Southwood House and Cottages | Wedding Venue Interview

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Southwood House & Cottages


The second I saw the moss covered oaks at the Southwood House & Cottages I immediately fell in love. This wedding venue in Tallahassee, Florida has these beautiful trees all over the property. I’m such a sucker for incredible trees like the ones in the south and I love using them in my photographs! The way the draping moss lights up in the sun and the gorgeous curves of the branches makes every photo that much more amazing!
It was such a pleasure to meet Jessica, the coordinator for Southwood House events, and she was sweet enough to share some fun things to do in Tallahassee! I enjoyed touring the historic house and hearing all about the amazing events they host!



Hope you enjoy my interview with

Southwood House & Cottages




How did Southwood House & Cottages get started? Please share some of its history!

The original house was built in 1865 but it burned down. The current house was built in 1899 and was originally located downtown but was moved to this location and set on the original foundation.

What is one interesting fact about Southwood House & Cottages?

Edward Ball and his wife resided here.

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At the Southwood House, you can get married in the front yard under a moss covered Oak tree or you can use the front of the house as your backdrop.

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How many guests can you accommodate for an outdoor wedding?

The Southwood House can easily accommodate up to 250 guests.

What makes Southwood House & Cottages unique?

We are the ONLY venue in Tallahassee that lets you go inside the plantation home. Typically this space is used for the bride & bridesmaids to get ready and cocktail hour.

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Do you have alternative spaces for rain on a wedding day?

The backup plan for rain is a tent.

How far out should a bride pay a deposit to secure your venue for her wedding day? We’d love to hear about some of the special features included in your packages!

Brides tend to book one year out. If you’d like to book a particular date, the sooner the better. We offer catering packages, bar services, white Chiavari chairs, 60in round tables, day-of coordination,  parking attendants, chair relocation services (move chairs from the ceremony to reception location) and guest cottages.

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After the ceremony in the front yard and cocktail hour inside the house, the reception is in the backyard! There are some string lights hung across the big trees to make your reception under the mossy canopy that much more magical.

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How do you help couples customize their wedding?

The space is a blank canvas underneath the mossy Oak trees. Each wedding is unique and a reflection of the couple’s imagination.

What do you do to help accommodate couples that are having a destination wedding at your venue?

Virtually everything can be done via email or phone.

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A few shots from the adorable cottages behind the main house:

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Southwood House and Cottages


If a couple was selecting their date for their destination wedding at Southwood House & Cottages what would you tell them about the seasons in your area?

FSU football season! Stay away from home games weekend. Hotel prices for out of town guests are through the roof.

Tell me about your favorite wedding last season.

It is so hard to pick a favorite! So how about I tell you about our last wedding. Every detail did not go unnoticed. The ceremony backdrop was the front of the Southwood House where a beautiful wreath by Missy Gunnel’s Florals was hanging. The bride rode on the back of a beautiful red vintage car drove by her father. The couple said their vows lead by the bride’s grandfather on the front porch of the Southwood House. Afterward, the guests retreated inside the Southwood House for passed appetizers. On the reception tables were navy blue linens with a beautiful arrangement of white flowers centerpieces mixed with wreaths of flowers with a lantern and tons and tons of candles. A beautiful chandelier hung above the four-tiered cake provided by The Cake Shop. The delicious meal of Citrus Rum Chicken or Sirloin Steak was prepared by our head Chef Michael from Southwood.  The favors were milk and Chick-Fil-A cookies. And the exit… SPARKLERS! The driveway was lined with luminaries for when guests departed at night.

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Clearly, I am a huge fan of the portrait locations available! What a dreamy place to get married!

If you are looking for a gorgeous wedding venue in Tallahassee, Florida or if you are looking for some southern charm for your destination wedding, head on over to Southwood House & Cottages website


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