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A Peek at Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that this FAQ is for couples looking to book in our 2021 season. If you are looking for information pertaining to our 2019 or 2020 seasons, please reach out to us directly to confirm any details.
HOW MANY GUESTS CAN I HAVE AT MY CUNNINGHAM FARM WEDDING?
Because of our three barns and 90+ acres, Cunningham Farm can accommodate weddings from as small as an elopement to 300 guests with a tent brought on site. Our largest barn is 2880 sq. ft. of entertaining space and we suggest no more than 200 guests for a seated dinner. We suggest no more than 185 guests if allowing space for a DJ/Band and dance floor. As guest lists approach 200, dinner in a tent (either in the field or adjoining a barn) with dancing in the barn is a great option! Our tent season is June through November.
ARE TABLES AND CHAIRS INCLUDED?
Rental items, including tables and chairs, are chosen by you and brought on site to match the style you envision for your day. We can recommend a handful of rental companies that will help customize your design and will provide a simple drop-off to have everything waiting for you at the start of your weekend! Cunningham Farm asks anyone renting the property to break down any rentals for pick-up by the rental company. We also require all trash, recycling, composting, etc., be removed.
These services are often able to be provided by your caterer and/or planner - so make sure to ask!
IS THERE A SPACE ON THE PROPERTY TO GET READY?
Yes! We have our Something Blue Suite, where parties can get ready right on site the day of their event. The Carriage Barn is also a popular spot to use as a pre-ceremony lounge area.
HOW LONG IS THE RENTAL PERIOD?
We only book one wedding per weekend. The property is yours from 12:00pm-9:00pm the day before, 8:00am-10:30pm on your wedding day, and 8:00am-12:00pm the following day.
ARE THE BARNS HEATED?
Our Dairy Barn has optional heat. For couples wishing to heat the Hay and Carriage barns as well, we're happy to chat about the best way to bring heat on site to warm these spaces in the shoulder months.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC VENDORS WE NEED TO USE?
Just like with rentals, we want you to set-up the property to fit your dream wedding plans. There are no specific vendors a couple must use, but all vendors must be properly licensed and insured. We are happy to recommend a variety of highly reputable wedding professionals to help guide your decisions, too.
DO YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?
Yes! We have a restroom that is included with the Something Blue Suite for parties to use while they get ready. We also have beautiful, new guest restrooms at the Dairy Barn.
WHERE DO PEOPLE STAY? ARE THERE SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS ON SITE?
Cunningham Farm does not offer overnight accommodations. We are happy to help point you and your guests to a number of convenient options – from home rentals, lake houses, B&B’s, to major chain hotels - located right in town, or close by in Freeport, Brunswick, and Portland.
DO YOU HAVE ON-SITE PARKING?
Yes! Introduce your guests to the property by bringing them down a tree-lined farm road looking above the pond. Our parking lot accommodates 80+ vehicles. We also have farm road access to the barns for easy rental drop-off and pick-up, as well as to allow for golf cart rentals if any guests need easier accessibility. All our barns’ decks include ramps for easy wheelchair accessibility.
CAN WE SUPPLY BEER, WINE, AND ALCOHOL?
Couples are welcome to purchase their own beer, wine, and alcohol for the event. We do require host liquor liability insurance with your event insurance, and all alcohol must be served by a professional bartending service that has General Liability Insurance. Your caterer may also be able to provide this service, so make sure you check!
WHAT ESSENTIALS ARE IN ALL THE BARNS?
Lighting, electricity, and water. While we welcome additional lighting to set the tone for your event, each barn is fully equipped with sufficient lighting that includes a wagon wheel chandelier in the Carriage Barn, four 8-light chandeliers in the Hay Barn, and three light fans with 10 barn sconces in the Dairy Barn. Ample electricity for catering, band, additional light, etc., to all the barns (50-100 amps). Water hook-ups to each barn exterior. The Dairy Barn also has a wet bar, a designated, empty catering space to eliminate the cost of a catering tent, guest restrooms, and heat.
ARE THERE ANY ITEMS ON SITE FOR US TO USE?
We have a ceremony site, which includes a ceremony arbor and ceremony seating for up to 200 guests. We also have a 6-foot and a 10-foot herringbone aged-oak bar for use in our Carriage and Hay Barns, respectively.
CAN WE HAVE OUR CEREMONY, WELCOME/REHEARSAL DINNER, AND/OR FAREWELL BRUNCH ON SITE?
Yes! We have a great outdoor ceremony site or you are welcome to utilize one of the barns. The barns also make an easy and beautiful back-up plan in inclement weather, allowing you to forgo any last minute tent rentals or reshuffling your reception space.
Rehearsal or welcome dinners, as well as morning after brunches, are also welcome within the rental period. Typically, the Hay Barn is best suited for these events. Any additional meals served on site must use licensed and insured caterers/bartenders. Please keep in mind any additional clean-up or rentals that must be brought on site to accommodate these events.
CAN CUNNINGHAM FARM ALSO PLAN MY WEDDING?
We do not offer planning services. We are, however, onsite for each event and more than happy to answer any and all questions we can for you or your hired professionals during both the planning and event itself! We are also glad to point you in the right direction when searching for your vendor team.
For weddings 200 people or under, we require our couples to hire a Day-of-Coordinator to help make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. For weddings over 200 people, we require a full-service wedding planner to be hired. Seamless, fun events are important to us, and we know an experienced wedding coordinator/planner will help bring your vision to life while being a direct line of communication for you and your hired professionals throughout the evening.
CAN OUR PET BE A PART OF OUR DAY?
Yes! We allow up to two venue-appropriate animals to be a part of your ceremony and/or pictures.
HOW DO WE BOOK CUNNINGHAM FARM?
We will send you a contract that lists your wedding weekend. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit and signed contract to hold your date. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your event. We also require event insurance with host liquor liability, which is easily purchased for under $200 from a provider like wedsafe.com or eventhelper.com.