Event Frequently Asked Questions
Does the ranch offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony sites?
Yes, we have several options for ceremony sites, including 3 outdoor sites (one facing west, one on the terrace and another under a 300 year old oak) as well as indoors in the event space.
Are your indoor facilities air conditioned?
Yes, all of our indoor facilities are climate controlled.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the venue is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.
Is there a kitchen on the property?
Yes, we have a caterer’s prep kitchen next to our event building which includes sinks, ample counter space, a refrigerator, and a walk in freezer. The kitchen does have equipment for cooking.
How many people can the venue accommodate?
The venue can accommodate approximately 100 seated guests indoors, 100 guest seated on the terrance or approximately 300 cocktail-style reception guests.
How many parking spaces are available?
Our ranch can accommodates up to 100 vehicles in different areas of the ranch.
Are there bride and groom dressing rooms available?
We have a few options for bride and groom dressing rooms on the property. You may choose to use The Hotel or the Bridal suite. Several other units are available if selected as part of the package. There is also a kitchen in each space for setting up refreshments while getting ready. Please note that the overnight accommodations associated with these spaces does require an additional fee. Please see our Pricing page for details.
What types of events are hosted at the ranch?
Our venue was designed to be flexible, a blank canvas for our clients to use as they desire. We can accommodate any event, large or small, including weddings and receptions, corporate events and dinners, family or class reunions, quinceañeras, concerts, workshops, fundraisers, parties, and church events.
What happens if there is inclement weather in the case of an outdoor ceremony or event? Do you have a rain plan?
Yes, we do have a rain plan. In case of inclement weather, we will move your ceremony indoors to the gin building. After the ceremony, while the space is being transitioned into your reception, guests may gather under the Lodge.
Is smoking permitted?
Tobacco smoking is prohibited inside all buildings on the ranch. Smoking is only permitted outdoors away from the animals and buildings; however, the client may choose to prohibit smoking entirely.
Do you offer onsite overnight accommodations?
Yes, we do offer overnight accommodations for up to 33 guests: The Hotel (max 8 people), the Cabin (max 7 people), three Casitas (max 4 each) and the Lodge (max 6 people). You are allowed the use of these for an additional fee (see our Pricing Page)
Are pets permitted on the ranch?
Unfortunately not. Due to the fact that we have a working farm and free-range animals, we do not want to risk their safety.
What is the role of the on-site property manager?
The role of the on-site property manager is to answer facilities-related questions, ensure the facilities, including restrooms, are in working order, and be the point person for all vendors. Please note that the on-site property manager is NOT an events coordinator. The manager will not assist with wedding day set up or the ceremony procession. It is required that you bring in an events coordinator for your event to ensure it runs smoothly. Please ask for our recommendations to contact a coordinator for your event.
For a multi-day wedding, who is allowed on the property?
Only guests who are staying overnight at one of our units are allowed on the property outside of the main event day. If you are wanting to have outside guests beyond that time, please discuss pricing with us ahead of time
What amenities are included?
- Pickleball Court
- Tennis Court
- Basket Ball Court
- Giant Candy Room
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Pool Area with Cabanas
- Beach Area with Cabanas
- Outdoor Kitchen Grill at Pool & Beach (Only overnight guests)
- Adventure Trail and Track
- Farm Areas Including Horses, Goats, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbit, Cows and more!
Additional Paid Amenities:
- Jetski & Tube (Including life jackets)
- Kayaks, Paddle boards and Boat
- Fishing Rods & Tackle
Who is allowed to drive the golf carts?
Golf carts are used for transporting guests to and from different locations by our staff. At our discretion, we allow clients to use the golf carts. Outside of that, golf cart usage is prohibited.
Is the giant candy room and drinks restocked?
We will fully stock the giant candy room and all drinks fridges around the ranch once before your stay begins. If you would like for those areas to be constantly restocked, please select that option as part of your package.
How can I schedule a tour of the ranch?
If you’d like to schedule a tour, please visit the Book a Tour page of the website!
What time is an event required to end?
All events must end at 11pm, with anyone not staying in one of our accommodations, including vendors, must be off the property by midnight.
Who is responsible for cleanup?
The client is responsible for removing all decorations (including any glitter, confetti, etc. used), gifts, personal items, etc. that are brought in. The client is also responsible for making sure that all vendors are packed up and out by the end of the allotted time frame. The caterer and bartenders are responsible for clearing tables, removing trash to onsite dumpster, and cleaning up spills. Milk & Honey Ranch is responsible for cleaning as part of your contract.
Will I be able to have my rehearsal at the venue the day before my wedding? Is there an additional charge?
We cannot guarantee that the venue will be available the day before your event. You may check availability 45 days prior to your event, and if that date is open, you may book the venue for an additional fee for your rehearsal. And if we do have an event scheduled the day before yours, we will do our best to work with both parties to find a convenient time for the rehearsal to be held. If this is not possible, we will work with you on another time for rehearsal.
What are the nearest hotel accommodations?
There are several Airbnb’s in Brenham, Burton and Roundtop.
Do you provide transportation for guests?
We do not provide any transportation at this time; however, we can recommend a transportation service if needed. And in the event that a guest is not safe to drive, we will gladly assist in setting that up.
What all does the rental fee include?
The rental fee includes the following:
- Full use of the property to include the event building and full restroom facilities
- Terrace, grounds and amenities (See Amenities FAQ)
- On-site property manager who will be there to take care of any facilities needs
- Use of the property for your bridal or engagement portrait session
What forms of payment will you accept?
We accept cash, personal or cashier’s check, and all major credit cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel your event, please notify us as soon as possible. Unfortunately, all deposits and payments submitted prior to cancellation are non-refundable.
Do you offer a discount for non-profits or fundraising events?
Yes, there is a $500 discount for non-profits/fundraising events.
Do you offer a Military Discount?
Yes, there is a $500 discount for active military duty.
What do I need to do to book and secure my rental?
You will need to submit your signed contract along with your initial down payment.
Furniture & Decorations
What are the rules regarding decorations?
You may bring in your own decorations, but we do not allow anything to be attached to the walls or floors with staples, tacks, tape, glue, nails, or any other material that might damage the surface or paint. We can provided rigging points throughout the space that can be used to hang structures, greenery, banners, fabric, etc.
Are candles allowed?
Yes, candles are allowed, but they must be in glass containers.
How far in advance is the venue available for set up and decorating?
This will be determined based on the type of event and the time your event begins but generally, you are allowed access from 10 am the day of your event. The ranch will be responsible for setting up the tables and chairs according to the layout you provide to us. The layout and your final guest count will be due 2 weeks prior to your event.
What items are allowed for tossing at the bride and groom exit?
We allow dried lavender, other real flowers such as rose petals, bubbles, pop-up streamers, sparklers, and glow sticks. If you would like to use something else, please contact us for approval prior to purchasing the item. Confetti is NOT allowed outdoors.
Are linens provided?
If selected as part of the package, we can supply linens. Tables will be set up with linens in advance by the ranch’s property manager.
Do you provide tables & chairs? Can I bring in specialty lounge furniture, tables, and chairs?
Yes, you are welcome to bring in your own furniture, tables & chairs; however, this does not change the rate. We can provide premium white plastic chairs (150), 8’ rectangle tables (5), 30” cocktail tables (10) and 60” round tables (15) for an additional fee.
Is there a list of vendors that we are required to use?
We do have a preferred vendors list which is available after you book your event with us. Our preferred vendors are very familiar with the ranch, its staff, and policies and procedures. We feel you will be in capable and trustworthy hands with these professionals. Although it is not required that you use these specific vendors.
What are the requirements of my caterer?
In most cases, your caterer should have the ability to prepare all food offsite and they (or another vendor) must also provide the china, glassware, and flatware for your event. However, we can allow the caterer to use our cooking facilities, china, glassware, and flatware for an additional cost. (Please see Pricing FAQ)
Can I use an event coordinator?
Yes, we require that you do use an event coordinator as it allows for a more successful event and ensures your event does not run over the allotted time. Your coordinator will be able to assist with wedding day set up and ceremony procession. Please note that our on-site manager is not responsible for these duties.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages, provided you have TABC certified and insured bartenders serving. All alcohol must be placed behind the bar and served by TABC bartenders. Your bartender/caterer will be responsible for mixers, glassware, napkins, etc. or we can provide glassware for an additional cost.