Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is so special about Storybrook Farm?
A: We are a family owned and operated boutique wedding venue as well as a bed & breakfast. We dance to the beat of our own drum and bring things to the table that other places don’t offer. These include magical gardens and relaxed surroundings, oodles of items needed for your event, the option to lodge onsite, a ton of assistance for bringing your event together, and super high quality elopements and microweddings! We care about doing a great job, and we want you to feel prepared and relaxed for your big day. Find links to everything we have to offer for your special occasion on our Home Page!
Q: Where are you located?
A: Our farm is located one mile from the charming downtown district in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. We are in beautiful northeast region of the state, which is very close to both southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. We are in the rolling foothills Southern Appalachian Mountain Region, which includes the Unaka Mountains. The area is a cozy neighbor to both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smokies. You can find our location and a map on our Contact page.
Q: What size events do you all offer?
A: Beginning in 2019 we have scaled our event sizes down to only offer 2 to 24 person max events. We no longer offer big wedding packages. Check out our blog to learn more about the many big benefits of having an extra small wedding!
Q: Why can’t I have more than 24 people?
A: Our Microwedding is capped at 24 people absolute max (including the couple) due to our staffing capabilities and indoor capacity for bad weather event backup. We’ve learned through experience that this is our limit. Going over this limit reduces our capabilities and can imperil the relaxed quality of your event. We want to do our very best job for you, and thus the number cap.
Q: Do you offer events year-round?
A: Short answer, yes. We offer events February through December. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the month of January, and July 22nd-August 12th . Our Fairytale Microwedding package is available on weekends or midweek dates. If you are interested in a Love Story Elopement package contact us to ask about our midweek availability! Check out our Availability page to see if your desired date is available!
Q: What is and is not included in the package cost?
A: Our Fairytale Microwedding and Love Story Elopement packages include almost everything you will need for your event! You can also add on services, and if we don’t already supply it we can help you find someone who does. To see detailed descriptions of our packages, please visit our Microwedding and Elopement packages page.
Both packages include:
- online wedding planning workbook and personal guidance in creating your event
- flowers for couple
- wedding cake
- officiant, if needed
- decorations from our Wedding Vault
- wedding coordinator
- ceremony and reception sites
- ceremony music
- complete event set up and clean up
The Fairytale Microwedding package also includes:
- reception dinner with food
- service items including ice, special drink buckets, serving utensils, etc.
- dinner sets and glassware
- cloth napkins
What you can add on:
- additional flowers for wedding party
- extra cake
- additional guests*
*The the Love Story Elopement package is designed for the couple only, but you may add up to 8 guests for $30 each for a max of 10 attendees, including the couple.
*The Fairytale Microwedding is designed for up to 16 people including the couple, but you may add up to 8 additional guests for a max of 24 attendees. The first 4 additional guests (up to 20 people) are $50 each, and the last 4 (up to 24) are $75 each.
What the packages don’t include:
- alcohol/bartender (but you may byob and self-serve)
- beauty services
- professional DJ/musicians
- reception music
- special transportation, such as horse and carriage
- attire (although we do have coats that guests can borrow if they forgot theirs!)
But we can recommend other fantastic vendors for these services!
Q: Why don’t you include a photographer?
A: The reason is because everyone has their own artistic preferences and we want it to be up to each couple. If we provided photos that you ended up hating then that would be sad. We do, however, have a list of awesome local photographers that we provide for all of our booked couples, as well as other specialty vendors for any other wedding needs like beauty services, live musicians, horse and carriage, spa and massage, etc.
Q: Do I get choices in what is provided?
A: Yes, you do!
- Ceremony and Reception sites–we have shaded woods, gorgeous gardens, and a peaceful rock-wrapped patio with a small waterfall for your ceremony, as well as both indoor and outdoor options for your reception. See your choices on our Ceremony and Reception Sites page
- Flowers–the packages come with 3 different bouquet choices and a matching boutonniere in your preferred color scheme. If you would like additional or specialty flowers you can upgrade and have more options for an additional charge.
- Cake–comes with 8 different frosting style choices and 10 flavor combos
- Decor–we work closely with you to design your event with your vision in mind. We love seeing Pinterest boards and photos to get a solid idea of your sense of style.
- Food–see Microwedding reception dinner question below.
- Ceremony content–we want your ceremony to reflect you, your personalities and beliefs. We provide a couple of different samples of ceremonies including traditional/Christian religious as well as non-religious spiritual and more secular versions. We welcome people of all faith backgrounds so if you have specific religious elements you want to include you are encouraged to do so. You can take the format and make it your own with your own special readings, vows, prayers, ceremony elements (candle lighting, hand tying, tree planting, foot washing, peanut butter and jelly sandwich making, etc.).
- Music–We have a Bluetooth speaker that we can run your playlist through for your ceremony and we can hand it off to you to be your own reception DJ, if you’d like.
Q: How does the Microwedding reception dinner work?
A: Your reception meal comes with bread, sweet and unsweet teas and/or lemonade, a salad, and 2 main dish options for all to share in an elegant self-serve buffet. We are close by and will clear away dishes and check in to see if you need anything, but we wish for you and your group to be able to enjoy your time together in privacy. Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian options are available.
Q: If I book your Love Story Elopement package can I provide my own reception dinner?
A: If you have added on some guests to this package you are welcome to provide some light appetizers on your own (ex: fruit, veggies, meat & cheese tray) during your cake reception, but we do not allow a sit down dinner onsite with this package. The only exception is if only the two of you are present and you have booked overnight accommodations. However, Storybrook Farm will not decorate nor provide any materials for this including servingware or plates and utensils. The other exception is if you make an upgrade to have a dinner added on for just the two of you ($200+tax). This comes with a romantically decorated reception area and plated dinners for you both!
Q: Do you provide/allow alcohol?
A: We do not provide alcohol, but we do allow beer, wine and champagne. We just require good sense and a signed liability release form. We can provide wine and champagne glasses, beverage buckets, and bottle openers.
Q: Do you offer any sort of discounts or money off?
A: Yes! We offer a 10% discount off our base package rates for active military members who have an active military ID and 5% off our base package for first responders.
We can also take a little bit of money off the packages if you choose not to have us provide your flowers, cake or reception food.
Q: If I have fewer than 16 people attending the Fairytale Microwedding package can we get a discount?
A: Unfortunately no. The Microwedding package is built for up to 16 people before the additional per person charges kick in. They work just as well for 6 as they do for 16. Although, if you have fewer than that we may recommend checking out the Love Story Elopement package instead.
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: We have indoor back up locations for both your ceremony and reception in case of bad weather. With small events like these, it is very easy to adjust the wedding time to accommodate cloud bursts so you can still have your ceremony outdoors. We will work with you!
Q: Are you inclusive to all different types of couples regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and identity, nationality, political leanings, favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, etc.?
A: Yes, we believe that love is love and we welcome people of all different backgrounds to celebrate their love at Storybrook Farm with acceptance and without judgement.
Q: What is your pet policy?
A: We love dogs and consider them family. Because of this we invite the couple’s dog(s) to participate in their ceremony. However, we do not allow dogs/pets to stay onsite overnight. Guests are not allowed to bring dogs or other pets. The only exception to this is if the couple or one of their guests has a trained and certified service animal. Please note the animal must not only be certified but also trained to perform at least one specific task or function for a disabled person whom it is attending per ADA specifications.
The good news is that we have a list of nearby well-rated “bed and biscuit” establishments where your furry loved one can stay during your event!
Q: What are check-in and check-out times?
A: For a one day Microwedding package you have use of designated event spaces for 8 hours, with check out by 9 p.m. on event day, unless staying overnight.
For a one day Love Story Elopement package you have use of designated event spaces for 6 hours, with check out by 8 p.m. on event day, unless staying overnight.
If you check in on a day prior to your event then check in time is after 3 p.m. that day. If you are staying overnight after your event then check out time is by 11 a.m. on check out day.
Q: How do I go about booking? What is your payment policy?
A: First, Contact Us to tell us about your event needs. You are very welcome to schedule a tour to see the farm and meet with us in person!
Next, book your desired package and your date with one of our friendly team members. This requires you to make a Save the Date deposit and sign a rental agreement for your desired package. The deposit is nonrefundable in case of cancellation, but it does count towards your final balance!
Your final balance will be due one month before your event. You can make payments on your own schedule until the final due date. If you book with less than a month before your event then full payment will be required upon booking.
Q: Are there any additional service charges, taxes, or fees?
A: All of our packages, services and item rentals are subject to TN state sales tax of 9.5%. Overnight accommodations are subject to an additional 5% local hotel tax. Our damage policy requires a valid credit card number to be kept on file. Should any damage occur, we will discuss potential solutions with you before we charge anything.
Q: What kind of payment do you take?
A: We accept checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, and ACH transfers which can be made easily through our online booking system.
Q: What can I expect after that?
A: After your deposit and rental agreement are squared away then we will send you your online wedding folder with planning workbook! You can easily fill in your event design preferences and item choices, as well as check out other recommendations we have for you. This document is shared between us so we can all stay on the same page while creating your event. Don’t know what you want? Don’t worry! We’re here to help guide you and make this process as easy as possible. We are available through email at any time, and we’ll set up a few phone meetings with you to go over your event details. We can also schedule up to two in-person meetings onsite. Your cake, flowers and food orders are determined a month before your event, and we finalize the rest of your details with you in the weeks leading up to your big day.
Q: Are y’all really worth it?
A: Our opinion aside, we have lots of past couples who think so! So much so that we have been honored with WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award for the past 5 years in a row. The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire nationwide who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Storybrook Farm Weddings and Events. We invite you to check it out for yourself!
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When you book with us you can expect the same high level of care and support that we give to all of our couples. We hope that you choose to celebrate your happy day with us here at Storybrook Farm!
HELPFUL PLANNING TIP:
Are you working on your budget, and wondering if what we provide falls within it? We highly recommend checking out this Cost Of Wedding resource to help figure out if this makes sense in the larger picture of your wedding planning. It gives details on the average costs of weddings both in the area and nationwide as well as how much couples generally spend. What we offer falls into multiple categories on there and ticks many items off of your planning checklist in a great combination of value and convenience, including:
- Wedding cake
- Reception Food
- Event equipment (chairs, tables, etc.)
- Planning services including Day of Coordinator
- Event Location
- Hotel room (optional add on)