What's included in the rental fee?
Please see "What's Included" tab for more information.
What items and services are not provided by windy hill farm?
Setup and cleanup, including arranging tables and benches to your specifications; A/V equipment; rugs, couches, and other stylings (see Frills tab for available decor); transportation to and from Windy Hill Farm; umbrellas; catering; alcohol; waitstaff, bartenders, and servers; guest accommodations; valet; coat check; bathroom attendant; wedding planner
What services and items are available for an additional fee?
Please see "Frills" tab for more information.
When can we set up for our event?
You can begin setting up (including arranging tables and benches, lights, and other decor) at 5pm the day before your wedding.
When does the space need to be cleaned up after our event?
You and your vendors have until 10am on Sunday to return your ceremony and reception sites to their original conditions.
Who is in charge of setting up/cleaning up my ceremony and reception sites?
You, your guests, and/or your vendors are responsible for setting up and cleaning up, including arranging tables and benches.
Can my pet be a part of my wedding at Windy Hill Farm?
We like to answer this question after we get to know your pet. Bring him/her with you on a leash when you come for your tour so that we can have an opportunity to get acquainted and to introduce our farm animals.
Can my guests bring their dogs?
No, guests may not bring even leashed dogs. We are a working farm with animals who may feel unsafe or stressed around strange animals.
Can my guest list include children?
Absolutely! Children must be accompanied by an adult when interacting with farm animals.
Is smoking allowed on the property?
Yes. Designated smoking areas will be marked with sand buckets. Smoking is not allowed inside of any building on the property or in the pastures.
Can I serve alcohol at my wedding?
You are welcome to serve alcohol at your celebration, and single event liability insurance is required if you choose to do so. NC ABC permits and licensed/insured servers may be required in certain circumstances. Please reference Alcohol in our current contract for more information.
Do I need a permit or license to serve permitted alcohol at my wedding?
No special license or permit is required for the sale or distribution of beer, wine, cider, or Champagne.
will farm animals interfere with my ceremony or reception?
Our farm animals will be securely fenced out of all ceremony and reception sites. It is your responsibility to choose your wedding sites prior to your wedding day. If you choose our Pasture site, temporary fencing will be used to ensure that farm animals are not within your site. We cannot prevent animals from being in the background of your ceremony, reception, or photos. We cannot guarantee the absence of "droppings" or "pies" should you or your guests wish to visit animals where they are housed on the day of your wedding.
Do you provide a staffed coat check?
No, but there will be a space to hang coats within the barn.
Is the rental cheaper if we book a day other than Saturday?
No. At this time, Windy Hill weddings are a set price regardless of what weekday you choose.
Do you have a recycling/composting policy?
We encourage you to have a trash-free event. Recycling and composting should be considered whenever possible, though they are not required.
Does anything that we've seen/will see on our tour cost extra?
Spools, honeymoon suite
Will we need to provide our own sound equipment?
Yes. Windy Hill Farm does not provide A/V equipment at this time.
What outdoor lighting is included in our rental fee?
Bistro lights within the barn, tiki torches. Additional included bistro lights may be strung between the barn and the privy.
Will there be any other events scheduled on my wedding date?
We will never schedule more than one event per weekend. Consider Windy Hill Farm your own private estate for your wedding weekend.
Can you accommodate guests with special physical needs such as guests in wheelchairs and walkers?
Windy Hill Farm will work with you to make all reasonable accommodations for visitors with physical impairments; please note that areas of the property may have a steeper grade than is permissible by ADA and that our restroom facility has a single step up.
What are your payment and cancellation policies?
A deposit of 1/2 of your rental fee is due at the time you sign your contract in order to secure your date; balance and $250 refundable damage deposit are due 30 days prior to your event. We will only be able to issue a refund of your initial deposit if cancellation is made 5 or more months ahead of time; canceling within 5 months of your event date will result in a forfeiture of your entire deposit and/or rental fee.
Will the inside of the house be available to us?
The inside of the house is available for wedding party preparations and food prep. Overnight accommodations are available for the newlyweds for an additional fee.
Can we use our own caterer?
Yes. Your caterer is responsible for setup and cleanup. We require a scheduled walkthrough with any caterer not on our preferred caterers list in order to ensure that they are familiar with our layout before the day of your event.
Are there any plans to sell or renovate?
Our farm is protected as a permanent agricultural district. There are no plans to sell. Renovations on the barn are currently underway; these are scheduled to be completed in the beginning of 2017. There are no other planned renovations.
Can we have amplified music outdoors and, if so, when does it need to end?
Yes, you may have amplified music no louder than 60 dBs. The curfew for amplified music in private areas in Orange County is 10pm.
What’s the parking situation?
We are able to accommodate up to 75 cars on site. We will provide parking assistance. Limos and shuttles are permitted for pick-up and drop-off, but we do not have adequate parking for them at this time.
Do you provide valet services?
No. We will assist guests with physical impairments.
What’s the plan for bad weather?
Are there restrooms on site?
Yes, guest restroom facilities are available and included in your rental fee. Consider hiring an attendant to ensure that restrooms remain stocked for your event.
Are there nearby accommodations for overnight guests?
Hillsborough, Mebane, Chapel Hill, and Durham all offer a number of accommodations for out-of-town guests.