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Frequently Asked Wedding Questions




How do I hold and confirm a wedding date?


What is the limit on number of guests for weddings?

Do children count as guests?

Can we provide our own music for the wedding?

What will we do if it rains?

Can we bring champagne?

Can a family member video our wedding?


Will we have a unity candle in our ceremony?

Are there other local accommodations for our guests?

Is there a restaurant close by that we could take our wedding guests to?

Where do the host's of Butterfly Hollow Retreat live?

Can we say our own vows?

Can our minister perform the ceremony?


Do you provide any wedding favors?


Are there any local beauty salons to have my hair and/or makeup done?

Do high heels work well for outside weddings ?


How do I hold and confirm a wedding date? To hold a date for a wedding or vow renewal ceremony we require a 50% deposit, which can either be by check or credit card. Once you have requested to hold a date either via phone or email, we'll send you an email with the details of your wedding package and the deposit amount. There will also be a link within the email if you would like to take care of the deposit online. Once your reservation has been confirmed, we'll follow up with an email confirmation that will include links to some more helpful wedding planning web pages. The balance for your wedding package will be due 30 days before your arrival date.

What is the limit on number of guests for your weddings? The Wedding With Friends package can have up to 14 guests. This limit is primarily due to our insurance guidelines, but also the intimate nature of our valley and size of the farmhouse. We wish we could share Butterfly Hollow with more of your family and friends, but having this comfortable number will also help keep your wedding celebration simple, personal and stress free. The limit of fourteen guests for your wedding, is in addition to the two of you.  The only exceptions are when you provide your own officiant or photographer. They do not count in your guest limit.   TOP>>

Do children count as guests? Yes. An infant would be the only exception.     TOP>>

Can we provide our own music for the wedding? Absolutely! You would be more than welcome to bring your favorite music CD's, mp3 player or ipod. We have a portable sound system that you can use. If you do not have any musical preferences we have a wide variety of instrumental music for the ceremony. If you have reserved the Wedding with Friends package you might also like to consider hiring a live musician for your ceremony. Violin, guitar, or cello are truly magical.      TOP>>

What will we do if it rains? For weddings in Butterfly Hollow, we can still have a beautiful, cozy ceremony with flowers, candles and natural touches on the covered wrap around porch of the farmhouse or inside beside the fieldstone fireplace.      TOP>>

Can we bring champagne for our reception? Sure. Due to local laws and regulations we cannot sell or provide alcohol. Since this is a private function, you are more than welcome to bring your own or hire a licensed bar service.     TOP>>

Can a family member video our wedding? Most definitely!!     TOP>>

Will we have a unity candle in our ceremony? We would like the ceremony to be a reflection of you and your love story. If you would like to include any of the wedding traditions, like the Unity Candle or add something a little non-traditional - that would be wonderful.  Since most of our weddings are outside, you might also look into a few of the alternatives, like the sand ceremony.      TOP>>

Are there other local accommodations for our guests? Yes, there is a local Comfort Inn about ten minutes away, several B&Bs, rental cabins and state parks very close by and most all the standard chain hotels to choose from within a 25 minute drive in Lebanon. Once your reservation has been confirmed, we will send you more information and contact phone numbers for some of these lodging alternatives in our confirmation email.        TOP>>

Is there a restaurant close by that we could take our wedding guests to? There is a wonderful restaurant called The Timberloft, which is about ten minutes away from the hollow. It has a warm, rustic lodge feel, a lounge, patio dining and a menu filled with delicious entrees. Also near by is The Galley, which is a Floating restaurant on the Center Hill lake, Outback Steak House, The Blue Water Grill , Demos Steak House and many other dining choices twenty minutes away in Lebanon.

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Where do the hosts of Butterfly Hollow Retreat live? David and Sharon designed the renovation of the farmhouse so that when they are sharing the property as a retreat or bed and breakfast, they are completely self sufficient in the lower back section of the home, which has a separate private entrance. The entire front of the farmhouse as well as upstairs, common areas, wrap around porches, 85 acres and walking trails are for you to completely enjoy.    TOP>>

Can we say our own vows? Most certainly. If you would like to include any special prayer, traditions or non-traditions into your ceremony, that would be wonderful. We want your wedding to be a reflection of the two of you. We do have a list of many sample vows and ceremony ideas, if you would like a little inspiration, which we also include in the confirmation email.       TOP>>

Can our minister perform the ceremony? Yes. You are welcome to have anyone you like perform the service. In order for the ceremony to officially unite you as husband and wife and make it legal through the state of Tennessee, the ceremony must of have two witnesses and one of them must either be an elected official like a county clerk or ordained through a religious organization. All the wedding packages, where the minister or officiant is provided by Butterfly Hollow, are legally binding and will be filed in the county where you received your marriage license within three days of your wedding. If you provide your own officiant, they will not count in your guest total.  
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Do you provide any wedding favors ? You would be welcome to bring along any gifts that you would like to share with your family and friends.   TOP>>

Are there any local beauty salons so I can have my hair/makeup done? Yes. There are several salons and beauty shops within a ten minute drive of the hollow. The confirmation email that you'll receive after your reservation is made will list all of them along with their contact numbers so that you can make an appointment. TOP>>

Do high heels work well for outside weddings? Heels can be a bit challenging, especially if the ground is soft or wet. Wedges work the best, though we have had many brides wear sandals, flip flops, or go barefoot. If high heels are a must, then you might need to pack along a little sense of humor too, or perhaps bring along some comfy shoes to walk around in and then slip into your heels at the wedding spot.

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