Wedding & Event Planning Tips - Venue & Service


Large events can feel overwhelming especially when you start totaling up the costs. We've put together a list of items to consider

Venue There will almost always be a site fee which will vary greatly by location. Make sure to ask about all possible associated fees such as drink minimums, rentals, waste removal and more. Food We work hard to ensure there's no surprise costs but its important for you to review your menu and agreement carefully. Make sure to ask not only about the menu and service items but additional staffing needs for setup, cleanup, bar service, as well as service style and total length of service needed. You'll also want to work closely with our team or your event planner to ensure you have everything accounted for in the way of rentals - not just for the food - but for the event overall. (Avg. cost- $55- $100pp) Rentals This can include a varied assortment of items depending on your needs/venue: glassware (both set on the table and for your bar), china, silverware, linens (table and napkins), umbrellas, heaters, tables, chairs, restrooms, power, lighting- all will have a delivery fee and set-up/tear down fees ( Service Staff Servers, bartenders, set-up/tear down crew. Some will typically be included with the catering estimate. Most will require a minimum amt of hours. CA Law will dictate any overtime or double-time cost. Bar If you're offering a bar, find out if your venue allows you to bring in alcohol. If not, make sure to discuss the options they offer in advance. We suggest offering a few specialty drinks rather than an open bar, and since we're in wine country can help you find incredibly special wines for less money than you'd be able to find yourself. Don't forget to consider costs and planning for glassware, bar set-up, ice (!), containers (such as galvanized tubs or bins), staffing and cleanup/recycling options. Questions? Curious? Call Melissa at 707.738.8404 or email us to help you plan for your wedding!


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