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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75 Reviews for Sweetwater Branch Inn

Recommended by 97% of couples


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

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    Jenna · Married on 06/30/2019

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    The wedding of our dreams..

    We are over the moon with the venue we chose. The minute we saw the venue for the first time, we knew we would be getting married there. The entire staff at Sweetwater was so kind and supportive from the very beginning. They were flexible, patient, and understanding. They answered a million of my questions without blinking an eye. They were beyond professional and accommodating to all of our needs the day of and the day before. Our family and friends (and us included!) were blown away by how truly beautiful the venue is. Everything looked stunning on the day of the wedding. Alicia and the rest of the staff at SWB were so on top of everything that my husband and I have no idea if anything went wrong! Our family was so impressed with the staff afterwards. Plus- the food is AMAZING! So delicious. We love them!

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    Kelly · Married on 04/20/2019

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    Perfect venue

    I loved EVERYTHING about Sweetwater Branch Inn! When you are choosing to have your wedding here, you are choosing more than a BEAUTIFUL garden with twinkle lights and an open, bright banquet hall. You are choosing a staff of responsive, thoughtful, and unbelievably helpful people that are going to make your wedding dreams come true. Any time we had a question they were ready with suggestions to help guide us. They helped us think through every detail in our planning process. And on our special day they helped coordinate everything and make everything beautiful. I was the most stress-free bride because of them. All of our guests were so impressed by the delicious food, decor, and fun lawn games. Sweetwater is the PERFECT place to have your wedding!

    Sent on 04/22/2019

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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

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  • Selfie Florida Photo Booth
    Selfie Florida Photo Booth Photo Booths

    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
    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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