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Carraway-Davie House

Birmingham , AL

LOCATION

4465 Old Overton Road
Birmingham, AL US 35210 (map)
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ABOUT US

Surrounded by a nature preserve and overlooking the Cahaba River is one of Birmingham's finest event facilities: the Carraway Davie House and Conference Center, a relaxed and gracious... Read more
Surrounded by a nature preserve and overlooking the Cahaba River is one of Birmingham's finest event facilities: the Carraway Davie House and Conference Center, a relaxed and gracious setting for weddings and special events.

We specialize in creating memories that last a lifetime with our elegant atmosphere, superior service, event design, and exceptional cuisine.

The Carraway Davie House was built in 1972 as the residence of the family of Dr. Clayton Davie, a Birmingham neurosurgeon. In 1979, Dr. Davie donated this remarkable home to the Carraway Methodist Medical Center to be used for hosting events such as corporate conferences, weddings, and Christmas parties. In 2002 Corretti, Inc. acquired the property and currently hosts a variety of corporate and social events. It provides catering for events held at the Carraway Davie House as well as offsite functions.

The Carraway Davie House is a unique blend of past and present containing many architectural elements salvaged from historic Alabama landmarks, placing the house on the Historical Registry. Several of the architectural features were a part of the old Terminal Station in downtown Birmingham, including the front door with its lavendar glass, marble tiles on the first floor, library fireplace, and two-ton cast-iron chandelier in the two-story den. An elaborate, gilt-trimmed mirror that once hung in the historic Tutwiler Hotel now hangs in the main foyer of the house.

Exterior brick came from the old Birmingham Paper Company, dating from the turn of the last century. The six columns on the portico are hand-hewn cypress logs that date back to 1850. They were originally part of Talledega's Presbyterian Female Collegiate Institute.

The Carraway Davie House also features a large reception space in the Conference Center located behind the house. Thanks to a flexable design, guests can enjoy the entire property or smaller spaces to suit the size of the event, including use of the lovely poolside patio. The large reception room is ideal for seated dinners and features a stage perfect for a band. The poolside patio is a festive area sittlng atop a Cahaba River hillside, and the pool features splashing fountains. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1973
When was your venue last renovated?
2008
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Country, Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
300
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
20
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Teresa
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Wow! What a great decision we made in selecting this venue!! We let Catherine Wayman plan the floral arrangements and Coretti Inc. plan the menu. We let those talented, capable folks use their creative, tasteful abilities and had a beautiful, perfect, classy, memorable experience. The setting and facility complemented the floral and culinary arrangements. We had a lovely experience.
Wow! What a great decision we made in selecting this venue!! We let Catherine Wayman plan the floral arrangements and Read more...
Wow! What a great decision we made in selecting this venue!! We let Catherine Wayman plan the floral arrangements and Coretti Inc. plan the menu. We let those talented, capable folks use their creative, tasteful abilities and had a beautiful, perfect, classy, memorable experience. The setting and facility complemented the floral and culinary arrangements. We had a lovely experience. Read less
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Dr Fawzia
Wedding:
4/27/2012
0.5/5.0
I am Dr Fawzia Lide MD, I wouldn't recommend this venue for any one. The reasons for that is the lack of professionalism of the owner & the staff. The owner was very rude and inflexible with me when I requested what was promised to me earlier when I signed the contact. Therefore I do not recommend this venue and I advise all brides not to be fooled by the cheerfulness of the venue coordinator in the first meeting or by the name of the place. The bride should outline her request in writing & have the final proposal before she pays the money to the venue & read the contact carefully and have the approval of her requests in writing, also the bride should appoint a person from her side to supervise the reception. When we first met Kathy (the venue coordinator) she was nice . She accepted my request to come 3 hours early free of charge to take pictures in the venue before the guests arrival. When she presented the package, it seemed within our budget, but close to the reception date, she requested more pay for the taxes and advance 20% service charges. At the reception the waitresses stood watching the crowded guests eating in the small dining room & didn’t invite the guests to eat on the tables in the terrace. A few days before the wedding reception, I received the final proposal which indicated that I had two hours of taking pictures only outside the venue, when I called Kathy to express my concerns and to explain my photographer plan, she asked me to pay extra charges. When I called the owner, she was very rude ; she said you are a doctor & you can’t read a contract, not only that but she asked me to change my wedding dress in the office. I have never seen such audacity & poor service or customer relations. Due to the time restraint I had to accept to take pictures first outside in the heat, the photographer was profusely sweating.
I am Dr Fawzia Lide MD, I wouldn't recommend this venue for any one. The reasons for that is the lack of professionalism Read more...
I am Dr Fawzia Lide MD, I wouldn't recommend this venue for any one. The reasons for that is the lack of professionalism of the owner & the staff. The owner was very rude and inflexible with me when I requested what was promised to me earlier when I signed the contact. Therefore I do not recommend this venue and I advise all brides not to be fooled by the cheerfulness of the venue coordinator in the first meeting or by the name of the place. The bride should outline her request in writing & have the final proposal before she pays the money to the venue & read the contact carefully and have the approval of her requests in writing, also the bride should appoint a person from her side to supervise the reception. When we first met Kathy (the venue coordinator) she was nice . She accepted my request to come 3 hours early free of charge to take pictures in the venue before the guests arrival. When she presented the package, it seemed within our budget, but close to the reception date, she requested more pay for the taxes and advance 20% service charges. At the reception the waitresses stood watching the crowded guests eating in the small dining room & didn’t invite the guests to eat on the tables in the terrace. A few days before the wedding reception, I received the final proposal which indicated that I had two hours of taking pictures only outside the venue, when I called Kathy to express my concerns and to explain my photographer plan, she asked me to pay extra charges. When I called the owner, she was very rude ; she said you are a doctor & you can’t read a contract, not only that but she asked me to change my wedding dress in the office. I have never seen such audacity & poor service or customer relations. Due to the time restraint I had to accept to take pictures first outside in the heat, the photographer was profusely sweating. Read less
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Carraway-Davie House responded with the following comments:

As a company which prides itself on its service excellence, it is a shame to see a review that is not consistent with the majority of each bride that has worked with us over the years.

The Carraway-Davie House has built its reputation on excellent service, professional staff, and high quality weddings and events. It has been a pleasure building relationships with each of our brides, and creating the weddings that they dreamed of.

This is why it is regrettable to see that one bride has felt it necessary to give a less than favorable review. Unfortunately, the bride did not seem to understand the contract of service which she agreed to and signed upon booking. Her subsequent grievances were a reflection of her effort to negotiate terms of service and bypass the policies of the property extended to every client at the Carraway-Davie House.

Despite her grievances prior to the wedding regarding her budgetary issues, our event coordinator took special care of her on the wedding day outside of her responsibilities and even hired additional assistance to ensure Dr. Fawzia’s happiness. Every effort was made by the staff of the Carraway-Davie House to make her day run smoothly, and Dr. Fawzia thanked us and told us how pleased she was at the end of her event. This is why we are deeply saddened that she reported she had a bad experience on her wedding day, and wish her the best in her future.

Sincerely,

Ownership of Carraway-Davie House
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MeganHolmes24
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved having our wedding at the Carraway Davie House. The staff was so nice and very professional. They made everything very easy for me on my wedding day. I would definitely recommend having your wedding/reception here!
I absolutely loved having our wedding at the Carraway Davie House. The staff was so nice and very professional. They made Read more...
I absolutely loved having our wedding at the Carraway Davie House. The staff was so nice and very professional. They made everything very easy for me on my wedding day. I would definitely recommend having your wedding/reception here! Read less
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jkwgull
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.8/5.0
My wedding day was perfect. Everything was taken care of and the wedding coordinator was very professional. She even took time to call us when we got back from our honeymoon just to check on us. This is an upscale facility, so it wasn't cheap, but we are still getting compliments on the food and service. BTW, my sister just booked her wedding here for next year and they gave us a great price!
My wedding day was perfect. Everything was taken care of and the wedding coordinator was very professional. She even took Read more...
My wedding day was perfect. Everything was taken care of and the wedding coordinator was very professional. She even took time to call us when we got back from our honeymoon just to check on us. This is an upscale facility, so it wasn't cheap, but we are still getting compliments on the food and service. BTW, my sister just booked her wedding here for next year and they gave us a great price! Read less
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afarley
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I was more than pleased with my wedding and reception at the Carraway Davie House! They had everything there- catering, floral design, and a fabublous venue! The house is so pretty- it is traditional Southern Style! And, we had cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by the pool which was lovely. I wish I could do it all over again!!!
I was more than pleased with my wedding and reception at the Carraway Davie House! They had everything there- catering, Read more...
I was more than pleased with my wedding and reception at the Carraway Davie House! They had everything there- catering, floral design, and a fabublous venue! The house is so pretty- it is traditional Southern Style! And, we had cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by the pool which was lovely. I wish I could do it all over again!!! Read less
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Marilyn
Wedding:
8/11/2007
4.8/5.0
I loved the entire feel of this venue, it was elegant yet comfortable
I loved the entire feel of this venue, it was elegant yet comfortable
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RightOn
Wedding:
1/21/2006
4.0/5.0
When we were searching for a ceremony site, it was a very difficult choice because Jessica was not from Birmingham, and we were not yet members of a church. A friend of mine reminded me of The Carroway-Davie house in Irondale, and that they also performed weddings. We made an appointment, and fell in love with the timeless, classic feel of the southern mansion-style home. Because January was one of their slower months, they gave us a great deal on renting out the inside of the house for the wedding ceremony and the reception, as well as allowing us to use the on-site banquet hall for the rehearsal dinner at no extra charge. The wedding came together beautifully, and we were so happy with everything from the wedding planner, to the decorations. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is that during the ceremony, they did not turn off the house music. We didnt even realize this was the case until we watched the video later and heard it in the background throughout the entire thing. For a small and intimate wedding venue, The Carraway-Davie House is a wonderful choice!
When we were searching for a ceremony site, it was a very difficult choice because Jessica was not from Birmingham, and we Read more...
When we were searching for a ceremony site, it was a very difficult choice because Jessica was not from Birmingham, and we were not yet members of a church. A friend of mine reminded me of The Carroway-Davie house in Irondale, and that they also performed weddings. We made an appointment, and fell in love with the timeless, classic feel of the southern mansion-style home. Because January was one of their slower months, they gave us a great deal on renting out the inside of the house for the wedding ceremony and the reception, as well as allowing us to use the on-site banquet hall for the rehearsal dinner at no extra charge. The wedding came together beautifully, and we were so happy with everything from the wedding planner, to the decorations. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is that during the ceremony, they did not turn off the house music. We didnt even realize this was the case until we watched the video later and heard it in the background throughout the entire thing. For a small and intimate wedding venue, The Carraway-Davie House is a wonderful choice! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding. We had the house all day for bridal party to get ready, ceremony on the lawn, and reception on the pool deck and in the conference center. Staff was SO attentive and helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly the whole time. Food and flowers were beyond amazing.
Couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding. We had the house all day for bridal party to get ready, ceremony Read more...
Couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding. We had the house all day for bridal party to get ready, ceremony on the lawn, and reception on the pool deck and in the conference center. Staff was SO attentive and helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly the whole time. Food and flowers were beyond amazing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
If it was possible to give this venue more than 5.0 rating I would. Carraway Davie House went well above our expectations. We stated in the beginning that service was our number one priority and they went above and beyond to meet our needs. Catherine Wayman, wedding coordinator, is incredible. Catherine was always available throughout the 10 month wedding planning process. Friends and family cannot stop talking about the food, flowers, and service. The owner went out of his way several times throughout the day and evening to ask us if we had everything we needed. I highly recommend renting the venue for the entire day of the wedding so the wedding party can enjoy a fun and relaxing day before the festivities get started. Lunch was so good that we couldn't wait to eat again that evening. We used a photographer and band that was not on the recommend vendor list and the venue was very accommodating to them. I can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Carraway Davie House. -- Mother of the Bride
If it was possible to give this venue more than 5.0 rating I would. Carraway Davie House went well above our expectations. Read more...
If it was possible to give this venue more than 5.0 rating I would. Carraway Davie House went well above our expectations. We stated in the beginning that service was our number one priority and they went above and beyond to meet our needs. Catherine Wayman, wedding coordinator, is incredible. Catherine was always available throughout the 10 month wedding planning process. Friends and family cannot stop talking about the food, flowers, and service. The owner went out of his way several times throughout the day and evening to ask us if we had everything we needed. I highly recommend renting the venue for the entire day of the wedding so the wedding party can enjoy a fun and relaxing day before the festivities get started. Lunch was so good that we couldn't wait to eat again that evening. We used a photographer and band that was not on the recommend vendor list and the venue was very accommodating to them. I can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Carraway Davie House. -- Mother of the Bride Read less
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