Average Base Cost: $24,000
Average base cost for a Fox Theatre wedding is calculated by figuring a 150-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony and reception using the Egyptian Ballroom and Affairs to Remember catering for a three-course seated meal, passed hors d’oeuvres, and the Premium hourly bar package from Fox Theatre. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, wedding coordinator, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and tax is included.
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: The venue fee for the Fox Theater varies according to the space you are renting. It breaks down as follows:
- With use of their preferred caterer, Affairs To Remember, the rental fee is reduced to $3,500
- For weekday events (between the times of 9:00am and 4:00pm), the rental fee is reduced to $2,000
GRAND SALON AND TERRACE
- With use of their preferred caterer, Affairs To Remember, the rental fee is reduced to $2,500
- For weekday events (between the times of 9:00am and 4:00pm), the rental fee is reduced to $1,500
EGYPTIAN BALLROOM, GRAND SALON AND TERRACE
- With use of their preferred caterer, Affairs To Remember, the rental fee is reduced to $6,000
- For weekday events (between the times of 9:00am and 4:00pm), the rental fee is reduced to $3,500
- The lounge has a capacity of 30 people, standing
What’s Included: Rental fees include support staff for nine consecutive hours (four hours maximum for the event), a uniformed police officer for the event, tables, chairs, risers, dance floor and cleaning.
Important Note: If you decide to only rent one of the venues above (vs. the ballroom/salon/terrace combo), another event can take place at the same time as yours. The venue does work to stagger the arrival and departure of guests between the two events, however, and say the space is sound-proofed. Just something to keep in mind!
- Additional rental hours are $250/hour
- A ceremony package may be added within the same ballroom for $1,000.00. This fee includes one extra hour of event time, a room conversion from ceremony to reception, and a one-hour rehearsal.
- A kitchen usage fee of $250.00 will be charged whenever a caterer is used for an event. This fee is waived if their preferred caterer, Affairs To Remember Caterers, is used.
- A personalized message, for your private event at The Fox Theatre, can be displayed on the marquee, based on availability, at a rate of $150/per day.
- A baby grand piano is available to rent at a flat rate of $200.00 per event, based on availability, which includes tuning on the day of the event.
- Coat check attendants are available at a rate of $30.00 per hour, per attendant. There is a 4-hour minimum. Attendants arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the event for set up.
- Tour docents are available at a cost of $100.00 each to give rotating tours of the theatre, subject to theatre availability.
Food: You can use their preferred caterer, Affairs To Remember, in order to get a rental discount (see above) or select another option from their approved caterers list. Prices for 3-course seated meals from Affairs to Remember range from $68.50-$79.50/pp and up (inclusive of all taxes and fees). Buffets range from $68-$76.50/pp. Passed hors d’oeuvres would add an additional $2.75/per piece (assume an average of 3 per guest).
Beverage: Georgia State Law prohibits alcohol being brought in from outside sources, so Fox Theatre Private Events offers three beverage service plans to choose from: By-the-Drink, Hourly & Cash Bar. All plans include liquor, beer, Fox house wines, soft drinks, juices, mineral water, mixers, garnishes, napkins and glassware. Champagne, cordials, martinis, coffee and other specialty drinks are available upon request. For a 4-hour bar prices range from $26/pp (beer and wine) to $32 (call brands) and $34 (premium brands). For each plan, a set-up fee of $100.00 per bartender and $50.00 per bar back will be charged for the first four hours of service. (assume 1 bartender per 75 guests). A 22% service charge and 8% sales tax will be added to all hosted bar prices. An additional 3% sales tax applies to all liquor charges.
Space Type: Inside/Outside
Size: The Grand Salon can accommodate up to 200 for banquet seating (300 standing), and the Egyptian Ballroom can hold up to 480 banquet (800 standing). The terrace off the Grand Salon can accommodate up to 100 people for a ceremony.
Bridal Suite: There is space to get ready in the venue
Parking: No. However, the Fox Theater can help you arrange pre-purchased, reserved, and self-parking passes in nearby, independently managed lots.
Party On! There is no specified end-time. Hooray! Just keep in mind the rental period is for a 4-hour event, so anything over that will incur additional charges (listed above).
In 1928 the Fox Theatre was originally intended to be a headquarters for the Atlanta Shriner’s Organization. Using inspiration from the Far East such as the the Alhambra in Spain and Egypt’s Temple of Kharnak, the design of the building and it’s associated costs ultimately became a bit too much for the organization, who ended up leasing it to movie theater mogul William Fox. The project ended up costing $3 million (which would be over $40 million today), and the 250,000 sq. feet theatre opened on Christmas Day in 1929. While the Great Depression forced Fox to auction the theater off in 1932, it remained a favorite amongst Atlanta theatregoers until 1974, when the opening of movieplexes across the country forced it into hard times. Residents came to its aid and created create the Atlanta Landmarks non-profit organization, and a “Save the Fox” campaign saved it from closing. In 1975 after a major renovation the theater was open once again, and today the Atlanta Landmarks (now called Fox Theatre, Inc.) runs the venue for headlining acts and private events.
Woman Getting Married Says:
While the venue rental fee itself is reasonable considering the space (especially if you go with their preferred caterer), the beverage packages are on the higher side (and the additional taxes don’t help) which will bring your cost up. If you have the budget and a larger guest list, I would opt to rent out the ballroom/salon/terrace so you don’t have to worry about competing with another wedding. I think having your ceremony in the salon and the reception in the ballroom would be the most ideal layout, and that way you would have the place to yourself. Otherwise, I would think about keeping your guest list to 100 people and using the terrace for your ceremony and the salon for your reception so you can take advantage of the inside/outside space.