What is your policy on same-sex weddings?
We affirm our commitment to acceptance, diversity and inclusion. We welcome all loving couples regardless of sexual orientation, color or creed.
How can we make our wedding more eco-friendly? Choose a caterer that can provide their own china and linens.
If your caterer does not provide their own, rent china and silverware instead of using disposable place settings. (Renting vintage china and décor adds a unique touch - check our vendor list!)
If you don't want to rent or buy dinnerware, you can buy eco-friendly disposable dinnerware. We like Smarty Had a Party!
Provide guests with reusable glasses or mason jars to use for the night. (These can also make great favors!)
Rent a keg and buy boxed wine instead of bottles or cans.
Choose a caterer adopting a farm-to-table philosophy who will provide local and in-season fruit/vegetable dishes.
Hire a florist who offers locally-sourced and in-season flowers.
Firearms of any kind are prohibited on the property.
What is your policy regarding firearms?
Can the rooms in the Season House be reserved for the wedding party or guests?
Yes. In fact, when you pay your deposit, the Season House rooms are held, in case your family and friends wish to book a room for the weekend! The marrying couple decides who may stay in the Season House and in which rooms they stay. Friends and family who stay in the Season House sometimes pay for their own rooms since these rooms are not included in the price of the wedding packages.
Can we visit the Pump House throughout our wedding planning process?
Sure! Please just be sure to give us a call or send us an email to schedule an appointment so we can be expecting you! During the wedding season, weekdays and Sunday afternoons are the best time to visit due to our busy weekend event schedule.
What is the procedure for Sunday Weddings?
Our cleaning staff comes Sunday morning and begins cleaning the reception halls first so that the Sunday wedding party can begin setting up around noon as the Saturday wedding party is leaving. Once the reception spaces are clean, the suites will be cleaned while the wedding party sets up and decorates. Rooms only available after 3pm. Sunday weddings start late afternoon and can go as late as you'd like Sunday night.
Is the Pump House climate-controlled?
For the warmer months: The Celebration Hall has AC. The Brick Barn Hall does not have AC, but does have 3 powerful fans. Since the reception halls are well-insulated by their thick brick walls, they stay relatively cool during the summer, especially at night. All of our guest accommodations have AC.
For the colder months: The Celebration Hall is heated by a heat pump and a wood stove. The Brick Barn Hall is heated with large patio heaters that work well if the temperature is around 35-40 degrees or higher. We have used the space in November comfortably. The Catawissa and Studio Cabins are heated by heat pumps and wood stoves and the Season House Rooms are all equipped with heat pumps, although we usually winterize the property in the dead of winter.
What is the back up plan if it rains on the day of my outdoor wedding?
The plan in case your ceremony is rained out is to use one of the two halls for the ceremony and the other for your reception. If you are not already renting the extra Brick Barn Hall and it rains, we consider it an emergency and charge only $100 for the use of the space for your ceremony.
What furniture and other items do you have on-site?
We have a variety of chairs and tables available for your ceremony and reception. Our inventory includes:
130 vintage natural oak chairs for the ceremony
190 vintage natural wooden chairs for the halls
18 hand made wooden farm tables ( 8'x 34") seats 8-10 plus a 6' sweetheart table to match
25 (5') round plastic banquet tables each seats 8
13 (8'x30") rectangular plastic banquet tables seats 8
6 (6') handmade wooden benches
miscellaneous antique chairs and small tables
In addition, we offer the following accoutrements:
a golf cart for assisting guests who cannot walk longer distances
1 small PA system
1 solar generator (to power PA system or other devices of your choosing)
6 propane patio heaters for use in cooler weather
4 industrial floor fans for use in warm weather
foosball table, ping pong table, and horseshoe set (great for cocktail hour activities)
Do the reception spaces have restrooms?
Yes, there are 2 public restrooms: one in the Studio Hall, and one freestanding "outhouse." (Not to worry, both restrooms are fully equipped with modern plumbing and amenities!)
How do I book my date?
Pump House Weddings operates on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have chosen us as your venue, please call us to let us know that you wish to book your specific date. If it is available, Doug will pencil you into our calendar. Once we receive your contract and deposit, we will write you in the book in ink. If your deposit is not received within 10 days, the date will be released to another wedding party.
Can you recommend any vendors for our wedding needs?
At the Pump House, you are free to hire the vendors of your choosing for all of your wedding essentials. However, we have compiled a list of local vendors we have previously worked with if you need a starting point! See the 'Vendors' tab at the top of our webpage. We strongly recommend that you explore all of your options to find the perfect vendors for your big day.
What other wedding services can you provide?
Marika has a master's degree in divinity and can provide officiant services for your ceremony, upon request. She can send you customizable sample ceremonies and go over them with you, incorporating any text you supply. She will make herself available to do a rehearsal prior to your rehearsal dinner. Her fee is $350. Marika is also a clinical psychologist who can, at the couple's request, provide pre-marital counseling sessions designed to optimize harmony between the soon-to-marry pair.
Hugh, our on-site photographer, is currently in the process of earning his photography degree. He has photographed numerous weddings at the Pump House and is available for hire for a modest price. He is well-versed in digital and film photography and can offer coverage with both mediums. View his portfolio here.
Ask us for a quote on unique, handmade Pump House tile favors customized with your wedding date.
Is there tax on the wedding package?
Yes; we are obligated to collect 6% sales tax and a 3% hotel tax on the cabin portion of the wedding package.
Do you have floor plans of the reception halls for planning purposes?
For our rectangular tables: 90 x 156" for floor length or 60 x 120" for mid length
For our round tables: 120" round for floor length or 96" round for mid length
What size table linens should I rent/buy to fit your banquet tables?
How can we make our wedding more eco-friendly?
We are dedicated to sustainability and strongly encourage all of our wedding parties to make environmentally-friendly choices for their big day. Some ways to do this are:
Choose a caterer that can provide their own china and linens
If your caterer does not provide their own, rent china and silverware instead of using disposable place settings (renting vintage china and décor adds a unique touch- check our vendor list!)
Provide guests with reusable glasses or mason jars to use for the night (these can also make great favors)
Rent a keg and buy boxed wine instead of bottles or cans
Choose a caterer adopting a farm-to-table philosophy who will provide local and in-season fruit/vegetable dishes
Hire a florist who offers locally-sourced and in-season flowers