There are tons of details when planning a wedding and/or event. This page will help you with concerns and planning at Loblolly Rise Plantation.
Booking your Wedding Date...
How do I reserve a date?
To reserve a date email us at firstname.lastname@example.org saying you are ready to book XYZ date if it is still available. We suggest you email us stating you are ready to book your preferred date and then include a backup date in case your preferred date is unavailable. Prior to booking a date, we hope you are able to come out in person to visit the farm. You can request a tour (or a Facetime tour if you live out of the area) on our tour request page, but an in person tour is not required prior to booking a date. Dates are reserved on a first requested basis. Whomever has requested to start the contract process from us by email first for a specific date will be first in line. You can check available dates here.
Is there a payment to hold the date? When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes. When the contract is signed, to continue holding the date, we require a $1,000 payment. The final installment will be required 30 days prior to the event. We prefer not to do a payment plan please.
Getting Ready Questions...
Do you have an area for the bride to get ready in? Yes, we do. We have a rather beautiful bridal cottage that's steps away from the reception/barn area.
How big is the bridal cottage? It's an open floor plan. So the living area, the kitchenette, the king size bed, and dressing area are all in one room...sort of like a studio apartment. There's also a private bathroom with a shower and two sinks.
Can we bring our snacks and drinks into the cottage? Of course! There's not an ice maker in the cabin however there's a refrigerator with a freezer, a Keurig coffee maker, and a microwave.
Do you have wine glasses and coffee cups in the cottage? Yes, we do. But we recommend you bring drinking cups such as solo cups as well.
Are there plenty of plugs for curling irons, etc.? There are a total of 6 plugs in the main part of the cottage and two more in the bathroom.
Are there plenty of mirrors? LOTS!
Do you have air conditioning and heat in the cabin? Yes, both.
Is there a television? Yes, with Direct TV.
Can we move the furniture around in the cabin? If you need to do so, but please move it back before leaving Loblolly.
Can we spend the night in the cottage? Sure! There's a king size bed with linens as well as clean towels and washcloths. *Getting Ready in the cabin is included in the overall price, spending the night in the cabin is an extra charge.
Do we need to strip the bed when we leave? Nope, we got it.
*Don't forget your bluetooth speaker so you can have some tunes when you get ready!
Do you have an area for the groom to get ready in? Yes, we do. We have a "man cave" on the back of the barn.
How big is the groom area? It's about the size of master bedroom. It has a leather couch, a recliner, and 3 to 4 more chairs as well. A coffee table, side tables, and hooks for hanging up suits, etc.
Can we smoke cigars in there? No, thank you, but you're welcome to smoke just outside the room.
Can we drink beer in there? Of course! Bring your coolers! Just make sure they don't leak on the floor.
Is there a TV to watch football or other sporting events? There is a TV, however we don't have it connected to anything. So in order to watch football please bring your device (phone or computer) so you can stream from there. We've done is lots of times with the ESPN app on our phone. Checking these things at your rehearsal the day before or during another walk through are recommended.
Is there AC? Yes.
Are there mirrors? Yes.
*Don't forget your bluetooth speaker so you can have some tunes when you get ready!
*Bring corn-hole, horseshoes, or fish in the pond (catch & release) so you have something to do while the girls get ready. Most set up corn-hole right outside the groom area.
Do you have somewhere for a ceremony? Yes, we do. We have two choices...a larger than usual pine tree OR an oak tree with a dogwood tree kinda in front of the oak tree.
When does the dogwood tree bloom? Typically late February to early to mid March.
Is there lighting at the ceremony areas? Yes, we have added white outdoor bistro lights to the ceremony area.
Is there power out at the ceremony area? Yes, the DJ or sound person just needs to bring their own extension cord with a dual plug at one end so they can plug into our edison lights and then also plug into their equipment.
Are there ceremony backdrops? Besides the beautiful trees that are already there? YES, the oak tree has an arch you can decorate as you wish. You're also more than welcome to bring your own backdrop. Just remember we allow VERY LIMITED driving to that area because we don't want the grass messed up. So your backdrop needs to be something that's not too heavy.
How big is the barn/reception area? Over 5,000sqft.
Are the chandeliers on dimmers? Yes. The switches are located in hallway near the kitchen.
Do you have fans in the barn? Yes. They come on with a flip of a switch.
Are all of those chandeliers, white lights, and white draping yours? Yes, all of that belongs to Loblolly, it will be there for your event as well.
Is there a fireplace? Yes, working wood fireplace. You can have a fire with no extra cost. You would need to supply your own wood.
Is there a fire pit? Yes, again you would need to supply the wood. No extra cost for this as well.
Can we have real candles? Yes, but the fire from the candle has to be contained and there needs to be something to catch the wax so we aren't scrapping wax off of tables and the floor.
Can we have sparklers for our exit? Yes! But do the exit out of the barn and please have something for your guest to put the sparklers in when finished. Maybe a bucket of sand or water.
Do you have a kitchen for the caterer? Yes, we do! Catering can also bring their own grills or a fryer. They can use the kitchen for final touches and warming. There's a refrigerator/freezer, plenty of prep space/countertops, storage under countertops, a 3 bay sink, and an oven. Yes, there's AC in the kitchen as well. There's also a big bay sink just outside the kitchen as well. The kitchen will be clean when your caterer arrives, it needs to look that same way when they leave. We let the caterer park their vans, etc. in the back of the barn so they can get to the kitchen easily but they are the only ones. Please tell the catering staff to park in the parking area NOT behind the kitchen.
Do you have restrooms? Yes, two...one for men and one for women. 2 stalls in each so a total of 4. Both restrooms have AC or heat.
Do you have an ice maker? Yes, we do. The ice maker will be full for your day of event however once it's empty you would be responsible for getting ice after. We recommend telling your bartenders to bring their own ice and use our ice as a backup.
Do you have reception furniture we can use? Yes, lots! See a full list on the Wedding & Event Details tab. We have tables, bar areas, cake tables, and more! These items are included in the price, we don't charge extra for these items. You're not required to use our furniture however it's there if you need it.
Can we smoke in the barn? No thank you. But just outside the barn is fine with us. Just please put your cigarette butts in the trash or other designated areas so they don't end up in the grass.
Can we bring in our own decor and furniture? Of course! Bring whatever you would like!
Is there power in the barn? Yes, lots of plugs...plenty!
What is the building capacity? 275-ish including the bridal party.
Can we have a rehearsal the day before our wedding? Sure! As long as we don't already have an event booked.
Do you charge extra for a rehearsal? We don't.
How long do we get? An hour to an hour and a half, MAX.
Where do we park? In the parking area.
Can we drop stuff off in the barn and the cottage while we are at the rehearsal? Possibly...just ask us.
How many weddings/events to you have per day? Just one wedding/event per day.
Do you have plenty of parking? Tons of parking and you do not need a parking attendant.
Do we need an onsite police officer? You do not.
Can we put out signage and balloons out of the road and at the gate? Yes! Just make sure you take with you when you leave.
Can we bring in a tent? Yes, just make sure it will fit first.
What if it rains? Well you can rent a tent however our backup plan is to get married in the barn in front of the fireplace. It's really pretty, we promise!
Can we drive on the grass? No thanks! We need to make sure everything stays pretty not just for your wedding but for all weddings. There's an unload area in front of the barn and the back of the barn.