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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.

Your wedding ceremony can take place in the West Gardens under our towering Live Oaks. Your wedding 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 your 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

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Vintage, Classic
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?
175
What event services do you offer?
Event Rentals
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Private Events

REVIEWS

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Callie
Wedding:
5/13/2017
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center was a beautiful reception venue, we were so happy that we picked it for our wedding. Erica was so pleasant to work with throughout the process. We live outside of Gainesville, and she worked flexibly with us for meetings so we could get married in my hometown. Additionally, there was rain last minute and Erica made switching cocktail hour locations extremely simple. The staff was wonderful! Highly recommend!
The Thomas Center was a beautiful reception venue, we were so happy that we picked it for our wedding. Erica was so Read more...
The Thomas Center was a beautiful reception venue, we were so happy that we picked it for our wedding. Erica was so pleasant to work with throughout the process. We live outside of Gainesville, and she worked flexibly with us for meetings so we could get married in my hometown. Additionally, there was rain last minute and Erica made switching cocktail hour locations extremely simple. The staff was wonderful! Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Our motto is "making memories for over a century" and we are THRILLED that your wedding day memories turned out to be everything that you envisioned. Our staff enjoyed working with you too. Thank you for letting us be a part of it all.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Erica was super responsive and helpful in making sure everything was organized and scheduled perfectly. The venue itself is beautiful and the staff are great to work with!
Erica was super responsive and helpful in making sure everything was organized and scheduled perfectly. The venue itself Read more...
Erica was super responsive and helpful in making sure everything was organized and scheduled perfectly. The venue itself is beautiful and the staff are great to work with! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much! We were happy to be a part of such a special day. Congratulations!!
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Katie
Wedding:
1/14/2017
5.0/5.0
We had an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception at the Thomas Center! Erica was incredibly helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. Our day went off without a hitch. The day of staff was very helpful and professional. I would highly recommend the Thomas Center for any event, but especially for a wedding!
We had an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception at the Thomas Center! Erica was incredibly helpful and made sure we Read more...
We had an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception at the Thomas Center! Erica was incredibly helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. Our day went off without a hitch. The day of staff was very helpful and professional. I would highly recommend the Thomas Center for any event, but especially for a wedding! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you! The weather for your particular weekend was quite challenging and I am SO happy that it all worked out! Congratulations!
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Kathryn
Wedding:
12/4/2016
5.0/5.0
My experience with The Thomas Center for my wedding was amazing! I worked with Erica, and she is so on top of things! She responded very quickly to my emails and made it easy to book the event. We did the ceremony and reception in the same space, and everything went perfectly. The building and grounds are absolutely beautiful, and we got great photos. I would definitely hold an event there again!
My experience with The Thomas Center for my wedding was amazing! I worked with Erica, and she is so on top of things! She Read more...
My experience with The Thomas Center for my wedding was amazing! I worked with Erica, and she is so on top of things! She responded very quickly to my emails and made it easy to book the event. We did the ceremony and reception in the same space, and everything went perfectly. The building and grounds are absolutely beautiful, and we got great photos. I would definitely hold an event there again! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We do try to be "on top of things" around here, so I am glad we succeeded! Congratulations on a lovely event. We look forward to celebrating many anniversaries to come with you both.
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Kadah
Wedding:
11/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Erica was extremely helpful throughout the entire process and felt just like I was talking to a friend. The staff the day-of made sure everything went smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. And the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous of course!
Erica was extremely helpful throughout the entire process and felt just like I was talking to a friend. The staff the Read more...
Erica was extremely helpful throughout the entire process and felt just like I was talking to a friend. The staff the day-of made sure everything went smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. And the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous of course! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you! What a nice compliment! That is more than we ever could have asked for. We loved working with you and are thrilled that is your assessment of the experience. We can't wait to celebrate lots of anniversaries and other milestones with you!
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Adrian
Wedding:
8/14/2016
5.0/5.0
This was a very good experience Mrs. Chatman was very professional and I would recommend this to my friends. The setting was fabulous for our wedding reception.
This was a very good experience Mrs. Chatman was very professional and I would recommend this to my friends. The setting Read more...
This was a very good experience Mrs. Chatman was very professional and I would recommend this to my friends. The setting was fabulous for our wedding reception. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are happy that the day turned out as you wished. It was great working with you. We wish you many happy memories together!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This is a really great venue! We had a pre-party in the gardens outside and then moved the party inside for the ceremony. I was thrilled with how gorgeous and accessible the entire place is... and the price can't be beat.
This is a really great venue! We had a pre-party in the gardens outside and then moved the party inside for the ceremony. Read more...
This is a really great venue! We had a pre-party in the gardens outside and then moved the party inside for the ceremony. I was thrilled with how gorgeous and accessible the entire place is... and the price can't be beat. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are glad to hear that all your expectations were achieved. Congratulations to you both. We look forward to crossing paths with you again some day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Erica was very helpful. Helped calm my nerves. I'm wedding was a fairytale come true. The venue is absolutely gorgeous!
Erica was very helpful. Helped calm my nerves. I'm wedding was a fairytale come true. The venue is absolutely gorgeous!
Erica was very helpful. Helped calm my nerves. I'm wedding was a fairytale come true. The venue is absolutely gorgeous! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations! We are glad that your fairy tale came true. We wish you many happy years to come.
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Sara
Wedding:
3/5/2016
5.0/5.0
This is an absolute beautiful venue! Every time I visit, there is something different in bloom in the amazing gardens. The event coordinator, Erica, was such a blessing to work with. She would respond immediately to our e-mails and always had a solution for any issues. We didn't have to worry about anything on the day of our wedding. Highly recommend!
This is an absolute beautiful venue! Every time I visit, there is something different in bloom in the amazing gardens. The Read more...
This is an absolute beautiful venue! Every time I visit, there is something different in bloom in the amazing gardens. The event coordinator, Erica, was such a blessing to work with. She would respond immediately to our e-mails and always had a solution for any issues. We didn't have to worry about anything on the day of our wedding. Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for being great clients! Our team looks forward to crossing paths with you again soon!
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Bryan
Wedding:
2/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Erica was the consummate professional. She was extremely helpful and guided us through the whole process. Her calm demeanor instantly places you at ease and she is so knowledgable. I would recommend the Thomas Center to anyone!
Erica was the consummate professional. She was extremely helpful and guided us through the whole process. Her calm Read more...
Erica was the consummate professional. She was extremely helpful and guided us through the whole process. Her calm demeanor instantly places you at ease and she is so knowledgable. I would recommend the Thomas Center to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you! This is quite a compliment coming from a couple as organized as you two! The entire TC staff is so pleased that your wedding day was everything you hoped it would be. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

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