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  • How do you find a wedding venue?

    Finding the perfect wedding venue comes down to personal style, whether looking for a stunning country barn, an elegant ballroom, a lakeside terrace, or a romantic beach. We recommend choosing a venue that matches your vision, guest list size, and budget. Consider what the space includes, like catering and audiovisual, and its location for traveling guests. The wedding planners at Hotel ELEO can share their tips and work with you to create your dream wedding, from selecting the venue to designing your menu.
  • What makes a good wedding venue?

    Your event space sets the tone for your wedding, which is why choosing the right venue for your style and individuality is imperative. Many elements make up a good wedding venue, including:
    • Availability for the wedding dates you desire
    • Size of the venue to match your guest list
    • Flexibility of the venue for multiple wedding events
    • Location near airports and accommodations
    • Style that matches your personality and vision
    • Transportation and parking
    • Catering menus and custom culinary experiences
    • Wedding packages that include catering, bar, and staffing
    • Cost that matches your budget
  • How far in advance do you book a wedding venue?

    You should plan to book your wedding reception site  at least a year to nine months before your date. If you are planning your wedding during peak months - May and October - you should start looking for a wedding venue a month or two even earlier and be flexible about the date. The wedding planners at Hotel ELEO will help you select the perfect venue and assist with menus, guest accommodations, and entertainment.
  • Where can I take wedding photos in Gainesville, FL?

    Gainesville, Florida, offers many beautiful and romantic settings for wedding photos. Hotel ELEO is located next to the beautiful gardens, museums, and backdrops on the UF campus. The hotel offers a scenic lake, lovely gardens, and green space for photo shoots. Some of our favorite places for wedding photography, include:
    • University of Florida Organic Garden
    • Depot Park
    • Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum
    • Sweetwater Wetlands Park
    • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
    • Baughman Center
  • Where is the best place to buy a wedding dress in Gainesville?

    Gainesville, Florida, offers several bridal shops and salons selling wedding dresses, including Allure Bridal Boutique. Gainesville also hosts the annual Florida Bridal Expo, showcasing the top wedding products and services, from dress makers and designers to bakers and photographers. The wedding specialists at Hotel ELEO can recommend the top bridal shops in Gainesville and tips on how to pick the perfect dress.
  • How much is a wedding photographer?

    A wedding is one of the biggest celebrations of your life. So, it's important to hire an experienced wedding photographer to capture every moment of your big day, from your walk down the aisle to your final dance. On average, a wedding photographer costs between $2,100 and $2,500. Some photographers charge by the hour, so we recommend paying a flat fee. Hotel ELEO can recommend local photographers that we have worked with before.
  • How much does a small wedding cost?

    A small wedding can cost on average from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the venue, state, and enhancements including catering, wedding cake, flowers, music, decorations, and photography. Florida is considered one of the best places for a wedding with many affordable venues with all-inclusive packages that can reduce costs. The wedding specialists at Hotel ELEO can help you select the perfect wedding venue and services for smaller budgets.
  • Does Hotel ELEO offer catering?

    Hotel ELEO offers creative catering and packages for weddings and special events, from brunches to dinner banquets to cocktail parties. Chef Keller and Covey Kitchen + Cocktails create modern southern cuisine with global influences and signature cocktails for wedding receptions and celebrations.
  • Can we reserve room blocks for our wedding guests?

    Yes. Hotel ELEO offers beautifully designed rooms and suites with city and lake views for your wedding guests. Whether you host your wedding at Hotel ELEO at one of the nearby wedding venues In Gainesville, you can reserve a block of rooms with special rates for your wedding party. For wedding planning and group accommodations, request a proposal