Wedding FAQs

Does Finley Farms allow elopements?
Yes! Finley Farms’ elopement package is perfect for the couple who wants a beautiful, yet convenient wedding. This offering includes your location of choice for one hour. Choose from The Riverside Bridge overlooking the Finley River, The Chapel surrounded by woods or The Farm filled with color. An on-site coordinator is also available to help with any questions or planning needs. Add-ons include champagne, cake, photography and dining reservations. Elopements must be booked within 60 days of the event and have a maximum of 20 guests. Fill out our Event Inquiry Form to start planning. 

Can you help me plan my engagement at Finley Farms?
We would love to help you plan the perfect proposal. The Riverside Bridge, The Chapel and The Farm act as the perfect backdrops for your engagement and photos you’ll cherish forever. Engagement coordination includes use of private space blocked off from the public, a waived photo sitting fee for future engagement photos on-property and day-of coordination. Fill out our Event Inquiry Form to start planning. 

Can I get my engagement photos taken at Finley Farms?
Absolutely! The Farm, The Chapel, and the Riverside Bridge act as beautiful backdrops for your engagement photo session at Finley Farms. Make your experience extra special and ask about our hand-painted wooden rowboat. Fill out our Photoshoot Inquiry Form to book your date.

Does Finley Farms allow outside catering?
No outside food and beverage may be brought to any events.

Do you allow cake?
Customized cake for your event is one of the exceptions to our no outside catering rule. We do however, have an extremely talented pastry chef that can make cakes as well. This comes with a free cake tasting if you decide to choose our cake, as well as customization opportunities. 

What happens if it floods?
Should you select The Chapel or The Riverside Room for your event, your event manager will provide you with a variety of backup space options.

What happens if there is inclement weather?
If the national weather service predicts a 40% or greater chance of rain, it is advised that all outdoor events move to the indoor backup location selected by the event host. If a weather decision is overridden and an event must be moved in after setup has begun, a $500 service fee will be assessed. Final weather calls for outdoor events are due as follows:

  • Breakfast event: The evening prior to your event
  • Lunch event: 8AM the day of the event
  • Dinner event: Noon the day of the event

Are your spaces available year-round?
The Chapel, The Riverside Bridge, The Farm and The Market Shed are seasonal spaces that are only available for rental March–November. The Workshop and all event spaces inside The Ozark Mill including The Hawkins Room, The Riverside Room and The Garrison are available year-round. 

What is provided with the event space?
For weddings and celebrations, the Finley Farms event team sets up banquet tables, chairs, buffet stations, bars and a ceremony arbor. Place settings include napkins, glassware, silverware and china. 

When do I need to finalize my event menu?
Final menu & event selections are due 30 days prior to the event in order to guarantee selections.Please alert your event manager of any dietary needs at least 7 days prior to your event.

How late can my event go?
All outdoor events with amplified music or entertainment must conclude by 11 PM. All bars must conclude by midnight.

When do you need my guest count?
The final guaranteed number of guests is due by 9 AM, 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the event and within 10% of the guest count. Should a final number not be received, the expected number on the event order will be the guaranteed count. All food and beverage events are billed at the final guaranteed count or the actual number of guests served. All buffet and food stations require the full guarantee of number of guests in attendance. 

How does your payment process work?
30 days prior to your event, 100% of the estimated Master Account will be due, less previously submitted deposits, which will be credited toward the overall event costs. A 20% service charge, as well as a 9.375% tax will be added to your bill prices.

What are your rules on decorating?
We work closely with third party vendors that you've chosen to ensure your wedding day goes exactly as you have envisioned. This includes florists, event rental companies and more. We do have a few items that we allow you to borrow upon availability including elevated pipe and drape, realistic LED Candles and decorative cloches. We do not allow open flame candles, attaching anything to the ceilings or walls unless approval is obtained, or anything that is outside of the space you have reserved. 

Do you allow us to drop items off ahead of the event?
Due to limited
storage space, we do not allow decor items to be dropped off days in advance. We are as flexible as possible with small items leading up to the event but space cannot be promised. For corporate events, we allow shipping and receiving services when large items need to be mailed in advance. This comes with a fee to ensure proper storage and handling.

Can we leave items overnight following the event?
In most cases, it is best to plan to take everything with you the night of your event. Depending on our event schedule, you may be able to coordinate leaving items overnight with your Events Manager. 

Do you allow smoking?
No. Finley Farms is a smoke-free property. 

Do you allow us to set up earlier than our event?
The time scheduled in your contract includes set up time. If you are needing additional time outside of your contracted hours, that must be arranged ahead of time and a room rental will apply as well. Leading up to the event, if your space is not reserved prior and you would like to request additional set up time, we will approve that based upon availability. 

Can we take photos/videos of our special day anywhere on property?
We allow you to take photos in any outdoor space that is not privately rented, as well as your rented indoor space. We do not allow photos to be taken in any indoor shared public space such as The General Store, lobbies, etc. If you have a drone, it must be approved in advance so we can alert our Security Team. 

Are you ADA accessible?
Absolutely. We have an ADA- friendly 14-passenger shuttle that can transport guests from The Chapel to reception spaces. Additionally, all of our event spaces are fully accessible for those using wheelchairs or walkers. We have ramps, elevators and walkways that meet ADA requirements. Please let your event coordinator know ahead of time if you have any ADA guests so that we can be mindful of this throughout the planning process. 

Do you have in-house AV?
We have full audio capabilities in all of our event spaces as well as The Chapel. This allows you to use a microphone or plug in pre-constructed playlists from your devices. If you need more advanced audio or visual,, we use a third party AV company to source your needs. This will be arranged through the event coordinator and billed through Finley Farms.

Do you have WIFI?
We offer complimentary WiFi at Finley  Farms. Please ask your event coordinator for more details. 

What is your cancellation policy?
This will be outlined in your contract. Most details are dependent on the day you sign your contract vs. the day of your event. We try to be as understanding as possible and in most cases will allow you to move your event under certain circumstances.