Frequently Asked Questions
Booking, Payment Schedule, Decor & Staff FAQs
Q: How do I secure my event/reserve the day of my event?
A: We host one event per day. Days are reserved on a first come first serve basis via the first half of the venue rental and a signed contract (non-refundable if you cancel).
Q: Can you hold a date for me?
A: No. We do not hold dates. Dates are reserved or they are open.
Q: Once I secure my date, when are the rest of my payments due?
A: 60 days before your event, you will pay the second half of the venue rental. 72 hours before your event, you will pay your full bar bill (if applicable), and any un-billed Ceremony and décor rental extras.
Q: What does your staff manage before my event and the day of my event?
A: Prior to your event, Kiley will work with you to create a detailed floor plan, arrange for your beverage needs, ensure your vendors have directions and know where to park, etc. We will schedule a final meeting 4 weeks out from the event date to discuss all final details. Prior to the day of your event, Abe & Jake’s staff sets up table and chairs and linens (if you choose to use our in-house linens), welcomes your vendors, address any needs you have related to the space (temperature, etc.) and oversees our event staff and the flow of the event. Event Managers do not decorate or coordinate your event.
Q: Can I come in the day before or the day after my event to decorate and/or breakdown?
A: No. Your rental is for a particular length of time on a particular day. You may pay for access to the space for additional sequential hours on the day of your event for $200/hour. We have events booked sequential days and are not able to manage event material the day before or after. We do allow you to pre-load non-perishable items as early as the Tuesday of the week of your wedding. We keep your items in a locked room.
Q: When do people decorate the space for an event?
A: You have access to the venue at noon on the day of to decorate and for vendors to arrive and set up. Your caterer of choice will set up all needs for the buffet, stations or for a plated dinner. Your florist (if applicable) will place centerpieces and other floral details. We will have any decor items you order from us on site for you to place in the areas you are using these items. You are responsible for placing and removing any additional decor items (welcome/gift table items, seating cards, all table decor, etc)
Q: Do you have audio or visual presentation equipment we can use?
A: Yes. We off our in house surround sound speaker system that also provides music outside on our private patio. We charge $200 for a DJ to plug into our in house equipment. We also offer our Screen & Projector(s) to show a video/slideshow during your event. We charge $150 for both screens.
Q: Are real flame candles allowed?
A: Yes. ALL candles must be in a container and the top of the flame must be 2 inches below the top of the container.
Q: I’d like the hang things. Is that okay?
A: Yes. These details will be discussed in a final meeting that is scheduled 4 weeks out from the event date.
Q: Can I have my ceremony at Abe & Jake’s too?
A: Yes. We have two ceremony options. We offer our stage ceremony with seating for up to 175 guests and out north window wall with seating for up to 250 guests. We provide our white garden chairs for seating. If you guest count is higher than the seating capacity for either set up, additional guests would be sat at receptions tables closest to the ceremony set up.
Q: Do you provide food?
A: No. We provide the space (with tables and chairs) and bar staff/glasses, you choose a licensed and insured catering company to set your (china, flatware, water goblets if you choose to have a formal table setting) and serve your food and clean up after your meal. We provide rentals for china, flatware, water goblets if the caterer you choose does not provide these items. See our list of preferred vendor list for caterers we love working with and who we know do an exceptional job for their customers.
Q: Can my caterer drop off food?
A: No. We require full-service catering. Food must be prepared, transported, set out and/or served and cleaned up by the caterer’s employees.
Q: Can I bring in my own appetizer/grandmother’s famous recipe/food of any kind?
A: No. Under no circumstance may food be brought in by the renter except for desserts made by a licensed and insured bakery.
Q: Is your kitchen a full service Kitchen?
A: No. We have fridge and freezer space for your caterer to use. You caterer is required to provide hot boxes or warmers for hot food items.
Q: Do I have to use your bar?
A: Yes. Absolutely no outside beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) may be brought into Abe & Jake’s.
Q: Can I bring in alcohol?
A: No. Bringing outside alcohol into our venue is a violation of our liquor license.
Q: May I have wine bottles on the tables?
A: Yes but there is a fee for each bottle on a table.
Q: I have a relationship with a person or business that sells wine/liquor. Can I bring in my own wine or alcohol at a reduced rate?
A: No. We do not purchase alcohol from sources other than our regular distributors.
Q: Can I take any opened bottles of wine home with me?
A: No. The ABC does not categorize us as a restaurant, and as such, they do not allow us to provide sealable wine bags like those you find in restaurants.
Q: Can I have just a wine & beer bar?
A: Sure. You may limit what’s offered to your guests in any way you like to reach your bar/beverage minimum. You can choose to have liquor as a cash bar.
Q: Can I order special wine/beer/liquor for my event?
A: Yes. If you want us to special order wine, beer or a type of liquor we can check with our distributors on these items and price accordingly.
Q: Can you get microbrew/craft beers for my event?
A: Yes. We are always happy to check on availability of what we can get depending on the season.