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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included with the rental of Mercury Hall?

You get exclusive use of the hall for either five or ten hours, depending on what amount of time you have rented the hall for. You also get an on-site property manager who is available to answer your questions. No security guard is needed.  You will receive one hour for outdoor rehearsal the day prior to your event date, but must be scheduled around other booked events.  There is a bridal dressing room, grooms dressing room and also wifi available during your event.

How many tables/chairs are there available to rent?

Mercury Hall has 300 white chairs, fourteen 60” round tables, four 8 foot rectangle tables and four 6 foot rectangle tables available for rent for an additional $300 charge, unless this fee is waived for special events.

Who sets up and breaks down all tables/chairs for my event?

All event set up (including tables/chairs) and break down is up to your full service catering company, a staffing company or your friends/family that volunteer to help.

Can I bring in my own alcohol?

Yes, you may bring in your own alcohol.  We do require that you have TABC certified bartenders to serve all alcoholic beverages.  Bartenders must also have at least a one million dollar liability insurance policy in order to serve at the hall.

How can I hang things from the ceiling inside the hall?

Please do not affix any items to any of the chandeliers or light fixtures in the hall.  If you want to hang lanterns or other items, you can hang them from the ceiling using museum puddy or attach them to the air vents.

How can I hang things from the trees or other areas of the property?

You may use ribbon or tiwne. Please do not use fishing line, nails or tacks on the property as they may cause damage to the trees.

Are sparklers allowed?

Yes, sparklers are allowed as long as a Burn Ban is not in effect.

Is there a sound system at Mercury Hall?

No, the hall does not have a sound system. Please either hire a DJ/Band or rent sound equipment.  You can also contact Rock N Roll Rentals (off Lamar/Oltorf) and rent sound equipment from them or through our lighting packages through Intelligent Lighting Design.

How late can music play at the hall?

Indoor music/sound is permitted until midnight inside the hall.  All outdoor amplified music must be completed by 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8pm for events Sundays through Thursdays, due to our Outdoor Music Venue Permit.  Before 8 or 10pm (depending on the day of the week) sound cannot exceed 75 decibels from the property line.  As for indoor sound, sound cannot exceed 85 decibels from the property line, but as long as it is kept at a reasonable level, it should be fine.

How many guests can fit in the hall?

The hall can seat 120-150 people inside with a buffet and dance floor. The outdoor gravel patio adds an additional 1800 square feet, so for indoor/outdoor events, the hall and courtyard can accommodate up to 250 guests.

Are candles allowed?

Yes, indoors as long as they are in votive holders or candle holders, in attended areas and not in the ladies room/dressing room.  No tapered candles are allowed anywhere on the property.  Please use LED votives for outdoor use, as candles are not allowed outside.

Where do I rent a tent for my wedding?

You can rent tents through Premiere Rentals. Ask about their tent share contracts, where you can sign a contract to share a tent with brides from other dates of the same wedding weekend as you and save money.

How many parking spaces are there?

There are 75 parking spaces in total between the main parking lot in front (about 45 parking spaces) and the overflow parking lot located at 3504 South First Street (accommodates another 30-40 cars).

How do I book a date?

In order to book a date, a signed contract and deposit of half of the rental rate are required.  This deposit can be in the form of a check or money order.  We also accept Mastercard, Visa and Amex.

Are there any other fees associated with renting the hall?

Mercury Hall does not charge any taxes or fees. There is a $300 damage deposit and $15 recycling charge that is due with the remainder of your balance 90 days prior to your event date.

I am a wedding industry vendor, how do I get on your preferred vendor list?

It is common for our clients to ask for suggestions for wedding professionals. After you have worked ten events at the hall, please submit your information with a list of reviews and referrals. We would be happy to recommend your services if your company is a good fit for our clients.

Can I add extra time to my rental time frame?

Yes, you may purchase additional time at the rate of $100/hour for events held on a Monday-Thursday. For events on Fridays/Sundays there is a $150/hour charge and for Saturdays there is a $200/hour charge. Please let the Manager know if you would like to add time to your rental time block.  Please let the Manager know at least two weeks ahead of your event date if you would like to add time.

What are the rules regarding decorations?

You may bring in your own decor, but it must be installed in a way that does not damage our facility – no staples, tacks, glue guns, nails, and especially tape. All tape will take off the finish of the floors and paint off the walls.

Are there accommodations near by?

Yes, the hall is located just 2.7 miles south of downtown and there are many options in the downtown area including Hampton Inn, Driskill, Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Four Seasons, Hyatt, W Hotel, Omni and Holiday Inn. Also, for a local boutique hotel vibe, check out Hotel San Jose, South Congress Hotel and St. Cecilia, which are located within the South Congress area, just a few blocks away. At the Ben White/I-35 intersection there are also available hotels including the Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn and La Quinta.

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