FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do we need to pay a deposit? When are payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, we do ask for a initial payment of 1/3 the estimated total, plus a $500 Security Deposit. A second payment of 1/3 is due 2 months prior to your event. Finaly payment of 1/3 is due ten days prior to your event. You're welcome to make smaller payments each month of any amount, essentially creating your own payment plan.
How do I reserve a date?
You're welcome to reserve a date by emailing us at email@example.com saying you're ready to book your date. Please include the date you'd like. We will put together a contract and email it back. Your date is not finalized until your contract and initial payment are received.
What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Legacy Acres?
Great question! This can vary greatly depending on specific wedding elements...things like guest count, florals, dress, and food choices all contribute to that number, but the majority of couples getting married at Legacy Acres have a budget in the $15,000-22,000 range.
Will there be another wedding that day?
We host one wedding each day to be sure we can give your special day our full attention.
What are the table shapes?
We have a mix of rounds and rectangles available for your guest seating. Once you have your final RSVP numbers we will work with you to put together a layout that meets your needs and desires.
Do you provide linens, cups, silverware, plates, etc.?
Yes, we provide linens, table runners (if desired), plates, silverware, mason jar cups, and cloth napkins. This in included in your rental.
What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, we invite your guests to be dropped off at the barn and the golf cart to go and collect drivers and bring to the barn. Your ceremony will take place in either the loft or main floor, you'll enjoy your social hour and meal in the other level while our team flips the ceremony to the dance, then you'll dance the night away! Your rental includes clear umbrellas for use for pictures and to cover guests.
We plan to have our ceremony elsewhere, does your fee change? How about if there are elements of our rental we don't need or want?
Due to the fact that we only host one event per day, our pricing structure remains the same regardless of your individual choices.
Do you allow pets onsite on our wedding day?
We are dog/cat friendly, with some guidelines that must be followed. Animals, other than service animals, are not allowed inside or near food. Pets must be kept on a leash and someone other than the couple must be responsible for them.
What is the preferred method of payment?
Checks are our preferred method of payment.
How many people can you hold?
There are many factors involved in answering that question, such as elements of the day to be included, layout and selection of round versus rectangular tables, willingness to add a tent on the expansive lawn, and overall atmosphere of the event. Generally speaking, 300 is our maximum capacity.
We are happy to talk with potential clients about their needs and formulate an idea of how to make the space work for their group.
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Do you cater? Do you provide alcohol?
No, we do not provide food or beverages, but we do provide a prep space for the caterer you select to utilize. Additionally, we are happy to provide you with a list of caterers who would do a fantastic job for you.
What about parking?
We are blessed with a large yard and have plenty of space for parking. Additionally, we have a golf cart with seating to transport guests as needed, should they have to park on the outer limits of the property. Our parking spaces each have lighting to make sure no one is in the dark finding their vehicles.
I'm excited about the decor option, but am worried you don't have anything I'd like. Do you have photos of what you have?
We are working on an inventory page and will be posting it as soon as it is ready here. However, until then you're welcome to send us photos of what you have in mind and we'll send back photos of what we have available.
I have some decor items I'd like to include in our day, is that possible?
ABSOLUTELY! We welcome your items and invite you to bring them with and incorporate them into the design. Please know that you'll be responsible for placing those so that we're sure they fit your vision.
What does the role of wedding planner and coordinator entail?
Thanks for asking! This is an area that can be tricky as it can mean different things to different people.
At Legacy Acres your planner will chat with you and ask a LOT of questions. This is meant to be sure that all elements of the day have been covered and carefully thought through. She will also offer loads of recommendations and insights into vendors who will work with you to make your day great. She will not be making those calls or coordinate those elements for you.
Our onsite coordinator will be helping to organize and run your rehearsal, checking that vendors have arrived, lining up bridal party prior to the start of the ceremony, making sure things are set up and ready to go before they are needed, and helping to make the day run smoothly. They will not be glued to the couples side or organizing family members for photos.
What are our catering options?
You're welcome to utilize the licensed caterer of your choice, however, we do have some companies that have done an incredible job out here and we are happy to share those names with you!
What time do you suggest we start our ceremony?
This can depend on your photo needs, but generally we recommend between 4 and 5 p.m.
When can we do our rehearsal?
Because your rental includes one day, there are two options that have worked well for previous couples; one is to have an offsite rehearsal where everyone is gathered and you run through the plan. The more popular option is to host your rehearsal during the couple's first look (or portraits if the couple isn't seeing each other ahead of time). Our onsite coordinator will help your Bridal Party, Parents, and Ushers execute the pre-arranged plan the couple has put together. Day-of rehearsals help eliminate anyone forgetting "the plan" before the Ceremony.
Finally, you're welcome to bring anyone who would feel more comfortable understanding the venue ahead of time (DJ, minister, or young members of the Bridal Party) to one of our monthly Open Houses.
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May we have fireworks on the property?
The State of Minnesota requires that all explosive or aerial fireworks be set off with a permit and a certified operator, so unless those elements are covered, we are not able to allow this. However, if weather permits, we welcome sparklers in designated areas.
Can vehicles be left overnight?
ABSOLUTELY. We welcome your guests to make safe choices and if leaving a vehicle helps that happen, we're into it! We DO ask that vehicles be picked up before 1 p.m. the next day.
What time does music need to end?
Due to the private nature of our space, you're welcome to have music until midnight, with all vendors, guests, and wedding party off site by 1 a.m.
When does our final headcount need to be in?
We ask for your final numbers 10 days prior to your event. This helps us make sure our seating, decor, and linens are adequate for the day.
How do I get a marriage license in Minnesota?
You visit the county recorder of your choice. You do NOT need to get the license in the county you are getting married in, but you do need to file it in the county you got it. Most experts recommend getting the license in the county you get married in as it will be easiest to remember where you got married in case you ever need to request a replacement. We are located in Norman County, you can contact the County Recorder here: (218) 784-5481.
A couple of helpful bits of information:
A marriage license must be purchased before getting married and must be used within six months or it will expire.
A license purchased in Minnesota is valid only in Minnesota and cannot be used in any other state.
Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a license (without parental consent). Be prepared to present valid identification.
Both parties must be present to apply for a marriage license. If one party cannot be present, they must provide a notarized Supplemental Marriage License Application and a completed, notarized Marriage License Application.
Each applicant must provide: full legal name, address, telephone numbers and social security numbers (if they have one).
Each applicant must provide after-marriage name(s) and address.
You must pay with cash.
Can we bring in snacks for our Social Hour or Evening Snack? What about desserts?
Yes, provided they are sealed snacks or have come from a licensed food supplier such as a caterer, grocery deli, or licensed baker. Please be aware the Legacy Acres Team is not allowed to handle any food you've brought in, due to our liability insurance.
What is the clean up process? Can we leave items and pick up the next day?
The Legacy Acres Crew will handle all standard clean up, including trash removal throughout and following the event. We do ask that you take care of your personal items and throw all trash in the getting ready space into the provided trash receptacles. We prefer that you take your items that evening, but if needed and we are not booked the next day, we are open to having you pick up the next day. Communication is key!
We assume we can take photos that day, how about engagement photos?
You are absolutely welcome to take photos on the property the day of the event, we simply ask you remain outside the bushes near the house.
You're welcome to do engagement photos during one of our monthly Open Houses. If those dates do not work, please email us to work out another time.
Where can our guests stay?
The near hotel/motels are in Ada, MN and Hillsboro, ND, with Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks just 40 minutes away. Camping is available in Halstad, 4 miles away, you can find out more here. Currently we do not provide shuttling services, but hope to be adding that in the coming years. We are happy to provide you with a reference list of busing and transport companies who can assist your guests in finding their way safely home.
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