The Arden Gild Hall in the historic Village of Arden is the perfect setting for a wedding reception or private party. If you are looking for a warm, friendly, casual, and fun place to hold your event, the Arden Gild Hall might be just the right fit! The 163-year-old building has an ambiance that is loved by many thousands of people including most of the performers who have ever played on our stage.
The Gild Hall is a charming and convenient locale for wedding receptions and all kinds of parties — birthdays, anniversaries and graduations, bridal and baby showers.
Note: the Arden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit who rents out our hall when we do not have one of our own concerts, plays, dances or dinners scheduled. Since we have limited availability, please reserve your room as early as possible. Also, as an all volunteer organization, the Hall is not usually open during the day on weekdays. Contact our rental scheduler via the email address to schedule your tour.
Your Choice of Rooms
The main hall, known as Upper Gild Hall, has rustic ambiance with soaring ceiling height, wood floors, a huge stone fireplace, a professional stage and 1100 mini white lights on our ceiling beams. Renters have transformed the Upper Hall with decorations and beautiful table settings creating a unique experience for themselves and their guests. Your rental scheduler can provide you with links to online photo albums showing a wide variety of wedding reception set-ups and decorations.
Lower Hall and the Bratten Room, downstairs but above ground level, are ideal for meetings and smaller events. The Backstage Gallery, on the left side of Gild Hall, is suited for small gatherings or classes and has its own entrance. All of these rooms are available for rent. They are very popular for bridal and baby showers as well as for birthday parties.
Location of the Arden Gild Hall
2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810-4059 Click here for a map and directions.
Gild Hall Rental Rates and Room Capacities
Effective January 1, 2015. Rates are subject to change without notice unless a rental agreement has been signed.
Upper Gild Hall:
Wedding Receptions: $1600 All Other Party Events: $1200
Upper Hall capacity is 120 people for a sit-down dinner with 12 dining tables, buffet tables, bar, and dance floor. Twelve banquet tables with 10 guests per table is the best use of space. The banquet tables are 8 feet by 2.5 feet. The capacity for theater seating is 250 people (no tables).
Upper Hall measures approximately 47 x 44 feet (2,068 sq. ft.) plus stage 23 x 22 feet.
Lower Gild Hall and Bratten Room: $350 each
The Bratten Room is frequently used for parties, especially baby showers, bridal showers and birthday celebrations as well as meetings. Lower Hall is also used for parties.
Lower Hall capacity is 70 people and it measures 33 x 28 feet (924 sq.ft.). Seven banquet tables with 10 guests per table. Bratten Room capacity is 70 people. The Bratten Room is an open L-shaped room, measuring 35 x 15 feet plus 20 x 14 feet (820 sq. ft.). Seven banquet tables with 10 guests per table fit comfortably. It also has a kid’s table and chairs.
The Bratten Room is a modern room with colorful wall hangings and a kitchenette (sink and countertop). Lower Hall is a rustic room dating back to 1850.
Note: from early October to late May, Lower Hall and the Bratten Room are used for our weekly Saturday night Dinner Gild. On these Saturdays, only the Bratten Room is available for rent and the rental event needs to end by 3:30pm so that we have time to reset the room for dinner that evening.
Backstage Gallery: $200
Backstage Gallery is frequently used for meetings and classes. Capacity is 20 people. The Backstage Gallery measures 20 x 29 feet (580 sq. ft.).
Moonlight Theater Additional Fee: $150
The Moonlight Theater is on the south side of Gild Hall and may be rented (again, only in addition to a Gild Hall rental) for a separate fee. This outdoor amphitheater has a brick-floored stage and grassy, tiered seating. People rent the theater for the cocktail hour before a reception. The Moonlight Theater is available for your wedding ceremony at no extra charge with your reception rental.
Set-up and Clean-up: No Additional Fee
The rental fee includes the Gild Hall Superintendent meeting with the renter, setting up the tables and chairs before the event, coordinating decorating time, and cleaning up afterwards. When the event is over, you just leave! Be sure to take your presents and decorations.
Generally rentals are for the entire day. Parties and Wedding Receptions end at 12:30am with everyone needing to leave the Hall by 1:30am
Securing Your Date
A signed rental agreement and payment in full are required to secure your date.
For rentals booked more than a year in advance, a 50% deposit holds your date.
Contact Our Scheduling Team
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You may select your own caterer (as long as they are licensed and insured) or you can bring the food and beverages including liquor yourself. For wedding receptions, you must have a professional caterer. Many other venues require you to use their catering service and to buy alcohol by the drink at their prices. We don’t! See important message about Cooking and Food Preparation below.
This is a “do it yourself” rental. You or your caterer must supply your own tableware, tablecloths, dishware, silverware, decorations, entertainment, food and beverage. There are several vendors in the area who you can rent the tableware, tablecloths, dishware, silverware, chafing dishes, etc. You may serve alcohol to guests 21 and older, but it cannot be sold either directly or indirectly.
Our tables and chairs are included in the rental fee. The banquet tables measure 8 feet by 2.5 feet and can seat between 8 and 12 people. The chairs are stackable chairs. You may also bring in your own tables and chairs from an outside rental service if you wish to.
Kitchen – Not Available
There is a kitchen at Gild Hall but it is NOT available with your rental. Caterers manage quite well without the use of the kitchen. Be sure that your Caterer knows that they must prepare and cook your food off-site or outside the Gild Hall. There is a convenient porch available to bring the food carts from the street to the back of the Upper Hall. For those renting the Lower Hall or Bratten Room, there is a handicap-accessible walkway (no stairs) to the lower level from the street/parking lot level.
We have a large capacity ice machine on our lower level that is usually available for use with your rental
For Upper Gild Hall rentals, the stage may be used for a live band, disc jockey, photo booth, etc. All music equipment must be supplied by the renter. Stage lights may not be used unless an additional fee is paid to one of our qualified operators.
There is no air conditioning in the Upper Gild Hall, although many events and parties are held during the summer. The only rooms that are air conditioned are the Bratten Room and Backstage Gallery. We have a sophisticated fan system in the Upper Hall which pulls air through ceiling vents and out through our huge exhaust fans at the end of each end of the building.
There is parking for 40 cars in the paved parking lot adjacent to Gild Hall and parking for your additional cars on the field across from Gild Hall.
Public events, fundraisers, theater performances, concerts, exhibitions, etc., are subject to Arden Club approval and different rental fees and requirements, such as security and parking personnel, may apply. Only groups with the tax status of 501(c)3 may sell alcohol and must obtain a one-day liquor license for the event from the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. If you charge a ticket fee and serve alcohol, we consider this to be selling alcohol and you are subject to the restrictions above.
For renters desiring space for weekly or monthly events, such as meetings or classes, a volume rental discount will be developed.
Wedding Ceremony Venues
We have one indoor and two outdoor venues for your ceremony. With your rental of the Upper Hall, you can have your ceremony on the stage of the Gild Hall or on our adjacent Moonlight amphitheater at no extra charge. Both of these are wonderful venues but our most popular is the Field Theater that is just a 5 minute walk from the Hall. This is a great outdoor venue with wooden bench seating for 90 and a dramatic bridal walk diagonally across the Arden Green and onto the outdoor stage.
Gild Hall Stage
Have your ceremony on our stage in the Upper Hall in the same room as your wedding reception. There is no charge with your reception rental. This can either be your preferred wedding venue or your back-up location in case of bad weather for an outdoor ceremony.
Moonlight Outdoor Amphitheater
The Moonlight Theater is on the south side of Gild Hall and may be used as wedding venue at no charge with your reception rental. Several weddings have rented the Theater for $150 fee for a cocktail hour before or after the wedding ceremony. This outdoor amphitheater has a brick-floored stage and grassy, tiered seating.
The Field Theater
Rental of the Field Theater, next to the Arden Green, is handled by the Secretary of the Village of Arden for a fee of $100 that includes electricity usage. In case of rain, the Gild Hall is frequently rented as an alternative location for events booked at the outdoor Field Theater. Click here for rental info for the Field Theater.
Want to rent Gild Hall? These photos may give you some ideas.
Our Rental Scheduler can send you links to photo albums on Google+ of wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies and parties.
Wedding Reception in Upper Gild Hall, through a fish-eye lens.
Our huge fireplace in Upper Gild Hall is available in Winter and we supply the firewood.
Moonlight Theater Photos
The Moonlight Theater is on the right side of Gild Hall is available at no charge for your Wedding Ceremony with your Gild Hall rental. This outdoor amphitheater has a brick-floored stage and grassy, tiered seating. The Theater can also be rented for a cocktail reception before or after the ceremony as well.
Bratten Room Photos
Lower Hall Photos
Access: Both the Upper Gild Hall (at street level) and the Lower Gild Hall are wheelchair accessible. There are no steps and a short straight walk from the street into the Upper Gild Hall. There is a gently sloping circular walkway for wheelchairs that goes from our parking lot into the Lower Hall. There is a ramp inside and all of the rooms are on that level (no steps).
The top-most level and stage level of the outdoor Moonlight Theater are wheelchair accessible.
There is a way to go around the stairs into the pool area as well as a ramp to the pool itself. The Shady Grove is accessible from a town path that runs along the southeast side of the grove starting from Pond Lane.
The two areas that are not wheelchair accessible at this time are the Backstage Gallery and the Upper Gild Hall stage.
Restrooms: In the Upper Hall, the toilets have handrails although they are not ADA compliant. Downstairs, the Ladies room has a wheelchair accessible door and sink. However, the toilets do not have handrails. We are planning to make this bathroom unisex ADA compliant in 2014.
Send an email to our Scheduling Team at email@example.com. Please email us with any questions not answered by the links above as well as to check availability and to schedule a tour.
Isn’t “Gild” Misspelled?
About the time Arden was founded as a community, one of the utopian ideas embraced by many of the founders was the idea that words should be spelled the way they sound. So “through” is spelled “thru” and “guild” is spelled “gild”. This improvement to spelling was prevalent across America and was promoted by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Simplified Spelling Board,
Buzz Ware Village Center
Rental of meeting rooms across the street at Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center is not handled by the Arden Club. Click here for rental info for The Buzz.