Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us!
Q: How can I arrange a tour of your venue?
A: We recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re open 7 days a week and our event planners are available to meet with you from 11:30am – 6:30pm.
Q: What’s the capacity of your venue?
A: Maximum capacity is up to 350 seated guests and 450 cocktail guests
Q: How many events do you host at a time?
A: We only host one event at a time.
Q: Is there a minimum guaranteed number of guests required to rent your venue?
A: We require a minimum of 75 adults on Friday & Sunday, and 100 adults on Saturday.
Q: Can your venue host my wedding ceremony?
A: Yes, for a fee of $1,500.00. This includes an additional hour of event time.
Q: Do you provide a Wedding Officiant?
A: No, but we’re happy to refer an Officiant to you from our list of preferred vendors.
Q: Do you have a bridal suite?
A: We’ve taken great care to provide an area in which the bride, groom and members of the wedding party can enjoy privacy. The suite features its own separate entrance to the venue, table & chairs and full-length mirror, and a VIP attendant to provide hors d’oeuvre and beverage service.
Q: Where can we take outdoor photos?
A: Our venue is conveniently located near Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and Gantry Plaza State Park.
Q: Where does the cocktail hour take place?
A: Cocktail Hour takes place in the upper level lobby bar and both balconies.
Q: What type of beverage service is offered during the cocktail hour?
A: We can customize beverage service to include beer, wine & champagne only, full open bar, top-shelf open bar, or non-alcoholic beverages only.
Q: Do you serve hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour?
A: Yes, we serve both passed & stationary hors d’oeuvres.
Q: How many waiters do you provide?
A: We typically assign one waiter to two tables for plated dinners, and one waiter to three tables for buffet dinners.
Q: What is the dress code for your wait staff?
A: Waiters are neatly dressed in white button down shirts, black pants, black tie, white gloves, white aprons for weddings, and black aprons for all other events.
Q: How many guests does each table seat?
A: Round tables seat up to ten guests, rectangular tables up to 8 guests.
Q: Where are the bride & groom seated?
A: We can seat the bride & groom at a beautifully appointed “Sweetheart Table” atop a platform, or at a table with friends and family. We customize a floor plan for each event based on the wishes of the client.
Q: Does my wedding package include the wedding cake?
A: No, but we’re happy to recommend local bakeries from our preferred vendors list.
Q: Where is the cake displayed?
A: Your cake can be put on display during the reception, then rolled out on a cake table to the center of the dance floor for the cake cutting ceremony, or if you prefer, kept in the kitchen and brought out for the cake cutting.
Q: When should I have the cake delivered to the venue?
A: The cake can be delivered up to four hours before the start of the event.
Q: Do you provide place cards?
A: Clients are responsible supplying place cards, but we’re happy to arrange them for you in the location of your choice.
Q: Can you supply direction cards?
A: We offer a variety of attractive options that can be emailed to you for printing.
Q: Is Champagne provided for the wedding toast?
A: Yes, we can arrange to have Champagne poured to the tables for your toast.
Q: Do you provide flowers for the ceremony and reception?
A: No, but we are happy to recommend to you, local florists from our preferred vendors list.
Q: Am I allowed to bring in my own decorations for the ceremony and reception? If so, are there any restrictions?
A: We welcome outside decorations with certain restrictions, such as confetti and glitter. Only electronic candles are permitted on the staircase. Please consult your Event Planner for more details.
Q: I saw on your website images of draping, special lighting and other decorations. Can you provide them for my event?
A: We have a variety of decorations available for rent. Please consult your Event Planner for all your options.
Q: Are linens provided?
A: We offer over 20 solid colors to choose from. These linens come standard with all our wedding packages, as do the charger plates, which are available in gold or silver. We also offer custom linen upgrades. Please consult your Event Coordinator for options and fees.
Q: Are chair cover or chair sashes included?
A: We offer both at an additional fee per chair.
Q: Is the piano available to be played? If so, do I provide the pianist, or do you?
A: The piano is available. You can provide the pianist and rent the piano by the hour, or we can provide the pianist as well, for an additional fee.
Q: Do you provide the DJ?
A: We don’t provide a DJ, but we’re happy to refer you to a list of our preferred services.
Q: Does your venue have its own sound & lights system? If so, is there a rental fee to use it?
A: We have a state-of-the-art sound & light system available for rent. Included in the rental package is an A/V technician to work alongside your DJ. Please consult your Event Coordinator for details.
Q: Does my DJ require liability insurance?
A: Only if your DJ is using our sound system.
Q: Do you also offer video services?
A: Yes, included in our sound & lights package is a 24 X 24 ft. retractable video screen and projector. The video projector & screen can also be rented separately.
Q: Do you have parking available?
A: We can provide valet parking on a per-valet fee basis. The service is free for parties of 100 or more.
Q: Is coat check provided?
A: We can provide coat check for a fee.
Q: Do you provide an elevator for those of my guests requiring assistance?
A: Yes, we have an attendant operated elevator for those guests in need.
Q: Can we hold a rehearsal before my event?
A: Yes, rehearsal time can be arranged based on space availability.
Q: Will someone from your venue be there to assist us?
A: You should arrange to have your Officiant, Event Planner or MC in attendance to assist you.
Q: Can I host my rehearsal dinner at the Renaissance?
A: Sorry, we don’t offer rehearsal dinner packages.
Q: Can guests book rooms at the Renaissance?
A: The Renaissance is not a hotel, and not affiliated with the Renaissance Hotel Group. However, we do work with a number of hotels in the area that provide discounted rates to clients of the Renaissance. Please consult our list of preferred vendors.
Q: Some of my guests keep Kosher. Can you accommodate them?
A: Yes, we can work with an outside Kosher caterer to provide Kosher meals for your guests.
Q: What if we’re interested in Kosher catering only?
A: You have the option of renting the space only for a flat fee, and working with the Kosher caterer of your choice, or we can work with our caterer and offer you a price per guest fee.
Q: Do you provide Halal catering?
A: For Halal catering, we recommend you rent the space only for a flat fee and work with the caterer of your choice.
Q: Do you offer brunch?
A: Yes, we offer four hour brunch packages that end no later than 3:00pm. Please consult your Event Coordinator for details.