How many guests can Baqara accommodate?
We can hold up to 275 seated with a dance floor.
Can I hold my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional charge? Is the ceremony site close to the reception site?
Yes! We have a NEW outdoor space available for your use if needed. Your guests will love our unique, one of a kind pavilion! Located just north of the building, this makes your day easy and convenient for you and your guests. Cost is $3 per person seated. We take care of setting up the chairs. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony can be held inside. You will need sound equipment to be provided by your DJ. We do not provide that. Power is accessible outside for this.
The ceremony can also be held inside with people seated at their seats with no extra moving of tables and chairs. This is no extra charge. If you would prefer to do an inside ceremony with chairs in rows and flipped quickly after, the charge is $3per chair.
Is there a changing area for the bridal party?
Yes! We have a large, beautiful and functional bridal suite for the ladies to primp and relax in. A mimosa bar is included with your rental.
Also, we have created a groomsmen lair for the men to get ready and enjoy as well. Refreshments for the guys is included as well.
****Please note that the suites are for the bridal party only while prepping for the day. During the wedding, the doors will be locked for security issues. If access is needed, the bartenders will unlock the door for you to grab what you need and the lock the doors back up.
Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is? Are there decoration guidelines/restrictions? Can I use real candles? Glitter or confetti?
Most items stay where they are, however, tables and chairs can be arranged however you'd like. No items can be removed from the walls.
There are to be no staples, tape, pins or anything that will leave damage or any marking on any surface.
Enclosed candles are allowed.
Absolutely no loose glitter is allowed. NO exceptions.
What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding? Does the venue provide assistance getting gifts or décor back to a designated car, hotel room, etc. after the event has concluded?
Vendors can arrive as early as 8 a.m.
Baqara staff will help load up gifts if requested that night.
Is there an outdoor space where my guests can mingle? Is there a separate indoor “socializing” space?
The NEW, large outdoor patio is included in your rental fee and for your use all day.
No smoking is allowed on the patio. ********Smokers are required to use the North exit area for smoking only.
There is a seating area in the entrance that is also for you and your guests use for the duration of your event.
Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers? Do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead? If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them and will we be charged any extra for not using any of your preferred caterers?
We do have a list of preferred caterers for your event. They are found on our website under "Vendors you will love" These are businesses that are trusted and have a history of being dependable and love what they do. However, you are not required to use them. The one stipulation is that the caterer be licensed and insured. Proof will need to be sent to Baqara a month before if not on our preferred caterer list. There is no additional charge for you to use an outside caterer. There is a warming kitchen available for all caterers. Meaning, the space is provided. No food may be cooked here. All food should be brought in ready to consume and in warmers.
Can I hire my own vendors ( DJ, caterer,photographer, etc.), or must I select from a list of preferred vendors? Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
We do have trusted vendors under our "Vendors you will love" page. You are however, free to choose on your own.
Do you have central air and heating? Are you located off any gravel?
Yes, we do. We are located off pavement. No gravel roads to travel on.
Are tables, linens, chairs, silverware, plates and glassware provided, or will I have to rent them myself or get them through my caterer?
Tables, chairs and linens are provided in your rental fee. You have a choice of black or white linens. Colored linens available at $10 each.
Usually the caterer provides or has the flatware available.
We can provide a formal setting of a napkin, charger, mismatched china dinner plate, mismatched china dessert plate, silverware and water glass for an additional $4 or $1 per item.
What is the food & beverage cost on a per-person basis? Who will pick up the plates and trash?
We charge no extra for your guests. We do take care of the clearing of plates and drinks if the caterer does not.
Can I bring my own home made cake? Is there a cake-cutting fee? Do you provide special cake-cutting utensils?
All cakes or desserts can be brought in by whomever you trust. You are responsible for your own plates, forks and napkins for the cake to be served with. We do not provide these items.
Cake cutting is provided by Baqara staff.
We have many cake cutting sets and cake stands available for your use included in your rental.
Can I bring my own wine, beer, liquor or champagne? Can I bring in any other alcohol?
No. All alcohol is to be provided by Baqara only. Any brought in will be confiscated immediately. NO EXCEPTIONS.
We will gladly make arrangements for any custom beverages you would like available for your event ahead of time.
Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? How is the alcohol priced? Are there additional charges for bar staff? Is there a bar minimum that must be met before the conclusion of the event? When is last call?
Yes, we have our liquor license and all required items to serve alcohol.
The bar staff and service is provided in your rental fee.
The only minimum is that a cash bar be available for your guest. No dry weddings.
Kegs are $250 and wine/champagne is $20 per bottle.
Is there parking on site? If so, is it complimentary?
The entire lot is available for parking, as well as the lot across the street at the school. Yes, all the parking is free.
Do you offer on-site coordination? If so, what services are included and is there an additional charge for them? How much assistance can I get with the setup/décor?
We provide the set-up, clean up and teardown for your event. We do the decorating for you. We meet with you up to 3 times for up to an hour to help plan your big day! You also get your own planning software site to help keep everything organized and clear. Baqara staff will be on the premises during your event to make sure everything runs smoothly. If additional planning is required, we have planners that we can recommend you to.
Does the venue have liability insurance? Are your health department certificates up to date? Do I need to provide any kind of insurance? Security?
Yes, we do have liability insurance.
Yes, our health department certificates are up to date.
Yes, you do need to provide liability insurance per your contract outline.
No, you do not need to provide security.
How much is the retainer to book my date? Is it refundable? How does paying the balance work?
$750 is the retainer. Must be made by cash, check or money order. It is NON-REFUNDABLE.
The balance for the venue is due 90 days prior to your event and any add-on items are due at our final planning visit.
What is the nearest hotel to the venue?
The nearest hotel, Sleep Inn, is located in Pleasant Hill, just 10 minutes from Baqara. Another 10 minutes and you can choose any of the hotels in Altoona such as Prairie Meadows and Adventureland Inn.
Do you have signage or other aids to direct guests to my event?
There are signs to direct your guests on the highways to Runnells. However, we recommend putting directions with your invite to your guests.
Can my pet be the ring bearer in my ceremony?
Yes, this is allowed! Pets can be brought on the premises, outside only. However, your pet must be up to date on all vaccinations (must submit paperwork the week before) and all responsibility is on you for the safety of you, your guests and all Baqara staff.