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Rust Manor House

FAQ

Rust Manor House back lawn

What is included? 

Clients have access to the Manor House including the Foyer, Parlor, Dining Room, Butler’s Pantry, and Library; the grounds including the Portico, gardens, and area around the House; and the tented event facility.  The additional Hospitality Suites rental grants access to two upstairs Suites and the detached cottage starting at 10am the day of the event. Your rental includes chairs and tables.

What is the event time block for the rental?

Your rental includes an 8-hour minimum block of time. The 8 hours is defined as the time your guests start arriving, usually an hour before the ceremony, to the time cleanup is finished and all guests and vendors have departed.  Music must end by 11pm and all event activities including cleanup must be finished by midnight. Event time is generally 3pm to 11pm or 4pm to 12am but may begin prior to 3pm with approval.

May I hold a date and is there a fee for doing so?

You may place a complimentary hold on a date free of charge for 7 days.

What is the booking process?

After the hold process, you may proceed to contract. Upon contract signing, half (50%) of the rental plus 6% sales tax is due. The remainder of your rental and tax, plus a refundable $1,000 security deposit, is due 30 days before your event.

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event that the renter cancels the reservation 12 months or more prior to the rental date, the entire deposit is refundable, less a $250 administrative fee. In the event that the Renter cancels the reservation less than 12 months prior to the rental date, all payments are forfeited with the exception of the security deposit ($1,000). If the canceled rental date is rebooked, all deposits will be refunded, less a $250 administrative fee, provided that the rebooking is at the same rate. If the rebooking is for a lower rental, then the refund will be less.

Do I need a Day of Coordinator?

Yes, events need someone outside of the wedding party to help plan the ceremony, run the processional, coordinate with vendors and organize/place décor items. The Rust staff will be present to have the house and grounds ready for your event but cannot fill the role of wedding coordinator.

What are “In Jurisdiction” and “Non Jurisdiction”?

“Jurisdiction” refers to clients or their parents who reside in NVRPA Jurisdictions and are therefore eligible for a discount. Jurisdictions include Arlington, Fairfax & Loudoun Counties; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax & Falls Church. “Non-Jurisdiction” refers to clients who reside outside of NVRPA Jurisdictions and are not eligible for a discount. 

Is there a waiting list?

Rust Manor House does not have a waiting list. All dates are filled on a first come first serve basis. Please feel free to check back as frequently as you would like for current availability.

What are the catering options?

Catering arrangements must be handled by Rust’s catering department, Great Blue Heron Catering (NOVA Parks) for events booked 120 days or more in advance. Approved outside caterers can be used for events held Monday through Thursdays, excluding holidays.

Where are ceremonies permitted?

Ceremony locations are inside the Rust Manor House on the ground level or stairway landing, on the rear portico or in the gardens behind the house.

Can we shuttle our guests to and from Rust Manor for our event?

Yes, however, while large coach buses have been able to access Rust, many drivers are not experienced maneuvering the tight space of our parking lot. Therefore, if you hire a shuttle company, we suggest having two smaller buses transport your guests.

What happens in cases of inclement weather?

If severe weather occurs during events scheduled at the tented event site, activities can be moved inside the Manor House for guest safety. Wedding ceremonies of up to 75 can take place in the Manor House and above that in the tent.

Does Rust Manor House allow storage before or after my event?

Limited storage is available with approval of event management.

Are dogs allowed at Rust?

Yes, dogs are allowed on premises. They must be leashed and always supervised.

Are there any restrictions on alcohol?

Alcohol is permitted within your rental area only. The renter agrees to obtain all alcohol service and product through Great Blue Heron Catering. Bar service is 5 continuous hours unless more time is purchased. Last call is 45 minutes prior to the end of the event and last served is 30 minutes prior.

Are there any restrictions on music?

Noise must be in compliance with Loudoun County noise ordinances, all entertainment and amplified sound must be kept at a reasonable decibel level.

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