We understand planning an event takes time! We have created a list of frequently asked questions to help with the initial research and the planning!
Can I use my own vendors?
Yes, we allow our Couples to choose vendors that are most helpful to their event. We work with all vendors. But if you need some recommendations, we can help with this as well!
Can I host both my ceremony and reception indoors?
Yes, you can! However, during non-winter months, The Garden is always included in the rental.
Can I bring in alcohol?
Yes, but you will need a licensed and insured bartender serving the alcohol. The insured part is the most important! The Liquor Liability must be at least 1-million-dollar coverage. If your caterer does not have a license to serve, you must use one of our six approved bartending companies.
What is included in the rental?
We provide tables and chairs. We also provide the table and chair set-up and breakdown. Linens are not included unless the decor package is booked. We do not have a stage, ceiling draping or AV equipment. Renter or vendor must provide.
What do I need to book a date?
We require half of the rental rate to book a date. The remaining amount is not due until 90 days prior to the event. If you want to book a date, email us!
Do you offer any packages?
Yes! We are now offering decor packages! Our decor package includes linens, table decorations, cake stands and signage. The cost is $1400 for under 110 guests, $1800 for under 160 guests, $2,200 for under 210 guests and $2400 for under 260 guests. This is not a required service. Couples can still bring in their own decorations and linens if not interested in the decor package.
When are rehearsals allowed?
We allow a 1 hour rehearsal the day before if a space is available. If all spaces are rented, times can be arranged during the week or in the morning. We will notify Couples 21 days in advance if they are able to have a rehearsal the day before.
Do I need a planner or purchase insurance?
We do not require a wedding planner or event insurance. We require bartenders to be licensed and insured. It must be a licensed and insured bartending or catering company.
What are the dimensions of your tables and what size linens do I need to order?
60″ rounds -use 120″ round linen (seat 8-9 guests comfortably)
48″ rounds- use 108″ round linen (we have only 2 of these)
36″ round high tops- use 120″ round linen or 132″ if want martini glass look (we have 10 of these)
Farm Tables are 7’x 3′ (these do not need a linen-seat 6 to 8 guests comfortably)
6 ft rectangles- 90×132 linen (seat 6 to 8 guests)
8 ft rectangles- 90×156 linen (seat 8 to 10 guests)
What tables are used upstairs?
We use four- 60″ rounds and five- 8 ft rectangles. The tables & chairs remain upstairs and cannot be changed. Upstairs seats 72 to 86 guests.
What equipment is in The Venue kitchen?
Convection oven, warming cabinet, prep tables, 3 compartment sink, double sided cooler and 500 lb ice machine. We do NOT have a stove.
Will a staff member from The Venue Chattanooga be at my event?
We will meet the lead person of the event in the morning and go over all important information. We will then check-on the event throughout the day, but no one from our staff will be on site the entire time. Clients will have all cell numbers to reach in case of an emergency.
I would like my event to be outdoors, but what about the weather?
We prepare a Plan A or Plan B layout with all of our clients. Clients must make a decision at least 24 hours of the rental start time. This gives us enough notice to plan the set-up. If a client decides to do an event outdoors and it starts raining, it is up to the client to move the event or make the most of the event. The Venue Chattanooga’s staff is not responsible for moving any tables or chairs after the decision is made. We will set-up one time once the decision has been made by the Client.
What are the hidden fees?
The only fee that could be added to the rental price is if a Couple decides to rent The Venue only during January/February. The space would need to be “flipped” from one layout to the reception layout after the ceremony is over. A flip fee is not applied if all spaces are booked, and weather does not allow an event to be held outside.