hold my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional charge? Is the ceremony site close to the reception site? Is there a bride's changing area? How much time is allocated for the rehearsal?
    • Yes, we are equipped to host your entire event from rehearsal to reception. All events are held in close range on the facility grounds. Every bride will be offered a room for dressing as our gift to you. Everything will be included in the grand total of your custom package.

  • Is the site handicap accessible? (To be asked if you have guests with mobility issues.)
    • We have specific entrance areas that are handicap accessible.

  • What's the cancellation policy? NOTE: Some places will refund most of your deposit if you cancel far enough in advance, since there's still a chance they can rent the space. After a certain date, though, you may not be able to get a refund - at least not a full one.
    • At River Rest deposits are non-refundable. This policy will ensure that all prior meetings, consultations and planning is compensated for. Our staff takes a lot of time with each event to see that all the needs are met. Therefore, we are able to build custom packages for each event.

  • What's your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?
    • Tents are allowed on the premises but space for them is limited. Some view could be obstructed. Please also keep in mind that events with a Max of 65 guests can be moved inside the facility without the need of tents for seating, any more than 65 will require a tent at your discretion. (We are not responsible for failure to provide tent or proper accommodation for inclement weather.)

  • How long will I have use of the event space(s) I reserve? Is there an overtime fee if I stay longer? Is there a minimum or maximum rental time?
    • Each package is custom with time frames. If all property is not off the premises within the allotted time there is a $100 per hour overtime fee that will be billed to the contract holder.

  • Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is? Are there decoration guidelines/restrictions? Can I use real candles? TIP: Keep the existing decor in mind when planning your own decorations so that they won't clash. If your event is in December, ask what the venue's holiday decor will be.
    • Some things can be rearranged for your event with prior notice. If you have a request, please let us know at your last consultation or earlier if you know the change needed to accommodate you. We ask that all candles be battery operated with the exception of unity candles during the ceremony. This helps us keep our insurance premiums lower which in return allows us to offer lower package pricing.

  • What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding? Is it possible to start the setup the day before? How early can deliveries be made? How much time will I have for decor setup? Does the venue provide assistance getting gifts or decor back to a designated car, hotel room, etc. after the event has concluded?
    • Timing is based upon your package agreement. There will be staff available for receipt of delivery on the day of the event. It is important to keep communication with us on when to expect delivery for your items. If we are not notified, we cannot guarantee that we have someone on site. Just like your new marriage... Communication is KEY!

  • Is there an outdoor space where my guests can mingle, and can it be heated and/or protected from the elements if necessary? Is there a separate indoor "socializing" space?
    • We have many deck spaces available and some of the porch is covered. Please keep in mind that these areas are not heated. We do our best to accommodate the spaces requested upon initial consultations.

  • Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of "preferred" caterers, or do I need to provide my own? Even if there is an in-house caterer, do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead?
    • We are not prepared to cater at this time. You are free to bring in your own caterer or homemade food with no extra charge.

  • If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them? NOTE: Caterers charge extra if they must haul in refrigerators and stoves.
    • Yes, we can open kitchen facilities up for them.

  • Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided, or will I have to rent them myself or get them through my caterer?
    • Tables, Chairs, and the house "White" linens are available for use. If you require special linens, you must provide them. Plastic ware and glassware are provided by you and/or your caterer.

  • What is the food & beverage cost on a per-person basis? What is the tax and service charge?
    • This is a question you should direct to your caterer.

  • Can we do a food tasting prior to finalizing our menu selection? If so, is there an additional charge?
    • This is a question you should direct to your caterer.


We would love to answer any questions you may have.

Please call us at (866) 677-0343 and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.