Frequently Asked Questions
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What forms of payment are accepted?
A: While checks are preferred, The Red House accepts payment by cash, check, or credit card. All credit card charges require a 3% processing fee and bank transfers require a 1.5% transfer charge
Are there any additional fees?
A: Yes, linens for your event would need to be purchased for your event through Southern Events. They will provide you with a special 10% discount and won’t charge you for delivery of your rentals as you are a client of The Red House. Please inquire about basic prices when you meet with The Red House.
Can I use my own bartenders?
A: No, bartenders must be scheduled through The Red House. Bartenders cost $200 per event, and must be paid directly by the client. Your event manager will provide you with the billing details no less than seven days before your event. One bartender is required per 50 guests.
Can I bring my own caterer?
A: Any license and insured caterer is welcome at the Red house. A copy of the caterer’s license and their insurance must be provided to the red house. However any caterer not on the red house preferred list does require a catering buyout fee of $10 per person, or a minimum of $250, whichever is greater. The Red House works with a diverse list of caterers that can meet many needs, including dietary restrictions and cuisine styles.
What caterers are on your exclusive list?
A: This is our list but you are able to bring in your own under certain conditions.
Catering & Events by Suzette | www.cateringbysuzette.com | 615.435.3656 South Fork | www.southforktn.com | 615.948.9259
The Chef & I | www.thechefandicatering.com | 615.730.8496
Daily Dish | www.dailydishcatering.com | 615.293.1128
Edley’s BBQ | www.edleysbbq.com/catering | 615.379.8422
Pueblo Real | www.titosmexicanrestaurant.com | 615.794.3232
What are the parking options?
A: The Red House has parking for approximately 20 cars on site. In addition, a neighboring lot with up to 60 spaces is available for an additional fee of $75-$125. The rate is dependent on the date in question. Downtown Franklin also has multiple parking garages and street parking available throughout the area.”
What rooms are available? How big are they?
A: 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?
A: We have two single bathrooms (one is handicapped accessible) for your guests.
Is The Red House handicapped accessible?
A: Yes. We have a ramp into the house and one handicap accessible bathroom.
Is The Red House convenient to hotels and the interstate?
A: 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.
What is included in the rental fee?
· Exclusive use of The Red House and grounds for the allotted time in your agreement
· On-site Parking
· Use of our bridal suite/green room, if needed
· On-site management on the day of your event by our Venue Supervisor
· Set Up and Breakdown of all of our (in house) chairs and tables
· Cleaning fee
* The Red House requires minimal decoration as we supply beautiful in house pillar candles in large votives.
What does The Red House require for me to secure the date I want for my event?
A: Your event will be officially booked when we receive 100% of the rental fee, a $500 security deposit and a signed contract.
Does The Red House charge any additional cleaning or administrative fees?
A: No, your rental fee will cover all this.
Does The Red House offer event planning services?
A: We have a Venue Supervisor on staff that will help you or your planner with the event flow on the day of your event and anything regarding the House. 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. For larger events and additional planning we recommend hiring an event planner (available at Red House for an additional fee) or you may hire your own.
What is a “day-of” contact?
A: This is generally your person who is in charge of all your details for your event. They will be the “go-to” person for any staff on your wedding day. The Red House is responsible for ensuring your timeline and on-site setup is executed to your desire but not the details or running of your event.
Does The Red House provide tables, chairs, linens and dishes?
A: Yes, we do offer a house supply of 48” & 60” Round Tables, Bistro Tables, Black Chiavari Chairs for your event. Other items are provided by our exclusive supplier, Southern Event Rentals. Southern Events is a dependable vendor partner who is very familiar with the Red House. They will offer any of our clients a special discount and they will work within your budget. The Red House can provide you with a quote for the linens rental from Southern Events.
Is furniture included with the rental of The Red House?
A: 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. Complete removal of the furniture is available for a $250 fee.
Are there any restrictions on what decorations I can use?
A: 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.
Is there a kitchen my caterer can use?
A: 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?
A: You may supply your own alcohol at The Red House. We require that you hire our licensed bartenders to serve the alcohol. 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?
A: The venue 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 event rental supplier 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?
A: 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 can recommend 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?
A: Yes, depending on the number of guests and layout. This is something we will go over with you when we work on your layout. As this is a Historical House we ask that no jumping to occur on the wood floors.
Can I bring my own music on an iPod or Playlist? Are there speakers I can use?
A: Yes, we have a high quality sound system throughout The Red House that you can use at no additional cost.
Can I use The Red House for a ceremony and a reception?
A: We can no longer offer outdoor wedding ceremonies, however we can accommodate smaller wedding receptions if you have a wedding planner. (We can recommend a planner)
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