FAQs About Our Wedding Venue
Following is a short list of questions you may have about our wedding venue and other information.
How much is the deposit and when is it due?
An initial deposit of 25% of the estimated balance is due with a signed contract to reserve your event date. A reservation will not be honored without a signed contract with our terms and conditions.
Are taxes and service fees included in your package pricing?
A 20% service charge will be applied to all food and beverage items. California State Law requires the service charge to be taxed, in addition to the applicable sales tax.
Are there any additional fees?
We pride ourselves on keeping our rates inclusive and transparent. However, please note that while we are happy to accommodate special requests, they may incur an additional fee.
Can I see the space in person?
We would be happy to show you around our facilities. Please fill out our Request for Information form with your interest and availability and we will schedule the best time for your site visit.
Do you allow decorating?
Yes. We ask that you do your decorating within your 10-hour event window. We do not allow nails or tape on the walls. As a certified green business, we do not allow the use of confetti or glitter, which could blow into nearby harbor waters. Candles and other non-invasive decorations are welcome.
What is your capacity?
To serve you comfortably we suggest the following:
- 150 guests for a standing reception
- 150 guest for a seated ceremony in our Harbor View Garden
- 100 guests indoors for buffet
- 100 guests indoors for plated meal
- 40 guests outdoors on the deck (weather permitting)
- 150 guests seated buffet in our Harbor View Garden (weather permitting)
Do you have a contingency plan for inclement weather?
We will do our best to accommodate your needs if weather becomes a concern. We can price tent rentals for you from our local vendors, however we do not offer a set alternative plan. A tent must be rented at least one week in advance.
Can we bring in our own caterer and rent the facility?
Our goal is to showcase our venue, as well as our fabulous food. If you prefer to bring your own licensed caterer and rent the facility for the day, please note the following:
- Caterer must be licensed and have proof of insurance
- We require an onsite attendant for every 75 guests; fee is $200 per attendant.
- We require a certificate of liability insurance for the event.
- Buyouts are available Sunday-Friday, please ask for standard rate.
- All beer, wine and liquor must be provided by the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
- Please refer to the contract for other terms and conditions.
Do you allow outside alcohol?
You may bring in your own wine or champagne; our corkage fee is $15.00 per 750 mL bottle. We do not allow outside spirits or beer.
Is your facility accessible for people with disabilities?
Our Harbor View Garden and the first floor of the Event Center, including restrooms and private deck, are all accessible for people with disabilities.
What is your cancellation fee?
Should cancellation of this event occur either by the client or on behalf of the client within sixty (60) days or less prior to the scheduled event date, payment is required for the entire subtotal amount of the function as reflected on your contract.
Do you have parking available on site?
Free parking is available in our two private lots. For larger parties, free street parking is also available.
Can we choose our vendors, or do you work exclusively with a certain set?
We have a list of local, preferred vendors who we have worked with in the past and who know our venue well. However, you may use any vendor you choose. This does not apply to caterers.
Do you offer menu tastings?
Yes, your first tasting is complimentary! We can set-up additional micro tastings of your selected menu for up to four guests, which will be added to your final bill. We also offer free samples of our Chef's Appetizer of the Week every Tuesday from 5pm-7pm at the Half Moon Bay Brewery.
Is there a cake-cutting fee?
There is a nominal charge of $1.50 per slice. There is no charge for cupcakes or cookies.
Are there special menu prices for children?
Children under the age of 5 are free of charge. Children ages 6-12 are half price. Children ages 13 and up will be charged the adult rate of the chosen menu. We can create a custom menu for children if preferable. Please ask our event team for a custom quote.
Can we extend our hours the day of the event?
Yes. Overtime fees are $400 per hour, and subject to local ordinances and staff discretion.
Can we come in earlier then our contracted start time?
We will do our best to accommodate early arrivals; please note there is a $100 per hour charge.
Do you offer a day-of coordinator?
Our Event Manager is available to help guide you through your planning stages and through the start of your reception. Prior to departure, the Event Manager will introduce you or your designated contact to the Banquet Manager, who will oversee the remainder of your event. We do not offer an exclusive day-of coordinator.
Do you have a bridal room available?
The upstairs of our event center is available day-of as a bridal suite, complete with a separate restroom, shower and couches to relax before your big day. The bridal suite will be locked during the event hours and available to the bridal party only during your event.
Are the decorations in your brochure included with our quote?
Our pictures are all from past events and both showcase and suggest options for your big day. All flowers and decorations are brought in by each individual party and are taken out at the end of the event.
When will our wedding rehearsal be held?
You may schedule your rehearsal run through for one hour at an agreed upon day and time based on availability and other scheduled events. If another event is taking place during your rehearsal time, your guests may not have access to the indoor space or restrooms. If the rehearsal exceeds one hour, there will be a $100 per hour charge.