We have chosen a complement of caterers that have been vetted over time at the properties in our collection, and they adhere to the established property rules at each site. That being said, it is possible to bring in your own caterer provided they sign an agreement that ensures they are familiar with the standards and service levels that have been established as part of MEG. In addition to the agreement, we ask that they meet with us on site prior to your event to ensure they know the property and clearly understand what is needed and expected of them.
(Please see #1 above.) While it is possible to bring in some vendors of your choosing, we have selected the team of professionals that are represented due to their consistent performance and understanding as to what is required to make an event successful at each site.
We are only allowed to provide wines from the winery that is hosting your event. We have a great selection of award-winning wines to choose from, and we could be happy to help you pick the right wines for your guests that will work well with your menu. You are allowed to bring sparkling wines, if you choose, but a corkage fee will apply.
Unfortunately, it is not legal for wineries in California to allow the consumption of distilled spirits on their premises. The permit, provided by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) is clear in this provision. Deviating from it would be illegal, and it would put their business at risk to be shut down. Wineries ARE legally allowed to serve their own products, other fermented alcoholic spirits (brandy) and beer.
This varies from site to site, but generally speaking there is either an amplified music restriction after 10 PM, or a provision that requires any event to close down by 10 PM. These requirements allow events to still take place at these beautiful venues while respecting the tranquility of the nearby neighbors.
We have great relationships with a number of sites (primarily bars or clubs) that welcome after-hours business. Ask one of our staff to provide you with information about these sites.
If you are reserving a venue within the Milestone collection of properties for your wedding, you may want to consider one of our sister properties within the collection for your rehearsal dinner. Some special promotions are available to you for booking two venues. If none of these sites are suitable, we will be happy to recommend other sites in the area, typically restaurants we have good working relationships with that may be able to accommodate you.
Prior to a site getting its overall permits for construction or title transfer as part of a sale it is required to obtain or adhere to the existing in place use permit. That permit details the approved use for the site and includes many items such as hours of operation, types of business activities that are allowed and the maximum size, type and the total quantity of allowed events. If a site does not have those permits it is not operating legally and any event it hosts is at risk. There have been sites that have been closed down because they are not operating legally. These closures do not happen with warning and the fact that a client has paid a deposit and is preparing for an event is of no consequence.