Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you determine if this is the right venue for your event!
Where can I see the table and chair layout options and can they be altered to meet my needs?
We offer several different set up options for your event. They are easily moved and the layout can be altered to meet your needs. It is up to you to move adjust your layout. We suggest choosing the layout that is the closest to what you are looking for. CLICK HERE to see the options we provide. Customizing is an option, but an onsite appointment 4 weeks ahead of your event is required.
Can we take leftover alcohol home?
State law prohibits us from allowing any guest to take alcohol home from our bar.
Ceremony location options?
We do have a couple different options for ceremony. Set up is included for the ceremony option on our covered back porch or indoors. We do not set up or supply chairs for ceremonies located down by the pond. Those chairs must be rented and set up.
When can we do Rehearsal?
We curently do not offer discounts for "day before set up" or "rehearsals" on Peak season Fridays. We reserve these dates for weddings and corporate events. Many Saturday and Sunday Wedding parties rehearse offsite at their dinner location, a church or even someone's backyard. Many times parties rehearse the morning of the wedding and the bride doesn't attend. She knows where she walks and who is meeting her at teh end of the aisle, so she remains in the bridal suite while everyone else runs through a short practice. There is also availability for exclusive Thursday night setup and rehearsal, for Friday night events, for $900. We are also willing to give a discounted rate for rehearsals during the week (Mon-Thurs).
Do you have indoor plumbing?
Yes, We have a separate indoor bathroom for men and women that is handicap approved/accessible!
Do you have indoor heating/cooling?
Yes, we offer a heated and cooled venue space to accommodate year-round events. If you plan to utilize the large garage door out to the covered porch the building will lose heat/cooling effeciency. It could take 1-2 hours after the door is opened to get back to optimal temperatures depending on how long the garage door was left open.
What is the max capacity of the hall?
We can hold over 300 guests and even more if additional provisions are made to incorporate more of the outdoor spaces! Our outdoor covered patio can seat around 280 for a ceremony. We do, however, recommend a guest list in the 200-250 range to maintain a good flow with plenty of extra space between tables and chairs etc.
Do you have a cancelation policy?
We encourage anyone not to book until they are certain of the date and price. We do not offer refunds for cancelations.
Do you offer date transfers?
Any date transfer request is at the sole discretion of Union 12. If allowed, a transfer fee may be required.
Can I hire any caterer that I want?
Yes, we allow any caterer to use our facility. That is completely up to you! That said, one of the most common complaints we get is regarding the food quality, temperature, quanity etc. As a result, we do strongly encourage you to pick a caterer that is a professional and has vast knowledge and experience of the type of event you are planning. This goes for all vendors. We are happy to provide you with a list of professional vendors in our area.
Do you have a generator for bad weather?
No, we DO NOT have a generator on site. It would take a very large generator to power the venue and house. That said, the power is ran underground at Union 12 and we have never experienced a single power outage to date.
Do you allow alcohol?
Yes, we have a 3 way liquor permit. Becasue we are licensed, state laws require our guests to use our alcohol services. We cannot allow a third party to serv at your event. We do handle all security and licensed bartenders for your event which makes it easier on you.
How long can we party?
We require that music be turned off by 11:30pm. Your rental time will end at 12am.
Who is responsible for clean up?
You are responsible for throwing all trash into the metal dumpster provided on the property. We do have cleaners that will be there to clean the facility. You are responsible for making sure the hall is left very close to the way your found it, with the exception of normal cleaning services.
Who is responsible for set up?
We will handle the setup of tables and chairs for your event. We have pre-planned setup options for you to choose from!
May I set up a day early?
Yes, there is an extra charge for "day before" set up. Contact us for pricing. If the day before is already booked, this option may not be a possibility.
Will a staff member be present during my event?
Yes, we will have a staff member or Union 12 Representative present during your event.
May I use my own caterer?
Yes, we have decided to maintain an open-door policy on caterers! Also, we do not charge outside vendors to use our facility. We do have industry professionals that we can recommend to you if you are interested. Keep in mind, you are responsible for the vendors you allow into our facility. We don't require that you use a licensed caterer, but any outside vendor needs to be approved by Union 12.
Do you have a catering space?
Yes, we have a warming kitchen. We have met with professional caterers to make sure we have a functional space set-up to make your event is a huge success!
What's included in the catering kitchen?
Included in the kitchen are: Freezer, counterspace for prepping, 3 basin sink, and a warming oven with warming drawers.
Do you provide tables and chairs?
We do provide up to 400 chairs and 60" round and 8' rectangular tables. If you need additional seating, you are free to rent them from a vendor. We offer several set-up options for you to choose from. The chairs are a lightweight folding chair. CLICK HERE to see the table and chair layouts.
Do you allow party tents on the property for larger events?
Yes, we have several locations for tent set-ups throughout the property. You will need to contact a vendor as tents are not included in our pricing. You are responsible for the grass. Tent events can cause damage to the grounds so make sure you hire a professional that does not signifantly damage our grounds. It is our intention to make sure the grounds look great for the next event.
Do you offer corporate events?
Yes, we cater to all types of events, not just weddings! We also book year-round as our event center is heated and cooled!
How large is your parking lot?
We have ample parking for up to 300 guest including handicap-accessible parking in the front. There is also plenty of overflow parking spaces available if/when needed. There is also overflow parking in the grass for events that may exceed 300. We have had up to 800 people on site at one time when the overflow parking was utilized.
What days do you take bookings?
We are open for bookings 7 days a week. We do not have a closed season.
Do you have a place for a bridal party to get ready?
Yes, our package pricing includes the farmhouse which has been fully renovated with a separate bride and groom area, each having large and separate full bathrooms. Keep in mind, the house is not for use by all of your guests. It is for direct family and bridal party only!
Do you allow smoking?
Smoking is only permitted outside on the patio that is a "designated smoking area". Cigarettes are to be placed in the ash trays provided on site. Make sure your guests are not discarding cigarettes into our fire pit or onto our grass. This can cause damage and result in additional cleaning fees.
Where are the nearest hotels?
The closest hotels are straight east towards Fort Wayne and less than 10 minutes away!
How close are you to Fort Wayne?
We are closer to Fort Wayne then Columbia City (despite the address). You can get to Lima Road in 10 minutes.
Do you have an in-house speaker system?
Yes, a basic system is installed for light/quieter music. We have two basic house microphones that you are free to use. If you have a DJ we recommend that you use his house system as it may be better then the basic house system we offer. For a dance floor style occasion you will want to hire a DJ with a larger sound system.
Do you have a projector and screen?
We do keep a projector and screen that are available and included in your rental. We encourage guests to wait until closer to dark to use the projector. It is light and airy in our building with lots of windows. The projector works best in lower lighting conditions. We also have 3 tv's that can display anything you may want to watch on tv (sports, ESPN, etc).