FAQ

1. How do I book my wedding date?

A: For Weddings & Receptions, a $2,000 non-refundable Reservation Deposit is due at contract signing in order to reserve the Inn. The Reservation Deposit will be applied to the cost of your event.  This can be paid by cash, check or credit card (a 3% convenience fee applies to all credit card transactions).

2. Can I add more time to my package? 

A: Yes, additional hours can be added for a fee.

3. When do I need to pay?

A:  An initial deposit is taken at the time you contract your event. Your second payment is due four months prior to your event. Your third and final payment is due two weeks before your event.  Please note that a Security Deposit is collected two weeks before your event.  (The Security Deposit must be paid in either cash or by check.)

4. Is there sales tax? 

A: Taxes. Georgia sales tax (currently 6%) will be added to your Wedding Package.

5. Can I bring in my own alcohol?carriage house5

A. The Whitlock Inn allows you to bring in your own alcohol. However you must contract with our caterer and use their licensed and insured bartenders to serve any beer, wine and/or alcohol. To help you plan for your event, our caterer has prepared a chart of suggested quantities of alcohol to purchase for events at The Whitlock Inn.

6. What flowers will be blooming in the yard?

A: We maintain a full time gardener who keeps plants blooming seasonally in our gardens throughout the year. Typically, we have impatiens, roses, jonquils, crepe myrtles, wisteria, daphne, hydrangeas, azaleas and begonias blooming in the spring and summer. During the Fall we have mums blooming and pumpkins in season. Pansies and camellias bloom throughout winter months. In addition, we display holiday decorations in December.

7. Is the Inn insured?

A: Yes, The Whitlock Inn maintains commercial property coverage and commercial general liability coverage.

8. What happens to the leftover food and flowers from my event?

A: Leftover food is packed and sent home with the host family. A special to-go tote bag is always made for the happy couple. In addition, you may take home flowers from your reception.

9. Can I throw my bouquet?

A: Yes, and we have many picture perfect spots.

10. Can my dog be in the wedding?

dog in weddingA: Yes, with prior approval. Due to Health Department regulations dogs and other pets are not permitted in the Inn during receptions. Please inquire at the time of contract for full list of restrictions and requirements.

11. Can the flower girl drop petals down the aisle?

A: Yes

12. Do you have directions I can send my guests?

A: You can direct your guests to our Map & Directions page. Feel free to print out and copy this page to send to your guests.

13. Where do my guests park?

A: Guests coming to the Whitlock Inn may park next door in our lot at the Anderson Mansion.  Guests may also park in the Suntrust Bank lot adjacent to The Whitlock Inn, except Weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, banking hours. With permission, Wedding & Reception guests may also use the First United Methodist Church lot across Whitlock Avenue from The Whitlock Inn. There is parking around the Marietta Square. An off-duty police officer will be available an hour before and an hour into each event to assist guests with parking.

14. What vendors do you recommend?

A: We maintain a list of preferred vendors who will make your event spectacular. We are happy to send it to you upon request. It is frequently updated.

15. What items are permitted for my reception send off?

A: Bubbles, glow sticks, bells, or noise makers are all fun ways to end the party. We don’t allow rose petals, confetti, rice, birdseed or sparklers.

16. When was the Inn built?

A: The Inn was built in 1900. For more information, see our page on the History of The Whitlock Inn.

17. Can I bring in my own wedding cake or grooms cake?

A: Yes; we are happy to provide you with a list of our preferred vendors.

18. Can I bring in my own florist?

A: Yes; we are happy to provide you with a list of our preferred vendors.

19. Will you make a signature drink for us?

signature drinkA: Signature drinks can be added and will be discussed with the catering team during the planning process.

20. Do you have a place to get dressed?

A: We provide two changing rooms to be used by the wedding party.

21 . Can we go past 11 pm?

A: Yes, additional hours can be added.

22. Can we take photos ahead of time?

A: You have access to the Inn two hours before your event time to start taking photographs.