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WEDDINGS & EVENTS

Wine Country Weddings & Events

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Frequently Asked Questions


The Vineyard Inn

Frequently Asked Questions


Crooked Creek Ranch & French Valley Vineyards

What is Wine Country Weddings & Events?
Here at Wine Country Weddings & Events, we are proud to represent some of the finest celebration locations in Northern Michigan.  We are a comprehensive, valuable and cost effective source to assist brides/grooms in creating the weddings of their wishes and dreams.  Our services include assisting couples in finding the perfect venue for the most memorable day in their lives.
Why should a bride use Wine Country Weddings & Events?
Aside from representing unique wedding locations, we also offer an extensive list of recommended venders. This valuable resource will help save you money and time by recommending the best vendors that fit your budget and style.
How does Wine Country Weddings & Events help create great weddings?
Every wedding is a personal and unique reflection of a bride’s wishes and dreams.  After meeting with you, together, we will review all your options and assist you in making the best menu and vendor choices.  
What does a Wine Country Weddings & Events Manager do?
Our on site managers know how to orchestrate a great wedding and can offer advice on decisions relating to selection of vendors and contract interpretation. We will be with you the entire day to direct venders, oversee all set up, food service , parking. Please realize that we are not event planners or coordinators...we do however highly recommend one especially if it is a destination wedding.  We have several event designers we recommend.
OK, we love this place!  How do we reserve our date?
We will hold a date for 5 days without a deposit.  To reserve your date, an agreement must be signed with 50% of the total cost paid including lodging.  Total cost varies according to venue and number of guests.  The remaining 50% of the estimated total bill is due 90 days prior to the wedding date.
What is included in the venue pricing?
The pricing includes the property for the day.  We’ll provide chairs and tables for your ceremony and reception, all  set-up and clean-up, onsite personnel for the entire day to assist in directing vendors, orchestrating parking and in general, to ensure that the event runs smoothly and timely according to the time line you provide us. .
What is your cancellation policy?
50% of the entire fee is required at the time of contract signing, with the remaining balance due 90 days prior to event date.  Deposits (less 25% of the total rental fee) are refundable up to 180 days prior to the scheduled event date.  After this date, the full deposit is non-refundable.
Can we serve alcohol?
Yes, alcohol wine and beer can be served and must be purchased from the Vineyard Inn.  Our House Wines are from our own vineyard, French Valley Vineyards, and other great wines, both local and international are available.  Specialty spirits and beer are also available.  We provide a price list from which wine and alcohol must be chosen.   
May we bring or rent boats, jet skis and kayaks?
You bet, we have several boat rental companies that will deliver whatever you need.  You are welcome to anchor off the beach or use the moorings and dock available.  It is not advisable to leave the boat tied up overnight, however, due to Lake Michigan waves.
May we request a special wine, beer or signature cocktail?  
Absolutely!  We now have a liquor license and will be offering many cocktail options and can order just about anything provided we have adequate notice.
How late can our reception ceremony be?
For any of the Sweet & Simple packages, it is important that you stay within the 1 1/2 hour time limit you have agreed to.  For the “Sky’s The Limit” packages, the music must cease by 10:30 p.m. Inn. Following  the reception  Guests typically gather around the  bonfires on the beach, all non-lodging guests, we ask that they depart by 11:00 p.m.
When can we rehearse?
Rehearsal times  for “Sky’s the Limit” packages are at the couple’s discretion.  If they have the lodging package, we can also offer a Beach BBQ, formal dining or cocktail party for your Inn guests following the rehearsal.  * Please be advised only Corky’s, our on site Bistro and WIne Bar may cater these events a facility fee may apply.  All alcohol also must be provided by Corky’s.
Can we drop items off prior to the wedding date?
Due to other scheduled events at our venues, we cannot store items for you prior to your wedding date.  We have limited storage and cannot be held responsible for your belongings.  Unless you are staying at the Inn, you may bring items to your contracted location after 9:00 a.m. the morning of the event.
Can we bring our own additional decorations?
Yes!  We encourage guests to personalize their special day with their own decorations.  To prevent damage to our buildings or grounds though, please obtain approval before displaying signage or decorations.  The use of confetti in any form is prohibited.
When can we decorate?
Any additional decorations you choose to add to your wedding site must be done on the reserved date after 9:00 a.m.  (note - please clean up any additional decorations you provided upon departure).
Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
We’re happy to provide a list of our recommended vendors and discuss particular recommendations after we confirm your interest and have a signed contract and deposit.
Who can cater our reception?
Wine Country Catering is our own onsite caterer.  Choose from Beach BBQ’s to plated filet mignon, as well as a customized menu to fit your budget. We utilize Corky’s commercially licensed kitchen and the outdoor grill as well as having our very own state of the art mobile kitchen.
Are there bathroom facilities available for use?
Wedding guests and members of the wedding party who are staying at the Vineyard Inn are encouraged to use their own suites.  For other non-inn guests, there are handicap accessible bathrooms available in Corky’s Wine Bar.
What is the maximum number of guests?      
We can do events as large as 125 guests in the summer. In the early Spring and Fall  our events are forced inside due to the inclimate weather, and we can accommodate events up to 50 guests in our charming Bistro.
Is The Vineyard Inn handicap accessible?
We have one handicapped accessible suite, the lawn and tented area are accessible via the ramp located on the south side of the Inn. The lawn itself is not very conducive to wheelchairs. Bathrooms in the Bistro are handicap accessible.
What kind of tables and chairs are used for the ceremony and reception?
We provide 60” round tables and white wooden, padded chairs for the ceremony and reception.  Custom linens and chair covers are available for rent.
Is there ample parking for vendors and guests?
The Vineyard Inn has parking for up to 50 cars only.  We encourage our weddings to utilize our own limos or trolleys to pick up guests other than those staying at the Inn from their hotels.  We have a 12 passenger Mercedes Limo Coach and a 24 passenger Trolley available which can be rented for your special day.
Do we need to provide insurance?
Yes. The insurance rider is a rider you can get from your’s or your parents home owner’s policy.  It simply needs to name both Wine Country Weddings and Events, LLC and The Vineyard Inn as additional insured.  Typically, it does not cost anything (some companies do charge $50).  This insures yourself and us for the day of the event.  Fortunately, we have never had an incident yet, but it is good for all concerned to have it.
What is the proper etiquette for whether or not to have our guests pay for their own lodging costs?
To date, we have never had an issue with guests feeling it improper to pay for their lodging.  Although the cost of your guests’ lodging fees needs to be pre-paid by you, this  is to ensure that we will have a fully occupied Inn. Prior to your event date, we request that you provide us with a rooming list showing us which guests are assigned to which suites, along with the amount you are charging them.  At check-in, The Vineyard Inn staff will be happy to greet your guests and check them in for the amount you are charging them.  Our rates are posted in on the website .  Upon check-out, we will do a walk-thru and determine if there is any damage, at which time we will write you a check for the lodging portion we received from your guests or you may apply it toward your bar bill.
Can we have a rehearsal dinner and/or bridal brunch? Beach BBQ?
Of course we can arrange additional events.  If you rented the entire Inn, we can come up with all sorts of ideas to entertain your guests. Please keep in mind that your event is a one day event and additional group events that include guests that are not staying at the Inn may be subject to additional costs or facility fees. All food service and alcohol in public areas must be provided by Corky's Bistro. We dot allow cooking for groups in the suites. Please see our a’ la carte menu for a few ideas.
What happens if it rains?
In our entire history of events, as of 2013, we’ve only ever had one rainy day!  We can easily move the ceremony into a tent if you have chosen a tented event or we can move it into the Bistro.
Your prices seem a little high.  Why is that?
Yes, we realize that at first glance, our wedding venues may seem a bit pricey, but please keep in mind, many places may charge a facility fee and do not include all the extras that we do.  For example, here at Wine Country Weddings & Events, we know how stressful it can be to plan a destination wedding.  With that in mind, we have included many extras that similar outdoor properties do not include.  For instance, tables, chairs, tents, all set-up and tear-down and event manager for the day.  In addition, we supply our couples with an extensive vendors list which is a fabulous resource for the best wedding professionals in the business.  Please also remember, our unique venues are on the water and we only host one “ Sky’s the Limit”  event per day - YOURS  - unlike other venues that host several weddings per day.  Very few inns will even do weddings - the loss of regular inn stays and the wear and tear on the property due to the larger number of guests.  We feel that our fees are very competitive, especially considering that we are one of a very few direct waterfront event locations in Michigan, everything is on site, we are a complete wedding package for any couple searching for the perfect  stress free beach wedding.


Why should a bride/groom choose Wine Country Weddings & Events?
We exclusively represent the most unique event venues in Northern Michigan. We are a comprehensive, valuable and cost efficient resource to assist brides in creating the weddings of their wishes and dreams.Our venue managers will offer you professional advice to help you create the most special day of your life.  We can help save you money and time by recommending the best vendors that fit your budget and style.
 We are a comprehensive, valuable and cost efficient resource to assist brides in creating the weddings of their wishes and dreams.
What’s included in the venue pricing?

    • chairs and tables for Both your reception  and Ceremony {up to 200) 
    • Onsite personnel for the entire day to assist in directing vendors,orchestrating parking and in general to ensure that the event runs smoothly.
  • The pricing includes the entire property for the duration of your event. Gardens, beachfront , Beach Bar ,
  • A black tie restroom facility,hot/cold running water , music ,AC, heat , full length mirrors
  • Exclusive use of 40x60 Barn to decorate however you wish
  • Bridal suite
  • Grooms Room to prepare
  • Choice of Ceremony locations  
  • Numerous props available to rent
  • We provide an extensive list of trusted vendors (Great Resource)
  •  Your guests are welcome to roam  and explore the entire estate
  • Gardens, pond, vineyards, orchards 
Please understand that we are not your wedding stylists, and do not help decorate the venue.
After we book, can we look at the property any time or do we need an appointment?
Because it is a private estate, we do require appointments be made to view and tour the property for couples and immediate family, please give us a call to schedule.  Please advise your wedding guests that we prefer no early viewings or visits.
When can we rehearse?
Rehearsal times must be scheduled for the day prior to the wedding, before 2:00 p.m., for one hour only.  The event barn is not available at that time.
Can we serve alcohol?
Yes, alcohol may be served.  At Crooked Creek Ranch, you can supply your own alcohol or you may opt to have  Corkys delivery service provide beer, wine and alcohol.  As an additional service ,you may also opt to pay $5.00 per guest and we will supply all the miscellaneous bar items for you, ie. all of the ice, barware,recyclable glassware, juice, soda, mixers, garnishes, etc.discounted pricing also available from our own nearby vineyard, French Valley Vineyards.
CAN WE ORDER ALCOHOL ,BEER AND Wine and  HAVE DELIVERED?
Absolutely, CORKY'S BISTRO  now offers a liquor catering  service. Simply let us know what you would like to order at your wedding and we can supply all the necessary alcohol, wine , beer kegs and mixers for your wedding at cost plus 25%. If you choose this option we include kegerators , taps and no  deposit  on kegs necessary.
Can we drop things off prior to our wedding date?
Due to other scheduled events, liability and limited storage, we can not store items for you prior to your wedding date.  You can bring items to your contracted location after 9:00 a.m. the morning of the event.
How late can our wedding celebration last?
You may start your event anytime after 12 noon. Music must cease at 10:30 p.m. and all guests must depart by 11:00 p.m.
Can we bring our own additional decorations?
Yes!  We encourage guests to personalize their special day with their own decorations.  (note  open flames are not permitted anywhere in the Crooked Creek Ranch event barn, as well as staples or nails).
When can we decorate?
Any additional decorations you choose to add to your wedding site must be done on the reserved date after 9:00 a.m.  (note - please remove any additional decorations or personal belongings by noon the following day).
Are table linens provided?
Linens are not provided. We provide a selection of vendors for you to order your linens from.
Are there suitable bathroom facilities available for use?
We have a beautiful event restroom facility on site for use during your day.  Men’s and women’s restrooms, each with full sinks and running water (as bathroom facilities in the farmhouse are not available to event guests).  The deluxe restrooms are climate controlled, have beautiful wood interiors with private stalls and double vanities and music.
What is the maximum number of guests?
We can do events as large as 500 guests.
Is Crooked Creek Ranch handicap accessible?
The Barn is ramped and accessible by wheelchair.  We also have a restroom in the bridal suite that is available for handicapped use. Naturally this is an outdoor venue and it is recommended that a golf cart be rented to accommodate older guests and handicapped guests.
What type of tables and chairs are used for the ceremony and reception?
We provide 60” round tables plus wooden, padded, folding chairs in white for the ceremony and natural finish for the reception - enough for 200 guests.  Additional tables and chairs for a larger number of guests must be rented from any of our preferred vendors, or your own vendors.
Are tents allowed?
Of course!  Tent location and set-up must be pre-approved by Wine Country Weddings & Events/Crooked Creek Ranch Management.  We have several suitable locations for an event tent.  If your tent requires multiple days for set-up, please be advised that additional charges may apply.  We have several approved tent vendors on our vendor list.
Is there ample parking for vendors and guests?
Yes.  The north pasture, near the entrance to the Ranch, is used for parking for all vendors and guests.  No one is to drive on the lawn, or up to the barn, as this will create a bottleneck upon trying to get back out.  Golf carts are available for rent for transportation from the parking area to the ceremony and reception location. Buses are also welcome, just know they MUST drop guests off BEFORE the creek and are strictly forbidden beyond the creek.h
Do we need to provide insurance?
The insurance rider is a rider you get from your home owner’s policy.  It simply needs to name both Wine Country Weddings and Events, LLC and Crooked Creek Ranch, LLC as additional insured.  Typically, it does not cost anything (maybe $50).  This insures yourself and us for the day of the event.  Fortunately, we have never had an incident , but it is good for all concerned to have it.
Do you have a list of recommended wedding professionals?
We’re happy to provide a list of our recommended vendors and discuss particular recommendations after we confirm your interest and have a signed contract and deposit.
Can we hire vendors that are not on your list?
Naturally, we prefer that you choose our vendors who are familiar with our property and whom we have confidence in, but we absolutely welcome new vendors. You are responsible for their conduct and actions on the property andyou need to share the terms of your contract and  these F & Q's so they understand and abide by all the respective properties rules and regulations. 
Who does the bartending for our event?
 We must provide the Bartenders , they are  $25.00 per hour, and typically will be there for 8 hours [this includes set up & tear down as well]​ .Bartenders are mindful about checking IDs, over-pouring and not serving intoxicated guests. We provide the bartenders through our Catering Division. B
Where can our guests stay?
Many guests stay in Leland, the Homestead, The Vineyard Inn on Suttons Bay or in one of the many lodging facilities in the greater Grand Traverse Area.  We also offer  a selection of other beautiful waterfront rental properties in the area.
What happens if it rains?
You can choose to rent a backup tent, with a location close to the event barn, or we can move the ceremony into the event barn itself, depending on your number of guests. [100-120 guests max.]
Who is responsible for the set-up/clean-up?
Our Wine Country Weddings & Events staff will take care of all the tables and chairs for both the ceremony and reception.  We take care of all cleanup. Personal belongings/additional props you brought in must be removed by 12 pm the following day.
Is there wedding transportation available?
We have a 12-passenger Mercedes Limo Coach and a 24-passenger Trolley and buses that we offer our brides & grooms at discounted rates for your wedding transportation. If you’re going to have a significant amount of people needing rides, we highly recommend renting a bus from our preferred vendors list.
Should we hire a wedding coordinator?
If you are planning a destination wedding, we strongly recommend that you work with a coordinator/ wedding designer. We work very closely with several wedding designers who are extremely creative, organized and can greatly enhance your event.  We prefer that you choose one of the experts on our vendors list .
Are other events booked on my event day?
We are now booking events back to back, which means Friday and Sunday events are likely.  We do NOT book  other events on the same day of your wedding at individual venues, unless it is a morning Sweet and Simple 1-1/2 hour  Ceremony only. That being said, we will do our best to accommodate rehearsal times without intrusion to the other weddings and/or your wedding.
Do you host rehearsal dinners?
Corky’s Wine Bar & Beach Bistro is now open at nearby The Vineyard Inn , and we’d be happy to discuss options for a rehearsal dinner, or beach BBQ, bridal showers, Engagement and Proposal packages.  Corky’s can seat 50 guests indoors,
OK! We love it!  How do we reserve our date?
We will hold your  date for ten days without a deposit, while you look over the agreement that has been sent to you via email.  To reserve your date, a contract must be signed with 50% of the total cost paid.  Total cost varies according to venue and amount of guests.  The remaining 50% of the estimated total bill is due 90 days prior to the wedding date.
What is your cancellation policy?
As stated earlier, 50% of the facility fee is required at the time of contract signing, with the remaining balance due 90 days prior to event date.  Deposits (less 25% of the total rental fee) are refundable up to 180 days prior to the scheduled event date.  After this date, the full deposit is non-refundable.
Your prices seem a bit high?
Yes, we realize that at first glance, our wedding venues may seem a bit pricey, but please keep in mind, many places may charge a facility fee and do not include all the extras that we do.  For example, here at Wine Country Weddings & Events, we know how stressful it can be to plan a destination wedding.  With that in mind, we have included many extras that similar outdoor properties do not include.  For instance, all tables, chairs, all set-up, event manager for the day, bridal suite and rider’s lounge for the bride and groom to relax and prepare.  Many similar outdoor venues also do not offer a “Black Tie” portable restroom facility.  Ours alone, if you were to rent it separately, would be $2,500.  In addition, we supply our couples with an extensive vendors list which is a invaluable resource for the best wedding professionals in the business.   Please also remember, our unique venues are on the water ( except French Valley and Marketplace) and we only host one event per day - YOURS  - unlike other venues that host several weddings per day.  Our couples will also enjoy discounts on our limo and trolley/bus service.  And because Crooked Creek Ranch and French Valley Vineyards are agricultural entities,  we do not charge sales tax.  Lastly, keep in mind that you may bring your own alcohol, which in itself is a huge savings!