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Special Events

A Place to Celebrate.

It’s your wedding night. Imagine standing on one of our patios or grassy, tree-lined terraces, a glass of champagne in one hand, his hand in the other. As you bask in the soft glow of the moonlight, it’s as if the planets have aligned in your honor. It’s your birthday — the big one — and your friends and family have gathered in the Wailes Lounge to celebrate. The DJ is playing your favorite songs. Everyone, including your 90-year-old grandma, is on the dance floor. Maybe birthdays aren’t so bad after all. For weddings, birthdays, showers, bar mitzvahs, or for any reason at all, the Florence Elston Inn is a place to celebrate. The Boxwood Room and Wailes Lounge are ideal for receptions, banquets and parties. Our terraces are just right for celebrating under the stars. With your imagination and our collaboration, the possibilities are endless!


Celebrate with Us.

For hotel, conference center facility, and other campus facility reservations, contact The Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center, toll free, at 866.388.6207. For more information please download our [insert new events guide here] or call Kim Floyd, Hospitality Coordinator, at 434.381.6266.

Full Service Catering.

There are four aspects to a perfect meal: thoughtful planning, select ingredients, artistic preparation and professional service. Combine all these ingredients and you have created Catering at Sweet Briar College. When it’s time to plan that special event, Sweet Briar Catering will make the food as memorable as the occasion itself. Whatever you desire — hors d’oeuvres, a buffet or a formal dinner with multiple courses — our skilled chefs are poised and ready to satisfy. Sweet Briar Catering serves both the College community and those from the local area, so when you’re planning a celebration, think of us! View menu options and ideas at, or contact Cathy Mays, Catering Manager, at 434.381.6340