FAQ - Wedding Venue
Q: Can you hold a date for an event without a commitment?
A: Our bookings are first-come-first-serve. We are only able to book your date upon receipt of a signed contract and a 50% deposit. When you have decided to book with us we will hold your desired date for 7 days from when you receive the contract so you can review, sign, and return with your deposit
Q: How long does your event season run?
A: Since we are an indoor venue, we book events year-round!
Q: Do you book multiple events on the same day?
A: We will only book one event per day.
Q: Will there be an event the day before or after my event?
Q: Can you accommodate events other than wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions?
A: Yes! We will gladly host anniversaries, corporate parties, and holiday events.
Q: What is your facility fee?
A: Please inquire with us and we will provide you with the most up-to-date pricing information for your event.
Q: How can I check availability of The 1915?
Q: Do you offer discounts for being local, senior, AAA member, etc?
A: In order to be fair to everyone, we cannot offer discounts. However, the Sunday rental fee is less than Saturday.
Q: What time will rehearsal be?
A: Since The 1915 serves as home to the Blue Ridge Artisan Center, you will only have the space the day of your event. Wedding rehearsals will need to take place the day of, or will need to be done at a different location a prior day.
Q: Can I set up for my wedding/event the day before the event takes place?
A: No, rentals begin the day of your event. With The 1915 functioning as home to the Blue Ridge Artisan Center we have to allow time for our staff to prep the space for your event.
Q: This will be a destination wedding for many of my guests, are there things to do in the area?
A: Yes! While Wilkes may feel like a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, there are lots of year-round activities to enjoy! There are great local restaurants, coffee shops, apple orchards, blueberry and strawberry farms, 30+ vineyards, antique stores, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, skiing and more! We recommend guests come a few days early or stay a few days after the event and explore Wilkes! Check www.VisitWilkesboroNC.com for local attractions.
Q: Are there local accommodations for guests?
A: Yes! Wilkes is home to a newly renovated Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Both can provide weddings or large events with a block of rooms.
Q: What is the closest airport for guests flying into the area?
A: Charlotte Douglas International (Charlotte, NC) and Piedmont Triad International Airport (Greensboro, NC) are the closest major airports to Wilkes.
Q: Is The 1915 full service?
A: No, The 1915 provides a beautiful backdrop for your event, a designated number of tables and chairs per your contract, and set-up and breakdown of tables and chairs. The Artisan Cafe is part of The 1915 and is available for catering inquiries, however we do not require that you use their services. We do not provide flowers, photography, entertainment, event planning services, etc. We do provide you with a preferred vendor list to assist with planning your event.
Q: Do I have to use vendors on the Preferred Vendor List?
A: No, we provide a list of vendors we have worked with in the past, but we are open to having others. We do require a day of wedding coordinator. If you are serving alcohol, we require that your caterer/bartender have a permit for serving.
Q: Is there onsite parking?
A: Since The 1915 is located in the heart of Downtown Wilkesboro, there is limited parking in front, beside, and behind the building. However, there is plenty of street parking that is a very short walk to the venue.
Q: What does The 1915 staff set up and break down?
A: The 1915 staff sets up all items that are 1915 property (dining tables, cocktail tables, folding or stacking banquet chairs) to your written specifications that you will discuss in your 30 day out call with the venue manager. You are responsible for any outside flowers, decor, etc. *With The 1915 being a historic building, no damage should come to the building from your decor (i.e.- holes, damaged sheetrock, etc) All decorations need to be discussed and approved by your venue manager in the 30 day out call.
Q: Do you provide ladders for hanging decorations?
A: We can only provide step ladders due to liability.
FAQ - Music
Q: How do I find out about upcoming concerts and events?
A: Visit our Calendar or Facebook page for upcoming concerts and events at the center.
Q: I’m in a band and would like to be considered for a show, who do I contact?
Q: What kind of music do you have at The 1915?
A: With The 1915 being in the foothills of North Carolina, we will have a variety of Bluegrass plus, Americana, Folk Singer-Songwriter and Acoustic bands.
Q: Is this a pet friendly venue?
A: Out of respect for attendees and the building, we do not allow pets inside the venue. *An outdoor venue will be coming in Summer of 2019 and pets will be welcome there!
Q: Will there be food/drinks available?
A: The 1915 is home to The Artisan Cafe, which will be open during shows. They will have a variety of small plates, dinner options, coffees, local wine and beer.
Q: What kind of experience can I expect to have at a concert at The 1915?
A: You will be able to enjoy wonderful bands in the newly renovated main hall that has beautiful Federal-Style Architecture. The 1915 has a listening room atmosphere where you can listen to bands, enjoy a beverage and mingle with friends and family.
Q: Is The 1915 a family-friendly venue?
A: Yes, The 1915 is definitely family friendly. But do keep in mind most of our shows are in the evenings (7-9/9:30), so make sure your kids are up for that!
Q: Is the building Handicap Accessible?
A: Yes! The Town of Wilkesboro installed a brand new wheelchair ramp located at the front of the building.
Q: Where do I park?
A: The 1915 is located in Downtown Wilkesboro, so parking is on the street around the building and adjacent streets. There is plenty of parking in downtown, but you may have to walk half a block or a block.