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Hi Friends!


I’m McKinzie Loutre, Events Coordinator here at The Center for Rural Development. Many of you may not be aware, but we offer a full range of wedding consultation services to help couples plan and coordinate every last detail leading up to their special day. In today’s Wednesday Wedding Wisdom, I’m going to answer some of the frequently asked questions about renting wedding space at The Center for Rural Development.

The Center’s Frequently Asked Wedding Questions

As the Events Coordinator at The Center for Rural Development, I have the pleasure of working with many newly engaged couples throughout the process of booking, planning, and execution of their wedding ceremony and/or reception. As you can imagine, I am faced with many of the same questions and concerns daily. Here, I have provided answers to some of those Frequently Asked Questions in hopes I can help many of you who are looking at booking your event at our facility.

1. What time do I have access to the space? Are there additional overtime charges?

The Center for Rural Development is equipped with over 35,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space. We have two-spacious exhibit halls that can accommodate over 400 people each; a beautiful front lobby for space up to 200 people; and small-modular ballrooms that can accommodate groups as small as 30 people and up to 100.

Loutre Wedding at The Center for Rural Development

2. What time do I have access to the space? Are there additional overtime charges?

All rentals at The Center are from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. There is an additional hourly fee for staying past 11:00 PM.  

3. Do prices differ based on time of day/or day of the week?

No. The Center’s pricing structure is consistent throughout the entire year, no matter the time or date of the event.

 4. What time can vendors arrive? Can any rentals or décor be dropped off the day before or picked up the day after?

All vendors have access to the event space from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Items used by vendors must be removed prior to 11:00 PM to avoid additional late charges. In regards to drop off/pick up, The Center hosts a variety of events and stays booked up throughout the year. With that being said, unless a customer has booked the space for the day before or day after, early drop off or late pick up cannot be guaranteed. Further discussion with the Events Staff would be required.

5. Are tables and linens, etc, provided?

All event rentals include set up of the tables and chairs at no additional charge. The Center also has white table linens, black table skirting, and white chair covers available to rent at an additional charge, as well as a beautiful chandelier and dance floor for our exhibit halls.

6. Am I able to use an outside caterer?

Yes. The Center does not have an on-site caterer. We typically provide a list of Approved Caterers to brides who have space reserved; however, they are not required to use anyone on this list.

7. Do you offer event décor services?

The Center does not provide any event décor services. Many brides will utilize local rental companies, caterers, florists, or Event Designers for this particular service.

8. Are there any restrictions regarding music?

There are no restrictions regarding music at The Center. We only ask that you relay details about your sound needs prior to event date, as to ensure the proper equipment, electric, etc. is set up by our Events Staff.

9. Is there parking on-site?

The Center has free, on-site parking to accommodate over 400 vehicles.

10. Do you offer an on-site coordinator?

I (McKinzie) am the on-site Events Coordinator at The Center. I work with brides to assist with event logistics including the creation of floor plans and setup details, audio/visual requirements, event rentals, and vendor needs. For more comprehensive wedding consultation services, the Center has various package opportunities available ranging from hourly coordination to all-inclusive wedding planning.

You are invited to attend our bridal show “From This Moment”, on January 19, 2019, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Brides will have exclusive access to a wide variety of vendors and services for your big day! Brides are free; guest admission is $6 (price includes sales tax). Check out our event page for more details and follow us on for vendor announcements and emerging details.

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