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The Historic Thomas Center

Gainesville , FL

LOCATION

P.O. Box 490, Station 30
Gainesville, FL 32627 US (map)

PHONE

352-393-8539

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The historic Thomas Center has consistently been voted one of the best wedding venues in Gainesville for many years. Come see why dozens of couples select us every year to host the most... Read more
The historic Thomas Center has consistently been voted one of the best wedding venues in Gainesville for many years. Come see why dozens of couples select us every year to host the most important day of their lives.

The west veranda is the perfect introduction to the Thomas Center before your guests are ushered graciously inside. There too, you can impress your out-of-town visitors with cocktails overlooking lush southern gardens, original fountain and rose, camellia and azalea plantings.

The Spanish Court, situated at the heart of the Thomas Center, rises two-stories to a full skylight. It is surrounded by a colonnade and second story Mezzanine area. Your guests will talk for years to come about the time they danced the night away under the stars in this enchanting space.

Wedding ceremonies can take place in the West Gardens under our towering Live Oaks. Ceremonies can also take place in the unique and secluded Turtle Court with its Romeo and Juliet-style balcony. This sunken and romantic courtyard is perfect for weddings, cocktail receptions, intimate family gatherings and much more! Contact our Facilities Coordinator, Erica Chatman, for further information. 352-393-8539. chatmanej@cityofgainesville.org Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1910
When was your venue last renovated?
2009
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
175
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
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?
500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1910
When was your venue last renovated?
2009
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
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?
500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center staff accommodated our late request for this rental, and was incredibly accommodating for alternative weather plans (i.e., rain back-up plans).
The Thomas Center staff accommodated our late request for this rental, and was incredibly accommodating for alternative Read more...
The Thomas Center staff accommodated our late request for this rental, and was incredibly accommodating for alternative weather plans (i.e., rain back-up plans). Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Your group was quite small and that did make a last-minute request easier. We were very happy to be able to step in and help out. We are very happy that you were pleased with your experience!
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C.
Wedding:
10/27/2014
5.0/5.0
The entire Historic Thomas Center is beautifully maintained and the gem of Gainesville! From the marriage service in the Turtle Garden, to cocktails on the veranda to the reception in the Atrium everything was picture perfect! Working with Erica Chapman, Facilities Coordinator was a pleasure from start to finish. This was a wonderful experience and an absolutely beautiful wedding!!
The entire Historic Thomas Center is beautifully maintained and the gem of Gainesville! From the marriage service in the Read more...
The entire Historic Thomas Center is beautifully maintained and the gem of Gainesville! From the marriage service in the Turtle Garden, to cocktails on the veranda to the reception in the Atrium everything was picture perfect! Working with Erica Chapman, Facilities Coordinator was a pleasure from start to finish. This was a wonderful experience and an absolutely beautiful wedding!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We strive for picture perfect so we are thrilled to hear that we achieved it for you and your family. We look forward to hopefully celebrating other milestone events with all of you.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everything was wonderful and the event went off without a hitch. Thank you very much for your staffs help making the wedding so successful.
Everything was wonderful and the event went off without a hitch. Thank you very much for your staffs help making the Read more...
Everything was wonderful and the event went off without a hitch. Thank you very much for your staffs help making the wedding so successful. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Glad to hear everything went smoothly! Congratulations on beginning your new life together!
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Grace
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Fabulous place, affordable with top notch attention to detail.
Fabulous place, affordable with top notch attention to detail.
Fabulous place, affordable with top notch attention to detail. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are happy you were pleased with your experience. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it!
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Sasha
Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My experience at the Thomas Center was amazing. Everything went smoothly and made my wedding experience less stressful. Erica Chatmon was awesome to work with and very friendly. I will definitely recommend this venue to friends,family, and clients.
My experience at the Thomas Center was amazing. Everything went smoothly and made my wedding experience less stressful. Read more...
My experience at the Thomas Center was amazing. Everything went smoothly and made my wedding experience less stressful. Erica Chatmon was awesome to work with and very friendly. I will definitely recommend this venue to friends,family, and clients. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We were so happy to hear that we were actually able to reduce your stress level! Wedding planning should be fun and pleasant after all. Congratulations on a lovely event!
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Rachael
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Thomas Center. It was perfect. Our guests were very grateful that they did not have to travel between places that evening. The staff made sure we had everything we needed for the night and everything went very smoothly. Erica is wonderful to work with and was very quick to respond to anything we needed.
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Thomas Center. It was perfect. Our guests were very grateful that they did Read more...
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Thomas Center. It was perfect. Our guests were very grateful that they did not have to travel between places that evening. The staff made sure we had everything we needed for the night and everything went very smoothly. Erica is wonderful to work with and was very quick to respond to anything we needed. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations to you both! We are happy to hear that you had everything that you needed and wanted on your big day. We were happy to be a part of starting your marriage off right! Best wishes!
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Emily
Wedding:
8/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica and staff are exceedingly friendly and well versed in their craft. They allow the couple and the family to go into as much detail as they like in regards to arranging the event, and they are very well versed in compromise to mutual agreement. As this is a state run facility there are certain guidelines they must abide by (no throwing rice, no bubbles, you must serve alcohol in plastic containers); but the venue is so reasonably priced and gorgeous you really won't mind!
Erica and staff are exceedingly friendly and well versed in their craft. They allow the couple and the family to go into Read more...
Erica and staff are exceedingly friendly and well versed in their craft. They allow the couple and the family to go into as much detail as they like in regards to arranging the event, and they are very well versed in compromise to mutual agreement. As this is a state run facility there are certain guidelines they must abide by (no throwing rice, no bubbles, you must serve alcohol in plastic containers); but the venue is so reasonably priced and gorgeous you really won't mind! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

You are so very kind! Thank you! It is true that as a City-owned facility there are a few regulations that some consider quirky but we've also been in the wedding business a long time and usually have several alternate suggestions at the ready for most questions. We were very happy to be a part of your special day. Lots of love & luck to you both!!
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Jenny
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center was the perfect reception venue! We had cocktails on the terrace, before moving inside for a seated dinner and dancing in the Spanish Court with an open bar and the cake in the Long Gallery. It was perfect, and Erica was a joy to work with. Highly recommended!!
The Thomas Center was the perfect reception venue! We had cocktails on the terrace, before moving inside for a seated Read more...
The Thomas Center was the perfect reception venue! We had cocktails on the terrace, before moving inside for a seated dinner and dancing in the Spanish Court with an open bar and the cake in the Long Gallery. It was perfect, and Erica was a joy to work with. Highly recommended!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are glad that everything met your expectations. You both were a joy to work with! Congrats!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The venue was beautiful and the staff was flexible. The air in the ceremony room was uncomfortably warm however
The venue was beautiful and the staff was flexible. The air in the ceremony room was uncomfortably warm however
The venue was beautiful and the staff was flexible. The air in the ceremony room was uncomfortably warm however Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

The event staff will be told of your compliments. Thank you. We will also be sure to note your concerns about the a/c for future July weddings. We are sorry that the staff wasn't able to cool the room as much as you would have preferred. We will continue to endeavor to make the rooms as comfortable as possible for our guests in the future.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
The staff at The Thomas Center was professional, helpful and friendly. We got the wedding we wanted for a great price and we couldn't have been happier! Everyone said it was the most beautiful wedding and our coordinator was very happy with the staff on site.
The staff at The Thomas Center was professional, helpful and friendly. We got the wedding we wanted for a great price and Read more...
The staff at The Thomas Center was professional, helpful and friendly. We got the wedding we wanted for a great price and we couldn't have been happier! Everyone said it was the most beautiful wedding and our coordinator was very happy with the staff on site. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

The onsite staff will definitely be made aware of your compliments. Our goal is to be sure that you get the day that you've been dreaming about. We are very, very pleased that the goal was achieved. We wish you many happy years together.

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