Does The Union allow me to bring in my own vendors or only use vendors on the preferred vendors list?
While The Union strongly suggests that you use the vendors on our list, we do not require you to. We do, however, require that vendors that aren’t on our list hold and present to us their proof of insurance policy.
What items may we use for our send-off?
The Union does allow an extensive list of items that may be used for your send-off. Please refer to our contract for this list, or if there is an item that isn’t on our list, please ask our staff for written permission for these items.
May we bring in our own alcohol for our event?
Yes, you may, but no more alcohol than what is brought in at the beginning of the event may be brought in. In addition, all alcohol must be surrendered to a TABC certified bartender who also holds a minimum of 1 million in liquor liability insurance.
What are the music requirements at The Union?
Live music and DJs are welcomed at The Union. After the ceremony, all amplified music must be played inside the building. Acoustical music is welcomed during the entire event in the courtyard. We ask that music not exceed 90 decibels during your event to respect our neighboring properties.
May we bring in decorations for our event?
The Union welcomes, and encourages you to decorate the space however you want. You are more than welcome to hand décor from the rafters in the space, and on the walls, as long as it will not cause permanent damage to the space. In addition, The Union does not allow the use of tacks, nails, glue, or staples in hanging of décor.
What is included in the rental of the facility?
The facility rental includes 12 hours use on the day of the event, a 1 hour rehearsal time that has to be scheduled, complete use of the interior space and exterior courtyards (including the Airstream camp), rentals for up to 150 people, and valet. For a complete, detailed list of our amenities, please call or email and we will be happy to share this with you.
Does the contracted time include time to set-up and clean-up?
Yes, the contracted time does include time to set-up for your event and clean-up after. We do encourage you to end your event 1 hour prior to the end of the contracted time to allow for this. If you feel like you need more time, you can pay for, and schedule, extra time. This must be done at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
Are we required to clean up after the event?
Yes, The Union asks that you return the tables and chairs to their original location, sweep the floors, take the trash to the designated areas, and remove any décor that was brought in. In other words, leave the space as you found it please.
Are there any other fees associated with renting The Union?
The only other fee that comes with the rental is a fully refundable, $750 dollar security deposit for any damage that may be done to the property. After the final walk-through at the end of the night, if we determine with you that no damage was done to the property, this deposit will be returned to you.
Do I have to have security at my event?
For events that will serve alcohol, The Union requires that a security officer be in place while the alcohol is being served, and to ensure that all guests leave safely. This service is provided by the Georgetown Police Department and will be scheduled by The Union for you. At the end of the night, you are responsible for paying the officer directly.
Where do my guests park?
There is ample street parking within 2 blocks of The Union. All this parking is free to the public. In addition, there is a City lot a block away that can hold 150 cars. The valet service that is included with the rental will also help with parking. We do ask that no guests park in the residential neighborhood nearby out of respect to our neighbors.
Where is Georgetown, are there places to stay, and what is there to do?
Georgetown is an amazing community of 50,000 people located just 25 miles from Downtown Austin on IH-35. There are a number of beautiful bed and breakfasts set in Victorian homes near the Union, several national hotel chains, but also close enough that if you wanted to stay in Austin, its still a short drive. The Union, only a block from the historic Square, has plenty of restaurants, shopping and drinking spots for your guests to enjoy. It really is fantastic.