Answers to Venue Rental Questions
Venue Rental FAQ's
The Gardens at FranMo Urban Farm is a 25,000 sq. ft. private park-like setting that is available to host weekday work team off-sites and receptions, weekend garden party get-togethers, and micro wedding productions.
Currently booking events for Spring and Summer 2023. Site visits by appointment only. Click Here to Contact FranMo
Q: How many people can The Gardens at FranMo Urban Farm accommodate?
A: The Gardens is a big venue committed to hosting small events. Maximum Occupancy for all events is limited to 30 persons, plus your vendors - - Caterer, Photographers, Wedding Officiant, Planner, etc.
There is no limit on Virtual Guests. If you plan to live stream or Zoom your event or wedding to family and friends, we can help you with that too.
Q: How much does it cost to rent The Gardens at FranMo Urban Farm?
Multiple consecutive day bookings may be eligible for a price reduction.
Q: Where do I purchase a WA State Banquet Permit?
Q: Where do I purchase a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for my Event?
A: Click Here to Purchase Day Of Event Liability Insurance for FranMo Urban Farm
Q: Does FranMo provide a Day of Coordinator?
A: Yes. No matter the size of your gathering, a Day of Coordinator/Venue Host will be on site for the duration to assist in any way, answer any questions, and keep your event running smoothly.
Q: How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable?
A: Terms for any production is 50% Non-Refundable Deposit of Rental Fee plus a Security/Damage Deposit is due with signed rental contract. Balance due 21-Days prior to your event. Along with WA State Banquet Permit and Day Of Liability Ins. per rental agreement. For booking less than 45 days prior to the event date, all fees are due in advance.
Q: What is FranMo Urban Farm’s cancelation policy?
A: Rental Deposit is non-refundable. Cancelations confirmed in writing less than 90 days prior to the booked date will forfeit the original deposit collected towards your event. Security deposit will be returned within 14 days of written cancelation.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Venmo, PayPal, Credit Cards w/PP, and Cashier’s Checks
Q: Are there any noise restrictions?
A: Yes, due to the natural outdoor environment, no DJ's or Dance Parties are permitted. FranMo is a large park-like space packed with trees, seasonal colors and the sounds one would expect in such a setting. Amplified Music is not permitted to be projected across the property. Ambient soundtracks shall be contained to a defined social gathering spaces.
Q: Can we bring our own Alcohol? What about hard liquor?
A: No hard liquor of any kind permitted. Alcohol is limited to beer, wine, cider, mead, and Champagne. WA State Banquet Permit required for any event providing food and/or drink of any kind. Day of Event Liability Insurance required for all productions.
Q: Do we have to hire a preferred Caterer?
A: No. DIY renters may BYO prepared food and beverages. We do have an open Catering policy so you may hire any licensed professional caterer. Or just have you food delivered.
Q: Is there a kitchen available for cooking and food preparation?
A: Yes. FranMo offers a food preparation space for caterers. However, FranMo is a non-cooking facility. We suggest a licensed and insured full-service caterer with experience working off site.
Q: How many hours does the Wedding and Reception rental fee include?
A: FranMo is available for day-time events only. The Sat/Sun rental is for up to 6-hours of site use between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Site is cleared and gates close at 7:00 pm.
Q: Can we use our own Officiant?
A: Yes. Of course. Officiant Frank Harlan is not inclusive to venue rentals. However he is very experienced, and a great resource for secular or non-religious couples.
Q: Are there changing areas for the bride(s), groom(s), or wedding party?
A: Yes, the wedding party will have access to a private Green Room for prep and down time.
Q: How much time is allocated for the rehearsal?
A: Rehearsals may be schedule up to 5 days in advance. Unless the venue is rented, Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the day every Thursday. Groups will have one hour to gather and walk through their ceremony’s rehearsal. FranMo's Day of Coordinator can direct the ceremony rehearsal if needed.
Q: Can I bring in a cake made by a friend or professional baker?
A: You may get your cake from any place you would like. Cakes may be delivered on the date of your wedding but not before. FranMo does not have kitchen facilities.
Q: Is there a cake-cutting fee?
A: No. that’s just a weird add-on, don’t you think?
Q: Is there a corking fee?
Q: Are cabs/rideshares (i.e. Uber, Lyft, etc.) easily accessible from the venue?
A: Yes. Absolutely. FranMo is only10 miles north of downtown Seattle. And central to many popular Seattle destination communities.
Q: Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware, and glassware provided, or will I have to rent them myself or get them through my caterer?
A: FranMo has a limited number of rustic metal farm chairs, low rounds and cocktail tables with black linens; available to accommodate up to 30 guests comfortably.
Plates, silverware, or glassware are not provided but may be rented by client, as well as any other rental elements (i.e. tents, different chairs and tables) and delivered to FranMo up to two days prior to your event.
Q: What's your rainy day contingency (backup) plan?
A: For the 2022 Wedding Season, there are two Tents placed on popular multi-use spaces. 18x28 Event Tent set up on the Blackberry Terrace and a 10 x20 Tent on the Garden View Patio for ceremony and reception activities.
Q: Are we allowed to bring in our own decorations?
A: Yes, of course. However, you may need approval before installing.
Q: Do you have signage or other aids to direct guests to my event?
A: Yes, we have two A-Boards that can be set out by the main entrance into the gardens.
Q: Do you provide heaters and/or umbrellas for the outdoor spaces?
A: No. We currently do not have these amenities available. But we may be able to direct you to outside vendors familiar with our venue who can provide specialized equipment and services.