An imposing blue door is the center of Swan House. The gardens are beautiful and surround the 1928 home of the Inman family. Your ceremony happens in the gardens or at the bottom of the stone steps that lead up to the house. Then, its a short walk over the bridge to the Grand Ballroom. This impressive bit of history has many possibilities for your wedding celebration.
The Foundry at Puritan Mill is a versatile venue. Once the home of the Puritan Chemical Company, making and storing soap and cleaning products, this space has been transformed into a dramatic place to host your wedding. With its pine beams, skylights and concrete floors, your vision of a modern, chic wedding in a historical setting can be realized.
How about a wedding on a farm?! The 1840's Smith Family Farm survived the Civil War, and remains the oldest in Atlanta. Once a Pig farm, this historical farm is now open to host your wedding. A rustic feel, beautiful trees and gardens all come together at this charming destination. Your guests can explore the house and gardens. Dine in the garden, under the trees. The space holds up to 200 guests and is a perfect spot for a wedding.
I promised you a plantation and here it is. Flint Hill is the perfect antebellum mansion for an elegant affair. Original floors and mantles, lush gardens, a gazebo and the ballroom, encased in glass, overlooking the courtyard. Perfect for spring or summer weddings.
While we are on the subject of stately, elegant venues, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you about The Biltmore Ballroom. Built in 1924, the Biltmore Hotel was a hub for business and social occasions. Today, after a massive renovation, it has been transformed into a premier event space for your big day. Two ballrooms, The Georgian and the Imperial, have been restored with original handcrafted ceilings, marble floors, Palladian windows and crystal chandeliers. You will feel like royalty in this opulent setting.
Of course, there are plenty of modern, industrial raw spaces to be had in this city. The Cotton Gin is one not to be missed. This early 1900's cotton gin boasts cedar walls, crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and two centuries old water wheels. There are two ceremony spots, both indoor and outdoor. The groom and his men will enjoy a great "man cave" experience while getting ready and the bride and her maids will relax in the beautiful bridal suite. This is really a wonderful choice for the modern couple looking for a bit of old world charm and great amenities.
The Engine Room is another funky and fun industrial place to hold your wedding. It once held the engines that ran the cotton mills in this 1895 building. Original wood flooring, weathered paint, pine columns, exposed brick and iron bars on the windows make this vintage beauty one to see. There is an outdoor patio and plenty of photo ops. Its a great place for a larger wedding, as it can hold 400 guests for a seated meal.
Last stop on this tour is a real gem. The Cloister Garden is like a magical place out of a fairy tale. From the tiny moss covered chapel with stained glass windows and pine pews, to the garden with its magnificent canopy of grand oaks and the ballroom with its decorative ceiling and ornate chandeliers, you will feel like a fairy tale princess on your wedding day. Located on Sea Island, on the southeastern shore, its not Atlanta, but its worth the ride. There is something for every couple in this history drenched city and beyond. So, happy hunting for your piece of history.