How many people can Thompson House and Gardens accommodate?
-We can accommodate up to 250 people (indoors and outside) for a wedding ceremony and reception or dinner.
What are the venue rental rates?
-Thompson House and Garden’s rental rates are available upon request. You can contact us through the “Contact Us” link or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a payment schedule?
-To secure your event date, 1/3 of your anticipated total fee is due when you sign your contract. You will be expected to pay a second 1/3 FOUR months prior to your event date. Your final 1/3 payment is due ONE month prior to the event as well as a refundable damage deposit. All payments are non-refundable with the exception of the damage deposit.
What are the check-in and check-out times?
-You have a scheduled 9 hours on the day of the event. The standard block of time is 2:00 PM–11:00 PM. Thompson House and Gardens closes at 11:00 PM at which time all guests, bridal party members, and vendors must be off the property. Any amount of time over 9 hours will be cause for an additional fee.
Can we have an early set up?
-If you need an early setup, there will be a fee of $150 per hour. You must get permission from the owner and set up a specific time for you to come in.
Do you provide any services or can I need to use my own vendors?
-Thompson House and Gardens is rented as a venue with an inclusive flower and decor package, and all other vendors may be outsourced. We do REQUIRE you use our in-house flower service (Flowers by On). We do provide a list of preferred vendors. If you choose not to use our preferred vendors, we do require that the vendors you choose are licensed/insured. For more information on these vendors please look at the Vendors Link.
Do we have to use your in-house flower shop?
-Yes. Flowers by On is our full in-house flower shop. By booking with us, brides understand that they must use Flowers by On. Our pricing does include an Inclusive Flower Package and use of ALL of our decor.
Does Thompson House and Gardens provide a wedding director/coordinator?
-Thompson House and Gardens requests that all events have a director or coordinator, we do have a few coordinators we can recommend. She/He can assist you during the ceremony and reception. This is a separate fee as they are not a part of Thompson House and Gardens.
Can Thompson House and Gardens be used for both the ceremony and reception?
-Yes. We have outdoor locations for the bride to choose from for the perfect ceremony, and our grounds and house are reserved for hor d’oeuvres and reception. However, in the case of rain or inclement weather the house can be transformed for both the ceremony and reception.
How long is rehearsal time?
-You are allotted one hour rehearsal time. The time and day must be scheduled two-four weeks prior to the event.
Are there any additional fees along with the rental fee?
-There is a $300.00 refundable security deposit that is due one month prior to the date of the event. In the case of any damage done to the property, the amount of the damages will be taken out of the security deposit. All deposit money will be returned within 5-7 business days after the event.
Do I need an appointment in order to come and view the property?
-We recommend an appointment so that we may ensure that the house is open, and a staff member is present to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. We do understand that you have busy schedules, so we do like to work around your schedule to meet with you at a time that is most convenient for you. If you do wish to just come by, you may visit during our regular business hours, M,W,TH,F 9am-5pm.
Do you have an ice-maker?
-We do NOT provide a functioning kitchen because all caterers are outside vendors and will provide their own food, already cooked. There for the kitchen allows for warming and cooling only. We do not have an ice-maker, you must provide your own ice.
Can we bring in our own alcohol?
-We do not provide any alcohol, so you must bring in your own. However, we do require that if any alcohol is distributed on the property the vendors must provide a licensed bartender. We have several we can suggest to you.