A dynamic city filled with award-winning restaurants, captivating art museums, and highly entertaining, charismatic locals, Atlanta is a hotbed for cutting-edge thrills and memorable weddings. Whether you’re drawn to the vision of a classic ceremony in a rose-filled garden, your first dance on the Brazilian cherry wood floor of a grand ballroom, or an urban reception set atop the city skyline, this sprawling megacity has you covered. Here are five of our favorite affordable wedding venues in Atlanta!
Step back in time to the Victorian-era when you enter this classically elegant 1920s home. Be ready to stare in awe as you take in the delicate crystal chandeliers, steep gables, and pristine antique furniture, accented by framed mirrors and artwork. This is a space that begs for a wedding with a simple, yet glamorous color palette and décor that would allow the history of the structure to shine through.
The 13,028 square feet that make up this exquisite building are composed of ample event space options. Spaces include the main floor with a covered veranda, columned oval dining room, wicker-furnished sun porch, several porticos, and more, the high-ceilinged ballroom with a raised stage and dance floor, and the second floor with various smaller rooms, including dressing rooms. A kitchen is provided for the caterer, which must be selected from the venue’s approved caterer list.
Typical Cost: $3,950 – $5,150
Bonus: The space includes two grand pianos that are regularly tuned.
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The ideal setting for metropolitan nuptials, Ventanas Atlanta is located on the 14th and 15th floor of the Park Pavilion in the Centennial Park district. The exclusive outdoor deck provides a dazzling backdrop for evening weddings, as the city lights come alive and fill your celebration with the vibrant energy of Atlanta. Beyond the 2,500 square foot deck, the twin level 7,500 square foot indoor event space features an open floor plan with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.
To ensure the food offerings are sublime, executive chefs will work you to design a customized meal, including an impressive spread of hors-d’oeuvres. Favorite menu options include German soft pretzels, slow-smoked pulled pork, spicy buttermilk fried chicken, a mac n’ cheese bar, miso-glazed ocean wise sablefish, deep dish apple pie, and so much more.
Typical Cost: $1,500 – $5,500, not including food and drinks
Bonus: If you really want to make a lasting impression, this space has a helipad that can be used for a dramatic arrival or exit.
A stately sense of history is woven through this massive center, which is blooming with natural beauty, sophisticated details, and so many event spaces every variety of couple will be pleased. A popular space is the Swan House Gardens, set amongst an ethereal assortment of trees and greenery that end at the steps of a majestic 1928 mansion. Another option, the Grand Overlook ballroom, is a world unto itself with barrel-vaulted ceilings, Brazilian cherry wood floors, and soaring windows that look out on the Quarry Gardens.
Couples who enjoy a more sleek and simple aesthetic might select the modern Atlanta History Museum for their cocktail hour before moving to the versatile McElreath Hall for dinner, where three crystal chandeliers and large windows create a welcoming glow. And finally, the Smith Family Farm, which includes a 1860s farmhouse, outbuildings, and period gardens, offers a rustic, yet refined environment for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
Typical Cost: $2,000 to $10,500
Capacity: 500 – 750
Bonus: The combination of historic structures and seemingly endless displays of dramatic vegetation creates stunning photo opportunities.
Ten outdoor weddings sites, filled with roses, orchids, woodlands, tropical plants and more make this venue a must for nature lovers. These sites include the classical Rose Garden, manicured Japanese Garden, wild-beauty of the Gardens in Storza Woods, and the “secret” Trustees Garden. Additional options include the otherworldly Fuqua Orchid Center, intimate Fragrance Garden, Alston Overlook, which provides awe-inspiring panoramic views, the tropical water world of the Cascades Garden, the 600-foot long Canopy Walk, and the aptly named Edible Garden.
If you would like your reception to be held indoors, Mershon Hall features modern Craftsman interior design, including a soft color scheme, elegant lighting, bamboo floors, and a built-in-granite credenza.
Typical Cost: $400 – $6,500
Bonus: From Mid-November to the beginning of January your nuptials can include the Garden Lights Holiday Nights show.
Those who would like the city of Atlanta to be a guest at their wedding will adore this venue, which is perched 25 stories above the city, offering 360-degree sweeping views of downtown and midtown through walls of windows. This ultra-modern venue, with four event spaces that range from 573 – 2,470 square feet, is a blank canvas that allows you to craft your ideal ambiance, whether you want something understated and timeless, or bold and trendsetting.
And then there’s the delish food. The plated dinner package includes a 4-hour standard bar, two passed hor d’ oeuvres, a plated dinner, cake cutting, champagnes toast, and a coffee station. Menu options include bacon wrapped scallops, Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms, Salmon Oscar with Hollandaise, Marinated Sirloin & Scampi Shrimp, and much more.
Typical Cost: $1,000 – $2,500 for rental fee, and $5,000 and up for food and beverage packages
Capacity: 130 – 190
Bonus: This venue is located in the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown, which offers an all-inclusive wedding package, and ample convenience for out-of-town guests.
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Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.