FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do the bar charges work?
We charge based on consumption. The bartenders and the bar manager are tallying everything that is served.
At some point we gave you an estimate of costs for the bar plan you chose ("open bar", "open bar for beer & wine", "open bar for cocktail hour", etc.) That estimate is based on an average of past weddings that have chosen that particular bar plan. Your crowd may drink more or less. In the end you are charged for what is consumed.
You can ask the bartenders or the bar manager anytime during the evening where you stand; if you are nearing the estimate the bartenders will let you know (if you like).
So, think of designing a bar plan based on budget or the type of party you want to throw, not on quantity. Figuring out quantities is our job.
How does tipping at the bar work?
Mountain Meadows Lodge bartenders get an hourly wage plus 15% on bar sales. This is in your estimate. You can choose to have a tip jar out to take the sting out of the bar gratuity on your final bill.
When do we tell you the meal counts?
Probably by about six weeks out, you'll have RSVPs returned and at that time you will have an early estimate of the number of guests attending your event and numbers for meals. Let us know this early number then. We would like another "near-final" number two weeks out. Then a final number a few days before - small changes even right up to the day of the event will not be a big deal at our end.
- Give us a close number two weeks out (that's when we work on bar, food orders, and equipment rental)
Then give us a near final number one week out (that's when we finalize your equipment rental)
- Give us table assignments one week before. You'll have an opportunity to go over the table arrangements under the tent or in the dining room with Lauren or another staff member the evening before
- Don't worry about making small changes the night before with Lauren; small changes can be easily accommodated
Do our guests have to choose their entree for the reception dinner?
No. Guests will be served family style so everyone will get to have anything and everything!
Can babysitting be arranged?
Yes. We'll make arrangements with qualified babysitters. We ask for a minimum of two weeks notice, the times the parents would like the babysitter to be available, and the number and ages of the children. The suggested payment is $12/hr per child, paid in cash, at the time of the service, to the babysitter.