GATHER – PLAY – GROW
1. How many people can you accommodate?
We have tables, chairs, parking for 300. We take pride that at The YARD everyone seated can easily see and hear the couple and all of the speeches. Once we go over 300, that gets compromised a bit.
2. Can we bring in our own booze?
Clay county allows you to bring in snacks, a few mimosas and beer in the morning when you are getting ready…with one stipulation; When the caterers truck arrives on the property, (usually around 11:00 AM), they take on all legal liabilities and at that time the County requires that all of your food and beverages, backpacks and coolers etc. have to be locked away in a trunk of a car, non accessible.
After that, No alcohol, cups, containers, etc. can legally be brought in or out of the The YARD at any time. All alcohol has to be served by a licenced vendor which we supply, and consumed in our designated area only.
And save your TAILGATING for the BISON game. Clay county does not allow You to drink in our parking lots or other areas either. They do drive by.
Our beverage provider will not jeopardize his license and will fine the lovely couple he is in contract with, for each offense or each open container not provided by him.
3. Where do we go if there’s bad weather?
The Ballroom, or Covered Tent Patio which can also double as a chapel.
4. Can we bring motor homes or trailers on the property?
No, sorry we are not set up to accommodate trailers, camping or heavy vehicles. And the county does not allow any vehicles parked along side the paved road. Our parking is for light passenger vehicles attending the event only.
5. What is the cost difference if I just want to do the ceremony here or just have a small gathering?
Its the same cost. Venue prices are BY THE DAY no matter how your event is structured, big or small event…full wedding, ceremony only, reception only, anniversary, etc. or whatever your guest count is, the price is the same.
6. For each day we rent, how early can we arrive, and when do we have to be gone?
Your day begins at 9:00 AM, no earlier.
Your day ends at 12:00 AM, no later.
Clay County requires that everyone must be gone from the property with all their personal items and decor by midnight. They only allow me one hour after midnight to clean up and reset. So we are quite strict with having you out at midnight, as we do back to back weddings and need all the time we can to reset.
7. Do all vehicles have to be removed at midnight too?
No, we want everyone to get home safe so if needed, feel free to call an Uber or Taxi and leave your vehicle on our lot. Please be respectful and remove it before 11:00 AM the next day as we will likely have another event happening by then.
8. Are Dogs welcome?
We love dogs too, but help us preserve and enjoy this wildlife area. To protect wildlife and your pet from wildlife, and from rodent control products on the property, we allow a dog to be used in the ceremony only, if kept on a leash the entire time. They are only to be brought in right before the ceremony begins and removed from the entire property, parking lots, etc. right after the ceremony. All droppings need to be removed immediately as well.
9. What size are your tables and how many do they seat?
Our rectangular tables are 30” x 8’. They seat 8. Our round tables that we often use for reserved tables are rented for $20 a table and they also seat 8, although they do have two round tables available that seat 10, which in some situations is very handy.
10. Do you spray for mosquitos?
Yes, we are in contract with a company called SafeYard. They use the same system as the City of Fargo. Much like parks and river property in Fargo I would guess they are about 80% effective. So if you are the sensitive type…Yes, bring bug repellent spray.
11. Do we have to clean up at the end of the event?
NO…At the end of your event, you simply remove your personal items and decorations and be gone by midnight…We do all the bussing of tables and clean up after you are all gone…unlike any other rural venue!
12. How long can we use the Bridal Parlor?
From 9:00am till the Ceremony begins. All personal items, trash, decor, etc. needs to be removed from the Bridal Parlor before the ceremony begins. Once the Ceremony begins the Bridal Parlor is permanently locked for the night. Any items found during cleaning and sanitizing will be placed on an obvious table outside of that area. We will not be held responsible for any items left behind.