Wedding Venues in Atlanta
Four looks to try
By Natalie Tsang
Atlanta, capital of Georgia, is one of the most artistic and culturally dynamic cities in the US. Rather you want to travel back in time to become the belle of your ball or have an ultra chic, glamorous reception in a skyscraper, Atlanta can do it all.
Gone with the Wind, which was set in rural Georgia, had an awesome scene of a Southern picnic. Scarlett O'Hara wears a poofy white dress that could be mistaken for a wedding gown while her admirers crowd around her, dining on plates of barbecue. Atlanta has several old Victorian mansions and craftsman bungalows where you can put on an elegant and sumptuous backyard wedding or reception. There are districts that still have mostly antebellum architecture. It will sure to please Civil War enthusiasts to fashionistas.
If you're looking to take beautiful wedding photos, there are a variety of places to go. If you love the outdoors, think about Piedmont Park where tumblers practice on the weekends or the botanical gardens.
Also known as the Peach state, Georgia is known for its farm fresh produce and hospitality. You can expect great customer service from both vendors and venues. Bridal boutiques abound in the Virginia Highlands where they have a great selection of ballgown wedding dresses. If you have an outside wedding, random passerbys will congratulate you.
Atlanta also has many specialty shops. Festivity, a shop in the Highlands, just sells products unique to Atlanta. This is wonderful place to shop for centerpieces, keepsakes, or gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Atlanta is the home of corporations such as Coca Cola and Time Warner, but also known as "city in a forest." Here is a place where you can get married under a tree or better yet, seal your marriage by planting a tree. And then walk twenty feet to an ultra modern reception in a swanky hotel in Midtown. Georgia is a progressive state, and Atlanta is perfect for a cutting edge wedding.
Southern Classic, New American, Ethiopian or authentic Mexican. The only common factor of Atlanta cuisine is its quality and care. There are home-made enchiladas that would make you swear that you're south of the border, and delicious alternatives for those with dietary restrictions.Even local burger joints offer gluten-free options so this is perfect for a destination or weekend weddings for those couples with food sensitivities. You can go adventurous with a cocktail reception around the world, or stick with classics that will win over even the pickiest guest.