Frequently Asked Questions
How does date choice affect pricing?
What is a "Site Fee"?
What is included in the site fee?
The site fee includes: 5 event hours and 2 pre-event hours, complimentary on-site parking, wedding party suites, and pre-event planning of Abernethy details with your Event Specialist.
How much is the deposit?
The deposit to reserve your wedding is half of your site fee, plus a $500 security deposit ($300 of which is refundable, $200 is a non-refundable cleaning fee).
How do the rest of the payments work?
Your next payment, due 6 months prior to your wedding, is the rest of your site fee, plus 50% of your food and beverage minimum.
Your next payment, due 90 days prior to your wedding, is the rest of your food and beverage minimum.
Your final payment, along with your final headcount, is due 14 business days prior to your wedding.
Is there a service charge?
What is a service charge?
How much does a wedding cost?
– Will you wed your beloved on a Tuesday or a Saturday? (A Tuesday is less costly than a Saturday.)
– How many guests will you invite? (When your guest count goes up, so does the price.)
– Which of our packages will you choose, and how will you customize it? (The price depends on the services you want to include.)
– We have done $5,000 weddings and we’ve done $50,000 weddings—it all depends on your vision and your spending plan.
What is Abernethy Center's average wedding cost?
How many guests can you accommodate?
Abigail’s Garden can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our Veiled Garden, Chapel, and Ballroom venue can accommodate up to 300 guests.
What is the difference between Abigail’s Garden and the Veiled Garden?
Abigail’s Garden is a gorgeous, all-inclusive, fully outdoor ceremony and reception venue. Abigail’s Garden includes a stunning gazebo ceremony site accented by a giant draping willow tree. Just up the path from the ceremony site is a large white tent with where your reception will be held. Abigail’s Garden also includes two beautiful suites for getting ready, a patio, restrooms and a bar.
Our Veiled Garden is a natural wooded backdrop covered in ferns and Northwest foliage. This intimate ceremony venue is paired with our temperature controlled Abernethy Ballroom just across the street for your reception! No need to worry about rain, as this venue option also comes with the use of our classic white Chapel! You can use this space for your ceremony, or simply as a back-up plan should there be inclement weather.
Where are you located?
May I book just a ceremony?
May I book just a reception?
How long is the venue rental?
How many hours in advance will I have access to the facility?
What AV equipment do you provide?
Abernethy Center does not provide any AV equipment for the Ceremony and Reception. We highly recommend hiring a professional DJ or Live Band to help assist you with your AV and MC needs for your wedding.
How long can my event be?
Can I bring my own decorations?
Can I bring my own vendors?
FOOD & BEVERAGE
May I bring in my own catering/food?
What is a “food and beverage minimum”?
What is included with catering?
Every catering package comes with service linens, china, flatware, glassware, water at each place setting, all necessary tables and chairs, wedding party room service, cake cutting service, basic event staff, set up and break down of everything except the personal décor/items you bring in.
How much is the food and beverage minimum?
Is it possible to customize my catering package?
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
Do you offer vegetarian, vegan, glute-free, etc.?
Is there a price difference for children?
We do not charge for children under the age of 2. For ages 2 – 10, we have an exclusive discounted rate. Please note that we do not offer children’s pricing for reduced menu packages.
Does Abernethy carry liability insurance?
How soon should I tour?
Will you hold my wedding date?
What is the cancellation policy? Will my deposit be refunded?
Can our final guest count change?
What is the role of the Event Specialist?
What is the role of the Ceremony Manager?
On the day of your wedding, your Ceremony Manager will set your room service, be there to line up and queue everyone down the aisle, and get you ready for your formal introduction. Your ceremony manager is not a wedding coordinator.