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frequently asked questions

Because you deserve the most memorable, intimate event, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

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Because you deserve the most memorable, intimate event, here are some answers to frequently asked questions. 

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What are your wedding rates?

What are your wedding rates?

Our complete pricing information and all of the sweet details can be found HERE.

What dates are currently available?

WHAT DATES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE?

Please see our Available Dates section found HERE

Can you help me cut my guest list?

Can you help me cut my guest list?

We are happy to help! Download “How to Celebrate Small at The Parlour” found HERE and afford the intimate wedding of your dreams.

What is The Parlour’s capacity?

What is The Parlour’s capacity?

100 guest maximum. This includes the couple, bridal party and all guests. Note- small children count as a guest if they are walking and have a seat of their own. 

What is the deposit to secure my date? When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?

What is the deposit to secure my date? When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?

To secure your date, we require a 50% deposit. Four months before the event, 25% of the balance will be due. The final 25% installment will be required 60 days before the event or the date specified on your invoice. 

How do I reserve a date?

How do I reserve a date?

Dates are reserved on a first requested basis and will not be held without a 50% deposit. To reserve an available date, email us at info@theparlourchapel.com with your date request and we will follow up with details on the steps to secure your date. We hope you are able to visit for a tour to envision your event in person but if you can't we are happy to make arrangements to do a video call with you. 

Do you require a credit card on file for potential damages to the venue and grounds?

DO YOU REQUIRE A CREDIT CARD ON FILE FOR POTENTIAL DAMAGES TO THE VENUE AND GROUNDS?

Yes, we reserve the right to request a credit card on file for any damages. Please be prepared to share this information.

Do I need to schedule a tour, or can I stop by anytime? 


Do I need to schedule a tour, or can I stop by anytime? 


All tours are by appointment only so we can focus solely on your specific needs. You can request a tour HERE. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your story!

What's the average budget of a couple getting married at The Parlour?

What's the average budget of a couple getting married at The Parlour?

The great thing about an intimate wedding is the flexibility you have with your budget. Our couples enjoy splurging on those creative details to enhance the experience because they have fewer guests to feed. That said, the average budget of a couple getting married at The Parlour is between $20,000-$30,000+ for all wedding expenses (venue, food, dress, floral, music, photographer, etc.). 

What is Single Event Liability Insurance, and what are the costs involved?

What is Single Event Liability Insurance, and what are the costs involved?

Single event liability insurance can help protect you if you, your guests, or someone you hired is found responsible for property damage or if there's an injury caused during your event due to alcohol, for example. We require that The Parlour at Manns Chapel be added as additionally insured. To make this easy, we recommend going to EventHelper.com to get a quote and to purchase online. The price is based on your guest count and runs less than $125.

Is there a guest count minimum?

Is there a guest count minimum?

No. We believe in the intimate gathering and have hosted beautiful weddings ranging from 2-100 guests. 

Is there a refund if we decide to cancel our event?

Is there a refund if we decide to cancel our event?

No. There are no deposit refunds because your date has been held from other booking clients.

Who is responsible for trash removal? Do you have a dumpster on-site?

Who is responsible for trash removal? Do you have a dumpster on-site?

Caterers are required to take all trash, compostable materials, and recycling at the end of the event. The companies on our Handpicked Experts List are familiar and abide by this rule. If you are bringing your own caterer, this will be discussed on their required walk though and is mandated. Due to our historic nature, we can not have a dumpster on site.

What does the cleaning fee cover?

What does the cleaning fee cover?

Our cleaning fee covers an additional crew that comes in after the event to sweep, mop, clean restrooms, bridal suite, groom’s room, and the venue host office.

Do you charge a catering fee or bar/cork fee? 

DO YOU CHARGE A CATERING FEE OR BAR/CORK FEE? 

No, we do not charge any additional or hidden service fees. The caterers on our Handpicked Experts list are selected for the following: great food, superior service, affordable options along with a variety of upgrades, and most importantly, because they are kind, respectable people. It’s a vital part of our company mission to support personally invested, local businesses, and we never take any fees for doing so. 

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS AND DO I HAVE TO USE THEM?

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS AND DO I HAVE TO USE THEM?

 A vendor team solely focused on the quality of your vision is critical. All of our vendors are genuinely hand-selected and share a passion for helping you tell your unique story, and we are proud to recommend them. As with any important decision please do your own due diligence with vendor interviews and reading their reviews, etc… If you decide to bring in vendors, not on our list, we do require a site visit orienting them to the venue, so they are ready to go on your wedding day.

DO YOU REQUIRE A PLANNER?

Do you require a planner?

Yes. To make sure your day goes off without a hitch, we require the use of professional event planning services. We are positively beaming over our list of award-winning planners! Go here for our Planning & Design Kinship pros and know your day will be everything you’ve dreamed. -OR- if you already have a planner, bring your own to work their magic. 

Will there be another wedding on the same day?

Will there be another wedding on the same day?

No. We only host one wedding per day at The Parlour.

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Yes. We have the following hotels in the area. They have special rates for Parlour clients and are located close to both the chapel and area points of interest.

Hampton Inn Carrboro
Hyatt Place Southern Village in Chapel Hill
AC Hotel in downtown Chapel Hill

How many cars will your parking lot accommodate?

How many cars will your parking lot accommodate?

We have 34 spots on the property. An overflow parking field less than a quarter-mile from our venue is included in your rental. We recommend the use of the area if your guest count is 75 or more. We also require a ten car minimum to use this remote lot. The lot itself can accommodate 100 cars, and we provide signage and lighting for your guests to locate it. You will need a professional shuttle service to bring your guests to and from the lot at an additional expense. They can be found on our Handpicked Experts List. We do not allow family members or friends to escort guests to and from the lot for safety reasons.

Is Uber available at your property?

Is Uber available at your property?

Yes. You have the option to contact Uber Events which allows you to pay and coordinate rides for your guests to and from The Parlour by providing them a one-day code to use. See link for details.

DO YOUR TABLES NEED LINENS?

DO YOUR TABLES NEED LINENS?

No, we are happy to help you avoid this added cost! Our signature farm tables are handcrafted from original chapel wood restored from the Sunday school floors. Each table tells a story, and linens are unnecessary. 

Do you offer round tables? 

Do you offer round tables? 

We do not supply any rounds – this includes cocktail tables which may be rented by our favorite rental companies.

HOW MANY WHITE KINDRED CHAIRS DO YOU HAVE?

HOW MANY WHITE KINDRED CHAIRS DO YOU HAVE?

We have 100 of the modern, white Kindred Chairs included in your venue rental. Click HERE for a full furniture list with quantities and measurements to make planning easy!

Do you provide linens, GLASSWARE, DINNERware, etc.? 

DO YOU PROVIDE LINENS, GLASSWARE, DINNERWARE, ETC.?

No. All tabletop items are available through one of the rental companies listed on our Handpicked Experts list.

What happens in case of rain?

WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF RAIN?

We highly recommend that all couples who want to use the courtyard and have a guest list over 60 put a tent on hold in case of inclement weather. Our vendor list includes our handpicked tent resource.

Do you allow dogs on-site to play a part in our wedding day?

Do you allow dogs on-site to play a part in our wedding day?

Dogs are permitted in an outside ceremony only and for photos. Animals, other than service animals, are not permitted inside the main chapel. Dogs must be on a leash, and a handler must be responsible for them other than the bride and groom.

What form of payment does The Parlour accept?

What form of payment does The Parlour accept?

We accept checks, cash in person or credit cards through our online invoice system. 

Can I see The Parlour Decor statement pieces?

Can I see The Parlour Decor statement pieces?

Yes. Check out THIS visual resource to help you and your planner select items that will add to the personalization and creativity of your special day. 

Do you include a “Wedding Day Coordinator?"

Do you include a “Wedding Day Coordinator?"

No. We provide a Venue Host for the duration of your event. Our host will assist vendors with any needs related to the venue, grounds and catering shed, maintain the cleanliness of restrooms, manage a comfortable temperature inside the chapel and be available for guest questions related to the chapel’s history and grounds. 


How will the tables, chairs, etc. be arranged for my sized event? 

How will the tables, chairs, etc. be arranged for my sized event? 

We will reach out to you and your planner to determine your preferred layout before the big day. The Parlour Team will set up all furniture in preparation for your planner, florist, and caterer who will then handle the decor, table settings, and final details.

When can my vendors come in on the day of the wedding to set up?

When can my vendors come in on the day of the wedding to set up?

We allow vendor access to the chapel and grounds beginning at noon. If you are having a brunch event, we can schedule an earlier time that enables all vendors to have adequate preparation time.

When does music need to end?

When does music need to end?

10 pm. Please note that this is a county ordinance and DJs/bands are required to adhere to it.

What if our guest count increases beyond our contract amount?

What if our guest count increases beyond our contract amount?

If you have signed a contract for a specific guest count and want to add on the cost is $100 every additional five guests. This policy applies mostly to weddings with guest counts of 25 or less.

Can vehicles be left overnight?

Can vehicles be left overnight?

No vehicles can be left overnight. Please advise your guests of this policy. We do not have a gated lock and can not be responsible for any cars left in the lot. We appreciate your understanding. 

Are candles allowed?

Are candles allowed?

Yes, candles are allowed as long as the flame is COMPLETELY contained in a candle holder. Tapered candles may be used in the courtyard only.


What is the event clean-up process?

What is the event clean-up process?

Catering will remove ALL trash and do a general clean up of areas. The Parlour cleaning staff will arrive once all guests and vendors have left to handle all remaining cleaning, including mopping and cleaning of bridal room, groom’s quarters, venue host office, and restrooms.

Can we hang decor on the walls or from the ceiling/chandeliers?

Can we hang decor on the walls or from the ceiling/chandeliers?

Your planner and floral designer can handle this for you as they understand our policies. Because this is a historic building, painstakingly restored, we allow only damage-free hanging methods. These items must be approved and then removed at the end of your event to allow our cleaning crew to come in. 

How far in advance do you need our headcount?

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU NEED OUR HEADCOUNT?

Three weeks, please. You or your planner can communicate this.

Can we have celebratory fireworks on the property?

Can we have celebratory fireworks on the property?

Fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted. The safety of our guests is a priority. Your planner can suggest creative alternatives to sparkles exits.

The contract includes the use of 12 repurposed farm tables of various sizes. How many people can be seated at one time at those tables? If we want to have a meal for everyone, is there ample seating? 

The contract includes the use of 12 repurposed farm tables of various sizes. How many people can be seated at one time at those tables? If we want to have a meal for everyone, is there ample seating? 

We have seven 8 foot farm tables that accommodate 8-10 guests each. We also offer an 11-foot table that seats 12-14 guests and four 4 foot tables that seat four guests each. If you plan on a sit-down dinner inside the chapel, we can fit 75-80 maximum with a small dance floor/band. With 65 or fewer guests we can provide space for the band/DJ and dancing comfortably. There are so many options, and we are happy to find one that will work for you.


IS YOUR VENUE ACCESSIBLE TO GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES OR SENIORS NEEDING ASSISTANCE?

IS YOUR VENUE ACCESSIBLE TO GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES OR SENIORS NEEDING ASSISTANCE?

Yes. The building is accessible with a ramp from a reserved parking area. The courtyard can able be made accessible with a ramp upon request. Please inform both your planner and The Parlour of any guests that may require assistance.