Planning an eco-friendly wedding may seem complicated or expensive, but with the help of a sustainable wedding venue, it may be even easier than planning a “regular” wedding! Sustainable venues take advantage of the planet’s natural beauty, while partnering with vendors who keep the care of the earth a priority in their services. Here in Georgia, there are so many gorgeous venues that offer spectacular views paired with luxury amenities for a wedding that’s as chic and stylish as it is environmentally conscious. If you’re prioritizing an eco-friendly wedding, check out a sustainable wedding venue in Georgia!
Trenton, GA 30752
Oakleaf Cottage is a quiet, secluded sustainable wedding venue tucked away into the Appalachian Mountains on 32 acres of rustic wooded land. This eco-friendly and certified sustainable venue is home to a cozy cottage, two distinct outdoor ceremony sites, and a totally renovated reception barn with room for up to 115 guests. Its views of moss-covered rocks and mature forest trees add a sense of beauty and majesty to every wedding they host (and they make phenomenal photo backdrops!) Say “I do” beneath canopies of flourishing trees and against backdrops of rolling forest floors. You can also rent out their onsite cottage for comfortable overnight accommodations for up to 9 people!
Oakleaf Cottage is also a full-service wedding venue, and they include planning or month-of coordination services. They’ll also provide your beautiful decor and details, help you set up, and then take care of all of the cleanup and recycling in a sustainable way. Their planners will work with you to find ways to reduce or eliminate waste with sustainable alternatives; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your wedding day!
705 Kellum Valley Road
Cleveland, GA 30528
The Ruins at Kellum Valley is one of Northeast Georgia’s most exclusive wedding venues. Hosting only 15 weddings per year, their remarkably unique features and full-service planning place them in high demand. The history of the venue dates back to 1922 when the prominent and wealthy Kellum family fell in love with the location and bought over 1,000 acres of land. The Kellums used the property as a farm and built a school and dormitory for underprivileged children.
In 1928, the school and dormitory burned, leaving behind the rustic stone formation and towering stone chimneys. After being purchased in the 1990s, The Ruins at Kellum Valley Weddings was born in 2006, and they’ve hosted over 450 all-inclusive weddings in the years since.
The venue’s iconic stone remains add a unique aesthetic to every wedding they host. Market string lights, tall trees, and rolling mountain vistas all add an inherent romance rooted in nature. It’s a venue that’s gorgeous in any season, and with the help of their exceptional planning team, all of your sustainable wedding dreams can – and will – come true.
497 Hwy 52 West
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Juliette Chapel is a beautiful, intimate venue tucked into the woods of Dahlonega, Georgia. The chapel itself has walls of windows overlooking the surrounding forests, creating stunning contrast to the simplistic decor of the interior. Wooden plank ceilings, white walls, warm wooden pews, and black metal finishes create a sleek, contemporary aesthetic that is still warm and inviting. There’s room for up to 70 people to join you as you begin the next chapter of your love story together. If you prefer to say “I do” in an outdoor wedding venue vow exchange, there is a perfectly placed sustainable arbor amidst the trees for you to gather with your friends and family.
After your ceremony, host your reception in their separate onsite event space, complete with a beautiful, cozy fireplace that makes a perfect backdrop for a sweetheart table. There is also an adjoining outdoor space with a patio that is perfect for bringing the beautiful outdoors into your celebration. Dine inside and then move your party to the patio to finish the night dancing under the stars.
91 Heartland Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
Mountain Laurel Farm is a beautiful expanse of picturesque country landscape only 5 miles from Alpine Helen, GA. Their expansive property has gorgeous mountain views that are perfect for an outdoor vow exchange. The farm is home to a historic colonial farmhouse with dark hardwood floors, several indoor dining options for smaller guest lists, and a beautiful Southern front porch. Larger receptions can be hosted in the historic barn, a rustically charming space with a classic red “barn” exterior.
It’s hard to resist the allure of Mountain Laurel Farm’s bucolic charm. Luckily, they make it easy to take advantage of the scenery in a variety of ways! Whether you’re celebrating in the cozy barn or using its exterior as a rustic backdrop for an outdoor dinner party, your wedding will exude an upscale farm aesthetic. There are still plenty of ways that you can add your signature wedding touches to the venue, too: dress things up with a little extra elegance or keep things chic and casual; either way, your wedding day will be absolutely beautiful and still comfortably sustainable!
445 Government Farm Road
Rockmart, GA 30153
Spring Lake Events is a stunning event venue with a gorgeous lake, a rustic reception barn, and stunning sustainable grounds perfect for creating a full album of outdoor wedding photos. Their ceremony site places you and your partner beneath a wooden arbor overlooking the lake, with classic wooden pews for your guests to sit and take in your vow exchange. Then, transition your celebration into the lodge-style reception barn with large barn doors that can open up to bring in the beauty of the outdoors. Strings of market lights, chandeliers, and wooden beams wrapped in crystals and vines add even more elegance to a rustic space.
The lake itself is a wonderful feature of the venue. You and your partner can drift on the water in a canoe, taking in a private moment while your photographer captures unique, romantic photos. At sunset, the light glows golden off of the water for an extraordinary ambiance. This all-inclusive wedding venue will help you bring every detail of your wedding dreams to life.
A sustainable wedding venue makes a perfect way to celebrate your wedding amidst some of the most beautiful views in the state, all while keeping our planet safe. You and your partner can feel great knowing you’re doing your part to protect the environment, all without sacrificing style, beauty, and elegance.
If you’re looking for someone to help you capture every spontaneous moment and meticulous detail of your wedding day, I’m your gal! I love a good love story, and helping couples remember their wedding with gorgeous photos is what I do best. So let’s chat!
- kim hymes
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