1) Are tours available?
Absolutely! Tours are by appointment only and may be limited to weekdays or Sundays, depending on what days weddings and events are scheduled.
2) How many people will Swallow's Eve hold?
We can accommodate up to 125 seated guests in our temperature controlled barn (including space for a dance floor and live band), an additional 50 guests in our covered Veranda, and an additional 25-30 guests on our Back Terrace - depending on final layout. Without a dance floor and band area, we can accommodate 200 guests inside. We will provide seating charts based on dance floor size, band, table size and more elements using our custom floor plan software.
3) What is included with the rental price?
Exclusive use of property for a 6-hour time frame, including access to our Bridal Suite and Groom's Loft beginning at 11am. The venue is on 35 acres featuring a barn, parking, multiple ceremony sites, a courtyard with a water fountain, fireplace and abundant seating. It also includes 10 foot long wood farm tables that seat 10 guests each, and 60 inch round tables that seat 8 guests each (linens not included), 200 wood cross back chairs for indoor use and 200 white Wimbledon chairs for outdoor ceremony use.
4) Can we use any catering company that we’d like?
Yes, for our 2021 clients we will allow an off-site caterer of your choice. Please see our list of preferred caterers in the region.
5) Can we bring our own alcohol?
Yes, for our 2021 clients we will allow you to bring in your own alcohol. Please see our list of preferred bar service companies in the region.
6) Are there accommodations near Swallows Eve?
Our sister company, The Lodge Above Town Creek, is a 16 room boutique hotel and The Inn Above Town Creek, a unique & traditional Bed & Breakfast in town . All of our lodging is located 3-4 miles from Swallows Eve. We also offer discounts on our lodging packages if you’ve booked your wedding at Swallows Eve. Please visit our websites, www.TheLodgeAboveTownCreek.com and www.TheInnAboveTownCreek.com to see our nearby accommodations.
7) Can we use sparklers for our departure?
Yes, unless there is a burn ban in place. We require using these in our front walk way or circle drive. All sparklers must be extinguished in a sand bucket provided by Swallows Eve and must be managed by the wedding coordinator to prevent any mishaps.
8) Is it required for me to hire a Wedding Planner?
We require all of our clients to hire either a partial or full-service wedding planner, and we do not allow day-of or month-of coordinators. Please see our Preferred Vendors List for a list of the top wedding planners in our area.
9) Do you offer set up and tear down of the tables and chairs?
Yes, we will set up your tables and chairs for you inside Swallows Eve. You will need to provide your desired table placement to us 2-4 weeks prior to your event. Set up of chairs outside will need to be arranged before the event and may result in additional charges. We have custom floor plan software which will help you easily plan your table placement.
10) Do you have outdoor and indoor ceremony sites?
Yes, we have various ceremony sites outside, including a stage, an open air chapel, the front of Swallows Eve, and our courtyard with fireplace (along with several other creative spots on our vast property!). Rain back up plans include our Veranda and inside Swallows Eve.
11) Do you require wedding/event insurance?
Yes we do require event insurance. Please see WedSafe Wedding Insurance | 1 Day Event Insurance & Liability Policies).
12) Are we allowed rehearsal time and decorating the day before?
If there are no other events scheduled the day before, you are certainly welcome to come out and rehearse. A one hour time frame will be allowed and must be scheduled in advance. If an event is scheduled the night before, you may either schedule your rehearsal a few days before your event or your rehearsal can be done the morning of your wedding. Swallows Eve and the grounds may also be rented for your rehearsal dinner (please inquire about pricing).
13) Are there on-site changing spaces available?
Yes, we have have two getting ready suites which both have full bathrooms including large walk-in showers. The Bridal Suite features 4 vanities, comfortable seating, convenient bar cart, full length mirror and a flatscreen TV. The Groom's Loft features a bar with a mini-fridge, a balcony overlooking the back of the property, comfortable seating and a flatscreen TV. Individual iPod stations are in each suite as well.
14) Do I need to rent tables and chairs for my event?
We offer tables and chairs to accommodate up to 200 seated guests at no additional fee. We have 10 ft long wood farm tables and 60 inch round tables (linens not included), 200 wood cross back chairs for indoor use and 200 white Wimbledon chairs for outdoor use.
15) Is there an on-site Plan B option for my ceremony?
We include our covered Veranda as a beautiful back-up location for your ceremony in case of inclement weather.
16) Are candles allowed?
Yes, however the candles must be enclosed by heat-safe glass with drip-trays or wax catchers at the base to protect linens.
17) Do you allow animals?
Yes, but we do require that dogs be kenneled during the reception and have proper shots. Longhorns, donkeys, llamas, alpaca, burros, etc are also allowed but must be handled by a trained professional. All animal waste must be properly and promptly disposed of.
18) Do you allow fireworks or Chinese lanterns?
If there’s not a burn ban in effect, Chinese lanterns may be acceptable. Fireworks are not allowed.
19) Is there On-Site parking?
We have parking for 50+ vehicles.