There are many questions that come when planning a wedding—and we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to get you started. Please contact our team directly if you have any additional questions, and when you are ready to discuss booking and planning your wedding at The Estate at Cherokee Dock.
We can book a wedding as far in advance as you would like, but most couples are booking one year in advance.
How much is the deposit to reserve my date?
Once the date and location of the wedding are set, a contract will be sent to the wedding couple with an initial deposit due, which is 40%. The rest of the wedding cost will be broken out into two additional 30% deposits. One due 6 months prior to your wedding date, and the other due 3 months prior to your wedding date.
Is there a price difference based on day of the week or season?
Yes, we will gladly discuss any adjustments in price based on seasonality. Generally, our lower priced season is December, January, and February.
Are there any hidden charges?
We strive to be transparent with all the charges associated with a wedding. There is a refundable damage deposit that is required prior to your wedding date. We also require you to hire security and parking assistants. This charge is calculated once we have your final guest count and will be applied as so.
Our Venue Director will make sure you are updated on any and all charges that are to be made to your account.
Am I required to hire a wedding planner?
Yes, we require couples to hire a full-time planner, and we consider partial planning on a case by case basis. They must be a licensed professional in the industry, and we reserve final approval.
What is your vendor policy?
The Estate has an open vendor policy, which means you can select each vendor according to your individual needs. We find that this is the best way to allow true creative freedom for every couple and ensure no two weddings are the same.
The Estate at Cherokee Dock does not provide catering, decor, florals, music, etc. All items needed for set-up, decoration, entertainment, and catering must be brought in by the couple through licensed and insured vendors.
We can provide for up to 150 chairs at an additional fee, for larger gatherings, we encourage our clients to work with their party planner and vendor(s).
Does the Estate provide chairs or tables?
Indoor seating and tables can be provided by the Estate for up to 150 guests for an additional fee.
When can I arrive on the property?
‘Day Of’ Weddings – Vendors may start loading in on the property at 12 p.m. Bridal party may arrive at 2 p.m.
Wedding Weekends – Vendors may start loading in at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. You and your guests may arrive at 10 a.m. on Friday, unless other agreements have been made.
When is lodging check out time?
Check-out is at 11 a.m. unless a later time is agreed upon in your booking contract. Additional fees may apply for late check outs.
What are my responsibilities regarding clean up or load out?
• All SmartTVs are to be logged out of personal accounts • All remotes (TVs, curtains and fireplaces) shall be in their original locations, or on top of the nearest table within the room it belongs • All dirty linens, including sheets/pillowcases, shower floor mats and all towels, are to be taken into the mansion’s laundry room located in the basement. You do not need to start any laundry cycles. — Laundry from the apartment is to be brought to the mansion’s laundry facility • All dirty dishes are to be loaded into the mansion’s dishwashers • All trash from event(s) and overnight(s) must be taken outside to the large dumpster located by The Estate’s maintenance building • All furniture and decor must be in the location it began at check in • Lock all exterior doors *Additional charges can and will be applied based on the condition of The Estate or improper use of the appliances/facilities.
Can I have a rehearsal dinner the day before my wedding?
‘Day Of’ Weddings are subject to availability and would be at an additional cost.
Wedding Weekends may have a rehearsal dinner on the day prior to their ceremony if they choose. In fact, we encourage them to do so! It’s a fantastic way to start your weekend.
Can I have my dog in my wedding?
Yes! Your dogs may be in your wedding. However, they are not permitted inside any of the buildings on the property, unless explicitly agreed upon in your booking contract.
What if it rains?
There are multiple spaces on the property available to you at no additional cost if it rains. Your planner is responsible for devising a back-up plan of what to do if it does rain.
Do i have to use security?
If your guest counts exceed 40 people or if alcohol is served, security must be present during your event. Security is arranged by Cherokee Dock and billed to you direct.
Do I have to use valet/flaggers
Professional parking assistance by a licensed and insured vendor is required. While we highly recommend our clients use valet, flaggers are a great option as well.
This does not include the Intimate Wedding or Elopement packages.
Are the wedding packages customizable?
Yes, all the wedding packages are customizable based on your vision.
Can I bring my own caterer?
Yes, the Estate at Cherokee Dock does not provide catering. We are more than happy to make recommendations for caterers and any other vendors you desire.
Is decor included?
Decor is not included in our Wedding Weekend or ‘Day Of’ packages.
Are there any all-inclusive options?
Yes, we do offer all inclusive options. These include: Catering, Bar service, Cake, Entertainment, Planning, Decor, Caligraphy, Florals, and Lighting.
When are venue tours offered?
We will do our best to schedule a venue tour any day of the week. Due to events being held Friday – Sunday most of the year, a majority of our tours will need to be scheduled Monday – Thursday.
Is an appointment required for a tour?
Yes, appointments are required as we would like to set aside a special time to spend with each wedding couple.