Bar & Catering FAQ
With Lionscrest we do not bill you for taxes on your package with us. If you are booking an Inclusive package additional taxes will apply for the catering, cake, liquor and florist. The tax rates are based on the vendors business location not the town of Lyons. Each vendor will bill you directly for the additional tax based on the items you book with them. Feel free to contact them for more information about these rates. See Vendor Resource page for vendor information.
For non-approved catered events clients must hire either At Your Service Event Management or Event Pros by GPC. They will provide the bartender, waitstaff & all service items necessary. Clients can then purchase food through any commercial kitchen.
We do not allow self catered events at Lionscrest.
We only allow open bars at our events due to the fact that we do not carry a liquor license. It is up to you the client to decide how much and what type of liquor is served. The caterer will provide the bartender for you.
You may purchase alcohol from whereever you like. The caterer is the one who serves the alcohol and therefore carries liquor liability insurance. We do have recommendations for liquor stores on our Resource Page. B Town Wine + Spirits will deliver for the event, purchase back-unopened liquor as well as offer re-delivery during the event. No cash bars are allowed.
We have partnered with Greens Point Catering for the Inclusive packages. If you would like to work with one of our other approved caterers you must book our Venue Only package.
Persons over the age of 21 are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages. ID must be given if requested by bartender. Two drinks per person will be served at a time. No shots are allowed. No self-service is allowed (this applies to margarita machines/punch bowls, wine bottles on tables and so on). Lionscrest Manor and the Caterer reserve the right to refuse service to any guest as well as close the bar at anytime if necessary. Client or day of contact person will be informed of such actions at that time.
Many couples ask what the Details Meeting is when they notice it on their contract, brochure, website, and so on. This is an appointment that is typically scheduled approximately 45 days before your wedding. At this hour-and-a-half-long appointment, you will meet with a Lionscrest staff member as well as your chosen caterer to go through all of the details for your event. This includes the timeline, floor plan, linen color choices, estimated guest count, vendor information, and event details.
This appointment must be scheduled with the caterer directly, as each caterer travels between multiple venues. This appointment is meant to gather details for your event portfolio and does work best when the meeting is kept to just our staff, the caterer, and the couple (if both bride and groom cannot attend, a family member or friend may take their place). We do ask that no other vendors (excluding coordinators) attend this meeting.
After this meeting, all of the information collected will be posted on your personal planning site for you to review. Please contact Lionscrest Manor with any questions regarding the planning site.
The caterer is the one who provides the bartender and carries the liquor liability. The bartender will set-up, re-stock, serve and tear-down the bar.