Great Overland Station
This place was beautiful! Our guest loved it & the whole reception went over very well. The staff was great in the whole planning process. I was so happy that we chose this place to have our reception!
This is an absolutely beautiful site to host your wedding reception. However, we ran into a few troublesome issues. The temperature in the room was so warm that our cake had a slight lean and our 300+ guests were uncomfortable. They refused to turn down the thermostat which was unacceptable, especially considering how much we paid as we rented out all three areas. Another concern was we had at least 3 different contacts over the planning of the event due to turnover. Luckily, our vendors had worked at this site numerous times and we had no other issues. In the end, we wouldn't have booked another venue because it looked great in our pictures and video, but they could be easier to work with.
Beautiful site for a reception. No real problems here. Sometimes they were a little hard to get a hold of because they have very limited operating hours. But that is really the only complaint.
Beautiful place to have the ceremony and reception. We were looking for a place other than a church to hold the ceremony. This venue had a seperate room to do the ceremony in, so setting up for the reception was already done. Very convenient so that our out-of-town guest did not have to drive to two different venues. We weren't allowed to bring in a dance floor (to cover uneven tiles) but no one broke an ankle dancing; so that turned out okay. We weren't allowed to have red liquids either (no red wine, cranberry juice, etc) because of the possibility of staining the floor. But other than that, it was great. We were allowed to choose our own caterer and bring our own bar/liquor. Very beautiful place. It wasn't too far from the hotel, but it wasn't in the best of neighborhoods.
The Overland Station is gorgeous, especially at Christmas time. Doesn't take much to decorate that time of year. They don't let you in to decorate until 3pm on the day of the wedding. It worked well for us because we had a wedding planner who could decorate for us. Great space for a big wedding in Topeka.
A: Yes - we will setup the event for the wedding. Once the wedding is over it takes a few minutes to move chairs to the tables and have the dance floor and setup for the reception.
Q: How many people can you accommodate?
A: We can setup for a total of 320 with room for a dance floor, dj, buffet, bar, gift table. The Main Waiting Room with the large chandeliers, balcony above the Main Waiting Room, and the East Gallery will be setup.
Q: Can we determine the way the floor plan is done?
A: There are certain settings that work best. You do have the option to make changes as long as it doesn't conflict with the structure of the building and the door entries. We try to be flexible on the setup.
Q: Can we have our own caterer?
A: Yes you can select your caterer. We have to have a copy of their license on file one month prior to the event.
Q: Do you allow alcohol?
A: Yes we do allow alcohol. The alcohol can not be self serve so you must have a bartender. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY RED BEVERAGES. This is a historical building and the red stains the floors, carpets and walls.
Q: Can we have a cash bar?
A: A cash bar is allowed but you must have a caterer with a liquor license or you much acquire a temporary license. Tthe temporary license must be in our files one month prior to the event.
Q: Do you have adequate parking available and is it close to the venue?
A: We have 2 large parking lots and also parking in front of the building. The parking lots are east and west of the building.
Q: Do you have handicap parking?
A: Yes we do - it is to the west of the building.
Q: How do we lock in the date for our event.
A: To secure the date on the calendar we need to have one-half of the rental fee. The balance will be due along with a security deposit 30-45 days prior to the event. At this time we will also do the floor plan and finalize all the details.
Q: How much time do we get for our event?
A: Our Saturday events are for 10 hours. This includes 2 hours for setting up and 1 hour at the end for removing all of the items you brought it. This gives you 7 hours for your actual event.
Q: Do we have to take out the trash and clean up at the end?
A: We have 2 staff members who will take care of the trash removal and floor spills throughout the event. At the end of the event you will remove all your items and staff will remove the trash, teardown the tables and chairs and clean. The kitchen does need to be cleaned by the caterer and signoff is required. Additional cleaning fee if not cleaned.