Frequently Asked Questions
How many guests can the War Memorial Center accommodate?
Memorial Hall (actual capacities determined by variations in set-up)
Dinner/dance...............up to 260
Dinner only...................up to 300
Theater-style.............. up to 400
Fitch Plaza....................up to 1200 (Additional fees may apply to groups over 300)
Can the War Memorial Center accommodate both the wedding ceremony and reception?
Yes. Many couples planning late spring, summer, or early fall weddings prefer to hold the ceremony on Fitch Plaza overlooking Lake Michigan, followed by a cocktail reception before moving to Memorial Hall for dinner and dancing.
What does my rental include?
The rental fee includes the use of one designated area for up to six hours (4 hours for daytime events),
tables, chairs, and on set-up per event. The rental period can not be divided between two different areas. If more than one area is used an additional rental fee will apply.
Does my rental include sales tax?
Sales tax will be charged when the facility is rented for amusement, entertainment, athletic, or
What if we plan our event outside and the weather is bad?
It’s always good to have an alternate plan. Some renters will choose to secure a tent and some choose the event closer to the building, under the overhang, which provides tent-like cover. Others choose to move their event inside. If it is necessary to move the event inside due to inclement weather, there is not an additional set-up fee.
Will there be another event happening at the same time?
No. The War Memorial Center does not double-book events. Depending on the time of day
of your event, another event may precede or follow, but it will not compete with yours for space
or staff attention.
Is the War Memorial Center handicapped accessible?
Yes. Both the interior and exterior of the War Memorial Center comply with all ADA regulations.
Do you have on-site caterers?
The War Memorial Center has a list of approved caterers from which to choose. All food
and bar service must be provided by one of the approved caterers on this list. You may not
bring your own food or alcohol for an event.
Do I need any special permits?
No. The War Memorial Center has secured permits that cover almost any event. Any exception will
be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How much is the deposit to secure a date?
$500 ~ A $100.00 (non-refundable) deposit is due at the time of booking with a second $400.00 (non-refundable)
deposit due at the time the contract is signed. The balance is due 90 days prior to your event.
Can we use candles in Memorial Hall?
Yes, if they are enclosed (e.g. votives, hurricanes, floating candles). Open flames are against fire code.
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