Frequently Asked  Questions

What Facilities Are Available?
What is the Capacity?
Do You Provide Food or Beverage Service?
What About Flowers and Decorations?
Does The Marion Hatcher Center Provide Security?
What Equipment Is Available?
Can I Serve Alcohol At My Function?
Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?
How Do We Secure A Date?


What Facilities Are Available?

The Marion Hatcher Center has three primary rooms available for your event. Our courtyard is also accessible for outdoor activities, weather permitting. You can have access to all of the building, or any combination of rooms. Details are listed in the Venues Section.


What is the Capacity?

Ballroom capacity is 250. Seated, standing and theatre style
Azalea Room is 49. Seated, standing and theatre style
Magnolia Room is 50. Seated, standing and theatre style
The capacity for the entire building is 299.


Do You Provide Food or Beverage Service?

The Marion Hatcher Center does not provide food or beverage service; however, we are privileged to have built relationships with many of the area caterers. Upon request, we will be glad to provide their names. No matter what size function you plan, we can help you find the right service provider. Please note that the caterer is required to be licensed and insured.

All caterers are responsible for:

  • Loading, setup, cleanup and removal of goods, equipment furniture and supplies.
  • Removing trash, in appropriate containers, to the trash container provided at the rear of the building.
  • Cleaning of the kitchen, including mopping.
  • Maintenance and condition of bar setups so as to protect the facility from water or beverage damage.
  • Security of the premises with regard to the kitchen door.
  • Our agreement with you will specify a time when all goods, equipment, furniture, and supplies can be brought into the facility; as well as, when these items must be removed.

What About Flowers and Decorations?

The Marion Hatcher Center is privileged to have welcomed many talented florists to the facility and will be happy to recommend several to you. If you plan to place flowers or decorate without a florist, you must keep all of the florist's rules in mind.

Florists are responsible for:

  • Loading, setup, cleanup and removal of decorations, supplies, and furniture.
  • Removing trash, in appropriate containers, to the trash container provided at the rear of the building
  • Making sure that you use no open candles. All candles must be enclosed when used on tabletops. This is required by the Augusta Fire Department.
  • Using only chase candles on candelabra stands.
  • Helium or gas tanks, which should be placed in a non-public area to assure safety.
  • If you are planning to use very large arrangements or interior fountains, let us know in advance so we can be certain to provide for security and maintenance.
  • Our agreement with you will specify a time when all goods, equipment, furniture, and supplies can be brought into the facility; as well as, when these items must be removed.

Does The Marion Hatcher Center Provide Security?

A city ordinance dictates that a representative from the Fire Department be present at any function with over 100 people. Richmond County also stipulates that a deputy should be present at functions with 100 or more people, or when alcohol is being served. Should you need a representative, the Marion Hatcher Center will schedule officers upon request.

The Marion Hatcher Center reserves the right to schedule additional firemen or deputies, if required.

The Marion Hatcher Center will arrange for these services at the expense of the renter.

  • Richmond County Deputy. The fee is $22 per hour (Sun. or Holiday is $25/hour) with a minimum of 4 hours. Cash only.
  • Richmond County Fireman. The fee is $22 per hour (Sun. or Holiday is $25/hour) with a minimum of 4 hours. Cash only.
     

What AV Equipment do you have available?

The Marion Hatcher Center currently offers for rent the following technology options for your event:

  • State of the art audio/visual system
  • Handheld and cordless mic
  • Podium
  • Wi-fi
  • If additional equipment is needed, please check with the Leasing Coordinator.

Can I Serve Alcohol At My Function?

Alcohol can be served on the premises, but please be aware of local laws regulating the use of alcohol. If alcohol is to be sold, a license - which may take up to two months to secure - must be obtained from the Georgia Department of Revenue at (706) 737-1854. The license needs to be on file with our office two weeks prior to your scheduled event. There will be no exceptions.

No alcohol is to be brought on the property except that which is to be served by the bartender. Bringing your own alcohol is strictly prohibited.

No license is needed if someone is chosen to serve the alcohol (to avoid an open bar).


Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

Your safety is our primary concern at the Marion Hatcher Center. In order to assure the well-being of your guests and to preserve the facility, we ask that:

  • All electrical connections be cleared with the Leasing Coordinator. As we plan the layout for your function, we will take fire codes and the electrical capacity of the building into consideration.
  • The Marion Hatcher Center is a smoke-free building. Smoking is only permitted in the courtyards. Ash tray receptacles are provided. A fee will be charged and deducted from the damage deposit if receptacles are not used.
  • Materials such as rice, confetti, glitter and bird seed are prohibited on the property. Bubbles may be used outside.
  • Any type of fire works are prohibited. 

How Do We Secure A Date?

Contact our Leasing Coordinator at (706) 426-8123 with your requested date. You will be advised of openings, and a contract will be prepared. You may also fill out the information on our Request a Reservation page. The Leasing Coordinator will notify you whether your chosen date is available.

For all contracts please note:

  • Full facilities with set up of chairs in courtyard $2995
  • Full facilities without set up of chairs in courtyard $2495
  • Ballroom and Azalea Room $2095
  • Magnolia and Azalea Room $1495
  • Magnolia Room only $995
  • The Library $725
  • A Damage Deposit of $1000 is due 30 days prior to event
  • (These fees are based on 10 hour rental)

If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to offer assistance. Once the contract is completed, signed and the non refundable security deposit is received, the date is yours.