Amenities + Details
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Museum, Historic Venue, Loft
Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering
My husband and I held our reception at the Defoor Centre April 18, 2015. We were beyond thrilled with the experience of planning and the results. Davina Law was my contact and she was professional and accommodating and helped to relax me when it got stressful. She and her team executed all our plans flawlessly for the installation. The food and the service was also impeccable. The cake was fantastic. It was truly more than I even expected. We can't thank the Defoor team enough.
My wedding at Defoor was beautifulReviewed on 1/29/2015 Dana L
The Defoor Centre was the last venue we visited on our list when searching for our wedding spot. We loved it from the moment we walked in the door. It just had the perfect feel for our style. We also loved how easy going Michelle (the coordinator) was, and she helped to seal the deal. About midway through our planning process, we were introduced to Kori Shaw, who began to take over the planning and details for our wedding and would take over as our day of coordinator. Kori was equally as knowledgeable and a perfect complement to Michelle and Defoor. The coordinators are very responsive both over the phone and via email and made planning so easy. Kori was very attentive on our wedding day and did everything from coordinating with vendors to pinning on corsages and boutonnieres. Being an art gallery and event center, there was a lot of decor already included and available for use, and all we had to do was personalize it. Be sure to ask specifics about what is available and included in the space. While visiting the Defoor Centre with my event designer, we found out there were candles, vases, Manzanita branches, candelabras, and décor galore that we could use! The lanterns hanging from the ceiling in the bar and the Encore! Gallery were a very nice touch. We chose the Forum for our ceremony and the Encore! Gallery for the reception, with cocktail hour in the Defoor Cafe and Bar. The "bridal suite" inside the main office was the perfect size for my wedding party (3 ladies), me, and my Mom while getting ready. They brought us refreshments while getting ready and really catered to us very well. The guys (groom, groomsmen, ushers) were also well attended to and were given a large space in which to get ready (Gatsby Room). Oh, and the hors d’oeuvres and reception food were delicious and they did an excellent job with our cake. All we had to do was provide a picture and they made it look exactly like it.
Best Decision EVER!Reviewed on 10/29/2014 Misty O
The decision to have our wedding and reception at The Defoor Centre was literally the best decision ever! My now husband and I were on a tight budget as we paid for the wedding ourselves and were looking for a place that was large enough for 200 guests, was visually beautiful and didn't break the bank. The Defoor Centre was it! Michelle worked with us every step of the way to accommodate both our budget and our needs. The price we paid included: full use of the facility (no time constraints), butler passed hors d'oeuvers, non-alcoholic drinks, a champagne toast, a hearty dinner with two meat, vegetable, and starch choices AND a beautiful 4-tier wedding cake. It also included chivari chairs, table linens, and some decorations (like candles and candelabras). The venue was beautiful and our guests are still talking about how perfect everything was. We could not be more pleased. If you are looking to get married in Georgia, look no further than the Defoor Centre!!
Amazing Wedding 4/26/14Reviewed on 5/28/2014 Angela B
Absolutely Amazing are the only two words needed to describe this venue and Michelle, the venue coordinator. Our ceremony and reception took place at the Defoor Centre on April 26, 2014, and my guest, husband and I have not stopped raving about our event. From the first time we met Michelle, she was extremely accommodating and went out of her way to make sure that all of our questions were answered. Leading up to the big day, it was such a relief to know that the Defoor Centre had a full staff ready to help execute all the final details. From coordinating timing with my vendors (florist, DJ, etc) to assisting with last minute changes and set-up, this venue took care of everything! Looking back, choosing the Defoor Centre was the absolute BEST decision we made! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Michelle and her team!!!!
Perfect...just perfect!Reviewed on 5/19/2014 Melana a
The Defoor Centre was the ideal venue for me and my wife's wedding! We had used this venue once before for a banquet we held back in grad school, however that was 5 years ago. It was so great to see that 5 years later the same coordinator was still there (Michelle Davidson, she is amazing) and the place was still just as lovely if not more so! Anyways, I am rambling. Rambling and being disorganized in my thoughts is a part of my personality, which is another reason why Defoor was so great. The majority of what you need to have the best wedding ever can be taken care of through Defoor. Michelle helped us figure out our colors, decor, menu, day of timeline, they even did the cake. Talk about one stop shop. I mean it was great! We met with her whenever we began to feel like we were behind or off track and she calmed us down and reeled us right back in and reassured us that everything would be fine. Which it was. It was amazing. Defoor holds FREE open houses for people considering them as a venue. During the Open House we attended we were able to sample a bunch of their food, drinks, and cakes. They also had other vendors there if you still needed a photographer, videographer, DJ, etc. It was a really nice event. The venue itself might not appear to be that nice from the outside but it is beautiful on the inside. It is an art gallery, which is inherently aesthetically pleasing. You do not get to choose the art on the walls though, so hopefully you enjoy whatever paintings are up at the time of the wedding. We did! Defoors also has many other rooms and areas which we definitely took advantage of. We had our wedding in the Forum, which is the main area, then cocktail hour was in the bar/café area and another big space which had tables, seats, sofas, etc. The whole place was decorated so lively and bright. Our friends and family had a great time during the open bar cocktail hour. Being a same-sex couple in Georgia you want to get married somewhere that really supports you and they aren't just about taking your money. Michelle was genuinely happy for us, we never felt like we were treated any differently than the other couples she was working with. In fact, sometimes we did feel special because the staff sometimes went out their way to congratulate us and let us know how happy they were for us. We felt nothing but love at Defoor Centre. Michelle even sent us a hand written card after our wedding with our new last names and everything, thanking us for hosting our wedding there and wishing us the best. Awwww!! I am not sure I have really gotten the point across on how much of a blessing it was to be able to have the Defoor Centre as the perfect place to get married. I have some friends getting married now and they are so stressed because they have so many different vendors doing different things. It was really great having Defoor take care of the majority of the tasks. The only time we stressed was because it felt too easy, like we had to be missing something. But we weren't. And our wedding was perfect. It was such a beautiful celebration of love and it was totally US. That was actually one of the main things we kept hearing from our guests, "We really enjoyed your wedding, it was totally y'all!!" To be able to have such a unique wedding at a venue that is used for weddings all of the time says a lot about the spot. They will work with you to make your dream wedding come true effortlessly! I highly recommend them!
Mrs. RichbowReviewed on 8/09/2013 eyvonne n
Everything was well planned. The staff was wonderful. The venue made it possible to have the ceremony and reception in one place, which is perfect for out of town guests and family. The decorations, cake, food, wedding coordinator was all included in the wonderful pricing. I had a beautiful wedding!
Wedding BlissReviewed on 7/30/2013 Layana C
I was just married July 27, 2013, and my wedding at Defoor Centre was total bliss! Michelle, Davina, and Roxanne were God-sent and made my experience stress-free....who knew this was possible for a bride!! They respect your wishes(and your budget) and make the day yours. There are no time limits, no ridiculous cake cutting fees, etc. I couldn't have picked a better place to host our special day. The venue is beautiful, so not much extra decor is needed. This is a must see venue for all brides!
Our Wedding at The Defoor Center 4/27/2013Reviewed on 7/11/2013 Alicia N
I would like to highly recommend the Defoor Center as a venue for a wedding. It's so nice and classy. From the beginning to end the coordinator Michelle was so accommodating. I didn't really have a vision but Michelle made my wedding day stress free and beautiful beyond what I could have ever imagined. The staff was pleasant and overly accommodating. There were things that I should have done and was supposed to do that Michelle did for me. If I had to choose a venue all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. My family and I were treated like royalty by the staff. My family and friends are still talking about our wedding to this day and I continue to get inquiries and about this venue and again I definitely recommend to all brides and grooms or anyone that would like to have an event.
The Defoor Centre was Heaven sent!!!!!!Reviewed on 6/06/2013 Schuerra M
AMAZING!!!! Let me start off by saying that Michelle and her team are wonderful!!! I had been searching for a venue in our price budget and nobody could match us, it was always a "but or maybe you can skip on this or that!" So I ran into the Defoor Centre and their open house, the food was great, the decorum was lovely, and the staff were superb! We I finally sat down with Michelle and told her what I wanted and what our budget was, she gave me a price including food,decorations, and our wedding cake all under our budget!!!! I could have cried, ok I did!!! Needles to say that she pulled off our wedding without a hitch! Our day went perfect and she was still there to cater to us!!! Never once did tell us no. My review might be a bit long, but u want to make sure that you guys know how awesome this venue and the staff were! I am still getting compliments and I can truly say that The Defoor Centre is the most unique and wonderful place to get married!!!!:)
Best Wedding Venue In Atlanta!!Reviewed on 3/06/2013 Julia S
We had our wedding at The Defoor Center Spetember 2012 and it was perfect! I was so pleased with our wedding venue! The Defoor Center is large enough to hold a huge group but still feels like an intimate venue. It is a very creative, unique space. My guests raved about how delicious the food was! The cake was amazing too! Also the best perk of the Defoor Center was their in house coordinator. She was absolutely amazing and handled all of the day of details! It was a very stress-free day thanks to her! I can not say more great things about this venue! If you are planning a wedding in Atlanta you need to check out The Defoor Center!!
Perfect Venue!Reviewed on 10/06/2012 Shukura I
Everything from service to decor was unbelievable. My wedding was virtually perfect. My husband & I were beyond pleased. The venue coordinators go above & beyond to make the bride's vision a reality. My guests gushed about the food and the cake was to die for! Almost any decorations that they have in house they let you use. This really helps bride's who are on a budget but want all the extras! I can't say enough about The Defoor Centre....I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Wonderful Wedding VenueReviewed on 6/28/2012 Jill S
I had my reception at the Defoor Centre in June, 2012 and could not have been more pleased with everything. I wanted to have a venue different from the typical hotel ballroom scene and fell in love with the Defoor Centre as soon as I saw it. It's beautiful! I was sold once I met with Michelle, the Centre's coordinator. She was very easy going and was adamant that my mother or I should not be responsible for anything the day of the wedding. She took care of everything for us so we could relax and enjoy the day. Everything was perfect and my guests raved about the food and the decor. My favorite special touch was the personal server who checked on my husband and I through out the reception. We never had to leave to get anything, she was always there for us to get whatever we needed. We were both very impressed! If I had to do it all over again I would not change a thing. If you are looking for a venue for an event this should be at the top of your list of places to check out!
Simply wonderful!Reviewed on 4/10/2012 Nicole D
My wedding and reception were at The Defoor Centre on April 1, 2012 and it was fantastic. Michelle Davidson, the coordinator, was the most helpful, thoughtful, outgoing person I've ever dealt with. She made all of my visions and dreams come true with a smile on her face. Nothing I asked for was too much or out of reach. The Defoor Centre handled almost everything for us; food, cake, beverages, and being that it is an art gallery: most of the decor!! The food is exceptional, the drinks were perfect and the cake was delicious. This was truly stress free wedding planning. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a place to host a memorable event. We couldn't have been happier!!
Gorgeous & awesome serviceReviewed on 6/17/2011 Jess M
We had our May wedding at the Defoor Centre, and it was an awesome experience. Michelle is an excellent coordinator who bends over backwards to make your wedding exactly what you want it to be. We had the ceremony in the Forum room, then moved to the bar area for cocktail hour, then moved to the Encore room for the reception. The Forum is very classy with huge artwork on the walls and a giant chandelier in the center of the room. The Encore is a loft-type space with paper lanterns hanging from the rafters. It was so gorgeous. They also take care of the food and the cake, which were all excellent. The cake looked exactly like the photo I gave Michelle to model it from. When you consider everything that is included in the price - venue, food, cake (even centerpieces if you want to use the black candelabras they have) it is a very reasonable price for Atlanta. My guests were talking about the food and the awesome staff for days.
Atlanta's Best-Kept SecretReviewed on 12/03/2010 Cynthia D
We wanted our wedding reception to be unique --and nothing said unique like "The Defoor Centre." From the moment we first explored the space (arriving late to a still-smiling Michelle, the facility manager), we knew it was the place for us. Though it looks plain from the outside, the inside is "nothing but." Once we made our deposit, planning our special day was literally a "piece of cake." Michelle catered to our every request (opening rooms for cocktail hour; placing tealights where we requested, even changing the menu, just a bit to meet our tastes). In addition to its wonderful atmosphere (from a vaulted ceiling to very cool art on the wall); the food at the Defoor Centre is "out of this world." Two months after our wedding, guests are still raving about their meal and our, oh-so-wonderful wedding cake. If you're looking for a reception place that's sure to "wow" your guests but definitely be worth your money, look no further. Working with the team at the Defoor Centre was nothing-less than a delight. They stopped at no expense to make sure our wedding was "out of this world."