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.
79 Reviews for Sweetwater Branch Inn
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Alison Robbins · Married on 12/29/2019
Elegant and Memorable
We had the best wedding ever thanks to sweetwater. The food was impeccable, the atmosphere was simply sublime, and the staff was so kind. Everyone raved about how great the venue was. Thank you so much
Love the WoodwardsSent on 01/02/2020
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Shannon · Married on 10/25/2019
Charming and Elegant Wedding Venue
We chose Sweetwater Branch Inn for our rehearsal dinner and wedding in October. This venue is so charming, elegant, and beautiful for weddings. I can honestly say there is nothing else like it in the Gainesville area. It the first venue we toured and we knew right then that we would end up choosing Sweetwater for our wedding. Casey was our event planner for both our events. She is so professional and helpful with any questions or concerns we had along the way. The wedding planners always respond within a day of emailing. Also, your other vendors who work in the area (DJ’s, photographers, florists, etc.) are familiar with the venue which makes it very easy for them to plan and set up.
We had our rehearsal dinner in the McKenzie House, which is a smaller venue for more intimate events. There are so many unique and beautiful places to take photos. The service was incredible and the food was delicious. We had our wedding ceremony in the garden and our reception was in the McKenzie Hall. Everything was set up perfectly how we wanted and the space was so beautiful. Our guests were so impressed Sweetwater’s unique charm. It is a perfect space for an indoor-outdoor wedding reception. We had people dancing inside, and others chatting and playing yard games outside all night. Thanks to the Sweetwater staff, our wedding turned out so perfectly and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Sent on 12/03/2019
Ashley R · Married on 10/18/2019
Charming local venue with wonderful event staff!
Always such a pleasure working with this charming venue! Gorgeous details can be found inside and out - and I've been lucky enough to create floral installations for several weddings here with my floral design company, Garden and Grace Florals. The event and catering staff is always incredibly helpful and willing to do whatever is needed to ensure the events they host are not only gorgeous but also impeccably planned!Sent on 02/16/2020
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