FAQs

At The Bowden, we understand that there are a lot of details that go into planning an event. We want everything to be perfect for you, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!

 

Can I add on extra hours at an additional cost?

Yes! We are only able to extend the event to 1 AM (1 hour breakdown from 12-1 AM) on Friday and Saturday nights for an additional fee of $1000. If you would like to add on hours at the beginning of your rental, it is $500 per hour.

What times can I have a rehearsal?

Our Rehearsals are scheduled for 8pm the night before the wedding. Two weeks out, if you would like to change the time or day, we are able to do that based on availability. You are welcome to have your rehearsal on the day of the wedding as well.

What are the Décor restrictions?

The use of nails, tacks, screws, staples, florist clay or tape is prohibited without written venue staff permission.  We allow candles in enclosed containers. Tapered candles are allowed if they are fully enclosed or LED.  You may use lightly colored fresh flower petals outdoors and indoors, and silk flower petals indoors ONLY.  The following items are prohibited: loose glitter, tinsel, confetti, can sprays, crepe paper, rice, sand, birdseed, hay or hay bales, stickers, potpourri.

Do you offer a free tasting?

The Bowden offers (2) complimentary tasting seats per contracted event.   Additional seats are available at the current tasting pricing.   You are welcome to invite family members, planners, and wedding party to the tasting so long as there is space. Keep in mind that you will not likely taste all the food selections that you make.  The tasting is a way to attend a meal prepared by the Chef and his team, meet our wonderful staff, answer some of the questions you may have about your event, and get excited about your special day.

For special menu requests- private tastings are offered at an additional charge.

Are Pets Allowed?

We love our furry friends and realize the importance of having your pets be a part of your special day! You are welcome to have someone in charge of bringing your pet no more than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and taking them back home after pictures. They unfortunately are not able to be a part of the reception.

How many Bartenders will I have for my event?

Bar staff ratio is based upon the guest count total.  The bar ratio is different depending on a hosted or non-hosted bar. Normally, our ratio is 1 per 150 people. For meal service, the server staff is 1 server for every 15-20 guests depending upon menu and total guest count.

Can I bring in Outside Food?

We offer in-house catering with our award-winning culinary team. They can even recreate your most beloved family recipes. We would be happy to discuss allowing outside catering for specific religious reasons (i.e., Kosher, Halaal, etc.) for a per person fee.

Can I have cold sparks?

To ensure the integrity of our beautiful ballroom and its floor to ceiling windows and sparkling chandeliers, we do not allow cold sparks in the building. If you would like to have them, we recommend that you use them as a grand exit option in our front drive.

(Please note, that city permits, and time guidelines would apply)

What is the difference between a venue coordinator and a bridal attendant?

The coordinator, complimentary with every event, is there to make sure that your venue experience is seamless. They will answer all questions and give advice throughout the final weeks, handle communication with vendors regarding venue details, your point of contact on wedding day regarding all venue needs such as: lighting, provided sound, temperature, rentals, setup, and breakdown, as well as maintaining a clean environment.

The Bridal attendant is available if you do not have a wedding planner or need an extra set   of hands at an additional cost. She oversees your day of needs and is your personal trusted general support for the Bridal party to run the day’s schedule. She will also help bustle your dress, grabs you a drink, and ensures all questions filter through her to make your day stress free.

How many people can your venue hold?

 With a Dance floor and Stage, we can comfortably hold 500 people. Our ballroom divides into 3 sections allowing smaller size events to still feel more intimate. Classroom and theatre style allow more people depending on setup.

Can I do a champagne tower and open my champagne bottle with a sword?

We welcome many trends and traditions. We do allow the champagne towers; however, we discourage the sword opening as a safety precaution

Do you do tours on Saturdays and Sundays?

Our normal tour schedule is Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. If you are not able to make it at those times, we will do our best to accommodate another time pending any events going on. We will not do tours when a wedding is in-house out of respect of privacy.

Is up-lighting included?

While our ballroom has many light settings, we do not provide up-lighting or pin-spots. Those can be brought in by another vendor and we are happy to provide you a vendor list of people that excel in this.

Can I have confetti in the ballroom?

 While confetti is not recommended, we will allow it for a $1,000 clean-up fee.

Do you allow Sparkler exits?

 We do allow sparklers for the exits and our walkway makes for some great pictures with them!

Can I rent the chapel without the ballrooms?

 We only rent our chapel without the ballrooms within a month of the event date.