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Sweetwater Branch Inn

Gainesville, FL View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
99 reviews
$11k - $13k For 100 Guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$11k - $13k For 100 Guests

Sweetwater Branch Inn is a wedding venue located in Gainesville, Florida. Dating back as far as 1895, one of the venue鈥檚 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鈥檚 events. The McKenzie Hall is a bright and spacious room that can host up to 250 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

Sweetwater is happy to accommodate engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and ceremonies. We include your tables, chairs, and linens. We also provide all staff and catering, along with your venue space.

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. We are your caterer and can create a custom wedding menu from an extensive variety of options, including different cuisisnes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher options. The newlyweds and their guests can also enjoy a day-after brunch.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$8,900

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6,700

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$850

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$850

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)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$5

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Garden
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
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
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 bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
June
July
August
September
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    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!
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    Absolutely a beautiful hidden gem! excellent value for the $ and a dream come true!
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Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Amy & Kenneth
    54 photos 路 02/01/2020
  • Arnie & Moira
    23 photos 路 06/06/2016

Team

Yeisi Perez
Yeisi Perez
Director of Catering Events

Yeisi graduated from the University of Florida with her degree in Event Management. She has over 10 years of customer service experience across multiple industries in both English and Spanish. She was also an intern at Sweetwater before completing her degree.

Outside of work, Yeisi loves binge-watching TV shows with her dog and going on vacation.

Fun Fact: Yeisi loves to do her own nails and reminds brides to take time to pamper themselves before their big day. The little details matter.

Adrienne Phillips
Adrienne Phillips
Director of Catering Events

Adrienne graduated from Virginia Tech with their bachelor's degree and later went on to complete her Master's in 2020. She has been planning events since she was in high school and loves how unique and different each one is.

Outside of work, she loves hanging out with her family, traveling to theme parks, and going to the beach.

Fun Fact: Adrienne loves to backpack through Europe. She loves to talk to clients about their future travel plans and recommending some wonderful places she has been to.

Professional Network & 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.

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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

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625 E. University Avenue Gainesville, FL, 32601
352-373-6760
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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)

At Sweetwater Branch Inn, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Sweetwater Branch Inn includes:
  • Bartender(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
  • Garden
  • 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
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • 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:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

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 97% 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, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in flexibility.

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