Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Burlington Plantation?
Burlington Plantation was originally built circa 1818. The original structure is what we refer to as the “Main House.” Burlington Plantation’s property now includes:
- Bridal Cottage
- Groom’s Den
- Ice House Bar
- The “Stables” (indoor ceremony and/or reception area), including a catering kitchen, restrooms, an old-fashioned bar, a sunroom/buffet room, and a loft for extra seating
- Outdoor ceremony space
Where Is Burlington Plantation?
Burlington is located in Charles City, Virginia, conveniently located between Richmond and Williamsburg.
How do I reserve Burlington for my event?
We require an appointment to review and sign our event contract. We also require a 50%, nonrefundable deposit, due at the signing of the contract. We do not “hold” dates.
How many guests can I host for my event?
Our flexible indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate a range of event sizes. The Stables can host up to 300 seated guests and up to 500 standing guests.
Will Burlington host multiple events at once?
As our guest, you are our number one priority and will receive our undivided attention.
What does Burlington Plantation provide the day of the event?
- Use of our grounds beginning as early as 7:00am for the bridal party
- Use of all furniture and seating
- Please see our Services Provided
What are my options for a weather contingency plan?
You do not need to worry about weather interfering with your event at Burlington! In the case of inclement weather, outdoor ceremonies and/or events will be held in The Stables ballroom. Our generators provide uninterrupted power so your special day will not miss a beat!
May I stay overnight at Burlington Plantation?
- The Bridal Cottage is available for the rent the night before the wedding and/or event. The cottage sleeps up to 7 guests.
- Our other rooms are currently only available via the Full Weekend package.
Does Burlington offer wedding planning/Day-Of services?
Yes. At this time, we offer Day-Of coordination services. For more information, visit the “Venue Services” page or Contact Us.
Am I required to use Burlington’s Day-Of services? Does Burlington require a wedding planner?
No; however, we do require that you provide, at minimum, a licensed and insured day-of wedding coordinator. We know there are many talented wedding coordinators and we want you to choose whom you feel is the best fit for you and your wedding needs, however, approval from your Burlington representative is required before retaining their services.
May I hold my rehearsal dinner at Burlington Plantation?
Rehearsal dinners may only be held at Burlington when the venue has been rented for the entire weekend. Please contact your Burlington representative.
May I bring my own caterer?
Yes; at Burlington, guests may choose their own vendors, but approval from your Burlington representative is required. We also require vendors provide a copy of their current business license, certificate of insurance, and ABC license if serving alcohol. Please Contact Us (link) with any questions regarding vendors.
Please contact Burlington Plantation staff with any questions regarding vendors.
Is there a minimum or maximum facility rental time?
- Access to the bridal cottage begins as early as 7:00am day of the event; access to the Groom’s Den begins 2 hours prior to ceremony start time
- The event may last a maximum of 6 hours, but must conclude by 10pm, regardless of the start time; no exceptions.
Are there time restrictions for vendor arrival times, set-up, and break-down?
- Wedding party and vendors may begin bringing items as early as noon the day before the event (by appointment). Burlington has a small locked shed that items can be stored the day before and up to 2 days after the event.
- Vendors are granted 1 hour post-event clean-up. Please refer to your Vendor Agreement for more details or contact your Burlington representative.
Do I need an ABC permit to serve alcohol at my event?
Yes, all alcohol must be served in accordance with Virginia ABC laws and by a professional bartender, either through your caterer or other hired service for the duration of your entire event. We require a copy of the caterer’s ABC license OR you may provide us with a “day-of” banquet license individually procured from Charles City County. All guests will be served within the limitations of Virginia ABC regulations.
What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
No refunds will be issued in the event of a cancellation. We highly suggest you procure event insurance, which covers multiple circumstances, including cancellations.
How Many Vehicles Can Burlington Plantation Accommodate For Parking?
We have ample parking for any event size, including space for buses, limos, etc. We also have handicap accessible spaces.
Is Burlington Plantation handicap accessible?
The Stables at Burlington Plantation is ADA compliant to ensure all guests are able to enjoy the event to the fullest. The Bridal Cottage and Main House are not handicap accessible. The property is equipped with brick walkways and our staff is happy to assist with the transportation of disabled or elderly guests across the venue. Please let us know in advance of your event if your guests will need special assistance.
May I bring my family or vendors to see the property before wedding/event day?
Guests who have officially booked their wedding/event with us and wish to visit the property with vendors, family, etc. are limited to two visits, by appointment only, before the event day. We are aware that vendors may not all be able to meet at Burlington together, so we will work with you and the vendors to make sure all required meetings are fulfilled.
Are pets allowed on Burlington Plantation property?
Pets are allowed only during the ceremony, with prior approval. We welcome Certified Service Animals at all times.
May I take engagement photos or bridal portraits at Burlington Plantation?
Photography at Burlington is reserved for contracted clients only, who may choose to have either their engagement photos or bridal portraits taken in accordance with the limitations presented in the contracted agreement.
How can I schedule a tour of Burlington Plantation?
Tours of Burlington are by appointment only. Please Contact Us to schedule your visit. We will be thrilled to introduce you to our beautiful property and to answer whatever questions you may have.
Are tents allowed on Burlington Plantation’s property?
No, we do not allow tents at Burlington Plantation. We have the beautiful “Stables” which provide a stunning setting for the ceremony and/or reception. Exception: we will allow a tent (size is limited) in front of the Stable barn doors if needed. This MUST be coordinated with your Burlington Representative.
What our clients
“My husband and I got married here on 6/29/2019. When I attended a wedding here the previous year, it was love at first site!”
The venue is amazing, and the owners and wedding coordinators are wonderful to work with. They also use “All Seated” which makes designing and table placement/assignments a breeze.
They have a bridal cottage on site that is big enough for all of your bridesmaids! 5 of my bridesmaids stayed the night and woke up with me on my wedding day. The cottage has a full kitchen, with separate make-up room suite, and bridal suite on the first floor. The top floor is an open room with multiple day beds and it’s own full bathroom.
On the grounds, they have the Burlington Ice House which is where we served beer and wine during our cocktail hour. The stables is beautiful with plenty of room tables, dance floor, band, photo booth, etc and also includes a spectacular staircase in which the parents and party walked down during the grand entrance. There is also an antique bar which is where our beer and wine was served during the reception. A grooms apartment is located a top portion of the stables which includes a full kitchen, bathroom, living area and bedroom with a day bed. It has plenty of space for all groomsmen to get ready the day of.
There are also multiple different locations for you to have your ceremony whether you wanted a large wedding in front of the field (when I got married corn was growing), an intimate ceremony under the pergola with chandelier, or a nice inside wedding in front of the grand staircase.
I would highly recommend this venue!
“I can’t thank the event team at Burlington Plantation enough for everything they did for us during the whole process!”
From start to finish Mrs. Howard and her team were always there for us and went above and beyond to make everything about the experience far better than we could have ever dreamed, from the site visits, to my bridal portrait session, to the actual big day, where the whole staff gave 1000% the whole weekend to make sure everything was perfect. Can’t even begin to say enough good things about this venue and it’s staff. Not only is the staff top notch, but the facility and grounds are impeccable! The eye for detail in creating this venue is so apparent in all of the fine touches. Our guests have been raving about it non stop since our wedding. My dreams came true and it couldn’t have happened without finding this amazing venue and its extraordinary staff.
“We couldn’t have been any more pleased with Burlington Plantation!”
Betty, Pamela and the entire staff were so accommodating and did everything they possibly could to make Lexi and Puff’s day as special as possible! Every detail has been thought out at this venue. I especially loved the throws that Betty purchased before the wedding and put outside in case any of our guests were too cold! Thank you so much for helping us create an unforgettable wedding for our daughter and son-in-law!