Frequently Asked Questions
+ How many guests can you accommodate?
The chapel can seat 200 guests. The reception room can seat 180 guests with room for a dance floor. We can seat up to 200 guests in the banquet with tables on the dance floor.
+ What do your packages include?
Our packages include:
-An event coordinator to assist in arranging & confirming details for your wedding
-A jump-start meeting to start the planning process and develop a customized vendor recommendation list based on your budget and preferences
-A wedding calendar checklist that goes through each month leading up to the wedding and where you should be in the planning process
-One complimentary chef’s choice tasting event for you and your fiancé (for evening weddings only)
-Black Chiavari chairs
-Choice of black, white or ivory table linens
-Choice of 20 napkin colors
-Linens provided for DJ table, place card table, guest book table, etc.
-Full china, silverware and glassware service
-Professional attired service staff
-Complimentary cake cutting
-Your coordinator will set up and breakdown your décor for you
+ What services will my coordinator provide?
We will be available to answer any questions you have along the way and provide you with recommended vendors. We will schedule a final appointment to meet with you a week before your wedding to finalize all details and your customized floor plan. At that point, you’ll be able to hand off all of your décor items, such as place cards, centerpieces, etc. When you arrive on your wedding day everything will be displayed exactly as you planned. Your coordinator will guide you through all aspects of your day, communicate with your vendors and direct guests.
+ When will my event start and end?
If you plan to have your ceremony at Westminster and your reception at another venue, the timeframe is 1:00pm-3:45pm. This will give you plenty of time to use the dressing room to get ready and also take formal portraits in the chapel and on the grounds following the ceremony. Our standard ceremony and reception timing gives you the chapel and banquet room from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. Most couples opt for a ceremony time starting at 5:00pm.
+ What are the rules concerning alcoholic beverages?
Alcoholic beverage sales and service are regulated by the State of New York. Westminster will be responsible for administration of these regulations. Westminster will purchase and serve the alcohol you’ve chosen for your bar package. It is policy that no alcoholic beverages are brought to the premises from outside sources. No alcohol may be used or provided as a wedding favor.
+ Can you recommend your favorite vendors?
Once you book with Westminster, there will be a jump start meeting where a list of vendors will be made for you based off your preferences and budget. We do not just give you a list of vendor friends as it might not be the style you are looking for or within your budget. Westminster does require that you hire a DJ with liability insurance for your event. We have a list of 9 approved DJs that are allowed at Westminster. All baked goods must come from a licensed, certified bakery. No homemade goods may be brought on the premises.
+ How is Westminster different?
Westminster provides the advantage of a singular location combined with personal attention and flexibility. Once you step inside our stunning venue, you’ll see what sets us apart.
+ Can I Bring In My Own Caterer? When Do I Start Planning My Menu?
Madeline’s Catering is our exclusive, in-house caterer and they’re the only caterer allowed. Your menu will be developed throughout the planning process. All menu questions can be directed to your Event Coordinator.
+ Are There Any Additional Fees?
There is a 22% Service Charge and 8% New York State Sales Tax that will be added to your final bill. Gratuities are discretionary.
+ Can I Make Up My Own Menu or Make Changes To Your Menus?
Yes, we can customize and make a menu to your liking.
+ Can You Provide for Vegetarians, Special Dietary Needs and Food Allergies?
Yes, throughout the menu planning process there will be a discussion of dietary needs and we will suggest a menu that will be suitable for you and your guests. Additional charges may apply.
+ Can I Add Extra Hours of Open Bar To A Package?
Yes, adding an extra hour of open bar to any package is just an additional $4 per hour per guest over 21.
+ Do You Charge Extra to Cut the Wedding Cake?
No, we do not charge extra for cake cutting.
+ Do You Serve Shots at the Bar?
No, we do not serve shots, neat or straight drinks at the bar.
+ Can I Offer Signature Drinks at the Bar?
Yes, you can have a signature drink with any items listed on our standard bar. If there is something special you would like to offer then approval and additional charges will apply.
+ Do You Provide Centerpieces?
We do have 16 small black flameless lanterns that you are welcome to use!
+ Where Do Couples Usually Take Pictures Around Westminster?
Many of our couples take formal pictures in the Chapel, but we do have a small park (Mendon Station Park) behind our building that has old railroad tracks, cute benches and plenty of lush greenery for outdoor shots. See our blog post for formal pictures!
+ How Does Parking Work at Westminster?
We have 40 parking spots around our building & there is an overflow lot that will fit an additional 15-20 cars. Parking is also permitted all along the street. About 5 minutes away there is the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Homewood Suites in Victor and if you have room blocks with them, some will offer complimentary small shuttles. Inquire with them for details and requirements!