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Common               
            Questions

& Venue Policies

FAQs

  • 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.

  • Do you have on-site lodging?

While we do not currently have lodging 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 here.

  • Is smoking/vaping allowed?

Smoking/vaping is allowed only in designated outside areas.

  • When can we rehearse?

We include a one-hour week-of rehearsal session in our packages. You have the option to rent the evening before, if available, for all packages except Sunday weddings. This guarantees rehearsal time the evening before and allows more time for set-up, rehearsal dinner, etc.

  • 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 is the weather like?

Generally the summer temperatures reach into the upper 80's and cool to 60's in the evenings; the winters can be very mild but stay around low 40's; and the spring/fall months average a high of 70's-80's and drop to the 50's-60's at night.

 

  • 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.

  • Can I bring my own vendors?

You are welcome to bring your own vendors. They must be able to provide proof of insurance. An off-list vendor fee of $200 applies only to the 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 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.

  • Can I do a reception only?

You may choose to have your reception only, however the standard package rates will still apply.

  • 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 walk-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.

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Venue Policies

Schedule

Soft Hold

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.

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Payment

Payment is split into two equal and non-refundable installments; the first due 7 days after contract submission 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.

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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, Alcohol Permit, other vendor costs, and any necessary venue documentation reprocessing fees (quotes, contracts, invoices, etc.).

Calendar

Date Change

Date changes are permitted without fee if the new package amount is of equal/lesser value than the original package. A fee will apply for rescheduled dates that: exceed one calendar year from the original date; have less than 90 day notice, and any date changes that occur after the initial reschedule. The client is responsible for any rate change in package pricing at the time of rebooking. 

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Cancellation

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 is rebooked utilizing a package of equal/greater value than the original package. Successful complete rebooking results in total refund minus a cancellation fee. Partial rebooking results in refund of differences in package pricing minus a cancellation fee. Unsuccessful rebooking results in forfeit of all monies paid.

Wedding Venue

Decorations

Outside decorations are welcomed upon prior approval of the venue. Decorations may not be hung with anything which will 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.

Wedding Ceremony

Guest Count

The Parker Mill can accommodate up to 250 guests for a traditional wedding. Dining accommodations needed beyond the

included amount for 150 guests may be rented no later than 14 days prior to event date. The Parker Mill

can accept last-minute place-setting removal up until morning of event date.

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Alcohol

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 for each day alcohol is consumed on the premises; no shots allowed; self-service is permitted only in the suites prior to guest arrival or start of bartending services (whichever occurs first); "last call" must take place 15 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;

Smoking

Smoking/Vaping

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.

Bridal Bouquet

Suites

For safety and security purposes, the bridal suite and groom's quarters will be secured following the ceremony. 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.