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.
Samford Lawn 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. Alcoholic Beverages 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
Photo/ Video Permits
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.
Samford Lawn Wedding Package
The Samford Lawn Package
- Samford Hall Lawn Access for 3 hours for Setup, Ceremony, Photos and
- White Ceremony Chairs (Setup and Breakdown Included)
- Backup Space Held in the Hotel at Auburn University in case of Inclement
$2,500+$5 per guest
(example: 100 person ceremony: $3,000)
- 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
- Venue + Backup Space: Site as is with Backup Space Held in The Hotel at Auburn University in case of Inclement Weather $1950
Venue Only: (Site as is)
$650 Spring and Summer Semesters
$850 Fall Semesters
(Please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at Auburn University for this package by calling 334-844-9135.)
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 334-321-317.