We booked The Trolley Barn 1.5 years ago, and especially after having to postpone our wedding, I would do it again! Lisa is quick to respond, patient, flexible, and has not minded answering my repeat questions. They've handled Covid well, and I...
feel confident we have a safe plan in place for our rescheduled wedding in 2 weeks. I requested that we keep all the venue's double doors open to help with air flow, and Lisa let me know they've ordered screen door covers so they can accommodate that without having to worry about bugs and animals coming inside! This team has been easy to work with from the beginning, and I'm really excited to finally see everything come together in such a beautiful (and well-located) space very soon.
Reviewed On 9/10/2023 by Tory E
Our wedding was yesterday and we couldn't be more thrilled with our choice of the Trolley Barn as a venue! We were looking for a space that was air-conditioned, accessible and gorgeous, and the Barn has all of that in spades. The guests enjoyed...
the ease of getting to the venue, the beautiful garden, and the history of the location. They even remarked that the cobblestone patio was even to walk on in heels. Our main point of contact was Julie, she was truly wonderful to work with. The vendors list she sent was invaluable in the planning process, and we chose vendors that regularly worked the space. It made the planning process, and day-of, go so smoothly that we could enjoy our wedding day without worry. Julie truly looks out for her clients. The space also includes chair and table rental, which was a huge help. The pricing was affordable and clearly outlined from the quote onwards. Thank y'all so much!
Reviewed On 6/09/2023 by Rachael F
The Trolley Barn is no doubt a beautiful, historic venue, so we knew that our wedding would be great there no matter what. What really made it above and beyond was the communication and consideration from Julie and the Trolley Barn staff. Julie...
answered all of our questions patiently, and the team made everything easy for us and our other vendors. I'd get married there all over again!
Reviewed On 10/10/2022 by Ashton B
As two transit-obsessed urbanist, we loved having our wedding at the Trolley Barn. It was the perfect setting to begin our new chapter. Lisa was a joy to work with. Everything went wonderfully. We would choose the Trolley Barn all over again.
Reviewed On 10/16/2021 by Joshua D
The Trolley Barn was the perfect place to host our wedding. Great outdoor and indoor spaces, beautiful grounds, history seeping out from every corner - it was magical. Lisa was great to work with, especially during the early stages of the pande...
mic. We ended up having to postpone a year due to the pandemic, and she was flexible, responsive and supportive in every way. We loved the service and venue and our guests are still raving about how beautiful and special the night was. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 9/28/2020 by Sarah B
This venue is gorgeous! We were able to use both the outdoor and indoor space for my wedding and everyone complimented on the beauty of the venue. The staff are wonderful to work with and very accommodating when we had to postpone our wedding d...
ue to COVID. The Trolley Barn is a wonderful choice for any event.
Reviewed On 9/24/2020 by Jennifer L
I'll admit when I first saw pictures of the Trolley Barn, I didn't think it was the style I wanted for my wedding. However, a friend showed pictures of a recent wedding she attended at the venue, and I was able to see how easily the space could...
be transformed into what any bride could want. Lisa at the Trolley Barn was super accommodating and easy to work with. When the pandemic started, she was extremely transparent and supportive as we tried to navigate plans. Speaking with other friends who were also planning weddings, Trolley Barn was definitely the most flexible and easiest to work with. So thankful for Lisa and the team at the Trolley Barn for helping us bring our wedding together during the most challenging and unpredictable time to plan one.
Reviewed On 9/24/2020 by Chelsea L
Working with Lisa at the trolley barn was amazing! She was so sweet, informative and extremely flexible. We were one of many corona couples and had to move our date, she worked with us on all the different options and ultimately helped us put o...
n our dream wedding! The venue is absolutely breathtaking in the spring as well as the summer and would highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing venue in the city!
Reviewed On 9/24/2020 by Katie P
While we've had to postpone our wedding celebration due to covid, I can attest that our experience with the Trolley Barn thus far has been excellent. When we decided to hold a small covid wedding on our original date, the Trolley Barn opened t...
heir garden for us to hold our (7 person) ceremony. We were able to get photos in their beautiful spring garden, despite an updated winter wedding date. They made us aware of covid restrictions without pressuring us to hold or move our ceremony. In a time when many weddings are being postponed, it is understandable that vendors may be suffering, but we have never felt that burden transitioned to us by our venue. We have now postponed twice, and Lisa has made changes to our contract seamlessly. The location and beauty of the venue speak for themselves, and I will gladly speak to the kindness and quality of service we have received!
Reviewed On 9/23/2020 by Endre' B
I couldn't of imagined of having our wedding anywhere else!! This is MY VENUE OF CHOICE always!!! The best director to work with especially during a pandemic with so much constant rescheduling!!!!!!!!
Reviewed On 10/16/2019 by Zack M
This venue is nice, but the people who run it are awful. They cut our wedding short, were given proof that their event manager shut our wedding down earlier then the agreed upon time (as specified in the contract), and never sent compensation. ...
They essentially stole time and money from us on a very special night.
Reviewed On 10/07/2019 by Jaimie B
If you're looking for the perfect place to ruin the ending of one of the most special days of your life, this is it! 2500sf the Trolley Barn's courtyard was pitchblack for the duration of our wedding. We tried to find The Trolley Barns appoint...
ed Event Manager many times to turn the lights on. The groom spent 30 mins of our 2.5 hr reception trying to get the lights to turn on. We later learned that the Event Mgr spent most of the evening outside talking to the security officer. Guests couldn't locate their children or see even a few feet in front of themselves. It was a mess.
Shortly after, all of the house lights were turned on & we began getting goodbyes. We learned that the Event Mgr directed our DJ to announce for everyone to leave. This was at 9pm, an hr earlier then the agreed end time! We were supposed to cut the cake at 9pm, but instead found that all of our guests were being told to “get out”.
Since our DJ was told to start packing up, we announced would be cutting the cake. We told the Event Mgr we would pay for more time, despite whatever confusion, as this was a once in a lifetime event that we had already spent thousands on. She said no & continued hassling guests to get out. She also told our caterer to pack up so we didn't have a knife to cut the cake with or forks/plates for guests. Trying to swell back tears, I scooped the cake with my hands. Immediately after, I ran to gather my stuff the get sent-off. The Event Mgr proceeded to follow me & told me to pull my car up to load things in to. Who tells the bride to go pull her car up? Nevertheless, I did. Confused & rushed, the remaining guests helped load into any random vehicle. 4 weeks later & I’m still trying to figure out who has what from the wedding. Few remaining guests did a mock send-off for us. As soon as we drove away, I burst into tears sobbing.
Afterwards, we spoke with The Trolley Barn's Director, Lisa Milko. We requested half of the venue fee back as compensation for a horrible ending to our special night. She responded not only denying compensation, but said she was keeping out $1k deposit too because 1. The caterer that we ended up using was not the caterer that we initially intended to use. We told the TB employee we did the walk-through with that we changed vendors. Apparently the staff does not communicate with one another & the customer is penalized for that. 2. The venue was left dirty. This is 100% false. The Event Mgr walked the venue with the caterer & approved all areas. Additionally, the Director sent staged photos from an event that wasn't even ours! I even sent time stamped photos from the photographer showing house lights on at 9pm, & the pitch black courtyard, to which she failed to ever address.
We received our deposit back, but that was it. We never received compensation for the time we paid for, or an apology for the Event Mgrs actions. Her response was dismissive & distasteful. I picked this venue because I live locally love to support my community. Unfortunately, my guests and I no longer support the use of the venue. Our vendors confirmed that this is normal behavior for this venue & that they have a reputation for doing things like this. Time that we paid for at Trolley Barn was stolen from us, we along with our guests were treated rudely, & 2500 sf of the venue was dark & unusable. If you are looking to book a venue to host your special night, I urge you to avoid these people, as I wish we had done.
Reviewed On 6/10/2019 by Virginia M
The Trolley Barn was the perfect venue for my husband and I to have our reception. We had our ceremony at a nearby church and had buses to take everyone to the Trolley Barn. It is such a great venue that you can dress up or keep as is. The outs...
ide garden is beautiful and made our outside Happy Hour the perfect setting for our simplistic romantic theme. I would recommend the Trolley Barn to those brides wanted the downtown wedding but a relaxed feel to their wedding.
ALSO - BYOB is a budget helper!
Reviewed On 5/28/2019 by Natalie C
The Trolley Barn is a little hidden gem in the middle of Atlanta that has such charm. This venue is great because you are able to bring in all of your own vendors and really make the space into what you want. Lisa was our main contact through t...
he months and she was always very great and prompt about getting back to us. We had our ceremony outside and came inside for dinner and even though there was thunderstorms forecasted for the whole weekend, we were able to go through with our original plan. They do have a basement that could be used if we needed it, but it is not ideal and we are glad we didn't have to use it. We had about 50 people seated in the upstairs area and this area was a hit for our crowd they all loved being able to look down at the event. Thank you The Trolley Barn for making our day so special.
Reviewed On 12/09/2018 by Aiden N
I think some of the reviews on here may be outdated since they changed their management but we had a great time at the venue! Lisa, the director, was always responsive and definitely accommodative and understanding. They allow for BYOB and we h...
ad to drop off the liquor along with a lot of other stuff the day prior, and she was totally fine with it. I got my deposit back after the wedding in like one week. The area for the ceremony was also very pretty :)
Reviewed On 11/03/2018 by Sheri T
The perfect venue for an amazing price. And essentially one of the only ways to have a rustic/shabby chic/barn wedding in the middle of the city. We had our ceremony on the patio and the reception inside. For a flat fee you have unlimited use o...
f tables/chairs/etc. We were able to bring/choose all of our own alcohol, pick our favorite caterer (highly recommend Fox Bros.), and essentially customize everything. The back parking lot is perfect for food trucks (we had Waffle House come in late night). The Trolley Barn staff was very laid back and accommodating. The entire outside is so beautiful for photos and even has a rustic bar. Plenty of parking. Located in beautiful and convenient Inman Park. For a couple wanting to do the wedding and reception in the same place you truly can’t beat it.
Reviewed On 9/25/2018 by Sarah C
Overall, we are very happy with our decision to host our wedding at The Trolley Barn. However, we would have some reservations when recommending the space to a friend. The space is beautiful - both inside and out, and the location can't be beat...
. Also, the venue is very handicapped accessible, so this was a plus for us to accommodate some of our guests. However, I feel like the space is expensive for what you get and not the best value. I like that The Trolley Barn only rents to one event per day. However, if your event time exceeds 8 hours (including set-up and breakdown), you have to pay for additional hours. The rental fee also does not include any tables or chairs (except for banquet tables), which just seems ridiculous since the tables are already on site and generally set-up by catering staff. Also, for certain requests, we felt as though the event staff was inflexible and not customer-service focused. Overall, we had a beautiful day, but looking back on our booking process, I'd have hesitation about booking a venue with such inflexible policies.
Reviewed On 11/13/2017 by Natalie K
Beautiful venue! The Trolley Barn is a great in town venue nestled in the historic Inman Park neighborhood. We had excellent service by staff and the space was beautiful both inside and the patio out back. They do have rules because the buildin...
g is historic and it is located in a neighborhood, but they are not difficult to follow. The noise restriction is the same as Chastain Park and we had no problem still having a rockin' party.
Reviewed On 10/18/2017 by Crystal H
Overall it was a great experience! Fair price. Great location. The office staff was okay too. I sometimes think there was some miscommuncations with the one of the staff members communcating through email so your best bet is to go in office to ...
discuss any matter.
Reviewed On 9/23/2017 by Michelle B
Don't be fooled by the beauty of this facility.
It is a distraction to what is really going on behind the scenes in the treatment of people of color. While the new executive director Lisa Milko was extraordinarily accommodating to my daugh...
ter and son-in-law, I cannot recommend this venue due to the abnormally strict policies and Trolley Barn's employee Jim Barker's particularly rude, disrespectful and discriminatory behavior, while attempting to monitor (a community member hiding behind the role to racially profile) my only daughter's wedding. Since this time, my daughter and son-in-law have resolved this matter and as a result, received a refund for this experience, countless apologies from the Ms. Milko, and notification that they would withhold Mr. Barker's pay for the day. The monetary acknowledgement isn't enough, given Jim Barker is still employed and therefore sends the message that his behavior is acceptable. It's more important, in my opinion, that the public at large be informed.
As the Mother of the Bride, I cannot express with more disdain, the treatment, I experienced and as a result ruined what should have been a glorious occasion for me. I have narratives from each vendor that explain what occurred from their perspective, however for this notation, I am limited by word count. My daughter's godmother, wedding planner, photographer and deejay all said they either witnessed Barker disrespecting someone or were directly disrespected during the cleanup or setup process. Please read Lauren L. review (my daughter) or respond here with your email for all narratives.
Our deejay, a 54-year-old African American man, stated that he introduced himself to Barker before the event began and was immediately told not to have music blasting. "I said I know the routine 80-90db. He was like right because when you play Drake it can peak past that." Our deejay, who did not break a single venue policy, walked away feeling profiled because of his race.
Kay (Wedding Planner) explained to me that at approximately 10:55 that the manager extended an additional 10 minutes for the cleaning crew to finish cleaning. I asked did she confirm that the additional 10 minutes would be at no cost. She said no so I approached the Barker to confirm and clarify. He rudely responded, "You will be charged..." He raised his voice, interrupted me before I could finish speaking, and repeated that the 10 minutes would incur a cost. My first concern was the manner in which he responded. My second concern was the inconsistent messaging he gave throughout the night. He would offer additional time without sharing that it would cost to one person, then state that it would cost to another. In my opinion, it was in an attempt to increase additional costs. Then he continued from 11 o'clock to 11:04 to scream out the exact time to inform the entire group of how many minutes we were over. He would scream, "It's 11:02, you'll be charged... its' 11:03 you'll be charged, it's 11:04 you'll be charged.” Meanwhile the bridal party and guests were frantically ignoring him and cleaning the facility.
It's worth noting that the wedding group was not a loud, combative or disruptive group. We did not garner a single complaint from neighbors. Still, Barker talked down to us.
I have to warn anyone reading this not to book this venue in support of equitable treatment of all people.
Reviewed On 9/13/2017 by Lauren F
While the facility is truly beautiful and the new executive director is extraordinarily accommodating, I can't in good conscious recommend this venue due to the abnormally strict policies and Trolley Barn employee Jim Barker's particularly rude...
approach while monitoring my event.
It’s worth noting that my wedding group was not a loud, combative or disruptive group. We did not garner a single complaint from neighbors.
Still, Barker talked down to my mother and bridesmaids and made them feel like they were not wanted on my wedding day. My godmother, wedding planner, photographer and deejay all said they either witnessed Barker disrespecting someone or were directly disrespected during the cleanup or setup process.
Our deejay, a 54-year-old African American man, stated that he introduced himself to Barker before the event began and was immediately told not to have music blasting. “I said I know the routine 80-90db. He was like right because when you play Drake it can peak past that.” Our deejay, who did not break a single venue policy, walked away feeling profiled because of his race.
Also, we had several guests complain that they couldn’t hear the violinist playing during the outdoor reception due to Barker’s constant urging to play softer. After I noticed the low music inside ruined the dancing environment, I have to say this venue is better suited for funerals than wedding receptions with lots of dancing.
What’s most upsetting is that as soon as I got into the car with my new husband, I had nothing but negative experiences to share with him. I now know that is largely because of the venue’s regulations and how they were enforced.
I have to warn anyone reading this not to book this venue unless he or she wants to take on a headache.
Reviewed On 6/04/2017 by Kristina B
We just had our ceremony and reception at The Trolley Barn. The staff were great and easy to work with, I loved having our reception outside in the garden area. They were accommodating when we needed to add extra hours on at the last minute for...
our drapery to get hung. Everything turned out beautiful. We had a band and didn't have any sound issues.
Reviewed On 11/08/2016 by Kelsey F
The Trolley Barn was the perfect venue for our wedding! We loved having both the indoor and outdoor space for the ceremony and reception - it is gorgeous with little to no extra decorations. You can also bring in all your own vendors and alco...
hol which was extremely helpful with our budgeting. While they are very strict with noise regulations, they have many DJ suggestions for people who have worked in the Trolley Barn and know the stipulations. Overall, we had a great experience with the staff but definitely plan on communicating with them during 10-1 office hours ( a difficulty for some jobs!).
Reviewed On 10/18/2016 by Sam S
The Trolley Barn is a unique and rustic venue in Atlanta, GA that makes the perfect setting for any wedding. My husband and I had talked for a long time about getting married there, so we didn't even consider anything else when we decided to fi...
nally tie the knot. The staff are great to work with, and while they do have some guidelines for the venue they ask you to adhere to, it was no problem for us and we had a lovely ceremony and reception. The backyard patio was gorgeous during the golden hours of the evening, and interior of the barn was perfect for our reception (140 guests) with everyone fitting comfortably. If you're getting married in Atlanta, you definitely should check out the Trolley Barn!
Reviewed On 10/02/2013 by Suzanne R
Everything about our experience with The Trolley Barn was perfect. The staff was helpful and very responsive in the months and days leading up to our wedding. The courtyard in the back was so perfect of our ceremony and required a minimal amoun...
t of decor to make it very special.
Reviewed On 5/28/2013 by Kelly J
The Trolley Barn was a perfect venue for us. The rustic but elegant venue was perfect!
Reviewed On 12/01/2012 by Alicia K
The venue is fantastic, but it's important to remember that it is staffed by volunteers. Our rehearsal ran 5 minutes late, and the man tried to lock us out! Overall, everyone was very nice and accommodating and the venue is FANTASTIC.
Reviewed On 9/29/2012 by aisha m
The Trolley Barn is an amazing venue. It's affordable (for Atlanta) and has a great outdoor and indoor space. They just built in a bridal salon to get ready in this summer and it's lovely. We had our ceremony outside here in July (even in the A...
tlanta heat!) and reception+cocktails indoors. The pricing can add up here, though. Since it's a historical site they have tons of regulations and finding vendors that fit their specifications is difficult. They require you to have a professional wedding planner. The kitchen for prep is a little small and a lot of caterers wouldn't quote us for a plated dinner based on the lack of space. You end up paying to use chairs for the reception and ceremony and for tables so that all adds up quickly too. It was hard for us to do a lot of DIY for the wedding to save money because they wanted insured wedding professionals because the historical value of the place. Other than that, though, pictures were great and it's a great space.
Reviewed On 7/15/2012 by Kristen M
I wish I had known prior to signing our contract how strict they were with noise and how quiet 90 decibels really is. They are rude and will harass you if you go anywhere near 90 decibels during the reception, so if you have a band and 90-100 ...
people in the room don't expect to hear the music. You will definitely loose your deposit.
Also, the man across the street doesn't like any noise so be prepared for him to interrupt your wedding and cause a scene. All in all our wedding was wonderful, but it would be very hard for me to recommend this venue to any other couples.
Reviewed On 7/03/2012 by Elle W
This was a wonderful location for a wedding. It allows you to bring in your own vendors!
Reviewed On 4/26/2012 by Rachael H
The location was great. It's spacious, beautiful and had plenty of room to accomadiate my family. Would love to throw another party there.
Reviewed On 10/07/2011 by Cole J
It really is a perfect space. It's right in Atlanta, close to hotels, restaurants, Marta, and some very cool B&Bs that some of our guests took advantage of. One of the best parts is you can bring in your own catering and alcohol. This was huge...
for us because we have friends who own a winery in CA and my husband works for a craft beer co. Out of CA, so we got to choose exactly what was served!
We were a little worried about the noise in a residential area, because we are a rowdy crowd. But it turned out fine and the band was asked only on e to turn it down a bit.
We didn't get all our deposit back, but like I said we were rowdy, so I was expecting it. The space speaks for itself, so check it out!
Reviewed On 8/12/2011 by Monica G
The ambiance of the Trolley Barn was fantastic. The inside/outside setup was perfect and it was just big enough for our 140-guest wedding.
However, it is difficult to get in touch with the Trolley Barn, via phone, and all inquiries/visits...
must be done during their office hours (10-1 on weekdays and Saturday) which is difficult if you don't live/work within a few miles and have a full-time job that only allows you a one-hour lunch break. When I requested a later time for our caterer walk through, it was denied. Also, beware of the noise regulations and note that they are much more strict than the City of Atlanta regulations that are in place. The TB representative walked around all night with a decibel meter to determine if the band was too loud - which was annoying.
Overall, the venue was gorgeous - the pictures turned out great - but I would be advise any future brides to be ready for arguments and set rules before you sign the contract. Also, if you break any of the rules, they will nickel and dime you (random fees that were not listed in the contract) and take the $$ out of your $1,000 security deposit.
Reviewed On 7/30/2011 by Anita R
We chose the Trolley Barn for our June 2011 wedding for a few reasons - we lived around the corner for years so it really felt like home, and the complete flexibility they give in terms of vendors.
The majority of our friends live intown, so...
the fact that they could easily get to and from the Trolley Barn without driving was a major plus. Our out of town guests mostly stayed at the Highland Inn, and everyone loved the neighborhood.
The rental rate is fairly high, but the fact that we could save money by having BBQ and bringing our own alcohol completely balanced that out.
The indoor and outdoor spaces are beautiful, just what we were looking for - we had the ceremony and cocktails outdoors on the patio, and the reception inside. Linda was great to work with and very accommodating as well. Of course, being a historic building you are somewhat limited in terms of decorations, but we were happy with the beauty of the building and grounds themselves!
Reviewed On 6/10/2011 by Ali S
I love the Trolley Barn! It was the perfect place for our down to earth wedding! Love the fact that we could bring in our own booze! They have tons of rules because it's a historic building but worth it! Trolley Barn is a fun and beautiful ...
Reviewed On 4/08/2011 by Joseph H
We had our wedding & reception at the Trolley barn & the place is great for ~140-180 people. We were blessed with fantastic weather, so had the ceremony on the patio & the reception catered inside.
Note that their staff likes ...
clocks more than most, and if they say you have one hour for your rehearsal, they mean 60 minutes, not 61.
Reviewed On 12/07/2010 by Stephanie M
This is truly a historic venue but nice, clean and beautiful at the same time. I got married here in the Fall and the leaves were changing colors. The outside patio was just beautiful. There is a built-in bar outside and people told me they lov...
ed hanging out in that space. We had draping on the inside on the Barn which really dressed up the place. You must bring in your own catering, but you can provide your own alcohol to which saved us a lot of money. Be aware that there is a sound limit at 90 decibels since it is a historic building, but it didn't affect the dance floor one bit!
Reviewed On 11/30/2010 by marisa g
this is a really gorgeous venue but they have way too many rules and fines. its really hard for bands to play there, ask your band before booking. honestly, for the price, I expected more.
Reviewed On 10/13/2010 by Judy H
Had my wedding at the Trolley Barn, lots of rich history, great Atlanta in-town location, beautiful patio and garden as well as large reception area to comfortably hold 200 people, the possibilities are endless as for decor, the high wooden bea...
ms are beautiful and rustic.
I only rate one star less because it rained and we couldn't use the patio, they did not have a tent, and it was a last minute problem.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Hollie M
I liked that it was a big open space. The history associated with the Trolley Barn was important to me as my family are native Atlantians.;Most of the parking is on the street.
Reviewed On 9/13/2007 by Angela E
It is historical.;The available tables and chairs aren't as nice as the rest of the venue.