FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Hartford Reception

IS THERE ENOUGH PARKING FOR ALL MY GUESTS?
Yes. Typically at the time of your wedding start, the parking lot is almost empty. But even if there is a large event in the city, we inform the parking lot of all special events taking place at The Bond in advance and they have plenty of spots available for your guests.

IS PARKING INCLUDED?
Yes. No matter how many cars.

CAN WE GET MARRIED AT THE BOND?
Yes you can. Speak to your event planner for the details.

WHEN CAN MY GUESTS ARRIVE TO THE BOND?
Our doors will open no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your contracted start time. This is allow you a little wiggle room for your start time, while still allowing us to be sure that everything is perfect for your special event.

WHAT ARE YOUR GUEST COUNT REQUIREMENTS?
100 minimum for Sundays and Fridays. 150 minimum for Saturdays. Please try not to exceed 275.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS KNOW HOW TO GET TO THE BOND?
We have directions that we can email to you so that you can shrink, copy and place in your invitations.

THE LONG LIST OF HORS D’OEUVRE AND MEALS CONFUSES ME. HOW DO I CHOOSE?
You may have a tasting 2 to 3 weeks prior to your invitations going to print where you can taste and discuss all your potential menu items with our event specialist to ensure you make the right choices for you and your guests.

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY WEDDING CAKE?
As you are most likely getting all kinds of Bridal magazines and searching on line, just save a few different pictures of cakes that you really like and present them to your event planner. Please keep in mind that we do NOT work with fondant.

IF WE BRING OUR OWN CAKE, DO WE GET A DISCOUNT?
Unfortunately no. But what we can do, for example, is give you a wider selection of passed hors d’oeuvre or something comparable in cost. Insurance Certificates must be provided by outside food sources.

CAN WE BRING IN TRADITIONAL SUPPLIMENTAL DESSERTS?
Yes. It’s not uncommon for brides to want traditional Italian cookies, or Greek pastries or specialty gourmet candies. We do ask that you try to keep these minimal, and also remember that all outsourced food items must be accompanied by an insurance certificate.

IF WE SELECT BEEF, HOW IS IT COOKED?
All beef served to you and your guests will be served medium rare or well done. While your guests are enjoying their first course, our servers will go table by table, rechecking what everyone had ordered and at that time will allow those who prefer their beef well done, to order it as such. Any other special requests will be taken into consideration at that time as well.

DO WE HAVE A SPECIFIC ALOTTED TIME FOR OUR EVENT?
No. We only do one event per day. Although our events all run a specific 5 hours (unless you have otherwise purchased extra time), it can start whenever you like. In fact, wherever your ceremony is, will usually dictate when your arrival time here will be. Therefore, your vendors can come any time in the afternoon to set up centerpieces, or equipment. Please let us know of their arrival times, or have them call us, so that someone will be here to let them in.

CAN WE ADD TIME TO OUR EVENT?
Yes. The fees are $2.50 per person (total guest count), for one half hour, and $5.00 per person (total guest count), for a full hour add on. Please also keep in mind that your band or DJ will also charge for the extra time. We require this decision to be made prior to your event day.

DOES THE BOND PROVIDE CENTERPIECES?
No. Table centerpieces for weddings are a very personal choice, therefore, the client provides all centerpieces and/or candles.

ARE LINENS INCLUDED IN MY PRICE?
Yes.

ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED IN THE BRIDAL SUITE?
Children and toddlers (unless accompanied by an adult), are not allowed in the bridal suite, on the staircase or in the balcony area for safety reasons. Please inform your guests with children.

CAN WE UPGRADE THE BAR?
Yes. Just ask for specific items required for your bar and we can supply you with whatever you want. Ask your event planner for prices.

DOES THE BAR CLOSE DURING DINNER?
Never. We only close the bar during bridal party announcements and toasts.

CAN WE DO SHOTS?
It is Connecticut State law that shots are NOT allowed on an open bar.

CAN WE PROVIDE OUR OWN WINE OR CHAMPAGNE TOAST?
Unfortunately, only non profit organizations are allowed to have donated beverages at Bond events.

HOW LONG AFTER OUR EVENT MUST WE VACATE THE BALLROOM?
Due to our building security schedule, all guests must leave the ballroom level within 20 minutes of the event end to avoid setting off any alarms.

CAN WE LEAVE ALL OF OUR THINGS OVERNIGHT AND GET THEM THE NEXT DAY?
Unfortunately, we have events taking place all weekend, therefore all items, gifts, ect., must all be removed at the end of each event. However, if there are tall vases that belong to your florist, we will be happy to hold them until the following business day or until they can come pick them up.