A guide to wedding reception sites and wedding ceremony sites in Athens, Georgia

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A Guide to Athens Wedding Ceremony and Reception Sites

Compiled By Lei Lydle of AtlantaBridal.com and Roy Jahn, Blooms of Holland
Date: 10/9/2003

The Athens area offers a wide variety of outstanding ceremony and wedding reception sites. From cozy dinners at quaint bed and breakfasts, an outdoor ceremony on the University of Georgia Campus or a large wedding reception in ballrooms for up to 3,000 people, this list has everything you need to find the place that is perfect for you and your event whether it's a wedding reception, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or the ceremony. Listed with each location is the contact number for reservation purposes. We look forward to serving you at all these wonderful destinations.

Historic Venues

Located on a 4-acre county estate, the Carl House is an antebellum-style home with lush gardens and an elegant ballroom. Carl House can accommodate your rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, ceremony, reception, fireside brunch or photo shoot. Carl House is located just outside of Gwinnett County, near the Mall of GA and 30 minutes from Athens.

Click here for photos and detailed information about Carl House or call (770) 586-0095.

The Historic Georgian Hotel, maintained by Trumps Catering, is located in the heart of downtown Athens. Built in 1908, the Georgian, once a premiere hotel in Athens, was renovated in 1985 and is proudly on the Historic Register of Georgia.

Featuring five different ballrooms, the Georgian can accommodate parties of many sizes ranging from intimate seated events of 38 people to large standing events of 225 guests.

Click here for photos and detailed information on the Historic Georgian Hotel by Trumps Catering or call (706) 546-1320.

The Taylor Grady House was built in the Greek revival style in the 1840's. Owned and operated by the Junior League of Athens, the Taylor-Grady House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The house is available for rent for 10-hour time blocks Monday-Sunday and is a lovely location for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. The Taylor-Grady House can hold up to 550 guests for combined outdoors and indoors events. 200 guests can be seated in the house for events. Click here for detailed information or call (706) 549-8688.

Located in Commerce, Georgia, the Governor Hardman House is a two-story brick Mediterranean style mansion that features many fascinating architectural details like windows and doors with their original beveled glass. The mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has only recently been opened for private weddings and special events. 65 people can be hosted for an indoor-seated event; while up to 300 guests can be accommodated for a standing indoor-outdoor event. Call (706) 335-5701 for more information.

The Fair Havens Estate is designed to elegantly host both indoors and outdoors events. From intimate dinner parties to elaborate weddings, it's spacious rooms, with 11 1/2 foot ceilings and pocket doors, reflect the splendor of a bygone era. Fair Havens can accommodate up to 75 guests for indoor weddings, and approximately 300 guests for out-door weddings, with plenty of room for banquet tents.

Call (706) 353-6500 for more information.

Bed and Breakfasts

The Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast, located in Watkinsville, has been in the same family for over 100 years. Completely surrounded and secluded by a border of magnolias, red buds and pines, the 1893 Victorian manor house, cottage, gazebo and four acres of landscaped gardens all terrace down to a pool and open woods and creek beyond. The Manor can comfortably accommodate 300 guests for indoor and outdoor receptions and events. Ashford Manor is an exceptional setting for receptions, ceremonies, showers, rehearsal dinners, parties and overnight accommodations. Click here for photos and detailed information or call (706) 769-2633.

Built in 1912 by cotton broker James M. Rogers, Magnolia Terrace Guest House was completely restored in 1994. The eight unique guest rooms are beautifully appointed with antiques, ceiling fans and large, private baths. The House can hold up to 200 guests for a standing event and 90 for a seated dinner. Call (706) 548-3860 for more information.

The Nicholson House bed and breakfast is a magnificently restored antebellum house adorned with Civil War artifacts that offers eight luxurious guest rooms, a period decorated dining room, and 34 acres with majestic forests, a secluded lake, and vast rolling fields. Although the Nicholson House will only host large parties outdoors underneath a tent, there are several beautiful dining rooms perfect for meetings and intimate dinners. For booking information call (706) 353-2200.


East West Bistro welcomes all to enjoy a wonderful meal with family, friends and business associates in our Uptown catering room. We design a menu specifically to meet your requests and tastes. We have several menu options to choose from: Brunch, Lunch, Heavy appetizers or full dinner. Our catering manager will work with you according to your budget and needs. We offer plated dinners as well as buffet service. Chef Lamar Thomas has created several options and variations from both our Downtown Eclectic Fusion cuisine and Uptown Northern Italian house specialties. Overlooking East Broad Street, our catering room gives a bird's eye view of our unique town. As a guest at a catering event, you will come to expect impeccable service and a delightful atmosphere. We look forward to working with you to meet all your catering needs! Call (706) 546-9378.

Other Event Facilities

The Georgia Museum of Art can provide a delightful setting for parties, meetings, or office or social functions. Wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners can be held in the Museum Café surrounded by great works of art creating an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere for any event. Various rooms in the Museum can accommodate parties ranging in size from 25-400 people, ideal for both corporate and personal events. Click here for photos and detailed information or call (706) 542-4662.

The Classic Center offers a variety of meeting rooms, ballrooms, and facilities to handle any type of event, wedding to business conference. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, the Classic Center has the rooms, the rates, and the equipment to handle any request. The various ball rooms at the Classic Center can handle parties of up to 3,000 people for large corporate events as well as small, intimate groups for weddings and receptions. Click here for photos and detailed information or call (706) 208-0900.

The Georgia Club is a privately-owned golf and real estate community within minutes of the charm of downtown Athens and the University of Georgia, and a short 32-mile drive from a multitude of offerings in northeast Athens. The cornerstone of activity at The Georgia Club is the Denis Griffiths-designed golf course that provides a fun, fair and challenging round of golf. The beautiful Southern-style Clubhouse sets the stage for an elegant evening of dining, a memorable private or corporate outing or wedding reception, or a relaxing lunch on our sprawling veranda. From the romantic architecture of the sweeping verandas and classical columns, to the personalized service that our staff specializes in, wedding receptions at The Georgia Club are special and memorable. Click here for photos and detailed information or call Toll Free 866-725-8100.

The Lyndon House Arts Center is located in downtown Athens at the North end of Jackson Street. Built circa 1850 by the first Mayor of Athens, Dr. Edward R. Ware, the Ware-Lyndon House still crowns a high ridge at the north end of Jackson Street, surveying the downtown landscape. The house is the only structure still remaining from the once-prominent "Lickskillet" neighborhood made up of antebellum homes. The house itself is a two-story brick house representing a blend of the Greek revival and Italianate styles. The Ware-Lyndon House is a locally and nationally designated landmark. Click here for photos and detailed information or call (706) 613-3623.

The Founder's Garden is located on lush North Campus at the University of Georgia. Built by the Garden Club of Georgia, the Founder's Garden is a testament to nature's simple grandeur. The Garden and House can both be reserved for your special occasion. An indoor and garden event can accommodate up to 150 people. The Founder's Garden also offers a tent available for rental. For booking information call (706) 542-4776.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The Conservatory is located in the heart of the Visitor Center surrounded by beautiful flora and a glass ceiling that gives stunning views of evening sunsets. The Conservatory is large enough to comfortably hold 200-seated guests and 300 people for a standing room event. The Conservatory also offers several classrooms for any corporate or educational event. Perfect for both ceremony and reception, the Conservatory is ideal for the bride who wants her wedding to have all the beauty nature offers without the hassles of an outdoor wedding.

The Callaway Building was the first permanent building constructed at the Garden and contains offices, teaching, and research facilities on the lower level. Meeting and conference facilities on the upper level include a 105-seat auditorium, reception area, and conference room. The Callaway Building is an excellent location for small business meetings and retreats.

Situated in a secluded hardwood forest, the Day Chapel is a beautiful and private location that offers a gorgeous chapel for the ceremony of your dreams, offering stunning carved mahogany and glass doors, which incorporate the state bird, state butterfly, state flower, and state tree into interior design motifs. The Chapel and the Reception Hall can both accommodate up to 130 guests. The Day Chapel has a fully equipped catering kitchen. The reception hall located on the lower level opens onto a beautiful garden terrace overlooking a steep woodland ravine creating a serene atmosphere for any wedding reception.

The Terrace Room is a large and beautifully decorated banquet room located on the lower level of the Garden Club Headquarters. The lower level also contains restrooms and a catering kitchen and opens onto an expansive brick terrace overlooking a wooded area and landscaped garden. The lower level accommodates approximately 140 people for seated dinners and slightly larger numbers for lectures, receptions, and exhibitions.

For State Botanical Garden booking information call (706) 524-6467.


The Seney-Stovall Chapel was built in 1882 as the chapel for the Lucy Cobb Institute, a boarding school for girls that opened in 1859, and for community cultural events. Sitting at the edge of the Lucy Cobb grounds on North Milledge Avenue, this unusual octagonal building with an exquisite Victorian interior has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public. No food or drinks are allowed. For rental information call (706) 542-6583.

Situated in the heart of UGA's Old North Campus, the University Chapel is a well-known campus landmark. The Chapel is still in great demand today as a venue for lectures, campus meetings, and wedding ceremonies. One unique feature of the Chapel is that it houses one of the world's largest framed oil paintings, "Interior of St. Peter's Rome," painted by George Cooke. The staff of UGA's Office of Performing Arts manages the Chapel facility and its calendar of events. For more information about reserving the chapel for your event please contact the rental office by phone at (706) 542-2290.

Overnight Accommodations

The Courtyard Marriott is conveniently located in downtown Athens and features over 100 guest rooms and 4 suites. Courtyard Athens is a unique Cape Cod looking property with a rocking chair verandah. Further guest amenities include an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, exercise facility, laundry valet, and an on-site restaurant.

Call (706) 369-7000 for more information.

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education is not a typical conference center. Unlike many hotels and conference centers, it offers comprehensive services as only a university-affiliated continuing education center can do. Located on the UGA Campus in walking distance from both Sanford Stadium and Stegman Coliseum, the all-new Georgia Center Hotel is open to all University visitors. They welcome departmental visitors, parents of UGA students, spectators of UGA sports, and, of course, UGA alumni. The Georgia Center invites you to "put yourself in our place" by experiencing the Georgia Center Hotel.

Click here for photos and detailed information or call 1-888-295-8894.

With 307 guestrooms and suites, the Holiday Inn Athens is the leading and largest hotel in Athens. Conveniently located within walking distance to the University of Georgia, historic downtown Athens and the Classic Center. Featuring four types of accommodations: standard accommodations in the Southern Courtyard and Central Tower, and deluxe accommodations in the North and Executive towers. Full conference services available with 16 meeting rooms for groups up to 375. Amenities include a large indoor pool and whirlpool, sundeck, exercise facilities, restaurant and lounge. Complimentary local shuttle available. Click here for detailed information or call (706) 549-4433.

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