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Frequently Asked Questions

A contract and deposit are required to reserve a space for your special event. Once you are given the contract, you have 2 weeks to review and confirm the event by returning your signed contract and 50% of the total rental charges plus the full damage deposit, or you may forfeit the space.

No, you do not have to be affiliated with the College to book your wedding in any venue, however there are discounts available for Frost and College Chapels to couples who are affiliated in one of the following ways:

  1. Student presently enrolled at Berry and has completed at least one year of academic study.
  2. Berry Alumni and their children. Alumni includes anyone who has completed one full year of academic study at Berry College.
  3. Current and retired Berry College faculty and staff and their children.
  4. Members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors and official advisory councils and their children

*Eligibility is verified through the Registrar’s Office, Alumni Office, or Human Resources Department.

We provide tables and chairs for your event in the Christopher Browning Pavilion and Ford Dining Hall, and we will coordinate the set-up of the space.

For outdoor receptions and ceremonies at Oak Hill, tables, chairs and other furniture for events are not provided and should be arranged through a rental company.

No. While having a wedding coordinator can ease in the planning process, we do not require use of a professional wedding coordinator. To provide the best possible experience we require all weddings to have a day-of coordinator/point person. Our recommendation is that this person is not a member part of the wedding party. We require at least one meeting with both you and the day-of coordinator prior to the wedding.

We will provide at least one student facility coordinator that will be available to assist with facility related questions and continual monitoring of the facility to ensure a successful event. This student is not a wedding coordinator.

We require your vendors to be approved for events on campus. You will be provided with our Approved Vendors List along with your wedding contract when you book. Each of the professionals on this list has provided services for multiple weddings and events at our venues and are familiar with our unique location and requirements for hosting events. If you have a particular vendor in mind that is not on our list, let us know and we will be more than happy to consider them for approval. You will be asked to provide a complete list of vendors 30 days before your wedding.

You will have access from 10am-10pm on the wedding day. All event-related materials removal must be cleaned up and removed within the reserved time. Rental items, including tents, tables, and chairs can removed the following day for weekday events or on the Monday following a weekend event. Additional time for set-up prior to the event may be requested with additional charges. This approval will be based on other regularly scheduled events on the premises.

On main campus alcohol is not permitted. This includes the inside and outside of the chapels and Ford Dining Hall. Failure to follow these policies by vendors, guests and members of the wedding party will result in immediate forfeiture of your damage deposit. On Oak Hill campus alcohol is permitted. All alcohol must be served by a licensed and insured bartender.

Yes, we require you to purchase insurance through our insurance company for an additional $97.00 fee.

We welcome decorations but ask that no tape, nails or staples be used on the building surfaces. More detailed information regarding decorations is listed in the Wedding Information Sheet. We are happy to help with additional ideas and recommendations on how to decorate. The following decorations are prohibited in all of our indoor and outdoor spaces due to the historic grounds and our wildlife:

  • Sparklers, rice, confetti, or birdseed (Popular alternatives: rose petals or lavender)
  • Balloon release (Note: you are welcome to use balloons that are weighted down)
  • Open flames (Popular alternative: electric candles)

Pricing varies across venues. Please refer to our for the detailed pricing list.

Pricing Guide

50% of the rental fee plus the total damage deposit is due when the contract is signed. The remaining balance is due for no later than one (1) month prior to the date of the event. We accept cash, check, or credit card payments. Checks should be made out to Berry College with the event and venue noted in the check memo line.

Animals are not permitted inside any of the chapels or Ford Dining Hall, or anywhere indoors or outdoors on Oak Hill Campus, with the exception of service animals.

Schedule a tourSchedule a tour of any one of our Chapels, Ford Dining Hall and/or Oak Hill. We offer tours Monday – Friday based on availability.
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