Weddings on Samford Lawn
You have always known Samford Hall to be Auburn University’s most iconic building. Rich in history and tradition, the Hall has been used as classroom space, a library, a hospital, and now an administration building. The lawn area has seen numerous university celebrations, vigils, ceremonies, and musical events. For the first time, it is now being offered to you – members of the Auburn family – as a venue to set a new standard in uniquely magnificent wedding experiences.
The location that you choose for your ceremony is a reflection of the two of you, and you want it to be the perfect place to convey your love and commitment to one another while expressing your Auburn Spirit.
Samford Lawn is a romantic setting for weddings, vow renewals, and photo sessions for discerning couples seeking a unique outdoor setting for their wedding. The elegance and charm of this historic venue are paired with a staff of highly trained professionals, who will capture your vision and execute it with a distinctly personal touch.
Be a part of Auburn University’s long history as you start your life together or reaffirm your commitment to each other in the shadows of Samford Hall.
For additional information please contact the Sales Office at 334.321.3177. You can also visit http://www.auburn.edu/wedding/index.html
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Samford Hall History
In 1859, the original Samford Hall was constructed as a main building for the East Alabama Male College. It was a four-story structure, Italianate in design, and was erected at a cost of $111,000. It was affectionately known as “Old Main.” School was suspended in 1862 due to the Civil War and the building was used as a hospital until classes resumed in 1866.
On June 24, 1887, Old Main burned. It was rebuilt in 1888 from plans by Bruce and Morgan, architects, with James Smith as the contractor. A ceremony was held the first day of construction with Charles B. Glenn, at the age of eight, laying the first brick. Samford Hall was officially named for Governor William James Samford in May 1929.
Through the years, the interior of this building has been renovated many times to meet the changes of a growing college. Samford Hall originally had a bell that rang every hour for classes, and although the bell still remains in the tower, an electrically controlled clock marks the time now. Today Samford Hall serves as the university’s administrative headquarters.
General Samford Lawn Wedding Information
Samford Lawn is a site only location; however, we are happy to assist with the event by working with you to help you enjoy a smooth and successful event. The venue will accommodate up to 300 guests.
Chairs, alters, podiums, and other approved equipment obtained through the Hotel at Auburn University may be used on the lawn area.
Please keep in mind that the lawn area has always been an open park. The venue will not be closed for any event.
Samford Lawn may be rented as a wedding site venue only. Wedding Packages start at $2,500 & include set-up & breakdown of ceremony chairs & backup space at The Hotel at Auburn University.
The Hotel at Auburn University offers many enhancements for your special day.
Samford Lawn is available between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sundays. No events will be authorized on football game-day weekends, graduation weekends, or A-Day weekend. Auburn University reserves the right to block other days for official university events.
Rehearsals are authorized the Friday prior to your wedding after 5:00 p.m.
The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center may offer non-alcoholic beverages as part of your wedding package. No other catering will be allowed.
Auburn University is a closed campus. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on Samford Lawn or in the park area (no exceptions).
There are no available restrooms at Samford Lawn. Guests may use The Hotel at Auburn University.
The Hotel at Auburn University can assist you in planning for inclement weather on your event day.
Parking will be available at The Hotel at Auburn University parking lot. Special accommodations may be given to the bride as she enters the venue. Persons with disabilities may use Ross Square to park.
Instrumental performers are welcome to entertain at your wedding. Soft prepackaged music may be played; however, the music selection will be set up and monitored by The Hotel at Auburn University as part of your wedding package. An amplified sound permit is required and the university and hotel will be happy to assist you. Auburn University reserves the right to terminate the music if complaints are received
All professional photographers and videographers must apply for a permit from Auburn University prior to shooting on Samford Lawn. This includes photos/video of Samford Hall and all other university property or facilities.
Basis for Permits
Permits are often required for photography or videography done for “commercial” purposes. Most state and local agencies throughout the United States require permits for any photography or videography for “commercial purposes” which is defined by the photographer or videographer charging fees for his/her service.
A photography/videography permit is required for all posed formal photography and videography. Permit sales are subject to availability, and the permit must be applied for at least seven days prior to the date of photography/videography. See photo permit application below for more information.
One-Session Permit: $100
A One-Session Permit allows the photographer or videographer 90 minutes to capture an event on Samford Lawn. This includes photos/video taken of Samford Hall.
Annual Permit: $500
The Annual Permit allows the photographer or videographer to capture any photos or video of Samford Hall, Samford Lawn or other venues on Auburn University’s campus. This permit must be renewed in annually.
Auburn University reserves the right to revoke a permit at any time.
For additional questions regarding permits, please contact Teresa Whitman-McCall, director of campus and community events, at 334-844-7521.
Checks are payable to Auburn University and can be either mailed or submitted in person to:
Office of Communications and Marketing
Attn: Barbara Black
23 Samford Hall
Auburn, Alabama 36849
Please note “Photo/Video Permit” on your check and include your telephone number and mailing address.
Once your permit has been mailed or given to you, Auburn University and The Hotel at Auburn University will list you on their preferred vendor list.
Samford Lawn Wedding Package
- Samford Hall Lawn Access for 3 hours for Setup, Ceremony, Photos and Breakdown
- White Ceremony Chairs (Setup and Breakdown Included)
- Backup Space Held in the Hotel at Auburn University in case of Inclement Weather
$2,500+$5 per guest
(example: 100 person ceremony: $3,000)
Add to Your Package:
Microphones and Sound System: $500
(Includes: 2 Wireless Mics and Audio Hookup for CD or iPod, AV Tech)
Beverage Service (Choose 2: Lemonade, Iced Tea, Iced Water, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea): $2 per guest
Server Attendant for Beverage Station: $150 per server
Altar Arrangement: Arch or Column: $100
Ceremony Director (Including Rehearsal): $350
Colorful Chair Ties: $3 per guest
Through a partnership with The Capella Hotel Group as part of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center (a university property), all reservations will be coordinated by a member of the hotel’s exceptional special events team.
Wedding/Vow Renewal packages have been selected by Auburn University’s administration and are offered to you for your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you would like to visit Samford Lawn and hear about the official Auburn University Wedding packages, please contact the Sales office at 334-821-8200 or email@example.com.
To submit a request for your wedding or vow-renewal, please click here to fill out a proposal request form.