Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

What is the price of the house and barn?

The price for 2017 is $7800 for the weekend (Friday to Sunday taxes & fees included). 2018 prices are $8300 for the weekend (Friday to Sunday taxes & fees included). We only host one event per weekend at Gratitude & Grace - it is exclusive use only. To reserve the dates that you would like, there is a nonrefundable $700 security deposit which will be returned after the event providing there are no damages. Note that these rates are for 2014 only.

How many rooms are available?

There are 7 rooms in total. 6 internal bedrooms, a loft, and one external bedroom. The external bedroom is a summer bungalow that can sleep one or two people. It has WIFI and a small refrigerator. (does not have a bathroom or running water)

What are the mattress sizes in each room?

  • The Bridal Sweet - King Sleigh Bed
  • The Sunrise Room - Queen size bed
  • The Butterfly Room - Queen size bed
  • The Main Floor Bedroom - Queen size bed
  • The Lavender Room - Full size bed
  • The Artist - Full size bed
  • Meditation Loft - Full size bedd
  • The Love Shack - (summer bungalow) Queen size bed

Do you have floor plans for the barn?

Yes, I have floor plans for the barn and dimensions for the yard for ceremonies.

What is the parking situation?

There is a private road and a large lighted parking lot.

Do you have an approved vendors list we must choose from?

I have compiled a list of the best vendors in the area to make the process easier for you, but it is your choice whether you choose from the list or not. the G&G vendor list.

Is alcohol permitted on premises?

Yes. I work with a number of different bars and restaurants who have their own liquor license who are indicated on the the G&G vendor list. If you would like another bar or restaurant to handle the alcohol that's not a problem as long as they meet the requirements for serving alcohol.

Can we rent the barn and not the house?

It's possible but it's unlikely to have a Friday or Saturday that's not booked. If for some reason a Friday or Saturday remains unbooked 30 days prior to the date, I would then open it up to being booked for the barn only. I only rent the barn separately on Sundays and weekdays .

Can we rent the house and not the barn?

I will rent the house separately depending on when but unless it's out of the wedding season there could be a surcharge for NOT renting the barn .

What comes included in renting your facilities for the day? Are tents/chairs/tables/linens provided?

Chairs, tables, linens and tents are not included. Those can be rented at the rental companies that I have included on the website under “Preferred Vendors”.

What is the payment plan for the entire bill?

The payment plan is set up so that you can pay the total in two installments.

How much is the deposit and when is it due? Would this deposit be refundable?

The deposit is $700. It is due at the time of booking. It is non-refundable if you decide to cancel. If there are no damages to the property at the end of your stay - it is refunded (usually within 10 business days).

Would there be an additional charge to hold both the ceremony and reception here?

No. There is no additional charge.

How long would we have to use the event space?

As long as you are renting the house - you can use the event space.

Is there a time limit as to when the party would have to end?

No. You may have the party go as long as you wish!

Do you have floor plans for the barn?

Yes, I have floor plans for the barn and dimensions for the yard for ceremonies are available on request

What is the parking situation?

There is a private road back to the barn and a large parking lot with lighting.

Do you have an approved vendors list we must choose from?

I have a list of my favorite vendors in the area, but it is your choice whether you choose them or someone else.

Are you licensed to house alcohol services?

No. Usually, the caterer will provide the alcohol. I work with a number of different bars and restaurants who have their own liquor license who are indicated on the G&G vendor list. If you would like another bar or restaurant to handle the alcohol that's not a problem as long as they meet the requirements for serving alcohol.

Can we supply our own beer and wine?

Yes. You may supply your own beer and wine without a licensed vendor as long as you have wedding or event insurance that covers the liability. A good tip to know is that you may already have this type of liability insurance on your Home Owners Insurance. Ask your insurance agent.

Are there kitchen facilities for caterers?

The barn has a prep kitchen which has a commercial size sink, a refrigerator, and freezer in it. There is no fire of any kind allowed in the barn - it’s from the 1870’s. It’s set up so that the caterers can pitch their cooking tent right outside the prep kitchen

What are the specifics of the prep kitchen?

The prep kitchen has 2 refrigerators, freezer, running water, and a 3 bin commercial sink for rinsing dishes and silverware, There is a separate entrance way to the prep kitchen for caterers which is direct access to their cooking tent if they choose to have one.

Are there bathrooms in the barn?

There are no bathrooms in the barn. There are portable restrooms and restroom trailers available for rent by a local company called Drain Brain. 607-583-3307. They come in a wide variety & range of comfort and prices. Wheelchair accessible units are also available. Please call them or another company of your choice to make arrangements. Guests who are not staying in the house must use the portable restrooms.

Is there enough power for DJ, lighting, etc?

Yes. I've spared no expense on the electrical. The barn has enough power for pretty much anything you might want to do.

Is smoking allowed in the barn or house?

No. There is NO SMOKING in the barn!!!! There are strict insurance policy regulations regarding this. It will be up to the wedding party to make sure all your guests comply with that rule. Failure to do so could affect your return deposit. Smoking is permitted on the premises away from the buildings.

Are there restrictions to using the grounds, pool or lawn games?

The house, house bathrooms, pool and hot tub are restricted to guests who are staying in the house ONLY. The hot tub is not made for more than four people at a time. Any more can result in damage to the hot tub and a loss of deposit.

Can we decorate the barn?

Yes! You can decorate any way you like as long as it's temporary and you take down the decorations after the event. If you'd like to leave string lights, flowers, etc for other couples getting married, Just ask me about them.

If we want a tent, do you provide the tent, or do we rent separately?

You rent that separately.

Is there air conditioning or some type of cooling system for the barn?

There is no air conditioning but there are french doors high up at each end of the barn. Having these open has proven to keep the barn cool in some of the hottest weather.

Do we need to have any type of insurance for our wedding?

Yes, All parties are required to have wedding or event insurance. Wedding or event insurance is quite reasonable for the day. If you have "Home Owners" insurance you may already be covered for this ( check with your insurance company for pricing)

Are we able to set up/break down the day before and the day after?

Most people check in on a Friday - The check-in to the house is at 3:00pm On the day of check in you can be in the barn at noon decorating and setting up for the weekend. The weekend activities can include whatever you like: The rehearsal dinner, the wedding, cocktail hour, the wedding reception and dinner, dancing & music. Even brunch the next morning for the guests.

Do you allow candles in the barn?

Sorry, No fire of any kind is not permitted in or close to the barn, house, or out buildings.

Can you tell me more about your band?

Since Gratitude & Grace is a different type of wedding venue that offers a unique experience, I wanted the music to reflect that as wellI so I put the "Gratitude & Grace House Band" together. Its high-quality dance music that I feel will give people the time of their life! Also, if you hire a band or DJ, when they are finished are they take the sound system with them. With the house band, the sound system stays and you can keep the party going long after the band has stopped playing.

Do we have to use your band?

No. If you decide not to...there are other competent musicians and DJ's in the Ithaca area. I know all of them and I'd be happy to talk to you about your specific musical needs and help you come up with the best choice.

I love your place and the Finger Lakes area and would love to have my wedding at Gratitude & Grace, but I'm a little overwhelmed and concerned about handling all the details from afar. Can you help me with some of the details?

Yes. I can recommend caterers, photographers, bands, DJ's. etc. Although, if you need someone to handle all the details you might want to consider an event or wedding planner.

How do you typically handle trash for events?

I have provided trash and recycle dumpsters which are close to the barn. You and your party are responsible for picking up all trash and recyclable materials and making sure it gets in its proper container.