When can we come tour Garey House?
Garey House offers tours by appointment only, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, as well as select weekday evenings and weekend dates each month. Please email us at GareyHouse@georgetown.org to schedule a tour!
What is required to reserve a date?
We require a signed rental agreement, along with 50% of your rental fee at the time of booking. The remaining 50% of your rental fee is due 90 days prior to your event date. The refundable damage deposit is due 60 days prior to your event date.
Does Garey House have indoor and outdoor locations?
Yes! We have 2 indoor spaces and 3 outdoor spaces. Click here to see more information on our Features page.
What is the role of the on-site manager?
The Garey House site manager is responsible for watching over the property, being the venue’s point of contact for vendors, and to answer any questions that clients, vendors and guests may have. They are also responsible for any venue related tasks, keeping the restrooms clean and stocked during your event, and assisting with clean-up of breaks and spills, etc.
Garey House requires a day-of coordinator and we highly recommend hiring a vetted event professional to make your special day a seamless event! If you choose a friend or family member, the designated coordinator must serve as a vendor for the entirety of the event and cannot be a wedding guest.
May we bring in our own alcohol for our event?
Yes you may! However, no more alcohol than what is supplied at the beginning of the event may be brought in. In addition, all alcohol must be served by a licensed and insured, TABC-certified bartender and a host liquor liability policy must also be supplied by the client. Shots and liquor served “neat” or “on the rocks” are not permitted.
What are the requirements of my caterer?
All caterers/food providers must be full-service, licensed and insured. We recommend that you select one of the full service caterers off of our Preferred Vendors list. You may also choose to bring in the food provider of your choice upon written approval from our staff. (See contract for more information)
Are candles allowed?
- All real candles used indoors must be contained in a vase or votive. No open flames, such as taper candles, are permitted.
- Only LED or floating candles are to be used outdoors.
- All fire/flame-related items are subject to possible burn bans by Williamson County.
What items may we use for our send-off? Are fireworks allowed?
- Bubbles, dried lavender, ribbon wands, bells, glow sticks and confetti made from leaves.
- Sparklers are permitted if we are not in a burn ban and are limited to 20 inches in length.
- The use of flower petals, confetti, rice, seeds, balloons, glitter, Chinese lanterns, fog machines and pyrotechnics is not permitted.
- If there is an item that isn’t on our list, please ask our staff for written permission for these items.
Do you have bad weather options?
Yes, we can accommodate 80-106 guests seated for your reception in our largest indoor space, the Great Room, and an additional 24 seated in our Meeting Room. (125 max guests) Our smaller indoor space, the Hall, can also be used for a bad weather ceremony option for 90+/- guests and flipped for an indoor dance floor. The Client may consider renting a tent for the Event Lawn or Terrace for guest counts of 100-125.
Can our Band/DJ play music outside?
Yes, all outdoor music must end at 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Music is limited to 72 decibels during the daytime and 65 decibels at night.
Do you supply a sound system?
The Great Room, Hall and back patio of Garey House are wired with a speaker system for your use. We also have power available at the Terrace and Courtyard for you or your DJ to bring in speakers for outdoor events.
Does our rental time include set up and clean-up?
Yes, setup and teardown must take place during your scheduled rental time. If you need additional time for this, you may contact our staff to purchase additional time in one-hour increments before or after your scheduled rental time. Garey House provides the initial setup and end of night teardown of our supplied tables and chairs.
What are we responsible for during clean-up?
The caterer, bartenders, coordinator or client are responsible for removing all floral & decor, rentals, food, alcohol and table linens, taking trash to the dumpster on-site, and cleaning up any spills on the floor and in the kitchen. The client is responsible for removing all personal belongings in the prep suites. Garey House will be responsible for tables, chairs, prep suites, bathrooms and deep cleaning.
Is security required at my event?
For all weddings, as well as other events that will serve alcohol or have more than 100 guests, the client is required to hire a security officer through the Georgetown Police Department. The officer must be present from the time that alcohol begins to be served, through the end of your full rental time frame to ensure that all guests and vendors leave safely. *This is booked by Garey House staff through GPD, at their designated hourly rate.
Do you require event insurance?
Yes, Garey House requires the client to supply a $1,000,000 Liability and Property Damage Insurance Policy. Host Liquor Liability must also be included if alcohol will be served at the event. We recommend purchasing through a company such as The Event Helper or WedSafe. (cost ranges from $100-$175)
What is your animal policy?
Animals are not permitted, except for service animals or with prior written approval from Garey House. Upon staff approval, an animal waiver must be signed before allowing any animals on site for the ceremony and post-ceremony photos. All animals must be removed from the property once post-ceremony photos have concluded.
How does guest entry and parking work?
Guests can provide the bride and groom’s name at the park entrance and will be granted free entry. The parking area is sufficient for approximately 155 vehicles, plus overflow parking. Garey House can accommodate charter buses and passenger vans if you so choose.
Can we place wedding signs along the road to help our guests find Garey House?
Unfortunately, we do not have permission to place signs along RM 2243. We do have a map on our website to assist with finding the venue. It is also helpful to let your guests know that we are located within Garey Park.
Where are the nearest accommodations?
There is ample lodging around Garey House. Click here for a list of lodging options in Georgetown.
Do you offer discounts for non-profit organizations or fundraising?
Yes, we offer a 15% discount for non-profit organizations. Please contact our staff for additional information at GareyHouse@georgetown.org
How do wedding professionals get on your preferred vendors list?
Please email us with your information, a list of reviews/referrals and any additional details. We’d love to meet with you to see if your services are a good fit for Garey House and our clients!
How can I volunteer to get involved with Garey House?
Please email us for more information!