FAQ’s Grounds & Gardens Rentals

Frequently Asked Questions for Grounds and Gardens Rentals including Weddings and Ceremonies

Any occasion held at Historic Belmont Hall will be unique and memorable. Located in central Delaware, Belmont Hall’s beautiful gardens and spacious lawn are a perfect venue for outdoor events. Weddings, civil union ceremonies, receptions, family reunions, picnics, parties, corporate functions, fundraising events, and other gatherings can be held in this unique and convenient setting. Grounds rentals include the use of our beautiful gardens, water feature, and the scenic grounds that surround the historic brick mansion, Belmont Hall. Guidelines have been established to respect the integrity of this historic property and to ensure a successful event for our guests.

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When are Belmont Hall’s grounds available for weddings, family reunions, parties, and other outdoors events?

Belmont Hall’s grounds and gardens are available for  your event in the spring, summer, and fall (May through October), except holidays.

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Are there restrictions on the event times?

Events held at Belmont Hall and its Grounds and Gardens must occur between 8:30 am and 10:30 pm.

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What are the grounds rental  fees for  weddings, ceremonies, or  receptions?

Rental Rates:

Saturday or Sunday: $700 for 7 hours

Weekday: $525 for 7 hours

7 hour minimum, additional hours available at $125 per hour

Saturday or Sunday: $400 for 4 hours

Weekday: $300 for 4 hours

4 hour minimum,  additional hours available at $125 per hour 

Saturday or Sunday: $300 for 3 hours

Weekday: $225 for 3 hours

3 hour minimum,  additional hours available at $125 per hour 


  • Rental hours include the ceremony and/or reception, as well as, the set up and clean up time of the caterer and any deliveries.  Also included in the rental hours must be the rehearsal time for the ceremony to be held the day/evening before the wedding.  The outside set up and take down of rental equipment is not included as rental time.
  • Call a Friends of Belmont Hall staff person at 1-302-264-9048 or contact us by email: belmonthall.de@gmail.com  for more details.

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What does my wedding/ceremony rental fee include?

Rental fees include:

  • Use of the scenic grounds and beautiful gardens with the historic brick mansion as a backdrop
  • Use of the portico on the south side of the house
  • Use of a room in the house for the bride and her attendants to dress and a room for the groom and his groomsmen
  • Use of the grounds and gardens for engagement and pre-wedding photography sessions at no charge
  • Electrical service
  • Parking in designated areas
  • A Friends of Belmont Hall representative on site during your rental time
  • Handicapped accessible restrooms available in the house for events for up to 50 people; however, if your event exceeds 50 guests you will need to rent portable restrooms and the restrooms in the house will be available for handicapped or elderly guests
  • Use of our caterer’s serving kitchen by your licensed caterer

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What are your rental rates for the use of the grounds for events that are not weddings/ceremonies like family reunions, parties, etc.?

Rental Rates for events other than weddings/ceremonies:

SATURDAYS $225 for 3 hours additional hours $50 per hour
 

SUNDAYS $180 for 3 hours additional hours $45 per hour

WEEKDAYS $135 for 3 hours additional hours $30 per hour

  • Rental hours include deliveries, set up, and clean up time after the event.  The outside set up and take down of rental equipment is not included as rental time.
  • There will be extra charges for exceeding your rental time. If the event goes over the time agreed upon, there will be an additional fee of $100 per hour or any increment thereof.
  • A refundable Security Deposit of $ 150 will be added to the rental fee.  This deposit will be refunded within 7 days of the event unless there is more than the usual and customary clean up required and/or there is damage to Belmont Hall or its grounds.

Call a Friends of Belmont Hall staff person at 1-302-264-9048 or contact us by email  belmonthall.de@gmail.com  for more details.

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What does my grounds rental fee (not wedding/ceremony) include?

Rental fees include:

  • Use of the scenic grounds and beautiful gardens with the historic brick mansion as a backdrop
  • Use of the portico on the south side of the house
  • Electrical service
  • Parking in designated areas
  • At least one Friends of Belmont Hall representative on site during your rental time
  • Handicapped accessible restrooms available in the house for events up to 50 people; however, if your event exceeds 50 guests you will need to rent portable restrooms and the restrooms in the house will be available for handicapped or elderly guests.
  • Use of our caterer’s serving  kitchen by your licensed caterer

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Can you hold my date?

A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the total rental fee along with a signed contract must be received by the Friends of Belmont Hall, Inc. to reserve a specific date and time.

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Is a tent included in your rental fee?

No, but there are rental companies that are familiar with our property andpolicies.  These companies will rent tents, chairs, tables, etc.   Pricing inquiries must be directed to the individual vendors.

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Is our event the only one held at Belmont Hall and its grounds that day?

Yes, your event will be the exclusive affair of the day.

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Will Belmont Hall be open to the public during our event?

No, the house will be closed to the public.

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Can I rent the grounds for just a ceremony, such as, a wedding, a civil union ceremony, or a renewal of vows that does not include a reception?

Yes, ceremonies without a reception are accepted.   There is a three hour minimum rental for ceremony only events.

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Do I need to rent chairs or other things for my outdoor ceremony?

You will need to rent chairs for seating your guests.  We have several rental companies that are familiar with our property and policies.  Pricing inquiries must be directed to the individual vendors.

Belmont Hall does have tables and/or a podium and a loud speaker system available for your officiant to use while performing the ceremony.

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Can I use my own caterer?

You are free to pick any caterer that you like, but we require that all caterers sign our Catering Use Agreement and have a valid business license and insurance.   The Friends of Belmont Hall must have the signed Catering Use Agreement in advance of your event.

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Is it possible to have an outdoor ceremony and a reception in the house?


Yes, as long as the number of guests for the reception does not exceed 80 guests which is the capacity limit of the house.  The type of reception also will determine the number of guests permitted in the house.  A cocktail reception would accommodate more guests in the house while a sit down meal would allow fewer guests.   We recommend that you visit Belmont Hall to see the possibilities and discuss your plans with a representative.  See FAQ for House Rentals for rates.

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If I am having a small outdoor event, can we bring and serve our own food?

Picnic meals/ brown bag meals are permitted but only if the food is to be eaten by yourself or your immediate family.  Food that is prepackaged and food, such as sandwiches, salads, desserts, etc., prepared by licensed businesses are permitted for small events.  The renter will be responsible for clean up if a caterer is not used.  All trash must be placed in proper receptacles and removed from the premises at the end of the rental period.  For Grounds and Gardens rentals the use of the kitchen in the house is only available to licensed caterers.

Caterers are required for large events and highly recommended for most events. Having a caterer allows renters to enjoy their events without the worry of preparing and purchasing food, keeping it cold/warm, serving the food, and cleaning up.    If caterers are used, they are responsible for the clean up and removal of trash.  The property must be left in “as found” condition.

Discuss your plans with a FOBH representative.

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Are indoor accommodations available?

If you are having an outdoor wedding, two rooms in the house are included in the rental.  One room will be available for the bride and her attendants to dress before the wedding and another room for the groom and his groomsmen.

Handicapped accessible restrooms in the house will be available for events up to 50 people.  If your event exceeds 50 guests you will need to rent portable restrooms or a toilet trailer.  The restrooms in the house would be available for handicapped or elderly guests.

The kitchen in the house is available for use by your licensed caterer.

The use of the house is available at separate fees.  The house could be used for rehearsal dinners, showers, and receptions or parties for up to 80 persons.  See House Rentals for more information.

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Is there anything I can not bring on the property?

Renters, guests and invitees must comply with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing alcoholic beverages and narcotics, and other rules and regulations as they pertain to the event.  The State of Delaware has prohibited smoking on all State owned properties.   Guests are strictly prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages onto the grounds.  Fireworks or other pyrotechnics and large inflatable objects are prohibited.   Pets are not permitted on the grounds or in the home except with special permission of the Friends of Belmont Hall, Inc.  Service animals are welcome.

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What are the restroom accommodations?

Two handicapped accessible restrooms are available on the first floor of the house.  Outdoor events with fewer than 50 guests can use the two handicapped restrooms on the first floor.  However, if your event exceeds 50 people you will need to provide portable facilities on the grounds.   The restrooms in the house would be available for handicapped or elderly guests.

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Is there parking for a bus if we provide one to transport guests to and from a hotel for our event?

There is parking for one or two buses.  In order that bus parking can be set aside for your event, the Friends of Belmont Hall must be notified well ahead of your event about the use of buses.

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What is your policy on serving alcoholic beverages at our event?

Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises for your event.  Alcohol may only be served to persons at or above the age of twenty–one and may not be served to anyone who appears to be intoxicated.

For events of more than 50 guests:  An ABC certified bartender must serve all alcoholic beverages and will supervise the serving of champagne or wine during a wedding reception.  Your caterer will be able to assist you in obtaining a certified bartender.

 For events of 50 or fewer guests:  If a bartender is not used, one designated person must be the only person serving mixed alcoholic beverages. This person can be someone provided by the caterer or someone the host designates. No guests are allowed to serve themselves mixed alcoholic beverages.  The designated person will supervise the serving of beer and wine.

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Can I supply my own alcohol?

Yes, if you make that arrangement with your caterer or with your FOBH representative.  Your guests are strictly prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages.  See above question.

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Are renters required to have their own insurance?

No, The Friends of Belmont Hall, Inc. carry the appropriate insurance and the caterers are required to have insurance, as well.  However, it is highly recommended that hosts purchase cancellation insurance for large parties and weddings.

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Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?

A FOBH representative will try to assist you in altering your plans if the weather forecast for the day of your event is poor.  You might have to consider renting a tent for your event.

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Who is responsible for cleaning up after our event?

The caterer is responsible for the general clean-up and removal of trash.  However, if the renter is not using a caterer, then the renter is responsible.

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What form of payment do you accept?

Payment is accepted by check or money order made payable to the Friends of Belmont Hall, Inc.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Our Cancellation Policy:

The initial deposit is nonrefundable.

The balance may be refunded if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to your event.

The balance will not be refunded if cancellation is 30 days or less before the event.

If the Security Deposit has been paid before cancellation, it will be refunded in full.

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How can I schedule a visit to Belmont Hall in order to tour the venue?

To view the facility, please call a FOBH representative at 1-302-264-9048 or email us at belmonthall.de@gmail.com.

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After booking my event what should I expect from your representative?

  1. After you have reserved your date, a Friends of Belmont Hall representative will be available to answer your questions regarding all aspects of your event that pertain to the use of the property.  However, you would have to contact your vendors with any questions concerning their services.
  2. At least 2 weeks before your event, an on-site event planning meeting will be arranged with a FOBH representative to discuss the placement of your event and finalize plans.
  3. If your caterer has not worked at Belmont Hall, an on-site meeting will be held with the caterer and a representative.
  4.  If needed, on-site meetings with your florist, photographer, and musician can also be arranged.
  5. A FOBH representative will be present during your event.

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Can the grounds be rented for a fundraiser?

Yes, Belmont Hall’s grounds can be rented for fundraising events. All fundraising activity ideas must be approved in advance by a Friends of Belmont Hall committee. Renters cannot charge for admission unless the event is a fundraiser that is approved by the Friends of Belmont Hall.

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Are children allowed at events held on the grounds?

Certainly, children are welcome at Belmont Hall’s Grounds and Gardens.   However, we highly recommend that parents watch their children carefully so that their children do not wander out of sight. The property is large, spacious, and unenclosed.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised.

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