Weddings and Receptions

Nestled in historic downtown Gainesville in North Central Florida, Sweetwater Branch Inn provides the perfect location for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.
Sweetwater Branch Inn’s beautiful property defines Victorian romance and Southern comfort, with a touch of vintage charm and elegance. 
 
We stand by this truth: Your wedding should be an unforgettable memory that will last a lifetime.
 
To ensure this lasting memory, our Events Directors will customize your wedding to your particular needs and style. 
At Sweetwater Branch Inn you can find everything you need for nearly every aspect of your wedding.

Event Staff

Our knowledgeable and friendly event staff will help you plan your wedding every step of the way, according to your style and within your budget. We offer full on-site catering for up to 250 guests for any of your pre-wedding, wedding, or post-wedding events. Be sure to check the testimonials of past patrons who know firsthand how wonderful a wedding at the Sweetwater Branch Inn can be!

Sarah & Lauren - Event Directors

Sarah & Lauren – Event Directors

Let Us Know How We Can Help You

Let Us Know How We Can Serve You

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding Ceremony

Your wedding ceremony is the first step leading to the rest of your life. Sweetwater provides the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. Whether inside, or outside at the courtyard, gazebo or colonnade surrounded by the beautiful gardens, you can choose the space that best suits your needs and style.

Romantic Gazebo

Romantic Gazebo

The Regal Colonnade

The Regal Colonnade

Courtyard Ceremony

Courtyard Ceremony

Where Would You Like To Say 'I Do'?

Where Would You Like To Say ‘I Do’?

After the ceremony, Sweetwater offers two banquet spaces for receptions: The McKenzie Hall and the McKenzie House.

 
Reception: McKenzie Hall
 
McKenzie Hall combines all the charm and ambiance of a Victorian era banquet room with the convenience of modern amenities. The Hall’s spacious central room, with its many glass doors, opens out to a large patio surrounded by lush Florida gardens and is the perfect facility for any special occasion. Elegantly designed with high ceilings, Victorian light fixtures, and exposed trusses, the McKenzie Hall speaks of times past. Glass doors surround you making daytime or nightime events feel like an outdoor garden reception. This spacious hall is inspired by, and adjacent to, the historic McKenzie House, a magnificent three-story Victorian home listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
 
A Spacious Hall with High Ceilings

A Spacious Hall with High Ceilings

Flexible with a Variety of Layouts

Flexible with a Variety of Layouts

Ready for Your Grand Entrance

Ready for Your Grand Entrance

Seat All of Your Guests Comfortably

Seat All of Your Guests Comfortably

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reception: McKenzie House
 
The McKenzie House is perfect for a smaller, more intimate, reception. The first floor banquet area is decorated with beautiful antique furniture, oriental carpets and accessories. The dining room opens to a large wrap-around front porch that is perfect for cocktails before dinner.

 

An Elegant Victorian Backdrop

An Elegant Victorian Backdrop

Timeless Decor

Timeless Decor

Seat All of Your Guests Comfortably

Seat All of Your Guests Comfortably

Open Air, Southern Charm

Open Air, Southern Charm


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catering

Sweetwater Branch Inn prides itself on not only the charm and comfort the inn offers, but also the delectable dishes served. From light fare to buffets to full-service, sit-down dining, you’ll find wedding event menus to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Sweetwater can accommodate and provide menus for up to 250 people for hors d’oeuvres style and 175 people for sit-down dinners in the McKenzie Hall.

Delicious Hors D'oeuvres

Delicious Hors D’oeuvres

Scrumptious Salads

Scrumptious Salads

Juicy Cuts of Meat

Juicy Cuts of Meat

Seasoned Sides

Seasoned Sides

When you choose the Sweetwater Branch Inn for your wedding, our friendly and professional event staff will help you plan for all your wedding function and menu needs.

Wedding Party & Guest Overnight Accommodations

In addition to the Honeymoon Cottage, Sweetwater also offers 15 rooms, suites and cottages for out of town or wedding party guests who wish to stay. All rooms, cottages, and apartments offer distinct styles and elegant comfort.  Ask about special discounts given to you and guests of the wedding!

 

Click here to see all of our 20 Rooms, Suites, & Cottages!

 

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