Is there on-site parking?
Yes! Our parking lot is located behind the building at the event space entrance. Our lot includes both gravel and grass space, so we recommend a parking attendant/assistant if you expect a crowd. For any overflow, additional parking is available in the business parking lots across the street (after hours/weekends ONLY). Street parking is at your own liability and risk. There are 8 spaces available at the front of the building (after hours and weekends).
What is the venue’s total capacity?
The event “Big Room” can accommodate the following:
170-200 - Table Seating
350 - Theater Style
450 - Standing Room Only
Please note that we only have 170 chairs available for use. All additional seating must be rented at your own expense.
Is there an onsite dumpster?
Yes! We have a dumpster in the back gravel parking lot. Our trash capacity is limited to (6) 50 gallon sized contractor bags per event. This means if you exceed the allotted bags, you will need to make arrangements to accommodate. All trash must be removed from trash cans and placed in the dumpster at the conclusion of your event.
Can I bring in my own vendors?
Absolutely! We love to work with all of the amazing vendors here in the Golden Triangle area. The exception to this rule is bartending. We currently do not allow third party bartending services. You can bring in your own alcoholic beverages, however.
How late can my event go?
We require all guests and vendors packed up and out of the venue no later than 12:00am.
How long will you hold my date?
Unfortunately, we are unable to hold dates without a signed contract/paid deposit.
What does my rental time include?
Your rental time should include all setup and tear down for your event. We suggest that you allow at least (1) hour for setup and (1) for tear down. Additional time remaining in the building beyond your rental time may result in additional charges. You may not drop items a day early or pick up a day late without prior approval.
What’s included with the venue?
The amount of time included in the venue rental varies by package. As we only allow one event at a time, you have full access to the indoor space, outdoor patio, and bridal/grooms suites (if booking a wedding event). The Commercial Kitchen is available for food holding only unless you are renting at an additional cost for food preparation.
Two large buffet tables, chairs and furniture amenities are included. Round or rectangular dining tables are available at a rental cost of $10 per table. We offer table linens at a cost of $12 per linen. Please note our chairs are a green cloth style that may not be appropriate for every occasion. You may want to consider outside rental options or chair covers.
Complementary Wi-Fi is also available for your guests and is available inside.
Can I host both my Ceremony and Reception at The Gathering?
Absolutely! We will arrange tables and chairs as desired, and your wedding party is able to rearrange as needed throughout your rental timeframe.
Does The Gathering allow same sex weddings?
The Gathering intends to operate with a purpose of promoting marriage as we believe God intended, between one man and one woman. As Christians, this publicly professed union is a beautiful symbol of God’s love for us and his perfect design for marriage. As such, we do not allow same sex wedding ceremonies on site. Any man and woman, whether or not they share in our biblical/religious beliefs, are welcome to join together as one and celebrate at The Gathering.
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
Yes, you can! Our venue is BYOB. All events serving alcohol are required to sign an additional Alcohol Waiver and purchase a Host Liquor Liability Insurance policy, as outlined in our contract.
Do you have a sound system?
We do have a sound board capable of meeting larger event needs. We also have a simple party DJ speaker system with bluetooth and LED lights built in. We provide a wireless microphone if desired. Your band or DJ is allowed to bring all of their own equipment, if desired.
What equipment is included in the kitchen?
The kitchen is solely to be used as a holding/prep space UNLESS you choose to rent the kitchen at an additional cost for full use. We are a fully equipped commercial kitchen including gas range stove, convection oven, pre tables, commercial dishwasher, ice maker, deep freezer, and large commercial refrigerator. We DO NOT have a microwave or grill available. We DO provide trash cans and trash bags for your event.
Are there any decorating restrictions?
We do not allow nails, screws, staples, command hooks, etc. to be placed on the interior walls. Candles are allowed as long as the flame is enclosed in a container (votive, hurricane, etc.) and are not airborne. Silly string, glitter, sequins, confetti, bubble containers, or any other party effects require prior approval and may be limited to outdoor use.
Who sets up tables and chairs prior to my event?
We do! We are happy to set out tables and chairs for your event. However, you are responsible for the final arrangement of your tables and chairs, unless we have received a floor plan at least 7 days prior to your event. We will use that to arrange tables and chairs prior to your arrival.
Is there a cleaning fee?
Yes. Cleaning is an additional $100 fee. This does not cover the full cost of post-event cleaning, so we have discounted that for you! We do have additional cleaning requirements outlined in our contract.
It’s a perfect fit! What’s required to secure our date?
If you love our venue as much as we do and are ready to book, a signed contract and 25% deposit is required to secure your date. Our contract will be sent via email through our online booking software and is to be signed online. The 25% deposit can be paid by bank draft or credit card online, or you may mail a physical check. Please note we will not hold the date until the physical check is received.
I need help planning my event, do you offer these services?
While we do not offer in house full event planning services, or Event Manager is happy to help you with ideas and suggestions we have learned along the way. We also have several vendor recommendations for event planning, catering, decorating, music and more we are happy to share with you!