THE DONNELLY HOUSE

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, and is returned to client within 30 days following the event. The Deposit can be transferred to another date within 14 days of the initial booking date. The deposit is non-refundable due to cancellation.

 

Ceremony/Reception

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 is $150 per hour. Pre-ceremony time is for wedding party only
  • Private bride and bridesmaids’ suites with private bath
  • Private groom’s suite with flat screen TV
  • Both bride’s and groom’s suites are equipped with a mini-fridge
  • Tables and chairs (inventory listed below)
  • Cake tables, toasting flutes, cake knives
  • All setup and cleanup
  • Donnelly House staff on site
  • 1 hour of rehearsal time

(Note: There are additional costs for staffing events exceeding 150+ guest)

 

Payment

The Reception / Ceremony rental fee is due 90 days prior to your event. Additional fees, such as valet, security, etc., are due 21 days prior to event.

 

Event Cancellation

If an event is cancelled after reserving a date, client will be charged a service fee calculated based on the timing of the cancellation. Below is our fee schedule. Security deposits are non-refundable due to cancellation.

If you cancel

from Booking date to 270 days before event

from 269 days to 180 days before event

from 179 days to 120 days before event

from 119 days or less before event

Service fee will be

20% of rental fee

50% of rental fee

75% of rental fee

100% of rental fee

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Ceremony Sites

You have a choice of having your ceremony inside or outside. Outside locations include our Gazebo Garden, back patio, or front lawn. Capacities: Gazebo–300, back patio–300, front lawn–120. Outdoor ceremonies include 150 white-wood padded chairs. Inside ceremonies include 50 gold Chivari chairs. Additional chairs are available for rent.

 

Rehearsal Dinners – $500

This includes 3 hours of house rental time, table/chair inventory, setup and cleanup. There are additional staffing costs for parties with 50+ guests.

If your wedding ceremony is not at the Donnelly House, the rehearsal dinner fee is $1200.

 

Bar Service

The Donnelly House handles all bar service. We allow you to bring your own alcohol, but there is a corkage fee of $5 per person (ages 21 and over) to do so. We usually subtract approximately 20% of the guest count to determine the corkage fee. The corkage fee covers all bar setups, bar equipment, ice, acrylic drink ware, and beverage napkins. Glassware (wine and cocktail glasses) can be provided at 75¢ per person.

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. No kegs.

The Donnelly House provides bartenders at $125 per 4-hour event. One bartender is required for every 50 guests. 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 that evening. There is a 15% gratuity based on corkage fee. Bar-backs are $75 per 4-hour event, when needed. Last call for bar service is 30 minutes before the ending time of event.

 

Security – $35 Per Hour

Security is required for any event that has: an outdoor ceremony, an outdoor DJ or Band, and/or alcohol. The Donnelly House will book the security for the event.  Security will arrive 30 minutes prior to start of ceremony. Reception-only security will arrive at the starting time of the event. Events with over 150 guests will require two security personnel. The Donnelly House will schedule all security personnel.

 

Entertainment

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.

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Parking

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 our contracted valet service for the Donnelly House. Apex is licensed and insured and has provided the Donnelly House with excellent service. Valet rates are based on the number of guests attending the event. Below is the rate schedule:

# of Guest

1–50

51–75

76–125

126–175

176–225

Price

$200

$300

$400

$500

$700

# of Valets on site

2

3

4

5

7

We will sit down with you to determine the number of valets your event will need. Shuttles, taxis, and Uber all affect the number of guests using valet. Valet fees are based on a 4-hour event. Valets will arrive 1 hour prior to start time of an event. Additional valet fees are required for events over 4 hours.

 

Table Linens – $15 Per Table

The Donnelly House can provide table linens in white, ivory, and black. Linen rental includes delivery, placement, removal, and pick up.

 

Cake Stands – $35 Each

The Donnelly House cake stand inventory includes: 23-inch round, 18-inch round, and 18-inch square.

 

Outdoor String Lighting

The Donnelly House provides all outdoor overhead string lighting. Light locations and pricing available upon request.

 

“Day of” Wedding Coordinator

The Donnelly House offers a “Day of” Coordinator. The fee is $300. This includes: coordination of the Donnelly House ceremony rehearsal practice, coordination of the ceremony and reception, a flexible timeline of the event flow, and coordination of the send-off.  The Donnelly House Coordinator will arrive 3 hours prior to the ceremony and will remain until the end of the event. Additional time for coordinator is $35 per hour (day of only).

 

 

Catering

All catering is provided by Donnelly House Catering.

 

Vendors

Client is free to use any vendor of their choice to perform their floral, cake, entertainment, photography, video, etc. All vendors contracted to perform services at the Donnelly House must be professional and follow all Donnelly House rules and procedures. The Donnelly House has the sole discretion to disallow any vendor chosen by client. 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 review any pertinent rules/procedures/policies.

 

Tent Setup

There is a $75 service charge 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

• Ten 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 and breakdown (Donnelly House inventory only) is included in our wedding package. There is a $50 fee for any outside vendor rentals that require Donnelly House staff for setup.

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2838 Highland Ave. South

Birmingham, AL 35205

The Historic Donnelly House is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

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