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Sweetwater Branch Inn

Gainesville , FL
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625 E. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601 US (map)

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352-373-6760

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ABOUT US

Nestled in historic downtown Gainesville, Florida, Sweetwater Branch Inn's lush gardens complete with colonnade & gazebo flourish beside the spacious McKenzie Reception Hall and... Read more
Nestled in historic downtown Gainesville, Florida, Sweetwater Branch Inn's lush gardens complete with colonnade & gazebo flourish beside the spacious McKenzie Reception Hall and Victorian House - capable of hosting on-site events for up to 250 guests. With custom catering, twenty suites & cottages for guests and a new inground pool, Sweetwater is your already gorgeous total package. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Inn / B&B
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
For me selecting a venue was one of the tougher wedding decisions I had to make, but I am so happy I went with Sweetwater Branch Inn. The venue looked beautiful and the staff was so helpful. Lauren, our coordinator, was fantastic. She answered my many emails all throughout the nine months leading up to the wedding. The day of she made sure everything went smoothly and seeing as I was my own wedding planner, that was an enormous help.
For me selecting a venue was one of the tougher wedding decisions I had to make, but I am so happy I went with Sweetwater Read more...
For me selecting a venue was one of the tougher wedding decisions I had to make, but I am so happy I went with Sweetwater Branch Inn. The venue looked beautiful and the staff was so helpful. Lauren, our coordinator, was fantastic. She answered my many emails all throughout the nine months leading up to the wedding. The day of she made sure everything went smoothly and seeing as I was my own wedding planner, that was an enormous help. Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
6/26/2015
5.0/5.0
My wedding couldn't have been more BEAUTIFUL! And, it couldn't have been more challenging.... We got married on steamy summer evening in July, and the weather shifted at the last minute. Sweetwater staff helped me make the very difficult decision to move the ceremony from the garden to inside the hall. They responded quickly and professionally and the ceremony flowed as if it was supposed to be inside! I was so glad and HAPPY it was moved! Inside was cool and mosquito-free and intimate and elegant. I felt like a QUEEN! Many guests commented on how lovely it was. Also, the AC had been broken that day and the room was slow to cool, so the wedding cake that my mom made started to melt and fall when it was delivered two hours before the ceremony. The owner Cornelia and her staff Lauren and the Intern along with the Florist, Joan Prange, kicked into action and team-worked and problem-solved to save the cake!! And, they protected me, the bride, from the drama of it alll while I did photos! They are SO awesome in dealing with the many surprises and dynamics a wedding can bring...Oh, and compliments to the Chef! We had a DELICIOUS meal and a fabulous time!!! Finally, our family stayed at the Inn. The rooms were so nice and breakfast was to die for! We stayed at the honeymoon suite and it was just PERFECT! I can't say enough about how happy we were with Sweetwater. I highly recommend them. THANK YOU! :-)
My wedding couldn't have been more BEAUTIFUL! And, it couldn't have been more challenging.... We got married on steamy Read more...
My wedding couldn't have been more BEAUTIFUL! And, it couldn't have been more challenging.... We got married on steamy summer evening in July, and the weather shifted at the last minute. Sweetwater staff helped me make the very difficult decision to move the ceremony from the garden to inside the hall. They responded quickly and professionally and the ceremony flowed as if it was supposed to be inside! I was so glad and HAPPY it was moved! Inside was cool and mosquito-free and intimate and elegant. I felt like a QUEEN! Many guests commented on how lovely it was. Also, the AC had been broken that day and the room was slow to cool, so the wedding cake that my mom made started to melt and fall when it was delivered two hours before the ceremony. The owner Cornelia and her staff Lauren and the Intern along with the Florist, Joan Prange, kicked into action and team-worked and problem-solved to save the cake!! And, they protected me, the bride, from the drama of it alll while I did photos! They are SO awesome in dealing with the many surprises and dynamics a wedding can bring...Oh, and compliments to the Chef! We had a DELICIOUS meal and a fabulous time!!! Finally, our family stayed at the Inn. The rooms were so nice and breakfast was to die for! We stayed at the honeymoon suite and it was just PERFECT! I can't say enough about how happy we were with Sweetwater. I highly recommend them. THANK YOU! :-) Read less
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ruby
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Sweetwater Inn is the coolest place to get married. This venue is perfect for the mid sized wedding.
Ceremony: so many options for the bride to setup. We chose the coloumns, since we had a larger guest count. The flowers were blooming in season in May and so that was very nice to walk down the aisle to. There is fake grass, but its so great, bc our guests didnt have to worry about sinking into the ground and ruining their heels. It looks very nice in pictures as the grass is always very green.
Venue: The indoor hall with cocktail bar was great for our out of town guests. It was so nice not to have to drive to a different place from the ceremony. Our guests loved the cocktail hour under the awning while we took our pictures. At night, the strung lights were really romantic and gave the garden a glow which was just awesome. We loved the ponds around the Venue as this was something for the kids to look at when they needed some distraction. The McKenzie Hall was nice and big, with high ceilings and windows above. It really gave an open feeling. Recommend staying at the hotel its so nice and unique. Bfast is so tasty!
Food: We chose to pay extra for the food tasting. It is well worth it. I cannot explain to you how good the food was. We had coconut shrimp, beef wellington, stuffed sausage mushrooms for apps (a crowd pleaser). Entree we chose to do buffet style. Honey Pecan fried chicken was very tasty. We splurged and had the prime rib carving station and that was PHENOMENAL! Our guests did return for seconds and I was told several times through the night and the next day that the food so good.
Staff/Venue Coordinators:
First of all, Thank you Lauren and Sarah, you both are two of the sweetest people to work with. The events directors are very easy to work with, especially with my hectic schedule they were able to fit me into their time. Things went so smoothly from day 1 to wedding day. Other staff ppl were great on day of event.
Sweetwater Inn is the coolest place to get married. This venue is perfect for the mid sized wedding.
Ceremony: so Read more...
Sweetwater Inn is the coolest place to get married. This venue is perfect for the mid sized wedding.
Ceremony: so many options for the bride to setup. We chose the coloumns, since we had a larger guest count. The flowers were blooming in season in May and so that was very nice to walk down the aisle to. There is fake grass, but its so great, bc our guests didnt have to worry about sinking into the ground and ruining their heels. It looks very nice in pictures as the grass is always very green.
Venue: The indoor hall with cocktail bar was great for our out of town guests. It was so nice not to have to drive to a different place from the ceremony. Our guests loved the cocktail hour under the awning while we took our pictures. At night, the strung lights were really romantic and gave the garden a glow which was just awesome. We loved the ponds around the Venue as this was something for the kids to look at when they needed some distraction. The McKenzie Hall was nice and big, with high ceilings and windows above. It really gave an open feeling. Recommend staying at the hotel its so nice and unique. Bfast is so tasty!
Food: We chose to pay extra for the food tasting. It is well worth it. I cannot explain to you how good the food was. We had coconut shrimp, beef wellington, stuffed sausage mushrooms for apps (a crowd pleaser). Entree we chose to do buffet style. Honey Pecan fried chicken was very tasty. We splurged and had the prime rib carving station and that was PHENOMENAL! Our guests did return for seconds and I was told several times through the night and the next day that the food so good.
Staff/Venue Coordinators:
First of all, Thank you Lauren and Sarah, you both are two of the sweetest people to work with. The events directors are very easy to work with, especially with my hectic schedule they were able to fit me into their time. Things went so smoothly from day 1 to wedding day. Other staff ppl were great on day of event. Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
What a fantastic venue! We can't thank Sweetwater Branch Inn enough for their part in making our special day so incredible!
From guiding us through the setup and menu process to being so attentive during the event. They well exceeded our expectations!
What a fantastic venue! We can't thank Sweetwater Branch Inn enough for their part in making our special day so Read more...
What a fantastic venue! We can't thank Sweetwater Branch Inn enough for their part in making our special day so incredible!
From guiding us through the setup and menu process to being so attentive during the event. They well exceeded our expectations! Read less
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Anastasha
Wedding:
1/31/2015
5.0/5.0
I did my wedding at Sweetwater last January, and it was amazing! They were so easy to work with and made planning the menu and the venue easy! Any questions I had were answered promptly. On the day of the event, everyone was so professional and helpful, and they made sure it wasn't stressful at all for me. Sweetwater is a great venue for it's beautiful scenery and delicious food, but the people at Sweetwater make it an outstanding venue!
I did my wedding at Sweetwater last January, and it was amazing! They were so easy to work with and made planning the menu Read more...
I did my wedding at Sweetwater last January, and it was amazing! They were so easy to work with and made planning the menu and the venue easy! Any questions I had were answered promptly. On the day of the event, everyone was so professional and helpful, and they made sure it wasn't stressful at all for me. Sweetwater is a great venue for it's beautiful scenery and delicious food, but the people at Sweetwater make it an outstanding venue! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Taylor
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
There are too many good things to say about Sweetwater. The ceremony area is beautiful. The reception hall is gorgeous. Every bit of the property is unique and charming. The food that they cater is incredibly delicious. My guests are still raving about their dinners. But on top of all that, you also have Lauren and Sarah who are the most helpful, skilled, and organized event coordinators I have ever met. Leading up to the wedding, I had so many questions and they were so gracious to promptly respond with several good ideas and tips. They communicated with our vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. On the day of the wedding, they coordinated our vendors on where to go and they helped us put up the rest of our decorations. Also, during the wedding, Sarah was around to make sure everything went smoothly. And good thing she was there! Our wedding was going longer than expected and we knew we would need another hour to have plenty of time for dancing. So Sarah coordinated all of our vendors and asked if they could stay for another hour. I never had to worry about a thing! She had it all under control. I cannot imagine having my wedding anywhere else! I know we are going to be talking about how amazing Sweetwater is for years to come.
There are too many good things to say about Sweetwater. The ceremony area is beautiful. The reception hall is gorgeous. Read more...
There are too many good things to say about Sweetwater. The ceremony area is beautiful. The reception hall is gorgeous. Every bit of the property is unique and charming. The food that they cater is incredibly delicious. My guests are still raving about their dinners. But on top of all that, you also have Lauren and Sarah who are the most helpful, skilled, and organized event coordinators I have ever met. Leading up to the wedding, I had so many questions and they were so gracious to promptly respond with several good ideas and tips. They communicated with our vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. On the day of the wedding, they coordinated our vendors on where to go and they helped us put up the rest of our decorations. Also, during the wedding, Sarah was around to make sure everything went smoothly. And good thing she was there! Our wedding was going longer than expected and we knew we would need another hour to have plenty of time for dancing. So Sarah coordinated all of our vendors and asked if they could stay for another hour. I never had to worry about a thing! She had it all under control. I cannot imagine having my wedding anywhere else! I know we are going to be talking about how amazing Sweetwater is for years to come. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
12/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely a beautiful hidden gem! excellent value for the $ and a dream come true!
Absolutely a beautiful hidden gem! excellent value for the $ and a dream come true!
Absolutely a beautiful hidden gem! excellent value for the $ and a dream come true! Read less
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Carol
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely gorgeous venue!!! And the food is to die for!
Absolutely gorgeous venue!!! And the food is to die for!
Absolutely gorgeous venue!!! And the food is to die for! Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
5/11/2014
5.0/5.0
I just had my wedding here on Sunday May 11th. It was an amazing day! Unfortunately, it was raining about 30 minutes before my ceremony was to take place, so Lauren (the coordinator) suggested switching to inside. That was literally the only disappointing thing the whole day because everyone at sweetwater made my wedding SO perfect. They were able to set up for the indoors ceremony (MacKenzie hall) quickly. Lauren even helped me get into the ceremony by blocking me from view....AND carrying the train of my dress so it wouldn't get wet from the rain! Since we hadn't practiced doing the ceremony this way during the rehearsal, she pretty much acted like a ceremony coordinator (NOT part of her job description) to make sure we all went at the right time.

The food was amazing. They set up the reception beautifully. I literally was in awe when I first saw it. The sweetheart table was stunning! She helped coordinate things with the DJ and the photographer. I can truly say she went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect!

Also, considering quality of everything you get with this venue....beautiful gardens, wonderful staff/coordinators, a gorgeous reception hall, delicious food, all the set up, plus the ability to bring your own alcohol.....it was way less expensive than I imagine you can find anywhere else. If anything went wrong with the wedding, I truly did not see it!
I just had my wedding here on Sunday May 11th. It was an amazing day! Unfortunately, it was raining about 30 minutes Read more...
I just had my wedding here on Sunday May 11th. It was an amazing day! Unfortunately, it was raining about 30 minutes before my ceremony was to take place, so Lauren (the coordinator) suggested switching to inside. That was literally the only disappointing thing the whole day because everyone at sweetwater made my wedding SO perfect. They were able to set up for the indoors ceremony (MacKenzie hall) quickly. Lauren even helped me get into the ceremony by blocking me from view....AND carrying the train of my dress so it wouldn't get wet from the rain! Since we hadn't practiced doing the ceremony this way during the rehearsal, she pretty much acted like a ceremony coordinator (NOT part of her job description) to make sure we all went at the right time.

The food was amazing. They set up the reception beautifully. I literally was in awe when I first saw it. The sweetheart table was stunning! She helped coordinate things with the DJ and the photographer. I can truly say she went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect!

Also, considering quality of everything you get with this venue....beautiful gardens, wonderful staff/coordinators, a gorgeous reception hall, delicious food, all the set up, plus the ability to bring your own alcohol.....it was way less expensive than I imagine you can find anywhere else. If anything went wrong with the wedding, I truly did not see it! Read less
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Bailey
Wedding:
5/10/2014
4.8/5.0
My mom planned my bridal shower to be at Sweetwater in the Mckenzie Room yesterday. We had an amazing time. It was a beautiful venue and the staff was amazing. They were so helpful and friendly. It was such a pleasure and my friends an family said they enjoyed the venue, food and service so much. Thank you so much!
My mom planned my bridal shower to be at Sweetwater in the Mckenzie Room yesterday. We had an amazing time. It was a Read more...
My mom planned my bridal shower to be at Sweetwater in the Mckenzie Room yesterday. We had an amazing time. It was a beautiful venue and the staff was amazing. They were so helpful and friendly. It was such a pleasure and my friends an family said they enjoyed the venue, food and service so much. Thank you so much! Read less
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