10 Historic Georgia Wedding Venues We Love

Make a little history of your own at one of these notable spots.
by Carrie Chambers

Cedar Plantation

4610 Northside Drive, Acworth; (770) 917-0067; WeddingsAtlanta.org

The grand staircase, crackling fireplaces and crystal chandeliers set the scene for a perfect Scarlett O'Hara-style entrance. Cedar Plantation offers full-service uniformed catering, experienced coordinators and a list of preferred vendors that will make your big day even more memorable. The space accommodates up to 300 and also offers its gazebo and gardens for outdoor events.

Che'ne Rouge

86 Poplar Springs Rd. and Rt. 278, Hiram; (770) 222-5003; Chene-Rouge.com

Whether your style is rustic or romantic, this site offers unique settings for your ceremony and reception and will seat up to 200 guests. The Garden Isle, an outdoor ceremony site, features a historic red barn with original detailing -- the eight-foot columns draped in greenery and miniature twinkle lights look great in photos. If you're looking for the royal treatment, set up your reception in the Grand Ballroom with French doors that open to a 60-foot covered terrace, king and queen chairs, twinkling canopy and 20” disco balls. There's also a full-service bar and porch where guests are allowed to smoke. Outside caterers are allowed, but must sign a contract.

The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, (404) 881-2100; FoxTheatre.org

You'll find infinite possibilities within the Fox Theatre, which hosts up to 1,100 guests and has been renovated to its original Middle Eastern grandeur. It feautures a mystical Egyptian Ballroom with lavish ornamentation and sweeping columns or the romantic Grand Terrace with soft lighting, stained glass and indoor spaces. One of our favorite details? A 30-person hospitality suite, with its Moroccan tiles, gold leaf and mosaics, it gives guests a 1929 movie palace experience they won't forget. Licensed and insured caterers are welcome with preapproval.

Little Gardens

3571 Lawrenceville Highway NW, Lawrenceville; (770) 923-3434; LittleGardens.com

The Old South still lives at Little Gardens; it was built in the 1930s and was used as a private residence until the 1980s and has since been renovated as a full-service wedding and event location. As you come over the ridge and drive past a meticulously manicured front lawn, you'll notice the six-columned, two-story porch. Outside, the fragrant gardens, peaceful waterfall koi pond and bridge sets the scene for a romantic garden ceremony and lead inside to a magnificent glass-encased ballroom. This site accommodates up to 250 guests, but does not allow outside catering.

Mansion on Forsyth Park

700 Drayton St., Savannah; (912) 238-5158; MansiononForsythPark.com

From the onyx marble lobby to the opulent 3,500-square-foot Viennese Ballroom, this restored Victorian mansion in Savannah's Historic District is perfect for the fairy-tale wedding of your dreams. Take a horse-drawn carriage, past trees dripping with Spanish moss, to your reception where you and up to 200 of your nearest and dearest will dine on a meal by the mansion's experienced culinary team. Dreaming of an outdoor celebration? The poolside courtyard reflects the same Southern grandeur as the inside of this historic retreat.

Old Fort Jackson

1 Fort Jackson Road, Savannah; (912) 232-3945; CHSGeorgia.org/home.cfm

Take your guests back in time to one of Savannah's most unique landmarks with a historically-themed menu and 19th-century music. Old Fort Jackson, the state's oldest remaining fort, offers ceremony and reception packages and is perfect for intimate, traditional Southern outdoor celebrations that can accommodate 200 without rentals. Guests will love the beautiful view of the Savannah River and coastal plain, and the cannon embankment and exhibits make it a special treat for history buffs. Preapproved caterers are welcome, but alcohol must be purchased through the venue.

Piedmont Park Conservancy

400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta; (404) 875-7275; PiedmontPark.org

With granite staircases dating back to the late 1800s, gorgeous landscaping and timeless details tucked behind custom designed iron gates, Piedmont Park is a sophisticated sanctuary in midtown Atlanta with three unique settings. Dance the night away within Magnolia Hall (shown at left), say your I dos dockside or take in the picturesque skyline at Greystone on the waterfront. Invite up to 300 guests, but no outside caterers -- Piedmont Park Conservancy has approved caterers for their own events.

The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

601 W Harris Street, Savannah; (912) 651-6823; CHSGeorgia.org

Built back in the mid-1800s, this historic gem was a vibrant part of Savannah's industrial heritage and has seen some of the most important moments in Georgia history; now it can be a part of yours. The Roundhouse has a number of beautiful spaces to accommodate 50 to more than a thousand, like The Overnight Shed. Perfect for large galas, the shed is now element controlled and features a full stage. There's the elegant garden or invite guests to sip cocktails in the roofless Machine Shop under the stars. A local caterer is typically used for dinner events, but outside, licensed caterers are permitted.

Tybee Light Station & Museum

30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island; (912) 786-5801; TybeeLighthouse.org

Consider one of Georgia coast's most timeless treasures for a seaside soiree. Tybee Light Station and Museum are available for events and accommodate groups of 20 to 400. Let the crashing waves along the shoreline be the background music to your tented reception or rent the museum and look out over the ocean after taking in three levels of local history. Heads up -- due to the delicacy of this venue there are certain food restrictions on the indoor spaces.

The Wimbish House

1150 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta; (404) 870-8833; TheWimbishHouse.com

Old-World ambience and authentic Southern charm describe this historic mansion and ballroom in the heart of midtown Atlanta. A restored 1920s ballroom (accommodates up to 200), formal reception rooms and an elegant parlor are furnished with grand pianos, antique crystal chandeliers and fireplaces in almost every room. A beautiful grand staircase makes for an unforgettable entrance and stunning photos. You're welcome to bring in your own caterer to this venue.

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