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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you only host weddings?  
We love weddings but we also host a variety of events including corporate outings, galas, concerts and memorials. Please note in an effort to preserve our historic estate, we no longer host children's or young adult events including but not limited to Sweet 16’s, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, 21st Birthdays, proms and graduation parties. Thank you for your understanding. 


What is included in the rental? 
Your Peak Season rental includes  exclusive use of the Mansion, gardens, one 15’ X 45’ catering tent, and one fabric lined 80’ X 40’ 3-pole reception tent over brick pavers with general illumination controlled by dimmers. The tent has access to ample power for all your entertainment needs. Your Off-Peak Season rental includes exclusive use of the Mansion and the grounds. Regardless of season, your rental includes use of our indoor-only tables and chairs.

How do you feel about inclusivity? 

The Commander's Mansion welcomes all love here. We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly venue.


Is the Mansion air conditioned? Is the tent air conditioned? Is the tent heated? 
The Mansion is air conditioned. There is an option to rent heating for the tent, however, the tent is not air conditioned.


Can I tent my Winter event? 
Our tent is up seasonally, May through October only. 


Does the CM provide catering? Can I bring in my own caterer that is not on your Authorized Catering List? 
We do not have in-house catering. Your caterer must fill out an application if they are not selected from the Authorized Catering List. Cakes/desserts may be brought in from an outside bakery, but must have a licensed kitchen.


How many guests can I have? 
Our capacity for the entire property is 200 guests. We can seat this comfortably under our tent with dinner and dancing. For indoor capacity options please click here.


Can I DIY my own DJ, florals, cake, etc.?
We do not permit any “do it yourself” vendor replacements. All vendors must be insured professionals that are able to provide a certificate of insurance upon request.


Can my dog walk me down the aisle? 
Absolutely! We do ask that they not enter the Mansion but allow your furry friends to participate in the outdoor ceremony and formal photos and then have your pet-sitter to bring them home.

If the minimum rental is 9 hours, how is that broken down? 
The 9 hour Mansion rental is broken down into 3 hours of catering set up before guests arrive, 5 hours of event time and 1 hour of catering breakdown. The minimum rental is 9 hours, usage of less than 9 hours will still be billed at the minimum fee. 

Can I pick up my items the next day?

All items including but not limited to  décor, gifts, equipment, and clothing must be removed at the end of the rental window.

How late can my party end?
Rental timeframes must end no later than 11:59 PM including caterer breakdown. This means the latest guest exit would be 11 PM to allow caterers one hour to break down your event.


Does the Mansion team act as a wedding/event planner for us? 
The Mansion will have a representative on site through the duration of your rental. Our responsibility is to upholding the policies, safety and security of the venue and to ensure a smooth event for all guests.  Contracting with private wedding or event planners is an option that you may choose depending on your preferred experience.


How does alcohol work at the Mansion? 
We have a maximum pour time of 5 consecutive hours, the latest the bar can close is 10:30 PM. We do not permit shots, shooters or self-service alcohol. Alcohol must be brought in and out by a licensed provider and scheduled with Mansion Staff. We do not permit alcohol to leave the premises at the end of an event. All leftover/open alcohol must be scheduled for pick up with a Mansion Staff member the next business day.


Is there a place for me to get ready?
We have two private changing suites on the second floor of the Mansion for your use. Each has a sitting room and private bath.


How many restrooms are on site?
There are five gender-inclusive restrooms on site: three on the first floor and two in the private suites on the second floor.


Can we have our rehearsal there? 
Due to a busy schedule of events, we are unable to accommodate rehearsals. 


Do you have guest rooms for overnight accommodations?
We do not provide overnight accommodations, but we will be happy to recommend local hotels. 


Are we allowed to smoke on site? 
We are a non-smoking venue. Thank you for your cooperation.

How many parking spaces do you have? 

We have enough parking for 200 cars throughout the property.

Do you have Wi-Fi?

We do have free Wi-Fi indoors only.

Are you handicap accessible?

Yes, we have a ramp at the front entrance and an elevator to both levels of the second floor. Our tent sits atop brick pavers and is immediately adjacent to the parking lot, allowing for convenient access for all attendees

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to help!

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