Post # 1
I am newly engaged, and we are shooting for September 2011 for the wedding. I would really like to have my ceremony outside and the reception inside, at the same venue if possible.
I’m looking at Piedmont Park and Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I’ve also heard good things about Cater Woolford.
Any other ideas, or great experiences? I’d like to get a venue booked quickly since my planning time is less than a year.
Post # 3
I’m getting married at Rose Hall in Dallas, GA in May. We are having both the ceremony and reception outside, but you could have either one inside as well. The venue is amazing, beautiful, and best of all…CHEAP! They have been amazing so far and I can’t wait for the big day with them 🙂
Post # 4
I looked at doing a wedding at the Botanical Gardens and it is GORGEOUS! Absolutely beautiful. In the end though, they just had too many limitations for what we wanted. But seriously the big room there is spacious and would be stunning with uplighting and gorgeous linens! We ended up choosing Primrose Cottage in Roswell, GA. They are strict but seem to be a bit more in line with what are looking for. An outdoor ceremony in the evening in the summer and and indoor reception.
Also don’t forget about Chateau Elan up in Braselton. It truly is amazing. Very elegant and a fantastic experience!
Post # 5
You could also look at some venues up in the North Mountains. There are all kinds of vineyards and stuff up there. We are getting married in Dahlonega, Ga (not at a wine vineyard) and the prices are MUCH better than anything we looked at in Atlanta. Plus it gives your guests an excuse to take a mini-vacation if they want to.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Oooh, Park Tavern is lovely! Have you also thought about doing the High Museum?
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Post # 8
I second Canoe as it was one of our top 3 choices here and our fave restaurant, next to Sugo, which is where we had our reception (wedding was in Key West).
You cannot beat for outdoors the gardens at Canoe. Overlooks Chattahooche River. I also did go to a lovely wedding for a couple I know last year at Payne-Corley House in Duluth. One thing I loved was while I was waiting for the reception to be ready, the staff passed out lovely iced tea and lemon on silver trays while we were all waiting outside.
Post # 9
This is exactly what I was looking for when I was looking to book a venue.
I looked at Vines Mansion (Loganville), Atl Botanical Gardens (too many limitations for me), Cator Woolford (I looked there in July and they already had all Saturdays in Sept and Oct. booked).
Ultimately, I ended up choosing Callanwolde Arts Center because they allow outside catering.
You may also want to look at Ventannas (sp?), JB Fuqua Pavillion, and Pinehurst Tea Room.
Post # 10
I got married and Fernbank, and you have the option there of doing your ceremony indoors or outdoors on the terrace, and then our guests loved having the reception in the big atrium with the dinosaur bones! Ours was on Labor Day and the weather would have been fine for an outdoor wedding.
Post # 11
The Atrium in Norcross is beautiful.. as well as Little Gardens in Lawrenceville. :o) Oh.. and Pristine Chapel in Jonesboro.
Post # 12
Thanks for the suggestions! After lots of research and site visits, we’ve decided to go with the Evergreen Stone Mountain Resort. It’s like a little destination wedding in our own hometown.
Post # 13
Big Canoe in Jasper looks gorgeous! I’m actually going down there in a few weeks to take a look at the place and meet with them.
Post # 14
Big canoe has a beautiful and rustic chapel there! When our FL wedding had to be changed this summer (oil spill, in July), one of my DH’s relatives was able to get us into Big Canoe (they are residents there), but there were vendor problems so close to our chosen wedding date.
Post # 15
IF you are still looking there is a BEAUTIFUL place in High Falls, GA. It is LakeShore Manor and they have an all-inclusive price with everything except your bouquet and cake and it really is not all TOO bad.
Post # 16
We are getting married at the St. Regis in buckhead. The ceremony is outside and the reception is inside. The spaces are just breathtaking (IMO). Once we looked there, we couldn’t imagine it anywhere else.
cocktail hour (above)
Also – Not to scare you, but I would try to book soon, or call the venues you are looking at ASAP. We originally thought of the botanical gardens but they were booked both Fridays and both Saturdays in May we were looking at (about 9 months out).
Another great outside/inside venue is Greystone at Piedmont Park.