Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rental fee and what does it include?

  • Please see the details here for complete pricing and included items.  

 

What is the building capacity?

  • 200 for seated events. 

 

What dates are available?

  • Please see the available dates information here.

Is there a booking-fee?  When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?

  • Yes.  When the contract is signed, to continue holding the date we require a $4,500 non-refundable booking fee for Saturday dates, $4,000 for all others. Nine months prior to the event, 50% of the remaining balance is due.  The final installment is required 90 days prior to the event.  We also reserve the right to request a credit card on file for any damages to the facility or grounds.

 

How do I reserve a date?

  • To reserve a date email us at hello@thecollins.co  saying you are ready to book XYZ date if it is still available. We suggest you email us stating you are ready to book your preferred date and then include a backup date in case your preferred date is unavailable. Prior to booking a date, we hope you are able to come out in person to visit the space.. You can request a tour (or a Facetime tour if you live out of the area) on our tour request page. An in-person tour is not required prior to booking a date. Dates are reserved on a first requested basis. Whomever has requested to start the contract process from us by email first for a specific date will be first in line.

Do I need to schedule a tour to see the venue or can I just stop by?

  • We require a scheduled appointment to enjoy a personal tour of our space. In the meantime, window shopping is encouraged. Please schedule your date here.

 

Do we have to utilize your caterers and bar service?

  • Yes, for our bar service partners. We don’t make a profit on your bar packages. We need to maintain certain collaborations in order to protect all parties legally. We do allow full-service caterers of your choice. However, we have very strict parameters for your catering teams. Please see our catering agreement before booking your catering staff.

Will there be another wedding the same day?

  • Unless you are choosing one of our Pop-Up wedding days or micro weddings, you'll have exclusive use to our venue for the day. (lower level)

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

  • Yes. The Comfort Inn is 1.7 miles away, includes breakfast and has indoor pool and spa. With a guest rating of 4.2/5 stars, this is an excellent option for your out of town guests and runs around $80/night.  We additionally have a wonderful relationship with The Graduate in Ann Arbor. Ask about our speciality packages. We also love our friendly neighbors at the Chelsea Inn which is an adorable bed and breakfast practically across the road!

   

We plan to have our ceremony offsite, or only plan to have our ceremony at The Collins off Main.  Does your fee change?

  • Because we only host one event per day, our fee structure remains the same whether you hold your ceremony, reception, or both onsite.

 

Do you allow dogs onsite to play a part in our wedding day?

  • We are dog friendly, with some specific stipulations. Dogs are allowed (only with pre-approval from our team) at the ceremony and pictures. Dogs must be on a leash and someone must be responsible for them other than the bridal couple, bridal party or immediate family. They must be removed from the campus after photos.

 

What form of payment does The Collins off Main accept?

  • We accept cash or check only.  

 

My preferred dates are unavailable. Do you have a cancellation waiting list?

  • We do not keep a cancellation waiting list because cancellations are unpredictable. As soon as a date does become available we post it here.

 

What time will I have access to the venue to decorate?

  • You will have access to the venue at the time listed on your contract, not earlier. Please plan accordingly! If you need to purchase additional time, please let us know and we can add to your contract.

 

Do you include a "wedding day coordinator?"

  • Yes! We want to ensure that your day goes as perfectly as you intend it. We provide a day of coordinator that will help you create a realistic timeline 45 days before your event. We will communicate your timeline and details with your vendors and then provide wedding day management. We will help keep your wedding party on time and in place for the wedding processional, first look and grand entrance. 

What are our catering options at The Collins off Main?

  • We understand that everybody has different food preferences. Because of that, we know that having the freedom to choose your own catering team is important to our clients. We do have specific parameters that we require. They must be licensed and have three prior venue recommendations. Additionally, they must provide full-service staffing to ensure superior service. They must stay till the end of your contract. We have a catering agreement that must be signed by yourself and your approved caterer. All catering must be approved by The Collins staff before they will be allowed on property.  Please give at least 90 days before your event to ensure adequate approval time. 

   

When is the next open house? 

  • Our open house events are designed for couples who have already had a private tour of The Collins off Main. If we have already had the chance to meet we welcome you out to one of our open house events. Open house dates and the RSVP form can be found here

 

Looks like you include so much. Who else would we need to hire for our wedding day? 

  • Excellent question! In general we try and take as many small costs off your plate. Our typical couples book catering, bar, minister, music, & florals.

What time do you suggest we start the ceremony?

  • We suggest starting Friday weddings at 5:30 pm, Saturday weddings between 4:00 - 4:30 pm, and Sunday weddings at 4:00 pm.

If we choose the one-day option, will we be able to access the location early to rehearse our ceremony? 

  • If you elect the one-day rental, our venue will likely be reserved by another couple the night before. For that reason, one day rentals should plan for an offsite rehearsal. You are also welcome to bring anyone who would feel more comfortable understanding the venue (such as your DJ or minister, or any little ones in the wedding party) to one of our monthly open houses.

 

Can we have fireworks on the property?

  • We allow sparkler exits.

 

Can vehicles be left overnight?

  • Vehicles can be left in approved public parking overnight. We encourage responsible driving. If you have been drinking, we recommend rideshare opportunities to get home safely.

 

What time does the music need to end?

  • Music on Friday's/Saturday's must conclude by 10:30 p.m. to ensure that you, all of your items, and all of your vendors are off-property by midnight. By city ordinance, sound must be lowered from 71 decibels to 61 decibels at 10pm. ( Reference here) Music on Sunday's must conclude by 9:30 p.m. to be off property by 10:00 pm. 

 

We are using a rental company.  Can they drop items off or pick them up outside of the rental period? 

  • Because we have limited space for rental drop off’s we are only able to accommodate deliveries and drop off on the day of your event.  If your rental company is doing a late evening pick up, The Collins off Main assumes no responsibility for any loss, theft or responsibility of any kind.

 

Are candles allowed?

  • Yes, we love candles and we know that many guests would like to host with open flame. We allow this, but you will be assessed any damages to our tables for dripped wax. 

How far in advance do you need our final headcount?

  • Two weeks

  

Are outside snacks and trays permitted?

  • Outside food and drink is permitted prior to the ceremony. We encourage you to keep full tummies and hydrate well. 

What is the event clean-up process?

  • The Collins off Main staff will handle all standard clean up such as restrooms and floor sweeping. Your catering team will be in charge of all break down of rentals, linen removal, clean up of tables and kitchen.Trash removal will need to be managed with your catering company. 

 

Can we nail decorations to the walls or hang things like streamers or lanterns from the beams?

  • We have worked very hard to make sure we are a space that is designer and décor friendly. We have created a truss framework that has been designed by top Décor leaders in the world. You have complete freedom to decorate the space as you want. However, no nails or anything of that nature can be affixed directly to our walls or beams, rather, you must use the hooks or tie directly onto our beam and trusses structure.  Trust us, there are a million ways to attach things in our space.