• SOUTH HOUSE

    SOUTH HOUSE

    EVENT CENTER

Looking for an affordable, yet elegant outdoor venue?
Experience a private "old Florida" atmosphere that's convenient to major highways and cities.
Your wedding day is special.
Let us help you celebrate in style while staying in line with your budget.
Our vision is to provide an outdoor venue to couples who want to be practical about their finances,
yet desire a memorable event that will kickstart their new life together.

Pricing

We have several packages to choose from. Our weekend wedding package (Friday night for set up and rehearsal, and Saturday until 11 p.m. for the event) is $3,500 + security depost. See pricing below for more details.

Pick a date

Use our contact form below to request a date or get more information. The busiest wedding season in Florida is October through May. If you don't mind the heat, ask about discounts for summer dates.

Private Bridal Suite

The private bridal suite easily accommodates your bridal party. It has a private entrance, lots of mirrors, comfortable seating, plenty of electrical outlets, a charging station for devices and a coffee bar. Plus a digital door lock to secure belongings.

Atmosphere

This secluded acreage is convenient to major highways and hotels, yet feels like you've gone back in time to "old Florida." Photo opportunities abound on the grounds and at the border of the cypress swamp.

Ceremony Sites

Choose from several outdoor locations for your ceremony...under the ancient oak tree, waterfront on the pond or under the shelter of the 9,000 s.f. open barn.

More than just weddings

Plan your next family reunion or corporate event at The South House. We can accomodate 250 guests and still have plenty of outdoor area for games and activities.
$1,500
$500 Security Deposit
at time of booking
Will be returned upon inspection of the property for cleanliness and damage.

Sunday through Thursday only
6 hour maximum
Less than 100 guests
NO LIVE BANDS - DJs only
MUST ALSO PURCHASE EVENT INSURANCE naming the South House listed as an additional insured. Proof of coverage must be provided within 14 days of the event date. Immediate coverage when purchased online. ($125 minimum at wedsure.com).

You set up and we will take down our tables and chairs (not rentals).
You do the decorating.

Use of the entire facility for up to 6 hours (includes decorating and clean up time). This package is for the quick, small wedding or event. Must vacate by 11 p.m.

Security Deposit NOT refunded if event is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event.
Questions? Use the contact form below to ask questions, get more details or set up a tour.
$4,000
$500 Security Deposit
at time of booking
Will be returned upon inspection of the property for cleanliness and damage.

Includes Friday evening for decorating and rehearsals AND all day Saturday for the event
Must vacate by 11:00 p.m.
Up to 250 guests
NO LIVE BANDS - DJs only
MUST ALSO PURCHASE EVENT INSURANCE naming the South House listed as an additional insured. Proof of coverage must be provided within 14 days of the event date. Immediate coverage when purchased online. ($125 minimum at wedsure.com).

You set up and we will take down our tables and chairs (not rentals).
You do the decorating.

Security Deposit NOT refunded if event is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event.
Questions? Use the contact form below to ask questions, get more details or set up a tour.
Below are some limited specifics about renting The South House and what’s included in the price. There are other details to be discussed and explained when contract is reviewed. But this is a great place to start.
  • No more than 250 guests can be accommodated. (No more than 100 in the weekday package)
  • All personal items must be removed, trash bagged and all guests vacated by 11 p.m.
  • No live bands. DJs only.
  • You will set up chairs and tables, we will put them away (South House provided, not rentals) after the event.
  • We have a limited supply of tables, chairs and benches which are included in the price. If you need additional items or desire different colors/styles, they are the responsibility of the Renter.
  • At this time our seating includes: 21 round tables (seat 8, 72"); 100 white folding chairs; 45 brown folding, padded chairs; 6 rectangular banquet tables (6'); and 9 wooden, backless benches for use. Use of outside rental companies is permitted. Renter is responsible for being onsite for drop off and pickup.
  • Entire rental fee is due at least thirty days prior to event.
  • No refunds or adjustments due to weather or natural disasters.
  • You MUST purchase event insurance for all events naming The South House Event Center LLC as an additional insured. Proof of coverage is required.
  • The bridal suite has an electronic keypad for entry so renter can secure belongings.
  • Use of sparklers for a send off is permitted unless there is a ban on burning by local or state authorities.
  • No artificial flower petals scattered on the ground unless they are completely removed by renter. No confetti. No tape on metal walls.
  • We have a caterer’s staging area that includes unlimited ice and a commercial sink.
  • This is a wooded, remote area. You may want to supply bug repellent for guests.

Contact us

Your special day could be just around the corner.
To make sure we don't lose touch, please supply your full name and contact info, as well as your future spouse's.
Let us know your preferred day to book for your event and we'll be in touch to finalize the details or offer more information.

Meet the owners

Steve and Chere Simmons have been building The South House Event Center slowly over the past 7 years as a retirement project. Together they own a concrete finishing company and a tropical fish farm. Chere is retired from the newspaper industry as a graphic designer. They are both multi-generational Florida natives and have lived in Ruskin since marrying in 1974.  Their goal is to provide a cost-effective venue for weddings, corporate and family events. 

They have two children and four grandchildren who also participate in the day-to-day operation of this family business.