Q: What is the maximum capacity of guests for the facility?
Ceremony-style seating in main chapel: 200 guests
Seated reception in main chapel: 140 guests
Seated reception in downstairs ballroom: 120 guests
Cocktail-style reception in main chapel: 200 guests
Cocktail-style reception in downstairs ballroom: 140 guests
These numbers reflect full capacity. Capacity may be reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please inquire for details.
Q: Do you offer time for ceremony rehearsal?
Yes, if you are having your ceremony with us, your rental includes a complimentary one-hour rehearsal time. Your rehearsal time is determined one month prior to your event date.
Q: What is the earliest that I may access the venue on the day of the event?
You and your vendors may access the venue on the day of your event at the beginning of your rental time, which is generally two hours prior to your event start time. If you would like to add additional time, you may do so at $200 per hour.
Q; Can a ceremony and reception be held in the same space?
Yes, many of our couples choose to host both their ceremony and reception on the Chapel's main floor. In this case, we would "flip" the room, where the ceremony is changed over into the reception setup during the cocktail hour, which can be held in out downstairs ballroom.
Q; What are the guidelines regarding decor?
You are allowed to have live flame candles provided they are in a container. You may use Command strips to hang decor from the walls in lieu of nails. Confetti and glitter are not permitted.
Q; Do you require a planner/day-of coordinator?
We highly recommend, but do not require, that you hire a professional planner/day of coordinator. We do have an excellent list of local coordinators and planners who would be happy to assist you on your day.
If you choose not to hire a planner, we do require that you appoint a day-of contact on your end who will be the primary contact for our facility team. This person is responsible for certain necessary tasks on your wedding day.
Q; Am I required to use the vendors on your preferred list?
You are welcome to bring in any professional vendor for services, with the exception of catering. We do require that you choose a caterer on our Exclusive Catering List, which can be found on the first page of our Preferred Vendor List. This list has been curated over the years to include vendors that continually provide excellent service to our guests.
Q; Are there alcohol restrictions?
You can obtain alcohol through the caterer, hire a bartending company to supply alcohol, or provide your own alcohol and have the caterer provide a bartender to serve it. You will need to apply for a “Limited Special Occasion Liquor License” from the North Carolina ABC Commission if liquor is being served. You will need an approved, licensed, and insured bartender to serve all alcoholic beverages.
Q; Am I allowed to have a sparkler send-off?
Definitely! We ask that all sparklers be used completely outside of the venue.
Q; What is the tear-down process after the event has ended?
During the standard rental time, typically one hour is used to tear-down, although we recommend two hours if you have hired a live band or musician. No items may remain overnight. You do not need to break down the tables and chairs provided by the facility, as we take care of your setup and breakdown of those items.
Q; Is the facility accessible for guests with different levels of mobility?
We have two designated handicap parking spots in our lot right beside the Chapel and a ramp into the main Chapel area. However, our downstairs ballroom is accessible via stairs only.
Q: Where should guests park?
You will have access to the parking lot beside the Chapel, and guests can also find parallel parking spots along the street. If your event is on a weekday after 6pm or on a weekend, your guests will have access to the parking lot across the street next to the fire station on South East Street.
Q: Where should out of town guests stay?
The Sheraton, The Marriott, and The Residence Inn are great options and are the closest hotels to the venue. Longleaf, Origin, and the Guest House are other nearby options. See Location page for links to these accommodations.