Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of events can be held at the Rankin Gardens & Atrium?
A: Weddings, Vow Renewal Ceremonies, holiday parties, BBQ’s, class reunions, business meetings, luncheons or any type of indoor/outdoor event.

Q: How many people can the Rankin accommodate?
A: We can accommodate up to 175 people.

Q: What about the catering company?
A: The Rankin Gardens & Atrium is pleased to have Classic Fare Catering as our catering partner.

Contact Classic Fare Catering at 706-507-8372

Q: Can we serve alcohol at the Rankin Gardens & Atrium?
A: All alcoholic beverages served at the Rankin Gardens & Atrium must be contracted through Classic Fare Catering, which holds a Georgia liquor license. You are not permitted to bring in your own alcohol.

Q: What about using other non-catering vendors at the Rankin Gardens & Atrium?
A: You may use any other vendors that you choose. If you need help, we have a list of florists, DJ's, bands, cake companies, wedding coordinators, and rental companies that other renters have used when renting our facility.

Q: Where can my guests park?
A: Public parking is available on the street, with a two-hour limit Monday through Friday until 5 PM. After 5 PM and on weekends, there is no time limit. Additional parking can be found in the public parking deck located in the 1000 block on Front Avenue as well as in the parking garage located across the street from the River Center on Broadway.

Q: Can I take a tour of the facility ?
A: Call our Sales & Events Manager at 706-507-8329 or e-mail her at CEevents@ColumbusState.edu to schedule your tour.

Q: Is your facility handicap accessible?
A: Yes, the entire facility is all on one level. Restrooms are also easy to access.

Q: Can we set up a tent in the Gardens area?
A: Yes, we will be happy to assist you in determining the rental company that can supply you with the items you require.

Q: Can we have a live band?
A:Yes! This is a wonderful aspect to any reception!

Q: Does our event need to end by a certain time?
A: Events must end by 11 PM.

Q: What happens after the event?
A: You will be responsible for removing all the items you brought in. If you wish to leave rental items for pick up at a later time, please make prior arrangements with the Sales & Events Manager. Your caterer must remove all food items and trash.