Walk in front of Donnelly House and you’ll immediately realize this is a very special venue. The Georgian-colonial-style mansion dates to 1905, when James W. Donnelly lived on the property. Today, the 12,000 square feet venue towers above wedding guests, with four massive columns in the front. Inside, you’ll enter a home that is part of the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. The historic space boasts a jaw-dropping interior that screams elegance and high class – perfect for your wedding.
But there’s even more…
Donnelly House is 117 years old, with white marble floors and 12,000 square feet of space to explore. James W. Donnelly built the house. He moved to Birmingham after retiring from Proctor and Gamble. Fun Fact: James W. Donnelly is “the father of the Birmingham Library System.”
Couples can choose to book the venue using one of four main options:
The bride and groom can add additional event time by the hour.
Donnelly House provides all bar service, but you must use their in-house bartenders, which makes it easier for you so that you do not have to find your own bartenders. Of course, couples can bring their own alcohol to dispense, too.
All events have security, which the City of Birmingham Police Department is aware of. Depending on the event and the couple’s request, additional security may be possible.
The venue requires that vendors set up 5 hours before the wedding. This makes sure that you have ample time to get all the details perfectly together before your guests show up. Vendors are responsible for breakdown immediately following the wedding.
The Donnelly House has multiple ceremony site locations, and most of them are outdoors.
Each space is beautiful in its own way. The outdoor patio and interior spaces both have fireplaces to create a cozy atmosphere. The front lawn and gazebo locations are ideal for larger weddings.
With its historic charm and park-like setting, the Donnelly House has endless opportunities to take stunning and romantic photos. Stand in front of the towering columns at the home’s entrance for elegant photos with your wedding party. The outdoor patio is the perfect spot for candid photos with friends and family by the fireplace. Ceremonies under the gazebo are nothing short of a fairytale, with flowers everywhere you turn. The elegant and intimate interior has plenty of natural light, and the fireplace adds to the warm ambiance of the space. The Donnelly House is a gorgeous venue that needs nothing more than a smiling couple to make unforgettable photos.
The Donnelly House has lots of extras available so that you can fully customize your experience, such as:
These little extras bring the day together and also can make things simpler for you when you are planning out the details.
Donnelly House brings a touch of old, upscale society and beauty to your wedding. The venue is a masterpiece with sprawling interiors, beautiful marble floors and romance around each corner. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling, large fireplaces adorn the walls, and the interior offers an intimate space for close friends and family. Let’s connect and see how I can make your wedding photography dreams come to life. Chat soon!
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