Frequently asked questions

Important Planning Dates


  1. Date Held: Once you have determined Pique is on your "shortlist" of options, we can place a "Hold" on that date for you. You will then have first right of refusal if we receive another inquiry for that date (you'll have 48 hours to either secure the date with a deposit or release the date)
  2. Date Secured: At the time of booking with a booking fee.
  3. Booking Fee: At the time of booking (non-refundable, credited towards total rental rate
  4. Contract Due: At the time of booking.
  5. Final Payment Due: 45 days prior to the event (non-refundable unless the date is booked by another client).
  6. Proof of Insurance Due: If required, due 10 days prior to the event.
  7. Final Planning Details: 10 days prior to the event a completed floorplan with any furniture moving, rentals, additional hours requested must be submitted along with a timeline of vendor arrival.




How many guests can the venue fit?


Stand-up cocktail receptions can accommodate 150-175 guests. For seated dinner receptions, we recommend not exceeding 120 guests, and 100 for a buffet. There is no minimum number of guests and the space can be set up to feel cozy from 20 to 150 people.




What is included in the rental rate?


Seating:

  • 4 brown leather club chairs
  • 48 vineyard cross back chairs
  • 35 brown folding dining chairs
  • 30 white ceremony folding chairs
  • 6 metal bar stools
Tables:
  • 6 reclaimed wood farm tables (4’x8’)
  • Reclaimed wood half-wall buffet (4’x10')
  • 2 heavy duty wood folding 8' buffet tables
  • 1 light duty plastic folding 6' buffet tables
  • 5 high top cocktail tables
  • Industrial metal cocktail table
  • 3 metal bistro tables and 6 chairs on the deck
Audio Visual:
  • Projector (no computer)
  • Large 10' projector screen
  • Large screen TV (USB drive compatible)
  • Speaker system for ipad and microphone
  • 1 handheld microphone (wireless)
Other Freebies:
  • Free parking
  • WIFI
  • 3 coat racks
  • Room setup and tear down for Pique furnishings




What is NOT included in the rental rate?


  • $250 Ceremony Fee if the space needs to be "flipped" from ceremony to reception.
  • Additional insurance. For events that are serving alcohol, you may be required to provide insurance coverage (typically a $200 expense). This is evaluated at the time of booking.
  • Planning Services. Excelsior Events does not provide event management services or coordinating for the event. We highly recommend hiring a planner to coordinate and assist with planning your logistics, timeline, floorplan, vendors, decor, etc. Excelsior Events can only provide information regarding our venue.
  • Food and beverage
  • 3.5% credit card fee. No fee if pay by check
  • $400 service fee for Pique staff on site if not using a preferred caterer.
  • Cleaning fee
  • $500 security deposit.




Is staff on-site during the event?


Someone from Pique will be on site at the start of your rental time to ensure everything is set up as you expect to be and to answer any questions. If you are having a wedding ceremony and the space needs to be "flipped" to the reception space, someone will be on site until that flip is complete (fee applies). If you are using one of our Preferred Caterers they will supply the staff to manage your event on-site since they are intimately familiar with our venue. If you are using one of our Pre-Approved Caterers or your own caterer, due to liability we require Pique staff to be on-site at an additional service fee. If you need more day-of support on-site, we recommend hiring an event planner (see partners page on this site).




When can I get into the space?


The rental rate applies to the following specific time parameters: Mon-Wed Evening: 4 pm - 11 pm Thursday Evening: 3 pm - 11 pm Friday Evening: 2 pm - Midnight Saturday: 12 pm - Midnight Sunday Daytime: 9 am - 3 pm Sunday Evening: 4 pm - 11 pm Sunday Full-Day: 9 am - 11 pm All setup and tear down must occur within your rental timeframe including vendors. You can book additional time for setting up at an hourly rate (additional time not guaranteed).




Can I ship or drop-off things in advance?


If the shipment or drop-off is minimally disruptive to any other day-to-day operations we can accept it. We try to be as accommodating as possible without charging the additional rental time so just ask if you have a specific request.




What floorplan and set up details are required?


We will send out a final details sheet to fill out and return no later than 10 days prior to the event. Our staff will arrange our furniture according to your drawn floorplan. Please provide a floorplan with all furniture/set up for the event and share with other vendors. You may visit the space any time with your party during working hours to assist with planning/set up, but please call ahead to ensure the space is available.




What parking is available?


There is a 60-space lot directly behind the building that is shared by us, The Suburban restaurant, and CrossFit SISU. Additional free parking can be found across 3rd street and east of Water Street business, behind the Excelsior Brewery. Ask us for an area map of free public parking within two blocks of the event venue (can be shared with your guests).




Is there security on-site?


There is no security at the event site. If you are concerned that your event will be in need of security, please contact the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. In addition, you can contact a private security company of your choice (can provide security personnel on an hourly basis). The space is equipped with a security system and cameras.




Will I need to purchase insurance?


We reserve the right to require any event to obtain event insurance, most commonly applied to weddings, receptions, or other private events serving food and alcohol. If we require it for your event, you will be responsible for providing proof of $1 million general liability coverage that includes bodily injury and property damage, and needs to be filed at least 30 days prior to the event. The “additional insured” needs to be listed as follows: Excelsior Events LLC, 306 Water Street., Excelsior MN 55331.




Is the space handicap accessible?


Yes, there is a ramp leading up to the front entrance and bathrooms are ADA approved.




What restrooms are available?


We have a separate men’s and women’s restroom with two private stalls in each.




Are we allowed to bring in our own decor?


Yes. We try to be as accommodating as possible but will want to make sure your plans adhere to a few key parameters.

  • Please do not bring in confetti, glitter or rice.
  • Candles with live flames are not allowed, LED candles only.
  • We do not allow nails or tape on the walls or permanent items to be affixed.
  • We do not allow sparklers/fireworks inside, but they can be lit in the parking lot or front area (assuming they are legal).
  • Any hanging decor from our ceiling must be installed by an insured professional.
Please ask if you have any questions about the use of any decorating items before making large purchases.




Can we buy our own alcohol and drinks?


Yes! Buying your own alcohol will likely save your budget and allow you to serve unique or signature drinks, but you must provide it to guests free of charge given liquor laws. Since we don’t hold a liquor license you will be required to use our preferred partner Liquid Motion for licensed bartending services. If you are planning on a partial or full cash bar, please talk to us about additional options. This requires a special license not all companies can offer. For non-alcoholic drinks you can bring your own, hire a coffee bar service, etc. Whatever! You will also be responsible for bringing all the coolers, cups, ice, etc.




What are your food & beverage minimum?


Pique does not require a minimum dollar amount to be spent. Our catering partners provided on our Partners page have their own minimums that can be addressed directly with them.




Are food trucks allowed?


Yes. As long as they are legally licensed to serve food and meet the necessary requirements to do so, they are allowed at our venue. They will be required to park in the back parking lot (most often directly behind the venue, just off the back steps). No food trucks are allowed to park in the front of the building, or on the side of the building along the deck. Due to liability there is an additional $300 service fee to have Pique staff on site, and the City of Excelisor requires a one-day permit and inspection you must aquire through them (fees apply).




Can I have both my ceremony and reception at Pique?


Depending on the guest count, we may be able to accommodate both (ideally for 100 guests or less). There is a $250 ceremony to have someone from Pique on site to help manage and direct the "flip" from ceremony to reception. We will work with your catering staff to complete this move, but the client should still plan to have someone from their group at the ready to help with the placement of any decorations.




Is there space for our wedding party to get ready?


We can show you a couple of potential spaces, but they are typically off-limits and available only for use by the catering partner. The restrooms would be the only guaranteed space available. Please be sure to discuss this with our team during your venue tour.
We often suggest that wedding parties look at some hotels or AirBnbs/VRBOs in the area.




Are there nearby hotel options?


The closest hotels are in Chanhassen. There are AirBnb/VRBO options such as The Guest House, Hotel Excelsior, DeGroodt House and private homes nearby as well.




Why should I use your preferred caterers?


We have carefully selected a range of caterers to meet your desired tastes and budget. These are trusted partners who are intimately familiar with our venue. Working with these them will save time, energy, and peace of mind knowing they offer a turn-key solution from set-up to tear-down. Best of all, you will save $400 since Pique staff is not required to be on-site. It’s like hitting the easy button.




Can I use my own caterer?


Yes. You can choose your own caterer. Please note, we do not have a kitchen on-site. Food preparation should be done at their commercial kitchen. Plating can be done at Pique. Outside caterers will need to provide proof of license and insurance. If they do not have an off-site liquor license, Liquid Motion can provide bar services. Due to liability, we charge an additional $400 fee for Pique staff to be on-site and to verify the caterer's insurance and licensing is all in order.




Can we bring our own food?


No. MN law does not allow for event venues to serve food brought by individuals.




Are there nearby places to take pictures?


Some favorite spots for photos at Pique include our deck, front entrance, 1940’s phone booth, stable doors and floor to ceiling fireplace. Excelsior is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful Main Streets in America with many historic buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Lake Minnetonka is just 3 blocks away. Popular stops include the Port of Excelsior with docks and paddle wheel dinner cruises. The Excelsior Commons parkland has expansive green lawns and old growth Oak trees. Charter a 1900s Trolly from streetcar.org. Reasonable rates at $85/30 minutes. The railroad tracks end across the street from our property. Excelsior Brewery is also located across the street to pose with a growler of Excelsior’s best beer.




How much does it cost to rent?


Reasonable Rental Rates: Monday | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm | $600 Tuesday | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm | $600 Wednesday | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm |$600 Thursday | 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm | $800 Friday | 2:00 pm - 12:00 am |$1,750 Saturday | Noon - 12:00 am | $2,800 Sunday (Daytime) | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | $750 Sunday (Evening) | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm | $750 Sunday (Full day) | 9:00 am - 11:00 pm | $1,500 Holidays = Inquire for availability and pricing There is a $250 Ceremony Fee if having the ceremony and reception both on site and the space needs to be "flipped". Rental pricing is subject to change without notice. Rental includes the space “as is” with furniture and tables on site. Additional general liability insurance coverage may be required at the client's expense, typically a $200 expense. Earlier set up times can be requested but not guaranteed at an hourly rate. For liability purposes, a $300 service fee is charged for Pique staff on site if not using a preferred caterer. Our security deposit is $500. A 3.5% credit card fee is applied to all charges. You can save 3.5% by paying by check.