There is so much to love about weddings in Atlanta. The city is just bustling enough to offer a true city feel without being too overwhelming for guests visiting from out of town. Our city skyline never fails to make me (and my couples) smile, especially during portrait sessions. Atlanta is home to countless wedding professionals who all have an abundance of creative talent. Then there are the many Atlanta wedding venues that are located in the city and just outside — and that’s exactly what I want to dive into today.
If I were to detail all of the venues I adore in Atlanta, we would be here for ages. So, today I thought I would share my favorite five spaces in the city (and a few in the suburbs) that offer indoor and outdoor options. Why is indoor-outdoor important, you ask? Atlanta can have downright stunning weather during the spring and fall, but things can get a little warm during the summer and quite chilly during the winter. So, all of these spaces offer the option to do both comfortably. Let’s dive in!
Have you ever visited The Inn at Serenbe? It feels like it’s a world away thanks to their lush gardens, 15 miles of trails, animals, and accommodations; however, it’s only a few miles away from the airport. It’s truly a wonderful spot to host an intimate celebration because you and guests can choose to stay onsite.
There are five locations to host an outdoor ceremony on the property. You can also choose to host your reception outside under the Pavillion. If you want to do an indoor-outdoor combination, recite your vows and enjoy cocktail hour outside before moving inside the cozy ballroom for dinner and dancing. Serenbe’s in-house design and catering teams help to tie everything together and feel like a dream!
Cator Woolford Gardens feels like a step back in time in the best possible way. It’s home to gorgeous Italian-style gardens and a sprawling estate that originated in the 1920s. What’s more, the funds the property earns go towards its mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in Atlanta.
Like other spaces, Cator Woolford Gardens offers opportunities to celebrate inside and outside. The gardens, of course, offer plenty of beauty. Many couples choose to enjoy both their ceremonies and receptions outside. However, if inclement weather, like rain or just too much heat, is present, the natural light-filled atrium is ready in a pinch to host every aspect of your wedding day.
If you’re open to traveling outside of Atlanta for a destination wedding that’s not too far from the city center, consider Lanier Islands. There are multiple properties to consider, and most offer views or are located directly in front of Lake Lanier in North Georgia.
If you’re thinking you just want to enjoy your ceremony outside overlooking the lake, that’s possible at Peachtree Falls. However, if you want to recite your vows and celebrate in a totally unique locale, look to Venetian Pier (it’s a floating dock!). Lanier Islands also has beautiful ballrooms, like Peachtree Pointe, which can welcome up to 350 guests. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to consider here!
Piedmont Park is a staple location in Atlanta, and the Piedmont Garden Tent allows you to celebrate your wedding ceremony and reception right in the heart of the city. (Check out our real wedding at the sister venue, The Piedmont Room, here!)
There’s a meadow adjacent to the Garden Tent that’s beautiful for on-site outdoor ceremonies. Then plan to step underneath the romantically draped Piedmont Garden Tent for dinner and dancing. There are so many ways to transform the tent through decor and flowers, but it’s also beautiful on its own — the very best combination for any wedding venue.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the most popular wedding venues in the city. One of the reasons couples love it so much is the countless ceremony and reception spaces. From weddings that range from intimate soirées to fetes overflowing with all of your closest friends and family.
The gardens are the main piece that draws couples to get married at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Two of the most popular gardens, for ceremonies, are the Rose and Fragrance Gardens. Once you’re ready to get your cocktail hour and reception underway, consider Day Hall, Robinson Gazebo and Skyline Garden, or Longleaf. All three offer beautiful outdoor settings, as well as, temperature-controlled indoor spots that are ready for you to transform.
Are you envisioning an indoor-outdoor wedding? Would you like to stay in the city or adventure outside? I would love to hear which venue excites you most!