(Closed) Piedmont’s Park Tavern

posted 10 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: June 2009

I occassionally second shoot for a local wedding photographer and we’ve done 2 weddings that were both held in the Piedmont Room of Park Tavern (the upstairs room).

It’s VERY beautiful at night with the skyline view of Atlanta all lit up and they have these red lights in the ceiling that add to the ambience.

They include gold chivari chairs in their pricing, so you don’t have to bring pretty chairs in (this may have changed – I don’t know)

They’ll also let you line all of the windowsills with candles which was a beautiful touch. 

They also have a bridal room that’s in the back of the room near the bar that’s SO helpful to have as a haven to go to during the reception when you need a break or need to rebustle your gown.

A couple of cons I noticed. 

The women’s bathrooms are SUPER tiny and it’s a pain for guests to have to wait in line and there’s nowhere to stand.

If you have a cocktail hour prior to the reception, you are kinda crammed into that front lobby area and part of the little hallway that leads into the room.  Depending on the size of your wedding, it can get a little cramped.  If you have your wedding in the winter, this is a pain because it’s freezing (overflow to the outside) or cramped and hot inside. 

The food was just ok, not spectacular but not bad.  I didn’t drink because I was working, so I don’t know about the bar.

The one thing that really annoyed me both times is that Park Tavern will double book the site so there will most likely be a wedding going on downstairs when yours is and if it’s not a wedding, they will even have public events.

This leads to crappy situations with parking (which won’t be an issue if you’re having your guests bussed in). 

This also leads to noise bleed.

We were right in the middle of toasts and the Maid/Matron of Honor was delivering this beautiful touching speech and all of a sudden we could hear the beat of the music from the event that was going on below us.  You only notice it at more quieter times during your event, but it was kind of odd.

To be honest, I REALLY wanted to host my reception in the downstairs area – the Tent.  But my fiancee is allergic to nature….well, it would just drive him crazy, so it was a no go for me. 

Hope this helps.

Post # 4
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  • Wedding: April 2009

I made a vow a few years back to protect brides from the Park Tavern.

I plan fashion shows and while we had a HUGE white tent with lazers and logos across the top, a poor bride had her wedding overlooking it- not the park! It is dirty and the manager is completely rude. They double book and the parking is public gravel parking- not fun in heals.

Post # 5
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Geez, I hope you’re wrong, lulabell, because I’m getting married in the Piedmont Room in September! The manager I’ve been working with there, Ashly, has been really wonderful. I had read reviews from other brides online from a couple of years back who had negative things to say about the management there, but have heard good things since Ashly has been on board. I also specifically asked about events in the park, and was assured that when there are festivals, etc (none this year due to the drought anyway) they do not book weddings. I know they used to but I’ve been told that’s no longer the case. I know there will be 2 weddings going on, but you really don’t share space between upstairs and downstairs so I can live with that.

Anyway, I’ll report back in September, but the impression I’ve gotten is that they have made improvements.

 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

I assist my husband with his dj business and we have worked Park Tavern.  The food was wonderful and the staff did seem responsive to guests BUT there are few things that have been stated in this blog that were not correct when we were there.  That they don’t schedule when there is a festival is absolutely not true.  There was big cinco de mayo party going on under us and also outside.  Outside the front window(where they had the arch at) you could see Beer flags and signs…..

Traffic was a mess.  Also, there is no time for any late starts.  They hustle you out of there and the next event is setting up as you are leaving.  We had no time to clean up and pack up and our bride and groom hadn’t even left and folks were still in the restrooms too and the next ones were there trying to set up.  They have a really quick turnover.  It is a very pretty venue…..but wanted to make you all aware of what you are dealing with.  To me the tent is better than the Piedmont Room but I am unaware if the time constraints are the same with the tent. 

Post # 8
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Wannabee

i’m going to revive this post…

 

i was wondering how were your experiences for those of you who got married there recently (seeing as that these reviews are over a year old)!!

 

i’m specifically looking at piedmont room and i’m just kind of on the edge. how was the food ? and was parking horrible? could you hear the music from park tavern or the tent?

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I know this thread is a few years old…but I thought I’d add some coments since I held my wedding there 6 months ago in June of 2010.

We had a great experience. Ashly is still there, and she was useful and helpful and accommodating and did far more for me and my event than I ever could have expected.

We had our ceremony in their private garden, and our reception in the Piedmont Tent. If there was another wedding upstairs, I had no idea. I did not hear anything negative about the parking.

The food was amazing, and I received too many compliments to count on the quality and display. The bartender used my two specialty drink recipes that I provided to compliment the rest of the open bar.

One thing I will say is that if you are having a summer wedding in Atlanta, expect it to be hot. And I did. I also knew the tent would be air conditioned. Which it was. However, to cool an (open) tent of that size, the air conditioning units were HUGE, which made for really cool spots (and a force of air that blew out half the candles on my head table) and many more warm spots, especially after dancing.

PM me if you have any questions.

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