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Throughout the scheduling process, you will coordinate with a dedicated professional
on all of the setup details as well as the food and beverage selections.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose The Florida Yacht Club for my wedding or event?

Our location is one of the most coveted sites in Jacksonville, not only for the uncompromised views of the St. Johns River and Downtown skyline but also for the proud heritage of our service and rich character of our facility. Member events promote the intended social nature of the Club, and Non-member inquiries experience a unique opportunity to impress their guests with the most prestigious yacht club in the area. Memories are made here and we take pride in our efforts to help make them happen!

Is membership in the Club necessary to book private spaces?

Although there are benefits to being an FYC member and hosting events at the Club, membership is not required to book the private spaces. Establishing an FYC Member Sponsor is encouraged; however, we accept all inquiries for various types of weddings and parties and work with you through policies regarding booking and billing procedures.

What spaces are available for private events and what are the service capacities?

The event spaces include the Ballroom with Captain’s Walk (75-300) and the Astor Room with Astor Porch (25-125) on the 2nd floor, and the Terrazzo Lawn (25-150), River Porch (15-40), Living Room (10-50), Commodore’s Room (6-12) and 1876 Room (12-48) on the 1st floor. Room capacities vary depending on whether the event is a seated function for all guests, or cocktail style with mixed seating and standing. The Pirate’s Den, Pirate’s Den Bar, and East Lawn on the 1st floor are for Member use only and are not available for private events.

Should I call before stopping by to view the Club?

Due to the private nature of our facility, appointments to view the spaces are very important. Guests should be with members or with staff while visiting the Club.  Please call or email the Catering & Events Office so that we may ensure your desired rooms are not in use and confirm a viewing time.

Can I provide my own catering services, bartenders and vendors?

All foods, beverages and staffing must be planned and provided by our Club.  Our Chef is pleased to offer an array of culinary selections for every style of event and our staff welcomes the opportunity to serve you and your guests with true hospitality in mind.  We do permit delivery of wedding and special occasion cakes or similar professional bakery items, as we do not currently provide these specific services.

Do you permit wedding ceremonies to be held on site?

Yes! Our rooftop Astor Porch on the 2nd level overlooking the River and Downtown skyline can be set for 25 to 150, weather permitting year-round. The Astor Room, Ballroom and 1876 Room may be used for indoor ceremonies as well depending on setup needs and guest counts.

Do you require that I use a professional Wedding Coordinator?

Yes, The Florida Yacht Club requires at least a professional day of coordinator for your Wedding Ceremony and/or Reception. There are so many details associated with wedding planning and execution, that the services of a wedding coordinator have numerous benefits to you, your event, and our service team.

Is there on-site parking?

Our property includes a large parking lot with ample spaces in addition to neighborhood street-side options. Our spaces are private and dedicated to the use of members and events while visiting the Club. We extend the courtesy of reserving five parallel spaces in the front parking areas for convenient use by each wedding. Valet services are welcome, and encouraged for events of 200 or more.

Do you honor menu tasting requests?

Our Chef welcomes tasting requests during the planning process to help make the best final choices when deciding between two similar menu item types.  Portion, plating, color and flavor are all discussed to assist you in making the confident decision for your guests; however, with our solid culinary reputation, tastings are not intended prior to booking with us to finalize your site decision.

What does the Club provide to assist in the production of my event?

An inventory of tables, chairs, basic linens, china, glassware and flatware are all included with your booking of the spaces. Additions include flat screen TVs and projector screen for video presentations, podiums and microphones, and small wares such as candlelight and mirrors for tabletop use.  

What is “service charge” and why is that added?

Events are assessed 22% service charge, applied to all food and beverage purchases.  When comparing event venues, this is an item similar to what you may see listed as “gratuity” at other locations including hotels, restaurants, and corporate clubs.  This service charge covers any areas that may qualify as gratuity charges and eliminates any concern with tip expectations. Please note our service charge is an operational fee and therefore subject to Florida Sales Tax.

What other fees may be added?

In addition to applicable Room Fees, Exclusive Rights Fees, Ceremony Setup Fees, Service Charges, and Taxes, there may be fees assessed for station-related staff such as Culinary Attendants, Bartenders, Cashiers, Cloak Room Attendants, Doormen, Housekeeping Attendants and similar.  Rental of non-standard inventory items special sized tables, decorative furniture, or designer service pieces, as well as extended hour bookings, are also separate fees.

Is there a dress code for the event spaces?

Private events do not take place in Member-only areas, so dress codes are often dictated by the type and time of your event. Jeans and shorts are both welcome, in addition to themed attire, if appropriate for your event. Shirts and shoes are of course required, bathing suits are restricted to the pool areas, and general apparel decorum is expected for all events.

How much time is permitted for each event?

Most luncheons and daytime meetings book for 2 to 3 hours. Weddings and dinner parties often book for 4 to 5 hours. Extended timing, such as all-day corporate retreats are reviewed as needed.  In general, pricing and services for weddings and guest celebrations are based on 4 hours.  Extended hours may be discussed when needed for the service of your event and billed with appropriate fees. Time for decorating and vendor installation during the same day for weddings is granted as much as possible through your primary spaces, with subsequent spaces available no later than two hours prior to guest arrival.

Do you require a deposit?

We require a non-refundable deposit of 25% of your estimated proposal, and a signed contract to confirm/book any non-member weddings and similar large events. This deposit will be applied to your final billing, along with subsequent deposits as detailed in the policies.

What methods of payment are acceptable?

Payments are preferred in the form of personal or business checks; however we do offer credit card options as well. Credit Card Payments are made through a third party (Plastiq) with applicable processing fees.

Do you have a Bridal Suite?

Not quite. We offer our Commodore’s Room or Living Room, upon availability, for use by our Wedding Party for gathering prior to photographs, the ceremony, and/or the reception if desired. Although the Commodore’s Room may be used for very limited Groom or Bridal preparation, it does not offer accommodations such as restrooms, counters with mirrors, or similar customarily found in Bridal Suites. Wedding Day hair, makeup, and full dressing preparations should all be performed off site.

When are final guest counts due?

For events of all types and sizes, a final guarantee is due no later than four to five days prior to your event, depending on the event size. For all parties over 100 guests, an estimated count is also due no later than two weeks prior to your event. The final count will be your minimum billing count, unless your actual count increases unexpectedly at the time of your event and warrants a revised count billing.