FAQ & Other Useful Information

Helpful Information and Frequently Asked Questions' Answers


Rates are available upon request by filling out our Contact Form. We offer inclusive weddings on Saturdays and DIY property rental on Sundays.

Our Saturday packages include use of the property the day of the wedding starting at 9:00, a 5 hour event time and 1 hour ceremony rehearsal time the day before. These packages also include all the decor items in our inventory and coordination services for your wedding, and much more. Events end by 10:00. Sunday is a 12 hour DIY rental and events end by 9:00.

We can price all-inclusive packages that will include the florals, catering, entertaining, photography, videography, and more.

Deep South Farm is also available for reception only rental and will be priced based on the clients individual needs. Contact us for information on wedding and reception information.

Deep South Farm offers special rates for ‘last minute’ rentals within 6 weeks of a date for occasions other than weddings and receptions. Please contact us for more information on those rates.

Reserving Your Date

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required in order
to reserve a date on our calendar. Contact us to check availability.

Dates and Hours of Operation

Deep South Farm is open from April until the weekend before Thanksgiving. We will close for weddings for the season from Thanksgiving until April 1 as we are a mostly outdoor venue, and the barn is open air. Friday & Saturday night events must end by 10:00pm, Sunday-Thursday events must end by 9:00pm.


Deposits and payments are non-refundable.  In the event that you need to reschedule, the deposit and any payments may be transferred to a new date, if there is an acceptable date that is available.

Venue Capacity

The open-air barn will accommodate approximately 160 comfortably for a covered reception depending on the seating floor plan. We also have an adjacent outdoor courtyard area that will seat additional guests. Outdoor areas may be covered with tents to further accommodate larger reception and seating requirements if you desire a larger covered area, or in case of inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Plan

The short answer is that everything happens in the barn. We will be watching the weather the week before your wedding. If it looks like it’s going to rain on your wedding day we will decide when the decision needs to be made to move the ceremony. There is always a Plan B with a ceremony layout for the barn. We will have your guests sit at their tables, but we arrange them so that you have an aisle to walk down. We will also have pews for family seating up front so your family will still get the best seats in the house. If you do get married in the barn, it is just as beautiful as it would have been outside. If you feel like you may need a tent for weather purposes, we can always have one on reserve. We can also install clear plastic coverings down the sides of the barn in case of blowing rain. The same is true for cool weather. We can put the clear sides on and turn on the patio heaters and it warms it up nicely. This works perfectly for mildly cold weather.


Parking is near our storage area out of the way of the event spaces and pictures. We have a tractor and wagon that can carry guests to the event spaces, or they may walk. We also have a golf cart for guests requiring special assistance.


Tents are an additional charge and are priced based on size and availability. We have a preferred vendor that we use and is familiar with the property.


Deep South Farm can be decorated with items you choose from our inventory. This is included in all of our Saturday wedding packages. You may wish to add some personalized touches to your event with items that have special meaning to you. We will be happy to use any decor you provide. Deep South Farm will not be responsible for items left after the event. Please do not bring items that are irreplaceable without prior discussion and consent, as Deep South Farm will not be responsible for any damages to such items.


We can include a DJ service in one of our packages, or you are welcome to bring your own vendor. We also have musicians on our preferred vendor list. Electrical requirements should be discussed
prior to the event. All music must end at 10:00 pm on weekends and holidays and 9:00 on weeknights due to our rural surroundings, out of courtesy to the adjacent property owners.


Catering services for Deep South Farm are provided by Samantha of The Pink Pig. There is a wide selection of choices to suit every taste and style of food. You can start the cocktail hour off with some pimento cheese rolls, fried pickles, stuffed mushrooms, or any of the many choices of appetizers. For the buffet her Parmesan Crusted Chicken is always a favorite, or the Sliced Beef Brisket in au jus. Pair those up with her wedge salad, new potatoes and roasted asparagus for a more elegant feel. Maybe you want to go more casual and choose her famous pork BBQ, garlic salad, crispy seasoned garlic potatoes and macaroni & cheese. Either way, with her homemade salad dressings and sweet tea you can’t go wrong.

Tables & Seating

We have wooden farm and round tables with seating for up to 160. These tables do not require table cloths.
Additional tables and seating needed will be priced upon contract signing.

Alcoholic Beverages

Deep South Farm does allow alcoholic beverages to be brought in by the couple or their appointed agent. All alcoholic beverages will be served in compliance with all laws and regulations established by appropriate governmental units (including no service to underage or intoxicated guests). The dispensing of alcoholic beverages must terminate one hour before the end of the event. The clients agree with compliance with restrictions of serving of alcohol and for the consequences of alcohol consumption, including but not limited to, adverse health reactions, property damage and 3rd-party liability claims. The clients agree to pay for the bar package that includes 2 bartenders, ice and cups and an off-duty Gilmer County police officer to be present at their event where alcohol is being served. All alcohol must be served through the bar.


No smoking is allowed in or around the buildings at the farm. This rule will be strictly enforced. Due to the natural environment at Deep South Farm we ask that you only smoke in designated areas and dispose of any butts or other refuse in designated containers.


We do not allow Chinese floating lanterns to be released at the farm. We are in a wooded area and the risk of fire is too great. Sparklers are allowed. If you are unsure of your desired send-off, just ask and we will let you know. Thank you!

Nearby Accommodations

We are located 4.5 miles from downtown Ellijay. There are many available cabin rentals within only a mile or so from Deep South Farm and a few hotels in town. If you have need of a cabin rental for out of town family, or for members of the wedding party, please refer to our Nearby Lodging page for information.


Deep South Farm is not responsible for inclement weather, or lost or stolen items. We require proof of wedding liability insurance to be purchased within 30 days of the event.  We recommend you go to wedsafe.com for extremely affordable policies or check with your insurance provider.


The client is responsible for any and all damage to the event space, onsite bridal party accommodations, or the adjacent property.

Wedding Coordination Information

Coordination Information

Pre- Wedding Day

⦁ Three scheduled meetings to go over the details
⦁ Unlimited email contact for any questions you may have
⦁ A planning checklist and timeline for the year leading up to the wedding
⦁ We coordinate with Vendors to ensure your day will run smoothly
⦁ Confirmation of services with all vendors prior to your event.
⦁ A detailed itinerary emailed to vendors for accurate day-of arrival and set up times
The Rehearsal
⦁ Coordination of Ceremony Rehearsal -Managing the flow and timing of the ceremony
⦁ Includes guidelines on family seating, lining up the attendants, music, etc.
⦁ Make adjustments to the timeline as necessary based on the rehearsal
⦁ Distribution of detailed time line for day-of events to bridal party & family members for photography, wedding and reception
⦁ On hand to answer any questions of bridal party, family & vendors

Wedding Day

⦁ Manage the flow of pre-ceremony events -Line up wedding party and family for pictures
⦁ Act as liaison between wedding party, family members, and vendors.
⦁ Greet vendors and oversee their set-up
⦁ Distribute bouquets and pin on flowers
⦁ Direct Photographer and Videographer in accordance to the timeline
⦁ Direct ushers, line up and cue wedding party, DJ/ Band/ Music
⦁ Manage the flow of the ceremony to ensure that the itinerary is followed
⦁ Direct family & wedding party to any after ceremony photos
⦁ Direct guests to cocktail/reception area
⦁ Ensure that the vendors are properly set up and adhering to timeline
⦁ Coordinate with DJ on events -cake cutting, first dance, etc.
⦁ Maintain the timeline for the reception
⦁ Prepare for send off
⦁ Make sure any personal belongings left by guests or bridal party are given to the pre-arranged person

Nearby Lodging


Best Western Mountain View Inn

East Ellijay

http://bestwestern.com 706-515-1500

Comfort Inn & Suites 

(706) 515-6000


Private Cabin Rentals

Click on the link for each cabin to take you directly to the rental site.

There is one cabin located on the farm property. It is available for any invited guest of an event.

The Log Cabin

This cabin has one main room with a Queen bed and a sofa. There is a small bedroom with a bunk bed that is a full on the bottom and twin on top. It is located behind the lake with a small creek out front that empties in to the nearby Cartecay River.

All information is provided to us by the owners or rental companies, or information on their websites. We have no affiliation with any of these homes and provide it as a courtesy to our clients and their guests. Most will have a minimum rental of at least two nights.

Cabin Rentals Directly off of Mulkey Road

Harrison Haven

3 bedroom, 3 bath, Sleeps 6

1/2 mile from the farm. The cozy den and fireplace, screened in back porch with a view, and a fire pit for crisp fall nights, make our home ideal for couples, retired travelers, and families w/older children.

1 Queen, 1 Full, 2 Twin


Cartecay River Rapids
3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Sleeps 6.
Luxury cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
2 QUEEN, 1 FULL. Hot tub, wood burning fireplace

Cartecay River Retreat
StressbusterCabinRentals.com 706-635-3952
3 BEDROOMS , 3 Bath – SLEEPS 12:
1 KING Bed in master bedroom on main floor 2 QUEEN Beds  1 QUEEN Sofa bed
4 BUNK Beds in game room

Whitewater Lodge
3 Bedroom , 2 Bath  –  Sleeps 6 —
2 Bedrooms (Luxury King Master with rock gas fireplace,Queen with bunks)

River Song
Newly remodeled River front cabin –deck on the river, fireplace, hot tub, fire pit
2 Bedroom+ Loft, 3.5 Bath  –  Sleeps 6 –2 Bedrooms with Kings beds, loft has 2 twin beds

Cartecay Rapids
VRBO.com Listing #708306 Just down the hill from the venue
River front cabin – deck on the river, fireplace, hot tub
2 Bedroom+ Loft, 2 Bath  –  Sleeps 6 –2 Bedrooms with Kings beds, loft has 2 twin beds

Moonshine Rapids
MountainMemoriesCabins.com 706-698-6867
2Bedroom plus loft, 3Bath, Sleeps 6
Cartecay Riverfront, Wifi, Hot tub, beautiful Baby Grand Piano!!! River rock fireplace in great room.

River Harmony
MorningBreezeCabinRentals.com 888-875-5669
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4
Cartecay Riverfront, 1 KING, 1 QUEEN

Rentals on the same side of Ellijay as the farm
The Orchard House
VRBO Listing #512268
Rhonda 706-889-0633

Luxury lodge with swimming pool. Perfect for hosting bridal luncheon or rehearsal dinner.
Just off Big Creek Rd 5-10 minutes from farm
Sleeps 18  — 6 Bedrooms –  – 4 full baths,  3 half baths.
2 KING, 2 QUEEN, 1 FULL, 2 TWIN, 2 SETS OF BUNKS, Extra Mattress
Beautiful swimming pool with outdoor fireplace, basketball court

Dragonfly Dreams Cabin Rentals

Dragonfly on the Cartecay  just off Lower Cartecay   5-10 minutes from farm
Pets allowed
Sleeps 4  — 2 Bedrooms, 1 KING, 1 QUEEN Bed– 2 bath
Riverfront – Hot tub, firepit, dock on the river

Wine Down by The Creek just off Clear Creek 5-10  minutes from farm          Pets allowed
Sleeps 6  — 3 Bedrooms, 1 KING Bed, 1 QUEEN Bed, 1 FULL bed,  2 bath
Creek front- Hot tub, Fireplace, Firepit


Mountain Oasis Cabin Rentals

Dancing Waters just off of Lower Cartecay   5-10 minutes from farm                No Pets
Sleeps 8  — 4 Bedrooms, 1 KING, 3 QUEEN– 2 bath
Riverfront – deck over the river, Gas Fireplace, Game room

Cartecay Fever just off of Lower Cartecay   5-10 minutes from farm                    No Pets
Sleeps 6  – 1 Bedroom + sleeping loft , 1 QUEEN in bedroom, 2 QUEEN Beds in loft – 1 bath
Riverfront – Hot tub, Fireplace, Firepit

Bear’s Den just off of Hwy 515   10-15 minutes from farm                                 Pets allowed
Sleeps 8  – 3 Bedroom, 1 KING, 1 QUEEN, 1 FULL bunk bedt – 2 bath
Hot tub, Fireplace, Firepit, Game room

Blue Sky Cabin Rentals

Anglers Roost   ON RIVER  –  just off Lower Cartecay 5-10  minutes from farm     Pets Allowed
Sleeps 6  —   3 Bedrooms (3 King Masters),  3 Baths
Fireplace, Hot tub, Fire pit, Screened Porch with deck

Bear Rapids   Big Creek Rd.         No Pets
Says Sleeps 4  —  2 Bedrooms  (King in loft, and another Queen Bedroom), 2 Baths
(However, in the pictures there is an additional bedroom in the basement that has two twin beds, along with a futon out in the pool table room) ??  This would sleep at least 3 more??
Pool table, Fireplace, Hot tub, Fire pit on river

Deer Run Pond     Walnut Mountain  15-20 minutes from farm   Pets allowed
Sleeps 4  — 2 Bedrooms  (1 Queen, 1 full), 2 Baths
Fireplace, Hot tub, Patio fire pit overlooking lake

Haven A-Top Rainbow Mountain      Big Creek   10-15 minutes from farm    No Pets
Sleeps 6  —  3 Bedrooms   (3 Kings),  3 Baths
Gas Fireplace, Hot tub, Great decks

Lakeside Serenity      Walnut Mountain  15-20 min from farm      No Pets        Neat/different
Sleeps 6  —  3 Bedrooms   (1 King upstairs, another room upstairs has a Queen and twin bunks together.  1 bath upstairs and 1 on main floor),  2 Baths
Gas Log fireplace, Hot tub overlooking lake, Nice Fire pit!, Private dock

Majestic Hideaway     Big Creek   10-15 minutes from farm    Pets allowed
VERY NICE! Professionally decorated! Great view
Sleeps 6  —  3 Bedrooms  (Queen Master, Queen Bedroom, 2 twins bedroom) 3 Baths
Fireplace, Hot tub, Fire pit, picnic tables

Paradise Too       5 miles out Big Creek  15-20  minutes from farm     Pets allowed
Sleeps 6  —  3 Bedrooms    (King and a Queen master, 3rd is King bedroom),  3.5 Baths
Hot tub, Gas log fireplace, Pool Table

River Glorious     Walnut Mountain–on Turniptown Creek  15-20 min from farm      No Pets
Sleeps 6 —  3 Bedrooms   (2 King Masters, 1 with twin beds), 3.5 Baths
Hot tub, Fireplace, Pool Table

Riverhouse    1.8 Miles out 52E   5-10 minutes from farm, between us and town   No Pets
Sleeps 8  —  4 Bedrooms (all 4 Queens),  4.5 Baths
Deck on river, large porches, 4 Gas log fireplaces (2 located in 2 of the bedrooms)
Hot tub, Fire pit

Rivers Morning Glory     Roy Road    15 minutes from farm    Pets allowed
Sleeps 6 —  3 Bedrooms (King Master, 2 Queens), 2 Baths
Foosball, outside fireplace and deck on river detached from house
Large yard, Hot tub

Secluded Hideaway     Clear Creek   15 minutes from farm        Pets Allowed
Sleeps 6  —  3 Bedrooms – 2 King, 1 bunk room,  2.5 Baths
Hot tub, Bumper Pool, Slot Machine, gas log fireplace

Tranquility on the Creek          Big Creek  15 minutes from farm              Pets Allowed
Sleeps 6 —  3 Bedrooms (1 King, 1 Queen? , does not tell or show other), 3 Baths
Hot tub, Fire pit, Gas log fireplace, creek in back yard

Wind Rush     Walnut Mountain—15-20 minutes from farm   With View         Pets allowed
Sleeps 4  — 2 Queen Bedrooms, 2 Baths               Hot tub, Fireplace

Stress Buster Cabin Rentals

Laughing Bear Lodge   inside Walnut Mountain—15-20 minutes from farm    Pets allowed
Sleeps 10  — 5 Bedrooms, 5 QUEEN Beds – 2 ½ bath
Master bedroom opens to deck overlooking creek, Hot tub,  Gas Log Fireplace, Gazebo by the creek

Sliding Rock Cabin Rentals

Cartecay River House just off Lower Cartecay—5-10 minutes from farm    Pets allowed
Sleeps 10  — 5 Bedrooms, 3 KING, 1 FULL, BUNK ROOM with bunk Beds – 3 ½ bath
Hot tub, fireplace, fire pit, game room

Morning Breeze Cabin Rentals

The Lake House inside Walnut Mountain—  15-20 minutes from farm                Pets allowed
Sleeps 6  — 3 Bedrooms, 1 KING, 1 QUEEN Bed, 2 TWIN – 3 bath
Lake view, Hot tub, Fireplace, Game room

Lakeview Retreat inside Walnut Mountain— 15-20 minutes from farm              Pets allowed
Sleeps 6  — 3 Bedrooms, 1 KING, 2 QUEEN Bed,– 3 bath
Lake view, Hot tub, Fireplace, Firepit, Game room

Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals

The Boondocks  5 miles out Big Creek—   15-20 minutes from farm                   Pets allowed
Sleeps 6  — 2 Bedrooms, 2KING, 1 SLEEPER SOFA – 2.5 bath
Mountain view, Hot tub, Fireplace

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"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one."

Matthew 19: 5-6