What does the venue rental fee include?
The venue rental fee includes the use of the gardens and patios, 1st floor of the house, library, and kitchen during your event as well as four hours of vendor set-up time prior to your event (and an hour of breakdown time afterwards). For weddings that include ceremonies, the fee also includes 2 hours in the upstairs suites before the ceremony for the wedding party.
Does the venue come with tables and chairs?
Darlington House provides venue space only. All tables, chairs, linens, lighting, tents, etc. must be rented by the client. We are happy to provide you with a list of Preferred Vendors who have successfully worked Darlington House events.
Can I choose my own caterer?
You may choose from our list of Approved Caterers – there are 18 caterers on our list, so there is something for every taste and budget! Outside caterers are not allowed.
Can I purchase and serve my own alcohol?
Darlington House recommends using one of our Approved Caterers for bartending services. However, many clients choose to purchase their own alcohol from Costco, BevMo, Vons, etc. Alcohol must be poured by a licensed bartender with certificate of liability insurance of $1,000,000 or more.
Are there any other alcohol restrictions?
Darlington House does not allow cash bars or tip jars. While we do allow hard alcohol to be served, we do not allow kegs, shots, or “neat” drinks.
Where should my guests park?
Darlington House does not have a public parking lot, so guests will need to find parking on the street in our neighborhood. Since this can be tricky, we recommend that our couples use Preferred Valet Parking. They can be reached at 888-45-VALET.
Does Darlington House have any noise restrictions?
Darlington House is located in a residential neighborhood and the city does enforce a 10 pm noise curfew. We allow acoustic musicians and DJs, no live amplified music. Our Venue Attendant will also occasionally read a decibel meter on the street in front of the house throughout the evening to ensure that we are being respectful neighbors.
Am I required to have an Event Coordinator?
Yes, Darlington House requires all weddings and events to have a professional coordinator. Professional coordinators are experienced at running complicated events with many moving parts. Your coordinator will maintain the agenda for the rehearsal, ceremony and reception, as well as be responsible for assisting vendors in set-up and breakdown.
In order to appropriately manage the event, the coordinator may not be someone who is also attending the wedding as a guest or as another type of vendor. The coordinator is required to be the first vendor on premises and to stay the duration of the event and vendor clean up.
At the conclusion of your event, the Darlington House Event Manager will conduct a final walk through of the house and gardens with your coordinator to assess any possible damages that may have occurred and/or any excessive clean-up necessary.
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