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.
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.
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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95 Reviews for Sweetwater Branch Inn
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Hannah · Married on 12/29/2020
Wonderful human beings!
We loved being at Sweetwater for our wedding! Our coordinator Maria was WONDERFUL. She handled every problem with grace and professionalism, especially when one of our vendors did not deliver as promised. We had all of our guests say that this wedding was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. We love you Sweetwater!!Sent on 04/16/2021
Sweetwater Branch Inn's reply:Thank you much for your kind words, Hannah! It was truly my pleasure working with you and Judah on your special day. We hope to see you back at Sweetwater soon. - Maria :)
Kayla L. · Getting married on 04/01/2022
Best Wedding Venue in Gainesville
I had my wedding ceremony and reception at Sweetwater Branch Inn and it was the most perfect day we could have ever asked for! The Sweetwater staff is absolutely incredible, and the event directors, Maria and Casey, made sure our wedding went off without a hitch. The entire planning process was so easy since they take care of the ceremony, reception and the food, which was delicious! Our guests loved it and many said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. I cannot recommend Sweetwater Branch Inn enough, it's definitely the best place to in Gainesville to get married!Sent on 01/27/2021
Absolutely a beautiful hidden gem! excellent value for the $ and a dream come true!Sent on 09/21/2014
Team of Sweetwater Branch Inn
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.
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.
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.
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.
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