Happy #WeddingWednesday! Today’s blog post is a Venue Spotlight feature about one of my favorite venues in Jackson, The Cumberland House. This historical home is the perfect space for your southern wedding day. This gorgeous home has a special place in my heart because I had my maternity photos taken in the breathtaking Stardust Room! I also love working with Mrs. Kathi, the venue owner. She has been extremely supportive of me and Southern Sparkle since I started my career in the wedding planning industry.
Tell us about your venue.
The Cumberland House is an 1870 Italianate house, nestled on three acres in the heart of Jackson. Conveniently located on the northside of downtown, the venue includes four main areas: the historic house (with rooms for the bride and attendants, the groom and attendants, a dining room for smaller events or to set up buffet-style, striking entry hall with beautiful woodwork, 2 bathrooms, a catering prep kitchen, and spacious upstairs and downstairs verandas), a 40’x50 Garden Pavilion (that is draped with high quality textile soft walls that can either be closed or opened to enjoy the beautiful surroundings), the terraced meadow, and the Woodland Room (a natural setting surrounded by trees on the northeast side of the meadow.) The Garden Pavilion comfortably accommodates 150. If more space is needed, the meadow can be tented to accommodate 300+.
What makes your venue different from other venues?
The Cumberland House is a Garden Wedding and Event Venue located in Downtown Jackson. The historic house, gardens, pavilion and meadow offer the perfect location for romantic garden weddings, rehearsal dinners, parties and events. It is a surprising expanse of charm in the heart of the city…and the house with its all-white Stardust Room and Vanities Parlor are a bonus for added glamour and breath-taking photographs.
What is the history of the venue?
The house was built in 1870 as a wedding gift for Dinetia Walsh Hamilton and her husband Dr. Frank Hamilton. The house was repurposed through the years, as a residentce for about 70 years, offices, apartments and back to a residence. Kathi and Rex Leatherwood bought the house (which is adjacent to their private residence) in 2007, with the original intent of using it as an office and guest house. After several requests to use the house and adjacent meadow for events, it was decided to share this gem of a house by transforming it to an event venue, while taking care to preserve the historic elements. Property was purchased across the street for a parking area, historically correct fencing was built, and extensive landscaping was added. After a year of mainly renting the inside of the house, plans were drawn for the Garden Pavilion, opening up options for larger events utilizing the house, the pavilion, the meadow and Woodland Room.
What are some of your wedding and reception options?
From Mid-March through Mid-November, the property can be rented all day Saturday for $1800. Friday and Sundays are $1400.
The Weekend Package (which includes time for a two-hour photo session up to 3 months rior to the event date) is designed to provide less constrictions for deliveries, decorating, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and even use of the house for the bridesmaid or out of town guests’ luncheon, if you choose. The price is $2500 for all day Friday and Saturday. For $2700, the time is extended until Sunday at 11 a.m.
In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?
Oh, I have loved them all! The receptions, the engagement parties, the Fraternity Formals, the Baby Showers….I guess what is the newest to me at this time are the events that use the recently completed Garden Pavilion. Because it has just been completed, there have only been a handful of events…What a success when the bride and groom had a lovely rehearsal dinner in the house the night before. The next day, the bride and her attendants dressed in the Stardust Room while the groom and his attendants prepared for the the wedding in the Hamilton Room Then came the downpour. The bride had the wedding set up changed from the meadow, resulting in a beautiful wedding in the Garden Pavilion. The rain could be seen though the transoms surrounding the pavilion…and when the rain subsided and they opened the drapes to the lush greenery still wet from the rain, it was a resounding affirmation that a Garden Wedding with the pavilion still maintains the romance, charm and beauty of the outdoor venue no matter the weather.