FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently asked questions
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, check, paypal and online credit or debit card payments.
Q: When is payment due for the wedding?
A: We require a nonrefundable security deposit of 50% of the event fee at the time of booking in order to reserve your date. The remaining 50% is due one week prior to your wedding.
Q: What if there is inclement weather on our wedding day?
A: The barn boasts approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of covered space in which you could host the wedding. This includes the inside of the barn and the covered balcony. We do not provide tents. You will be responsible for any special arrangements that need to be made due to inclement weather.
Q: How many days are included for the reservation of the venue?
A: In order to facilitate a stress free experience for our clients, our venue rental fee includes three days. Ideally, one for set up/rehearsal dinner, one for the wedding day and the following day for clean up. Please contact us for pricing.
Q: What is the clean up policy?
A: We allow the client to clean up the following day after the wedding. We ask that it be completed by 3:00 pm and that the client remove all belongings, including trash. Sky Ridge Farm will provide clean up for you for an additional fee.
Q: Does the venue rental include decorating services or set up?
A: We do not offer decorating or set up services. However, we do have 200 french cross back chairs and 14 reclaimed barn wood tables on site that are included in the venue rental fee. It is the client's responsibility to set up and take down chairs and tables.
Q: Do we need to rent tables and chairs?
A: We offer 148 french cross back chairs and 14 reclaimed wood tables that are ten feet long (each table seats10-14 people). These are included in your venue rental. If you would like to host a reception outdoors, you will need to rent tables. If you need additional chairs for the ceremony and reception, you will need to rent them.
Q: Are we allowed to serve alcohol at the venue?
A: Yes, but please keep in mind that if you plan on serving alcohol of any type you are required to procure an ABC license. Proof of license is required before you can host the wedding on Sky Ridge Farm property. You will need to apply for the license 30 days prior to your event. If you choose to book with us, we will walk you through this process or you can go to the following website to to apply for a license: https://www.abc.virginia.gov/
Q: Do we have to purchase event insurance?
A: Yes, we ask that you secure your own event insurance. Also, the event insurance must meet all of the requirements stated in the contract with Sky Ridge Farm. Insurance needs to cover all the days you have access to the venue. Most insurance agencies carry event insurance. We can give you reccomendations for online insruance carriers as well.
Q: Are you associated with specific vendors that we have to use?
A: No, we do not have contracts with any outside vendors, DJ's, caterers or photographers. You are free to hire any vendor of your choosing, but they must carry liability insurance and are required to provide Sky Ridge Farm with their proof of insurance.
Q: Do you do back-to-back weddings?
A: No, we only allot one wedding per week in order to help create a more relaxed and memorable day for the client.
Q: Does the venue have a place where the bridal party can get ready for the wedding?
A: Yes, the venue has a spacious bridal suite, groom's room and adjoining bathrooms in the lower part of the barn. These spaces are included in the venue rental fee.
Q: Does the venue have a space for serving food?
A: Yes, the venue has a caterer's kitchen, where final preparations can be made for serving food. To clarify, this is not a production kitchen where food is cooked. It is designed as a staging/prep area, available for warming and serving pre-cooked food to guests.
Q: Is there a curfew for the venue?
A: Yes, Sky Ridge Farm has a curfew of 11:00 pm. Music must be turned off at 10:00 pm as a courtesy to those living near the venue. This policy coincides with Augusta county noise ordinances.
Q: What amenities are included in your rental fee?
A: The rental price covers use of the barn as well as the ceremony site and grounds of the venue, 200 french cross back chairs, 14 ten-foot long, reclaimed wood tables (each seats 10-14 people), along with a few other furniture items for decoration (that can be viewed on the "Amenities" page found under the "Client" tab), use of the bridal suite, groom's room and caterer's kitchen. Please contact us for package pricing.
Q: How many people can the venue host?
A: Sky Ridge can host up to 200 people. We have a spacious reception room (2500 sq. ft.) and a partially covered balcony (about 2500 sq. ft.). We also have ample room for social gatherings and weddings outside.
Q: What months of the year do you host weddings?
A: Sky Ridge Farm is open during the months of April-June and August-October. The more temperate months are the most preferred times for weddings at our venue because the main floor of the barn does not have heating or air conditioning. We are closed November through March due to cold weather.
Q: Is there heating or air conditoning in the barn?
A: The bridal suite and groom's room are equipped with heating and air. The reception room and balcony of the barn have no heating or A/C. For this reason we only host weddings during the more temperate months of the year (April-June and August-October). Clients are welcome to bring fans and patio heaters.
Q: Do you have any decorating policies?
A: You can view the entire decorating policy found under the "Client" tab. We do not allow candles or other flames at the venue inlcuding fireworks and chinese laterns. We do make an exception for send-off sparklers, which may be used outside. LED candles are allowed. Nails, glue, staples and screws are not allowed because they cause damage to the wood in the barn. There are existing nails in the walls that you can use for decoration. Fake flower petals, confetti, glitter or the like are also restricted. Client must provide their own ladders for decoration.
Q: How far in advance do we need to book our wedding?
A: We have many clients booking a year in advance, so if you want to make sure you get a specific date, please plan accordingly.
Q: What are your policies regarding COVID-19?
Q: Will you hold a date for me?
A: Unfotunatley we are unable to hold dates. Our policy is first come, first served. We reserve the date for the first couple who decides to sign a contract for that date and pay the 50% deposit.
Q: Is your venue wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, we have sloped access into the barn on both levels, as well as wheelchair accessible bathrooms. However, you may require assistance, as the exterior access is grass and gravel rather than concrete.