& Venue Policies
What time does the venue shut down ?
We allow our couples to completely choose their rental period therefore we don't stop events by any specific time.
When is leaf season?
Every year is different of course, but typically our leaves begin transitioning at the end of September and peak in vibrance the 3rd-4th week of October. If storms hold off, our colors will stay until early November.
What is the weather like?
Generally summer temperatures reach into the upper 80's and cool to 60's in the evenings; winters can be mild but are known to drop to the low 30's/upper 20's; and the spring/fall months average a high of 70's-80's and dip to the 50's-60's at night.
Do you have on-site lodging?
While we do not have lodging directly on the property, we are excited to refer accommodation services to our historically-related lodge located just up the road, sleeping up to 60 guests. See details here. Other nearby lodging options can be found off surrounding highway exits (Dillsboro and Cherokee).
Is there cell service/Wi-Fi?
Cell service can be spotty for certain cell phone carriers in the mountains. The venue does have two secure wi-fi networks for guests and vendors. Passwords are provided upon request.
When can we rehearse?
One-hour rehearsal sessions are included in our packages and may take place any available time the week leading up to the event, usually the evening prior. If another event is booked, we offer several alternative options. To guarantee rehearsal time the evening before and allow more time for set-up, rehearsal dinner, etc, couples have the option to add the evening-before add-on service [excludes Sunday events] at the time of booking.
Can we leave vehicles overnight?
Vehicles may only be left overnight between multi-day rental periods. All vehicles, personal items, rental items, etc., are allowed on-site during the rental period only.
What does the Booking Process entail?
Couples are always encouraged to start with a venue tour to ensure we are the right fit! From there, you'll receive an interactive quote where you will essentially "build your package". Once the quote is accepted, we will send the contract with your package details followed by the invoice/payment information. The booking process is completed only when the first payment has cleared.
Can I bring my pet?
Venue-approved pets are allowed for ceremony purposes, outside only, as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after. Pets must be removed from the property following ceremony/cocktail hour. Pet-sitting services can be found here.
Do you have a preferred vendor list?
The Parker Mill's list of preferred vendors is offered exclusively to our booked couples.
Can I bring my own vendors?
You are welcome to bring your own vendors. They must be able to provide proof of insurance that meets the venue's requirements. An off-list vendor fee of $200 applies only to the reception music, bartending, and day-of-coordinator categories.
Can I bring my own Decor?
You may bring your own personal items including furniture but please be sure to follow our decorations guidelines. Please note that venue staff does not handle set-up or clean-up of any personal items.
Is the venue handicap accessible?
The Parker Mill has handicap accessibility throughout the entire property including a designated parking area, ramps and sidewalks, ADA-compliant restrooms and getting-ready stations.
Is smoking/vaping allowed?
Smoking/vaping is allowed only in designated outside areas.
Do you provide linens/Flatware?
We do not provide these items. Our farmhouse tables were specifically selected for couples to be able to forego linens if desired. You are welcome to bring your own or rent from outside companies.
Can you accommodate virtual tours?
While we strongly encourage in-person tours if possible, we can accommodate virtual tours as well.
Do you allow Drop-ins?
Due to our limited availability, we are happy to accommodate venue visits by appointment only. You may schedule a time using our link below.
Does the venue have heat/air?
The outdoor covered pavilion used for ceremonies does not have built-in heat/air, however area heaters are available. The venue itself has heat and air throughout the entire building.
Each wedding package designates a specific number of hours for venue access. Hours may be added only to the event rental period at hour hourly rate. The time-frame is chosen by the client. Venue access entails venue doors open to venue doors closed. All set-up and clean up must take place during this timeframe. No overnight parking is permitted beyond the venue rental period. Unauthorized vehicles left on-site are subject to towing at owner's expense. Additionally, an overage fee may be charged if the client or any associated guest or vendor is on property beyond
the time granted with the rental period or related appointments (photo shoot, walkthrough, rehearsal).
The only way to fully reserve a date is to complete the booking process via contract and initial payment submission. A couple may place a "soft hold" on a single date only after a venue tour, while reviewing your interactive quote. This hold will expire either after 30 days or once another couple expresses serious interest in the same date, at which point the couple who placed the soft hold is given 24 hours to finalize the booking process.
Payment is split into two equal and non-refundable installments; the first due 30 days after contract introduction and the final due 30 days
before event date. Additional services may be added later but updated pricing will apply. Accepted forms of payment include cash,
check, credit/debit cards, and direct bank transfers. Cash is accepted via hand-delivery only. Mailed payments must have a
tracking number. Card transactions incur a 3% fee. Wire transfers incur a $16 bank fee.
Deposit & Fee(s)
In place of a security or damage deposit, The Parker Mill obtains credit card information to be kept confidentially on file. Authorization is obtained to allow any charges accrued during the event to be billed to the card on file.
Venue cost excludes fees for required documentation of Day-of Event Liability Insurance ($230), Alcohol Permit ($50), other vendor costs, and any applicable reprocessing fees for venue documents (quotes, contracts, invoices, etc.).
Date changes are permitted without fee if the new package amount is of equal/lesser value than the original package. A $500 fee will apply for each applicable situation: the reschedule date exceeds one calendar year from the original date; the client provides less than 90-day notice, an official date change has already occurred. The client is responsible for any rate change in package pricing at the time of rebooking.
Revoked event dates at any point following contract submission is deemed a "cancellation". Upon cancellation, all outstanding payments are due immediately. Refund may be issued only if the event date has been rebooked. If the rebooked date utilizes a package of equal/greater value than the original booking, this results in total refund minus a cancellation fee. If the rebooked date utilizes a package of lesser value than the original booking, this results in refund of differences in package pricing minus a cancellation fee. Unsuccessful rebooking results in forfeit of all monies paid.
Outside decorations are welcomed upon prior approval of the venue. Decorations may not be hung with anything which will permanently mark or damage the venue. No decorations may be affixed to any venue structures unless approved by the venue. Sparklers, bubbles, and birdseed may be used outside only. Rice, confetti, glitter and individual silk flower petals are not permitted anywhere on the premises. Balloons may only
be used on road signs for means of directing traffic flow. All decorations are to be set up and removed during the rental period only.
If a step-stool or ladder is required, this must be brought in as clients, guests, and vendors are not permitted to use the venue's equipment.
The Parker Mill can accommodate up to 250 guests for a traditional wedding. Dining accommodations needed beyond the
included amount may be rented no later than 14 days prior to event date. The Parker Mill can accept last-minute
place-setting/chair adjustments up until morning of event date.
The following requirements must be met to have alcohol at your event: you must purchase your own alcohol; no alcohol may be sold on the property; you must obtain a "Limited Special Occasions Permit" from the NC ABC; no shots, neat drinks or funnels allowed; alcohol must not be consumed out of glassware; self-service is permitted only in the suites prior to guest arrival or start of bartending services (whichever occurs first); "last call" must take place15 minutes prior to conclusion of bar services and at least75 minutes prior to event end time; alcohol consumption on the premises
must terminate upon conclusion of bartending services.
The Parker Mill is a non-smoking, non-vaping venue meaning smoking or vaping of any type is not permitted inside any building/structure or near entrances of any building/structure. All smoking/vaping must take place in the designated outdoor areas ONLY where signs are placed. Any debris must be disposed of in designated receptacles. Illegal substances are not allowed at any time on the premise. Policy breach is prohibited and subject to immediate removal from the premises, fine, and possible event termination without refund.
For safety and security purposes, the bridal suite and groom's quarters will be secured during the event. At that point, limited access may be granted to the wedding party as needed. Any alcohol in the suites will be transitioned to the bar to be served during cocktail hour and reception.