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The Theodore

Birmingham, AL View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
18 reviews
$15k - $26k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$15k - $26k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, The Theodore is a historic building situated in the Lakeview Industrial District. Here, couples can enjoy a wedding that is steeped in local heritage. This 1929 gem is part of the Swann Chemical Laboratory complex. The contemporary design includes an extensive 20,000 square feet and features charming elements such as exposed brick walls, steel windows, and barrel truss ceilings.

Facilities and Capacity

This building has three warehouse bays, a covered porch, and a beautiful courtyard that was transformed from the base of a railroad platform. These and other unique features make The Theodore a wedding destination to remember. As a versatile event space, the celebration area can be arranged in many different ways to suit the upcoming occasion. The capacity of this venue ranges from 500 guests for a seated or ceremony gathering, or 750 for a standing event. The building facilities include an ADA-accessible entrance, a prep kitchen, a bar, a get-ready suite, and more.

Services Offered

A team of in-house event specialists is made available to clients as they plan their celebratory journey. Beyond Details Catering and Design, the associated caterers of The Theodore, incorporate flavors that speak to local culinary traditions. Meals are paired with services like decor, flower arrangements, and lighting to set the tone of the event. From the first consultation to bidding farewell to guests, couples will feel fully supported by this team.

History

The proprietor of this building, Theodore Swann, originally hailed from Tennessee. He arrived in Birmingham in 1913, bringing with him ideas and drive. After working a handful of years for James Mitchell, Theodore branched out and started The Swann Chemical Company. While in operation, Swann's companies were pioneers in utilizing ferromanganese and phosphoric acid by electric furnace. The Swann Chemical Laboratory was established in 1936, utilizing a warehouse built in 1929. Dawning a new era of inhabitance, 2017 saw a grand remodel and the opening of the building for events and occasions of all kinds.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No

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

$7,500

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

$7,500

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

No

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

$7,500

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

$7,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$11

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Loft

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

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?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
July
August
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    Kim H. Married on 06/18/2022
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    So much fun

    First of all, Jakob is just amazing. He made us feel so comfortable, and he never made us feel like we had a dumb question, and believe me we had a lot! He was always timely in his response, and he just made the whole experience very enjoyable. He has great advice and ideas. The Theodore was the perfect spot to celebrate for the reception after a downtown church wedding. it was so open, and people could move around easily. It was nice having the two separate rooms, one for the band and one for the meal so older guests could sit in the other room to take a break from the band if they wanted. The food was delicious - everything was top notch - we continue to get a stream of positive comments from everybody! Having the two bars and 4 lines for the buffet was genius. My daughter was so pleased with everything. Also, Todd was so gracious in helping my father in law in with his wheelchair - they have a lift and it was no problem. The valet parking is also a nice touch. Everything the Theodore does is first class. Thank you to Jakob and his team for making my daughter's dream wedding a reality. Y'all are just the BEST! We can't thank you enough.
    - Kim Haney
    Peachtree City, Georgia
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    Taylor H. Married on 06/18/2022
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    Wonderful!

    Truly blessed with the wedding of our dreams thanks to The Theodore and all of our other amazing vendors. This venue has such a large, beautiful space. Jakob is so wonderful and on top of everything. Everything from catering, valet, security, bartenders, décor, tables and linens etc. are included and make the wedding planning process such a breeze. Not to mention the food is absolutely delicious. They go above and beyond at the Theodore and we are forever grateful!
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    Janna S. Married on 06/11/2022
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    Fantastic Venue!

    Fantastic, flexible venue! We had our daughter’s wedding reception here after a two-year wait due to COVID. We received so many compliments about the venue and the food, but the best part of this experience was working with Jakob! He was so easy to work with, accommodating to our requests, and very friendly! Truly goes above and beyond. I highly recommend The Theodore for your wedding/reception.
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The Theodore frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Theodore?

The Theodore includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Theodore, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Theodore includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At The Theodore, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Theodore includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Theodore in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Theodore for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Loft

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Theodore for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Theodore offer?

The Theodore offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Theodore offer for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Theodore have available for wedding events?

The Theodore offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Theodore and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Theodore is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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