ULTIMATE GUIDE | UPDATED FOR 2023
Today, elopements are romantic, intimate, and full of authenticity and heart. There are plenty of fabulous places to elope in Atlanta, but few are more beautiful and representative of the city than Piedmont Park. If you’re thinking about a Piedmont Park elopement, keep reading to learn all you need to know about saying “I do” in this fantastic park!
The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure you have your marriage license and any other required permits arranged and ready to go.
For your marriage license, if at least one of you is a Georgia resident, you can visit any probate court in any county. However, if you’re visiting from out of state, you’ll need to visit the probate court in the county where you are getting married.
You’ll need to provide some official documentation, so check the county court website here to double-check everything you’ll need to apply. Your marriage license is good for up to 30 days, so you don’t want to get too ahead of yourself and apply months in advance.
As far as Piedmont Park permits go, you don’t need one if you’re simply eloping with a very small group of people. That said, rules are always changing, so check in with the park before assuming you don’t need a permit - better safe than sorry! If you want to reserve one of their specific event spaces, you’ll need to go through their events department to make sure you’re going through the proper channels.
Without needing to pay for a site permit, your budget is totally at your discretion! You will want to consider costs like your attire, hair and makeup, details like a bouquet or boutonniere, a photographer, travel, and any celebration you want to have following your ceremony.
Additionally, you may want to consider booking a room at a nearby hotel where you can get ready for your elopement. Of course, none of these things are necessary, and whatever you choose to include can be as modest or extravagant as you choose!
Since Piedmont Park is such a beautiful outdoor venue, I recommend a spring or fall elopement date. Everything looks lush and green in the spring, and new flowers are bursting through the earth to celebrate the season.
In the fall, the park has beautiful autumnal colors and moderate weather. I would avoid the months of July and August due to high temps and that classic Southern humidity, especially since your Piedmont Park elopement will be outdoors.
Piedmont Park has over 200 acres of green space right in the heart of Atlanta, so plenty of places are perfect for quiet elopement. (Remember that it is a public park, so busier, more popular areas may have more people around. Picking an earlier time on a weekday means you’re less likely to be battling crowds, though it’s not a given!)
One of the most popular elopement sites in Piedmont Park is the Skyline Picture Point, which truly gives you the best of everything the park offers. A curved lookout with a sturdy railing, the space looks out over the beautiful lake and a picturesque view of the Atlanta skyline. Surrounded by trees and reflections of the beautiful view bouncing off the water, it’s a spectacular place to elope with the love of your life.
Clara Meer Gazebo practically floats on Lake Clara Meer, with ornate columns and views of the beautiful lake. With just enough room for an intimate elopement, it’s a stunning option for saying “I do.”
Oak Hill is a sweeping hillside with a lush green lawn surrounded by beautiful oak trees that frame a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline. Reading Circle is a lovely circle of rocks (perfect for sitting and reading a book) that creates a lovely space for a ceremony under the shade of nearby trees.
Plenty of hidden spots are equally picturesque and may have important meaning to you and your partner. Get creative with where you can envision yourselves exchanging vows; we’ll take pictures everywhere else.
While eloping is typically considered a wedding with under ten people, you may consider extending the invite list a bit. If you’re searching for a more designated event space where you can host a slightly larger wedding, there are several places available in Piedmont Park.
The Dockside is a secluded dock overlooking Lake Clara Meer that uses the water as a beautiful backdrop for your vows. Renting this space also includes access to the Lower Lawn and the historic Visitor Center building, which are fabulous for photos. Renting the Greystone space includes a spectacular covered terrace overlooking the lake and a reception in the historic Bathhouse-turned-event venue.
Lastly, Magnolia Hall offers an expansive green lawn for an outdoor ceremony that overlooks the renovated historic blacksmith’s forge, which is also the perfect place for an intimate celebration following your vows.
While Magnolia Hall and Greystone at Piedmont Park host receptions, you may not need the extra space with an elopement. Luckily, you have the entire city to inspire your celebration! Pick out a nearby restaurant (maybe splurge on reserving a private dining space) for an incredible first meal as a married couple.
Take a trip to the zoo or the aquarium for a fun, whimsical way to celebrate! You can also take in a concert, visit an art gallery, or do anything else that feels perfect for celebrating this next incredible chapter in your story together.
Even though eloping means a smaller guest list and perhaps a more simplistic ceremony and celebration, it’s still your wedding. Having pictures of your elopement to look back on for the rest of your lives and share with the important people in your lives is something you’ll never regret. Trust your elopement photos to me, and I promise to capture every detail and moment, telling your story in images that feel authentically and beautifully you.
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