Questions

Here are some questions, in no particular order, that we are oftentimes asked. Please keep in mind that these answers, though truthful, do not impose any restrictions or obligations upon us and may change as circumstances dictate. We are as accommodating as we can possibly be while still trying to operate our business with its’ long term health in mind.

  • Is this the only package that you have?

    Essentially, yes. Our package has been designed for a bride who wants a simple, beautiful wedding. She would need to supply a minister, photographer, clothes, cake and flowers and a couple of minor accessories and she’ll have a gorgeous, unforgettable wedding. If a bride wants more she is able to supply her own vendors to make the wedding match her particular dreams.

  • Do you have an option for a wedding only?

    We do have a wedding only package for $2100 (plus $300 refundable damage deposit) which is three hours long and includes everything in the package that has to do with the wedding. Due to the popularity of our wedding and reception package we can only book this package Monday through Thursday and occasionally on a Sunday.

  • I want a very simple wedding with just a few family members present. Anything for me?

    Okay, last package. We have a “walk-in” wedding package for $400 (plus $300 refundable damage deposit) for one hour. You show up dressed, we describe what is going to happen, have the ceremony, take some photos and that’s it. You’ll need to supply a minister, a photographer (although couples oftentimes use relatives to photograph these weddings,) your clothes (usually just nice clothes but some brides have worn an official bridal dress,) unity candle and guest book. You are limited to 14 people total, including bride and groom. Since the time commitment isn’t huge we’re able to schedule this package virtually any day, although a weekend date would need to be already booked with a full wedding/reception so we know what times are available.

  • What’s your cancellation policy?

    This is a very important subject!

    Trust me that we are sympathetic to your circumstances but if you cancel or postpone your wedding, it will cost you substantially. Since weddings are planned so far in advance if you cancel or postpone your wedding then that date may go empty which costs us tremendously. Even if we rebook the date you won’t get a refund.

    If you can’t have your wedding on the originally planned date then you can always move your ceremony to an earlier available date with no penalty. If you need to postpone to a later date we have a $250 resigning charge but certain circumstances apply as described below.

    If you cancel the wedding it all depends upon when you cancel as to how much money you will forfeit. The deposit, as stated in the contract, is non-refundable and non-assignable. There are two payments due four months and one month prior to the wedding. After those respective dates that money is non-refundable.

    If you’ve paid up some in advance of those dates then we would refund that money. Even if you do cancel your wedding you can resign later if your circumstances change. The same bride and groom can resign for the $250 charge but it can only be within three months of the new date.
    Any money that you had forfeited on your cancellation will be applied to the new date. No other chapel will do this for you. You’re welcome!

    We do try to work with the military although we’ll need to see official orders that prevent the wedding from happening when originally planned. If Uncle Sam needs half of the couple on the original wedding date you won’t have to pay the $250 to rebook.

    If you have an occurrence such as a death in the immediate family we would certainly take that into consideration, but it will always be up to us in the end.

  • What if there’s bad weather and we can’t have the wedding?

    We once gave a bride the option of rescheduling due to an ice storm but she determined that there really wasn’t a way to postpone a wedding on short notice. Rescheduling her vendors for a few days later would be a nightmare and how do you contact your guests? Realistically it just won’t work so it’s a risk you take although we’ll do everything in our power to help alleviate whatever problems Mother Nature throws our way.

  • I see bubbles are included in the package. If we want something else can we bring it instead?

    Yes, if you prefer something different from the bubbles, you’re certainly welcome to supply it yourself. There are only a few things we don’t allow, mainly rice, confetti, and birdseed. All are available in eco-friendly versions at party stores. Sparklers are pretty but they are semi-dangerous to your guests (and your wedding dress!) and they make a bunch of smoke that may present problems to your photographer although there are wedding specific sparklers available. You’re also welcome to bring real (not imitation) rose petals.

  • I don’t need a coordinator (or décor, etc). Will that lower the price?

    When we developed our package we left out virtually everything that isn’t essential to having a beautiful wedding to save as much money for our brides as we could. Therefore we really don’t have anything that we can save money on and then pass the saving on to you. So, to answer the question, no, it won’t lower the price.

  • What should I bring to rehearsal?

    Everything! Okay, don’t bring any your rings, fresh flowers or your clothes. But other than that you’re encouraged to bring everything else, including your marriage license. We can store your items and that will be less stuff that you need to worry about on the big day.

  • What time can my vendors arrive?

    Keeping in mind that the only product we really have for sale is “time in our chapel”, it’s easy to understand that we would need to charge for the time they spend here. So, if it’s worth $200 per hour to you, arrange it with us and they are welcome to come early. Otherwise simply give them your arrival time as the time that they should arrive.

  • If my time is over at 10 o’clock is that when I leave?

    Actually, that means that the building has to be empty by 10 and here’s how we do it. About thirty minutes before the end of your time we want your DJ or announcer to announce that the bride and groom are leaving and everyone should go out front for the send-off. That should get you on your way by 20 minutes until the end of your time, giving your family and friends just enough time to collect items out of the dressing rooms, your gifts, and any decor you might have brought and leave by the end of your time.

  • The liquor policy says that service stops thirty minutes before my time ends and that there’s no “last call”. Why is that?

    Keep in mind that liquor at your reception is only intended for your guests to enjoy and that we don’t want anyone getting drunk. Last calls only encourage your guests to run over and grab that last drink, moments before they jump into their car and drive off down the highway.

  • My mom’s a smoker. Is that a problem?

    No problem at all. The entire outdoors is reserved for her smoking pleasure! She just can’t do it inside the building. We do have several benches and ash buckets outside. And don’t let her or anyone else sneak one in the dressing or rest rooms. When we find out then your damage deposit is automatically forfeited.

  • I saw a chocolate fountain for sale at a retail store. Can I use it at the reception?

    You absolutely wouldn’t be happy with it so, to protect you, we don’t allow it. There are several reasons that a professional model costs $3000 and the home models cost $65! We don’t supply chocolate fountains but we can certainly recommend a couple of companies who have done a very good job for our brides.

  • My guys want to try on their tuxes at the rehearsal.

    Actually just the chapel and bathrooms are included in the rehearsal. Plus the day before the wedding isn’t when you want to find out the tuxes don’t fit. Tell those silly guys to try them on yesterday!

  • Your parking lot looks small. Will it fit everyone?

    Our lower parking lot is small but it will handle the first 100 guests. If needed, cars can park along the sides of the driveway and we do have overflow parking at the top of the drive. Carpooling is definitely beneficial.

  • What’s the earliest I can arrive on a Saturday evening? What’s the earliest I could have my wedding?

    5 PM is the earliest you could schedule arrival. The hour between the daytime’s departure and the evening’s arrival is entirely taken up with cleaning duties so that everything is ready for the evening wedding. It’s best to allow 1½ to 2 hours prior to your ceremony for dressing and photos.

  • What’s the earliest we can have our wedding on Friday or Sunday?

    On Friday you can’t arrive earlier than 5 since we have rehearsals at 3 and 4 but you can have your wedding whenever you want after that. On Sunday you can have your ceremony anytime you want.

  • How much money is required to hold my date? How does payment work?

    A $500 non-refundable down payment in cash, check or credit card holds both your date and price and it applies to the fee. Half of the remaining fee (after the down payment) is due four months before your wedding with the balance due one month before. You can also send in payments as you want and we’ll apply them to your balance. The fee for the catering isn’t due until two weeks before the wedding so that you can get a good guest plus wedding party count.

  • Is set up and clean up time included in the 5 hours?

    Since we do the set-up and clean-up that would not infringe on your time.

  • Do you have more than one wedding per day?

    On Saturdays we host two weddings. The first one has to be gone by 4 PM and we spend the time between weddings cleaning and getting set up for the evening wedding. The evening bride will never know there was a wedding earlier that day.

  • How many pews are in the chapel?

    12 on one side, 13 on the other.

  • How many guests can the chapel hold?

    The chapel and the reception hall will both seat 130 guests.

  • We have 150 guests. Is that a problem?

    It’s only a problem for the last 20 people since they won’t get into the chapel! The other problem comes in the reception hall where there’s just not quite enough room to move freely with that many people in there.

  • We’re going to invite 200 guests. Will that be okay?

    The experts say that you can expect 60%-70% attendance. Those rates would change based upon whether you and your fiancé grew up out-of-state or you both grew up near-by.

  • Your site has listed that a Yamaha digital piano is available. Is someone available to play it or can we use music from a CD for the ceremony portion?

    If you have a musician they can use the piano but most brides use our pre-recorded music. We cue up the CD’s, play them, fade them in and out, etc. You can also mix our music and yours. Some brides bring a special song for the unity candle ceremony, for instance. You can also have soloist, harpist, etc.

  • Is there prelude music that can be played for the guests prior to the actual beginning of the ceremony?

    Yes, we play beautiful romantic classical songs, or you can provide your own.

  • If we provide ceremony music, do we need to provide a CD with all of the music in order?

    If any of the ceremony music is yours then you would need to have a CD. Although we prefer the songs in order it would not be required.

  • Since my fiancé and I will likely be taking pictures when guests go to the reception area, is there someone to keep guests entertained.

    Typically we open the buffet and, if you have a video, we’ll play the video upon the arrival of the guests. If you have a DJ they would also work to keep your guests happy. If no DJ we would start the reception music, also. The buffet line is open before the bride and groom arrive so that your guests will be ready to pay attention later.

  • If we decide to have a video presentation do we need to get the presentation together on a DVD with pictures/music pre-loaded? Is there someone who handles the video equipment?

    Our sound tech would set it up. The video can be on DVD or as a PowerPoint presentation on a thumb drive. Usually music is included with the video but we’ve also had them where we simply played background music during the video. Your presentation needs to be formatted so it will loop on its’ own.

  • How many tables are in the reception area? How many chairs per table?

    10 chairs per table unless you have 60 or so guests then we’ll do 8 per table. Max of 13 tables.

  • Your website says “decorated reception” – what exactly is decorated?

    We have several different vases, colored beads, candles, etc. from which you can choose. We use 20″ x 20″ colored squares to bring color to the tables along with colored candles, ribbons, etc. If we don’t have anything you like you are welcome to bring in your own centerpieces and we’ll use them. A great combination is our centerpieces and then the bride might bring in some flowers in her colors or ribbon and we add that into the mix. We’re pretty flexible.

  • Is someone available to serve the punch and cut the cake?

    We will have plenty of servers for punch and the cake. If you have someone you want to honor as a cake server we can certainly back them up.

  • We’re on a pretty strict budget; so what’s the least expensive menu item we could buy from you.

    We have a variety package of vegetables, fruits and cheeses which is $5 per person and is essentially all-they-can-eat. Probably 50% of our brides pick that option. It looks good and is relatively inexpensive.

  • Do you have separate tables in the reception hall or hallways we can use? Is there a gift table? How about an easel to hold a large picture for signing or display?

    Yes, to all.

  • Do you have an officiant on site that can perform the ceremony or will we need to hire one?

    We don’t supply one but you can bring your own or we can recommend one.

  • Are there any additional charges outside of the standard rate? Is this a flat fee with no tax or surcharges?

    The only additional charges would be if you have any catering or if you serve alcohol at the reception. Anything other than a toast between the bride and groom incurs a $150 surcharge but you supply the liquor so you’ll save that money back. There is a $300 damage deposit which is refundable if everything goes as it should, and it almost always has. No tax is charged.

  • Are there lower rates on Friday or Sunday or is it the same no matter the day of the week?

    It’s the same rate for any day. A lot of places raise their price on Saturday evening since it’s such a prime day for a wedding but we didn’t think that was quite fair.

  • Are we allowed to bring in our own food or how does the catering work?

    We have a full commercial kitchen and can do any catering that you would like. This is priced on a per person price. If you have a caterer that you would prefer to use you can certainly do that but there is a $2 per person surcharge for that privilege. Caterers must have an employee identification number and hold themselves out to the public as a caterer. We do not allow you, for safety reasons, to bring in your own food.

  • If we don’t use a DJ how does the music for the reception work?

    We highly recommend having a DJ simply because the good ones do a great job of getting the guests involved in the proceedings. If you don’t have a DJ this is how we would like to do the music for the reception. Every bride and groom has a friend who wishes they could be the center of attention but they can’t be because you are. You’ve probably already thought of who that person is, right?

    Anyway, you can have that person be the “announcer;” the person who announces you when you enter the reception hall, announces the dances, cake cutting, etc. That person would be in charge of playing the CD’s because they’ll want to turn it down for the announcements, they can cue up certain songs for your first dance, etc. Our sound tech is available for trouble shooting, running the video, etc.