Beginning at 9:00 AM, we provide the house and grounds for decoration and setup. Choose a four or five-hour window for the event, beginning with the time for which guests are invited.
Design and implement with the assistance of a planner or on your own. We require professional caterers or food truck(s). We have recommendations. We require hired servers for the bar, either through the caterer or separately. Hosts may stock the bars themselves. Our kitchen is always available for the caterer’s use. We provide two refrigerators. For pick-up, cleanup and return of our equipment to storage, caterers and bar servers must remain on the premises through the end of the event. In events attended by more than 125 guests, two bars are required. For events with food truck(s) but no caterers, we require use of our clean- up service.
We offer set up, cleanup and “put away” services for additional charges. But to get the desired look for the event and save set up cost, hosts are encouraged to call upon friends and family for assistance. Set up by planners and caterers is an alternative. If the caterers do not provide cleanup and “put away” as required, our crew will do so.
The music must end and the bar close no later than 10:00 PM. We don’t usher guests out, but we have found that remaining guests will depart when the bar closes. At that time, many hosts move the party to one of New Orleans’ popular clubs, where the celebration may continue into the wee hours. Keeping a 10:00 PM wrap up time makes events here more manageable and helps our hosts contain their costs.
Entertainment may be provided by a DJ or band; or through our portable sound system, on which you may play your own personal collection. The system includes an amplifier- mixer, stands for the two speakers and a wireless microphone. The New Orleans Noise Ordinance sets levels in the neighborhood for sounds originating from our Property. We monitor the levels and request adjustment if necessary. Scores of events have occurred here with no sound level issues. We recommend DJs; and bands with up to five members who are cooperative and willing to maintain the volume at a moderate level. We also recommend that the music be placed next to the dancing area.
We provide 115 white wedding chairs and serving and dining tables for about 150 guests. We do not provide linens. Additional equipment as well as linens, dishes, glassware, and utensils are readily available through your caterer and our equipment providers.
The Cottage is available for overnight stays, and our hosts, their families, and friends often reserve it for the three-night minimum that includes the day of their event.