One of the most important wedding planning decisions is choosing the perfect venue. Whether you visualize an intimate gathering or a grand affair, your wedding is a personal representation of your tastes and customs. Though this task may seem stressful and challenging at times, it doesn’t have to be, especially for those living in and around Atlanta. This concrete metropolis offers an assortment of exciting and picturesque venue options for all couples. Here’s a compiled list of the most notable wedding venues in Atlanta.
The largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Georgia Aquarium is an underwater playground for many colorful and unique aquatic species including belugas, jellyfish and more. You’ll soon discover this Atlanta tourist attraction is a truly wondrous place. The windows granting viewers access into under-the-sea realms make for breathtaking pictures in and of themselves. Not surprisingly, they also generate ethereal, yet stunning backdrops for wedding day photographs. This spacious venue produces general splendor and convenience with an optional, all-inclusive wedding package including catering services by Georgia Aquarium and Wolfgang Puck event planning professionals. They’ll even design a cake for your big day.
Fun fact: Since the grand opening in November 2005, more than 18 million guests have visited the Georgia Aquarium.
The historic and eclectic Fox Theatre is a genuine Atlanta landmark. The ornate, mosque-style structure was originally constructed as the home of the Atlanta Shriners organization. However, it was later transformed into a premiere live entertainment venue, showcasing musicals, artists, and classic cinema. What’s extraordinary about the Fox is the décor. The building, including its two ballrooms, is adorned in true Far East fashion with towering columns, vibrant mosaics, and antique stained glass. This venue creates a fantastic romantic setting for your special day. The Fox provides catering services and list of approved vendors available. You’ll also have the opportunity to display a personalized message on their marquee.
Fun fact: One of the Fox’s famous ballrooms, the Egyptian Ballroom, has authentic hieroglyphics on the walls. However, the ancient written characters aren’t readable because of their placement.
Adjacent to Piedmont Park is a picturesque 30 acres of lush floral gardens and thick woodlands known as the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Opened in the 1970s, this well-known Atlanta treasure was crafted to promote plant conservation and education as well as exhibit plant collections for pure enjoyment. With a multitude of photo-worthy outdoor spaces, you’ll have your pick of an ideal wedding locale. For a traditional, starry-eyed affair, exchange vows in the fragrant Rose Garden amongst landscape and old-fashioned roses and perennials. For a more natural, Bohemian gathering, select from one of four woodland spaces in Storza Woods. The Atlanta Botanical Garden also has a skyline vantage point for some incredible post-ceremony photographs.
Fun fact: The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a separate visitor location in Gainesville, Ga.
Founded in 1926, the prestigious Atlanta History Center has cultivated into an Atlanta staple with its funded research center and history museum, which houses one of the largest Civil War artifact collections in the United States. The Atlanta History Center is also home to several historic gardens and house museums positioned throughout the 33-acre property, including the celebrated Swan House. The Renaissance revival-style mansion with its cascading fountain and manicured grounds is the supreme milieu for a lavish outdoor ceremony. Because the Swan House is a functioning house museum, events inside the mansion aren’t permitted. However, you and your guests can enjoy a lovely evening in the Swan House Gardens.
Fun fact: The Swan House was used during the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
With a warm welcome from a family of bronze Lophorhothon atopus—Georgia, Haddie and Ferny respectively—the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a mecca for the curious. Visitors can discover prehistoric relics, cultures from around the world, and nature and science through permanent and temporary exhibitions, learning programs and films shown on the Giant Screen. What make this popular museum wedding venue material are the quirky event spaces available for rental. For dino lovers, celebrate your nuptials amongst the world’s largest prehistoric creatures from the Cretaceous Period, including the Argentinosaurus. For galactic gazers, relish in wedding bliss underneath the constellations of the Star Gallery.
Fun fact: Fernbank’s logo was designed as a spiral to represent a common pattern found in nature.
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