RULES AND TIPS:

  • Rule Number One: Relax and have fun!
  • Not sure, just ask!
  • We do not have wifi at the ranch.
  • All rental equipment must be picked up or delivered the day prior or day after the event. In most cases, there is an event following yours, and rental equipment needs to be removed. We are not responsible for damage to rental items. If the ranch must relocate these items off-site, due to another event, the host's deposit will be forfeited.
  • We ask that weekend events end by midnight. Weekday events by 11:00 p.m.
  • DJ's, Rental Companies, Caterers - Please do not drive or park on the lawn.
  • There is a $35 charge for returned checks.
  • Smoking is allowed, however, we ask that guests enjoying the outdoors, please use the outdoor ashtrays provided. Please do not smoke in the stable area.
  • A representative will be allowed on site during the event. This representative will be responsible for opening/closing facility, final inspection and activating the alarm system. Any damage should be reported to this representative.
  • The host is responsible for the actions of all guests and contracted vendors. Guests may not bring or take any alcohol from the premises.
  • If using an outside caterer, please let them know there is no garbage disposal and that no food may be put down the drain.
  • If you attach decorations to the wooden wall - you may use thumbtacks but they must be removed! You are not allowed to damage the drywall. No nails!
  • ALL candles must have candle holders. NO free-standing candles can be burned. Please don't make me scrape wax.
  • No fireworks of any type inside barn area, including sparklers. We do allow sparklers outside.
  • Throwing bird seed is permitted outside the facility.
  • Due to insurance and burn permit requirements, we are no longer hosting bon fires.
  • We have a No Guns Policy.
  • No holes may be made on drywall. However, the rustic wood walls can handle thumbtacks.
  • Aren't you sick of rules? I know I am.
  • Final Rule: Relax and have fun!                                                                                                                                                

These suggestions below are just that... " Suggestions." 

We wanted to list a few of our observations in the hope they help make your wedding day more

  • Designate someone specifically to light your candles. We have seen many weddings where couples forget to light the candles. And they are so beautiful at night!
  • Actually begin your ceremony 10-15 minutes later - giving everyone time to get there. Late arrivals can be distracting.
  • Plan an order of events - cake cutting, garter, bouquet, special dances, etc. Move the reception along and get to the celebration!
  • Some couples are opting to forgo the ceremony program. We often throw away the bulk of wedding programs.
  • Lock the outside large barn doors before the ceremony. If your wedding is outside, limit the number of people in the reception area before the ceremony. It is also help to have someone (usually an usher) direct guests down the porch and to the corral for an outside wedding.
  • Always designate someone for the guest registry table. Outside, it is best if you set table outside of the corral at the entryway.  It is best to sit the sign-in table by the entry door on the porch for indoor weddings.
  • Greet each guest.
  • Use golf tees to mark where everyone stands if you are having an outdoor ceremony.
  • Skip any traditions that are not your style. Garter, cake cutting, etc. If they aren't important to you, then move on.
  • Many couples choose a "signature drink" for their bar, along with beer and wine. Keep the selections few and you can save some money. Keep alcohol to a minimum and not the focus of your reception.
  • We have seen many weddings not even cut the groom's cake. You could save money here.
  • If you can, hire a coordinator for the actual wedding day. This is so helpful!
  • Make sure to remind the officiant to ask everyone to stand as the bride enters. We've seen many officiants forget to do this.
  • For photographs, it is nice to do a "fake" leaving of the bride and groom. Do this early, so everyone in attendance can be in the photo. Sometimes the bride and groom are among the last to leave the reception and it makes getting this photo a little more difficult.
  • Many couples opt for a group photo of everyone who attended the wedding. Some couples do this immediately after the ceremony before the crowd exits the corral. Ask your photographer. Your officiant can also tell everyone to remain in the area, as a group photo will be taken.
  • Make sure you designate someone (ask caterer if you have one) check the trashcans and change out trash bags should you need to. The ranch supplies trash bags. Also, remember to check the restrooms, too. The ranch also supplies paper towels and toilet paper so make sure someone is restocking the restroom if necessary.
  • If you are having a very large crowd, it is nice to designate someone to assist with the parking and directing traffic.
  • We have magnet boards at the barn where we post photos. Some couples have made their own magnetic photo collages.
  • If you are purchasing your own new linens for your event, make sure to take them out of their wrapping and take to a cleaners for pressing or iron them yourselves prior to event.
  • When you arrive at the ranch to get the keys, we recommend you bring only one or two people with you when you arrive. Designate helpers to arrive an hour or so after you arrive, so you have the opportunity to "think and plan" one final time.
  • Please feel free to use 615-415-3892 on the invitation for your guests to contact in the event they get lost. We always answer before ceremonies and are able to give directions.