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FAQs about McGuire's Millrace Farm

About the Venue

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What settings do your venue provide?
Indoor, Outdoor - Covered, Outdoor - Not Covered plus beautiful ceremony, reception, and photography spots scattered throughout the estate within easy access of our parking area.

What is the seating capacity of your venue?
Our venue can accommodate both large and small events. When seating needs exceed the indoor setup, outdoor seating can be made available.

What are the dimensions of the reception hall (The Barn)?
The main floor is 84’x70’ / the reception room is 60’x70’ / the loft is 720 square feet.

Describe your parking facilities:
Our parking area is large, flat, and well lit. It is conveniently and discreetly located in front of the reception hall (The Barn) and is within easy walking distance of all wedding sites. Handicap parking is available as is valet parking (upon request). A driveway underneath a romantic canopy of river birch trees leads to a sidewalk where guests can be dropped off directly in front of the building.

McGuires Millrace Farm restroom facilitiesDescribe your bathroom facilities:
Our restrooms are beautifully designed with your comfort and privacy in mind. Tile floors, floor length doors, and vintage décor give our restrooms a special and comforting touch. The ladies room has two private toilets and three sinks with vanities. The family restroom is one open room, is handicap accessible with one toilet and a sink with vanity, as well as a baby changing table and railing. The mens' room has two private toilets, one urinal, and two separate sinks with vanities. The two dressing rooms, large enough to accommodate the entire wedding party, each have a toilet, sink with vanity, shelving, clothes hooks, and a shower.

How many power outlets does the venue have?
There are 30 power outlets inside the reception hall (The Barn) including the dressing rooms. This figure does not include the outlets in the restrooms, hallway, kitchen or outdoors. There are plenty of outlets available inside and outside for your electricity needs.

Is the venue handicap accessible?
Yes. Our parking area is flat and all wedding sites, including the reception hall (The Barn), are just an easy, gentle stroll away. There are no stairs or hills to climb to reach any necessary site or access the facility. The Barn has polished concrete floors and all dressing areas are beautifully dressed and fully handicap accessible.

Do you have liability insurance?

Do you have a site fee?
Yes. Our site fee includes the exclusive use of our facility for the day of your wedding or event as well as many other items other venues usually charge extra for. Please contact us for further information.

Do you have any special side rooms that can be rented out for the occasion?
When you have your wedding and reception at our facility, you have access to the entire building and grounds, including our large dressing rooms with showers. For an additional rental fee, The Millhouse Lodge, which sleeps 30 and is a quick easy walk from the reception hall (The Barn), can be used for rehearsal dinners, brunches, welcome parties, after-parties, reunions or other get-togethers.

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Food & Alcohol

Do you allow outside catering?
No. Outside catering is not permitted at McGuire's Millrace Farm, with the exception of your legally purchased alcohol.  This protects you, letting us ensure that your food is handled properly, under the highest sanitation guidelines, and the food is served fresh, directly out of the kitchen.  Our commercial kitchen currently holds a perfect sanitation score of 100, and we must work within strict guidelines to maintain this score.

Can the client provide their own alcohol if desired?
Yes. We actually require that you bring in your own alcohol and we will organize, chill, and contact bartenders to serve it for you. In the reception hall (The Barn) is a unique Italian imported bar with granite countertops, inlaid wood, and a gold plated sink. Your bar fee includes the use of the bar itself, beer glasses, wine glasses, and tumblers for mixed drinks; 2 Kegerators, ice, coolers, copper pots for chilling/displaying wine/champagne, décor, and napkins. Also available, for an additional fee, is a champagne fountain and champagne glasses. For outdoor receptions we have a unique bar setup that includes oak whiskey barrels that will charm your guests.

If your site is in a public location, is the client required to get any permits?
The only permit required is a Limited Special Occasions Permit that is only needed if fortified wine and/or spirituous liquors are brought onto the premises. This permit is $50 and is available through the NC ABC Commission. If you plan to bring beer and wine only, no permit is required.

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What are the dimensions of the solid oak tables in the reception hall (The Barn)?
The tables are 40”x 58” and 31” high.

Décor questionsDo you offer additional items for the ceremony?
Various props and décor are available for the ceremony, including our elegant and rustic wooden arbor, shepherd hooks (tall and short), various floral stands and vases, vintage 1800s wooden church pews and other types of furniture, hanging ambient lighting, oak whiskey barrels, and an array of other items too numerous to list. Many of our treasures are hidden heirlooms discovered in attics and barns located right here on the estate. We also provide the setup and removal of all seating. Most of our items are included in your package; however, some of our specialty items do have a rental fee.

Do you rent other items such as linens, tables, or flatware?
Our beautiful heavy oak dining tables and chairs are included in the site fee. Dinnerware, flatware, and napkins are included in the meal costs. Linens are available for rent for the guest tables, but many couples love the look of our oak tables and opt to forego linens. Outdoor tables and chairs are also available for rent, as well as tents, oak whiskey barrels used for cocktail tables, and antique pews along with many other items too numerous to list.

What, if any, are the restrictions (if any) on decorations?
McGuire’s Millrace Farm prides itself on being very flexible about decorating, as long as your items do not damage our facility, tables, or grounds. For the safety of our guests we ask that no hazardous items be used and that all candles are in a votive container to catch the wax and that they are enclosed in a hurricane glass as to prevent anyone from getting burned. We do not allow balloons as they get tied up in the timber rafters of our 30’ceiling, and tape cannot be used on any surface on or inside the facility and/or arbor. Be sure to fill us in on your décor plans so that we can be up to date on your setup needs and ensure that everything will work smoothly.

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Services at McGuires Millrace FarmDo you offer an on-site wedding consultant?
Yes. Our on-site Event Planner and Wedding Consultant will help you every step of the way from your initial phone call to your big day. From start to finish they will hold your hand, help you make decisions, and be sure that everything runs like clockwork and that your guests are pampered and amazed. We can also provide a Wedding Coordinator to be sure that no one misses their cues and your ceremony runs smoothly. We also have an onsite wedding director whose main job is to coordinate the events and flow of the ceremony itself.

Do you offer valet parking?
Yes, upon request.

What is your staff-to-guest ratio?
There is a minimum of 6 staff members on hand throughout the duration of most events including the chef, business owners, event planner, and servers. We will add staff as needed to meet all your guests and your needs. Your satisfaction is our number one priority. We pride ourselves in offering real southern charm and making your big day as stress free as possible.

Do you offer any special services?
Yes. We will handle any special requests such as a unique wedding theme, hunting down a specific décor item, an original meal choice, or any other exclusive request. Décor and centerpieces can be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. We will also handle all of the setup, cleanup, trash removal, and recycling for you. Basically, if you can dream it, we can do it!

Does your venue often accommodate more than one event at a time?
No. When you book your wedding and reception with us, you are our exclusive client of the day. McGuire’s Millrace Farm and its staff will be on hand to pamper you and your guests from the time you arrive to the final good-bye.

Do you offer security, if requested?
There is a minimum of 6 staff members on hand throughout the duration of most events. If further or specific personnel are needed, it can certainly be provided including, security.

Can you provide a coat check?

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Do you require clients to use a specific list of vendors?
Aside from our highly qualified chef, our brides are allowed to bring in vendors of their choice or they may choose from a list of vendors with referrals who are familiar with McGuire’s Millrace Farm.

Do you require the client to use your musicians? If you do not require this, is there an additional fee to bring in one's own musicians?
We have a house DJ who has exclusive use of our new sound system, designed specifically for our building. You are welcome to bring in your own DJ or band; however they will need to provide their own sound equipment, and there may be a small vendor fee depending on their setup needs.

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McGuires Millrace Farm RestrictionsRestrictions, if any, on attire?
None. Dress up, dress down, or get creative. It is completely up to you.

Restrictions, if any, on photography?
Only clients of McGuire's Millrace Farm are allowed to have pictures made on our estate. Therefore, when you reserve your date with us, you have exclusive use of the grounds and facility for photography. Our only requests are that our guests stay within the cleared/mowed areas and do not go inside the Old McGuire Homestead for safety reasons as the house was built over 200 years ago. Also, as a bonus, couples who book their wedding with us are welcome to come and have engagement pictures as well as bridal portraits made on the grounds, with a scheduled appointment.

Restrictions, if any, on videography?
None. Feel free to video anywhere on the grounds. Want to share it? We’d love to post it on our Web site.

Restrictions, if any, on music?
None. Dance the night away to whatever style of music best suits your guests and you.

Restrictions, if any, on noise levels?
None. However, for the comfort of your guests, we would recommend not having music extremely loud, so that your guests can visit and talk comfortably. Weddings are often the only time that extended family members can get together, so it is nice to have the music low enough to visit, but loud enough to dance and enjoy the festivities.

Restrictions or safety issues?

Due to the various deep ponds, creeks, potential wildlife, poisonous plants, traffic and unlevel grounds, children must be monitored at all times.

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