Abbey Weddings FAQ
Let us answer some of our most frequently asked questions
Do you charge a site fee or ceremony fee?
No, we do not charge ceremony fees or site fees. The wedding package price per person is inclusive of a wedding ceremony. The ceremony, cocktail, dinner, and dancing locations are outlined in your proposal.
What is a Food & Beverage minimum?
Your food and beverage minimum is determined by your Wedding Sales Manager and is based on the anticipated number of guests, your anticipated food and beverage spend, as well as the date and time of year you are considering. The Food & Beverage minimum is the amount required to spend on food and beverage for your event. Anything that is non-food or beverage related (PSAV / charges, labor fees, etc.) does not go towards the food and beverage minimum. Your food and beverage minimum does not include tax or service charges.
Do you have a curfew/noise ordinance?
Our ballroom was designed in a way that allows you to enjoy your event until 12:00am. Any events taking place in the outdoor areas along the Harbor Lawn have a curfew of 10:00pm. Our Pavilion curfew is 12:00am. Please note our wedding packages are based on a number of hours. You may extend your event to up to 8 hours, but additional charges will be incurred.
Do you offer additional events besides the ceremony and reception?
Yes, there are a variety of options for Welcome Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons and Wedding Brunches that can be held at a number of unique settings within the hotel. Please see our Destination Weddings page for more information.
What if I am checking into my complimentary room on the same day of the wedding?
Check-in is at 4:00pm. Due to demand, you will likely be unable to get into your room prior to 4:00pm.
How long before an event can we access the reception to add décor, etc?
We allow for set-up to begin at 10:00am on the day of your event. If the venue is available 5 days prior to your event, we allow you all day (or the day before, based on availability) for loading and setup at no additional charge. The Abbey Resort would not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
Are we required to use your preferred vendors?
No, but we have vendors that are exclusive to our property. Our preferred vendors have had a great deal of success with past clients and are incredibly familiar with our venue parameters and protocols. We revisit our list each year so that we recommend only the best! Although these vendors are highly recommended, they are not required. PSAV is our exclusive audio visual vendor and they provide the complimentary sound system for the wedding ceremony* and would be the provider for any audio-video screens, etc. Their final pricing is added to your banquet bill to avoid paying two vendors. Your band/DJ/entertainment company is able to provide their own sound system, but cannot provide any ambient lighting (aside from intelligent/smart lighting for their “show/performance”).
Are we required to hire a wedding planner?
At least a day-of or month-of planner or coordinator is required for your wedding day. You will have an Wedding Sales Manager from the hotel who will provide all of the wedding weekend coordination for the hotel details of your event up until the wedding day. We must note that there are big differences between a wedding planner and an event manager from the hotel and we want to be sure your expectations are met!
Your Wedding Sales Manager is responsible for everything that specifically relates to the venue (i.e. tables, chairs, hotel linens, food, etc.). Our focus is to make sure that kitchen and wait staff are scheduled and the room set up according to the agreed upon floor plan. We will have a timeline created for our catering staff, which is centered around food preparation. As our responsibility lies with our venue and staff, we are unable to be responsible for putting out place cards, family photographs, party favors, etc. We do not coordinate transportation and are not able to be with the bride/bridal party all day.
A Wedding Planner is responsible for everything that comes with your venue as well as making sure that your vendors know where and when they are supposed to be – more importantly, they let you know where and when you are supposed to be! The wedding planner’s timeline details all aspects of the day from the time the bride wakes up (or days prior to the wedding), to the moment the doors close. The wedding planner will help schedule arrival times for all vendors, help determine when the photos will be taken, let the band/DJ know what songs to play, coordinate when the cake will be cut etc. and when your send-off will be held. The wedding planner will design your ceremony and reception. The wedding planner will help choose your colors, linens, flowers, table setup, design, and much more.