Frequently Asked Questions 


"Of all flowers,

methinks a rose is best."

Shakespeare: Two Noble Kinsmen, Act II, Scene II

You have questions. We have answers.

What dates are available in the month I'm considering?

River Rest Weddings can provide a list of available dates for the month you are requesting. The only thing that secures your date is our receipt of your deposit. Once the deposit is made, your date is set in stone.

How big is the River Rest Weddings building?

River Rest Weddings resort home is approximately 5200 square feet.

How many people can this location accommodate?

River Rest Weddings can accommodate more guests outside than on the inside of the house. Our maximum indoor capacity is 65 guests. We can accommodate up to 150 individuals on the wedding deck. 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?

At River Rest Weddings, 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.

Is there a discount for booking an off-season date or Sunday through Friday?

River Rest Weddings does 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?

River Rest Weddings requires an initial deposit of $500 to hold your date. Your deposit is non-refundable. We will require full payment 30 days prior to your event.

What's the payment plan for the entire bill?

River Rest Weddings may be able to 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 client’s budgets. It is important to note that once arrangements are made to accommodate you, payments will need to be made promptly on time.

Can I hold my reception here, too?

Yes, River Rest Weddings is equipped to host your entire event from rehearsal to reception.

Is the ceremony site close to the reception site?

All events are held in close range on the facility grounds.

Is there a bride's changing area?

Every bride will be offered a room for dressing as our gift to you.

How much time is allocated for the rehearsal?

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.)

River Rest Weddings has 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 Weddings, the deposits are non-refundable. This policy will ensure that all prior meetings, consultations, and planning are compensated for. Our staff takes a lot of time with each event to see that all the needs are met for you and your guests. 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 views of the property and events may be obstructed. Please also keep in mind that events with a maximum of 65 guests can be moved inside the facility without the need of tents for seating. Any more than 65 guests will require a tent, at your discretion. (We are not responsible for failure to provide a tent(s) or proper accommodation for inclement weather.)

How long will I have use of the event space(s) I reserve?

Each package is customized with time frames permitting use of the event space.

Is there an overtime fee if I stay longer?

If all the property for your event 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? 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 in place.

Some things can be rearranged for your event with prior notice.

Can I use real candles?

River Rest Weddings asks 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.

Is it possible to start the setup the day before?

Timing is based upon your package agreement.

How much time will I have for decor setup?

Timing is based upon your package agreement.

What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding?

Timing is based upon your package agreement.

How early can deliveries be made?

There will be staff available for receipt of delivery on the day of the event. It is important to keep in communication with us as to when we can expect delivery for your items. If we are not notified, we cannot guarantee that we will have someone on site. Just like your new marriage... COMMUNICATION IS KEY!

Does the venue provide assistance getting gifts or decor back to a designated car, hotel room, etc. after the event has concluded?

Assistance is based upon your package agreement.

Is there an outdoor space where my guests can mingle, and can it be heated and/or protected from the elements if necessary?

River Rest Weddings has many deck spaces available and some of the porches are covered. Please keep in mind that these areas are not heated. We do our best to accommodate the spaces requested upon initial consultations.

Is there a separate indoor space for guests to socialize?

Yes, we have a banquet room, large kitchen, dining room, and two large living rooms for guests to socialize.

Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of "preferred" caterers, or do I need to provide my own?

We do provide the option of in-house catering. Please let us know your catering needs during the initial consultation.

Do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead?

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, River Rest Weddings can open up kitchen facilities 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. Plasticware and glassware are provided by you and/or your caterer.

What is the food and beverage cost on a per-person basis?

Please discuss this with us during the initial consultation.

If you have other questions, please contact us by phone at 1-866-670-7378 (REST) or 256-368-8153. You may also message us on our Contact page.

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— Richard Bach