Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is Pointe D’Vine available for dates year-round? If not, what is the availability?

The Ancestral Barn hosts seasonally April through October. The Hilltop Reception Room is available for more year-round special events however, the holiday season is limited for our families including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’.

How many guests can this location accommodate?

The Ancestral Barn may accommodate up to 200 guests at round tables; up to 300 at rectangular dining tables. The Hilltop Reception Room may comfortably accommodate up to 144 at round tables (additional fee); up to 180 guests at standard rectangular dining tables yet depending upon other selections 220 maximum.

What is the price of the venue rental and what does that include?

Please see the details found here, complete pricing, and included items.

How does booking work?

Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a date, Pointe D’Vine must receive a completed and signed contract and 33% of the final rental fee. Discussion of dates does not guarantee a reservation.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. We accept cash, check, and credit cards or bank transfers are subject to convenience fees. 

What is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit of $300 is due with your initial payment and will be refunded 14 days post-event given there are no damages to the property and/or violations of venue policies. 

Could there be another wedding on the same day? 

Yes, two events can occur simultaneously on the same day. Each client/party is contracted to their selected venue, the Ancestral Barn (west side) or the Hilltop Reception Room (east side).

Clients can choose the premium package for reserving both venues so that they have exclusivity to the property, flexibility of their outdoor photography, and overall special event.

Is there somewhere for the wedding party to get dressed and ready?

Yes for each respective venue offers a space to get dressed, ready, and enjoy fellowship. A walk-out basement for the gentlemen to play games or watch tv, and a separate upstairs room for the ladies to prepare hair and makeup. Please be aware, stair access only. 

Is there an additional fee for rehearsal dinner? What about a morning-after mimosa brunch?

Yes, for an additional (hourly) fee based upon venue availability.

How long should rehearsal be expected to take? 

About 45 minutes to one hour for rehearsal of the ceremony.

What’s your weather contingency (backup) plan for outdoor spaces?

A final decision must be made by 8 am on the day of your event. The client’s reception venue will serve as the contingent. Therefore, arrangements will need to be made for the staff to perform a space flip, or have the guests remain seated at their dining tables and only limited ceremony seating for immediate family members.

Can we smoke or vape inside? Outside?

There is no smoking or vaping allowed indoors. Respectfully use the designated smoking areas with provided smoking receptacles located a safe distance from our buildings.

Are there restrooms available?

Yes, on the West side of the property, restrooms are a short walking distance from the Ancestral Barn along the concrete pathway to a red shed building with overhang. At the East, the white building is fully enclosed, the indoor restrooms are down a hallway from the Hilltop Reception Room and centrally located nearby the Tasting Room, 57&Vine, for the general public.

Food + Drinks

Does the venue provide catering? Alcohol?

No, venue does not provide catering. Caterers must be selected from our approved list or are subject to additional fees and approval from the Venue and Event Manager. Our caterers on the list range in price, availability, and style, and they have all worked in our space before and know the rules and expectations, so they are an awesome resource.

Yes, as required by Illinois law, we manage all the bar service. Therefore, alcohol and other refreshments are serviced by Pointe D’Vine Venue and our licensed staff. Service must conclude 30 minutes before the scheduled event end time. No outside alcohol is allowed.

What do I need to make sure my caterer knows before the event? (Plates, utensils, etc)

The caterer is responsible for the serve ware and silverware. The venue provides tables, chairs, and lap-length tablecloths. Disposable cups are included in the bar management. Real glassware may be rented by the venue.

Am I responsible for finding someone to cut the cake?

No, Pointe D’Vine offers cake cutting services with a written request!

Can the bar serve shots of alcohol?


Can I use food trucks?

Yes, however, a service manager is required to oversee food services.

Decor + Rentals

Can we bring in our own vendors? DJ? Florist? Lighting? Rentals?

Yes! Outside of catering and beverage/alcohol service, there are no required vendors. All vendors must be insured and are subject to approval by the Venue and Event Manager.

Are we allowed to bring in our own decor? Are there rules?

Yes! You can go extravagant with decorating the space or leave it just the way it is.

Few rules: 
We do not allow real candles, only battery-operated tealights, candles. 
Nothing may be affixed to the walls, beams, floor, or other structure without permission from the Venue and Event Manager. 
No confetti, glitter, birdseed, or granular-sized objects may be thrown in the building. 
Only naturally biodegradable flower petals may be used for environmental safety and preservation of the natural landscape.

Can we have fireworks on the property?

Yes! A permit must be submitted one or two months prior to the event date. Our venue staff will order products based upon your budget, coordinate, and manage the presentation.

Can vehicles be left overnight?

Yes. We definitely encourage responsible drinking and guests are welcomed to pickup their vehicle the following day at their own convenience.

Setup and Day-Of-Event Questions

What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding?

Vendors may begin entry at 10 am to the contracted space(s). Please ensure coordination with our venue manager.

What is required of cleanup?

All rentals and decor must be removed at the end of your event, unless other arrangements are made with the Venue and Event Manager. The dressing spaces must be left the way that you found them.

What does parking look like?

The parking area is a large gravel space centrally located between both venues and shared with our tasting room. We provide an attendant to drive a golf cart for your guests’ convenience and ease.

We are using a rental company. Can they drop items off or pick them up outside of the rental period?

We are a working farm, for that reason, all deliveries must be scheduled in advance. Please advise your vendors to contact us directly.

Do you have extension cords?

No. The client/vendors are responsible for their setup.

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