FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We've done our best to address the most common questions we receive, but if you can't find an answer, please feel free to email. We are happy to help!

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is the rental fee and what does it include?

Visit our Investments page

What is the building capacity?

Our main reception barn (Harvest Barn) has a capacity of 225. Seated we can fit 200 snuggly. A beautiful option is to open the double doors on either end for overflow seating into our garden area or patio. In addition, we have our open air Pole Barn which also seats 200, with space for overflow to surrounding patio. 

What dates are available?

Visit our Availability page. This page is updated often so if you don’t see the date you are hoping for, please check back soon!

Is there a deposit?  When are the additional payments due? 

  • A Nonrefundable Retainer of $1,250 is due at signing. This goes toward your venue rental rate.

  • 50% of the remaining balance is due January 1st of your wedding year.

  • The remaining balance is due 120 days before your wedding date.

How do I reserve a date?

You can reserve your wedding date with a signed contract and submission of a Nonrefundable Retainer ($1,250 – this goes toward your rental rate – see our Investments page for more information).

Do I need to schedule a tour or can I just stop by?

We love giving private tours! This is a great time for us to get to know you and your vision, and for you to get to know us and how we can help support you. You can book a private tour here

 

We are a working farm as well, with various projects going, so we do not offer a stop by option. We love to be prepared for your arrival so we can give you the attention and focus you deserve.

What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Craven Farm?

$20k-30k - do keep in mind that budgets vary depending on what you value most. There are many resources online to help you decide how to spend your budget by giving a percentage of a budget to various categories. Use those as a loose guide, and decide as a couple what is most important to you. Some couples spend more of their budget on gourmet food, while others may want to capture memories through specific photography styles or videography, and others may want to put more of their budgets toward flowers and decor.

Is there a food and beverage, or guest count minimum?

No, there are no minimums for these things. We do not ask for a percentage of our catering or bartending partners. We love to see them succeed and support them, and we also love to see our couples use their budgets in a way that suits their vision best. Check them out on our Exclusive Catering page.

Do we have to utilize your caterers and bar service?

Yes. We have a wonderful list of catering and bartenders that we hand picked. These vendors are selected because you can count on them to give professional service that will alleviate your wedding day stress allowing you to focus on your love and ultimately enjoy your day! Check them out on our Exclusive Catering​ page.

What is your alcohol policy?

We have wonderful bartenders that we hand picked for you to choose from, who can serve beer wine and or champagne. Hard alcohol is not allowed. These vendors are selected because you can count on them to give professional service that will alleviate your wedding day stress allowing you to focus on your love and ultimately enjoy your day! 

Will there be another wedding the same day?

Your day is all about you, we do not book more than one wedding a day. However, we are a working farm so there may be other activities going on around the property.

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

There are! Visit this page for a list of our Wedding Professionals.

How many cars will your parking lot accommodate?

We have ample parking for all your guests. Overflow parking is also available if necessary (but usually it is not).

Do you offer straight tables instead of round? 

You get to pick what suits your style best. Included in your venue rental are 72’ Rounds (Seats 10) and/or 8ft Banquets (Seats 8).

 

Are chairs included? 

Yes they are! You have 225 white folding chairs for your ceremony and 225 white-washed chiavari chairs for reception. **Please note chiavari chairs are for use on hard surfaces only.

Do you provide table linens, cups, silverware, etc? 

We do not offer these items but have local vendors we happily recommend. See our Wedding Professionals page for some of the vendors we love.

Included in your venue rental is access a collection of items from our Decor Barn. Our decor tends to be in a vintage, antique, rustic style.

What happens in case of rain?

The open air pole barn is a wonderful rainy day backup for ceremonies. It showcases our expansive fields, views of Lord Hill and on clear days, the mountains beyond. We have also had many couples hold ceremonies in the Harvest Barn which is so cozy and romantic.

Do you allow dogs onsite to play a part in our wedding day?

We do allow dogs with pre-approval for pictures and the ceremony. We know that some pets are part of the family and they would be dearly missed on your wedding day. Your dog will need to be on a leash at all times, and have someone other than the couple stay with them throughout their time on the farm, and to ensure that your dog stays outside at all times.

What form of payment does Craven Farm accept?

Our preferred method is cash or check. However, we do accept credit cards.

My preferred dates are unavailable. Do you have a cancellation waiting list?

We do not have a cancellation waiting list. We do our best to keep our Availability page updated as things change. Feel free to keep checking here!

What time will I have access to the venue to decorate?

All decorating must be done during your rental period (starting at 11am). However, if you have a Friday wedding, you may have the option to rent Thursday for decorating, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. Please refer to our Investments page.

Do you include a "wedding day coordinator?"

We do not, BUT we do have an onsite team leader to help facilitate your day for anything venue related. Looking for a coordinator? We recommend having a professional not associate with your group. Please see our Wedding Professionals page for recommendations.

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CATERING QUESTIONS

​What are our catering options at Craven Farm?

We have a wonderful list of Caterers that we handpicked. You can count on them to give professional service that alleviates wedding day stress allowing you to focus on your love and enjoy your day! Check out our Exclusive Catering Page.

 

Does Craven Farm handle the catering orders for these caterers, or do I work with the caterer directly?

You get to work directly with these talented professionals! They are the experts and will take great care of you.

 

PLANNING QUESTIONS

Can we have fireworks on the property? 

No, we do not allow fireworks. We have open fields around us and many barns and nurseries that we need to keep safe for our farm and our neighbors. We DO however, allow sparklers in our parking lot for sendoff. Just make sure you have two 5 gallon buckets of water to extinguish and gather them after the sendoff.

Can vehicles be left overnight? 

Weddings are so fun and sometimes too much fun gets a bit too much for some. We value our couples and their friends and family, and want to help make a safe experience for all. Please ensure all guests arrange safe transportation to and from the venue. 

What time does the music need to end? 

As much as we love dancing the night away, we follow the city ordinance for music to be off by 10pm. This is a great ending time that will allow ample cleanup time.

 

We are using a rental company.  Can they drop items off or pick them up outside of the rental period?  

All rentals must be dropped off and picked up during your rental period, between 11am and 11pm.

Are candles allowed? 

Yes! With a few guidelines for safety – candles are allowed in the middle of tables behind glass. Candles are not allowed on the barn ledges. The Harvest Barn features twinkle lights throughout casting a beautiful romantic glow.

How do I obtain a marriage license?

You can go here to obtain a marriage license: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/294/Marriage-Licenses

How do I obtain a wedding insurance?

You can go here to obtain a wedding insurance: WedSafe Wedding Insurance | 1 Day Event Insurance & Liability Policies

Please select the $1 Million Dollar Policy. Choose Craven Farm from the drop down menu and it will prepopulate all the required verbiage.

How do I obtain a banquet permit?

You can go here to obtain a banquet permit: Online Banquet Permit | Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

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SETUP & DAY OF EVENT QUESTIONS

Are outside snacks and trays permitted?

Yes, during your setup time. Your wedding day will be a busy and fun day, making it easy to forget to take care of yourself. Make sure you designate someone to kindly remind you to eat and hydrate throughout the day!

What is the event clean-up process?

We ask that you remove all items you bring to the property, and organize any offsite rentals to be picked up at the end of the night. Please also move any Craven Farm Décor to the end of the Harvest barn closest to the kitchen. We will take care of tables, chairs, garbage, and all the cleaning of the facility. At the end of the night, please have one person from your group appointed to do a final walkthrough of the venue with our Craven Team Leader.

Can we take photos around the farm on our wedding day?

Yes! Please do! We love sharing the farm and have various photo ops. You are welcome to invite your photographer to an Open House to get an idea of how they’d like to structure your photography time. We are a working farm and have various planting times. Please make sure to stay on the edges of fields so we don't disturb the crops. 

Can we nail decorations to the walls or hang things like streamers or lanterns from the beams?

To preserve our barns, the use of nails, staples, glue, tape or other similar materials are not allowed.

Do you allow a sparkler send off?

We sure do! We just ask that you provide two 5 gallon buckets of water to extinguish and contain sparklers after the send off. These make some of our favorite images!

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