Answers to Venue Rental Questions
The Gardens at FranMo Urban Farm is a 25,000 sq. ft. private park-like setting that is available to hosts garden party events, smaller weddings and reception productions.
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 (unless noted), 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 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 for a wedding or garden party get-together?
A: Booking Year-round Current Rental Fees:
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 Cleaning/Damage Deposit is due with signed rental contract. Balance due 45-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 60 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 (PP+4%) and Cashier’s Checks
Q: Are there any noise restrictions?
A: Yes, 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 allowed to be projected across the property. Ambient soundtracks shall be contained to a defined social gathering space. Due to the natural outdoor environment, no DJ's or Dance Parties.
RE: Weddings -- A Bluetooth compatible PA system will be provided for a wedding ceremony music and first dance.
Q: Can we bring our own Alcohol? What about hard liquor?
A: No hard liquor of any kind. Alcohol is limited to beer, wine, cider, mead, and champagne. WA State Banquet Permit and single day event Liability Insurance required.
Q: Do we have to hire a preferred Caterer?
A: No. Renters may BYO prepared food and beverages. FranMo does not provide any food preparation facilities. In addition to Day of Event Ins. a WA State banquet permit is required.
Q: If I hire a caterer, is there a kitchen available for them?
A: No. FranMo does not have any food preparation facilities. 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 rental is for 7 hours between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Site is cleared and gates close at 6:00 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 secular couples. Frank Offers an Intimate Wedding and Micro Wedding - Mini Reception Productions in The Gardens at FranMo.
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.
Q: Can I bring in a cake from an outside baker or do I have to use a cake made on site?
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; available to accommodate up to 30 guests comfortably. Linens, 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: A series of Tents placed over multi-use spaces. For example, a 20x30 Event Tent can be set up on the Blackberry Terrace and a 10’x30’ Tent on the Garden View Patio for ceremony and reception activities. This is at the Renter’s expense and must be confirmed no less than 5-days prior to the event date.
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.