Wedding FAQ

We have gathered frequently asked questions here to help you plan your day.

Question #1

How much does it cost to organize a wedding and what is included?

Weddings are priced per person, we do not charge rent for the wedding space. The price per person is primarily determined based on the number of guests and the menu of your choice. A personalized quote is always offered.

The price per person does not include possible alcoholic beverages and added services such as table service, evening snack or additional hours of service past midnight.

The pricing includes

  • A venue for the duration of your wedding day
  • Basic decoration with house ornaments
  • A sparkling wine toast with a non-alcoholic option
  • Buffet dining
  • Tables set with house tableware
  • Cleaning up the venue
  • Staff services before and during your wedding day
  • Two meetings for planning and a time to decorate prior your wedding

Question #2

How many guests can we invite to Savutuvan Apaja?

Our main dining hall, “Kalliosali”, is suitable for up to 120 guests.
Farmer’s hall “Riihi” is divided into two sections and is suitable for up to 70 guests.
Hunter’s cabinet is suitable for 16 guests.
During the summer, the log boats on our shore are a favored venue to continue the celebration late into the night and are suitable for up to 120 guests.
Combine the use of our dining halls. In the event of over 120 guests arriving to celebrate your day, the main hall and the Farmer’s hall can be combined. They are situated next to each other and connected by doors that can be opened to combine the two venues. The Main hall and Farmer’s hall together are suitable for c. 200 guests.

Question #3

Is it possible that Savutuvan Apaja is hosting other guests during our wedding?

Yes. Multiple events are arranged in a manner that separate groups can enjoy their evening without interference. The agreed venue is, however, reserved for your private use. All of our venues have their own entrance and restrooms. We never host two weddings simultaneously.

Question #4

Is it possible to arrange the wedding ceremony at Savutuvan Apaja?

During the summer the wedding ceremony can take place on our log boats, on the shore of lake Päijänne. Arrangements cost 150e and include one rehearsal, cleaning and decorating the pier and our staff for the event. Arrangements for the wedding ceremony in the main building costs 50€. In the main hall the ceremony usually takes place next to our cozy fireplace. It is up to the couple to arrange a priest or registry office representative.

Question #5

How far away is Apaja and how do we get there?

  • By car, only 12km from Jyväskylä city center. By boat, 4km from Jyväskylä city harbor.
  • A local bus route (bus No. 1) stops near Apaja.
  • Even the bigger boats that travel on the lake Päijänne can access the pier of Apaja.

Question #6

Can we bring our own food or order it from elsewhere?

  • Because we are a private restaurant, all food is usually provided by us. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible for you to bring some special foods of your own, but only by prior arrangement. For example, cookies made with a secret family recipe or a candy buffet are welcome.
  • Please note that the cakes Savutuvan Apaja provides are traditional wedding cakes. If you are looking for something a little more special, we recommend you turn to a confectioner. We can also recommend different options.
  • We do not offer take-away after the event.

Question #7

Can we alter the menu?

  • Absolutely. We gladly receive ideas and plan the perfect menu with you.
  • Please note that the cakes Savutuvan Apaja provides are traditional wedding cakes. If you are looking for something a little more special, we recommend you turn to a confectioner. We can also recommend different options.

Question #8

Can we bring our own beverages?

  • No. The venues and surrounding outdoor area at Savutuvan Apaja are regulated by law. The consumption and possession of your own beverages is prohibited.
  • Our bar is open for the duration of the event. If you’d prefer a specific beverage for your event, please inquire and we will try to arrange it.

Question #9

Do we get to plan our celebration on site?

  • If you have confirmed your wedding at Savutuvan Apaja, you have the option of two meetings for planning (duration of 1 hour/meeting) Additional meetings 50e/meeting.
  • Meetings are booked through our sales. We recommend the first meeting to be held before sending out the invitations, the second one after confirming the number of guests to be expected. Further details about meetings are given during the booking process.

Question #10

What does the house decoration include and can we bring our own decorations?

  • Our own table runners, candles and flowers.
  • The use of flowers varies by seasonal availability.
  • We also provide vases, candle holders and other decorative ornaments.
  • You may bring your own flowers and ornaments.

Question #11

When can we decorate and make the venue ready?

  • We can arrange decoration on the day prior to the wedding if the venue is not reserved by another party. 2 hours are reserved for decoration and a run-through of the wedding day schedule.
  • Please note that your venue may be reserved on the day prior to your wedding. In this case you may decorate the venue during the morning of the wedding day or give details to our staff for decoration. These situations are dealt with individually.

Question #12

Can we play our own music and what technology is available on site?

  • The main hall and Farmer’s hall include monitoring for audio. The main hall is provided with a wireless, handheld microphone.
  • A wired microphone is also available with a separate speaker, for the wedding ceremony for example.
  • A personal computer or smartphone can be connected to the audio system. We recommend you test your equipment prior to the event.
  • The venue is provided with a video projector and screen.

Question #13

We’ve booked a band, is there enough room to dance at Apaja?

  • Absolutely! The band’s venue depends on the location of the planned program.
  • The main hall has a small stage for the perfomers with a dance floor in front.
  • At the log boats, the band can play on the pier until midnight. The band can also play inside the restaurant boat.

Question #14

Until what time can the celebration continue?

  • The venue reserved for you is in your use until midnight (last call at 23.30)
  • If you wish to continue the celebration until 02.00 (last call at 01.30) the price is 300e.

Question #15

When do we have to confirm the number of guests arriving?

  • We recommend an RSVP of one month to be included in the wedding invitation. For us, it’s enough when you inform the amount two weeks prior to the wedding.
  • We accept a 5% drop from the confirmed amount in cases of late cancellations. If there are more attendees than confirmed, we will charge according to the actual number of guests.

Question #16

When do we pay for the wedding?

  • At the time of confirmation we will invoice you with an advance booking fee of 500e. This will be deducted from the final invoice.
  • When invoicing a private individual we check credit information at the time of the advance booking fee.
  • In most cases we send an invoice after the wedding with 14 days of payment time. Please inquire from our sales if you have wishes concerning payment.

Question #17

How can we cancel our reservation?

Listed are common policies concerning cancellation:

  • A confirmed reservation may be cancelled, without additional cost, up to 6 calendar months prior to the event.
  • If the cancellation occurs 6-3 calendar months prior to the event an invoice worth 25% of the entire event will be sent.
  • If the cancellation occurs 3-1calendar months prior to the event an invoice worth 50% of the entire event will be sent.
  • If the cancellation occurs 1-0 calendar months prior to the event an invoice worth 100 % of the entire event will be sent.
  • The price of the entire event is calculated by the number of guests given in the offer. If the wedding package’s menu has not been set, the calculation will include the cheapest menu option.
  • In the case of a cancellation the advance booking fee is not returned.
  • A confirmed reservation must always be cancelled in writing i.e., via e-mail.