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Under The Radar Southern Wedding Destinations

Looking for the perfect place to host your big day can be almost as hard as finding the right man to take to the alter! (Well, that might be a bit extreme…)

We have many fabulous venues for weddings in the Atlanta area right here on AtlantaBridal. However, with destination weddings becoming more popular than ever, we have teamed up with Blueprint Registry to take a little stress away from the big day by featuring some of their approved southern destinations as well as our own!

Blueprint Registry Picks

Instead of leaving cold temperatures for tropical climates, more and more engaged couples are opting to embrace the winter weather and the stunning scenic backgrounds of the mountains or fields. With lots of gorgeous getaway options all over, we know you’ll find just the right spot for your big day...but we know you don’t want to do the same thing as everyone else! That’s why the wedding experts at Blueprint Registry have done the research and rounded up their picks for the best Under the Radar Southern Wedding Destination Spots This Season. From Highlands, NC to Cape San Blas, FL….we’re sure there’s something for all the brides out there!

Tybee Island, GA
Tybee Island, GA


Tybee Island, GA

Known for their sweet people and the laid back island culture, Tybee is the perfect southern destination for your wedding. With white sandy beaches and stunning sunsets as your backdrop, your wedding photos will never let you forget why you choose to host here. Named one of Coastal Living’s 2015 “Happiest Coastal Towns” we think you’re guests will be more than willing to make the trip for your big day!


Cape San Blas, FL
Cape San Blas, FL


Cape San Blas, FL

Cape San Blas, FL is often called “The Forgotten Coast” located right off the Florida Panhandle, it is a truly peaceful escape. This charming beach town is a blissful getaway for your guests. Riding bikes and enjoying the oceanfront views, hello relaxation station! Bonus, it is also famous for being one of America’s most dog-friendly beaches, if you’re thinking about including your pups in the ceremony, we can’t think of a better destination to do it!


Great Smoky Mountains, TN
Great Smoky Mountains, TN


Great Smoky Mountains, TN

Nestled in eastern Tennessee, the The Lodge at Brothers Cove located in the Great Smoky Mountains is surrounded by picturesque, natural beauty. Can we say, photo opp?! Plus, it’s always great to suggest an activity on-site (in this case a group hike would be amazing!) for everyone to participate in to kick off the wedding weekend.


Highlands, NC
Highlands, NC


Highlands, NC

Highlands, NC offers beautiful, natural terrain for hosting your wedding. With views of waterfalls and mountains galore, the only thing guests will be admiring more than the nature is the bride herself! With options like scenic hiking trails, waterfalls and horseback riding through the mountains, your guests will be more than entertained while you prep for the big day.


Homestead Preserve, VA
Homestead Preserve, VA


Homestead Preserve, VA

Virginia truly is for lovers, and there couldn’t be a more charming place for a rustic chic wedding than at the Old Dairy in Homestead Preserve. With the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will have the ultimate backdrop for all your photos. There is an on-site spa and historical hot-springs for the bridal party and others to enjoy as well as luxury cottages across the property.



AtlantaBridal Member Venue Picks

Blueprint Registry picked some fabulous venues in the southeast, including one of our favorite Georgia coastal destinations, Tybee Island. Awesome! We've joined in and picked a few destination venues right here in Georgia for your big day! Enjoy!

Sautee Mountain Retreat, Clarksville, GA
Sautee Mountain Retreat, Clarksville, GA


Sautee Mountain Retreat, Clarksville, GA

Sautee Mountain Retreat is a hidden treasure, only 1.5 hours from Atlanta, nestled between Alpine Helen and Lake Burton. Perfect for destination weddings, your wedding party and guests will enjoy the seclusion of this private compound of newly built mountain villas, romantic cabins and magnificent Mountain Lodge conveniently located near the very best North Georgia Mountain attractions and activities. Guests can stay the weekend or even the whole week to make it a destination wedding vacation!


Washington Grass Inn, Lake Oconee, GA
Washington Grass Inn, Lake Oconee, GA


Washington Grass Inn, Lake Oconee, GA

The Washington Grass Inn (circa 1852) is situated on 13 lavish acres in the historic Greensboro, Georgia, Lake Oconee area halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. No matter what style of wedding you're looking for, this fabulous hidden gem of a venue will certainly have the setting. The Washington Grass Inn is now available year 'round offering "THE GRAND FULL WEDDING WEEKEND" all-inclusive wedding package complete with overnight accommodations and in-house meal catering.


Chateau Elan, Braselton, GA
Chateau Elan, Braselton, GA


Chateau Elan, Braselton, GA

Locals may not consider this local resort "under the radar", however, I am surprised at how often people say "oh yea - great idea!" whenever I personally suggest this venue as a local destination wedding option. This luxurious Georgia wedding venue, just a few miles north of Atlanta, features both indoor and outdoor locations at their winery and hotel. From intimate and elopement wedding packages to large ballroom receptions, Chateau Elan can host your destination wedding. Additionally you and your guests may experience amenities at their luxurious spa, rounds of championship golf, or the many dining options at this award-winning wedding location.


Chimneys at Big Canoe, Jasper, GA
Chimneys at Big Canoe, Jasper, GA


Chimneys at Big Canoe, Jasper, GA

The Chimneys at Big Canoe is located approximately one hour from the Atlanta metro area. It is your destination wedding close to home! Have your wedding at the nearby chapel or outdoors on our stone patio overlooking Lake Sconti. You and your guests can stay at one of the many mountain homes available for rent. Stay for the weekend and enjoy golfing, swimming, and hiking, play some tennis or just relax before your special day.


The Brady Inn, Madison, GA
The Brady Inn, Madison, GA


The Brady Inn, Madison, GA

The historic 1885 Brady Inn in beautiful Madison, Georgia, offers garden settings, spacious formal venues, and private intimate settings for small family ceremonies or large destination weddings. Hold all events in one location from rehearsal dinner to wedding reception. Don’t forget the fire pit – a favorite after rehearsal dinners on cool evenings. Madison's historic homes, cultural museums, art galleries, antique shops, and great restaurants are all a short stroll away!



Thanks so much to Blueprint Registry for contributing to this article.

Happy Planning!

Lei


Lei Lydle
By , Founder and Editor of AtlantaBridal

A leader and innovator in the wedding industry for 20 years, Lei is a Georgia native and has been featured on CNN, 11Alive, Star94 and other TV, Radio, Internet and Print media. Lei has also represented Slim-Fast and speaks all over the Southeast on weddings and marketing in the wedding industry. Lei is the proud Mom of two and lives in the Atlanta area.


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