Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective couples have all kinds of questions for potential venues. We've been there, and we're here to help! Find the answers to our FAQs below, and feel free to contact us for more information.
Are you taking bookings yet?
Yes! We are running a full 2021 event schedule. Our 2022 calendar is booking up quickly, and we're taking 2023 reservations as well. Please contact us to schedule a tour!
How many guests can Sylvan Ridge Farm accommodate?
The capacity of our parking area and event barn limit the maximum number of ceremony/reception guests to 150. We can also accommodate up to 15 overnight guests in the farmhouse and cottage.
How much does a wedding at Sylvan Ridge Farm cost? What does the fee include?
Please see our Wedding Pricing Lists for details.
Why do you prioritize full-weekend weddings?
A typical wedding venue offers shorter rental periods ranging from 4-10 hours. At Sylvan Ridge Farm, we believe your wedding celebration deserves more. You should be able to relax and truly enjoy this special time with your wedding party, family, and out-of-town guests, without having to rush through a blur of ceremony and reception with strict start and end times. Full weekends also enable you to make the best use of the venue! With four days/three nights at your disposal, our standard package gives you ample time to adorn the barn to suit your taste. Then you can unwind, enjoy all the property has to offer (it is literally a luxury vacation destination in its own right), and make more memories with the people you love.
What kind of payment schedule does Sylvan Ridge require?
We try to keep it simple! Sylvan Ridge takes a 25% deposit when you sign the booking agreement, and three additional 25% payments at intervals of one year, six months, and one month prior to the wedding.
Do you have liability insurance?
Our property is fully insured, but like most venues, we require couples to take out a single-day event insurance policy for the day of the wedding. These policies are inexpensive and easy to obtain.
What if we want to have our ceremony off-site and only use Sylvan Ridge Farm for our reception?
That's absolutely fine. An on-site ceremony is included in our wedding fee, but by no means is it required!
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
You have a beautiful, dry ceremony! Our event barn is truly spectacular, built out of sustainably sourced Brazilian hardwood, local fieldstone, and reclaimed barn wood. Depending on your personal preferences, your ceremony can take place fully indoors in the upper level, or in our indoor/covered outdoor lower level.
What amenities does your event barn provide?
Our one-of-a-kind barn is traditionally built, but as a recent structure it does have some perks you won't find at most older, retrofitted event barns. Beautiful cast iron chandeliers and wall sconces provide warm, dimmable lighting. There are fully accessible bathrooms on the main floor and the lower level, as well as a hydraulic elevator between levels. Gorgeous tigerwood bars on both floors have sinks, ice makers, and drink coolers built in, and there are also large fridges for catering use in the bar storage room on the lower level.
Is there a separate space for cocktail hour?
Yes. The lower level of our bank barn was designed with cocktail hour in mind! With a combination of exposed fieldstone and reclaimed wood paneling, this space has a delightfully rustic feel. Sliding open the two barn doors to the courtyard creates an indoor-outdoor space with plenty of room for guests to mingle.
Can we have our rehearsal dinner/farewell brunch at Sylvan Ridge Farm?
Only with our 4-day weekend wedding package! This option allows you to hold these smaller side events on site for no extra charge, provided they fall within your 72-hour rental period. Depending on size, our indoor/outdoor cocktail area (seating for 80 guests) and the main floor & adjoining porch of the farmhouse (table, couch & armchair seating for 20+ guests) are both lovely spaces for more intimate gatherings.
Does Sylvan Ridge Farm provide catering or offer a kitchen space? Can we use a caterer of our choice?
Sylvan Ridge does not provide catering, and we do not have a commercial kitchen. However, we designed our event barn with catering in mind, and have relationships with several fabulous caterers in the region who are familiar with our venue. We encourage couples to consider using one of these pre-approved caterers to ensure a quality dining experience for your wedding guests. While we reserve the right to veto a caterer that raises red flags, we will happily meet with professional, full-service caterers (from food trucks to farm-to-table and everything in between!) who are not on our list and approve them if everything checks out.
Do you provide tables and chairs, linens and dishes, or a tent?
We provide seating for outdoor ceremonies, wood tables & chairs for receptions, and a variety of display tables. Your caterer needs to provide all table linens and place settings. Our spacious event barn typically makes a tent unnecessary, but our preferred caterers and event planners can certainly assist you in renting one!
Can we bring our own alcohol?
BYOB is legal in Pennsylvania, and we have no objections if couples prefer to bring their own wine, beer, or other beverages below 15% alcohol by volume and forego a bartender. However, it is our policy that you have an insured, professional bartender if you plan to serve hard liquor and/or mixed drinks over 15% alcohol by volume. Many of our pre-approved caterers will happily provide/arrange bartending services, and we have several stand-alone bartenders on our Preferred Vendor List as well.
Can we bring our own decorations? What about hanging things from the walls/ceiling?
Absolutely! With our full weekend package in particular, part of the beauty of having the place to yourselves for two full days prior to your ceremony is the decorating potential. Our event barn is adorned tastefully and simply, such that couples wanting a minimalist style will only need a few table accents to complete the look. But for those with a bolder decorating scheme in mind, the sky (well, the ceiling) is the limit!
Can we use the pool?
The pool is open from May through September, and is available for guests to swim at their own risk. We strongly discourage use of the pool during an event where alcohol is being consumed. Any decorations within the pool enclosure must be pre-approved for safety reasons, and glass is strictly forbidden.
Can we use a DJ or a live band? Are there any local noise ordinances to be aware of?
Our barn can accommodate either a DJ or a live band. Just keep in mind a larger band or DJ setup in the barn may slightly reduce the seating capacity for guests. Our township requires that amplified outdoor music stop by 11:00 PM and amplified indoor music stop by midnight.
Do you have a sound system and sound equipment we can use?
No. Your DJ, emcee, or band leader will need to arrange sound system setup (typically not an issue). The reception space does have lots of outlets situated for their convenience.
What is the parking situation?
There is a 50-car gravel parking lot on site, with ample grass overflow parking, as well as six paved spaces adjacent to the house and cottage for overnight guests and/or accessible parking. Since we are located on a winding road and guests often enjoy several alcoholic beverages, we do encourage couples to consider arranging a shuttle service to nearby hotels for the convenience and safety of guests staying off-site. We cannot accommodate vehicles (shuttle or otherwise) over 30 feet long.
Where can we get ready before the ceremony?
We have two lovely prep spaces right on the property. The cottage was renovated with this use in mind, with two bathrooms, a large powder room with makeup counter & mirror, a kitchenette, and a comfortable lounge area. And the second floor of the farmhouse has four bedrooms (including the stately master with an 1800s stone fireplace, cheval mirror, and stunning views) and two bathrooms. It's totally up to you how you'd like to spread out your wedding parties and/or families across these locations!
How many people can you accommodate overnight? What other lodging options are available?
The farmhouse has space for 11, and the cottage can sleep four, though many couples choose to keep the entire cottage for themselves on their wedding night. There are Hampton and Best Western Inns less than 10 minutes from the venue, as well as several country motels and boutique hotels. Please see a list of nearby options here.
Is the site accessible for all ability levels?
Yes! We have gone to great lengths to make sure guests of all ability levels can fully enjoy events at Sylvan Ridge Farm. There are accessible parking spaces next to the barn, farmhouse, and cottage. The barn has a hydraulic lift between upper and lower levels for those with difficulty walking stairs, and its restrooms comply fully with ADA guidelines. While the second floors of the farmhouse and cottage are only reachable by stairs, both buildings have a wheelchair-accessible entry, as well as sleeping spaces and bathrooms on the ground floor.
What is the weather like throughout your event season?
Early spring and late autumn, while still beautiful, have minimal foliage and the potential to be chilly, which is why these dates enjoy discounted "shoulder season" rates. Our "peak season" of May, June, September, and the first half of October is typically lovely, with stunning flowers in spring and foliage in fall. July and August, our "summer season," are hotter and drier months, sometimes humid, with reliably green foliage. For more detailed climate information throughout the year, please see the Grounds page.