Construction & design
When will construction be complete?
Both venues will be complete in Fall of 2022. We are currently booking events for both spaces!
What will the venues look like when they're finished?
The Annex and the Smokestack will each have a unique aesthetic so that our guests may choose the venue that best fits their vision! Visit our Look Book to see our plans for each space–including vision boards, floorpans, and artists' renderings–and follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see progress photos as they become available!
Cost & Payment
How long do i get the venue for?
Our spaces can be in booked in 6, 8 or 10-hour blocks of time. All Saturday events and weddings are required to book 10-hour blocks of time. Your time block allows for all set-up, event time, and break-down. We recommend you leave at least two hours for set-up and 1 1/2 hours to break down. If you have your ceremony on-site, we bump you up to a 12-hour block.
What kind of Down Payment do i need to put down?
When you come in for a tour, your sales representative will put together an estimate for you that includes your room rental fees, bar and beverage service, equipment rentals, and any other incidental fees. From that you will need to guarantee a minimum guest count and invoice amount. If your event is 8+ months out, you'll need to place a 25% down payment with another 25% due at the 8 month mark. If your event is less than 8 months out, you'll place a 50% down payment. Your final payment is due 1 month before your event. Please remember that all payments are non-refundable if you choose to cancel your event. We reserve the right to cancel your event if we don't receive your payment by your due dates.
What kinds of payment methods do you take?
We accept cash, checks, and electronic checks. We do accept all major credit cards with a 3% processing fee. Payments can be made online or mailed to us at: PO Box 465, Greenville, SC 29602.
Is there a security deposit?
We've been at this long enough to know that damages do happen, so we ask that all our clients put down a $500 security deposit. The security deposit is built into your payment schedule, and is returned to you, less any damages or additional charges, within 30 days after your event.
What kind of parking is available?
There is plenty of free on-site parking available to all venue guests and vendors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Clients are also able to hire valet or shuttle services if they would like.
Can I decorate?
Of course you can decorate! Although we don't allow glitter, confetti, or helium balloons, we encourage bringing in flowers, using candlelight, and utilizing complimentary props from our in-house decor collection. We would love to help you come up with ideas for a creative event!
Can we bring our pet(s)?
We love our furry friends and you are welcome to include them in your wedding ceremony! To ensure your dog(s) and guests have a great experience we do have some guidelines. A client may include up to 2 dogs in their ceremony. Dogs are only allowed in the ceremony area and must be taken home after the ceremony and photos has ended. Each dog must be in constant control of an individual handler for the duration of the visit. Dogs may not be left in a vehicle or in our apartments. On-Duty Service Dogs are always welcome!
Vendors & Staff
Who would i be working with during the planning process?
Since we are a high-volume venue (over 300 events a year!), we have a whole team dedicated to answering our phones and emails as quickly as possible. We will assign you a final sales rep about two months before your event. At that point you would work with one person to finalize your event details. If you'd like additional help from a day-of coordinator, we are happy to add on one of Day-Of Wedding Coordination packages as well.
What kind of staff are on-site for my event?
We always staff your event with 1-2 Venue Managers, at least one security guard, and the appropriate number of bartenders, if you ordered a bar service. The Venue Manager is responsible for taking care of the building and making sure you get everything you contracted through us. Our staff is also responsible for setting up and breaking down any equipment you book through us, as well as cleaning the venue after the event. The Venue Manager IS NOT an event coordinator, and can't commit to directing your event. If you are booking a wedding with us, we highly recommend hiring one of our in-house Wedding Directors to take care of managing your timeline, directing your vendors, and overseeing your event logistics.
What kind of vendors can i use?
We have put together a fantastic list of experienced caterers, musicians, photographers, florists, bakers, and other services that you are free to choose from. We do ask that you choose vendors from this list since they are all familiar with our policies and we trust that they will work hard to make your event a huge success. You can find the list of approved vendors on our website. If you must hire a vendor outside of our list, they must be approved by our staff before you enter into a contract with them. The approval process consists of the vendor submitting a Vendor Agreement and Certificate of Insurance (here's a sample). The client is responsible for getting these documents submitted to us, and we do have a $25 fee to process each application. Keep in mind there may be some vendors we have unfortunately blacklisted from our space due to previous bad experiences, so please do not book vendors without getting them approved, as you may end up losing your deposit with them.
Can i bring my own alcohol?
Liquid Catering is our exclusive bar and beverage provider. Although you can't bring in your own alcohol, they can customize any package you like for an affordable price. We do have a $750 beverage minimum Sunday-Friday and $1,200 on Saturdays.
Can we have a rehearsal on-site?
Yes, our Wedding Ceremony fee of $500 includes a Tentative Rehearsal on-site, which is scheduled 30 days in advance. Due to our event schedule, this will most likely happen the morning before your event. If you'd like to rent the venue the night before their wedding to host your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner you can do that too. Of course room rental fees apply, but you do get a 10% discount on the room rental.
can i have my wedding ceremony on-site?
Absolutely! Our sales team can walk you through your options for an indoor or outdoor ceremony. There is a $500 fee for a ceremony on site. This includes an additional two hours of space rental, staff to reset the space, and a one hour rehearsal (based on availability).
Are you same-sex friendly?
Of course we are! Whatever your faith, gender, or sexual orientation, we do not discriminate against anyone who wants to celebrate their big event with us.
What is allowed for a send-off?
The send-off is one of our favorite parts of a wedding, and we love to see our guests send the happy couple off in style! We are open to glow sticks, bells, streamers, or any items that do not create a large mess. Unfortunately, due to a fire in the past (eek!), we are unable to allow sparklers. We also aren't able to accommodate glitter, birdseed, confetti or anything that will leave small particles on the ground. Even items that promise to "wash away" with water aren't easy to clean up and would result in your being charged a clean-up fee.