FAQs

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General Questions

What is the rental fee for Mia Bella and what does it include?

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

Do we have to use a planner/coordinator  from Mia Bella’s Wedding Planning Community?

Yes. We have had a amazing first year at our venue, thanks to our team of design coordinators. Our couples and guest deserve qualified professionals,  bringing the vision  together on your special day. Read our 2019 couples REVIEWS and choose from our Exclusive Wedding Planning Community.

What is the building capacity?

275 guests including the bridal party

What dates are available?

Please call for 2020 dates, peak months are limited.

Is there a deposit? 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 25% deposit of the rental  amount(depending on year booking). The remaining balance can be done on custom payment plan and is due 60 days prior to event. This payment serves to hold the venue for the specified date of your event/wedding and is payable at the time of contract signature.

Is there a security deposit?

Yes, we require a Refundable Security Deposit of $500. Will be returned within 48 hours of event if no damgage was done to property or venue.

How do I reserve a date?

To reserve a date email us at gbw@miabellahouston.com, 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 venue. You can request a tour (or
Facetime/Zoom tour if you live out of the area) on our tour request page, but 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 or can I just stop by?

We kindly request that all tours are by appointment only. You can request a tour here.

What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Mia Bella Houston?

That is a great question! In general, we believe the average budget of a couple getting married Mía Bella is $18,000 – $26,000 for all wedding expenses (venue, food, dress, DJ, photographer, etc.). We have had some creative couples with smaller guests lists host beautiful weddings in the $12,000-$16,000 range, and we have had several lovely events here spending significantly more than the average.

Is there a food and beverage, or guest count minimum?

No. Many venues have minimums because they make a 10 – 15% commission from the caterer based on how much you spend on food and drinks. We choose NOT to make a commission because we want our food and beverage options to be as elegant or affordable as your budget allows, and therefore we don’t have a food and beverage or guest count minimum.

Do we have to use your bar service?

Yes. Our bartending service has been serving the greater Houston area for over 20 years. They ensure no alcohol runs out on your event, pull our license , provide open bar service for all events, includes TABC certified staff, security, setup, cleanup and breakdown. For bar packages click here.

Do we have to utilize your caterers?

Outside caterers are allowed, but must have the  following requirements:

-Liability Insurance
-Food & Health Permits
-TABC Certified Staff
-Dishwasher
-Serving Equipment
-China, Silverware, Glassware
-Delivery, Setup, Breakdown and Clean Up

We selected the caterers on our list after working with many over the last five years because we thought they had great food, service & because they have very affordable options along with a variety of upgrades, and because we thought they are fantastic to work with. It’s important to actually like your vendors! Additionally, we have purposely selected small business owners, because although no one is perfect, and none of our caterers claim to be, when you work with a small business owner they are personally invested in the success of your wedding day.

Will there be another wedding the same day?

At Mia Bella we only host one wedding/event each day to ensure that each couple’s event is special and receives our full attention.

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Yes. We utilize the Holiday Inn, 6 miles away. They can host your guests with blocks of rooms and have shuttle service available. Email our representative, Reesa here for more information. rpayne@phlodging.com

How many cars will your parking lot accommodate?

100 cars. Valet will have to used for any amount over 100, please contact us for rates.

Do you offer straight tables instead of round?

We have a limited number of straight tables onsite that can be used for your gift table, head table, etc. Usually we have a few extras that can be mixed in with reception seating, but the majority of your guests will be seated at round tables.

Do you provided table linens, runners, napkins and chargers?

Holyoaks provides all of the above and is included in all inclusive. In addition to the above you also receive to complimentary tables for linens of your choice. Most guest choose Sweetheart table and cake table. Your coordinator will schedule your appointment with HO
directly.

Does my DJ play music when guest arrive?

Music is provided for 6 hours by Jonny Black Productions. We suggest prelude, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music to be played. Any additional hours are $300 per hour.

What happens in case of rain?

In case of incremental weather, our front room, also known as cocktail room will be used for indoor ceremonies.

We plan to have our ceremony offsite, or only plan to have our ceremony at Mia Bella. 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 by Geovanna) at the ceremony and pictures. Animals, other than service animals, are NOT allowed under roof or near food. Dogs must be on a leash and someone must be responsible for them other than the bride and groom.

What form of payment do you accept at Mia Bella?

Our preferred form of payment is check. Credit Cards will be charged a 2.9% CC fee.

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!

Is a  “wedding day coordinator” required?

Day of Coordinator is required & must be selected  from are preselected certified planning partners. Because we understand there are many pieces to the puzzle, we want you, your fiancé, family & friends to enjoy your special day without lifting a finger. Your coordinator will set up all appointments with vendors, have a 2 hour planning session & be available on your day.

Does Uber & Lyft service your Venue?

Yes, we can also create a lyft event code for your guest, for more details talk to your coordinator.

Catering Questions

What are our catering options at Mia Bella?

After several working with a variety of caterers, we have selected our favorite five to work with exclusively. These caterers include All Flavors Catering owners of D’Vine Wine Bar & Hanna’s Café and All In Catering owners off Chilosos. Please see the catering page for more
information including menus and pricing.

How much should we expect to spend on catering and bar?

It is definitely possible to have an open bar and delicious meal for $50-$70 per person with our caterers & bar service. Less for a smaller group, more for heavy food and top shelf bar selections. (Disclaimer: we are sure you could spend more than this if you want to, but if
your looking for awesome budget friendly options, they definitely exist with these great caterers.) Please see the question above for links to each caterers pricing. The average bar bill through ICIT bar services for 175 guests is approximately $3,500 including two bartenders,
delivery, setup, insurance, and alcohol.

Does Mia Bella handle the catering orders for these caterers, or do I work with the caterer directly?

In our experience, it’s most efficient and most cost effective for couples to work directly with the
caterer. Simply book your big day with Mia Bella and your coordinator will reach out to caterers of your choosing to schedule a tasting and get the ball rolling! Tastings are normally 60-90 days from event.

Planning Questions

When is the next open house?

Our open house events are designed for couples who have already had a private tour of Mia Bella. 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.

What time do you suggest we start the ceremony?

We suggest starting Friday weddings at 5:00 pm, Saturday weddings between 5:00 – 6:00 pm,
and Sunday weddings at 4:00 pm. Should your wedding be taking place after the time change, If you do NOT plan to do a first look or plan to get married when the sun sets earlier in the evening, please contact us to discuss schedule.

How will the tables, chairs, etc. be arranged for my sized event?

You will have a 2 hour planning session with your coordinator 60-90 days prior to event.

Can we have fireworks on the property?

Fireworks nor open flame lanterns are not permitted.

Can vehicles be left overnight?

Yes. In the case a guest can not drive home, we permit overnight parking. Mia Bella is not responsible for vehicles or items left in it.

What time does the event need to end?

Events on Friday’s/Saturday’s must conclude by 11:00 pm. Vendors must be are property by midnight. Events on Sunday’s must conclude by 9:00 p.m. to be off property by 10:00 pm.

Are candles allowed?

No open flame candles allowed, only LED.

Is it possible to seat 9 to a table?

In a pinch, yes if one is a child, but we would not recommend it for your guests comfort.

How far in advance do you need our final headcount?

30 days

Setup and Day-of Event Questions

Are outside snacks and trays permitted?

Outside food and drink is permitted prior to the ceremony. It is not allowed after the start of the event. Please no drinks in glass bottles.

What is the event clean-up process?

Mia Bella staff will handle all standard clean up and trash removal throughout and following the wedding reception. Additional $350 will be added into your contract.

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

We request that holes are not placed in the walls.