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We are here for you every step of the way. We want to make your day perfect and turn your dream into a reality. Please view these FAQS to start and don't hesitate to ask more!
Q: Are there any vendor restrictions?
A: The Gage is proud to work exclusively with a wide variety of highly-acclaimed catering companies. Having dedicated caterers allows The Gage to ensure the quality and service you and your guests receive will exceed all standards. We provide a Preferred List of caterers to choose from. These catering teams are a broad budget & menu range, so there is something to fit everyone! We have no other vendor restrictions, so feel free to use the florist/baker/DJ/etc. of your choosing. Our preferred vendor list is meant to assist with vendor selections of those that we have worked with and adore. The Gage must provide all beverages for your event! Per Wisconsin law, outside beverages of any kind are not allowed.
Q: Can we bring in our own food?
A: All food does need to come from a licensed catering team/kitchen!
Q: Can we bring in our own alcohol?
A: The Gage does hold it's own liquor license. Per Wisconsin law, outside beverages of any kind are not allowed.
Q: Will you hold a date for me as I consider my options?
A: Unfortunately, no. To reserve your date with us, a signed contract and initial non-refundable deposit is required. We accept all forms of payment (cash, check, and credit card). The initial deposit will be applied to the final invoice. Dates are available on a first serve basis.
Q: How early can we get into the bridal suite?
A: The bridal suites are available starting at 10am on the day of your event. Since additional morning hours are not available for purchase, most wedding parties will begin getting ready at their hotel room or the salon, and then use the bridal suites for final touches and dressing.
Q: What can we use the loft for?
A: This area can be used for an intimate ceremony (up to 120 seated), or a variety of other things such as your photo booth, snack bars, raffle/silent auction tables, or a beautiful cocktail hour. A mobile bar is available for the loft.
Q: When can we drop stuff off?
A: Vendor arrival time begins at 10:00am on event days. We do not have additional storage available, so we require all load in and load out of your decor to take place on the event day.
Q: What does your Event Staff take care of the day of my event?
A: The Gage event staff is responsible for set-up and take-down of all tables and chairs for both your ceremony and reception. They also maintain the facility’s cleanliness throughout your event. They are not responsible for catering or dinner service, releasing dinner tables for the buffet, clearing tables after meals, décor set-up, setting linens, packaging of rentals or personal belongings, or working for your outside vendors. If you would like our event staff to take care of additional décor and linen set-up, additional fees apply. We suggest a Day of Coordinator to oversee these details for you, which we are happy to provide.
Q: Do we need a DJ?
A: A DJ/Band is required for all weddings! They not only keep the structure of the evening, but also make important announcements, such as: grand march, dinner service, first dances, etc. They are also required to be onsite to play ceremony music. Instrumentalists are also a great option for ceremonies!
Q: Are you handicap accessible?
A: Yes. The Gage also has an elevator to get to the loft.
Q: What are our parking or transportation options?
A: The Gage has a lot one block north of building that can hold up to 393 cars! The large lot is located on the northwest corner of 70th St and Washington St. There is also ample street parking around the venue space.
Q: Are you close to any hotels?
A: The Gage is partnered with 4 local hotels all within 5 minutes of the venue space. Our partner hotels are: Hampton Inn & Suites, Renaissance Milwaukee West, Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee West, & Springhill Suites. Some of these hotels also offer shuttle service directly to our loading zone in front of the venue! All hotel block accommodations and shuttle service must be coordinated with the hotel directly.
Q: What size tables & how many do you offer?
A: For dinner service, we have (30) 60” round tables which comfortably seat 8-10 guests per table. We also include (8) 6’ and (10) 8’ banquet tables for your head table, DJ, buffet, etc. We also supply (9) cocktail tables. All tables are required to be covered with linens.
Q: Do you supply linens?
A: The Gage does not supply linens for your event. Most linens will be supplied by your caterer. We do also have two great linen vendors that we can help you order linens from!
Q: How many chairs do you offer?
A: We supply up to 300 black padded folding chairs for your event.
Q: What size linens do I need?
A: 8ft Banquet: 90” x 156” linen will extend to the floor.
60” round tables: 120” round linen will extend to the floor.
6ft Banquet: 90" X 132" linen will extend to the floor.
30" Cocktail Table: 120" round linen will extend to the floor.
Q: Are there any restrictions?
A: Please no adhering anything to our walls, floor, or ceiling. We highly suggest using easels for pictures or displays, and tabletop frames for pictures. No current displays or lighting in the space can be changed or removed. Candles may be used as long as they are contained in vases. The use of glitter and confetti is prohibited. Smoke, hazers, bubble machines, and cold sparks are also prohibited. Sparklers may be used with prior approval from The Gage event staff.
Q: Are real candles allowed?
A: Absolutely! We love real candles! Candles with a flame are permitted, however all flames must be enclosed meaning the flame should never extend above the container it is in.
Q: Do you have an arch?
A: Yes! We have a beautiful 7ft Gold Circle Arch or a 7ft Rectangular Copper Arch that can be decorated with florals.
Q: I am ready to book. What is involved in reserving my date?
A: A signed contract and initial non-refundable deposit is required. We accept all forms of payment (cash, check, and credit card). The initial deposit will be applied to the final invoice. Tours are required prior to reserving a date to ensure that the venue will be the perfect space for your event!