(Closed) October Atlanta Bride–need advice/venue/caterer/DOC

posted 8 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hello!

I got married exactly one month ago today here in Atlanta! And let me tell you, we had a blast:) I highly recommend all of our vendors, they were great to work with and a good value!

We had our ceremony on the Dock in Piedmont Park. It rocked.

Our reception was at Stella Restaurant, which ended up being the best deal ever. $7k for a Saturday nigh restaurant buyout, all food and beer & wine open bar. Unfortunatley, they are closing and converting to a Doc Cheys [and only fits under 100 folks]. Definitley check out Canoe Restaurant, they might cut you a good deal since they reopend this week after the flooding!

My advice would be to get a restaurant – no rental fees!

We hired Daria MacGregor of Circle of Love weddings, and she was FAB. Seriously, I did everything myself [no florist] and she & an assistant decorated, set-up, ran the show and, most importantly, cleaned up afterwards. Both sides of the family all had wonderful things to say about her helpfulness. Contact at: http://www.circleofloveweddings.com/

Check out my blog if you are intersted in an Atlanta bride’s story [& my friend’s DC wedding story]! http://www.ataleoftwobrides.blogspot.com/

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I second Canoe.  It’s our fave restaurant.  Beautiful gardens too and I’ve been to events there for a professional society and their white tent by the river is just gorgeous.

Canoe is one of those places where you almost don’t need that much decor because you’ve got gorgeous gardens surrounding you and the river.

I have a friend who’s a florist and if my wedding is in town next summer, she will be the one to do it (just saw her out last week and she’s ready and can’t wait for my ring to land!).  She does free-lance work but is also associated with a large event design group and does flowers for them, but I’d just work with her.  She’s great! And can do some amazing things on a budget ๐Ÿ™‚   

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Btw, there’s also a great place near me in Cumming called “Tam’s Backstage”.  It’s adjacent to the Cumming Playhouse which is an antique type schoolhouse turned theater.  Tam’s is a restaurant with a garden out back that’s beautiful.  There are also two event rooms upstairs and the rooms are (if I’m correct) free if you spend a certain amount on food and so are the gardens.  One room is designed after a “Midsummers’ Night Dream” and the other is “Phantom of the Opera”.  The owner also knows of a lovely barn beside a lake that’s fabulous for weddings too.

Tam’s is gaining notoriety as a great venue and I can attest their food is wonderful.  (My son craves their calamari).   It’s a different place and could work for a modest budget but be made to be a wedding looking like a million bucks. 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That’s really gorgeous Fitty! That’s beautiful for an indoor space and very unique.  I love the duality of the space and the way you can utilize it differently.

I’m an outdoors wedding gal and love having some sort of water nearby.  I think it’s b/c I’m a fire sign (aries) and need some cooling down!!! lol! 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Lol! I’m an indoors-girl and having an outdoors wedding! Go figure! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love either the sort of outside tent-land wedding like we’re doing, or something in a really industrial/gallery/funky space. My parents’ house just won out over funky. Stupid “Father of the Bride.” :p

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I still am lovin’ the idea of your wedding.  It’s gonna be wild when we get around to the venue for ours.  We have several good options and it’s going to be just crazy finding time to do that.

We both really do want a beachy wedding though.  But I want elegant.  So it’s gonna be intimate/beachy/elegant somehow.  Unless we decide on ATL then we’ll do outdoors/intimate/elegant. 

Geez.  At least us ATL/Ga bees have options!  We gots lotsa options!!!!

This is like me.  I haz optionz.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Lolol. I love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We actually thought about doing beach at first! My fiance first told me he loved me at my parents beach house, and then a year later he proposed there! It’s in Seagrove Beach, FL, so we were considering having the wedding at one of the greens in Rosemary Beach.

I feel like I could plan like 40 different weddings. :p

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

hey mel! So i am getting married next ocotber as well, only in vegas. but my wedding planner is here in atlanta. her name is Dawn Cowart and this is her site

http://www.traditionallymodern.com/

 

she is super nice, very reasonable, and has given great wonderful ideas and advice i never knew i needed! so i highly reccomend her!

and if you dont want her to plan the whole thing, she has options to help just the day of. 

let me know if you ever talk to her!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My sis and her H go to Rosemary at least 1x a year btw!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Also check out King Plow Arts Center (I think that’s the full name, I at least know it’s King Plow!) It’s also an awesome venue, especially if you are interested in Mason Murer.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My friend does the florals for Events by Dezine and she’s fabulous.  I’d much rather have her as a free-lance.  She travels pretty much the whole metro area.  You should see some of her work.

Lemme know if you need her number!  

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