in-house: the facility provides catering (for a fee)
in-house, no BYO: the facility provides catering; you cannot bring in your own
preferred list: you must select your caterer from the facility’s approved list
in-house or BYO: the facility will provide catering or you can select an outside caterer of your own
BYO, licensed: arrange for your own licensed caterer
ample or fully equipped: large and well-equipped with major appliances
moderate: medium-sized and utilitarian
minimal: small with limited equipment; may not have all the basic appliances
setup or prep only: room for setup and food prep, but not enough space or utilities to cook food
n/a: not applicable because facility provides catering or doesn’t allow food
Tables & Chairs
some provided or provided: facility provides some or all of the tables and chairs
BYO: make arrangements to bring your own
Linens, Silver, etc.
same as above
wheelchair accessible or
not wheelchair accessible
yes: an area for dancing (hardwood floor, cement terrace, patio) is available
CBA, extra charge: you can arrange for a dance floor to be brought in for a fee
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area
yes: there is an area for changing
no: there’s no area for changing
limited: smaller space, not fully equipped as changing room
CBA: can be arranged
CBA: can be arranged other descriptions are self explanatory
If overnight accommodations are available on site, the number of guest rooms is listed.
CBA: the facility will arrange accommodations for you
restricted: calls made on the house phone must be local, collect or charged to a credit card
guest phones: private phones in guest rooms
house phone: central phone used by all guests
emergency use only: self-explanatory
Outdoor Night Lighting
yes: there is adequate light to conduct your event outdoors after dark
access only or limited: lighting is sufficient for access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities
BBQ: the facility has a barbecue on the premises
BBQ, CBA: a barbecue can be arranged through the facility
BYO BBQ: make arrangements for your own barbecue
n/a: not applicable
provided: facility takes care of cleanup
caterer: your caterer is responsible
caterer or renter: both you and/or your caterer are responsible for cleanup
full range: facility has a full range of audiovisual equipment, including projectors, overhead screens, etc.
no: no equipment is available
BYO: bring your own meeting equipment
CBA: equipment can be arranged
CBA, extra fee: equipment can be arranged for an extra fee
We’ve described what type of view is available for each facility.
no: the facility has no views to speak of
Description of any service or amenity that is not included in above list.
provided, no BYO: the facility provides alcoholic beverages (for a fee) and does not permit you to bring your own
BYO: you can bring your own alcohol
corkage, $/bottle: if you bring your own alcohol, the facility charges a fee per bottle to remove the cork and pour
WCB only: (or any combination of these three letters) only wine, champagne and beer are permitted
licensed server: the server of alcohol must be licensed
allowed: smoking is permitted throughout the facility
outside only: smoking is not permitted inside the facility
not allowed: smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises
designated areas: specific areas for smoking have been designated
Almost every facility allows acoustic music unless stated otherwise. Essentially, restrictions refer to amplified music.
amplified OK: amplified music is acceptable without restriction
outside only: no amplified music allowed inside
inside only: no amplified music permitted outside
amplified OK with limits or restrictions: amplified music is allowed, but there are limits on volume, hours of play, type of instruments, etc.
Accessibility is based on whether the event areas (not necessarily the restrooms) of a facility are wheelchair accessible or not.
yes: the facility is accessible
limited: the facility is accessible but with difficulty (there may be a step at the entrance, for example, but all of the rooms are accessible)
no: the facility is not accessible
Many facilities require that you purchase and show proof of some insurance coverage. The type and amount of insurance varies with the facility, and some facilities offer insurance for a minimal charge.
liability required, certificate required or proof of insurance required: additional insurance is required
not required: no additional insurance is required
may be required: sometimes additional insurance is required