FAQ & Other Useful Information

Helpful Information and Frequently Asked Questions' Answers



Rates are listed on our Packages page. Tours and booking is available upon request by filling out our Contact Form. Deep South Farm offers everything from full wedding and receptions, smaller more simple weddings, elopements, and DIY property rentals for those who would like to do everything themselves.

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.

Main Differences Between the Packages

  • Our full wedding and reception package includes everything you need for your wedding day. It is very literally ‘The Whole Shebang”. You have your choice from our entire collection of decor, 5 hour event time, ceremony across the lake Friday-Sunday, complete flower package, appetizers and dinner, wedding cake, bar package(drinks not included), tractor and wagon shuttle and golf carts, guaranteed rehearsal the day before, rehearsal and day-of coordination, larger guest numbers.  Saturday events end by 10:00. Sunday events end by 9:00. Monday – Thursday events end by 8:00 pm.
  • The ‘Farm Package’ is pretty much the same as above but without any food, cake or bar package.
  • The Pop-up package offers a limited selectiom from our decor and flower options, 4 hour event time, ceremony in or near barn, appetizers not included, bar package not included, rehearsal sometime the week before, 50 guests (limited to 75). In lieu of a full dinner option this can also be an appetizer only with multiple appetizer selections. 
  • The DIY packages are where you do everything yourself. You bring all your own decor and flowers. We do put out the ceremony seating. The dj is provided and a golf cart with driver.
  • Ceremony & Cake option is limited to 30 guests. 2 hour event time. Ceremony on the barn side of the lake. One ceremony backdrop arrangement and Bride & groom flowers only. Sunday-Friday only.
  • Elopement Package is ceremony only. Limited to 20 guests. Bride & groom flowers only. Monday-Friday only. 

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 operations

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 events end at 9:00 pm and Monday-Thursday events must end by 8:00pm.

Our elopement option is available year round, since we don’t have to worry about guest comfort for a long period of time. 



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 150 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. For our full wedding and reception package we have a tractor and wagon that can carry guests to the event spaces. We also have a trolley that may be added for an additional fee. Guests may also walk from one space to the next, as they are not too far apart. We have golf cart for guests requiring special assistance. For our DIY option, the golf cart is the only transportation included with the rental fee and is for guests requiring assistance getting from place to place. 


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 our full wedding and reception package. You may wish to add some personalized touches to your event with items that have special meaning to you. 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.

Our smaller simpler packages offer limited decor selections. DIY rentals do not include decor. 


We include a DJ service in our larger packages, they are familiar with the property and our music system. 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 Friday & Saturday, 9:00 on Sunday and 8:00 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, 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. For earlier in the day weddings she can also do a brunch option, or an all appetizer selection for afternoon weddings. 

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). Last call for dispensing of alcoholic beverages will be 45 minutes 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. The three on-site cabins may be rented for bridal party or other accommodations.

Deep South Station is our sister venue  and has an apartment that sleeps up to 15 guests.



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.

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.

Deep South Station

4 bedroom, 3 bath – Sleeps 15

Deep South Station is our sister venue. It has a 4 bedroom, 3 bath upstairs apartment. (Entire apartment is 2nd and 3rd floor of building) The main floor is a climate controlled event space that is perfect for a rehearsal dinner. It also has an adjacent lit courtyard.

1 KING Bed in master bedroom on main floor, 1 FULL Bed in bedroom on main floor,  1 QUEEN Bed upstairs,
3 BUNK Bed Sets upstairs, 3 memory foam twin fold out cots

Contact Tori at [email protected] about renting this location.



Rentals Directly off Mulkey Road:


Woodland Acres Cabin

3 bedroom, 3 bath, Sleeps 8

Right around the corner from the farm. Wrap around deck,  a fire pit for crisp fall nights. Pool table on the basement level.

1 Queen, 1 King, 2 Full


Branches on the Cartecay


Sleeps 8 – 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath
Luxury cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
2 QUEEN. Hot tub, fire pit, pool table, wood burning fireplace, NO PETS

Cartecay Canoe House


Sleeps 4 – 1 Bedroom, 1 Loft Sleeping Area, 2 Bath
Luxury cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
2 QUEEN. Hot tub, fire pit, pool table, wood burning fireplace, NO PETS

River Rock Retreat


Sleeps 4 – 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath
Luxury cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
2 KING, Hot tub, outdoor wood burning fireplace, fire pit, game room, indoor gas 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
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

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


Big Elk on the Cartecay 


off 52 East, 5-10 minutes from the farm

Sleeps 6 – 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath
Cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
1 KING, 2 QUEEN. Hot tub, fire pit, pool table, wood burning fireplace, NO PETS

Bear Rapids on the Cartecay 


off Big Creek Road, 10 minutes from farm

Sleeps 6 – 2 Bedroom, 1 Loft Sleeping Area, 2 Bath
Cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
1 KING, 1 QUEEN, 2 TWIN. Hot tub, wood burning fireplace

Magnolia in the Mountains


off Burnt Mountain Road, 10-15 minutes from farm

Sleeps 6 – 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath
Restored farmhouse rental.
2 KING, 1 QUEEN. Hot tub, fire pit, foosball, gas fireplace


Riverside Runaway 


off Clear Creek Rd, 15-20 minutes from farm

Sleeps 4 adults, 4 kids – 2 Bedroom, 1 Bunk Room, 2 Bath
Cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
1 KING, 1 QUEEN, 2 SET OF BUNKS. Hot tub, wood burning stove

Lofty Pines on the Cartecay 


off Clear Creek Rd,15- 20 minutes from farm

Sleeps 4 – 2 Bedroom, 1 Loft Sleeping Area, 2 Bath

Luxury cabin rental directly on the Cartecay River.
1 KING, 1 QUEEN, 1 TWIN/DOUBLE BUNK IN LOFT. Hot tub, wood burning fireplace

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

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

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."

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