Sweetwater Branch Inn

625 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Sweetwater Branch Inn

Sweetwater Branch Inn is a wedding venue located in Gainesville, Florida. Dating back as far as 1895, one of the venue’s available spaces, the Mckenzie House, is a beautifully restored Victorian-era mansion. Preserving the history of this mansion and the rest of the property is of utmost importance to the owners. However, helping couples to create their own history in this romantic inn means even more. This venue balances a combination of romance and charm for unforgettable wedding events. It also boasts idyllic gardens, a peaceful courtyard, and two banquet spaces for celebrations.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue offers wedding spaces, both indoors and outdoors such as the outdoor patio, the pavilion, and the Grecian-style outdoor ceremony space. The pristine white columns can be adorned with floral displays and lights to create a romantic ceremony backdrop. The gardens center around a wooden gazebo which provides an intimate space for couples to recite their vows. With an abundance of greenery symbolic of Northern Florida, guests can follow the twisting paths to discover nearby ponds and an eclectic mix of fountains. Sweetwater Branch Inn offers two reception areas on site. McKenzie House provides guests with a cozy and peaceful space to make happy memories. The large veranda provides a quiet space to unwind and reminisce about the day’s events. The McKenzie Hall is a bright and spacious room that can host up to 175 guests and features glass doors overlooking the vibrant gardens. A courtyard decorated with twinkling lights lends a magical touch to any moment celebrated here. The hidden gem of this vintage inn is the eco-friendly salt pool and jacuzzis featured on-site.

Services Offered

The helpful and inviting staff offers event planning services to assist couples in preparing for their special day. This venue adds a Southern touch to any event held here. Sweetwater is happy to accommodate engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and ceremonies. A dynamic selection of wedding packages is available, which include romantic boat trips on the Santa Fe River, relaxed outdoor lunches, and professional massages. The inn provides a convenient shuttle bus service to transport guests directly into the town of Gainesville. There, couples can enjoy scenic bike rides and explore local farmers' markets.

Cuisine

Sweetwater Catering Company prepares and serves traditional Southern cuisine for events held at the inn. Sweetwater Branch Inn also offers on-site catering services that can accommodate various styles and budget requirements. Menus can be provided for hors d'oeuvres, a buffet, or a seated reception in the McKenzie Hall. The newlyweds and their guests can enjoy a day-after brunch of mini quiches or freshly made omelets.

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86 Reviews for Sweetwater Branch Inn

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Maria Hernández · Married on 09/06/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great Venue

    Sweetwater Branch made my special day everything that I had dreamed of. Everyone enjoyed the venue, food and attention. Furthermore, I loved working with them throughout the planning and how they manage the wedding in the middle of the pandemic.

    Sent on 11/06/2020
  • Katie

    Katie Matthews · Married on 08/08/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Perfect reception

    Sweetwater Branch Inn was the best wedding venue I could have ever asked for. The venue itself is stunning both indoors and outdoors. Casey and the team did a brilliant job of organizing the reception and coordinating the day so that the event went smoothly. The staff did great with COVID-19 limitations - all staff wore masks, handled food/beverages for guests, and had sanitizers available as well. When I got to the reception, I did not have to worry about a thing. They have clearly experienced professionals and know how to hold large events. I'm genuinely very happy that I chose SWB for my wedding reception!!!

    Sent on 11/11/2020

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Sweetwater Branch Inn FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
    Inn/B&B
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    July
    August
    September

2 Real Weddings

Team of Sweetwater Branch Inn

Casey Henshaw

Casey Henshaw

Director of Catering Events

Casey graduated from the University of Florida in 2015, and has been worked across the events industry as a wedding & events planner, international conference manager, and now as one of the Directors of Events for Sweetwater Branch Inn.

Outside of work, Casey loves watching hockey, going to the farmer's markets, and running.

Fun Fact: Casey is a vegan and loves helping with vegan/vegetarian menus or menu options.

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Maria Lanzas

Maria Lanzas

Director of Catering Events

Maria graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with her Bachelor's Degree, and in 2019 with her Master's Degree. She has worked in the hospitality industry both in hotels and events, and was an intern at Sweetwater in 2017.

Outside of work she loves hanging out with her Chocolate Lab Mix, Maverick, eating delicious food, and spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: Maria is from Nicaragua, and Spanish is her native language. She enjoys talking with and hearing about clients whose friends and families also speak Spanish and share her Hispanic culture.

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Professional Network & Endorsements

10 Endorsements

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    We love going to the Sweetwater Branch Inn; the staff is wonderful. They take care of you just like they take care of their guests, they don't treat you any different. We work with them so often it feels like home. Book your next event with Sweetwater Branch Inn.

  • AJ Entertainment
    AJ Entertainment Wedding DJs

    I love working with the staff at Sweetwater Branch. Lauren is a great asset, every venue should have someone like her. Between the professionalism of the staff and the beautiful landscape of the property, Sweetwater Branch is the perfect location for your wedding day from Ceremony to Reception or your private event. I highly recommend Sweetwater Branch from the vendor and customer level.

  • Gainesville Wedding Hair Wedding Hair & Makeup

    I love it when I get to style the brides hair at this location. The accommodations and staff make it a very Sweet and Stress free for the bride on her wedding day

Map

  • 625 E. University Avenue Gainesville, FL, 32601 See on map
    352-553-1491 (Phone number)
    8005957760 (Other Phone Number)
    3523713771 (Fax Number)
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Sweetwater Branch Inn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Sweetwater Branch Inn?

Sweetwater Branch Inn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Sweetwater Branch Inn, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Sweetwater Branch Inn includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Sweetwater Branch Inn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Sweetwater Branch Inn for wedding events is known for:

  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Inn/B&B

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Sweetwater Branch Inn for wedding events?

Sweetwater Branch Inn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Sweetwater Branch Inn offer?

Sweetwater Branch Inn offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Sweetwater Branch Inn offer for wedding events?

Sweetwater Branch Inn offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Sweetwater Branch Inn have available for wedding events?

Sweetwater Branch Inn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend Sweetwater Branch Inn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Sweetwater Branch Inn is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.8 in value.