Having Weddings in Historic Homes & Plantation houses

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am getting married at a mansion built in 1785…but outside, in the garden.  If you’re interested, just ask about the rules — there are often many.  We cannot have open flames, for example.  We’re not using the inside of the mansion, though, so it’s a bit different.

 

 

…that being said, I also think it’s important to consider the history of the building.  The mansion where we’re getting married was owned by a prominent politician who made his money in shipping.  In the 1700s, that likely means he made money from slavery, though indirectly.  Plantations are seen by some people as similar to concentration camps.  Just a thought.

Post # 4
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We chose an antebellum plantation.  It was always my love and dream.  It’s also all-inclusive and has a beautiful garden ceremony, tented cocktail area, and gorgeous ballroom inside for reception.  We also are not allowed to use anything flammable or that guests can throw at our departure (fire understand but they’re too lazy to clean it up).  I have been to a two weddings at other plantations and they didn’t allow dancing inside due to the structure and floors (just ask).  Here’s ours:

 

 

Post # 5
camelMember
703 posts
Busy bee

We did and loved it, and it didn’t have the usual restrictions as we were allowed to have open flames, have a sparkler exit, etc. It was great and our guests loved wandering around the historic home! It was a beautiful location and I’m so glad we booked it. 

Post # 7
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@dancindavinci It’s Flint Hill, in Norcross.  I know there are a couple around Atlanta and a few in Athens if you are shopping for a venue.  You can PM me if you want some other suggestions!

Post # 8
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2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow, OP, your possible venue is so gorgeous.  I love the idea of getting married at a historic mansion and looked at that option a little.  One thing that came up a lot is that many of them don’t have a large room that could host a reception, more like lots of smaller rooms… so you’d need to put up a tent.  Not necessarily bad, but something to factor into the equation.

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