Room Rental Charges
Events in The Attic scheduled Monday through Thursday require a room rental charge of $300. Events in The Attic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays require a room rental charge of $500. The room charge secures the space for 4 hours, but you may be billed for additional staff hours if your event does not start or conclude at the agreed upon time. The room charge does not contribute toward the cost of food or beverages, but covers general use of the room, tables, chairs and linens (we provide Ivory tablecloths and Sandalwood napkins for a seated dinner). Additional time can be reserved for $200/hour to extend the event time, up to 2 additional hours. Following an event, additional cleaning fees will be charged if damages occur to the space.
Service Charges, Taxes & Food and Beverage Minimums
All food and beverages will be charged VA sales tax of 11.5% as well as a service fee of 20%. The minimum amount that must be spent on food and beverages varies by the day of the week and time of year; this is outlined in a table below with an example of the amount of tax and service that would be applied on that minimum, as well as the “total minimum expense” when factoring in the room charge. All food and beverages paid by the host contribute to the minimum, while beverages purchased by guests through a cash bar do not contribute to the minimum.
*As the minimums are different during the month of December, please click HERE to view December pricing.
wedding, rehearsal & engagment
Food & Beverage Minimums
Room Guarantee, Cancellation, Deposits & Payments
The room charge is a non-refundable fee required to reserve the date and the space. The food payment must be received a minimum of 14 days prior to your scheduled event, so a guaranteed number of guests and a complete menu must be formed by this time. The bar invoice for an open bar will be billed after the event, and must be paid within one week of your event date. You will be charged for the number of guests guaranteed, plus any additional guests who attend. Refunds cannot be given for guests who cancel after the 14 day guarantee. Once the room charge is paid, the minimums at the time of booking are locked in. However, specific food & beverage prices are subject to change based on the current market prices at the time of your event.
Although The Attic is a reception venue, there are some instances we may be able to accommodate an informal ceremony prior to your planned reception. An additional hour ($200) is required to plan a wedding ceremony inside The Attic, or if inclement weather necessitates use of the venue for a wedding ceremony. The Attic must be set for the reception and therefore can only accommodate a ceremony set up with a maximum of 8 chairs. Most guests will either stand or be seated at their guest table during the ceremony, and the location of the ceremony within the venue is dependent on the reception layout. It is very important that you speak with a Special Events Manager to confirm the feasibility of a ceremony in The Attic with your guest number and layout before planning to move forward with one.
Arrangements for your audio/visual requirements can be made with a Special Events Manager. Waterman’s provides you with Spotify, Cox Cable Digital Music, a stereo auxiliary audio cord (should you want to bring your own iPod to play your music through our sound system*) and a podium. We also have a cordless microphone and an 80” TV, DVD player and a laptop available to show a slideshow or video for a usage charge of $100. Any equipment you wish to use must be approved in advance by a Special Events Manager, and we require all DVDs and computer slideshows or videos to be tested at least one week prior to your event by emailing the file to a Special Events Manager* (DropBox.com can be used to email large files). We do not allow outside computers to be used with our equipment.
*The Attic at Waterman’s is not a professional sound and/or video company and cannot be held liable for music or a slideshow/video that doesn’t function properly. We will try our best to solve any technical difficulties. We require all weddings in the Attic to hire a professional DJ and/or Band for audio needs, as we do not allow the use of our sound equipment for weddings.
You are welcome to decorate the room for your event, however, the Special Events Managers and staff cannot be responsible for setting up or cleaning up your decorations or centerpieces. You may decorate and your vendors may set up or deliver items in between 9:00am and 12:00pm. When decorating, please keep in mind that we do not allow the use of loose sand, confetti, confetti poppers, glitter, silly string, staples, tacks, nails, 3M hooks or tape. Candles are allowed, but must be placed inside a vase or other candleholder; open flame candles and candelabras are not permitted. Waterman’s cannot accept responsibility for items left on the premises, nor can we be responsible for carrying décor and/or gifts down to your vehicle at the conclusion of the event, or guarding your gift table during the event. At the conclusion of your event, we ask that all décor and personal items are cleaned up and removed within a half hour. If additional time is needed, please speak with the Special Events Manager in advance.
To add an extra glow to your event and enhance the atmosphere of the space, LED uplights & string lighting may be rented, based on availability. Six (6) uplights rent for $150; this fee includes set up and color selection. String Lighting is available for the ceiling above the dance floor extending to the bar for $150.
Our Simple Booth Photobooth may be rented for $200, based on availability. Photos are emailed and/or texted to guests. Backdrop and props are not included. Please speak with the Special Events Manager for more information.
As an Oceanfront restaurant in a resort city, parking is at a premium at our location. We offer and recommend the complimentary valet parking service from right outside our door. However, our parking lot serves both special event and restaurant guests, so we cannot guarantee parking for each and every one of your guests. Depending on the size and date of your event, parking may be even more limited (i.e. summer months and special event weekends), but we do our best to park as many of your guests as possible. In the occasion that our lot fills up, our valets are happy to suggest alternate parking for your guests. Vendors may unload equipment in our valet lot during approved times, but must find alternative parking for the duration of the event.
The following information is also provided directly from the City of Virginia Beach, regarding public parking in the Rudee Loop area - in very close proximity to Waterman’s: There are three parking lots at the southern end of Atlantic Avenue, where a loop allows traffic to switch directions on Atlantic Avenue. Cost: $7 a day, Monday-Thursday; $10 a day, Friday-Sunday and holidays; Virginia Beach residents can park for $3 after 5pm.
We are happy to give referrals for photographers, disc jockeys, bakeries, florists, lodging and other event-related vendors. A list of helpful referrals can be found here; all of the vendors listed have been part of an event in the Attic at least once, and we believe they provided a professional, high-quality level of service to our mutual client. While Waterman’s provides these referrals for customer convenience, we cannot accept responsibility for vendor service. We request that you inform our Special Event Managers of all outside vendors that you book for your event, and provide us with their contact information as well.
When making dessert selections, commercial bakery desserts (cakes or cupcakes) are permitted, and we provide the caking service at no additional charge. Homemade desserts of any sort, including cookies, are not permitted to be brought in to the restaurant.
Our building is over 35 years old and does not have an elevator, so please be aware that everyone in your party must be able to travel up and down stairs. Restrooms and the bar are available within the Attic space, so there is no need for handicapped guests to go back downstairs until the conclusion of the event.
If you are booking a wedding reception with us, we recommend choosing one person with whom we can collaborate on the day of your event, so that we do not have to bother you with minor questions. We are not suggesting you hire a wedding planner, but that you simply ask someone you trust to help. This person should be familiar with what you want and can ensure that we are following through with any special requests. Please understand that as a restaurant and special events facility, we wish to provide you with a great space for a reception as well as a wonderful meal. However, we are not in the business of wedding planning or coordinating.
As an ABC Licensed establishment, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited and Waterman’s provides all of the alcohol for your event. If alcohol is given as a gift or brought in as a favor, then the alcohol must remain unopened until it is off the premises. We reserve the right to dispose of any outside alcohol, stop serving any intoxicated guests, discreetly escort guests off of our property or if ultimately necessary, end the event immediately if we do not receive full cooperation from the host and guests.