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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?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Museum
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?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
175
What event services do you offer?
Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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
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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:
Recently Married
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
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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
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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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Doug
Wedding:
12/19/2015
5.0/5.0
The gallery and historical rooms were not initially open as agreed but this was taken care of immediately after bringing the issue to the staff's attention. Overall, had a very positive experience and would use the Thomas Center again and recommend the venue to others.
The gallery and historical rooms were not initially open as agreed but this was taken care of immediately after bringing Read more...
The gallery and historical rooms were not initially open as agreed but this was taken care of immediately after bringing the issue to the staff's attention. Overall, had a very positive experience and would use the Thomas Center again and recommend the venue to others. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are glad you had a positive experience. We enjoyed working with you. Very best wishes to you both!
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Tyler
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center is such a beautiful place and provides an amazing setting for a wedding. I fell in love with the Thomas Center the first time I stumbled upon it exploring the downtown area. When I found out you could get married there I definitely kept it in mind for the future! Luckily I met someone who shared my love of all things vintage and historic places. We absolutely could not have asked for a better place to have held our ceremony (in front of the oak tree) and reception. The Thomas center definitely has that wow factor! We received many compliments from our guests on our choice of venue. I really do think you get an amazing space for the price. If you're considering The Thomas Center definitely don't hesitate to contact Erica she is super helpful and can answer any questions you have!
The Thomas Center is such a beautiful place and provides an amazing setting for a wedding. I fell in love with the Thomas Read more...
The Thomas Center is such a beautiful place and provides an amazing setting for a wedding. I fell in love with the Thomas Center the first time I stumbled upon it exploring the downtown area. When I found out you could get married there I definitely kept it in mind for the future! Luckily I met someone who shared my love of all things vintage and historic places. We absolutely could not have asked for a better place to have held our ceremony (in front of the oak tree) and reception. The Thomas center definitely has that wow factor! We received many compliments from our guests on our choice of venue. I really do think you get an amazing space for the price. If you're considering The Thomas Center definitely don't hesitate to contact Erica she is super helpful and can answer any questions you have! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Around here the only thing we love more than history is helping couples like you have an amazing wedding day worthy of the history books! We are so pleased that you are happy with how it all turned out. Congratulations to you both.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The staff at the Thomas Center were so helpful and easy to work with. The wedding was easier to enjoy because of their attentiveness and wanting to please. They all were friendly and professional.
The staff at the Thomas Center were so helpful and easy to work with. The wedding was easier to enjoy because of their Read more...
The staff at the Thomas Center were so helpful and easy to work with. The wedding was easier to enjoy because of their attentiveness and wanting to please. They all were friendly and professional. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Excellent! Our goal is to help you enjoy your wedding day. We are thrilled that we succeeded! Best wishes to you both.
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Private User
Wedding:
10/11/2015
5.0/5.0
The venue is beautiful! Our wedding was held outdoors and I received numerous compliments and questions regarding the venue due to how nice it was. I didn't even decorate, the moss hanging from the trees and the lights we strung up were more than enough. As a friend mentioned to me in passing, she felt as though she were attending a fancy garden party at an estate.

Even better than the venue itself though was the staff! Erica Chatman was wonderful! She was helpful, attentive, responsive, and flexible. She went out of her way to provide me with so much more assistance than I ever would have guessed a venue representative would provide; which I am so appreciative for since I was planning this wedding from Hawaii. She was truly a delight to work with. I would highly recommend this venue.
The venue is beautiful! Our wedding was held outdoors and I received numerous compliments and questions regarding the Read more...
The venue is beautiful! Our wedding was held outdoors and I received numerous compliments and questions regarding the venue due to how nice it was. I didn't even decorate, the moss hanging from the trees and the lights we strung up were more than enough. As a friend mentioned to me in passing, she felt as though she were attending a fancy garden party at an estate.

Even better than the venue itself though was the staff! Erica Chatman was wonderful! She was helpful, attentive, responsive, and flexible. She went out of her way to provide me with so much more assistance than I ever would have guessed a venue representative would provide; which I am so appreciative for since I was planning this wedding from Hawaii. She was truly a delight to work with. I would highly recommend this venue. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Well, I actually got a little choked up reading your review. This kind of joy is why I do what I do. Our staff is happy when you are happy. We all enjoyed working with you and enjoyed the challenge of planning an all-outdoor event almost entirely via email & phone conference with a 5-hour time difference. Sometimes it is good to have our skills tested and I am glad we passed! Much love to you both!
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Crystal
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
This is such a gorgeous venue! All of my guests absolutely loved it! It was like a destination wedding in town. Erica (site coordinator) was great, prompt, and very organized! I highly recommend!
This is such a gorgeous venue! All of my guests absolutely loved it! It was like a destination wedding in town. Erica Read more...
This is such a gorgeous venue! All of my guests absolutely loved it! It was like a destination wedding in town. Erica (site coordinator) was great, prompt, and very organized! I highly recommend! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

It's great to hear that both you and your guests were pleased! Congratulations on a terrific "destination" wedding!
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Kelsey
Wedding:
9/27/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Thomas Center in late September. The staff was amazing about monitoring weather conditions in the area and planning for any changes as a result of the weather. Everything went perfectly! Erika helped throughout the entire evening and was on-top of everything! We had to do nothing but enjoy ourselves. We are so grateful to the entire venue staff for providing a carefree and amazingly fun evening for us to treasure for all time!
We had our wedding at the Thomas Center in late September. The staff was amazing about monitoring weather conditions in Read more...
We had our wedding at the Thomas Center in late September. The staff was amazing about monitoring weather conditions in the area and planning for any changes as a result of the weather. Everything went perfectly! Erika helped throughout the entire evening and was on-top of everything! We had to do nothing but enjoy ourselves. We are so grateful to the entire venue staff for providing a carefree and amazingly fun evening for us to treasure for all time! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for the kind words! You were truly a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. You've truly converted me to Turkish music! SO FUN!! Our staff wishes you many years of joy.

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