Frequently Asked Questions

Special event booking requires a non-refundable 50% deposit of the total estimated venue and service fee charges, including applicable taxes, which is due at the time of signing the agreement. The final non-refundable 50% deposit, will be due 30 days prior to the special event date. Payment for events booked less than 90 days in advance of the special event date will require 100% non-refundable deposit of the total estimated venue and taxes to be paid at time of signing the agreement. All payments must be paid on time. If payments are not received when due, Host will forfeit the special event reservation and the event date will be removed from the Empire Mills’ calendar.

Unlike other venues that offer 5-6 hour blocks, Empire Mills gives you a 10-12 hour block on your wedding day.

There is no fee for parking. Empire Mills has it’s own complimentary parking lot on the property.

All deposit payments for special events paid are non-refundable. There are no refunds or transfer of previously paid non-refundable deposits if the event is canceled less than 6 months prior to the scheduled special event date. For cancellations more than 6 months in advance of the special event date, Host will have the opportunity to apply the previously paid non-refundable deposits towards a new special event date booked within 12 months of the cancellation notice. A transfer fee of 20% of the original estimated total will be charged to reschedule a new date. If Host chooses not to schedule the event, all previously paid non-refundable deposits will be forfeited. All rescheduled special event bookings will be based on availability and are subject to the special event guidelines and pricing for venues or activities that are in effect on the date the special event is rescheduled.

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No, catering is not included in the venue rental fee. Hallie Jane’s catering will create your own custom package based on your menu items. Within that package includes all glassware, barware, flatware, tableware, and serving pieces. All service staff will be included in that package as well including an event manager, bartenders, and servers.

Linens for the highboys, guest tables, gift/guest book table, wedding cake and other event specific tables are NOT included in the rental of Empire Mills. The details and cost for these linens will be added to the proposal during phase 2 of planning. **Ivory or black poly/cotton linens for the bar and any food stations (ie: buffet, appetizer stations; dinner stations; etc) are included in the Empire Mills rental**-

Venue Fee – Rate varies depending on your guest count.

Parking – As your guests arrive we will provide signage next to our complimentary parking lot.

Use of Entire Property – 10-12 hour block for your wedding day includes access to the entire property including Marsden Hall, The Banquet Hall, The Bridal Suite, The Groom’s Lounge, and both outdoor patios.

Marsden Hall: Where ceremonies are typically held, Marsden Hall boasts a large crystal chandelier, making it the perfect location to say “I do.”

The Banquet Hall: Where receptions take place, this is our largest building on the property complete with 3 separate rooms, perfect for dancing, dining, and celebrating.

The Bridal Suite: Prior to the ceremony, the bride and her bridal party can relax and apply their finishing touches in this private building complete with multiple mirrors for getting ready, a speaker, complimentary soft drinks and coffee.

The Groom’s Lounge: Prior to the ceremony, the groom and his groomsmen can relax in style with a flat screen TV loft, a wet bar, a speaker, and complimentary soft drinks and coffee.

Outdoor Patios: Complete with strung bistro lighting, white Adirondack furniture, and antique-syrup kettle fire pits, our concrete patios are the perfect location for cocktail hour.

Blacksmith’s Shed: The Blacksmith’s Shed is located on the pasture-side patio and is typically used for whiskey and cigar bars.

Chairs & Tables– We offer white wood folding chairs for the ceremony and vineyard cross back chairs for the reception. Assorted guest tables are also included in the rental fee.

Facility/Event Manger– On your big day you will have a facility manager around who will be in direct communication with your wedding coordinator. They will also be the one managing food service, making sure your food turns out hot, fresh, and on time.

The rental fee is based on your guest count and includes use of the entire property for your special day for 10-12 hours. This includes strung bistro lighting over the courtyards, white Adirondack patio furniture, complimentary parking and wifi.

Guest tables and chairs for the reception and ceremony are included in the rental fee as well as our communal tables with stools, and service tables for catering purposes. You will have a facility manager during the event to help assist with the facility, use of the EM property for photographic opportunities and a 2 hour rehearsal block one day prior to your event based on availability.

We also provide a CAD layout of the event set up and a one time setup/breakdown of all venue provided tables & chairs.

Due to the vastness of our property and having indoor and outdoor options, capacity depends on the type of seating arrangement you choose. Marsden Hall seats up to 279 guests for weddings, and The Banquet Hall can hold up to 436 guests.

Methods of acceptable payments include cash, checks and credit cards.

A maintenance fee of 2.5% for Visa and MasterCard and 4% for AMEX will apply to the amount processed.

Checks can be made out to Empire Mills and mailed to our attention to:

Empire Mills

1290 Pennington Rd.

Madison, Ga 30650

To secure a venue reservation on the Empire Mills event calendar, the specified non-refundable 50% deposit is required along with the Special Event Agreement signed by the host and countersigned by Empire Mills.

Yes, all of our indoor event spaces are temperature controlled including Marsden Hall, The Banquet Hall, and the bridal cottage.

We offer two indoor event spaces, Marsden Hall and The Banquet Hall. As well as the interior and pasture-side courtyards.

No, we are not licensed to sell alcohol. You provide the alcohol for your event and Hallie Jane’s Catering supplies all the barware, bartenders, etc. We also assist with quantities as well as alcohol delivery logistics.

Yes. If renting Empire Mills, you must use Hallie Jane’s for your catering needs. Fortunately Hallie Jane’s can make any food imaginable and is more than capable of accommodating any of your wants and/or needs.

Yes. We have two designated accessible parking locations located in the front of our venue. Our venue is ADA compliant with the exception of the bridal cottage.

Yes, the suggested vendors above are merely individuals we highly recommend. All vendors are welcome, however, they must require appropriate licensure with the state and/or local authorities. The only vendor that is required is Hallie Jane’s Catering.

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