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  • Are there any restrictions on vendors?
    Although we do not limit your choice of any vendor, we do ask that the vendor is licensed and insured. This includes, but is not limited to, food/music/floral design/photography.
  • When do I have access to the venue?
    Contracted hours are 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight. Earlier hours can be arranged.
  • Can I book the venue for a rehearsal dinner?
    Yes. However, the venue is subject to availability pending other events scheduled for that date. The cost is $500 and you may access the venue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The venue can also be rented for $150/hour for rehearsals only.
  • May I bring my own alcoholic beverages?
    To ensure the safety of your guests, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased from and served by the venue. Outside alcohol will be confiscated. For your event, you will be asked to schedule a time to meet with venue staff to prepare a menu for the bar. This will ensure our bar will meet the needs of your guests. No alcohol will be served to, nor may be consumed by, any persons under the age of 21. Bar service will be open until 11 p.m.
  • Do you provide tables and chairs?
    Yes. We have various table sizes to suit your layout preference. We have 5' round tables and 6' rectangle tables. Cocktail tables and there are a few 8' tables for use. Chairs are also included in the price of the venue. We have chairs for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Do I need to rent linens?
    Yes, you will need to rent your own linens. Our tables are meant to be covered so you will want to be sure to get linens that fit either 5' round or 6' rectangular tables. Our cocktail tables do not need linens unless they are desired.
  • Can I pick a caterer of my choice?
    You may use vendors of your choosing. However, all caterers must be licensed and insured. Food must be prepared and cooked off site. The venue’s kitchen offers a walk-in cooler and stove/oven for reheating purposes.
  • Where can my guests who are attending my event stay?
    Because we are so conveniently located, there are many choices for your guests. Some of our favorites are listed below, and include a shuttle service: Country Inn & Suites - Indianola Hotel Pommier - Indianola DoubleTree by Hilton - Des Moines, near the airport
  • What about overnight parking? Can my guests leave their vehicles?
    We encourage guests who may have over-embibed to leave their vehicles at The Hive overnight! Because we regulate access to the venue, we just ask that they are picked up between the hours of 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Do I need to provide my own decorations?
    Yes. Besides the arbor backdrop, we do not proivde any decorations. The exterior will be beautifully landscaped and embellished with containers of our professionally grown and maintained flowers.
  • How do I get to The Hive?
    The Hive is located behind Busy Bee Garden Center. Once you arrive at the entrance of Busy Bee, you'll be directed by signage as to where you should go. Please use the address of Busy Bee Garden Center in your GPS to help you arrive at The Hive. Busy Bee Garden Center 5901 Highway 65-69 Indianola, Iowa 50125
  • How do I see or visit The Hive?
    In order to make sure the booking process is fair to everyone, it is first come first serve and we do not allow people to view The Hive without first booking a tour. Please email us at to set up a time to tour.
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