Our most frequently asked questions about touring and reserving Alum Creek Farm.
No, Alum Creek Farm is a private property and our event schedule varies, so we request all tours be scheduled by clicking on the "Request a Tour" button above.
If you decide Alum Creek Farm is a good match for your "Big Day" simply email us and let us know which date you'd like to reserve and any alternate dates you might consider. We often have couples email us from the parking lot. :) We'll double-check that your requested date is still available and then we'll email you a contract.
A retainer fee of 25% is required to reserve your date. The final payment of 75% is due 90 days prior to the event. We're unable to hold a date without a deposit and a signed contract.
You will have exclusive use of the farm during your rental period.
In order to be accommodating, when our calendar opens for reservations, we'll have several dates to choose from. In order to provide you with a unique and specialized experience, not available to everyone, we do have a limited event schedule every year. Once those limited number of dates are reserved, our calendar closes and additional reservations will not be accepted. On the day of your tour, we'll let you know how many additional reservations we're accepting for the year. Dates tend to book fast and, therefore, we cannot guarantee an available date without a signed contract and deposit.
If you would like to shift your wedding day from a Saturday to a Friday or Sunday (or any other day of the week) we may be able to accommodate that change on our schedule.
Due to the open air concept, and no heating in the barn, we are a seasonal venue. We offer events to be held here from May-October.
Rehearsals will be scheduled within 30 days of the event, and depending on availability, can be scheduled the day prior to your booked event
Our most frequently asked questions about fees and what's included in the investment.
Check or cash are the accepted forms of payments.
Alum Creek Farm does not require a percentage of your catering or bartending bill. Many venues require these fees, however, our packages include all venue fees.
Alum Creek Farm does not have a required minimum for food, beverage or guest count. Many venues require these minimums.
Our beautiful wood tables were built to enjoy their beauty without the use of table linens. If linens and napkins are desired your full-service caterer will be more than happy to provide them. Your full-service caterer will also be more than happy to provide plates, silverware, glassware, and any other needed item (s) for food and beverage service.
Yes and Yes! We have 22 beautiful wood tables, each comfortably seat 8, but can seat up to 10 in a pinch. We also have premium white cross back chairs. Set up of all tables and chairs is included.
To make your day run as smoothly as possible, Alum Creek Farm offers a day-of wedding coordinator at no additional fee--ask for details on your tour.
Our most frequently asked questions about vendors, catering and alcohol.
Yes! Please ask for details on your tour.
Yes! Once you reserve your date, we'll provide you with a list of recommended vendors.
Yes! Please know that we are forced to operate within certain guidelines set forth by state laws and insurance. If you have a full-service caterer and/or vendor that isn’t on our recommended vendor list, please have them reach out. If they are a licensed operation, we simply ask that they provide verification and liability insurance as well as sign our vendor agreement.
We love home-cooked meals and family recipes! Unfortunately, we are governed by state laws and insurance guidelines that require ALL food to be cooked and prepared in a licensed off-site kitchen.
We have an on-site prep kitchen consisting of a commercial double door refrigerator and two 6-foot stainless steel prep tables. Caterers must bring food that is cooked and prepared in an off-site kitchen as grills, ovens, and food that is still cooking (e.g. pig roast) are strictly prohibited.
Frequently asked questions about arriving to the venue and parking.
We provide a parking attendant and/ or directional signs to direct guests to the appropriate location and minimize congestion.
Yes! The parking lot is illuminated at night. The lights are on an automatic timer, so they turn on at dusk.
60+ complimentary parking spaces are available for your guests. This should accommodate a guest count of 175 as we have separate parking for vendors and staff. If need be, overflow parking is available at the top and bottom of the driveway. Alternatively, a hotel shuttle bus can be used to escort guests to and from the property. It's a great idea to ask guests to carpool and/ or use UBER and LYFT as parking is limited.
Yes, we have handicapped parking spaces available. Additionally, an Alum Creek Farm staff member will be available to escort handicapped guests with our golf cart shuttle. Is the venue easily accessible for handicapped guests?We're upfront with the fact that, as a farm, there is uneven terrain and some steps. We'll be more than happy to accommodate handicapped guests in any way we can.
Many more hotels can be found that the I-71/ Polaris/ Gemini Exit, which is approximately 8 minutes from the venue.
All roads leading to the venue are paved, straight, well lit, and easy to navigate.
We're upfront with the fact that, as a farm, there is uneven terrain and some steps. We'll be more than happy to accommodate handicapped guests in any way we can.
All guests should plan to remove vehicles at the end of the rental period--encouraging guests to carpool and/ or utilize the services of a shuttle bus, UBER and LYFT is a best practice. We do NOT want a guest to drive while intoxicated, therefore, if a vehicle needs to be left overnight we ask that it be removed prior to 10:00 am the following day.
Frequently asked questions about decorations and our Something Borrowed Closet
Absolutely! You and your vendor (s) would be responsible for setting up and taking down decorations provided for your event. This includes decorations from our "Something Borrowed" closet. Some restrictions may apply for affixing décor to our walls and outdoor spaces. Other restrictions may apply that are unforeseen at this time. If you'd like to add decorations please get in touch with us prior to the event for approval. Would you like us to decorate? Ask for details on your tour.
If you have an idea you'd like to share we're all ears. However, because our wood tables are heavy we're unable to move them into unique set-ups.
For your guests comfort we recommend 8 per table. In a pinch you can squeeze in 9 or 10.
The "Something Borrowed" Closet is pretty amazing! It's a HUGE task to take photos of everything, plus it's an ever-changing inventory as we frequently add new items. We do have a few photos on our website here, and we're more than happy to show you everything while you're on tour.
The items from the "Something Borrowed" closet must remain on-site at Alum Creek Farm.
The "Something Borrowed" closet items are for the exclusive use of couples that choose to host their weddings here at Alum Creek Farm.
All decorating needs to take place during rental agreement time
There's nothing that goes up in a blaze more quickly than an old barn next to an open flame. The cool breezes that blow thru the barn doors often extinguish lit candles within a minute, nonetheless, we are governed by our insurance guidelines to allow only for battery-operated candles.
Our farm is named for Alum Creek Lake, which is right next to our property. If you're from the area you more than likely know how to pronounce Alum. But just in case: Alum is pronounced Al (like a guy's name), um (like the word you say when you don't know what to say!), so Al-um. :)
Yes! As long as they are dropped off within the agreed to rental period outlined in your contract.
We are committed to having the facility properly cleaned and prepared for your event. This preparation takes place the morning of your event. As a result, we are unable to allow access to the farm prior to the agreed to rental period.
One of the great things about Alum Creek Farm is the picturesque, gently rolling hills. Unfortunately, because of that, there isn't another flat area that is suitable for a ceremony. All ceremonies need to take place in the greenhouse, inside the reception space, or at an off-site church or venue of your choosing.
Yes! Can we make a few suggestions? Organic herbs, ribbon sticks, sparkler apps on smartphones, paper airplanes, bubbles (in designated outdoor areas only) or mini handheld flags that represent who you are as a couple. If you have other ideas, please reach out to us!
We do ask that you be respectful of the property and future weddings and refrain from using items that are hard to clean up and/ or may cause slip hazards and/ or may be prohibited by our insurance carrier as they are a fire hazard.
Hard to clean up: confetti, fake snow, sand, silly string, glitter of any kind, small gems/ jewels, balloons (get stuck in trees), birdseed, rice, popcorn (think bird poop on the glass roof of the greenhouse), and artificial flower petals.
Slip Hazards: use of bubbles or bubble machines, fog machines (they also set off our smoke detectors).Prohibited by the State of Ohio and our insurance carrier as they are a fire hazard: fireworks, pyrotechnics, sparklers, any type of sky lanterns.
We suggest starting the ceremony between 4:00-5:30 pm.
No, not at this time.
Absolutely! Please keep in mind that Alum Creek Farm hosts just one event per day so the rental fee structure remains the same.
Absolutely! Please ask for details on your tour.
The estate house has central air conditioning and heat.
For the reception space and greenhouse: with cool breezes blowing down to the lake and 3 huge sliding doors (that no one wants to close), we haven’t found the need for air conditioning. Fans can be turned on to assist with the cool breezes. The reception space and greenhouse do not have central heat, however, we only accept reservations in the warmer months.
Yes! The cement floor of the reception space makes an ideal dance floor.
Our luxury restroom trailer is custom built and it's gorgeous! It features a shiplap wall (painted in the most amazing moody-ish color), quartz countertops, porcelain sinks, wood floors, and 2 private stalls. Each stall includes heat, air conditioning, hands-free porcelain flushing toilets, running hot and cold water, lights, and a stereo sound system. Most guests say it's nicer than their bathrooms at home and we often have guests taking selfies with it--we even have a 5-star review of it on The Knot. ;)
Our greenhouse ceremony area offers all of the feels of the outdoors with (hardly) any of the risks! If the rain is blowing sideways, the size of our reception space easily accommodates a ceremony, reception, and dancing all under roof. In fact, in the event of rain, the tables need not be moved, to make room for a ceremony, which makes the decision to move inside stress-free and budget-friendly.
We love pets, so let's chat about this! Unfortunately, we've not found an event insurance policy that will take on the liability of pet (s) in attendance at special events. Even the most docile pet may become sensitive to loud music, food, and lots of children and adults nearby. If your apartment dweller's or home insurance policy covers your pet (s) at our location let's have the conversation about how we can welcome them to be a part of your day!
This will be agreed upon in your rental agreement, but the latest time music can be played is 11pm.
Alum Creek Farm will clean the venue prior to your arrival. Your caterer will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the venue and bussing tables during your event. After the event ends, the caterer will clean and leave the venue as they found it and Alum Creek Farm will put away anything