Atlanta is home to some of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the world, and they are the perfect place to host a wedding that feels like something out of a storybook. With acres upon acres of stunning gardens, artwork, and views of the Atlanta skyline, the Garden provides an oasis for plant lovers and those seeking a lush, vibrant venue for a romantic wedding without even leaving the city limits. Keep reading to learn more about the beautiful Atlantic Botanical Garden wedding venue!
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the most renowned in the country and has become an important part of the city’s cultural identity. It’s an urban oasis that provides an escape from the concrete and stone of Atlanta, allowing families and horticulture-inspired individuals to reconnect with nature and enjoy the fresh air.
The Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor acreage adorned with beautiful, themed gardens, including an award-winning Children’s Garden and the beautiful Storza Woods, complete with a unique Canopy Walk. Take in views of the Atlanta skyline as you wander their paths and trails, discovering new plants and flowers amongst exhibits of beautiful sculpture art, some of which are permanent and some that rotate seasonally.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has many spaces to host your dream wedding. Whether you envision an indoor/outdoor event or prefer to keep everyone dancing under the stars, you can truly put together the wedding of your dreams at the Garden.
It makes sense to host an outdoor ceremony at the Botanical Garden. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of their spectacularly curated spaces and gorgeous wildlife? Their most popular ceremony site is the Rose Garden, adorned with brightly colored roses and stretches of lush green lawn. If you time your wedding in May/June or September/October, you’ll find yourself amidst the peak bloom of the roses, but the Rose Garden is just as romantic any time of year. This space is also one of their largest, with room for up to 200 seated guests.
If you’re looking for a ceremony space with more woodsy vibes, Storza Woods is one of the last remaining old-growth forests in Atlanta. It’s a more rustic alternative to the Rose Garden and features four spaces for your vow exchange. The Woods also feature a beautiful modern piece by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly, a modern twist in a more forested space that includes paths lined with bushy hydrangeas. Depending on which space you choose, the guest capacity varies, so be sure to check details with their events team!
Another outdoor ceremony option is the Robinson Gazebo, with dramatic views of the Atlanta skyline overlooking Piedmont Park. You and your guests will walk along a color Flower Walk until you reach the pavilion-style gazebo, which you can adorn with unique décor for a beautiful customized aesthetic. This space is perfect for weddings with up to 100 guests.
For your ceremony, you can hire one of their reliable tent vendors for an outdoor affair. Still, they also have plenty of indoor space perfect for a weather-controlled celebration. Day Hall is the Garden’s largest reception space, with room for up to 200 people, high ceilings, and whimsically elegant floral-inspired light fixtures. It has plenty of windows that let in beautiful light, views of the surrounding gardens, and many opportunities to add a personalized touch to the space. Add a dance floor for a lively party vibe. When your guests are ready to catch their breath, they can get some fresh air on the adjacent Lanier Terrace, Levy Parterre, and the Cox Courtyard.
Another indoor reception option is Mershon Hall, a Craftsman-inspired space with large double Palladian doors that fill the room with natural light. It has elegant lighting, rich bamboo floors, and a built-in granite credenza ideal for displaying photos or serving your wedding cake. With room for up to 80 people, it’s a slightly more intimate space with plenty of elegance and room to incorporate your personal style.
Of course, suppose your focus is mostly food over dancing. In that case, you can also host your reception in the Garden’s full-service restaurant, Longleaf, for a plant-to-plate meal in an airy, elegant space with a rooftop patio and spectacular views!
The Garden isn’t just for big weddings; it’s also the perfect place for an elopement or a Micro Wedding. Several ceremony sites are designated solely for small weddings, including the Japanese Garden, a small but exquisite space with irises and azaleas, color-changing maples, and an overall reverence for nature. The space is reserved for weddings of up to 10 people standing, perfect for an elopement.
There’s also the Fragrance Garden, a beautiful courtyard tucked between the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center with plenty of fresh-smelling herbs, gorgeous flowers, and a small reflecting pond. This is the perfect space for small weddings with up to 20 people standing.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a ceremony-only wedding package for those looking for a beautiful place to simply exchange vows. Designed for weddings of up to 25 people, the package includes access to several garden spaces, the set-up of chairs, and a Prosecco toast and cupcakes for your guests following the ceremony.
However, if you are considering a small wedding but want to wow your guests with something special, consider a cooking experience in the Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen. You and your guests can participate in an interactive event and work together to create your first meal as a married couple!
It should go without saying that the Garden is the perfect place for wedding photos that feel like they’ve leaped out of a storybook garden. We can wander the property for backdrops featuring various stunning plants and flowers, water features, and unique artwork. You will look ethereally romantic amidst greenery and spectacular flora, and your wedding album will absolutely reflect the beauty of the Garden while still putting you and your partner front and center as the main event. With both indoor and outdoor spaces available, the Atlanta Botanical Garden wedding venue has a stunning natural beauty that makes for gorgeous backdrops for wedding day photography. This includes:
When catering your wedding at the Garden, they’ll provide you with a list of their exclusive caterers from which you can choose. This assures the quality of your food and service while allowing you to customize the menu for your wedding day! The Garden will also provide you with top-quality beverage selections and a choice of plans, as the Atlanta Botanical Garden must provide all liquor.
All chairs and tables are included for your wedding, giving you a few more things to cross off your rental list! They’ll also provide event staff to help supervise the set-up and tear-down of your event, oversee outside vendors, and direct maintenance and security needs.
If you’re dreaming of a garden wedding in Atlanta, look no further than the Atlanta Botanical Garden wedding venue. Whether you’re planning an elopement, a Micro Wedding, or the party of the century, there are endless opportunities to create a memorable and organically beautiful wedding at the Garden.
Finding your dream wedding venue in Atlanta can be such a challenge! Primarily because there are so many incredibly beautiful and unique locations across the area. So if The Botanical Garden doesn’t check all your boxes, check out more in the blog links below! But before you go, feel free to reach out! I love to chat about venues and what your dream wedding photos look like!
**This wedding was second shot for Saturday Sun Photo**
- kim hymes
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