Frequently Asked Questions
What dates are available for my wedding?
What is the building capacity?
Harper House can seat up to 100 people comfortably inside our gathering hall. For larger weddings tents can be rented and set up in a variety of areas on the farm. Outdoor seating is unlimited.
We plan to have our ceremony off site, or only plan to have our ceremony at Harper House. Does the fee change?
No, the full rate will apply.
Will there be another wedding or event the same day?
No, you will have exclusive use of the entire property for the day.
Are there overnight accommodations nearby?
Yes, a variety of hotels are available close by in Newport, Batesville or Jonesboro.
How many cars can you accommodate?
Around 100 cars in the grassy areas to the north of the main house.
Do you allow dogs or pets onsite to play a part in our wedding day?
We allow dogs and only the couples dogs. The name and breed of the dog must be listed on the contract. They must be kept on a leash at all times outside for their own protection and in a kennel inside the hall. No other dogs or animals are allowed on the property at any time.
Cost and Payment Questions:
What is the rental fee and what does it include?
Do I need to schedule a tour or can I just stop by?
All tours are by appointment only.
Is there a deposit?
A non-refundable down payment of 50% of the package cost is required at the time of booking and signing the contract. The remaining 50% balance can be paid in equal non-refundable payments scheduled at intervals to be fully paid prior to the event.
How do I reserve a date?
A non-refundable down payment of 50% of the package cost is required at the time of booking and signing of the contract to reserve the date.
What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Harper House?
Starting budgets vary, our all inclusive packages start at $6,500. Most couples should expect to spend around $8,500, depending on a variety of options.
What form of payment does Harper House accept?
Checks are preferred. Venmo and Paypal are also accepted with an additional fee, as well as payment through Honeybook.
Are we required to purchase wedding liability insurance?
Yes, we do require a $1,000,000 event insurance policy with Jeremy and Lesley Walker and Harper House at Walker Farms both listed as the additional insured.
Catering and Food Questions:
Is there a food, beverage or guest count minimum?
Do we have to utilize your caterers?
We do recommend using a caterer from our preferred list but you may choose your own licensed, bonded and insured caterer.
What are our catering options at Harper House?
A licensed and insured caterer is required and you may choose your own or we can suggest one.
How much should we expect to spend on catering?
Expect to pay a minumum of $14 per person and up depending on the caterer and food choice. We do include catering options in our all inclusive packages.
Does Harper House handle the catering orders or do I work with the caterer directly?
You can work with the caterer of your choice directly if using your own caterer. Otherwise Harper House will handle all catering in our all inclusive packages.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Alcohol is not included in any of our packages. You may purchase you own or we can handle that for an additional fee. All alcohol must be served by licensed and insured bartenders with service ending no later than 10:30. Bartenders and security are required during all events where alcohol is served. The fee for bartending and security is paid to Harper House no less than 30 days prior to the event. Security and bartending services for up to 5 hours is $500 for a total of up to 150 people.
Tables, Chairs and Linen Questions:
What type of tables do you offer?
We have 13 8’ farm tables as well as 4 6’ round farm tables.
Do you provide table linens, cups, silverware, etc?
No. They are however included in our all-inclusive packages.
Do you include a wedding day coordinator?
We do not include a coordinator but you will need a day of wedding coordinator to manage the timeline of events and vendors which will also be a contact person we can communicate with. You can hire a coordinator or you can choose one or more persons (not parents or persons in the wedding party) and they need to arrive early and be in charge of the flow of the event including guests arrival, cake, serving of food, flowers, décor, photography, caterers, etc. If you choose one of our all-inclusive packages, Harper House handles coordination.
How will the tables, chairs, etc. Be arranged for my event?
We will have the tables already set up at the designated reception site as they are very heavy and hard to move. The ceremony chairs will be stacked inside the Gathering Hall. You may rearrange the chairs inside or outside at the designated reception site and set up the ceremony site. If you have purchased an all-inclusive package Harper House staff will set up according to a predetermined plan.
If we choose the venue only option, will we be able to access the location early to rehearse our ceremony?
Yes the date and time will be scheduled based on availability.
Can vehicles be left overnight?
What time does the music need to end?
We are using a rental company. Can they drop off items or pick up items outside the rental period?
Yes, but they will need to schedule those appointment with Harper House directly.
Are candles allowed?
Yes, they should be in a vase or jar with the flame below the top edge of the container.
Is it possible to seat more than 8 to a table?
Yes, depending on setup, it is possible to seat 10 at the farm tables and 9 at the round tables.
How far in advance do you need our final headcount?
No later than 45 days prior to the event date. Keep us updated of any changes in count of number.
Setup and Day of Event Questions:
Are outside snacks and trays permitted?
Can we take photos around the farm on our wedding day?
Yes, but only in the designated mowed areas around the venue.
Can we nail decorations to the walls or hang things like streamers or lanterns or move things around?
No, but you may use Command strips to attach décor. No fake flowers petals permitted. No confetti or balloons of any kind.
Can we use sparklers for our send off?
Yes, if there is not a Jackson County burn ban in effect and they must be used by adults only. Fireworks are not permitted as Harper House is located on a working farm and crop fire is a real danger.