Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment to speak with the Callaway Gardens Wedding Coordinator?
Due to the high volume of weddings we have throughout the year, we ask that you schedule an appointment to visit and speak with our Wedding Coordinator. We offer site visits prior to booking the wedding venue; however, an appointment must be made five (5) business days (Monday-Friday) in advance. Please contact:
Do I need a wedding planner?
Yes. We only assist in booking the events, setup and menu planning. A personal wedding planner will need to be hired if you’d like assistance with décor, direction and contacting vendors.
Will the Callaway Gardens Wedding Coordinator be there on the day of my wedding?
No, a Facility Manager will be available the day of your wedding. The Facility Manager’s job is to ensure the building is accessible and in proper condition prior to your arrival as well as following the event, not to help direct or setup your wedding.
Can I bring my own catering?
No, we do not allow any outside catering. With a full-service kitchen and an Executive Chef, we provide schedule tastings prior to the wedding to ensure your catering needs are met in every way.
What is the alcohol policy for Callaway Gardens?
Callaway Gardens does not allow any alcohol to be brought onto the property. We do provide a hosted and cash bar option for wedding receptions.
Can I bring in my own wedding cake?
Yes. We allow outside vendors to bring in wedding cakes, with a minimal cake cutting fee of $75.
Do I receive a discount on rates for accommodations? What are the accommodations?
Yes, with ten (10) guaranteed rooms, we can provide a special rate for your wedding party and guests. Callaway Gardens offers the Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, and Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes for overnight guests.
Are tents provided for outdoor venues?
Callaway Gardens does not provide tents for outdoor events. Our suggested vendor is Pam Edwards of United Rentals, 706.327.1038.
Are chairs, tables, linens, flatware, and dinnerware included for the reception?
Yes. Each location does include the above. The Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel is not available for receptions, so these items are not included at the Chapel.
Is decor permitted?
Thanks to the natural beauty of Callaway Gardens and its surroundings, most brides find additional decorations are not necessary. However, additional decorations are permitted, within reason, on the inside of the Chapel, Sibley Horticultural Center and Callaway Discovery Center. The use of nails, staples or heavily gummed tape is not permitted. Decorations must be removed immediately following ceremony. For assistance with décor, we suggest contacting James Mitchum of Details of the Gardens at 706.663.9361.
Will our guests have to pay to enter Callaway Gardens?
Wedding guests will be admitted to the Gardens at no charge on the day of the wedding, up to two (2) hours prior to the scheduled time of the wedding. If guests are staying at one of the accommodations on property, they will have admission to Callaway Gardens the day of check in through the day of check out.