With a captivating mix of southern charm and in-vogue sophistication, Atlanta is the ideal wedding destination for couples wanting an intimate, warm, and supremely chic celebration. From a Romanesque castle and turn-of-the-century private club, to an award-winning garden restaurant and Moulin Rouge-style wonderland, the boutique wedding venues in this dynamic city offer a little something for everyone.
This acclaimed 1904 Romanesque Revival-style mansion and museum, located in Midtown Atlanta, has a castle-like ambiance, making it a great option for couples dreaming of fairytale nuptials. The stunning Victorian interior, sweeping porch, and manicured gardens exude a classic elegance, and offer numerous options for ceremony and reception locations. And, those hoping for unforgettable photos will not be disappointed as a dramatic spiraling staircase and soaring stained glass windows offer mesmerizing backdrops. While catering is not provided by the venue, they provide a list of approved vendors.
Typical Cost: $2,500 to $4,000 for 4-hours
Bonus: A renovated wedding suite provides an inviting, comfortable space for the wedding party to prep and relax before the ceremony.
A combination of vibrant gardens and skyline views of Atlanta make The Georgian Club an idyllic setting for those wanting their nature-based wedding to have a fun side of urban flair. Event spaces include a courtyard, replete with an ethereal 20-foot waterfall and bell tower, and an indoor space where the impressive city views can be enjoyed. Foodies will be in heaven, as this space is popular for its cuisine, and can dine on favorites such as pan-seared scallops, seared tuna sashimi, grilled vegetable risotto, a stir-fry station, and so much more. Food options are easily customizable, as they offer various packages, including buffet, plated, and late night munchies menus.
Typical Cost: $3,500, plus $65 per person for food and drink
Bonus: A wide assortment of delicious wedding cake options can be selected, including combos like butternut rum cake, cream cheese filling, and French buttercream frosting.
If you want food to be one of the stars on your big day, this eatery, which is a member of the Dining Hall of Fame, is sure to please. Select from an assortment of mouth-watering menu options, including jumbo lump crab cake with yuzu and Napa cabbage slaw, Canoe’s house smoked salmon with crispy potato cake and Vermont goat’s cheese, veal Bolognese with garganelli pasta, apple wood bacon, and black pepper-basil ricotta, and endless other divine selections. Beyond the amazing food is the otherworldly environment, which is set on the peaceful banks of the Chattahoochee River, and features a lush garden with tropical vibes and meandering paths. Those with a taste for the finer things in life will be right at home at Canoe Atlanta.
Typical Cost: $180–225/person
Bonus: The interior of this venue is just as stunning as its outdoor space, with a breathtaking blend of wood, brick, hand-forged iron vines and artist-crafted furniture.
Laid-back couples will enjoy the relaxed aesthetic of The Warren City Club, which is composed of aged brick walls, high ceilings, exposed beams, five fireplaces, and an inviting 400 square foot garden terrace that features impressive views of the Atlanta skyline, as it’s on the 3rd floor of the building. Enhancing the ease of your wedding planning are the cocktail style party menu and seated dinner party menu that you can choose from. Lovers of comfort food will enjoy favorite Southern-inspired menu items like fried mac and cheese bites, fried chicken, and pulled pork barbeque.
Typical Cost: Up to $500 for space rental, and $20 per person (or more) for food and drink packages
Bonus: The Warren can be your one-stop-shop for planning, as it offers floral design, décor, audiovisual equipment, and music options.
Red mood lighting, boudoir style furnishings, endless velvet and extravagantly dressed mannequins make this incredibly unique, French-inspired event space the place to go for theatrical couples wanting to leave an impression on their guests. This France-meets-Atlanta venue allows you to relish in the decadence of Paris while inside, then transports you back to the metropolitan ambiance of Atlanta when you step out on the patio that overlooks the Belt Line. The five-hour space rental includes an additional two hours for setup, one-hour for cleanup, tables and seating for 145 guests, and candles and general décor to further enhance the romantic mood. And, while you’ll need to hire your own caterer, this space does provide a prep kitchen.
Typical Cost: $3,850 to $4,400
Bonus: A raised-stage offers an ideal location for a band, an impromptu show from performance-minded guests, or a highlighted location for the sweetheart table.
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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.