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Continuing our series that shares tips and advice from some of North Carolina's best wedding and event professionals, today's feature showcases The Family Farm on Avent Ferry. It was my pleasure to enjoy a personal tour last month with my grand-baby at my side.
Keith Propes, our gracious host was so kind ... even helping our little one discover the secret egg door at the chicken coop. The puzzled look on her face was priceless: "Wait ... these come from chickens?!"
This farm is more than a venue that looks and feels like a farm ... it's really a working farm! Located in Southwestern Wake County, the property has been in the same family for six generations. In 2012, he family decided to make the working family farm available to the public for special events.
Their 70 year old traditional cow barn, 100+ year old log tobacco barn and 60 year old traditional tobacco barn create a unique setting for your event. You and your guests can enjoy a hayride among the cows, go fishing, feed the horses and watch the sparks dance over the bonfire. June, Tim and Keith invite you to come join them for a taste of farm life and they will certainly welcome you with open arms!
We asked Keith to share some words of wisdom with couples who are seeking a ceremony and reception venue.
Here are Keith's responses to my questions in a Q&A format:
What is your Business Name?: The Family Farm on Avent Ferry
What is your Web Address: thefamilyfarmonaventferry.com
What is your Business Category?: Agritourism -- We are a working cattle farm (agriculture) and also provide other activities (tourism) such as event rentals, pumpkin, mums and Christmas trees sales.
What common mistakes do you see couples making?: Probably the most common mistake I see couples make is either overlooking or neglecting details they wish they had not. Sometimes it is a conscientious, cost savings decision and sometimes it is a complete oversight on their part. For example, the decision not to utilize an outside vendor for a tent in the event of adverse weather or to accommodate a larger than expected crowd.
I also find that time management can become an issue for as well. Many couples chose not to invest in a wedding planner and try to coordinate everything themselves. This can create unanticipated stress, not just in the setup and breakdown of an event, but having to coordinate the details and the flow of the event while its occurring. As it relates to time management, many couples find that had they rented extra time at our venue, things would have been much less stressful on themselves and their family.
What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Look into the hiring of a wedding planner if you can. They have the expertise, relationships and past experience to draw from. They will think of the things you won't and will help to make your special day unfold as you have envisioned. The experience couples and us at The Family Farm have with the use of planners and the experience without a planner are as different as night and day.
What don’t couples know about your business category that they need to know?: Under State of North Carolina guidelines, we are considered a bona-fide farming operation. Because of this, there is a bit more latitude when it comes to activities at our farm. When planning an event, don't be afraid to ask because there is a possibility we may be able to accommodate a request where other venues have told you no.
What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?: I always like to play the pessimist when it comes to planning an event. Always ask yourself what are the repercussions of doing this or not doing that. I always want to see an event go as planned without the unexpected. If you have a caterer or outside vendor you are considering, we like to share our experience. Sometimes, it is all about the questions you should be asking them and not just asking of the venue.
What your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?: If your budget allows, really consider the use of a planner. It really makes a difference. If possible, rent an entire weekend at the venue instead of a single day. We have couples who rent for single days and find themselves reluctantly trying to coordinate vendors' deliveries, set-up, decorating, cleaning, vendor pick-ups, etc. and time management becomes an issue. They end up exhausting themselves early in the day and by the time the end of the event draws near, they are spent. The investment in additional time takes many of those headaches and backaches away.
What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?: I can't honestly say any wedding we have hosted had been particularly unusual. However, I can say that no two weddings have ever been alike. Every couple has done something unique and I am always impressed. It is amazing the ideas couples find on the Internet!
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: The most memorable wedding we have hosted had to be our first. Hosting the first has helped to bring us many more weddings and we are so appreciative of every single one. We are honored and understand the privilege to share such a special day in the lives of everyone who attends a wedding. We never forget that and do not take it for granted. We realize that kids and grandkids will drive by our farm many years from now and say, 'that is where my parents and grandparents were married.' We are helping to create memories and that is why each wedding is memorable to us.
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