FAQ - Maison May
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Private Events

FAQ

Dekalb & Vanderbilt

Planning an event comes with a lot of questions. We know that. That’s why our Event Team is here to guide you every step of the way.

WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF EACH EVENT SPACE?

The entire Dekalb Brownstone (Garden, Main Dining Room and Parlor Floor) can host up to 110 people.

By itself, the Parlor Floor accommodates up to 48 people seated and up to 60 for a cocktail reception.

The Garden holds 36 seated and up to 50 standing.

Maison May Vanderbilt has a capacity of 38 people seated.

ARE THERE ANY MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET?

Yes, we do have Food & Beverage minimums that have to be met. They are determined by the day, space, and date you are interested in. For further information please contact us. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGES?

Our packages include setup (tables, chairs,  silverware, dishes, linen, clear votive candles), food and beverages, as well as service, cleaning and all gratuity. We do not provide and are not in charge of setting up or removing any decoration, flowers or excessive waste after an event and reserves the right to charge an additional cleaning fee.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BOOK A DATE?

Just send us an inquiry and let us know what space, date, and time you are looking at. We will be happy to check the calendar and set up a visit. If you’re ready to book, we will draft a contract for you. We only consider an event booked upon receiving a signed contract and the deposit.

CAN I SET UP A VISIT?

Yes, absolutely. Please send us an inquiry and we will get back to you with a suggested date.

CAN I BRING MY OWN DECORATIONS, FLOWERS, ETC.?

We encourage you to bring in your own decorations and flowers. We grant access to the booked space 30 minutes before the event starts for up to 5 people. An event coordinator will discuss setup options and do’s  & don’ts with you before your event.

WHAT ARE THE EVENT COORDINATOR’S PRE AND POST EVENT DUTIES?

Our Event Team will guide you through the entire viewing, booking and planning process and will answer all your questions. Our team is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm. We try to answer every email within 24 hours. However, please keep in mind that we are usually not available on Sundays and one of our staff members will be in charge of your event on the day of.

IS A WEDDING PLANNER OR DAY OF COORDINATOR REQUIRED?

No, there is no need for a wedding planner or day of coordinator. We have done hundreds of weddings and will accompany and guide you through the entire planning process. However, if it makes you more comfortable, we are happy to work with a third party coordinator.

HOW DOES YOUR SOUND SYSTEM WORK? DO YOU HAVE A MICROPHONE?

We have two separate sound systems, one for downstairs (Main Dining Room and Garden) and one on the Parlor Floor. You can attach any device with a standard headphone jack.

ARE DJS AND BANDS ALLOWED?

Yes, absolutely. But please confirm with us before booking any vendors.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Maison May asks for a non-refundable deposit upon booking. Cancellations are handled on a case by case basis.

DO YOU DO TASTINGS? CAN I TRY YOUR FOOD?

We do not offer tastings at this point in time. However, we offer communal tables throughout the year and you can always stop by for brunch on the weekends or visit Maison May Vanderbilt every day between 8 am and 5 pm.

WHAT ABOUT FOOD RESTRICTIONS & ALLERGIES?

Are happy to work with you on a menu that accommodates all dietary restrictions and allergies.

WHAT BEVERAGES DO YOU SERVE? CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL REQUESTS?

We serve a variety of organic, mostly locally sourced soft-drinks and seasonal cocktails as well as a curated list of biodynamic, natural wines. If you have any special bottles you’d like to bring in, please check with us first. A $45 corkage fee per bottle applies.

WHAT KIND OF PAYMENTS TO YOU ACCEPT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

To confirm your booking we request a deposit check from you. Further payments can be made either per check, credit card, quick pay or cash.

WHEN CAN I START MY EVENT?

Daytime events can start as early as 10 am and need to end no later than 3 pm. Evening events can start as early as 5:30 pm on most dates (Maison May Vanderbilt 6:30 pm) and can go no longer than 1 am. Maison May will make exceptions on a case by case basis.