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.
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.
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!
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
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
⦁ 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
⦁ 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
Best Western Mountain View Inn
Comfort Inn & Suites
There is a Comfort Inn under construction in Ellijay.
It is now scheduled to be completed early Spring of 2017.
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.
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
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
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
3 Bedroom , 2 Bath – Sleeps 6 —
2 Bedrooms (Luxury King Master with rock gas fireplace,Queen with bunks)
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
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
2Bedroom plus loft, 3Bath, Sleeps 6
Cartecay Riverfront, Wifi, Hot tub, beautiful Baby Grand Piano!!! River rock fireplace in great room.
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
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
Sleeps 4 — 2 Bedrooms, 1 KING, 1 QUEEN Bed– 2 bath
Riverfront – Hot tub, firepit, dock on the river
Fern Creek Lodge just off Lower Cartecay 5-10 minutes from farm Pets allowed
Sleeps 6 — 2 Bedrooms, 1 QUEEN Bed,2 FULL beds, 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