The Bay area is home to a number of reception venues – the beautiful Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, the History Museum of Mobile and the stately Althestan Club, just to name a few. But if you’re looking for something a little different or somewhere you haven’t been for your sister’s/cousin’s/best friend’s wedding, one of these venues could be right up your alley.
Capacity approximately 250
Rental price Stable barn and grounds, $1, 000; Stable barn, grounds, kitchen, bathrooms and bridal suite, $1, 500; Stable Barn, Indoor Barn and grounds, $2, 500.
If you’re looking for something with a rustic, intimate feel, Kalioka Stables is your dream venue. Surrounded by sprawling pastures overlooking a pond, this location is the perfect place for a Southern celebration. Best of all, you can customize the barns to fit your personality, whether you want a stunning, elegant affair or a quiet, simple ceremony.
Kalioka Stables • 7925 Henry Morgan Rd., Eight Mile. 599-0199
Kirk House & Gardens
Capacity 275 – 300
Rental price Eight Hour, $1, 700; Deluxe Eight Hour, $2, 100; Small Party, $115/hour.
Charming is the first word that comes to mind when you see Kirk House and Gardens. With four acres of gardens and greenery, this venue is like stepping into the secret garden. Towering trees and bountiful blooms are a beautiful background for a spring or fall reception. If you’re a bride with a green thumb, this venue would be a perfect fit.
Kirk House & Gardens • 11525 state Highway 43 N., Axis. 675-4605
Rental Prices Friday, $1, 500; Saturday, $3, 000; Sunday – Thursday, $1, 000.
This Baldwin County spot is ideal for urbanites looking for a chic, sophisticated indoor and outdoor space. Situated in the heart of downtown Fairhope, The Venue gives off a New Orleans vibe complete with a gorgeous Italian-style fountain and cozy fireplace. The decor, including hanging lanterns, twinkling lights and window treatments, comes with the space, giving brides one less thing to worry about. Bonus: The venue is equipped to handle large wedding parties with a capacity of 550!
The Venue • 105 S. Section St., Fairhope. 929-1005
Rock Creek Golf Club
Capacity Private Dining Room, 25 – 30; Private Dining Room plus Patio, 50; Breezeway, 150; Main Dining Room, 100; Full Facility, 500; Driving Range, unlimited.
Rental Price Private Dining Room and Patio: $250; Driving Range, $300; Main Dining Room, $1, 000; Breezeway, $1, 000; Main Dining Room and Breezeway, $1, 500; Full Facility, $1, 600.
Grooms don't usually get too involved in the wedding planning, but having your reception on a golf course could definitely peak his interest. Rock Creek Golf Club has a variety of spaces available for reception festivities, and you are not required to be a member of the club to take advantage of the facilities. Want an extra wow factor? At Rock Creek, you can hold your wedding or reception on the driving range. If you’re looking for a space your guests will remember as original and creative, keep this place in mind.
Rock Creek Golf Club • 140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope. 928-4223
The Venue at Dawes
Capacity Indoor, 25; Outdoor, 120
Rental price Indoor packages: “Hey Baby Let’s Get Married, ” $225; Outdoor packages: “We’re Getting Married, ” $500, “Save the Date, ” $800, “Celebrate All Day, ” $1, 000 (M – F) / $1, 200 (Sa / Su), “The Grand Affair, ” $1, 800.
Whether your dream wedding consists solely of saying your vows or a full day of festivities with close friends, The Venue at Dawes probably has an option for you. Hidden on a quiet road in West Mobile, this venue is definitely off the beaten path. With five packages available, brides can choose between indoor and outdoor, small or large, hours or days. Some of the fun features of this venue are its quaint chapel room and beautiful backyard area. This smaller space is a great choice for brides planning a simple, all-inclusive gathering.
The Venue at Dawes • 3349 Dawes Rd., 289-9646
text by Amber Franklin