frequently asked

The page Investment & Inclusions gives a comprehensive overview.   Covered Bridge.   Honey Bee.

Honey Bee: 100 guests seated. 
Covered Bridge: 225 guests seated. 

Visit the availability calendar page for  each venue. 
Covered Bridge
Honey Bee

Honey Bee: Bookings require a $1000 non-refundable deposit at the time of contract signing,  with the balance (if any) divided equally in 2 additional payment. 
Covered Bridge Bookings require a $3000 non-refundable deposit with the venue agreement, $3000 due 9 months prior to the wedding date, and the balance due 2 months before the date. 

Sample Budget - Honey Bee Parties
Venue $300 / hr. 
Food & Beverage - Up to you! From finger foods to fancy fare.
Music - Lots of options. Blue Tooth -DJ  -Live Band
Photographer- Why not?
Florals/ Decor - Of course you should! 
Total range for Honey Bee Parties -  Completely customized. 

Sample Budget - Honey Bee Wedding
- 2022/2023
Venue: $3000 - $5000 (Hourly bookings $350 / hour Saturday)
Photographer :$1500 - $3000
DJ :$800- $1500
Caterer: $80 - $125 pp ( 80 guest / $8,000)(Includes food & alcohol) 
Rentals: $250 - $1000
Desserts: $300 +/-
Florist: $500 - $3000
Total realistic range for Honey Bee Weddings: $13,000 - $20,000

Sample Budget for Covered Bridge Weddings - 2022 / 2023
Venue: $9800
Photographer $2000 +/-
DJ:  $1300 +/-
Food & Beverage: $100 - $150 pp. ( $10k - $30K.) (includes food and alcohol)
Rentals: $1500-$3000 +/-
Make-up/ Hair:  $200 +/-
Dessert: $525 for Hopkins Ice Cream 
Florist/ Decor: $1000 +/-  The sky is the limit
Total realistic range for Covered Bridge Weddings: $27K - $52K

After your venue tour, we welcome your verbal commitment to your wedding date! That verbal commitment allows you 5 business days to complete your deposit and venue agreement. After the 5 day grace period, if not completed, your date will go back on the market. 

Tours are required to be scheduled. We host monthly venue open houses for those who want to browse the property without committing to a venue tour. However, we strongly recommend booking a tour. There is an ocean of information that can be missed on a walk-through, without the guidance of one of our team members. Book your venue tour. 

The quality of your food and beverage service is extremely important. We cannot stress this enough, and we have taken years to get to the point of being partnered with these top performers.

If you have a specific caterer who is not on our list we will consider the option on a case-by-case basis. We allow tap trucks, but have a very specific set of rules for the tap truck service. Our rules for catering and alcohol service are for your protection!

The remainder of your vendors is your choice. We provide you with a team of vendors who we know will take extremely good care of you. 
DJ’s are a risk. PLEASE check with our team before booking a DJ that is not on our preferred vendor listing. 

There will be only one wedding per day, at each venue space.  There is 1/2 of a mile separating each venue. 

The off-season allows for wedding weekends at Honey Bee! From December through March, the Inn is available for booking with our wedding. We can customize one, two, or 3 nights! The Inn sleeps 10 guests. It does not need to be the same 10 guests throughout the stay. However, we do not change linens over the weekend. The washer and dryer are available to you if you'd like. 

Fur babies are welcome to join the ceremony, but no longer allowed for overnight stays. We can recommend a wonderful pet sitting company  Wiggle Butts. They can look after your fur babies for your entire wedding weekend.

Check and Credit Cards. No American Express. Credit cards are the most convenient, but checks are still preferred. 

We do not have a cancellation waitlist. Cancellations are rare and unpredictable. What we recommend is to follow all of our social media. We make announcements the moment we have a date that is back on the market. 

Honey Bee: 8 Farmhouse Tables, 4 cocktail tables, and chairs will be provided. Anything above and beyond that will need to be rented.   
The farmhouse tables MUST remain in the venue. If you rent a tent, you must rent tables for outdoor use. 
Covered Bridge: 10 Farmhouse Tables. No chairs included. You will custom order for your unique vision and budget. 

For both venue spaces. If you choose not to utilize our farmhouse tables, there will be a $250 labor fee for removal and storage of tables. 

The ceremony space at Honey Bee is an outdoor garden setting with a pergola and benches. These are permanent here and included in your rental. If the weather is inclement with rain or heat, we will utilize the covered patio for your ceremony.  

Covered Bridge:  Ceremony chairs are rented, delivered, and installed by our trusted rental companies. The ceremony spaces available are the Bridge, The Backyard, The Courtyard, and the Milking Barn.

Honey Bee: Yes!
Covered Bridge has heat and excellent ventilation. Weddings from April - November are comfortable! 

Both venues are ADA compliant. 

You will be working directly with the catering staff to develop your catering menu and all the little details associated with your food and beverage service. The catering staff will also be managing your rental order, as the 2 services are very closely related, with many areas of crossover. This is one of the MANY reasons that we have narrowed down your catering choices. This is an area of expertise that few have mastered. 

When comparing venues, this can be a very appealing aspect. However, we have found that this just isn’t realistic, and not well understood. There is much confusion about the role of a “wedding coordinator” at the venue, and what their role is. We provide an amazing planning process throughout the year and stay in constant communication with you along the way. There will be a team member with you for your entire day. They will lend helping hands, direct vendors and answer questions, help to run the ceremony on time. We will help keep everything running smoothly with endless behind the scenes activities. Also, the Caterers provide a serious level of set up and coordination. This is another factor involved with why we have streamlined our approved caterers. This cost of coordination is factored into your investment in food and beverage. If you want a more comprehensive service & style design, our vendor page has 3 amazing coordinators that we love.

Please Note!! This is a recent policy change! 7/1/21
Hopkins Heartland is no longer allowing fireworks. Our crops have recently rotated, and we will be growing Wheat for a few years. Wheat is VERY flammable, and the farming family has asked us to disallow fireworks.  Existing booking of fireworks will be allowed to remain, and we will increase the number of firetrucks on site. 

NO! Sparklers are dangerous and cause damage to the property. 

Yes. We want everyone to utilize uber or other arranged transportation after consumption of alcohol. Cars can be picked up the next day. 

The music must end at 10 pm. This is non-negotiable. We are on a farmland preservation farm, and this is a law within their guidelines. 

Yes. Lit candles are allowed, but must be in a glass container/cylinder. 

All trash removed, broom cleaned floor, and removal of the decor. The catering team helps with this tremendously. ( I will continually remind you of the value of the catering team. The cost can seem high initially, but we only work with full-service caterers who do it all, saving you $ in the long run). All fridges must be cleaned out at the end of the night. The rental companies pick up & drop off within a tight timeframe, so we are unable to be flexible. The venue takes care of the floor & bathroom cleaning. If you'd like to have additional time for your Honey Bee Wedding, we allow for hourly bookings! You can add hours do your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Game Changer!! If you'd like more time for clean-up and brunch for your Sunday wedding.

Our farmland is vast, and the photo opportunities are limitless.  Have a plan in place for efficient use of your time. 

Only licensed & insured stylists & florists are allowed to install decor, draping, and greenery. We ask that you DO NOT use a hammer and nails. Ladders are not allowed to be used by couples or their family/friends. You are required to utilize a licensed business for any installation that requires the use of a ladder. 

We have an AMAZING company that specializes in all things draped and designed. Visit Styled for more details. 

Both of our venues have a strict end time. The music ends at 10 pm and venues close their doors at 11 pm. LUCKILY- we live in the beach towns of Lewes and Rehoboth with literally limitless opportunities to move the party to a new destination. If your wedding tribe is not ready to end the celebration, then you have ample options. Our team can help you make your after party plan, and cars are always allowed to stay overnight to assure safe use of ubers or other arranged transportation.