FAQ & Other Useful Information

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
  • What are your rates and what is included?

All package and pricing information is listed here

  • What are your dates of operation?

Deep South Farm is open from mid April until the weekend before Thanksgiving. We will close for weddings for the season from Thanksgiving until the second weekend in April. This is because we are a mostly outdoor venue, and the barn is open air. We want to give the best possible chance to our couples for having beautiful weather on their special day. 

  •  What is your capacity?

Our 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 can be covered with a tent to accommodate larger reception and seating requirements if you desire a larger covered area, or in case of inclement weather.




  • Is there a deposit?  When are the additional payments due? Do you offer a payment plan?

When the contract is signed, to continue holding the date, we require a $500 booking fee. We offer a monthly payment plan. The first installment is due 30 days from booking.  The final installment will be required 30 days prior to the event.    Full payment is due by the specified due date.  We also reserve the right to request a credit card on file for any damages to the facility or grounds.

  • Do I need to schedule a tour or can I just stop by?

We don’t keep regular office hours so tours are by appointment only. You can request a tour here

  •  What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Deep South Farm?

That is a great question! In general, we believe the average budget of a couple getting married at Deep South Farm is between $15,000-$25,000 for all wedding expenses (venue, food, dress, DJ, photographer, etc.).  We have had some creative couples with smaller guests lists host beautiful weddings in the $10,000 – $12,000 range, and we have had several lovely events here spending more than the average.

  •  Who is the caterer included in the full package options?

Sam Callihan with The Pink Pig is our preferred caterer for our full packages. We love supporting local businesses, and on top of that, her food and service are really great. Sam and her staff are super nice and, let’s be honest, you really want to be working with people that are nice for your wedding. She can do just about anything for your menu. The favorites of couples and guests alike continue to be her Parmesan Crusted Chicken and her Sliced Beef Brisket. Not going to lie, her pulled pork BBQ and her fried chicken are to die for if you are going for a more casual feel.

  • Do we have to use caterers from a list if we aren’t doing a full package? Can we bring our own ‘made at home’ food?

We do currently allow outside catering. That may change in the future. Honestly a lot of  venues don’t and we didn’t understand why. It seems like there isn’t a reason to not allow a couple to pick their own catering. The truth is, after allowing any caterer under the sun to come through our door, we have realized that it may not continue to be a workable business model if quality food and a quality experience is important to our couples and their guests. Some caterers are amazing, but some were clearly not. (like when one caterer showed up with styrofoam square lunch trays for plates and when we said ‘please tell me those aren’t the plates’ the caterer responded with “they didn’t pay for upgraded plates.” Somehow the bride had missed the square tray note. Needless to say, it was bad.) We’ve had issues with caterers showing up late, coming unprepared with the wrong things. Although we had many great experiences with caterers who were new to us, when it was a bad experience it was really bad, for us, the couple, and their guests. So we can recommend some really good catering that we are familiar with, we can also tell you some that haven’t been great. We have certain requirements that must be met if you are utilizing a caterer we aren’t familiar with. We are happy to give you those requirements….including no styrofoam.

You cannot cook your own food. You do have to use a licensed restaurant/catering service. This is as much for safety as it is to guarantee a certain level of service so your guests have a great experience.

  • Will there be another wedding the same day?

At Deep South Farm we only host one wedding each day to ensure that each couple’s event is special and receives our full attention.

  •  Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Our three on site cabins can be rented overnight for the bridal party or family. The Comfort Inn & Best Western are 7 miles away. Ellijay is also known for it’s cabin rentals. You can find more detailed information here.

  • What kind of parking do you have?

Parking is along the side of the drive between the ceremony and the barn out of the way of photo ops. We shuttle your guests from the parking area to the ceremony and reception. There is some dedicated parking for parents of the couple in the gravel lot by the barn. 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. 

  • Do you offer straight tables or round? 

We have 10 of each of  hand crafted wood farm tables and round tables. They do not need to be covered with cloths, so that saves you money on renting linens. We also have a variety of tables and furniture pieces onsite that can be used for your gift table, sign in, cake table, head table, etc.  .

  • What happens in case of rain?

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 chairs 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 still a beautiful ceremony. We will move the ceremony backdrop that you chose into the barn and decorate it the same as if it was outside.  If you feel like you may need a tent for weather purposes, we can always have one on reserve. We also have the ability to close the doors down one side of the barn and install clear sides down the other.  The same is true for cool weather. We can close the doors and put the clear sides on and turn on the patio heaters and it warms it up nicely. This works perfectly for mildly cold weather.

  • We plan to have our ceremony offsite.  Does your fee change?

Because we only host one event per day, our fee structure remains the same whether you hold your just your reception, or both ceremony and reception onsite.

  • Do you allow dogs onsite to play a part in our wedding day?

We are dog friendly, with some specific stipulations. Dogs are allowed (only with pre-approval) at the ceremony and pictures. Animals, other than service animals, are NOT allowed under roof or near food. Dogs must be on a leash and someone must be responsible for them other than the bride and groom.

  • What form of payment does Deep South Farm accept?

Our preferred form of payment is check.

  • What time will I have access to the venue to decorate if I’m doing a DIY?

You will have access to the venue at the time listed on your contract, which is typically 9:00 am. Please plan accordingly!

  • Are decorations included in my package?

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.

  • What about music for the ceremony and reception?


We include a DJ service in all of our packages. They are familiar with the property and our music system. We do allow for live musicians to come to the farm. 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. 


  • Can we bring our own alcohol?

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.

  • Can we smoke on the property?

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. 

  •  Can we have sparklers?


Yes, you can have sparklers. They must be outside the barn and only at send off. 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.  If you are unsure of your desired send-off, just ask and we will let you know. Thank you!







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