Frequently Asked Questions
Planning the Perfect Wedding
Choosing your venue is the most important first step to planning the perfect wedding. At INOLA, we will guide your way with care and expertise.
Will there be any other events on the property during my Platinum Wedding weekend?
No. With the INOLA Platinum Package the entire village is yours for the weekend, and you can have multiple events across the weekend. The only thing that alters the price is the number of people, but the use is unfettered.
Will there be another wedding the same day?
For the Platinum Package, we host one wedding each weekend to ensure that each couple’s event is special and receives our full attention. For other wedding packages, we may hold two (2) events on the same day.
How can we tour the venue?
We offer tours by appointment 7 days a week. Owner Susie Council does all the tours, so you know that you are well cared for to secure your special wedding.
Do you have a map of INOLA?
Yes we do. Here is an overview of the full property of INOLA highlighting all the different areas.
How many guests can the venue accommodate?
Weddings up to 240:
We have a myriad wedding, rehearsal dinner and overnight accommodations options. We can accommodate up to 240 guests – a package which includes the Wythe Estate, Orchard Pavilion and Formal English Gardens. Experience the feeling of owning your own private village. For small elegant weddings, our Main Street offers the Hopewell Chapel that seats 90 and the Wetherburn Tavern for receptions that seat up to 70 as a perfect pairing.
We offer wedding packages for all days of the week, from small elopement packages to our lavish full-property Platinum Village Package. We can also curate a custom package unique to your needs and desires. Customer service is our mantra.
Are there overnight accommodations on the property and nearby?
Yes, we have many luxury homes and cottages on the property, sleeping up to 26 guests. Our full property buy-out allows for family and friends to gather throughout the weekend (golf carts included). Downtown Blue Ridge is only one (1) mile from Inola and has shopping, dining and hotels. The nearby Hampton Inn offers group booking rates.
- Wythe Estate: sleeps ten, with four private king luxury suites, all with individual in-suite bathrooms. Included is one secluded queen pull-out in the sitting room, full custom kitchen and luxurious and spacious dining and living room spaces. and large bridal suite.
- Peacock Cottage next door to the Wythe Estate: sleeps six, two bedrooms, (one king, one queen, one queen pull-out), kitchenette and bathroom.
- Vintner Cottage: sleeps six, three bedrooms, (one king, two queens), full kitchen, 1 1/2 bathrooms, separate dining room, living room, large screened-in deck and custom firepit.
- The Wetherburn Tavern: sleeps four, (one king suite and queen pull-out), Main floor kitchen, dining room, living room and sitting rooms available with upgrade.
What dates do you have available?
Email susie@Inolablueridge.com to check availability. Spring and fall can fill up over a year ahead
How do I book my wedding date?
You can secure your wedding date in three easy steps:
- Fill out our simple contact form or call to inquire about your chosen date and alternates and set up a personalized tour.
- Complete your signed contract and first payment. We accept Credit Cards and Bank Wires. Fees apply.
- Dates are booked on a first come basis. Once the contract and first payment are received and the funds clear the bank, we’ll send a welcome email confirming that the date is secured.
How long is a wedding tour?
Please allow 1-1.5 hours for an all-inclusive village tour.
Do you provide a full-service wedding planner?
Yes, included in all packages, our professional in-house wedding planners will walk you through all your planning and logistics and orchestrates your day-of wedding, so everything is stress free.
What is your payment plan?
Deposit Payment is due at booking to secure your date which is 33% of the package amount. The next 33% is due 6 months out, the final 34% is due 45 days out from the wedding event. Payment structure is adjusted for weddings booked less than one (1) year out. Final guest count is due seven (7) days prior to wedding event. 5% discount for full payment made at time of signing. We have add-ons and up-grades that some brides choose after signing, we always attempt to accommodate these requests. These fees are due 100% upon signing an addendum agreement.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Credit Cards and Bank Wires. Fees apply.
What is your inclement weather plan?
We designed our venue to be beautiful both inside and out, so no matter the weather you can rest assured you’ll always have your perfect day. The Orchard Pavilion is the perfect tented complement for the adjoining formal English Gardens. In case of inclement weather, your vows will take place in the Orchard Pavilion which holds 240 guests. Also, the Wetherburn Tavern and Hopewell Chapel are indoor facilities located on our picturesque main street.
Do you have a waiting list for cancelled dates?
Yes, we do maintain a cancellation/waiting list.
May we bring our dog(s) on wedding day?
Yes, if pre-approved. Additional rules and fees apply.
When may we arrive at the Bride and Groom suites?
The Bridal and Groom suites as well as the Cigar Lounge will be open at 9:00 am day of wedding. Packages that include the Wythe Estate overnight accommodations allow for access at 2pm the day prior with check-out at 2pm the day following the wedding.
What time is my rehearsal?
Day-of or day before rehearsals allowed and will be scheduled by the venue or wedding planner. If you book the Platinum Package or overnight accommodations you may rehearse the evening before. This frees up your evening prior, allows for everyone to be in-town, and to rehearse at the correct site based on that day’s weather. Rehearsing typically takes 30 minutes up to an hour, so there’s more time for photos and relaxing throughout the wedding day.
What time do you suggest we start the ceremony?
To make the best use of outdoor photography and natural sunlight, we suggest starting March – November weddings from 5:00-6:00pm prior to daylight savings ending. For winter weddings we suggest starting at 4:00-5:00pm.
What are wedding end times?
Wedding end times are 11:00pm on Friday/Saturday and 10:00pm on Sunday. The send-off is 5 hours after the start of the ceremony. There are several after-party options we’re happy to share with you if some of your guests would like to continue the celebration.
How many cars can your parking lot accommodate?
We can accommodate approximately 125 cars with Valet,
Does your fee change if the ceremony is held off-site?
Since we host one event per day, our fee structure remains the same whether you hold your ceremony on or off-site.
How far in advance do you need our final guest count?
We’ll need your final guest count and floor plan 7 days prior to your wedding.
Are we required to use your Preferred Vendor list?
Our Preferred Vendor list are professionals that have all worked at the venue and have a proven high quality of service and products. You may choose a vendor group not on our list if we approve them in writing and there will be a 15% additional fee due to the venue over what that vendor charges you. We have learned that not using our Preferred Vendors often leads to miscommunication added stress. We discourage but understand and will try to accommodate your needs.
May we leave vehicles, rentals, personal belongings, etc until the next day?
To ensure we can properly clean and prepare the venue for the next event, all items and vehicles must be removed from the venue the night of your wedding for all packages other than Platinum and Gold, which allows Sunday removal up to 10am.
Is Event Insurance Required?
Event liability insurance is required only if Venue determines there is a need and may be purchased here: TheEventHelper.com
What is there to do in Blue Ridge?
The Combination of INOLA and Blue Ridge is unbeatable in the North Georgia mountains. Downtown is located only one mile away. INOLA has walking paths, gardens, main street, and Sugar Lake to explore. Attractions include, Mercier’s Orchard .4 miles north, shopping and dining that rivals Atlanta in downtown Blue Ridge, the scenic train ride from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, vineyards with wine tours, hiking trails including the start of the Appalachian Trail, the South’s best mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking on the Ocoee 30 mins north (site of the 1996 Olympics). Lake Blue Ridge Marina is just 10 mins away. See the Chamber of Commerce for an updated calendar of events.
Note: The above information is general. The Signed Contract and Exhibit A & B shall govern all.
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