Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Birkby House?
Birkby House is a historic estate named after the Birkby family, who emigrated from England to America in 1800 and set up residence in Leesburg. Today, it is a popular venue for weddings and events, right in the heart of historic downtown.
What is included in my rental?
Exclusive use of the property, including the Main House, the Carriage House, the 40’ x 60’ tent, and the beautifully manicured gardens; garden games (corn hole!); white patio umbrellas; and, chairs/tables for your reception and cocktail hour.
May I hold my ceremony and reception at Birkby House?
Absolutely! Many of our brides and grooms use the gorgeous patio or gazebo to say “I do” and hold the reception under our beautiful tent, lighted with chandeliers.
How many guests can Birkby House accommodate?
The tent can seat 200 guests comfortably for dinner and dancing.
How do I book Birkby House?
You can “save the date” with a $250 deposit. At the time of the contract signing, ½ of the total cost of the rental is due; the total cost = your rental cost + tax (6%) + security deposit ($1,000). The remaining amount is due 3 months prior to the event. Your deposit will be returned within 2 weeks after the event.
What is the timing for an event?
Weddings are blocked for 8-hour periods which include: 2 hours of set-up for vendors, 5 hours of guest time, and 1 hour for vendor breakdown. The latest an event may run is 10pm on weekends and 9pm Monday through Thursday.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
If it rains, we will transform the tent into a beautiful ceremony area. We will move all the chairs, the beautiful archway, and all the flowers into the tent to create the perfect space to say “I do.” After the ceremony, we will quickly transform the space into your reception area.
Is there an area for the bridal party to prepare?
Of course! The bride and her bridesmaids may pamper themselves in our beautiful bridal suite up to 4 hours prior to the event. Hair and makeup artists are welcome! Meanwhile, the groom and his gentlemen can dress and prepare in the groom's suite. Both spaces are luxurious and elegant.
Is the Birkby House handicapped accessible?
Yes! Our reception area and bathrooms are handicapped accessible.
How many events do you hold in a day?
One special wedding!
Do you have any preferred caterers?
We have a wonderful partnership with the Tuskie’s Hospitality Group, featuring the acclaimed Tuscarora Mill and Magnolias at the Mill. We love it when our brides and grooms choose from one of our delicious partners, but we are open to other vendors.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Yes, you may stock up on all of your favorites! However, you must coordinate with your caterer, who will be responsible for serving all your guests. You must abide by state and county regulations regarding licenses.
Is there parking available for my guests?
Yes, there is ample free(!) parking directly behind Birkby House.
Is there a place for an After Party?
All music must be off by 10pm due to Leesburg's noise ordinance...but no worries! Birkby House is walking distance from several bars and restaurants – including our partner, Tuskie's – so you can keep the party going all night!