Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an alumnus of NDSU to utilize the facility?
Absolutely not! Anyone is welcome to rent the space for their special event needs.

Do I receive a rental discount if I am a graduate of NDSU?
No. We keep our rates the same so everyone can afford to utilize the space.

What are my options for caterers? Can I bring in my own food?
We have several approved caterers that you may select from. Please visit with our staff to review options and secure scheduling. Because the success of your event is important to us, we require the use of full-service caterers. We do not allow drop and go style catering. Due to health regulations, we cannot allow groups to bring in their own food. All food served in the facility needs to come from one of our approved vendors. The only exception is wedding cakes, which can be brought in from an outside licensed baker.

What is included with my rental fee?
For a full list, please see our Planning your Wedding page.

Where do our guests park?
Your guests are welcome to park in the two campus lots adjacent to the building (AD lot and IFC lot). These lots are not ticketed after 4 p.m. or on the weekends.

Do you have any regulations regarding decorations?
The facility is a beautiful space requiring very little additional décor! However, when considering your decorations, please refer to our decorating polices located under our Wedding Ceremony Policies page.

When do we do the rehearsal?
Most groups do a quick walk through of the event the day of the ceremony before pictures begin. While this seems a little untraditional, it really works best, especially when weather conditions need to be considered. If you’d like to schedule a rehearsal outside of your reserved rental time, an additional fee will apply and is subject to availability of the center. The necessary set up for the actual event may not be completed at the time of rehearsal.

Is there a piano available?
Yes, we have a piano available for rent.

When are we able to access the facility?
The facility is available to you at the beginning of your contract time. If you need to make arrangements for additional decorating time, please visit with your event coordinator to review rates and availability.

Do I need to hire additional security?
This is at your discretion. We do not require you to hire any additional security.

What time should I schedule my ceremony for?
For Friday ceremonies, we recommend that you schedule your ceremony no earlier than 5 p.m. This prevents disruptions from business operations within the building and increases parking availability for your guests. When selecting a time for your ceremony, be sure to consider your set up and photography needs.

Do you require a deposit?
A $500 deposit is required to secure the space.

When is the final payment due?
Final payment for all services (facility rental, catering, etc.) is required one week prior to the event. In addition, a valid credit card must be on file for incidentals.

I’ve booked the Alumni Center for my event, now what?
An Event Coordinator will be assigned to assist you with all aspects of the event. Our talented and experienced staff will guide you through the planning process to ensure a flawless and memorable event.