Wedding FAQ

Banquet Rooms

The rental fee includes complete set up and clean-up of the venue according to your specifications. All necessary guest tables, chairs, service tables, cabaret tables and outdoor seating are also provided.

Our Bridal Packages include a 4-hour reception time.

Yes, you can add time at cost of $150.00 per half hour plus tax. Additional bar time is available at $2.00 per person per half hour plus service charge and sales tax.

Yes, we currently have arrangements with several hotels. Please consult your Messina event planner for the hotel information

Piazza Messina can be set up for up to 300 for Wedding Receptions. This includes up to 28 to 29 round tables seating ten at each + head table seating 10 to 20 people. This will allow space for the DJ and dance floor inside the room along with cake, gift and buffet tables. We can provide additional seating in covered patio area and the back open-air patio can be tented at an additional charge.

There are just a few restrictions when decorating. Real candles are allowed but the flame must be enclosed. You can attach signs to the walls with painter’s tape. We do have easels on site that can be used for signs. No glitter or confetti is allowed. Any major installation of decor (tents, drapes, additional lighting, etc) must be done by an insured company. Please consult your event planner with any questions.

Bars & Patios

Yes, but additional fees may apply depending on size of your event.

Our Bridal Package includes one bartender for up to 125 people. A 2nd bartender will be added if count exceeds 125 people. We will always provide bar backs when necessary and you will not have bar lines at our bar.

Yes, we can add a bar with bartender(s). This cost runs $200 per bartender and includes set up and bartender for up to 4 hours. Additional charges apply for extra time and additional bartenders.

$200.00 for a standard bar.

Yes, and cost is $2.00 per person per half hour plus service charge and sales tax. Additional room charge also applies.

Yes, we have ceiling fans for warmer months and heaters for colder weather. The patio is enclosed in the winter to keep heat in.

We have barrel propane fire pits that can be placed in specific areas. There is an additional $25 fee per fire pit to cover the propane.

Booking & Planning

Messina Event Planners are your go-to contact for questions about the venue or catering during the planning process.

Messina Event Planners offer timeline creation, floorplan consultation, menu suggestion, food preparation management, and room setup supervision.  

Messina Event Planners are not professional decorators and could never replace a full-service florist, but can assist with signs, favors, and ready-made centerpieces.

Messina Event Planners love working with the best in the business, and are happy to coordinate with your vendors to execute your event.

Vendors you will need to have a smooth event start to finish:

  • Officiant
  • Florist
  • DJ/Band/Emcee
  • Photographer
  • Decorator (if not the florist)
  • Ceremony & Rehearsal Organizer

We can take bookings as far in advance as you would like. Every event timeline is different, from weddings that have long engagements, to corporate events that have two weeks to plan. We suggest to book as soon as you are ready to make a decision to ensure we are available for your event.

Upon booking: A preliminary contract will be sent to you, confirming the date, location and approximate time frame of your event. A deposit will be requested to be returned along with a signed contract. Approximately 3-4 months in advance: A planning session should be scheduled to discuss and confirm the details of your event. An updated contract will be sent following this meeting requesting 50% of your current balance due. 1 week in advance: Your final guest count is due. 3 days in advance: Your final payment is due.

A non-refundable security deposit of $1,500 is due to secure the date with us and along with a signed contract. An additional 50% deposit is due approximately 4 months prior to your event. The final payment is due 3 days in advance. We will also take smaller payments throughout the planning process if you prefer to set up a payment plan. We accept payment via cashier’s check, money order, personal check, or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted for final payments. A convenience fee of 2.75% will apply to all credit card transactions, to be added at the time that credit card is used.

The security deposit is non-refundable. Prepayments and additional deposits will be returned if the event is cancelled by client 120 days or more prior to the event date. If the event is cancelled by client less than 120 days prior to the event, all deposits are subject to forfeiture.

Timeline of your event / menu selections / customizing your cake design and flavors (if applicable) / Beverage & bar selections (if applicable) / linen colors / extra equipment to be rented like chairs, tables, etc / Set up of the room / A minimum guest count

Our 22% service charge covers the cost of the event staff for your event.

We are required to charge sales tax on our service charge and labor fees.

The service charge or minimum labor fee covers the labor for all the staff at your event. Any additional tips you would like to give our staff are at your discretion but not required, always appreciated but not expected.

Yes, we have some great options for sampling our food. We offer a Menu Sampling event about every few months. This is a great opportunity to try the quality of our food and service we provide. We offer samples of our appetizers, salad selections, dinner buffet, and wedding cake. The Menu Sampling offers the experience of attending one of our events. Your event planner will invite you to the menu sampling that best fits your wedding date and location.

Yes, the price varies depending on the style of dinner service and the age of the children, but we do offer several discounted meal options. Please see your event planner for more information.

Vendor meals can be added for an additional $25/person or a boxed meal (sandwich, side salad & dessert) can be ordered for vendors at $10 each

Our menu pricing is guaranteed through the date listed on them. We will guarantee pricing will not increase more than 5% in a 12 month period after that date.

We will gladly place centerpieces on your guest tables, with no charge if they are delivered ready to place and no assembly is required. We will also take care of setting out items such as favors and place cards.

Yes! Just let your sales person know what menu items you are interested in and they can give you pricing accordingly or work with you on putting together a menu to fit your preferences or budget. We can also create a menu for you based on a specific theme or type of cuisine.

We have a minimum guest count of 150 adult guests on a Saturday night and 100 adult guests on a Friday.

We are closed for events on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The following holidays may be available but will incur additional labor fees: New Year’s Eve Evening & Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Christmas Eve.

Yes! Just let your sales person know what menu items you are interested in and they can give you pricing accordingly or work with you on putting together a menu to fit your preferences or budget. We can also create a menu for you based on a specific theme or type of cuisine.

Your Event Planner will assist you in planning your reception and prepare a contract that will record all of your preferences and decisions. This document will be shared with the Banquet Captain and Event Coordinator team from Russo’s that will be overseeing your event. Our Event Coordinators and Banquet Captains are Russo’s most experienced and fully trained team members that will focus on every detail of your contract to ensure it is fulfilled. The names of the staff in charge that night will be given to you the week of your event. While our event planners are also part of the event coordinator team, we cannot promise your specific Event Planner will also be available to serve as your Event Coordinator.

Wedding Ceremonies

Yes, we have a few options to host your ceremony at Piazza Messina. We have a lakeside, outdoor patio or indoor option. The location can be customized to fit your style or time of year.

This fee includes up to 30 minutes of ceremony time with access prior for decorating. This also includes the set-up of chairs along with a time for a rehearsal walk through.

Yes, we have a newly updated cottage on the property for the bridesmaids to use prior to the Wedding. We will also be adding a groom’s location coming in 2020. They are available for half or full day rental. Please see your event planner for current rates.

The ceremony can be moved inside ballroom with a room flip provided for reception.

A rehearsal time slot is scheduled typically one to two days prior to the ceremony. This will be based on room availability and your schedule.

Yes, please provide details and approval with your Messina Event Planner.

Yes, there are multiple locations that are available for pictures. They include the peninsula on the lake, garden area of cottage with deck and pergola, and our open-air patio. As our property evolves, there will be additional locations for pictures as well.

Our Bridal Package appetizers are geared for 45 minutes of a cocktail hour. So, we can keep your guests within this time. This time is part of your Reception time, so we encourage you to get as many pictures taken prior to your Ceremony. This will hopefully allow less time needed for pictures after your Ceremony and thus get you more reception time!

The cost to extend the reception time is $150.00 per half hour plus tax. It is an additional $2.00 per person per half hour for the open bar, plus service charge and sales tax. The other thing that we recommend is to increase the hors d’oeuvres amounts for this extra time. This can be accomplished by adding stationary hot or cold hors d’oeuvres. Please consult your Messina event planner for guidance.

Yes, we are fine with this provided arrangements are made with your Messina event planner.

Wedding Cottage

Access provided based on pre-arranged times of rental. This can be early in the morning or afternoon. Full day rental is available as well. Please ask your event planner for pricing.

You are welcome to bring your own alcohol and beverages into the cottage. We have our Gourmet Express menu with plenty of breakfast and lunch options delivered directly to you.

Yes, please see Rehearsal Dinner Menus. Please consult your Messina Event Planner for rental details.