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The Theodore

Birmingham, AL View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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

13 Reviews

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Recommended by 100% of couples
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    Anne Married on 05/14/2022
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    The Theodore is the BEST venue!

    The Theodore is the BEST venue. I knew as soon as I was engaged (or earlier), I needed to have my wedding there. I love the amount of space the venue has and the versatility of The Theodore. If you have a wedding or any event in this location, you have options! I love seeing how people use the spaces differently. It was the PERFECT location to ring in the new year especially after the curveball 2020 threw at us. Jakob was also so much fun to work with! He got my vision for my NYE wedding and helped us run with it!
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    Jordan R. Married on 03/19/2022
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    Amazing people & venue

    Jakob and Todd and this venue are THE BEST- SERIOUSLY. I could not say enough good things about the Theodore. Its a beautiful venue, they are so accommodating and you will not have more fun with the owners at any other place!
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    Tanesha H. Married on 12/12/2021
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    Amazing venue!

    I would 100% recommend this venue to any other couples on the fence about booking The Theodore. We had an amazing wedding here! Jakob was accommodating during the entire process. Months before the wedding, he hosted a food tasting at The Theodore in which my husband and I were able to taste a variety of the foods offered at the venue. The food was amazing and I was impressed at how extensive the menu was. If there were any questions I could easily email Jakob and receive a swift response. I was also very shocked to see how attentive he was on the day of the wedding. After what seemed like millions of pictures and being pulled in every direction he always made sure to come around with some appetizers and drinks ready for us to consume when we were able to escape the crowd. It's these little things that made the difference for us. Not to mention your photos at this venue will look amazing! We have received several compliments from our guests in regards to the grounds of the venue and the food. So if you are still thinking about this venue, think no further and book! You will certainly not regret it!

Awards

  • 13
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Anne-Marie & Logan
    37 photos · 12/31/2020

Map

3211 2nd Ave S. Birmingham, AL, 35222
205-352-9913
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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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