fête  / fāt / noun . 

a celebration or festival.

FAQ


Booking, Fees, and Access:

Q: Do you charge any extra fees that we may not be expecting?
A: Waukesha County sales tax will be added onto the rental pricing, bar selections, and add-on packages. For
onsite ceremonies, we require the location (indoor vs outdoor) to be decided by noon the day beforehand. Last
minute changes to the ceremony location (less than 24 hours) will result in a $250 fee. If choosing a caterer or
DJ that is not on our Approved List, there is an additional fee for fête to consider permitting this non-approved
vendor on-site. Please note that payment of the fee does not guarantee the vendor in question will be
permitted on-site as fête must confirm the vendor is willing to abide by all fête guidelines. The fees are as
follows: $1,000 for caterers providing the main meal, including food trucks and caterers providing apps/late night snacks, if different from the main meal caterer, as well as $500 for DJs/musicians/bands. That fee will be collected upon hiring the caterer/food truck and/or DJ/band. We do not have fees for table/chair rental, table/chair moving, or ceremony. The only
other expense to keep in mind will be the bar minimum of and an 18% bar fee for all beverages. Bar minimums
are: $3,000 for Friday/Saturday/Sunday weddings. $2,000 for Sunday Brunch weddings.

Q: Can you hold our date?
A: We do not hold dates. A signed contract and non-refundable date reservation fee will reserve your date.

Q: Can we purchase additional time to get in early or stay later?
A: Additional hours are not available for purchase. Please plan your timeline accordingly.

Q: Hair and makeup say we need to start getting ready before 10 am. What should we do?
A: Fortunately, this problem doesn’t happen too often, however, it can arise with larger wedding parties. Since
additional hours are not available for purchase, other groups have started getting ready at their hotel room or
the salon, then moved everyone to the venue come 10:00am. Typically the bride will always get ready at fête to
take advantage of photo opportunities. Other groups have brought additional hair and make-up professionals
to speed the process and finish on time. Still other groups have done hair and make up at the salon and used
the suites for getting changed and touch ups. Planning for a later ceremony time can also help with timing. We
also recommend checking with your bridal party to ensure all members would like professional hair and make
up. Lastly, remember that just as popular appointment times for a standard hair appointment will book-out
early, so too will appointment times for wedding hair. Those 10 AM times are popular and if you wait too long to
book hair and makeup you may have to take their 7 AM slot if that is all they have remaining. Booking hair &
makeup early on can help you book your preferred time!

Q: What hotels are available nearby the venue? Do they have a shuttle service?
A: There are 4 hotels in Delafield within a 10 minutes drive of our venue including the Holiday Inn Express, La
Quinta Inn & Suites, AmericInn, and The Delafield Hotel. All hotels are easily accessible from the interstate and
are close to other shops and restaurants. There is also The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee which is about 15
minutes away and features an indoor water park as well as several others within 13-20 minutes from fête.
Unfortunately there is not a hotel that offers a shuttle service in the area. There are however a variety of
transportation companies that service Wales, including limo buses, school buses, Uber, etc. if you would like to
offer your guests end of the night transportation.

Pricing:

Q: If we have our ceremony somewhere else, is the rental fee discounted?
A: We do not offer a discounted rental fee. The rental fee covers use of the premises from 10 am to midnight
for Friday and Saturday weddings, 9 am-9 pm for Sunday weddings, and 8 am-3 pm for Sunday Brunch
weddings. If you choose to hold your ceremony at another location you may still use our suites to prepare for
your day if you wish.

Q: Do you charge a ceremony fee?
A: Ceremonies are considered an add-on and are priced at $500. This will include set-up and take-down of chairs for your ceremony of up to 250 guests starting no earlier than 3:30 PM for Fri/Sat weddings (please inquire for Sunday weddings). This includes a day-of rehearsal during the rental access times. Inside vs outside ceremony location must be determined by noon the day prior. Should client move the ceremony location after chair set up has been completed, a $250 fee applies and indoor ceremony seating options will be limited.

Q: Do you have a facility gratuity?
A: No, we do not impose a facility gratuity as everything related to rental of the facility is wrapped up into your
rental fee.

Q: Do you have a bar fee or will tip jars be out?
A: We do have an 18% bar fee which is more than just a gratuity, it also encompasses everything it takes to
prepare your bar package, place orders, set up the bar and help it run smoothly. Bartenders do have tip jars
out for every event; this gives your guests the opportunity to recognize exceptional service.

Q: Why can’t we just plan to have our guests tip the bartenders instead of paying the 18% bar fee?
A: We have found that many guests do not come prepared with cash to tip and often don’t understand the
value of what they have consumed (it’s hard to calculate your total when you don’t get a receipt with your drink
and may or may not be counting how many you have consumed!).

What We Provide/Allow:

Q: Can we bring in our own chairs or tables? What about farmhouse tables?
A: Unfortunately no, fête tables and chairs must be utilized for reception seating. Rented reception chairs or
farmhouse tables will not be permitted inside the building. The only exception to this is a single 6-foot table OR
one loveseat and two special chairs maximum may be brought in as special seating for the couple as a
sweetheart table.

Q: Do you guys provide linens, dishes, or utensils?
A: We do not provide these items as most caterers do. If your caterer does not provide linens, dishes, and
utensils there are several companies to consider for rental or purchase of these items.

Q: How many 8’ banquet tables do you have available?
A: We have 12 rectangular banquet tables available for use. The measurements of this table is 8ft x 30” and
the size linen that would go all the way to the floor would be 90” x 156”. These will be used for things such as:
head table/kings table, buffet stations, gift/cards, escort cards, desserts & coffee, etc.

Q: How many chairs do you supply?
A: Fête provides chairs for up to 300 guests. None of our chairs will require coverings.

Q: Can we use flower petals?
A: If your ceremony is inside artificial flower petals no smaller than rose-petal size may be used inside. Real
flower petals are prohibited indoors as they stain our concrete floors. For outdoor ceremonies real or faux
petals may be used. Again, they must be rose-petal sized or larger and any real petals must remain in the
grassy areas, away from any concrete sidewalks and patios. It is the couples responsibility to delegate a
member of their group to pick up the petals just as they would their other decor. If the couple purchases the
wrap-up package through fête, fête staff will be responsible for picking up the petals.

Q: We’d love to use a confetti or glitter bomb for a photo opp - can we do that so long as it’s biodegradable?!
A: No, confetti or glitter of any kind, including those that are biodegradable, are not permitted for multiple
reasons. We want to ensure you arrive to a clean space, inside and out. If we permit groups before you to
utilize such items there will be pieces remaining. Biodegradable confetti does not degrade quickly and it is very
difficult to hand collect every piece. It essentially becomes trash until it finally degrades. This means when the
next group arrives their photographer will need to work around the trash in the background. We don’t want that
to happen to you nor do we want it to happen to the events after you, so we kindly insist that no items be
scattered for photo opps. Additionally we are located in a natural setting and have plenty of wildlife that come
to fête, lay in our long grasses, walk our paths, and drink from our pond. We would hate for something
associated with our business to harm the wildlife.

Q: Can we use sparklers?
A: Yes, we love the whimsy and photo opportunities that come with sparklers! Sparklers are permitted outside,
on hard surfaces only. They may not be used on any organic surfaces including and especially by the oak
trees near the pond. You must provide your own sand/water bucket for disposal after use. Be advised we do
reserve the right to refuse the use of sparklers at any time for any reason.

Q: We’re having an indoor ceremony and would like to line our aisle with decor. Can we do that?
A: Stationary items that are sturdy and secure may be used to decorate the ceremony aisle as long as they do
not block any row entry/exits. Unfortunately no loose decor may be on the floor along the aisle as this is a slip
hazard. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: fabric, garland greenery, and loose greenery and/or
petals. Please be cautious when placing glassware on the floor as we often find they are kicked and broken.

Q: Can we use “real” candles as part of our decor?
A: Yes, candles with a flame are permitted, however all flames must be enclosed meaning the flame should
never extend above the container it is in. We are more than happy to view and approve candle & container
selection prior to purchase to ensure all is acceptable. It would be awful to tell a client on the day of their event
that their selection is unacceptable so the candles may not be lit. Unboxing new candles and testing in your
containers ahead of time is encouraged as you may find that the flame extends beyond the container and the
candle may need to burn for a bit in order to be an appropriate height. Unboxing ahead of time is also helpful
because some new candles have long wicks that should be trimmed-- this makes lighting them on the big day
much faster.

Q: Can our pet come too?
A: Yes, we love when couples include pets in their big day! Pets may join for pictures or the ceremony. Fête
requires advanced notice if pets will be on site and reserves the right to deny any pet at any time. All pets must
be attended at all times and once their role in the big day is complete they must leave the premises - no later
than the start of food service. Pets may not, under any circumstance, be left in a car in the parking lot. A
designated person must take the pet(s) to the location where they will be spending the remainder of the
evening.

Q: Do we need to provide a sign for our bar?
A: We make signs for every event at fête so you don’t have to and can check that off your to-do list! If you
prefer to make your own, it must include specific information and be approved by fête’s manager prior to the
event. If it was not approved and info is inaccurately printed on your sign, your sign will not be allowed on
display and fête’s sign will be used in its place. We hope you understand.

Q: What does your staff take care of the day of the event?
A: Fête staff is responsible for setting up and taking down all tables and chairs for both your ceremony and
reception as well as manning the bar. Staff will also be available to ensure the facility as a whole is clean and
attended to including checking that bathrooms remain well-stocked, garbages are being emptied, barware is
cleared from the tables, and spills are wiped up. If you have purchased an add-on package fête staff will follow
through with the requirement of any paid for packages.

Q: Can we smoke on the premises?
A: Smoking and vaping are only permitted in the designated smoking areas located out the front entrance and
on the suite patios. No smoking or vaping is permitted inside the building or on the back deck. Anyone who will
not adhere to these restrictions will be asked to leave.

Q: Do you guys have a fire pit?
A: We offer two gas fire features right on our back deck. Our fire feature is close to the building so guests can
enjoy the coziness of a fire without leaving the party. These fire features are hooked up to a stationary gas line
and cannot be moved. No smoking is permitted on the deck, and the fire table should not be used for lighting
or extinguishing cigars, cigarettes, etc. The fire tables will not be available during the colder months and/or
when the deck is closed.

Q: Will the deck be available for our winter wedding?
A: Our deck is typically closed during off-peak weddings.

Q: Your wall of windows faces west. Will we be blinded by the sun as it sets?
A: We oriented our building west to take advantage of gorgeous sunset views. That said, we know the sun can
be blinding as it sets. To manage this we have light filtering shades that filter the light coming in without
obscuring the view.

Q: Do you have coat storage?
A: Yes, we have coat storage in the foyer.

Q: Do you have changing tables?
A: Yes, both restrooms have changing tables in one of the stalls.

Q: I have a guest who is nursing/pumping. Is there somewhere she can pump/nurse?
A: You are welcome to direct your guest to one of the suites.

Q: What do you permit/prohibit for decor?
A: We want to do the best we can to let your creative vision come to life. Anything that is beyond standard table
decor, please run past fête management for approval. We would feel so bad advising you it’s not allowed upon
first seeing it the day of your event!
Prohibited: Nails, tacks, tape, 3M Command strips, balloons of any kind, rented dance floors, glitter, confetti,
anything not on the permitted list.
Permitted: strings, zip ties, floral twine, and easels.

Q: Can we bring in our own alcohol in the morning to drink while we get ready?
A: We do not allow carry-in alcohol on premise at any time during your rental. This is WI state law and if we
don't enforce it we could have our liquor license suspended or revoked so we do take it very seriously. Please
talk to your fête manager about how you can order beverages for the suites that morning. All beverages will be
ordered through the venue's distributors.

Ceremonies:

Q: When can ceremonies start?
A: Ceremonies at fête should begin no earlier than 3:30 pm on a Friday or Saturday wedding. Most ceremonies
at fête start around 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm. Remember, when your ceremony and reception are in one space your
guests will not need time to travel from ceremony to reception. When the ceremony is earlier than 3:30 pm the
wedding party may feel rushed in the morning and the wait between ceremony/cocktail hour and dinner could
be lengthy for guests.

Q: Do you charge a ceremony fee?
A: Ceremonies are considered an add-on and are priced at $500. This will include fête staff doing set-up and take-down of chairs for your ceremony of up to 250 guests starting no earlier than 3:30 PM for Fri/Sat weddings (please inquire for Sunday weddings). This includes a day-of rehearsal during the rental access times. Inside vs outside ceremony location must be determined by noon the day prior. Should client move the ceremony location after chair set up has been completed, a $250 fee applies and indoor ceremony seating options will be limited. Fête does provide an arbor for your outdoor ceremony however not for indoor ceremonies. You should plan to have your DJ/band provide any audio needed for this part of your day. 

Q: How do we do the rehearsal?
A: Rehearsal time is included in the rental fee and will take place the morning of your event. In most situations
we recommend the bride not attend the rehearsal. The bride has the easiest (although nerve-wracking!) job of
all; walk straight down the aisle and soak in the day. The rehearsal is most important for the attendants to work
out the processional, at what pace to walk, and which direction to face/angle their bodies to photograph well.
The bride can do a walk-through with the bridesmaids after the wedding party completes the rehearsal so she
can see exactly where she will be walking. Following rehearsal the wedding party can separate and head to
the suites. Many plan to have brunch with their loved ones before they begin to prepare and dress for the
ceremony.

Q: Where do you set up for an indoor ceremony?
A: An indoor ceremony takes place in our main hall with your guests facing a wall of floor to ceiling windows
that overlooks our beautiful grounds. If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony we require a decision regarding
location 24 hours prior to your event to allow sufficient set up time. Fête does not provide an indoor arbor for
indoor ceremonies. Many couples skip the arbor altogether, preferring the grandeur of our large wall of
windows. If you prefer to have an arbor, there are many available for rent from local rental companies that
allow you to select an arbor that perfectly fits your wedding vision.

Food and Bar:

Q: We’d like to have our caterer set up the buffet and leave. Can we hire our caterer for drop off service only?
A: Your caterer must serve the meal and provide clean up service following the meal as fête does not offer
these services.

Q: Can we bring in our own candy for a candy bar?
A: Yes! What a fun way to treat your guests. Our only requests are that candy be pre-packaged, store-bought
not homemade to ensure safety for your guests. Avoiding products with nuts or nut butters may be worth
consideration given the increasing frequency and intensity of nut allergies these days, however we do not ban
those sorts of candies. Be sure to run this past your caterer to determine if they are willing to add the task of
clearing the associated trash from guest tables. Some caterers will restrict clients from bringing in their own
food and beverage items.

Q: Are food trucks allowed?
A: Yes. Food trucks must be licensed and provide proof of liability insurance. Fête will not provide power for
food trucks. Other restrictions may apply. Please inquire for further details.

Q: Can we do the beverage service through our caterer?
A: Caterers are permitted to offer coffee, tea, and table water service as part of their catering package. If your
caterer provides water service they must provide their own ice. Fête must provide all other beverage services.
Wisconsin law prohibits outside alcohol on the premises and as such fees will be assessed if outside alcohol is
brought onto the premises by the client, their guests, or their vendors.

Q: Champagne Toasts? Are we able to have a champagne toast?
A: Although the request is not frequent, we do allow for a champagne toast during cocktail hour for a maximum
duration of 2 hours. The toast would be served from a separate station to ensure all guests get their glass of
champagne. The cost is a $200 flat rate to cover the set up and bartender service it requires. The champagne
is served in disposable champagne flutes. The cost for the champagne is $5/guest to include 5 oz of
champagne in the disposable flute. Please note that the cost of the service does not count towards your bar
minimum. If you prefer to avoid the additional cost of a champagne toast, you can add champagne a la carte to
your bar offerings. The champagne will be listed on your bar sign as a drink option and served from the bar for
the duration of your bar service or until the product runs out.

Q: How many bartenders will be staffed?
A: We staff our bartenders at a ratio of 1:75, meaning that fête will staff 1 bartender for every 75 guests.
Additional bartenders are available to be added for your bar service for an additional cost of
$100/hour/bartender.

Q: Does fête allow shots? Are shots included in my bar package?
A: Unlike many venues, fête does allow shots, but does exercise some restrictions for safe consumption. Shots
are not included in any of the bar packages we offer. You may choose if your guests have the ability to
purchase their own shots. If you prefer that shots not be available for purchase, we can oblige that request. We
reserve the right to prohibit shot service at any time. Shot service is always stopped at 10 pm on Fri/Sat
wedding days and 8:00 on Sunday wedding days to prioritize guest safety.

Q: Does fête provide water service?
A: Fête does not provide table water service. Fête does provide dispensers of water with a stack of plastic
cups at the corner of the bar. Any table water service, including set up and clearing, should be provided by
your caterer.

Q: Will our beverages be served in glass or plastic?
A: Bar beverages are served in glass until around dinner time. At some point during dinner, we switch to plastic
to prevent broken glass on your dance floor. The cups provided at the water dispenser for self-serve water are
always plastic cups.

Q: Can we have a late night snack?
A: Yes! We’ve partnered with our favorite local pizza place “Pizza Guy” to offer a late night snack package. Let
us know how many people and we will handle the rest. We’ve secured a great price so you can feel like you’re
getting a great deal! You are permitted to order food from another restaurant however you or the restaurant
would be responsible for ordering, setting it up once it arrives, providing plates & napkins, designating
someone to accept the delivery, providing tip if not included in the order price, and cleaning up garbage. You
are welcome to utilize our dumpsters for disposal of any trash that does not fit in our trash cans. If you
purchase through fête, we will take care of all that for you.

Q: My family has offered to bake our desserts. Will fete staff be able to serve and clean-up?
A: If you need help with dessert service and clean-up you will want to discuss this service with your caterer.
Fete does not provide staff for serving or cleaning-up dessert.

Vendors:

Q: Do you have a list of vendors that are required to be booked?
A: Yes. We have an Approved List of Caterers and DJs from which we require all groups to book. Please see
the Approved/Favorite List tab on the website for the full list.

Q: Is there a possibility to book a caterer/DJ that is not on the approved list?
A: Caterers, DJs and musicians may only be hired from the “Approved Vendor List.” Should Client wish to hire
a vendor who is not on the Approved Vendor List, the client may request a one time exception from the owner
for each vendor and will need to pay the applicable non-refundable fee ($1,000 for caterers providing the main meal, including food trucks and caterers providing apps/late night snacks, if different from the main meal caterer, as well as $500 for DJs/musicians/bands). Those fees are due immediately upon making the request of an exception to the
Approved Vendor List. Once the fee is paid, the management team will vet the prospective vendor to determine
if they have proper insurance and agree to all applicable venue rules. You will be informed if a vendor
exception has been granted within 30 days of your request. Please be aware that if an exception is not
granted, then that vendor will not be permitted on the premises the day of the event. Note that the payment of
the above fee does not guarantee vendor approval. The fee covers the task of vetting the vendor, so should
the vendor be denied the fee continues to be non-refundable.

Q: Do we have to book a photographer, videographer, florist, bakery, etc. from your favorite list?
A: We do not require you to book a photographer, videographer, florist, bakery, photo booth or
coordinator/planner from our favorite list. The list of our favorites are simply a list of favorites for those who are
interested in knowing which vendors we’ve had positive experiences with. Please reach out to fete
management if you are looking for something more specific, we’re always happy to share ideas.

Q: What time can our vendors arrive to set up?
A: Vendors may arrive as early as 10 am for Friday and Saturday weddings, 9 am for Sunday weddings and 8
am for Sunday Brunch weddings. Any delivered items must be delivered and removed the same day as the
event. We are unable to store any items leading up to or following a wedding/event.

Q: Are there any prohibited vendors?
A: We have a short list of vendors we prohibit. Please reach out before booking to ensure your vendors are
permitted to work at fête. You will be notified of any prohibited vendors upon booking if not discussed prior.

Q: Are there any vendor restrictions?
A: Do know that any vendor entering the premises must be willing to follow all fête rules, be able to provide
proof of liability insurance naming fête, Inc as an additional insured, and must be licensed as applicable.
Please reach out to fete management for specific details about what we expect of each type of vendor.

Sizing/Dimensions:

Q: What are the dimensions of the main hall?
A: Our main hall is roughly 48 feet x 96 feet, about 4,600 square feet. That does not include the 2nd floor
mezzanine (approx. 2500 sq/ft) which has additional seating space if you have a large guest list.

Q: I’m planning to have a runner for my indoor ceremony. How long should it be?
A: The length from the double doors leading to the main hall to the wall of windows is 48’ and that will be plenty
of length for your runner to reach.

Q: Will your tables and chairs need coverings?
A: Our 60” round and 8’ rectangle tables will require coverings. Our cocktail tables and our chairs will not
require coverings.

Q: How big are your tables?
A: We offer 60” round tables for the main hall seating and 8’ x 30” rectangular banquet tables for the head
table, gift table, etc. These tables will require coverings that we do not provide. We also provide high cocktail
tables that will not require coverings.

Q: What size linens do your tables need?
A: 8ft x 30” rectangular banquet table: a 90” x 156” linen will extend to the floor
60” round tables: a 120” round linen will extend to the floor

Q: How many attendants can be seated at the head table?
A: Our head table space can accommodate a maximum of 20 people when seated on one side of the table.
Larger wedding parties can be accommodated through other style seating options such as a king’s table or a
hybrid of a king’s table and a head table.

Q: What are the dimensions of your outdoor arbor for the ceremony space?
A: Our outdoor arbor is approximately 8’ wide by 9” tall.

Q: Do you allow for the dance floor to be in the center of the floor?
A: Unfortunately, we do not permit a center dance floor in our space.

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