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Marrying the love of your life?
Celebrating a milestone anniversary?
Planning a special reunion?

What is gather?

That all-important event deserves the perfect venue, a place where intimacy and celebration come together in one magical moment. Gather is a place where memories are made, and hearts are filled. Located on the Square in historic downtown McKinney, Gather is a unique venue with its original wood floors, exposed bricks, crystal chandeliers, and personalized service. If you want something more than a cookie-cutter celebration, more than the predictable, then Gather is your place. Elegance without ostentation. Style without trendiness. The kind of place people talk about long after the event is over.
Tables setup at Gather for wedding reception

Weddings & More

Contact us today and let's make your event perfect.



Starting at $2,625

Evening Events

Starting at $2,100

Daytime Events

Starting at $750

*Financing is available

Rehearsal dinner perfection! I wish I could give this rating SIX stars instead of five because they surpassed in every way. The food was amazing, the setting was warm, inviting, beautiful! Sophisticated and rustic blended! Darrell, Jill and Donna were a step ahead of us at every turn. They accommodated our every request and anticipated our needs before we even knew we had them. Professional and personal! I would recommend Gather in Downtown McKinney for ANY event. Ours happened to be a rehearsal dinner for 80. . . but they could handle anything, large or small. THANK YOU Gather!

Joy Kupp

About Us

Gather launched in 2011 and has been continually recognized as one of the best in the industry. Owners Jill and Darrell Barnes have made it their mission to solidify Gather as the sought-after local event venue in Collin County. And they have firsthand experience—after all, they were married here!

Jill has been participating in productions all her life, first expressing her love of theater at the of 6. She achieved a BA in theatre from SDSU, and she also completed a theater program at Oxford University. Currently Jill is on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Family Music Theater. Jill is also an award-winning, fine-art portrait photographer, having won McKinney’s Best Photographer award numerous times. Her studio, Jilly Bean Photography, which is right above Gather, specializes in maternity and newborn portraits. She now uses her artistic skills to put on the ultimate wedding show. In addition, Jill is a trained wedding planner, so every aspect of your special day is elevated due to her expertise.

Darrell has always loved throwing a great party. It started in the Navy, where he was responsible for all social functions on his ship. Darrell went on to manage a nightclub and then completed his degree in business. He is currently involved in the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and events on the Square in Downtown McKinney.

Jill’s artistic flair and Darrell’s organizational skills make them the Dream Team of event planning and hosting any event. They don’t just turn you over to a staff member; they are an integral part of your event. They are Gather!

Jill and Darrell Barnes

Jill and Darrell Smiling - Owners of Gather in Downtown McKinney

Why Choose Gather?


We're happy to accommodate up to 200 guests

Personalized Service

Your Venue Manager will be present during your event

Event Planning

Your Venue Manager will be present during your event

Culinary Flexibility

Use our in-house caterer to provide the perfect dining experience, or choose your own

Prime Location

Central to boutique hotels, B&Bs, unique shops, fine eateries

Plenty of Parking

Plenty of free parking available; wheelchair accessible

Best Vendors

Access to the BEST vendors. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of local vendors, such as photographers and florists

Ultimate Experience

Jill and Darrell are guaranteed to surpass your every expectation, working their magic to bring you and your delighted guests the ultimate experience.

I could give this 10 stars!  From the first day we toured the venue, till the day of our wedding, Darrell and Jill have been there every step of the way.
Our wedding was a little bit “non-traditional”, with some different ideas we had in mind. Darrell and Jill collaborated and helped us put our ideas into motion.
Both went above and beyond to make our wedding unique and exceeded our expectations by a million.  Our guest are still mentioning how attentive the staff was and how Darrell was extremely professional, yet personable. Which is hard to find someone so genuine!
My husband and I will always recommend this venue to anyone! They are the best.

Anabel Johnson

Come celebrate with us at
Gather In Downtown McKinney



Gather in Downtown McKinney is known for it’s romantic atmosphere and charming decor, which makes it the perfect place to host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bridal brunch/lunch, corporate function, or social event.  We provide an intimate venue and the perfect environment to suite your event needs.  Contact us today and let’s get started!






Marry the love of your life and celebrate that love with your friends and family in a romantic, unique, historic atmosphere at Gather.

Rehearsal Dinners

Gather is the perfect environment to host your rehearsal dinner.

Corprate Events

From black tie to low key, from formal to casual, Gather provides the perfect space for your corporate event.

Private Parties

Gather offers an intimate venue to host your special event like bridal and baby showers, or bridal brunch/lunch.



We are committed to supporting local, small business owners and have had the pleasure of working with the best of the best in the events industry. You are not required to use these vendors’ services, but our hope is that our carefully chosen list will remove some of the guesswork for you. Please check out our Preferred Vendors.

Just a few of our favorites

Edwards Floral Design Logo
Edwards Floral Design
Have & Hold Logo
Have & Hold
Sweet Art Custom Cake Studio
Sweet Art Bakery
The Alt Shop
The Alt Shop
Erin Blair makeup & hair design
Erin Blair
Love Notes Weddings Logo
Love Notes


The Wonder of Gather In Downtown
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Contact Us

Give us a call or send us an email to get started with your next event!  We know how important your event is and we can’t wait to work with you to make it amazing!