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Wedding Reception Venue FAQs

  • What kind of decorations are we allowed to bring in?
    Centerpieces and decor for all tables, easels and freestanding decor is permitted as well. No decor is permitted on or hanging from the ceiling or the walls unless written permission is given prior to the day of the event. Glitter and/or confetti is not permitted.
  • Are plates, glasses and silverware included?"
    Yes. The meal is presented on Oneida white dinnerware and Oneida stainless flatware. We supply modern water, tea, and white glasses. We do not supply chargers or presentation mats. However, you may supply them as décor.
  • Are the tables, chairs and linen included?"
    Yes! Round 72” tables for guests and 18” x 60” tables for bridal party, cake, DJ, gifts/place card, food, and bar are all included, as well as chairs. Table linens (white) and napkins (choice of napkin color) are included as well.
  • Can we get in early to decorate?
    The Great Room will be available after 10am, the day of your event, for decorating. You may provide centerpieces, table décor, and other décor with us to place for you prior to your big day.
  • Do you allow us to bring our own cookies?
    Yes, you may bring in cookies. We ask that they be brought in ready-to-serve on trays, platters, or display ware. Our catering team does not separate, tray/plate, or serve cookies. However, we will provide the table/linen for your cookie table display.
  • Where are you located?
    We are in Cranberry Woods, on 20 wooded acres with 2 entrances: 1 off of Route 228 in Cranberry Township, PA and the other off Rt. 19 in Mars, PA.
  • Where may we have our cocktail hour?
    Our expansive Atrium and adjoining outdoor patio serve as fantastic spaces for your cocktail reception. The hors d'oeuvres displays and bar will be the focal point! There is plenty of seating and gathering areas with hi-top tables and seating groups. We provide table seating with umbrellas and benches on our atrium patio.
  • How many people can I have at my reception?
    Our Great Room holds a maxium of 250. This includes the bridal party and guests.
  • Do you provide alcohol?
    The RLA is a BYOB facility. The wedding group may provide alcoholic beverages. This offers a SUBSTANTIAL saving over almost all other wedding venues. And the RLA provides mixers and bartenders for NO ADDITIONAL cost, they are included in your package pricing. You are welcome to drop off your beverages early in the week and we will store and chill them. We also provide the glasses.
  • Are we allowed to use the patio space located off the Atrium?
    Yes, weather permitting. Smoking is also permitted on the patio. We also allow guests to take drinks and food onto the patio.
  • Do we need to purchase liability insurance?
    Yes, the person(s) signing the contract for space is responsible to provide proof of liability insurance no later than 2-weeks prior to the wedding day. RLA will provide easy resources for single-day even coverage upon request.
  • Is the wedding cake included?
    No, we do not supply the wedding cake, however, we offer our catering team to cut and serve the cake you supply, for no additional charge.
  • How many hours do we have the event space for?
    The reception can be up to 5 hours, from start to finish.
  • What is the deposit/payment schedule?
    A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm your space. The remainder is due by 4:00pm, 13 days prior to your wedding day, along with a final count. Please note - all deposits and monies paid are non-refundable.
  • What makes your venue different?
    When you have your wedding reception at the RLA, your group is the ONLY group. Therefore, you have exclusive use of the conference center. You won’t have the inconvenience of sharing space with hotel guests. And, unlike hotel venues, our staff is focused solely on your special day. Space, space, space! Our facility is spacious, open, and modern with soaring ceilings and seating groupings throughout. We have space designed for people to gather and connect. We offer LOTS of natural light in every space. You won’t find window-less ballrooms with low ceilings here. We offer a sustainable approach to our catering. Because we are an active Executive Conference Center Monday through Friday, we house a full-time team of catering staff including renown chef Michael Campbell (formerly of the Capital Grille). And our Catering Operations Director, Coco, has many years of experience catering premier weddings. We source the majority of our food locally, using nearly 80% of produce and protein from local farms in the region. Our Farm-to-Table concept offers an elegant yet unbelievably delicious culinary experience. We offer a retreat-like setting with wooded grounds, offering nature as the background for photos.
  • May we have a tasting to choose our menu?
    Yes, once the event is booked and deposit is made, you may schedule a tasting with Chef Michael. We allow up to 4 people.
  • Is there free parking?
    Yes, we have plenty of free parking with over 400 spots that wrap around the north and east entrances. We are ADA accessible.
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