Fountain drinks, iced tea, and water are included.
If you’d like to offer coffee service for your guests, we are happy to set a coffee bar with regular and/ or decaf coffee for $75/urn (roughly 30 cups per urn). We ask that you pre-select the number of urns to be served. Mugs and spoons, milk/creamer, and sugar/sweetener are included. Hot tea is available in this setup as well, charged on consumption.
Beer, wine, and cocktails/liquor are charged on consumption. For reference in calculating a bar estimate for your event, average drink cost for beer/wine is $8 per beverage, and $10 per beverage for open bar (beer/wine/cocktails). Depending on the nature and duration of the event, a good estimate for bar costs is $30pp for beer/wine only and $35pp for open bar (beer, wine, cocktails). Although beverages are charged on at our regular restaurant pricing, we can set a bar budget for any amount and are happy to discuss options in further detail.
If you would like to offer specific selections, please select from our lists online (www.sitti-raleigh.com/beer) or (www.gravyraleigh.com/menus). Specific selections are due 2 weeks prior to the event date. Please keep in mind these lists are seasonal, and if a certain selection is not available we will offer a comparable substitute in flavor profile and price point.
Yes, you are welcome to offer whatever you like on the master tab. Cash bar is an option for anything you do not want the host to take care of.
In addition to the food and beverage minimum spend and rental fee if applicable (or final food and beverage subtotal, whichever is greater), there is 8.25% tax (7.25% NC/Wake County Sales tax + 1% Wake County Prepared Food/Beverage tax), 2% booking fee, and suggested 20% gratuity. The 2% booking fee is not a gratuity, and is added into the bill just like tax. For the staff taking care of you, we suggest a 20% gratuity. Gratuity is not included in the bill, and the percentage or amount is at your discretion. If you’d like us to include gratuity in the final total for your convenience, just let us know.
The Jiddi Space is set with a drop-down screen, ceiling mounted projector, wall speakers, a cordless microphone, and Wifi. There are speakers in our Courtyard as well, and you may opt to play music in the Jiddi alone or in both spaces. We have house background music available, or you are welcome to bring your own to connect with our sound system; your device must have a headphone jack input to be compatible with our equipment. For use of the projector, you will need to provide an HDMI compatible laptop (with an adapter if using a Mac). Use of these amenities are included for no additional charge. We ask that you let us know if you will be using any of these amenities prior to your event. We suggest setting an appointment to come by and test your slideshow/projector presentation with the equipment beforehand, either the same day or a day or two prior to your event.
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard venue team plays a different role than a Wedding Planner in organizing your wedding. Our in-house team of Coordinators and Venue Managers oversee venue logistics and the execution of food and beverage service. We require a Day-of Point Person of your choosing. We strongly recommend hiring a professional planner or Day-of Coordinator to fulfill this role, not only for assistance with personal decor but also all the other details that come along with planning and executing your Big Day. These professionals can be instrumental for communication with vendors, flow of events, start/stop of music, leading speeches, and acknowledging events throughout the evening, in addition to the other services they provide before the Big Day. The advice and stress relief these professionals provide can be invaluable. Please let us know if you’d like recommendations for planners or day-of coordinators we’ve worked with who are fabulous. If you already have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, please let us know as we will want to connect on the timeline of your event and other details.
While we can’t guarantee an evening rehearsal the day before, we typically have availability for a mid-afternoon rehearsal or morning rehearsal (before lunch or between lunch and dinner events). We can let you know a month prior what times are available. In the rare case that a rehearsal the day prior to the event date is not feasible, we can offer a rehearsal time on prior days.
Yes, we will gladly provide a layout for your event if you’d like. We have sample layouts available to give you an idea of what has worked well before in the space for certain guest counts, but of course we’re open to new ideas, too! We advise waiting until you have a good amount of RSVP’s to start making final layout decisions.
Yes, we have a wedding suite. It is a beautiful space that overlooks the Courtyard, and allows for you and up to 20 guests to get ready or enjoy a light lunch throughout the day. If you are not interested in adding the suite rental onto your event, we do have a side entrance that is tucked behind the main dining room of Sitti, complete with elevator access and separate entrance off of Hargett St. This is typically what we use as a “holding area” for wedding parties and guests before they walk down the aisle.
***Friendly note this area is only used right before the ceremony; it is not used to store items throughout the event or used as a guest entrance or exit.***
Creativity is encouraged! However, we do have a few “House Rules” on what is allowed for safety and logistic purposes. Please let us know what you have in mind or rentals you’re considering. No glitter or confetti is allowed. Any décor you’re interested in affixing to walls or hanging from the ceiling must be approved by the event coordinators prior to the event.
Our staff is responsible for anything directly related to food and beverage setup and service (table linens, plates, etc.) and setup of tables/chairs/furniture within our inventory, including ceremony chairs. Set up and breakdown of personal decor (including arbors) are your (clients’) responsibility.
If you have reserved both the Jiddi Space & Courtyard, the Jiddi Space is utilized as your rain contingent for guest counts under 100. If your guest count is above 100 or you have other details of the event you would like to be covered, i.e the band/cocktail hour, you may also want to reserve a tent through a third party vendor. We recommend DeeJays Rentals (www.deejayseventrentals.com).
All personal décor and gifts should be removed within one hour following your event. If you have a rental company that needs to pick up their rentals another day, please have them contact us to schedule a pickup, as we have events scheduled daily in the space. We are not responsible for any personal items left behind, and any decor/rentals left without prior notification and agreed upon pickup time will incur a cleanup fee of $500.
In addition to food and beverage (and included in the rental fee for weekends),
we provide the following:
Linens: Standard black cotton in-house tablecloths for dining and décor tables, white heavy cotton napkins with stripe (red stripe from Gravy, blue stripe from Sitti).
Tables: (16) 60” rounds (6 are stand-alone, 10 are table-tops used with our 3.5 square tables as bases), (10) 3.5 ft squares (use with rounds or stand-alone), (5) 8ft rectangles, (2) 6 ft rectangles.
Chairs: Jiddi Chairs for inside use: Walnut wood finish, with a pale sage green padded seat (100). Ceremony Chairs: White rounded back folding chairs (100).
Cutlery: Plates, dishware, silverware for total guest count.
Glassware: Pint glasses for water/iced tea/soda, standard bar glasses, and Champagne flutes.
Candles: Glass globe candle holders with clear fuel cells, and small glass votive candles. 30 available, placed on tables or throughout the space.
Cocktail Tables: 6 30” highboys available. Linen rental required. Black or white linens may be rented in-house for $15/ea (charge included in rental fee for weekend pricing).
Music: House background music.
Staff: Banquet Captain, servers, and bartenders based on guest count. Suggested 20% gratuity is not included.
Manager: In addition to your exclusive Banquet Captain, there is restaurant management staff available on-site to answer any questions and to provide assistance if needed.
Event Coordinator: We offer unlimited communication via email or phone for building your event details.
The following are not included, and we recommend considering:
Cake Cutting Utensils: We will gladly cut your wedding cake at no additional fee. We ask that you provide cutting utensils if you would like them displayed with the cake. Please let us know if you would like cake cutting services.
DJ/Entertainment: We offer our in-house music playlists (rotational), or you may bring an iPod/laptop/phone to connect with our system and play your own playlist. DJ’s, bands, and other performers are welcome. Please connect with us for logistics. Please communicate with your DJ/entertainment ahead of time to let them know if they will be performing indoors or outdoors, even if you are arranging for a tent. Many of these vendors have specifications on this logistic
Tenting Options: We do not provide tenting for your event but you are welcome to use a third party vendor. We suggest working with DeeJays Rentals (www.deejayseventrentals.com). Please communicate with us if you have put a tent on reserve so we can plan accordingly.
Yes! We have some preferred vendors who we have worked with who are fabulous. We have a handy list of them on our Preferred Vendors page.
The closest parking decks to the Jiddi Space & Courtyard are the Wilmington Street deck, the Alexander Square deck, and the Moore Square deck. Entrances to all three decks are on S. Wilmington Street.
Vendors may temporarily park, while loading and unloading ONLY, in the gravel lot located on E Hargett St in between The Landmark Tavern and Alter Ego Salon. There is a ramp that leads to the back door of the Jiddi Space. Please contact event coordinator for access.