Wedding Issue: Five places to consider when choosing the perfect venue

Of all the things on your to-do list, choosing a venue to hold your special day most likely ranks at the top. Here are five Atlanta venues that we believe you should give serious consideration to host your wedding celebration. Your guests will wonder how you managed to pull it off and the memories will last forever.

Georgian Terrace Hotel1. Georgian Terrace Hotel

Whether you’re planning a small wedding with 25 guests or a lavish affair with a guest list of 250 or more, Georgian Terrace Hotel and its three ballrooms are ready to accommodate your special day. With floor-to-ceiling windows, natural lighting and crystal chandeliers, your wedding day will look like an epic fairytale. And when the day has come to an end, Georgian Terrace Hotel invites you to relax in one of five wedding suites designed specifically for the brides and grooms.

Renaissance ATL Midtown 12. Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel

If you’re interested in mixing modern glam with southern charm for your wedding day, Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel may be the perfect fit to make your wedding ceremony dreams a reality. Your guests can witness your public commitment on the rooftop under Atlanta’s skyline surrounded by sculptured avant-garde fire pits and a breathtaking waterfall or you can opt for the 4,445 square-foot High Ballroom. Regardless, your day is guaranteed to be special, especially since the Gay Wedding Institute Certification Program has certified this hotel’s wedding planners.

Great-hall- FernbankDrew-Newman3. Fernbank Museum of National History

If you’re looking to infuse your wedding day with a bit of drama, and we’re referring to the kind that will make your guests gasp in a good way, then the breathtaking 86 foot glass ceiling mounted high above the world’s largest dinosaurs in Fernbank’s Great Hall may be a winner. For a more intimate setting, Fernbank also offers the Terrace for an open-air ceremony, The Star Gallery, complete with a fiber optic ceiling showcasing constellations of the evening sky and the Museum Lobby, which is perfect for your ceremony or reception.

4. Atlanta History Center (main photo above)

Opulent. Grand. Regal. Those are a few adjectives any bride or groom would most likely use to describe the wedding facilities available at the Atlanta History Center. You could host a small ceremony here, but that would be an affront to the pomp this venue demands. A guest list of 750 people? No problem, the Grand Overlook and the Swan House Gardens can accommodate up to 800 guests. The Atlanta History Center offers variety, elegance and historical appeal that is sure to be remembered long after you say ‘I do.’

Woodruff Arts Center5. Woodruff Arts Center

Who says your wedding can’t rival any production onstage at Woodruff Arts Center? Take advantage of Woodruff’s unique combination of visual and performing arts by transforming your wedding day into a work of art. With in-house catering and nine different spaces to host your ceremony, Woodruff is ready to accommodate your guest list of as few as 25 people up to as many as 2,000. Complete event planning services are also offered. From decor, linen, floral selection, and entertainment, it takes a knowledgeable team to transport your wedding ideas from the page to the stage.