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How long have you been hosting weddings at the Mountain Magnolia Inn?

We have been hosting weddings and events at the Mountain Magnolia Inn since the year we opened in 1999.  We host an average of 15 events a year, giving each one special attention to match the importance of your very special day.

What is unique about the Mountain Magnolia Inn?

On your wedding weekend or day, the Inn and restaurant transforms into your private destination wedding site. With incredible mountain views, a beautiful Victorian inn,  exceptional cuisine and a staff that is there to serve you and your guests, your wedding will be a special occasion for all to remember.

How many lodging guests can you accommodate?

The Mountain Magnolia Inn and affiliated properties can accommodate up to 80 guests. The main Inn has five beautiful guest rooms and a two-bedroom suite, and sleeps up to 14 guests.  The three-bedroom/two-bath guest house next door sleeps up to 10 guests with the use of futons in the living room.  We also have a number of accommodations 2 to 3 minutes from the Inn which can accommodate up to 26 people. Our sister property, Laughing Heart Lodge, can accommodate an additional 30 people.

Where can guests stay other than the Inn?

There are numerous lodging opportunities for guests in and around Hot Springs.  Most, if not all, can find accommodations within walking distance to the event location and the heart of town.  The wedding coordinator will help direct you in connecting to the many other lodging options available.

Is lodging required to host an event at your location?

In most cases lodging is required to hold an event at the Mountain Magnolia Inn.  We have greater flexibility mid-week and off-season with this requirement.  For groups of less than 15, we allow for a wedding ceremony and dining reception in our restaurant without lodging.

Can I hold my wedding ceremony at your location without utilizing your other dining/catering  and lodging services?

We do not offer this service only.

What is there to do in Hot Springs?

There are many activities for you and your guests in beautiful Hot Springs.  The area offers whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and sightseeing.  The main street of town is a short walk from the Mountain Magnolia Inn, and there you will find several other restaurants, an outfitters store, and a couple of local artisan galleries.  The Hot Springs Spa offers outdoor Jacuzzi tubs to soak in the natural hot springs.  Also, Asheville is located just 35 miles away offering the Biltmore Estate, shopping, and many other activities.

Our Wedding Packages

Do you offer wedding packages?

We do offer wedding packages at the Mountain Magnolia Inn for Large and Mid-size Events (50 or more), Small Weddings (under 50), Winter Weddings, and Elopements.  Please refer to the specific options on our weddings home page for details of our services.

Do you offer winter weddings?

Yes.  We enjoy hosting small indoor events in the winter months.  This option is available to groups of 30 or less in the months of November through March.

Can I use my own caterer?

No.  The wonderful chef and staff at the Mountain Magnolia Inn will provide you with all catering services.

Can I provide my own beer and wine?

No.  We work with several wine and beer distributors to be able to provide our clients with just about anything they desire.  For events, we can provide beer by the bottle or by keg.  The Mountain Magnolia Inn will provide necessary bartender(s).  We also offer an event wine list with economical choices of carefully selected wine and champagne along with our restaurant’s superb house wine list.

Can I have a Full Bar served at the event?

Yes.  The Mountain Magnolia Inn has licensing to mix and pour liquor drinks for events.   With a full bar fee, we provide all of the mixers and bartender and we ask you to provide us with the liquor to be served.
Can I provide my own cake?

Yes.  We will offer baker recommendations with our vendor list, and you are free to arrange your own cake for the event.

How do I secure a date?

To secure your wedding date, we will take a $500 non-refundable deposit and require a signed contract that defines our agreement.

Wedding Cost and Pricing Structure

How do you price your services?

Charges for weddings at the Mountain Magnolia Inn consist of a Facility Fee, Food and Beverage, Wait Staff, and related Taxes and Gratuity.  These charges are based on the final guest count, menu selection, and beverage consumption.

Do you have prices for children?

Children 0-7 years old are free for events and Children 8-12 years old are $15/child.  We are happy to offer a special children’s menu for $15/child for all ages.

Do you have any extra fees?

There are no extra fees that will not be discussed in the initial conversation.

Are there any ways I can save money?

Our event menu has 3 price options for full buffets and entrée choices to be served at the event.  An event wine list is available for you to choose economical and tasty wines and champagne.  We offer  a reduced Facility Fee and lower Food and Beverage minimum for events that are on Sundays through Thursdays.  We will discuss all details clearly throughout the planning process  and create an Estimate of Expenses as soon as menu details are planned.  This will give you the opportunity to see the cost and make changes that are necessary for your budget.  Lastly, when rental equipment is needed, the wedding coordinator will work with you to assist in selecting only what is needed for the event and discuss economical choices to fulfill these needs.

What happens if I have to cancel my event?

Deposits will be retained in the event of cancellation.  The contract states that any cancellation within 30 days of the event will result in the client’s responsibility for any rooms and lodging that is not able to be filled.  Event cancellation insurance is available for those who are interested in seeking this option.

Wedding Preparation and Planning

How do I plan my event at your location?

The wedding coordinator will guide you along the entire planning process.  In this process you and the coordinator will plan a menu for the reception and create beverage choices, discuss  and plan a timeline for the day of event and/or weekend, organize guest lodging details, plan and establish a rental order, discuss and select vendors, and plan on any special decorating requirements.   

What rental equipment do I need?

Depending on the size of your party, a tent may be required.  In addition, arrangements need to be made for tables, chairs, linens, plateware, glassware, and silverware.  The wedding coordinator will assist you in determining the needs based on the event details and size.  The Mountain Magnolia Inn does have some serving equipment that will be available, along with outdoor and tent lighting, chafing dishes, some extra tables, small bar tent, and covered terrace that is a perfect spot for dancing.

Can I use outside vendors?

Yes.  We have a list of recommended vendors for Floral Design, Officiant Services, Photography, Entertainment, and Wedding Cakes that we are happy to share, and you are welcome to make your own choices.

Do you have an officiant you recommend?

The owner of the Mountain Magnolia Inn, Karen Nagle, is an ordained minister.

Do I need liability insurance for the event?

The Mountain Magnolia Inn maintains liability insurance for events, and no one has ever felt that special event insurance was needed.

When do I need my final guest count?

The final guest count is due 2 weeks prior to the event. 

Your Special Day

Who will be on-site on my wedding day?

The wedding coordinator will be present for the set-up and duration of the event to direct the staff and assist in your needs.  There is, also, and innkeeper present in the office during the normal hours of 8Am till 8PM.  The experienced serving staff, chef, and kitchen staff will be present.

Can I decorate the facility?

We welcome your personal touch and decorations to our location.  We ask that you do not use nail in the tree or any other part of the property.

How much time are we allowed for the ceremony and reception?

Our pricing structure includes the cost for a 6 hour event, from the time of the wedding ceremony to the bar/event close.  We offer additional time for the reception at $150/hour, unless otherwise discussed.

Do you provide guest parking?

The guest parking for the Mountain Magnolia Inn can accommodate up to 90 people.  Beyond that, we will direct your guest to additional parking on a property next to the Inn.  We also encourage guests that are staying within walking distance to walk.

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