Frequently Asked Questions
Make the perfect choice for your upcoming nuptials when you explore the sights and sounds at The Ezell House. Couples looking for a wedding venue rental in Mobile, AL, are invited to visit us to bring their dream wedding to life. Schedule an appointment today to take a tour with our welcoming staff.
Where Is the Ezell House Located?
The Ezell House is in the heart of downtown Mobile, about one block West of Cathedral Square on Conti Street. There are several large churches within walking distance to The Ezell House, representing many denominations. We are also within walking distance to most of the downtown hotels.
How can I reserve an event date?
If you are interested in an available date and want to reserve that date for your event, you are welcome to request that we "save the date" for you. Once we "save" your date, you have 14 days to place your non-refundable deposit which will then guarantee your event at the Ezell House; we ask that you please make certain of your event date prior to placing your deposit. We update our availability calendars as much as possible however, some reserved and/or saved dates may not be reflected. Please call 251.432.4174 or email email@example.com to inquire about date availability.
Is There a Minimum length required for event rental?
Most events are priced and based on an hourly rental basis (excluding Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions). We do require a minimum of six hours for any event rental at the Ezell House, and this four-hour minimum can include both set-up and clean-up when determining your rental length.
How Many Guests Can The Ezell House Accommodate for an Event?
The Ezell House can accommodate up to 500 guests for a heavy hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception utilizing both the inside, the courtyard and the street out front (street parties require a city permit). The house can comfortably fit 350 guests for a heavy hors d'oeuvres cocktail reception utilizing the inside of the house, the courtyard and the carriage house bar. For seated dinners, we can accommodate up to 92 guests in our courtyard, 80 in the courtyard extension and 78 guests inside the house
How Many Guests Can The Ezell House Accommodate for a Wedding Ceremony?
The Ezell House can seat up to 135 guests in front of the Moon Gate for a Wedding Ceremony and in front of the fountain, we can seat up to 175 guests. For ceremonies taking place inside the house, the Double Parlor can seat up to 50 guests
Does The Ezell House Have Its Own Tables and Chairs?
Yes, we do have tables and chairs both inside and outside of the house that you may use for food and guest seating. There is seating for 65 guests inside the house and seating for 65 guests in the courtyard and carriage house bar. Additional tables and chairs may be rented if you desire more seating. We do not have table linens, or chairs for wedding ceremonies, but we can coordinate those items for you through a local rental company.
Will Someone from The Ezell House Be at Our Event?
Yes, there will always be an Ezell House representative on property during your event to help with your event needs.
Does the Ezell House offer "day of" event coordination?
Our staff is here to help assist with your event setup; however, we are unable to provide "day of" event coordination. If your ceremony is at the Ezell House, we can help you down the aisle, but if you require more assistance you will need to hire a "day of" event coordinator. We can recommend many fabulous local coordinators who can meet any need you may have.
Is There Parking Available at The Ezell House?
We have two private lots adjacent to the Ezell House as well as parking along the streets directly surrounding the house. We also have the use of two other parking lots within a block of the house. All parking around the Ezell House is complimentary and free for guests.
Is The Ezell House handicap accessible?
The Ezell House does offer accessibility for our guests who cannot use stairs, via access through our ramp in the Courtyard. The back doors leading from the porch into the home are wider and can accommodate guests in wheelchairs, or who are using walkers. We have a unisex bathroom on our porch that can also accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers.
Does The Ezell House Require Security during Events?
Yes, we do require security officers during events serving alcohol or hosting more than 50 guests. We have seasoned security officers we can recommend who are well trained in helping with the Ezell House needs. Your security requirements will be determined by our recommended security officer, Jerry Ripple, at (251) 207-8889 and city regulations require that at least two officers are present outside. Most events average around $400 for security.
What are Your Deposit and Cancellation Policies?
We require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of your rental rate to reserve the Ezell House with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to your event. In the event of a cancellation or date change, any monies paid will be applied as a future credit towards use of the house. No refunds will be issued therefore, we do ask that you are certain of your event date prior to submitting any payments.
How Long Can Our Music Play?
Out of respect for our neighbors we ask that all music be shut down by 12:30am.
Is There a Place for Brides and Grooms to Get Ready?
Yes, we have a large Bridal Suite available for the Bride, her family and her attendants. Our Groomsmen are welcome to get ready in the Carriage House Apartment located in a separate area from the Bridal Suite.
Does The Ezell House Provide Catering and Bartending Services?
The Ezell House does not provide any catering or bartending services on-site, and you will need to bring in outside catering and bartending services for your event. If needed, we can recommend several reputable companies who handle both the catering and alcohol for your event. Please remember, all caterers and bartenders must be licensed.
To note, full bars are allowed at the Ezell House. Our only restrictions are no red wine inside the house, unless it is being served at a seated dinner.
All caterers and bartenders must be licensed, and all events with alcohol MUST have bartender(s) present. Event hosts themselves may provide alcoholic beverages for their guests, but are required to have licensed bartenders serve it.
Does The Ezell House have a required vendor list?
The Ezell House does not require you to hire specific vendors for your event. We can certainly recommend vendors to suit your needs, but you are not required to use any one specific vendor. We do suggest you find vendors that fit both your personality and your budget, but also remember to select a vendor that will make your event day as easy as possible. Always look at the bottom line when comparing vendors for your event needs.
You can find a link to vendors who have worked at the Ezell House previously by visiting our VENDORS page.
Are there any restrictions with regards to BYOB events or events with cash bars?
Regulations restrict special events from allowing individual guests to bring their own alcoholic beverages, a.k.a “BYOB,” and events where guests are “BYOB” are not allowed at the Ezell House. Again, event hosts themselves may provide alcoholic beverages for their guests, but will still need licensed bartenders to serve it. Cash bars are allowed, and must have licensed bartenders operating them.
Can we add extra hours to our lease agreement if we wish to have hair and makeup done at The Ezell House?
Additional hours to your rental contract can be accommodated at the hourly rental rate, and you can coordinate these details with the Ezell House Director. Traditionally your 10-hour rental length does not include enough time to accommodate hair and makeup prior to pictures starting. We recommend that our brides do hair and makeup where they wake up (for ease of their day), but if you would like to do it all at the Ezell House, we can certainly accommodate you by adding additional hours.
Can we add an extra day to our lease agreement at The Ezell House if we need a lot of setup time?
If you wish to guarantee set up prior to your event day, additional days to your lease agreement can be added at a discounted rate. If you are doing a lot of the decorating yourself (ex. creating your own centerpieces, doing your own flowers, etc.) and you do not want to handle these details the day of the event, we suggest you add an extra set-up day to your lease agreement.
Are there any restrictions with regards to events selling tickets?
Only licensed groups and/or companies, along with 501(c)(3) charities, may sell tickets to events hosted at the Ezell House. Allowable examples are Mardi Gras organizations, fashion shows, bridal shows, fraternities, sororities, class reunions, non-profit groups, etc.
IS Tipping required for Ezell House staff?
Gratuity is not required nor requested by our staff; however, if you believe our staff has gone above and beyond with helping your event's success, you are always welcome and encouraged to show your appreciation to your house attendant. If you need recommendations on amounts, your Ezell House Director can assist you.
What Hours is the Ezell House available for Tours?
Ezell House Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10:30am to 4:30pm *After hours appointments available upon request
Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings: Upon Request
Weekends: Available, but vary each week and are scheduled around our events
To better serve you, we ask that consultations and tours of the home are by appointment only.
If you would like to experience a virtual tour and consultation, please visit our You Tube page: Ezell House Virtual Tour