(Closed) Houston Mill House in Atlanta?

posted 9 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I haven’t seen it but will google it.  Haven’t met any brides who have had their wedding there.  How did you find it?

If you’re looking for an interesting venue that is gorgeous, check out Canoe restaurant in Vinings.  One of our fav places and the food is wonderful.  They do gorgeous weddings out in the gardens directly on the Chattahoochee River and a tented reception adjacent.  Food is DIVINE!  I’ve been to one there and love it..it may end up on my short list in fact!

So glad to meet another Atlanta hive member!  Hey!

~Belle N Ga

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Googled it and it looks gorgeous!  My guy went to Emory btw.  On the website, it said there is dining there, and not just for meetings or weddings.  Why not have a romantic dinner there and check out the food as a guest?  Just a thought.

It looks intimate, lovely, and imho would be a wonderful venue..so long as the food is dee-lish!

I say you two should do a foodie site visit and have a date night

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

He was in the Goizueta (sp?) business school and then got his MBA.  I went to school in TN and Arkansas

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve been to a wedding there and while the food was good and the property was beautiful, it was a little annoying because everyone was split up.

They had to seat half of the guests upstairs and the other half downstairs.  None of the guests got to spend much time with the Bride and Groom because you could never really find them.

I guess it just depends on your style and what you’re looking for in a reception.

This wedding was over a year ago, and from what I remember, the food was pretty good.

I think that the food is done by the in-house catering at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel since they’re all run out of there.

I’m having my reception at the Silverbell Pavilion at the Hotel and we just had our tasting.  The food was just ok.  I wasn’t impressed.  But….keep in mind, unless you book at a restaurant (Anthony’s, Canoe) you’re not going to really have "foodie" food.

Wedding food is kinda the same across the board.  Not great, but not bad.

Again, it depends on your priorities.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My fiancee and I both went to Emory as undergrads, and now I work there!! He really wanted to have our wedding at Houston Mill House, but I just can’t get past the carpet and 90s decor. Love the outside, but every picture I’ve seen [the coordinator sent a list of other couples’ photos, if you want them let me know!] includes that terrible black carpet and the ugly air vents.

But the outside is so beautiful! I think the food is probably nothing outstanding, but solidly good. I’m sure the use the same catering service as the main university and it’s actually pretty good.

In the end, we decided to do a Piedmont Park ceremony and a restaurant reception w/out dancing. Non-traditional, but relatively budget friendly! 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Houston Mill is a beautiful location, but I agree it’s a wee bit small inside. Great if you’re not having too many guests. The wedding I photographed there had the meal served upstairs & all the other reception activities downstairs. With a summer wedding it’s easy to make use of the courtyard in the back. Oh, I see you’re getting married in Jan. That may not work for you.

The food is good but not memorable. I’ve been to enough weddings where no food is really memorable. Actually I do remember a certain crab appetizer at Chateau Elan. Sadly, they serve vendor meals so it was a cold, dry turkey sandwich for me.

 

 

 

Upstairs seating area. Guest in the adjacent room to the side can’t see the couple. They were seated at the table in front of the fireplace. 

 

It was a little tight walking between tables when everyone was seated.

 

This is towards the end of the night after most guests have left. You can see about half the room. It’s narrow but long.

 

This is defenitely set up for an outside ceremony. Where would you hold yours since it will be cold?

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Personally, I hate bland, boring hotel ballrooms. I love all the plantation home venues in the Atlanta area.  But having observed so many weddings, I think one room where all your guests can mix & mingle is best. Otherwise, the B&G is constantly on the go to visit everyone. Guests can sometimes miss events like cake cutting, tosses, if they’re in a seperate room. With the Houston Mill wedding it was fine because only dinner took place upstairs. Everything else happened downstairs. 

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