FAQ


 

What is the cost of a wedding and reception at the Tate House?

We offer a variety of Wedding Packages to fit our brides’ budget. The cost of a wedding at our North Georgia wedding venue varies according to number of guests, day of the week, and food/beverage package. Our prices consist of a ceremony fee, site fee and food/beverage cost (request more pricing information). Tax and Service charge is added to all food and beverage.

How many guests can you accommodate for an event?

Cocktail seating allows for up to 240 guests with a dance floor and music. For a seated dinner, the ballroom can accommodate a maximum of 220 guests with dance floor, with 10 seats at a table.

Will there be another event at the same time as mine?

No. Our entire North Georgia wedding venue is yours for your Atlanta wedding or special event.

Is the mansion ever open to the public?

We are open to the public for our Bridal Open Houses and our Christmas Open House Tours. 

How often do you have appointments to view the estate?

We make appointments to tour our North Georgia wedding venue Tuesday-Friday. We have a limited number of Saturday and Sunday appointments. Times of appointments vary from day to day and are according to availability. Please keep in mind that weekend appointments book fast.

What if I am going to be late for my appointment?

The appointments are every hour, so if you are late please realize that we cannot give you more than the alloted time scheduled for you.

Do you allow outside caterers?

All food and beverage is catered through the Tate Mansion.

Is there a room for the bride and groom to get ready in?

Yes. The bride and her maids with have the use of an elegant vintage French two story cottage with two restrooms, three vanities and four makeup mirrors. The grooms and his men will have the “gentlemen’s parlor” inside the mansion.

Do you have a separate area for the bridal party to get ready?

Yes. Please keep in mind that your photographer may need some of your time before the ceremony so we would advise you to arrange for the addition time you will need with one of our extended Bridal Cottage packages. The time you that will need will be according to the number of girls getting ready and whether you are doing both hair and makeup. (We ask that you have your manicures and pedicure done prior to coming to the cottage.)

Are you allowed to go down on guest count after a contract is signed?

You are not allowed to decrease the guest count that you give after signing a contract. All of our events have guests count minimums. The minimum depends on what type of event it is and what package you choose.

Are you allowed to increase your guest count after signing a contract?

Yes, you can increase your guests count up until 10 days before your event.

Do you require a seating chart of all guests attending the reception?

Seating chart are only required for “seated dinners” not for cocktail style receptions.

Can we have just our wedding ceremony at the Tate House and our reception elsewhere?

No, ceremonies are available only with a reception.

How early can our guests arrive?

We request that guests arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony time. The mansion is open only to the immediate wedding party prior to the ceremony and we ask that your guests respect that our staff is busy preparing for your event. The mansion is available for your guests to tour during the reception.

If more guests show up than we expect, are we charged for them?

Tate House banquet manager and wedding director will do a headcount during the ceremony or during your reception to confirm the exact number of guests. Should your headcount go over the guaranteed number determined at your final headcount time (10 days before your event), you will be charged a $10 surcharge for each additional guest, along with the agreed upon food, beverage, service charge and sales tax for each guest. This applies to guests who are added after the guaranteed headcount and those who show up unexpectedly the day of the event. Our chef will do everything possible to accomodate any surprise guests you may have. We encourage all our clients to double check this headcount, as unexpected arrivals create extra costs for you. Also, please remember that you will not be able to decrease your headcount after the final number has been guaranteed.

If there is food left over, can we take it with us?

Health codes prohibit taking food off the premises, except for the wedding cake.

How much time do we have for our rehearsal and when is it usually scheduled?

Each couple receives a one-hour rehearsal, which is usually the day before the wedding. We will be as flexible as possible in scheduling your rehearsal. However, it may be necessary to work around other scheduled events.

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