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The Historic Thomas Center

Gainesville , FL
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LOCATION

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

4.9
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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Rachel
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica was such a sweet and helpful person and answered any questions I had! The wedding turned out beautiful!
Erica was such a sweet and helpful person and answered any questions I had! The wedding turned out beautiful!
Erica was such a sweet and helpful person and answered any questions I had! The wedding turned out beautiful! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations on successfully navigating a larger than expected guest count! That just means lots of people love you and wanted to share your day! I look forward to seeing photos. Best wishes to you both.
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Michael
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Great place for a wedding!! Wonderful experience, would certainly recommend, very professional
Great place for a wedding!! Wonderful experience, would certainly recommend, very professional
Great place for a wedding!! Wonderful experience, would certainly recommend, very professional Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are pleased to hear that you felt our staff was professional. We all thoroughly enjoyed working with you. Congratulations!
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Matt
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center is an incredibly beautiful location for any kind of event, but for our wedding reception, it was beyond what we could have hoped for. We had a cocktail hour out on the front veranda, open bar in the long hall, and seated dinner and dance floor for 100 people in the court. Erica and the rest of the staff were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating and were major players in the best day of our lives.

You won't find a classier, more beautiful location for an event in Gainesville.
The Thomas Center is an incredibly beautiful location for any kind of event, but for our wedding reception, it was beyond Read more...
The Thomas Center is an incredibly beautiful location for any kind of event, but for our wedding reception, it was beyond what we could have hoped for. We had a cocktail hour out on the front veranda, open bar in the long hall, and seated dinner and dance floor for 100 people in the court. Erica and the rest of the staff were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating and were major players in the best day of our lives.

You won't find a classier, more beautiful location for an event in Gainesville. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are touched by your compliments. Our goal is to exceed every expectation of every customer and we are thrilled that we seem to have done so in your case. It is YOU who are classy and created a classy event for your friends and family to enjoy. Best wishes from all of us!
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center was such an amazing place to have our wedding! The event director, Erica, was easy to work with and talk with. Her staff running the even set up and breakdown were fast, helpful, and courteous. The Thomas Center is gorgeous, well-maintained, and easy to get to from hotels. Our wedding was amazing, and having at the Thomas Center made it affordable to boot.
Thanks so much!
The Thomas Center was such an amazing place to have our wedding! The event director, Erica, was easy to work with and talk Read more...
The Thomas Center was such an amazing place to have our wedding! The event director, Erica, was easy to work with and talk with. Her staff running the even set up and breakdown were fast, helpful, and courteous. The Thomas Center is gorgeous, well-maintained, and easy to get to from hotels. Our wedding was amazing, and having at the Thomas Center made it affordable to boot.
Thanks so much! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations to you both! Thank you for your kind comments. Our goal is to give everyone a wonderful day and we are happy that the experience met all of your expectations.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Wonderful staff and facility.
Wonderful staff and facility.
Wonderful staff and facility. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations! Thank you for the compliment. We were happy to be a part of it.
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Angela
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center was a beautiful place to have our wedding. We had everything outdoors and it was spectacular. The best part about the Thomas Center was Erica. She was so helpful, supportive, and kind. She was always willing to help me figure out details and very quick to respond to any questions we had. I live in Gainesville, this place is one of our favorites, and very close to our hearts. We couldn't be more pleased!
The Thomas Center was a beautiful place to have our wedding. We had everything outdoors and it was spectacular. The best Read more...
The Thomas Center was a beautiful place to have our wedding. We had everything outdoors and it was spectacular. The best part about the Thomas Center was Erica. She was so helpful, supportive, and kind. She was always willing to help me figure out details and very quick to respond to any questions we had. I live in Gainesville, this place is one of our favorites, and very close to our hearts. We couldn't be more pleased! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Speaking of being very close to hearts. . .Our team couldn't be more pleased that you two had the day you had dreamed of. The outdoor reception you created was colorful and the whole event had an air of sincereity about it. Congratulations on many, many happy years together.
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Laura
Wedding:
3/30/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband had some unfortunate medical problems 3 months before our original wedding plans. We found the Thomas Center and decided to have our ceremony there since we cancelled our original venue (which was way too expensive). The Thomas Center was very affordable and understanding, and let us book last minute. Their coordinator Erika was more than helpful in person and through e-mail. The wedding was Absolutley perfect and the scenery was stunning. Our photos turned out great... And thanks to their help and flexibility we still got to have a nice wedding, despite all the medical issues.

I would recommend this venue to any of my close friends, family, and colleagues.
My husband had some unfortunate medical problems 3 months before our original wedding plans. We found the Thomas Center Read more...
My husband had some unfortunate medical problems 3 months before our original wedding plans. We found the Thomas Center and decided to have our ceremony there since we cancelled our original venue (which was way too expensive). The Thomas Center was very affordable and understanding, and let us book last minute. Their coordinator Erika was more than helpful in person and through e-mail. The wedding was Absolutley perfect and the scenery was stunning. Our photos turned out great... And thanks to their help and flexibility we still got to have a nice wedding, despite all the medical issues.

I would recommend this venue to any of my close friends, family, and colleagues. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Our team is so happy that your situation had a silver lining. Congratulations and enjoy your new life together!
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Art
Wedding:
3/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue is historic Gainesville! Can't beat the price for the amount of perfect service and perfect venue you get! Erica is a dream to work with... Highly professional and experienced!
Beautiful venue is historic Gainesville! Can't beat the price for the amount of perfect service and perfect venue you get! Read more...
Beautiful venue is historic Gainesville! Can't beat the price for the amount of perfect service and perfect venue you get! Erica is a dream to work with... Highly professional and experienced! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thank you! Happy memories and perfect service are definitely what we strive for. I am pleased to hear that you received both. See you in a few years for that vow renewal!
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Angela
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica and the event staff at the Thomas center are absolutely amazing! I had to change my wedding date once and Erica was completely understanding and worked with me and throughout the entire process she helped gave advice and really made the experience amazing. When I have my vow renewal I will be having it at the Thomas center
Erica and the event staff at the Thomas center are absolutely amazing! I had to change my wedding date once and Erica was Read more...
Erica and the event staff at the Thomas center are absolutely amazing! I had to change my wedding date once and Erica was completely understanding and worked with me and throughout the entire process she helped gave advice and really made the experience amazing. When I have my vow renewal I will be having it at the Thomas center Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are looking forward to working with you on future events! Congratulations to you both!
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Katherine
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We went to Sweetwater, the Harn, and the Hilton... but wound up falling head over heels with The Thomas Center. Erica is helpful and sweet and very good with communication. The space is gorgeous!! Being able to have the ceremony and reception in the same place was also a huge plus. The grounds make for beautiful photographs--no need to find another photo location! I could go on and on, but just understand this: if you're getting married in Gainesville, The Thomas Center will be the most beautiful and affordable time and time again!
We went to Sweetwater, the Harn, and the Hilton... but wound up falling head over heels with The Thomas Center. Erica is Read more...
We went to Sweetwater, the Harn, and the Hilton... but wound up falling head over heels with The Thomas Center. Erica is helpful and sweet and very good with communication. The space is gorgeous!! Being able to have the ceremony and reception in the same place was also a huge plus. The grounds make for beautiful photographs--no need to find another photo location! I could go on and on, but just understand this: if you're getting married in Gainesville, The Thomas Center will be the most beautiful and affordable time and time again! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Wow! This is so very kind of you. We work hard so that everything is seamless for you and we are so happy that you were pleased with the results. You were a joy to plan an event with and we look forward to working with you again for future events.
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Weida
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was just perfect for us -- We got married in front of the fountain at noon, and had lunch on the veranda afterwards. It was the perfect location for a small, intimate wedding. And since my husband and I absolutely love the great outdoors, the woodsy, natural surroundings seemed like the perfect way to launch the beginning of our new life together. The layout was splendid, and allowed us to move seamlessly from the wedding to the luncheon reception without missing a beat. Erica also asked all the right questions, making sure all the details were covered -- things I might have missed the first time around, had her intake process not been so thorough. I would highly recommend this location for its beauty, the ease in pulling off an event there, and the attention to detail by the staff. The biggest surprise to me is that it's also one of the most economical places in the city to stage a wedding, especially if you want both your wedding and reception at the same location!
Our wedding was just perfect for us -- We got married in front of the fountain at noon, and had lunch on the veranda Read more...
Our wedding was just perfect for us -- We got married in front of the fountain at noon, and had lunch on the veranda afterwards. It was the perfect location for a small, intimate wedding. And since my husband and I absolutely love the great outdoors, the woodsy, natural surroundings seemed like the perfect way to launch the beginning of our new life together. The layout was splendid, and allowed us to move seamlessly from the wedding to the luncheon reception without missing a beat. Erica also asked all the right questions, making sure all the details were covered -- things I might have missed the first time around, had her intake process not been so thorough. I would highly recommend this location for its beauty, the ease in pulling off an event there, and the attention to detail by the staff. The biggest surprise to me is that it's also one of the most economical places in the city to stage a wedding, especially if you want both your wedding and reception at the same location! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations on a beautiful event. My staff and I enjoyed designing it with you and are truly thrilled that it met & exceeded all your wishes. Enjoy many happy years together!
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KK
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The Thomas Center is a beautiful place! Erica was great to work with! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She made the planning easy. The staff that worked the night of the wedding were friendly and helpful.
The Thomas Center is a beautiful place! Erica was great to work with! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She made the Read more...
The Thomas Center is a beautiful place! Erica was great to work with! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She made the planning easy. The staff that worked the night of the wedding were friendly and helpful. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations! I'm glad to hear you felt planning was easy. That's the goal! Thanks for being fun to work with.
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natasha and dwight
Wedding:
1/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Wonderful experience, ericka was amazing to work with amd everything was flawless!!
Wonderful experience, ericka was amazing to work with amd everything was flawless!!
Wonderful experience, ericka was amazing to work with amd everything was flawless!! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Congratulations! You are a great couple and we LOVED working with you! See you for an anniversary party some day!
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Samantha
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony at The Thomas Center. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were helpful and constantly communicated with me about what I wanted and expected. The Thomas Center was extremely flexible as they let us bring our own chairs and decorations to decorate for the ceremony. Erika, the event organizer, was extremely helpful and always available to answer questions. I always received immediate responses from her via email and phone. The Thomas Center even allowed us to change our date at no cost when we found our my husband would be deployed during the first date we chose. The Thomas Center is a beautiful place to have a wedding and the staff make it an enjoyable experience by doing whatever they can to make your day special! I highly recommend checking The Thomas Center out for any event!
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony at The Thomas Center. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were helpful and Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony at The Thomas Center. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were helpful and constantly communicated with me about what I wanted and expected. The Thomas Center was extremely flexible as they let us bring our own chairs and decorations to decorate for the ceremony. Erika, the event organizer, was extremely helpful and always available to answer questions. I always received immediate responses from her via email and phone. The Thomas Center even allowed us to change our date at no cost when we found our my husband would be deployed during the first date we chose. The Thomas Center is a beautiful place to have a wedding and the staff make it an enjoyable experience by doing whatever they can to make your day special! I highly recommend checking The Thomas Center out for any event! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! We were pleased to be a part of your big day! We're happy to hear that you felt your questions and concerns were responded to efficiently. We understand that couples planning a wedding have a lot on their plate and we never want to be "one more thing to deal with." Rather, we take pleasure in making the experience seamless for you. To hear that is how you felt is the highest compliment we could ask for. Best wishes to you both!
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Jill
Wedding:
12/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely beautiful location especially for small weddings. I had about 140 people and we were pretty tight in the reception hall. Also beware if you are getting married in December there is a comically over sized Christmas tree in the reception hall. Its so big you wonder how they got it in the building. Overall I had a wonderful experience though!
Absolutely beautiful location especially for small weddings. I had about 140 people and we were pretty tight in the Read more...
Absolutely beautiful location especially for small weddings. I had about 140 people and we were pretty tight in the reception hall. Also beware if you are getting married in December there is a comically over sized Christmas tree in the reception hall. Its so big you wonder how they got it in the building. Overall I had a wonderful experience though! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Our team is happy that you had a wonderful experience. With the City's official Christmas tree in the background, your photos will certainly be unique! Best wishes for a blissful life from our family to yours!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/3/2013
5.0/5.0
The historic Thomas Center, full of rich history and timeless beauty inside and out located in the heart of Gainesville, Florida, was the perfect venue for our evening time wedding reception. Mrs. Erica Chatman and the Thomas Center facilities staff were truly wonderful to work with and an invaluable asset in the planning and execution of our event.
The historic Thomas Center, full of rich history and timeless beauty inside and out located in the heart of Gainesville, Read more...
The historic Thomas Center, full of rich history and timeless beauty inside and out located in the heart of Gainesville, Florida, was the perfect venue for our evening time wedding reception. Mrs. Erica Chatman and the Thomas Center facilities staff were truly wonderful to work with and an invaluable asset in the planning and execution of our event. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind review. We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your big day and wish you all the happiness in the world.
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Jennifer Burns
Wedding:
11/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything about my husband and my interaction with The Historic Thomas Center surpassed my expectations. From the first time we met with Erica she was prepared, professional, and always answered many emails. She had binders with photos to get ideas together and was very flexible about which areas we wanted to reserve. She tirelessly supported us the entire way through.
On the day of our wedding everything was set up perfectly. They even did it earlier than expected so we could get everything rolling without any hiccups. The staff on duty during our wedding (I forget the gentleman's name, it was such a whirlwind of emotions!) was so helpful and flexible the entire evening. Every time I walked past him he asked if there was anything he could do to help. He was kind enough to lock all of our personal belongings in The Period Room during the reception so we didn't have to worry about losing car keys when we were getting down on the dance floor. Everything was seamless and tidy the entire night. I will be singing their praises to anyone looking for a venue for their special events!
Everything about my husband and my interaction with The Historic Thomas Center surpassed my expectations. From the first Read more...
Everything about my husband and my interaction with The Historic Thomas Center surpassed my expectations. From the first time we met with Erica she was prepared, professional, and always answered many emails. She had binders with photos to get ideas together and was very flexible about which areas we wanted to reserve. She tirelessly supported us the entire way through.
On the day of our wedding everything was set up perfectly. They even did it earlier than expected so we could get everything rolling without any hiccups. The staff on duty during our wedding (I forget the gentleman's name, it was such a whirlwind of emotions!) was so helpful and flexible the entire evening. Every time I walked past him he asked if there was anything he could do to help. He was kind enough to lock all of our personal belongings in The Period Room during the reception so we didn't have to worry about losing car keys when we were getting down on the dance floor. Everything was seamless and tidy the entire night. I will be singing their praises to anyone looking for a venue for their special events! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your obviously heartfelt review. We often remind our staff that we are not going above and beyond for our visitors, what we are providing is simply our minimum expectation of the level of service our visitors deserve. We are thrilled that you were so pleased with how your day turned out. We look forward to celebrating other milestones with you over the years.
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Laura
Wedding:
10/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We are extremely happy with the outcome of booking with the Thomas Center. The coordinator was helpful and nice, the venue was well worth the money, which was less than we anticipated (always a plus!) and the employees we needed from the event were complimented again and again on how respectful and willing they were to help!
We are extremely happy with the outcome of booking with the Thomas Center. The coordinator was helpful and nice, the venue Read more...
We are extremely happy with the outcome of booking with the Thomas Center. The coordinator was helpful and nice, the venue was well worth the money, which was less than we anticipated (always a plus!) and the employees we needed from the event were complimented again and again on how respectful and willing they were to help! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your nice thoughts. Our staff had a wonderful time working with you as well. Thank you for providing us with our first Halloween wedding. It was not just memorable for you, but for us too!
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married in October and we were thrilled with the Thomas Center. It is a beautiful venue and Erica, the young lady who is in charge, is wonderful to work with. She is attentive, friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. She is kind and makes sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The price of the Thomas center is really reasonable and they let you pay only for the parts of the center you use. If we were to do it over again we would absolutely get married there again!
My husband and I got married in October and we were thrilled with the Thomas Center. It is a beautiful venue and Erica, Read more...
My husband and I got married in October and we were thrilled with the Thomas Center. It is a beautiful venue and Erica, the young lady who is in charge, is wonderful to work with. She is attentive, friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. She is kind and makes sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The price of the Thomas center is really reasonable and they let you pay only for the parts of the center you use. If we were to do it over again we would absolutely get married there again! Read less
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Solimar
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
I could not have asked for a better location for my wedding, it was all that wanted and more, they were there to assist me in everything I needed. I had my wedding in the Turtle Court and right after the wedding we had a small reception in one of the hall way and , it all looked amazing. I will recommend this location to any of my future Bride friends.
I could not have asked for a better location for my wedding, it was all that wanted and more, they were there to assist me Read more...
I could not have asked for a better location for my wedding, it was all that wanted and more, they were there to assist me in everything I needed. I had my wedding in the Turtle Court and right after the wedding we had a small reception in one of the hall way and , it all looked amazing. I will recommend this location to any of my future Bride friends. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

The Turtle Court did look lovely for your ceremony. Congratulations on designing a successful wedding filled with smiles! Best wishes to you both for a happy & prosperous life!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The venue is gorgeous, and it is very budget-friendly. Erica at the Thomas Center was very helpful and knowledgeable prior to my wedding. The staff the day of were also helpful.
The venue is gorgeous, and it is very budget-friendly. Erica at the Thomas Center was very helpful and knowledgeable prior Read more...
The venue is gorgeous, and it is very budget-friendly. Erica at the Thomas Center was very helpful and knowledgeable prior to my wedding. The staff the day of were also helpful. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind review. We were pleased to provide you with a beautiful and budget-friendly wedding venue. It is our pleasure to open up our "home" to guests like you.
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Lauren
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica Chatman really bent over backwards to accommodate our unconventional outdoor wedding day at the Thomas Center! We had a ketubah signing inside, the ceremony under the oak tree, cocktail hour on the patio, dinner around the fountain, and dancing and dessert in Turtle Court. It was a gorgeous day, and all who attended said it was like a wedding in a movie! The historical setting and gorgeous grounds made for a day we will never forget. Thank you so much!
Erica Chatman really bent over backwards to accommodate our unconventional outdoor wedding day at the Thomas Center! We Read more...
Erica Chatman really bent over backwards to accommodate our unconventional outdoor wedding day at the Thomas Center! We had a ketubah signing inside, the ceremony under the oak tree, cocktail hour on the patio, dinner around the fountain, and dancing and dessert in Turtle Court. It was a gorgeous day, and all who attended said it was like a wedding in a movie! The historical setting and gorgeous grounds made for a day we will never forget. Thank you so much! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much! The Thomas Center team simply believes that every couple who marries here should feel like they are starring in their own movie. We are thrilled to hear that the "movie" we helped you create was an Oscar contender. We look forward to sharing in more lifetime milestones with you both.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
We used the Thomas Center as our wedding venue and I am SO glad that we did. It was a beautiful location and just perfect for the look we were going for. I chose the Thomas Center because of a large, striking oak tree in the gardens. We had our ceremony under the tree and then had the reception inside, in the Spanish Court. It was the perfect size for us (about 70 people) and everyone remarked on how beautiful it was. Erica (the facility director) was wonderful to work with and helped answer any and all of the questions I had. The Thomas Center was the perfect place for our wedding and I recommend it to everyone!
We used the Thomas Center as our wedding venue and I am SO glad that we did. It was a beautiful location and just perfect Read more...
We used the Thomas Center as our wedding venue and I am SO glad that we did. It was a beautiful location and just perfect for the look we were going for. I chose the Thomas Center because of a large, striking oak tree in the gardens. We had our ceremony under the tree and then had the reception inside, in the Spanish Court. It was the perfect size for us (about 70 people) and everyone remarked on how beautiful it was. Erica (the facility director) was wonderful to work with and helped answer any and all of the questions I had. The Thomas Center was the perfect place for our wedding and I recommend it to everyone! Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
We loved our site! The outside is absolutely beautiful. Guests were extremely delighted to see the scenery behind us as we said our vows. The people here are very easy to work with, and they truly want your wedding day to be magnificent.
We loved our site! The outside is absolutely beautiful. Guests were extremely delighted to see the scenery behind us as we Read more...
We loved our site! The outside is absolutely beautiful. Guests were extremely delighted to see the scenery behind us as we said our vows. The people here are very easy to work with, and they truly want your wedding day to be magnificent. Read less
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Rayna
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with The Thomas Center the moment I walked into the Spanish Court. It was the most amazing place to have my wedding reception. It is so elegant. You hardly need to do anything to decorate. It just took my breath away when it was empty and when I arrived for the reception, it was everything I would imagine for my wedding. Erica was absolutely wonderful to work with. We were able to just pay for what we needed. At night, when you look up at the glass ceiling, you get an amazing reflection of the entire room and all your guests. Just stunning! I couldn\'t imagine having my reception any where else.
I fell in love with The Thomas Center the moment I walked into the Spanish Court. It was the most amazing place to have my Read more...
I fell in love with The Thomas Center the moment I walked into the Spanish Court. It was the most amazing place to have my wedding reception. It is so elegant. You hardly need to do anything to decorate. It just took my breath away when it was empty and when I arrived for the reception, it was everything I would imagine for my wedding. Erica was absolutely wonderful to work with. We were able to just pay for what we needed. At night, when you look up at the glass ceiling, you get an amazing reflection of the entire room and all your guests. Just stunning! I couldn\'t imagine having my reception any where else. Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The Historic Thomas Center is one of the prettiest garden settings in Gainesville. Both inside and outside lend amazing and classic views. From the Turtle Court with it's balcony and fountain, the Spanish Court, a perfect setting for cocktail hour... and conveniently, the main ballroom's architecture makes it so that you don't need much decorating! Professional and beautiful AND they let you bring your own food and alcohol! I highly recommend~!
What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The Historic Thomas Center is one of the prettiest garden settings in Gainesville. Read more...
What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The Historic Thomas Center is one of the prettiest garden settings in Gainesville. Both inside and outside lend amazing and classic views. From the Turtle Court with it's balcony and fountain, the Spanish Court, a perfect setting for cocktail hour... and conveniently, the main ballroom's architecture makes it so that you don't need much decorating! Professional and beautiful AND they let you bring your own food and alcohol! I highly recommend~! Read less
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ssmurfie
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
The scenery was beautiful, the ballroom was beautiful, the chairs and tables were just what I was looking for, I would highly recommend this venue to any bride looking for a lovely outdoor ceremony/indoor reception.
The scenery was beautiful, the ballroom was beautiful, the chairs and tables were just what I was looking for, I would Read more...
The scenery was beautiful, the ballroom was beautiful, the chairs and tables were just what I was looking for, I would highly recommend this venue to any bride looking for a lovely outdoor ceremony/indoor reception. Read less
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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
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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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Kylie
Wedding:
5/30/2014
4.8/5.0
It was a beautiful, historic, and romantic place to have my wedding! I wouldn't have wanted it anywhere else
It was a beautiful, historic, and romantic place to have my wedding! I wouldn't have wanted it anywhere else
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

How very kind! Thank you for your compliments. We are pleased to hear that everything turned out the way you envisioned.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Beautiful, affordable, and they are more than willing to work with you to make your visions happen!
Beautiful, affordable, and they are more than willing to work with you to make your visions happen!
Beautiful, affordable, and they are more than willing to work with you to make your visions happen! Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are so pleased that your vision became reality. That is the highest compliment we can receive! Congratulations and thank you for letting our team be a part of it.
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Bailey
Wedding:
5/10/2014
4.7/5.0
The Thomas Center is so charming and matched our vintage theme perfectly. We had our ceremony outside under a beautiful oak tree, and then we had our cocktail hour on the veranda and the lawn leading to the fountain. It was a great space for our 120 guests to mingle before the reception in the Spanish court.

The actual venue is pretty affordable, but they do charge with an a la carte system. Every room you use is charged per room per hour, and then you start adding tables and chairs onto it and the price added up quickly from what we thought we would be paying.

The only day-of problem we had was dealing with the supervisor that was there that day. I can't remember his name, but he was an older gentlemen and he came off extremely rude to many of my friends and family, including my, now, husband. Each person that complained to me about him said they knew he was just doing his job, but it was the way he went about telling people what they can't do. He had no tact with people, especially with one of my bridesmaids who was trying to find a private space to change her baby's diaper. Other than that employee, who was unfortunately the supervisor, all of the other Thomas Center employees were amazing and so nice and helpful. Especially a young gentleman who kindly ran and got me a bottle of water right before I walked down the aisle.

We loved our wedding at The Thomas Center and couldn't imagine having it anywhere else.
The Thomas Center is so charming and matched our vintage theme perfectly. We had our ceremony outside under a beautiful Read more...
The Thomas Center is so charming and matched our vintage theme perfectly. We had our ceremony outside under a beautiful oak tree, and then we had our cocktail hour on the veranda and the lawn leading to the fountain. It was a great space for our 120 guests to mingle before the reception in the Spanish court.

The actual venue is pretty affordable, but they do charge with an a la carte system. Every room you use is charged per room per hour, and then you start adding tables and chairs onto it and the price added up quickly from what we thought we would be paying.

The only day-of problem we had was dealing with the supervisor that was there that day. I can't remember his name, but he was an older gentlemen and he came off extremely rude to many of my friends and family, including my, now, husband. Each person that complained to me about him said they knew he was just doing his job, but it was the way he went about telling people what they can't do. He had no tact with people, especially with one of my bridesmaids who was trying to find a private space to change her baby's diaper. Other than that employee, who was unfortunately the supervisor, all of the other Thomas Center employees were amazing and so nice and helpful. Especially a young gentleman who kindly ran and got me a bottle of water right before I walked down the aisle.

We loved our wedding at The Thomas Center and couldn't imagine having it anywhere else. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

We are so pleased that in the end everything went as planned and that you were able to take advantage of our a la carte system to completely customize your ceremony and reception according to your group's specific needs. It must be quite rewarding to design an event and when it's all over realize that your costs were half what they would have been at any other facility in the community. We apologize if one of our staff did not handle your guests according to our high customer service standards and this will certainly be addressed. We enjoyed working with you and wish you many, many happy years together.
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Maria
Wedding:
5/4/2014
4.7/5.0
The venue was beautiful, inside and out. We had our ceremony outdoors in early May, and we got lucky with the weather being clear, but not too hot. We had planned seating for 160 guests, which required seating in both the Spanish Court and the Long Gallery, but only 127 guests were present, so all fit in the Spanish Court. Our caterer had access to the kitchen. The bridal party used the Period Room to get ready; the room is beautiful, but there is no adjacent bathroom (you must go down the hallway where the staff were posted) and only one mirror, so the girls had to take turns for makeup and hair, but we made do (my maid of honor brought a lighted make-up mirror, which helped--still areas at which to get ready are limited). My one issue was that you must pay an hourly fee for each area; the coordinator suggested the times for each area, and for the most part everything worked out great, except after the ceremony, none of the bridal party could readily pack up our clothing and makeup to move out of the Period Room and the staff had to keep reminding us to get our things out of there while we were trying to enjoy the cocktail hour and reception (our ceremony was still taking place at the time we had rented the room until, which was hard to predict ahead of time). Also, we were prohibited from using any candles or any of the popular wedding favors (sparklers, bubbles, flower petals, etc). The wedding was the best time of our lives, and everyone complimented the beauty of it all (I had a great florist/decorating team of sisters and friends). Overall, I would highly recommend the Thomas Center for a wedding.
The venue was beautiful, inside and out. We had our ceremony outdoors in early May, and we got lucky with the weather Read more...
The venue was beautiful, inside and out. We had our ceremony outdoors in early May, and we got lucky with the weather being clear, but not too hot. We had planned seating for 160 guests, which required seating in both the Spanish Court and the Long Gallery, but only 127 guests were present, so all fit in the Spanish Court. Our caterer had access to the kitchen. The bridal party used the Period Room to get ready; the room is beautiful, but there is no adjacent bathroom (you must go down the hallway where the staff were posted) and only one mirror, so the girls had to take turns for makeup and hair, but we made do (my maid of honor brought a lighted make-up mirror, which helped--still areas at which to get ready are limited). My one issue was that you must pay an hourly fee for each area; the coordinator suggested the times for each area, and for the most part everything worked out great, except after the ceremony, none of the bridal party could readily pack up our clothing and makeup to move out of the Period Room and the staff had to keep reminding us to get our things out of there while we were trying to enjoy the cocktail hour and reception (our ceremony was still taking place at the time we had rented the room until, which was hard to predict ahead of time). Also, we were prohibited from using any candles or any of the popular wedding favors (sparklers, bubbles, flower petals, etc). The wedding was the best time of our lives, and everyone complimented the beauty of it all (I had a great florist/decorating team of sisters and friends). Overall, I would highly recommend the Thomas Center for a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
This was the perfect venue for my now husband and I. The building and grounds are so beautiful and well maintained it is basically wedding ready. We really didnt have any need to research other venues. It does book fast so definitely plan way ahead and be flexible. We ended up having a Sunday wedding and it was perfect. Erica and her staff were nothing short of professional and gracious. This was one of the easiest aspects of our whole wedding.
This was the perfect venue for my now husband and I. The building and grounds are so beautiful and well maintained it is Read more...
This was the perfect venue for my now husband and I. The building and grounds are so beautiful and well maintained it is basically wedding ready. We really didnt have any need to research other venues. It does book fast so definitely plan way ahead and be flexible. We ended up having a Sunday wedding and it was perfect. Erica and her staff were nothing short of professional and gracious. This was one of the easiest aspects of our whole wedding. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that working with us was the easy part. When you are juggling so many details (which happens with weddings) we want to be one thing you don't have to think about. Congratulations and we wish you many joys in the future.
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Kasey
Wedding:
2/27/2011
4.7/5.0
I loved the Thomas Center. It is such a beautiful place, and everyone gets married there. Luckily there was an opening for my date! The costs can get a little out of hand if you are not careful, but it is so pretty! Erica, the director is amazing and she will help you with anything you need.
I loved the Thomas Center. It is such a beautiful place, and everyone gets married there. Luckily there was an opening for Read more...
I loved the Thomas Center. It is such a beautiful place, and everyone gets married there. Luckily there was an opening for my date! The costs can get a little out of hand if you are not careful, but it is so pretty! Erica, the director is amazing and she will help you with anything you need. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.6/5.0
Location was absolutely beautiful and Venue Coordinator was easy to work with. I would recommend this venue for anyone.
Location was absolutely beautiful and Venue Coordinator was easy to work with. I would recommend this venue for anyone.
Location was absolutely beautiful and Venue Coordinator was easy to work with. I would recommend this venue for anyone. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for being fun to work with! We wish you many happy years together!
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Genevieve
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.6/5.0
We had our small, destination wedding here in October and were very happy with the space and the service.
The Turtle Court was a beautiful ceremony location and was a great space acoustically. We ran our entire ceremony without any amplification and without inconveniencing our elderly guests. There is an outlet for sound systems. We used it to play some music which was plenty loud even using laptop speakers. Handicap access was tricky (the ramp is on the other side of the building) but we were able to accommodate our guests with mobility issues with little fuss.
You can't throw anything at the Thomas Center. If you are planning on rose petals or bubbles you might want to reconsider. I believe there is a fee if you want to do it anyway; but we chose to just skip the bubbles. Erica was very nice and allowed us to have a pinata provided that we cleaned up afterwards.
The grounds are beautiful for photos! Be aware, the Thomas Center is a public space, they can not guarantee that the grounds will be empty when you get there. There were a couple occasions in which homeless people were sleeping in the bushes when we visited; but on the day of the wedding itself we only had to deal with a few picnickers with a guitar. They moved when it was time to take photos and wished us luck. Gainesville is a pretty friendly city, so even if there are people there during your even they aren't likely to cause any problems.
Our guest list was only 50 people so the Spanish Gallery was a perfect size. We were able to fit all of the tables that we needed and have a nice-sized dance floor as well. The Gallery is so beautiful that you need minimal decoration. It was a special treat to be able to see the sunset through the glass atrium and watch ourselves dancing in the reflection after dark. The ambiance was nothing short of magical.
If you are looking for a beautiful setting for an intimate wedding in Gainesville you can't do much better than the Thomas Center.
We had our small, destination wedding here in October and were very happy with the space and the service.
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We had our small, destination wedding here in October and were very happy with the space and the service.
The Turtle Court was a beautiful ceremony location and was a great space acoustically. We ran our entire ceremony without any amplification and without inconveniencing our elderly guests. There is an outlet for sound systems. We used it to play some music which was plenty loud even using laptop speakers. Handicap access was tricky (the ramp is on the other side of the building) but we were able to accommodate our guests with mobility issues with little fuss.
You can't throw anything at the Thomas Center. If you are planning on rose petals or bubbles you might want to reconsider. I believe there is a fee if you want to do it anyway; but we chose to just skip the bubbles. Erica was very nice and allowed us to have a pinata provided that we cleaned up afterwards.
The grounds are beautiful for photos! Be aware, the Thomas Center is a public space, they can not guarantee that the grounds will be empty when you get there. There were a couple occasions in which homeless people were sleeping in the bushes when we visited; but on the day of the wedding itself we only had to deal with a few picnickers with a guitar. They moved when it was time to take photos and wished us luck. Gainesville is a pretty friendly city, so even if there are people there during your even they aren't likely to cause any problems.
Our guest list was only 50 people so the Spanish Gallery was a perfect size. We were able to fit all of the tables that we needed and have a nice-sized dance floor as well. The Gallery is so beautiful that you need minimal decoration. It was a special treat to be able to see the sunset through the glass atrium and watch ourselves dancing in the reflection after dark. The ambiance was nothing short of magical.
If you are looking for a beautiful setting for an intimate wedding in Gainesville you can't do much better than the Thomas Center. Read less
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The Historic Thomas Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for such a thorough review! We enjoyed working with you to plan your big day. Many of the unique touches that you added are things that our staff will always remember too. Gainesville and the Thomas Center team are happy to welcome you back anytime.
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jcalixtro
Wedding:
1/2/2010
4.3/5.0
Beautiful, unique, and classy reception venue. The Spanish Court is stunning with a glass sky-view ceiling, surrounding second-story balcony, and columns aligning the sides. We held our cocktail hour in the Long Gallery, which had multiple doors leading into the court for the reception. My groom and I took an elevator up to the balcony to look down at our reception and guests. This also gave our photog/videog's great angles to shoot our party from. Gorgeous venue, the only issue I had with renting it out was that they charge you per table/per chair rented, per room/per hour. Very strict, inflexible policy. Other than that, amazing site!
Beautiful, unique, and classy reception venue. The Spanish Court is stunning with a glass sky-view ceiling, surrounding Read more...
Beautiful, unique, and classy reception venue. The Spanish Court is stunning with a glass sky-view ceiling, surrounding second-story balcony, and columns aligning the sides. We held our cocktail hour in the Long Gallery, which had multiple doors leading into the court for the reception. My groom and I took an elevator up to the balcony to look down at our reception and guests. This also gave our photog/videog's great angles to shoot our party from. Gorgeous venue, the only issue I had with renting it out was that they charge you per table/per chair rented, per room/per hour. Very strict, inflexible policy. Other than that, amazing site! Read less
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lk mcleod
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.0/5.0
I really liked the flexability that the Thomas Center allows by offering rentals at an hourly rate. This allowed us to pay for only what we were using at specific times and saved us a lot of money in the end.
The Thomas Center is simply gorgeous, and the event coordinator Erica was great to work with. The staff present on the evening of our wedding was also phenomenal, taking care of the table and chair setup as well as the breakdown and tending to the little details. We also received our full security deposit back even when there were a few broken glasses during the party.
I really liked the flexability that the Thomas Center allows by offering rentals at an hourly rate. This allowed us to pay Read more...
I really liked the flexability that the Thomas Center allows by offering rentals at an hourly rate. This allowed us to pay for only what we were using at specific times and saved us a lot of money in the end.
The Thomas Center is simply gorgeous, and the event coordinator Erica was great to work with. The staff present on the evening of our wedding was also phenomenal, taking care of the table and chair setup as well as the breakdown and tending to the little details. We also received our full security deposit back even when there were a few broken glasses during the party. Read less
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