fête  / fāt / noun . 

a celebration or festival.

FAQs

Booking, Fees, and Access


Q: Do you charge any extra fees that we might not be expecting?

A: There will be no additional fees added to your rental pricing; in fact, tax is already factored into the prices we post on our website. 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. We do not have fees for caterers, table/chair rental, table/chair moving, or ceremony. The only other expense to keep in mind will be the bar minimum of $3,000 and an 18% bar fee.  

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: Since additional hours are not available for purchase, other groups have started getting ready at their hotel room 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 finish on time. Also, be sure to check with your bridal party to ensure all members would like professional hair and make up. 

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, The Delafield Hotel, and Hilton Inn. 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. There are several others within 13-20 minutes from fête. Unfortunately none of the hotels mentioned here have a shuttle service. However, if you would like to offer your guests end of the night transportation there are a variety of transportation companies that service Wales, including limo buses, school buses, Uber, Lyft etc.

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 the date of your event. If you choose to hold your ceremony at another location you may still use our suites to prepare for your day if you like.

Q: Do you charge a ceremony fee?

A: We do not. The rental fee covers use of the premises from 10 am to midnight the date of your event. This includes use of the suites, ceremony, and reception space. Remember, last minute changes to the ceremony location (less than 24 hours) will result in a $250 fee. 

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 encompases everything it takes to 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% gratuity? 

A: We have found that many guests do not come prepared to tip and often don’t understand the value of what they have consumed (it’s hard to know when you don’t get a receipt with your drink and aren’t counting how many you have consumed!).  

What We Provide/Allow

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 350 guests. None of our chairs will require coverings. 

Q: Can we use “real” candles as part of our decor?

A: 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 their selection is unacceptable the day of their event. 

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. You must provide your own sand/water bucket for disposal after use. We reserve the right to refuse the use of sparklers at any time for any reason. 

Q: Can our pet come too?

A: Yes, we love when couples include pets in their big day! Pets may join for pictures or 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 pet(s) to the location where they will be spending the remainder of the evening.

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. 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, and spills are wiped up. If you have purchased an add-on package fête staff will follow through with the requirement of any selected and paid for packages. 

Q: Can we smoke on the premises? 

A: Smoking is 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.

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 cozyness of a fire without leaving the party. These fire features should not be moved. As no smoking is permitted on the deck, the fire table should not be used for lighting or extinguishing cigars, cigarettes, etc. 

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, helium balloons, rented dance floors, glitter, confetti, anything not on the permitted list. 

Permitted: strings, zip ties, floral twine, and easels.

Ceremony

Q: When can ceremonies start? 

A: Ceremonies at fête should begin no earlier than 3:30 pm. 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: We do not. The rental fee covers use of the premises from 10 am to midnight the date of your event. This includes use of the suites, ceremony, and reception space. Remember, last minute changes to the ceremony location (less than 24 hours) will result in a $250 fee. 

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: Do you set up the ceremony?

A: Yes. Fête staff will set up your ceremony seating, and provide an arbor for your outdoor ceremony. You should plan to have your DJ/band provide any audio needed for this part of your day. 

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. 

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 provide clean up service for the meal as fête does not offer this service. If you hire a caterer that doesn’t offer clean up then you must hire servers to complete this service. These servers must not be part of your group/guest list and must provide fête with proof of insurance naming fête as an additional insured. 

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 of 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 as some 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. 

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.

Q: Will our beverages be served in glass or plastic?

A: Bar beverages are served in glass until dinner. At some point during dinner we switch to plastic to prevent broken glass on your dance floor. Plastic cups are always available at the water dispenser for self-serve water. 

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 through a 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 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.

Vendors

Q: What time can our vendors arrive to set up?

A: Vendors may arrive as early as 10 am the morning of your event. 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 vendor restrictions? 

A: At this time we do not limit any vendors. However, 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. 

Sizing/Dimensions

Q: What is 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. 

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500 E Summit Ave    Wales, WI  53183

262-528-FETE (3383)

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