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Birmingham’s premier wedding and event address.

The historic Donnelly House, an example of Neo-classical architecture, was built in 1905 as the residence of James W. Donnelly. This magnificent Georgian-colonial mansion features over 12,000 square feet of living space and spectacular white marble floors.

The home was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 20, 1975. It is also a contributing property to the Highland Avenue Historic District, a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.



Reserving the Donnelly House for your wedding

A $750 (refundable) security/reservation deposit is required to reserve your date.  The deposit is in addition to the rental fee. The deposit is fully refundable provided there is no damage to the facility. The deposit is non-refundable due to cancellation. The deposit can be transferred to another date. The deposit is returned within 30 days of the event.


Rental fee: $3500 (Add $300 for ceremony)

These items/services  are included in the rental rate:

• 4 hours of event time. 3 hours of pre-ceremony time. Additional pre-ceremony time $150 per hour.

Pre-ceremony time is for wedding party and vendors only.

• Private bride’s and bridesmaids’ suites with private bath.

• Private groom’s suite with flat screen TV/DVD/XBox.

• Both bride’s and groom’s suites are equipped with mini-fridges.

• Private pre-ceremony area for family with dining setup.

• Tables and chairs (inventory listed below).

• Cake tables, toasting flutes, cake knives.

• All setup and cleanup.

• 1 hour of rehearsal time.

(Note: There is an additional cost for events exceeding 150 guests)



You have a choice of having your ceremony inside or outside. Outside ceremonies include 150 white-wood padded chairs. Inside ceremonies include 50 gold Chiavari chairs. Additional seats can be rented.

Rehearsal Dinners

If a rehearsal dinner is booked along with a wedding/reception, the rental rate is $600. This includes 3 hours of house rental time. Included: tables, 50 chairs, cleanup and setup (60 guests or less).

Bar Service

The Donnelly House handles all bar services. We allow clients to bring their own alcohol, but there is a corkage fee of $5 per person (ages 21 and over) to do so. The client will provide the Donnelly House with whatever they want to serve at least one day prior to event. This includes: beer, wine, liquor, mixers, fruit, soft drinks, etc. Kegs can only be used outdoors and must come with cooler and tap.  The Donnelly House provides bartenders at $125 per 4-hour event with a 15% gratuity based on the corkage fee. The number of bartenders required is usually one bartender for every 50 to 60 guests. The corkage fee covers all bar setups, bar equipment, ice, plastic drink ware, and napkins. Glassware can be provided at $1 per person, if desired. The caterer can also provide glassware. All bars are shut down 30 minutes prior to the ending time of an event. After the event, all remaining beverages are packaged and returned to client.


Security is required for all outdoor events and any event serving alcohol. Security is $35 per hour, per officer. Events over 150 guests will require 2 officers.  The Donnelly House schedules all security.


The Donnelly House allows bands and DJs. There is a $50 service fee for all bands and DJs. All outdoor entertainment has to end by 9:50 p.m., no exceptions. Noise levels are monitored and adjusted accordingly. The Donnelly House is respectful to its neighbors and neighborhood concerning noise volume.  All bands and DJs are required to contact the Donnelly House prior to the event to review and understand loading and unloading procedures, and noise volumes.


Events with over 50 guests are required to have valet parking. We suggest that all events have valet parking due to the limited number of spaces available. Apex Valet is the contracted valet service for the Donnelly House. Apex is licensed and insured and has provided the Donnelly House with excellent service. The valet rates are based on the number of guests attending the event. Below is the rate schedule:

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Valet fees are based on a 4-hour event. Valets will arrive 1 hour prior to the start time of an event. Additional valet fees are required for events over 4 hours.

Table Linens

The Donnelly House can provide table linens in white, ivory, or black. Rental fees apply. Other colors are available upon request.

Cake Stands

The Donnelly House has a selection of cake stands for rent. The rental is $35 per stand.

Tent Setup

There is a $75 service fee for tent setups.

Table and Chair Inventory

Tables and chairs are included in the house rental. Below is the inventory that is available for client to use:

• Ten 5-foot round tables

• Four 4-foot round tables

• Five rectangle tables (30 x 72 inches)

• Ten highboy tables

• 50 gold Chiavari chairs (inside only)

• 75 white padded chairs (outside only)

Note: Table and chair setup (from Donnelly House inventory only) is included in our wedding package. If other table and chair rentals are contracted by client, there will be a setup charge. There is a $100 setup fee for any event having front lawn seating.

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The Donnelly House has exclusive in-house caterers. Only these caterers can be used at the venue. The list includes:

Happy Catering

225 Oxmoor Circle, Ste. 802

Homewood, AL 35209


Contact: Bill Bouloukos


Yellow Bicycle Catering

195 Vulcan Road

Homewood, AL 35209




Client is free to use any vendor of their choice to perform their floral, cake, entertainment, photography, video, etc. All vendors contracted to perform their services at the Donnelly House must be professionals and provide us with proof of liability insurance. The Donnelly House has the sole discretion to disallow any vendor. Client is to provide the Donnelly House with the vendors they have chosen prior to the event to be pre-approved. All vendors selected must contact the Donnelly House to go over any rules/procedures/policies that pertain to that specific vendor.

IZ Café and Catering

3325 Rocky Ridge Plaza

Birmingham, AL 35243



Kathy G Catering


Jim & Nicks BBQ & Catering

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2838 Highland Ave. South

Birmingham, AL 35205

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The Historic Donnelly House is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

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