FAQ’S

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What rooms are available? How big are they?
The rentable portion of The Red House is 2,500 square feet with a large covered front porch and a covered side porch. There is a main room of 600 square feet that opens to a 300 square foot room via a connecting fireplace. Other rooms are The Red Room (300 square feet), the Bridal Room/Green Room (220 square feet), a galley kitchen, and a prep kitchen. With 14’ ceilings and the rooms flowing from one to another, the house has a very large, open feeling. We do not rent out rooms separately, so you will be able to use the full house and grounds exclusively for your event.

How many bathrooms are there?
We have two single bathrooms (one is handicapped accessible) for your guests.

Is The Red House handicapped accessible?
Yes. We have a ramp and one handicap accessible bathroom.

Is The Red House convenient to hotels and the interstate?
Yes. We are only 3 miles from I-65, and 3-4 miles from a number of hotels. We have preferred pricing at some local hotels.

How many hours are included in the rental fee?
For weddings, receptions and large events, The Red House is rented in five to ten hour blocks between 10:00 am and 11:00 pm Sunday – Thursday or 10:00 am to midnight Friday and Saturday. We also have shorter, less expensive rental options in the morning and early afternoon for showers, bridal luncheons and corporate meetings. Additional hours may be purchased.

Is overtime use allowed? What is the charge?
Yes. You can pay $200 for every hour you wish to add to your event.

How late can I use The Red House?
The Red House closes at 11:00 pm Sunday – Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. The Red House must be returned to its original condition (all items removed and clean up completed) by closing time or 1 hour after your event ends, whichever is earlier. Your event must end one hour prior to closing time.

What is included in the rental fee?

  • Exclusive use of The Red House and grounds
  • Event Insurance (to cover you and your guests)
  • Nearby Parking
  • Sales Tax
  • Tables, chairs, and basic linens
  • Use of our bridal room/green room, if needed
  • On-site basic management on the day of your event by our Event Coordinator
  • Cleaning fee

What does The Red House require for me to secure the date I want for my event?
Your event will be officially booked when we receive 50% of the rental fee, a $750 security deposit and a signed contract.

Does The Red House charge any additional cleaning or administrative fees?
No – your rental fee will cover all this.

Are there days of the week or times of the day when the rental fee is discounted?
Our prices do vary by day of the week and time of day. Sundays, Friday evenings and Saturday mornings are less expensive weekend options.  For smaller events, The Red House can be rented for shorter time periods. Events scheduled within 30 days from contract signing date have special pricing options. Ask about Winter rates in January, February and March.

Does The Red House offer event planning services?
We have an Event Coordinator on staff that will help you or your planner with event flow on the day of your event.  In the planning stages, she will develop a specialized Red House layout with you and answer your questions as you coordinate the logistics of the event.  We do offer full Event Planning services for an additional charge.  Please inquire.

Does The Red House provide tables, chairs, and linens?
We provide tables, chairs and basic linens as part of our rental fee.  For a small fee, we can assist you with obtaining any specialty rentals that you may need for your event.

Is furniture included with the rental of The Red House?
The Red House has several occasional chairs and tables that are included in the rental fee providing seating for about 25 people. It is there for your use on the day of your event and can be rearranged to suit your needs.

Are there any restrictions on what decorations I can use?
The Red House does not allow any tape, tacks, glue or staples. We also do not allow confetti. We must approve sparklers and use of votive candles in advance.

Can I bring in my own caterer, or is there an exclusive caterer at The Red House?
The Red House recommends a variety of caterers within all price ranges in order for you to find the just the right caterer for your event.  These caterers have been selected because they provide the utmost in customer satisfaction in their food quality, taste, presentation and dependability.  Our caterers will work with Red House clients to create the perfect menu within your desired budget.  They will provide tastings and menu consultations at no charge.  We will consider other caterers upon request.

Is there a kitchen my caterer can use?
We have prep kitchen for catering use.  No on-site cooking is allowed on the premises.

Does The Red House provide alcohol? What about a bartender? Are there corkage fees?
You may supply your own alcohol at The Red House.  We require that you hire a licensed bartender to serve the alcohol.  We can recommend a bartender, or the caterer can make those arrangements for you. Bringing in your own alcohol can potentially save you thousands of dollars. We do not charge a corkage fee.

Who is responsible for setup and teardown/clean up?
The Red House will set up tables, chairs and linens on the day of your event.  You are responsible for set up of any decorations you may have or for hiring outside vendors to handle this (e.g. florist). All of your decorations and belongings, as well as those provided by outside vendors, must be removed when your event is over and cannot be left overnight. The Red House will remove rented items and generally, the caterer is responsible for bussing and trash removal.

Are there restrictions on music that is played or the length of time that it can be played?
The sky is the limit for your entertainment options. The Red House is a great place for a DJ, jazz trio, guitarist or full band, and we have many recommendations for all of these options. Music must end by 10:00 PM on weeknights and 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights.  We have an impressive sound system that is perfect for your special iPod playlist.

Is there room for a dance floor?
Yes, depending on the number of guests and layout. This is something we will go over with you when we work on your layout.

Can I bring my own music on an iPod or CDs? Are there speakers I can use?
Yes, we have a high quality sound system throughout The Red House that you can use at no additional cost. If you are on a tight budget, this is a great way to save money.

Can I use The Red House for a ceremony and a reception?
Yes. Most ceremonies take place on the front lawn, and the reception follows using the entire house and grounds.  We can have indoor ceremonies for a smaller number of guests in the winter months and then reset the room for your reception.

In the event of inclement weather, is there an alternate location for my outdoor ceremony?
Yes, we can move the ceremony indoors for a limited number of guests. Your event can also be tented.

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