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About Us

Your Dream Wedding Awaits You


Wayne and Arleene Ward, owners of Covered Bridge Farms, dreamed of starting a wedding venue on their little slice of heaven in western North Carolina.  Over twenty years in the making, and after several family friends enjoyed stunningly gorgeous,  successful weddings on their property, the couple has now opened their homeplace as a public wedding venue so others can share in the spectacular beauty that encompasses this estate. 

The Wards met in high school, and have been married over 40 years.  Both now retired, Wayne was in the technology industry, and Arleene was an elementary school teacher.   They raised three wonderful children, who have given them thirteen vivacious grandchildren. Wayne spends his time maintaining the grounds while Arleene, a long-time Master Gardener volunteer, helps develop the gardens on the estate.  She also indulges her passion for line dancing by teaching at a local school.   

Covered Bridge Farms has been, and continues to be, a family endeavor and labor of love.  You are invited  to be part of this Smoky Mountain paradise . Your dreams can begin here. 

Call today, and let us help you get started.  

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Policies and Guidelines


 Site Visits are encouraged before you book your dates. We will take you on a guided tour of our grounds, bridal suite, groom’s quarters, and optional lodging. 

 Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of a signed contract and non-refundable down payment of 50% of the estate fee.

 Payments can be made via check or cash. Initial payment is due at the time of contract signing, and the remainder of the total contracted price is due 180 days prior to the event. In addition to the Estate Fee there will be a $500 security deposit, which will be refunded if there are no missing or damaged items following the event. Optional services (listed below) can also be included in the total contracted price.

 Included in the Full Wedding Fee:

  • Exclusive access to covered bridges, gazebo, gardens, courtyard, pastures, creek banks, and parking area. No other events will be scheduled in these areas
  • Access to the event site on Friday and Saturday for set-up by clients and their vendors
  • On-site manager to liaison with Client’s vendors
  • Rehearsal time on Friday (Optional – any weekday, providing no other events are scheduled)
  • Electric power at Covered Bridges, Gazebo, Rockface Garden, and Lower Campsite
  • Use of dressing areas for both bride/attendants and groom/attendants
  • Grounds clean-up after the event
  • Attendant and 5-passenger Polaris Ranger RTV on your wedding day to take the bridal parties from the dressing areas to the ceremony site, to take you and your photographer around the property for photo opportunities, and to assist those in need get from the parking area to the event area.
  • Tables and chairs for ceremony & reception, including linens, set-up and take-down
  • Miscellaneous décor items, such as wood slabs, vases, florals, etc
  • Use of large museum-quality frames for décor and photos
  • Use of Bose speaker with Bluetooth
  • 10x20 tent
  • Pre- or Post-wedding photo privileges

Additional services are available as follows:

  • Planning assistance - $50/hour (costs associated with the vendors is the responsibility of the client)
  • Day-of Wedding Director - $250
  • Cake cutting - $50
  • Line dance instruction - $50 for one hour at the reception
  • Portable Stages – $100 each

The day before your scheduled wedding day, you will have access to the grounds for any preparations and set-up you wish to make. Typically, the wedding rehearsal will be held this day as well, and you may schedule it at any time that day for as long as you wish.

Vendors will typically set-up either the day before or the day of your wedding. We just ask that you have your vendors give us a call ahead of time to schedule their expected time on the grounds so that we will be available to direct them to the appropriate locations.

You may choose to have your wedding reception immediately following the wedding here on the property. You will be able to celebrate until 11:00pm.

All property and equipment belonging to the client, guests, and vendors shall be removed from the premises by noon of the first business day following the event (typically Monday). 

Clients will be responsible for supplying their own alcohol. Covered Bridge Farms reserves the right to prohibit further alcohol consumption to any persons who are intoxicated. Clients are asked to provide transportation to guests who will not be legally able to drive.

Smoking is allowed outside of buildings only. Ashtrays are available, and guests are asked to properly dispose of butts.

Covered Bridge Farms recognizes and supports the current trend to include fur babies in wedding portraits. For liability purposes, however, we must prohibit guests from bringing any pets onto the property. 

Children must be closely supervised at all times. 

We understand that circumstances may require you to cancel your reservation. However, we have the right to retain all payments made to date to recover losses incurred by a short-term cancellation. Clients are therefore encouraged to purchase cancellation insurance in the unlikely event that this occurs.  Covered Bridge Farms also reserves the right to cancel your reservation if payments are not made as scheduled.

We may take photographs or video of weddings here at Covered Bridge Farms to be used for advertising or other promotional purposes. We also welcome and encourage you to submit your own photos for use in our promotional materials.

While we carry our own Liability Insurance, we also recommend that you obtain your own event insurance. It can be obtained for a very reasonable price from just about any insurance provider.

Covered Bridge Farms is our home, and we have worked hard for many years to make it the beautiful haven it is today. It continues to be a labor of love as we maintain the buildings, grounds, and other facilities on a daily basis. Please convey to your guests our request that they respect the property and grounds by disposing of trash in appropriate receptacles. The client will be responsible for missing, stolen, or damaged property of Covered Bridge Farms by guests, wedding party, family, or vendors of the client.

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