We were surprised to find that their prices included per person for food but are PER Beverage- for soda and other drinks :/ didn’t learn this until later, after deposit paid… but, that’s ok. They do offer $1.50 per person for tea, so we are doing tea. The alcohol was also pricey, $375 domestic keg and $425 premium and mixed drinks are $4-6 per serving (plus service fee and tax & gratuity on top of that).
A bartender was required at an hourly fee as well (2 if we reach 100 people) which I didnt expect, since we are paying an arm and a leg for booze.
How long do you have the place, including set-up, who sets up, who takes down. Ours said we’d have it for 7 hours, but we didnt realize that also included set up and take down, so we had to move our timeline a bit.
Also, we were surprised to find that there were additional fees: 21% service charge, 8.9% tax and gratuity expected for food and drinks.
Last, we didn’t realize that there was an additional fee ($3.00 per person) for dinner menus-yikes! it was on the last page of the menu in tiny print.
so I guess ask what is included and be very specific. Ask if outside food and or drinks and alcohol and cake is allowed (not allowed in our case, other than the cake, so we’ll be having a cash bar, even for soda, bummer and 2 kegs at close to $800 bucks). I have also read here that venues sometimes charge a per person cake serving/cutting fee, but ours luckily, did not.
I have seen other bees mention that their venues offered a day of coordinator, which sounds like a good deal if it’s in the budget, so you may want to ask about that.
I have seen some not so great stories about misunderstandings and or misinterpretations of the contract, so you might ask for a copy in advance, if possible, so you can get to work on reading through their requirements and agreements, etc.
All of these things are items we can certainly work with, but it can change your plans and timing, etc.