Q. How do you pronounce "Ravington"?
A. While there is no pronunciation police out to get you, we prefer a hard “a” as in the word “rave”. Rave can be both a noun and a verb and we find it a festive word.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. Rental rates on weekdays (Monday-Thursday) start at $3,000, however, last minute bookings within 8 weeks are flexible. As there are only 50 Saturdays that can be booked during the year, Saturdays are premium rates, with Fridays and Sundays being lower. Note that a Refundable Security Deposit of $500 is required for all bookings.
Q. What is the Security Deposit for?
A. This $500 Refundable Security Deposit is returned within 30 days of an event provided there is no damage and the property was left according to the contract specifications.
Q. What is included in the rental cost?
A. The Rental Includes rental of the facility on the day of the event from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM, No charge for use of space for engagement/wedding photos during regular business hours, Site Manager to maintain restrooms and misc. building maintenance, Trash Disposal, 2 custom made bars, Tables & Mahogany Chiavari Chairs for 150, navy blue linens, a sound system, specialty up-lighting, 30′ of white velour pipe and drape (to drape off between an indoor ceremony & reception) and uniformed police officer to assist with traffic & street crossing.
Q. Do you hold dates?
A. Due to the number of inquiries that we receive, we are unable to hold dates at this time. Dates are booked based on a contract and deposit check in hand.
Q. How many people can The Ravington accommodate?
A. For a sit down dinner and dancing with a DJ, we feel that 250 is our maximum. An event with a band would take up more space and would require a lower guest count. For indoor/outdoor cocktail parties where there are not dinner tables, we can accommodate 450 people.
Q. The Ravington is an historic building, do you have updated power and air conditioning systems?
A. We absolutely do! And WiFi!
Q. Can I bring in my own Caterer?
A. Yes! However, unless prior written permission is given, food must be provided through a Catering company or restaurant that has Liability Insurance and adheres to Health Codes. If a full-service caterer is not to be used and food is dropped off via food truck or restaurant, a minimum of 2 servers per 100 people is required to replenish food, buss tables, pack up rentals, bag trash, etc. The Ravington can provide names of staffing agencies.
Q. What about Alcohol?
A. You can bring your own liquor, beer, and wine! Alcohol must be served by professional bartenders only. Bottles of Wine, Beer, or Spirits are not allowed on the dinner tables or in self-serve tubs but only provided via the bartender(s).
Q. What is the parking situation?
A. While we do have Handicap Parking onsite, guest parking is across the street from the park and next to City Hall. Hwy 102 (aka Main Street) is a busy road and thus The Ravington provides a uniformed police officer to assist with traffic crossing.
Q. Your venue sits on a street--is it loud during outdoor ceremonies?
A. We won’t deny that we are an urban venue and thus do have some circumstantial noise from the street–just like you might have cows mooing in the background at a ceremony on a farm! One of our recent brides said: “I knew that the road was there, but it didn’t bother us at all!”
Q. Is a wedding coordinator required?
A. The Ravington highly recommends hiring a professional wedding coordinator. The Ravington site manager is not a wedding coordinator, merely a facilities manager making sure that the building is unlocked/locked up, all Vendors are following the rules, cleaning has happened properly, etc.
Q. How many restrooms do you have?
A. We have four restrooms downstairs (2 are ADA), the Mezzanine Lounge has one with a shower, and the Bridal Boudoir has its own private bathroom as well as a makeup counter with great light and plenty of outlets.
Q. My partner and I are a same sex couple--are we welcome at The Ravington?
A. Absolutely! We want everyone to feel welcome and included at The Ravington, regardless of type of partnership, religion, nationality, etc.
Q. We want to elope in NWA, can we do it at The Ravington?
A. Yes! We offer all-inclusive elopement packages here at The Ravington and for it to be considered an elopement, all guidelines must be followed (i.e., must take place within 2 weeks of booking, limited number of guests, etc). When inquiring about an elopement, please specify that this is for an elopement and we will send you our packages.
Q. Why don't you offer Winter discounts like all of the other venues?
A. The majority of the beautiful venues here in NWA are seasonal, in that they are their most glorious looking in May-October when everything is lush and green or vivid with the fall foliage. The Ravington is not hindered by the gray and twiggy Arkansas winters as the majority of our property is indoors and our courtyard landscaped with evergreens. Speaking of Arkansas weather, we also have the most gorgeous “Plan B” if your courtyard ceremony gets rained out!