Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I reserve an event space?
Preliminary contact and event information is taken at the time of booking to create a reservation in our system. We require a signed contract two weeks after you book. The first deposit is due 30 days after booking; a second deposit is due 60 days prior to your event. All deposits are non-refundable upon receipt.  

Is rehearsal time included with my booking?
It is not. You are more than welcome to check in with your Sales Coordinator the week prior to your event to see if the space is available for rehearsal; however, there is no guarantee of availability.

What is a food and beverage minimum?
All of our private event spaces are rented per food and beverage minimums. As long as this minimum is met in hosted, catered food and beverages served in the event space during the event, there is no room fee. If the minimum is not met, the difference is owed as a room rental fee. Please note: Only hosted food and beverages apply toward the minimum. Additional fees such as the 18% service charge, rental items, corkage fees, etc., do not apply.

Does the service charge apply toward the minimum?
No. Only catered food and beverage served in the event space during the event applies toward the minimum.

What is included in the rental of the event space?
We provide a full catering staff including bartenders, your event set up and break down, basic linens, plates, glassware and flatware, indoor tables and chairs. (Please note: Outdoor tables and chairs will need to be rented and there will be an additional charge for this.) 

What is your deposit policy?
For weddings we require 25% of the food and beverage minimum 30 days after booking, and the remaining 75% is due 60 days prior to the event date. All wedding deposits are non-refundable upon receipt. Please note: We do not accept personal checks.

When is my final payment due?
Final payment for all outstanding charges is due at the conclusion of the event. Please note: We do not accept personal checks. 

Can I bring in my own caterer/outside food?
McMenamins will provide the catering for all event spaces.  You are welcome to bring in a traditional tiered wedding cake as long as it is from a licensed and health-inspected bakery. Further exceptions regarding desserts may apply depending on the property where you are holding your event. Please speak with your Sales Coordinator for further information. 

Can you accommodate specialty menus, food allergies and dietary restrictions?
Yes. We are happy to work with you to create the best menu for your event. We have experience with all sorts of requests from vegetarians, vegans, those with nut allergies, those who require gluten-free meals, as well as traditional dishes and recipes from many different cultures. Please speak to your Sales Coordinator for further details.

Can I bring in outside wine?
Yes. While our own McMenamins Edgefield Winery makes a large variety of wines ourselves, we understand at times extra special events require an extra special bottle of wine or champagne. We charge a $10 per 750ml bottle corkage fee for each bottle opened during your event. The corkage fee does not apply toward the food and beverage minimum for your event space.  

Can I purchase a keg of beer for my event?
We do not sell beer by the keg for events held onsite at a McMenamins property. We do, however, sell kegs to go from many of our breweries for your special events taking place elsewhere.

What is the pricing for beer and wine?  I don't see it in the catering menus.
Each property will match the current pricing offered in its restaurants and bars in the catering spaces. Current beverage pricing can be found online on each property's restaurant, pub and/or small bars menus.

Is my Sales Coordinator at McMenamins the same as a Wedding Coordinator?
Not exactly. Your Sales Coordinator will help with all McMenamins-related aspects of your event, such as booking your event space and guest rooms, menu planning, set up, timelines and so on. Your Sales Coordinator can also assist you by referring other preferred event resources such as florists, bakers, event rental companies, entertainment and more. If you are looking for more in depth assistance, including a coordinator to help you with decorating, dressing and so on for your special day, we suggest hiring a private wedding coordinator and would be happy to refer you to some of our favorites.

Do you offer menu tastings?
We do not. Food prepared in an individual serving for a tasting is not prepared the same way as a menu item prepared for a large group of guests. Therefore it would be a misrepresentation of what you will see and taste at your event. We can, however, give you recommendations based on our experience, and describe the preparation, flavor, texture and ingredients.

Are DJs, bands and other forms of entertainment allowed?
This varies depending on the event space. Please speak to your Sales Coordinator regarding the appropriate entertainment options for your event.

Are children allowed in the event space if we will have a bar in the room?
Yes. If there are pool tables in your event space, children will not be allowed near them, but can be in other designated areas of the event space.

Are animals allowed?
Unfortunately, no pets other than licensed and certified service animals, are allowed on property.

Do you provide group discounts on hotel rooms?
We lowered our hotel room rates several years ago to offer the best value possible to all guests; therefore, we discontinued additional group discounts.   

What time is check-in?
Check-in starts at 3 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m. We are happy to request early check-in on your reservation; however, this is not guaranteed and is often dependent on the guest staying prior to your arrival. If you require a guestroom to dress or otherwise prepare for your event, we highly suggest reserving a room the night before the event to ensure early access to your guestroom.  

 

 

 


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