The Farm Wedding of Your Dreams Awaits
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you dream of a beautiful farm wedding surrounded by family and friends? Arabella Farm in Sunset, SC, is your ideal destination! Review our FAQ to learn more about celebrating your special day with us.
What is the rental fee for Arabella Farm and what does it include?
Please see the details found here for pricing and included items.
What is your building capacity?
450 guests including the bridal party.
What dates are available?
Please see the available dates here.
Is there a deposit? When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?
A $1000 deposit is required to hold your date. Your 2nd payment is due 90 days from the date of your deposit. Your final payment is due 30 days before your event. You are welcome to break your payments into smaller payments, essentially creating your own payment plan. We also require a refundable $500 security deposit 30 days before your event for any damages or breaches of your contract. If alcohol is being served at your event, the refundable security deposit increases to $1000.
How do I reserve a date?
Dates are reserved on a first-requested basis and require a $1000 deposit.
Do I need to schedule a tour or can I just stop by?
We kindly request that all tours are by appointment only. You can request a tour here.
What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Arabella Farm?
That is a great question! In general, we believe the average budget of a couple getting married at Arabella Farm is between $15,000-$20,000 for all wedding expenses (venue, food, dress, DJ, photographer, etc.). We have had some creative couples with smaller guests lists host beautiful weddings in the $10,000 – $12,000 range, and we have had several spectacular events at the farm spending significantly more than the average.
Is there a food and beverage, or guest count minimum?
No, we do not have a food and beverage or guest count minimum. Many venues have minimums because they make a 10-15% commission from the caterer based on how much is spent on food and drinks. We choose NOT to make a commission to allow your food and beverage options to be as elegant or affordable as your budget allows.
Do we have to use one of your preferred caterers?
No, you are welcome to bring your own insured caterer.
Will there be another wedding the same day?
At Arabella Farm we only host one wedding each day to ensure that each couple’s event is special and receives our full attention.
Are there overnight accommodations nearby?
Yes. There are over 50 hotels and bed and breakfast within 20 miles of the barn.
How many cars will your parking lot accommodate?
We can accommodate 200 cars.
Do you offer straight tables instead of round?
We do have a limited number of straight tables to use for your head table, gift table, etc. There are usually a few extras that can be mixed in with reception seating, but the majority of guests will be seated at round tables.
Do you provide cups, silverware, table linens, etc?
No, we do not. We provide an amazing venue, wedding chairs, venues, and lots of decor for the duration of your event. You can rent linens through us, but it is NOT included in the rental fee. You are welcome to bring your own linens.
What happens in case of rain?
Arabella Farms always has a plan B for an Indoor Ceremony should the weather not cooperate.
We plan to have our ceremony offsite or only plan to have our ceremony at Arabella Farm. Does your fee change?
Because we only host one event per day, our fee structure remains the same whether you hold your ceremony, reception, or both onsite.
Do you allow dogs on site to play a part in our wedding day?
We are dog friendly! Dogs are allowed on the property with pre-approval from Yarhiel. Dogs must be on a leash and under the supervision of a handler (NOT the bride or groom) at all times. Proof of up-to-date shot records must be presented to Yarhiel before approval will be granted.
What form of payment does Arabella Farm accept?
Our preferred form of payment is check.
My preferred dates are unavailable. Do you have a cancellation waiting list?
We do not keep a cancellation waiting list because cancellations are unpredictable.
Where can I find pictures of the decor available?
Please visit our Photo Gallery to see what we can do for you!
What time will I have access to the venue to decorate?
You will have access to the venue within the times listed on your contract, not earlier! Please plan accordingly.
Do you include a “wedding day coordinator?”
No. Arabella Farm will always have at least 2 staff members on site for the entirety of your event. We are happy to help in any way we can, but we are NOT your day-of coordinator. Please note, our contract does require you to have a day-of coordinator. This person must be an experienced day-of coordinator and cannot be a member of the wedding party.
How much should we expect to spend on catering and bar?
It is possible to have a great meal and bar at Arabella for $25-$35 per person. More or less could be spent depending on your tastes. We can do everything from BBQ to Filet and lobster.
Does Arabella handle the catering orders for these caterers, or do I work with the caterer directly?
In our experience, it’s most efficient and most cost-effective for couples to work directly with the caterer. Simply book your big day with Arabella and reach out to the caterers of your choice to schedule a tasting and get the ball rolling! Contact info for our preferred caterers is here.
What is your alcohol policy?
By South Carolina Law, ANY and ALL alcohol must be provided and served by a licensed and insured caterer. This includes any and all alcohol before, during, or after your event. Any alcohol NOT served by your licensed and insured caterer will be confiscated and will result in the total loss of your $1000 security deposit.
What time do you suggest we start the ceremony?
We suggest starting Friday weddings at 5:00 pm, Saturday weddings between 4:00 – 5:00 pm, and Sunday weddings at 4:00 pm. Should your wedding be taking place after the time change, If you do NOT plan to do a first look or plan to get married when the sun sets earlier in the evening, please contact us to discuss the schedule.
Can we have fireworks on the property?
Due to the nature of having an all-wood building, fireworks are NOT permitted. This includes sparklers, Chinese lanterns and anything with a spark/flame. We don’t want to scare the animals and we want to keep the fire department happy!
Can vehicles be left overnight?
Yes! We want all of our guests to make the best possible decisions for themselves. If you need to leave a car overnight, that is A-OK.
What time does the music need to end?
Music must end 1 hour prior to the end time on your contract. This will ensure all guests and vendors are off the property by ending time. Additional time may be purchased and approved through Yarhiel Santa.
We are using a rental company. Can they drop items off or pick them up outside of the rental period?
Yes, if arranged with Yarhiel ahead of time.
Can we get married somewhere else on the farm other than the patio or under roof in the addition?
Are candles allowed?
Due to the nature of having an all-wood building, candles are allowed as long as the flame is contained by a glass chimney.
How many people can fit at your 60 inch round tables?
8-10 depending on your preference.
How far in advance do you need our final headcount?
Setup and Day-of Event Questions
Are outside snacks and trays permitted?
Prior to the ceremony, you are welcome to have outside food or non-alcoholic drinks. Once the ceremony starts, any and all food or drink consumed must be provided by the licensed and insured caterer.
Who cleans up?
Arabella Farm asks that you leave the venue as you found it. You are responsible for ensuring the clean-up and bagging of all trash. We require that liquids be separated from trash when bussing tables. We provide a milk can for the disposal of all liquids and require all the tied trash bags to be left in the catering kitchen. You are also responsible for the clean-up and removal of anything you brought onto the property, including decor and personal items.
Can we take photos around the farm on our wedding day?
Sure! Just ask us and we would be happy to make recommendations.
Can we nail decor to the walls or hang things like streamers from the beams?
We ask that you not cause any damage to our beams or walls, including the use of nails or screws. You are welcome to secure your decor using string, ribbons, tape. We highly recommend the use of clear fishing line!
See how Arabella Farm can make it happen!
Give us a call today to schedule a tour.