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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does NOVA 535 offer a Preferred Vendors List?

Yes, our Preferred Vendors list, which we refer to as our 5-Star Vendors, is available to our booked clients.

What are the parking options and directions to NOVA 535?

Parking and Directions to NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, located at 535 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. NOVA 535 on Google Maps.

What upgrades extras and add-ons are available at NOVA 535?
What is required to secure my date?

3 Steps to Booking NOVA 535, (1) Please review our pricing menu, (2) enter your event info, then you are (3) prompted to Schedule your tour. Also, Sales@nova535.com is always available to assist you personally.

When can I schedule my wedding rehearsal?

Your Wedding Rehearsal is scheduled at the 30-day mark after all updates, final headcount, and payment in full have been received. Subject to venue availability.

Can I rent just the courtyard?

When you rent NOVA 535 the entire venue is yours. The price is the same no matter how much of NOVA you use.

Can I swap out beverages in my drink package?

No substitution of beverages on drink packages. Any beverage legally available to NOVA 535 (as a Florida Liquor License holder) can be ordered and added to your invoice and bar service. All beverages must come from NOVA 535.

Can I bring in my own linens?

All your event linens are rented through NOVA 535.

When was NOVA 535 built?

The 535 9th street north building was built in 1920 as “Slap Happy’s” 5-and-dime store. In 2005 the building was being utilized as a doggie daycare called “Pet Planet” when it was purchased by NOVA 535 founder Michael Scott Novilla. 3 years and $3MM later, 535 was transformed into NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, opening to the public on February 9, 2008.

What is a GOBO?

A “Gobo” is a small stenciled circular disc, usually made of steel, and used in lighting fixtures to create a projected image or pattern. The term Gobo is short for “Go Between Optics”, describing the location where it needs to be positioned in the light path of a lighting fixture. Check our inventory.

What is the Seating Capacity of NOVA 535?

INSIDE: DOWNSTAIRS is 220 seated with dance floor, 260 seated for dining, 300 seated for ceremonies, 350 standing for cocktail parties. UPSTAIRS is 80 seated for dining or 125 standing for cocktail parties. INSIDE TOTAL: is 340 seated for dining, 380 seated for ceremonies, 475 standing for cocktail parties. Our OUTDOOR COURTYARD adds 150 seated for dining, 250 seated for ceremonies, 300 standing for cocktail parties, giving a TOTAL VENUE CAPACITY of 490 seated for dining or 775 standing for cocktails.

How does Catering Work?

We’ve curated a list of the area’s best caterers and food trucks. They offer all types of food, accommodate any special dietary needs, will fit your budget, and serve it to your guests any way you desire.

 

Can I bring in outside beverages?

All beverages must be provided by NOVA 535.

What does the Venue Manager do?

(1) Updating your MyNOVAEvent Event Schedule
Include your floorplan, timeline, vendor list, invoice, and other event details located inside MyNOVAEvent.com

(2) Scheduling and Coordinating your Rehearsal
Your NOVA wedding rehearsal is set at the 30-day mark once all final details, final headcount, and payment in full have been received. Based on venue availability.

(3) Vendor Confirmation Email
Sent from our system to confirm vendor arrival and departure times as well as provide vendors with helpful event information and links.

(4) Day-of Decor Set up
Place decor including cake cutting utensils, toasting glasses, bar signage, seating chart, memory table items, and any other assembled decor items agreed to in writing. All items must come fully assembled and placement-ready.

(5) Day-of Coordination
Includes timeline management, coordination of ceremony Line-up, on-site vendor communication, and facilitation of all NOVA 535 related tasks.

What is the History of NOVA 535?

The 535 9th street north building was built in 1920 as “Slap Happy’s” 5-and-dime store. In 2005 the building was being utilized as a doggie daycare called “Pet Planet” when it was purchased by NOVA 535 founder Michael Scott Novilla. 3 years and $3MM later, 535 was transformed into NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, opening to the public on February 9, 2008.

What does the AV Systems and Tech include?

The NOVA 535 AV Lighting Systems and Tech include; use of NOVA AV SYSTEMS, (Microphone, Sound, Lighting, and HD Video systems), Set up, and Operation of AV Systems during your event. Covers Music Royalty Fees.

Band/Musician/DJ must Complete a walk-thru meeting at NOVA at least 7 days before the event, Provide 100% of the equipment needed to perform, and Plug band audio out into NOVA PA via XLR.

Does NOVA 535 allow Food Trucks?

Yes! We’ve curated a list of the area’s best caterers and food trucks. They offer all types of food, accommodate any special dietary needs, will fit your budget, and serve it to your guests any way you desire. Up to 3 food trucks fit inside our private, brick and bamboo courtyard.

Is NOVA 535 Dog and Pet Friendly?

Yes, we love pets at NOVA 535. Yes, you can have your pets (dogs, cats, etc.) at your wedding. Private events can be dog and pet-friendly if the host (NOVA’s client) is ok with that. Events open to the public depend on the event type and theme. A late-night DJ dance party would not be good to bring your pet to, but a pet-themed event would be fine.

Is NOVA 535 LGBT Friendly?

YES!!

When is our final payment due?

Final headcount along with your final payment is due 30 days prior to your event.