FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is included in the rental of your venue?
We are a unique venue, where almost everything you need to host your event is included. You have access to the entire property, on-site parking, indoor and outdoor seating, all staff, including servers and bartenders, and table settings (plates, glassware, silverware). Event planners are optional. There is no cleaning, garbage removal fees or additional insurance required.
Can we have additional time added to our event?
Yes. We offer many different timeframes for events and weddings. 3-hour rentals are available during the week, and we have 4, 5 and 6-hour options available any day. 8-hour wedding rentals are available on weekends. If you need more than 8 hours, we can add an hourly rate to your rental for more time.
Is 8 hours enough time for your wedding ceremony and reception?
Yes. Typical ceremonies are 30 minutes, receptions are generally 4 hours. This allows 3.5 hours to decorate, get ready, take pictures and clean up. Additional time is available upon request.
Is there a curfew for our event?
The House at Gatewood respects the Orange County noise ordinance and requests that all amplified music end no later than 10:00 pm EST.
Can we decorate?
Yes, you may decorate during the time of your scheduled event. You may also use any of the decor and candles at Gatewood.
When can we arrive at the venue?
Doors will open 15 minutes prior to your scheduled guest arrival time. If decorating is required for your event, this time needs to be factored into your scheduled rental.
Can I tour The House at Gatewood?
Yes, tours are scheduled by appointment only.
Can we bring outside food or alcohol?
Only dessert and wine are allowed, and prior communication and planning with our team is required.
You may bring in outside dessert for a $4 per person cakeage fee. Desserts must have a label from a registered kitchen with the ingredients listed.
You may bring outside wine for a $20 per bottle corkage fee.
What is required to reserve my date?
Upon receipt of the proposal, we will hold your date for 5 days for you to confirm. At that time, a $1000 deposit is required for all events and parties. A $2000 deposit is required for wedding reservations.
Do you have required vendors?
No. We do have a list of specific, local vendors that work closely with The House at Gatewood. See Weddings Page, additional information, for the complete list.
What is the average cost for a wedding in North Carolina?
There are many things to consider with budgeting for a wedding. Some factors to consider are guest count, what amenities are included in your venue choice, menu selections, bar options, and music choices. The published average cost of weddings in North Carolina is $30,000 based on a 100-person wedding.
What is the capacity of your venue spaces?
The House at Gatewood has a 100-person seated capacity inside, 70 seated on the outside patio and firepit areas (weather permitting). For wedding ceremonies, we seat a maximum of 60 people and 15 standing inside for the ceremony and 85 people seated inside for dinner in our three dining rooms. Other seating is available at high-top tables and lounge furniture in the bar area.
Do you have parking?
Yes. We have onsite parking for 100+ vehicles.