Darby House: Frequently Asked Questions

As with all your wedding vendors, you want to be as informed as possible when you’re choosing your wedding venue! It’s a big decision, and we hope to provide you with a clear vision of how your special day will look at Darby House. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below and reach out to (614) 878-4527 or info@darbyhouse.com with any other questions, comments, or concerns! 

Q: Where are you located?

A: Just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, we are located at 801 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119

Q: What spaces do you offer for events?

A: With exclusive access to Darby House at the time of your event, we offer three main event spaces.  

Our Grand Ballroom, with newly refinished hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful waters of Darby Creek, accommodates up to 250 guests for a seated reception. Features include a fireplace and a stage for bands, music, or entertainment making it the perfect location for any event.

The Racing Room can be rented on its own for ceremonies or cocktail hour and serves as a great back-up rain plan for indoor ceremonies. Features include a built-in bar, grand chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Darby Creek, and gorgeous refinished hardwood floors.

Our Waterside Terrace is wonderful for ceremonies, dinners, or a cocktail hour. It holds 250 for outdoor ceremonies with guests facing the water. 

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Photo: Chris Bowman Photography

Q: How many guests can your spaces accommodate?

A: All of our spaces can fit up to 250 guests, with additional capacity for cocktail receptions.

Q: What is your rental fee?

A: Our venue rental varies based on the day and time you would like to get married. We include a variety of amenities and flexible bar package pricing to ensure your wedding is customized to fit your vision! To ensure each event is personalized, one of our event coordinators will work closely with you to build a quote that reflects your budget and preferences. 

Q: What is included in your venue rental?

A: Our venue rental includes: exclusive, private use of our spaces; 72″ round tables and white folding chairs; display and cake tables; use of golf cart to take photos around the property; indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pit; comprehensive rain plan; stage for band or DJ; 2 hour setup and 1 hour teardown for vendors; bridal suite and groom’s room; display easels; gate attendant; on-site security; rehearsal; day-of venue coordination; and more!

Q: What is an Added Value?

A: We offer three Added Value Packages for couples to choose from. These decor packages each include a different linen, napkin, and chair selection, so your day is personalized to your style and budget!

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Photo: Kismet Visuals & Co. 

Q: Do you have any other items available for rent?

A: To add a “wow-factor” to your day, we offer a variety of rental items that you can use to take your guests’ experience to the next level! These include ivory draping, indoor bistro or icicle lighting, a pre-ceremony beverage station, patio heaters, and more.

Q: Are there any additional fees?

A: Sales tax is applied to your venue rental, bar package, added values, and upgrades. Alcohol, beverages, and enhancements will incur a 20% service fee.

Q: What is an example timeline for a wedding?

A: For an evening wedding, an example timeline would be as follows:

3:00-5:00 PM – Early access to Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room

5:00 PM – Guest arrival

5:30 PM – Ceremony

6:00-7:00 PM – Cocktail hour

7:00-8:00 PM – Dinner

8:00-11:00 PM – Reception

Q: Can I add on extra time to my event?

Yes! We have a few options for that. For an all-day option, we have a venue rental that covers any 12 hour time frame – perfect for getting ready at Darby House and spending a relaxing and exciting day here. For a standard venue rental, additional time is $500/hour and accommodated until 12:00 AM.

Q: What is your catering policy?

A: We partner with 4 exclusive caterers (Catering by Scott, Hudson’s Edge, Made From Scratch, and Cameron Mitchell Premier Events) to ensure your meal service meets our standards and exceeds your expectations. You can reach out to them directly to start creating the menu of your dreams!

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Photo: Elated Light Photography

Q: What is your alcohol policy?

A: Darby House holds a liquor license, so all alcohol must be purchased and served by authorized Darby House staff. With a variety of bar packages to choose from, as well as enhancements like signature drinks and champagne toasts, we ensure that your bar will align with your vision and budget!

Q: Can I hire my own vendors or do I need to stick to a preferred vendor list?

A: Besides catering, you can hire vendors of your choosing! However, we are more than happy to supply you with a copy of our preferred vendors list, which includes vendors that have worked in our spaces before and provide high quality services.

Q: I have guests coming from out-of-town. Where is the nearest hotel?

A: Located off of Hilliard Rome Road, there is a Home2Suites, a Fairfield Inn & Suites, and a Hampton Inn – all under a 15 minute drive from Darby House!

Bonus: Darby House INCLUDES up to $300 in Uber Shuttle vouchers, complimentary to accommodate your guests traveling to and from our venue! 

Q: When will my rehearsal take place?

A: Six weeks from your wedding date, we will reach out to you to schedule a day and time for your ceremony rehearsal. Typically, rehearsals take place the Thursday or Friday prior to your wedding. 

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Photo: Red Gallery Photography

Q: How can I schedule a tour?

A: Give us a call at (614) 878-4527 or email us at info@darbyhouse.com to set up a tour with one of our experienced event coordinators! Or, visit our website to learn more about our rich history, dynamic spaces, and great offerings.

Not ready to meet in person? Check out our Google360 to virtually “walk” through our spaces!

Q: What is required to book my date?

A: After touring our spaces, we will send you a quote based on the time and day you wish to get married, your bar package, added value options, and any other rental items you’re interested in (i.e. draping, bistro lighting, patio heaters, etc.). At this point, you can also place a hold on a single date of your choosing for up to 7 days. If the quote details are agreeable, a contract will be presented. To reserve your date, a signed contract and 25% of the quote must be sent.

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