FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
... and Policies.

we ONLY have one rule.

We have a few policies, however...

AWL Creative at A Wedding Loft is a nurturing, encouraging physical location for female entrepreneurs, creatives, and their clients. If you and/or your guest become disrespectful, unkind, or creepy towards another person while at AWL, then you do not belong at AWL. You and your guest(s) will be politely escorted out of the building and no refunds will be given.

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studios & spaces

There are a few ways to book a studio space:
- Through our booking portal
- Email us and let us know what type of studio you need, date, start and end times.
- Call us and we can help get you scheduled

Studio rentals are booked by the hour, with a one hour minimum. Your rental time will start when you enter the studio and will end when you leave the studio. This includes setup and breakdown time.

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED BEFORE 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
A 50% refund will be provided if booking is cancelled before 72 hours of rental start time.

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED AFTER 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
If booking is cancelled within 72 hours of rental start time, payment will be forfeited in full. 

Studio rentals are booked by the hour, with a one hour minimum. All rentals include setup and teardown time. If you need additional time for setup and teardown, we recommend booking additional time.
If you arrive early, you're welcome to hang in our seating areas, have a cup of coffee, and pet a dog.

If there's isn't another booking immediately after yours...
just let the receptionist know and we are happy to add on as much time as you need, at the regular rate in 30 minute increments.

If you go over by 5 minutes, you will automatically be charged for 30 additional minutes. Your rental time ends when you leave the studio.

You can pay for your additional time before you leave or we can email you an invoice.

Although we pad each studio booking with a 30 (thirty) minute buffer, we know things do happen. However, if you run over your time into someone else's booking and they are, in turn, late to start their session, you will be charged a $100 penalty!!! Please, just don't - it's inconsiderate (see Rule #1).

During our busy seasons, we shorten the buffer to 15 minutes to accommodate all the awesome bookings that want to be made. If there is another booking that backs up to yours, we will let you know prior to your start time.

No. 

For studio rentals longer than 6 hours, please contact us.

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED BEFORE 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
We can reschedule your booking at no charge. We are happy to do this one time per booking.
If you need to reschedule again, you will be charged a reschedule fee of 25% of your total booking cost.

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED AFTER 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
You will be charged a a reschedule fee of 25% of your total booking cost.

We sure do! We have everything from inflatable beds to beautiful loveseats to faux plants. We also have a variety of curtains, ribbons, and plateware. 

You can add products to your booking through our booking system. All products added to your booking will be put in the studio prior to your arrival so you should be ready to rock 'n roll when your booking starts.

Please return any items you used back to where you found it when you are finished.

Short answer - yes, if any of the other studios or spaces aren't booked at the same time, you are welcome to quickly pop in to the another studio or space to get different looks. 

Absolutely no baking flour, glitter, slime, alcohol consumption without prior permission (contact us), or filming of pornography. No loud noises or messy materials without prior approval.
Bad attitudes aren't allowed either - leave those outside before you come in.

We ensure each studio and space is cleaned and sanitized prior to your arrival. If you feel a studio is not adequately clean, please let us know.
We ask that you clean up after yourself and return everything where you found it - or you will be billed a housekeeping fee - minimum of $25.

Accidents happen! 
Let the receptionist know and we can all figure out how bad it is, together.
But as I tell my kids, the worst thing you can do is break something and then not tell us (or lie about it!) Then you'll get charged for the damage and banned from AWL (remember our One Rule?)

Absolutely! However, we also have pretty much every piece of equipment you could ever need. Rent our equipment during your studio sessions and it makes your loading/ unloading effort way easier. Click HERE to see the full list of lighting equipment and add-ons available to rent during your studio session.

Any personal item left behind will be held for up to seven (7) days and then all abandoned items will be tossed.

All clients and guests of clients entering the building must sign in at the front desk upon arrival. 
We ask that you are considerate of the creative environment during your time in our studios and keep voices low.
Young children must be kept under control and under parent/ guardian supervisor at all times. 

Friendly dogs are welcome - and just like kids, must be kept under control at all times. 

If you want to hang something on the walls, you must use removable adhesive strips (command strips). 
If you want to hang anything on the brick walls, please contact us.

We actually love dogs more than people most of the time!
Friendly dogs are welcome - and just like kids, must be kept under control at all times. 

membership

Nope! We are accepting of everyone - except racists, homophobes, assholes and mean girls. Must love dogs because we are a dog-friendly space.

Holds aren't really our thing. However, contact our accounts manager to discuss possible options. 

Members must provide a 60 day written notice to our Account Manager with intent to cancel. Your last month will be prorated based on the number of days remaining in your contract. 

AWL members have an opportunity to refer other members and potentially pay off their monthly membership fee.
Each member referred will result in 10% off their monthly membership fee. 10% will be deducted each month that the referred member has an active membership.

With ten (10) referrals, a member can have their monthly membership fee at AWL reduced to as low as $0.

Active AWL Creative members receive exclusive discounts and money saving specials when they present their membership card to participating downtown Leesburg businesses. Valid for active AWL Members only.
Click here to learn more...

There are a few differences...
FOR CANCELLATIONS -
IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED BEFORE 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
A $25 fee will be charged to your account.*

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED AFTER 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
If booking is cancelled within 72 hours of rental start time, payment will be forfeited in full or forfeit the hours applied from your membership.

FOR RESCHEDULES -
IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED BEFORE 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
A $25 fee will be charged to your account.* 

IF NOTICE IS PROVIDED AFTER 72 HOURS OF BOOKING START TIME:
If booking is cancelled within 72 hours of rental start time, payment will be forfeited in full or forfeit the hours applied from your membership.

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*The policies are designed so time slots on our booking calendar is not wasted by people “time hogging” the calendar by putting holds for “soft holds” and/ or cancelling last minute - thus keeping others from booking time in the studios. We also book events months in advance and if there is a studio booking on the calendar, that date/ time becomes unavailable for an event booking. Many vendors charge a reschedule/ cancellation fee to clients. We’re not telling you how to run your business, but maybe consider doing so - to encourage your clients to respect your time & booking calendar! :-)

Thank you for understanding that we are a community and we all affect each other! 

Note - This policy does not apply to coworking bookings.

We totally encourage you to take selfies, photos of the space, and snaps of our doggies to post on social stories, etc. But if it's a "photo session" - no, you must book a photography studio. Coworking hours are to be used for coworking. Not photo sessions. If we find out you are doing so without booking a photo studio, it's technically stealing and goes against our #1 rule.)

Depending on your membership allocations - when you book a studio, those hours will be pulled from your "Benefits" in account in the AWL Member Portal. After you have used all of your monthly hours, the hourly rate (based on studio type) will be charged to your Nexudus account. An invoice will be created at the end of your rental time and automatically charged to your credit card on file.

We aren't Verizon, so no.
We highly encourage you to use the hours, otherwise you lose them!

Our New Member Lunch and Learns (Orientations) are held every other month - typically on a Friday. Be sure to check the event calendar for upcoming orientations.

Please submit your logo, 3-4 photos, your company tagline and a 3-4 sentence description to hello@awlcreative.com. All files should be web-size and png format.

We have become the go-to for wedding and creative services for the Loudoun County area and beyond, so we love to pass on the inquiries to our members. From the vendor inquiry form on our website to frequent walk-ins, we are proud to connect members to potential clients. 

Depending on the inclusions in your membership plan, you can bring a guest to cowork with you for a day. This is for use of coworking space only. If you need to work in a conference room or private office, you will need to book a space accordingly. 

We have multiple platforms that are designed to directly market your services to potential clients. From The AWL Vendor Catalogue (powerful SEO = awesome analytics!), the business card display located in the entry of our building, to sharing your event on AWL socials and calendar (if hosted at AWL) and the opportunity to present in front of our members during monthly member meetings, we have many incredible ways to help you market your business and grow your potential client base. We want to see your business grow! 

The company

Studios and spaces are available by appointment only through our booking system.
Monday  -   Closed to the public
Tuesday - Sunday  -   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact us if you want to book a studio or space outside of public business hours.

Yes! Please contact us for more information.

THE MAMA BEAR CLAUSE: At AWL Creative at A Wedding Loft, LLC our children come first. They are our highest priority. AWL will do everything in our power to avoid having to cancel an event. However, in the unexpected circumstance that our children need us, AWL reserve the right to cancel, close, reschedule any event hosted by AWL. All ticket sales will be fully refunded within thirty (30) days. This includes, but not limited to circumstances such as illnesses, school closures, or family emergencies.
This does not apply to studio space or private event space rentals.

So to make a long story short, the difference is the type of clients and services.
AWL Creative is a female-inspired business incubator with the creative spaces, business education and resources, that fosters an empowering community.
A Wedding Loft is a resource for engaged couples and a place to hold private events.
Same location though! 11 South King Street has become a very busy place!

Click here to hear the long story...

That's the plan! We're working our asses off to expand.
Interested in investing?  We're currently looking for investors, so if you know anyone... :) 

OUR MISSION

... that provides the business education, resources, and spaces that either do not exist or not designed for women.

... that fosters an empowering female-focused community and the growth of female-owned small businesses.

... to meet clients, reducing risk to personal safety - allowing women to focus on providing optimal customer service.

To be the pro-Home for Female Entrepreneurs...