We know you want your day to be perfect, and that means asking some questions! We have answers to our most commonly asked questions below

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What happens in the case of inclement weather?

We have a great back-up plan! The gorgeous McKenzie Hall becomes your event location with the McKenzie Gardens as the back drop. Your guests will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres on our covered patio while the room is reset. 

What about tables, chairs, and linens?

Sweetwater provides all of your tables, basic linens, and white garden chairs for your ceremony and reception. We have many different table sizes, including 48″ round, 60″ round, 4′ banquet, 6′ banquet, 8′ banquet, bar height and serpentine shapes. Your event director will help you create the perfect floor plan according to your guest count and event details. 

I’m on a budget. Can I still have a wedding at Sweetwater?

Of course! We are able to accommodate most budgets. We have many budget-friendly options available, including open buffet stations, discounted Friday and Sunday weddings, and a smaller venue for weddings up to 65 guests.
 

Will there be a Sweetwater coordinator on-site the day of my wedding?

Yes! An event director will be on-site the day of your wedding to facilitate your reception details and ensure our venue and catering services are exactly the way you imagined. Sweetwater does not coordinate ceremonies and suggests hiring a wedding coordinator for this. Your event director is focused on your reception, food, and bar details during the ceremony.
 

Can we bring our own catering and alcohol?

Sweetwater is famous for great food! For this reason, we provide all catering services and require these services for receptions. You can be confident your menu will be delicious and custom to your wishes. We do allow outside alcoholic beverages to be brought in, and we’ll provide the bar service.
 

What about my other vendors?

Sweetwater provides all venue and catering services, but you are welcome to bring in your own wedding coordinator, photographer, videographer, florist, event designer, cake baker, DJ or band, officiant, and alcohol.
 

Can I bring my own decorations?

Yes! Each wedding reception is unique to your preferences. Our beautiful McKenzie Banquet Hall is surrounded by lush gardens and twinkling string lights, and it boasts a grand high ceiling with trusses to create a neutral but intricate backdrop for your unique style.
 

Can my guests book rooms at Sweetwater?

Absolutely! One of the many benefits of a Sweetwater wedding and reception are the 20 guest rooms, suites, and cottages available on-site. Upon booking, you will receive a promo code that will allow you to book up to 15 rooms at a discount.
 

I picked my date, how do I book? Is there a deposit?

Please call or email us and we can set up a meeting time to talk about your details. Most contracts can also be done through the mail! The deposit amount varies based on the day of the week, and ranges from $500-$1000.
 

Where do my guests park?

Sweetwater Inn has free parking for all guests! We have full access to the Kirby Smith Center across University Avenue, with a lot of over 150 parking spots. There is also a private parking lot behind the gardens with 35 parking spots.
 

How can I get more information about Events and Catering at Sweetwater?

Sweetwater is an event venue specializing in wedding ceremonies and receptions, business meetings, banquets, luncheons, and conferences. We host bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, rehearsal dinners, brunches, silent auctions and pretty much any event you can dream up!

We are equipped with multiple commercial-sized kitchens and are proud to cater all on-site events and off-site events, too.

I’m attending an event at Sweetwater. Where can I park?

Sweetwater Inn has free parking for all guests! We have full access to the Kirby Smith Center across University Avenue, with a lot of over 150 parking spots. There is also a private parking lot behind the gardens with 35 parking spots.

 
Still looking for answers? Give us a call at 352.373.6760

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