Savannah’s Wedding Venues

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Jan 14, 2020

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Planning your Savannah wedding? First you’ll need to find the perfect venue.

Savannah is one of the nation’s top destinations for weddings. It’s easy to see why with a gorgeous parks, beautiful historic churches and fabulous venues across the National Landmark Historic District.

 So, come along! Let’s find just the right location for your perfect Savannah wedding.

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Forsyth Park / Esther Griffin Photography
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Lafayette Square / Esther Griffin Photography
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Cathedral of St John the Baptist
The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist / Esther Griffin Photography
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Hamilton Turner Inn
Hamilton Turner Inn / Esther Griffin Photography
  1. Forsyth Park and Savannah’s grid of green spaces, called “squares,” are among the most popular sites for weddings. Forsyth Park, with its iconic white fountain and towering oaks, is the most photographed spot in the district. Hundreds of couples host weddings here each year, from grand affairs to intimate elopements. The squares – some with fountains and others with grand statues and gorgeous gardens – are also popular places to say “I do.” Contact the City of Savannah for information on renting a park or square. Here is one of my Forsyth Park wedding galleries, and here is a gallery from a wedding in Chatham Square.
  2. The Mansion on Forsyth Park is a boutique hotel with Victorian-Romanesque exterior and sumptuous interior – which includes a grand ballroom, marble courtyard, an art gallery, restaurant and bars, It’s the perfect place to get ready, host your ceremony and your reception. Here’s one of my favorite weddings from there.
  3. The Whitman Mansion, also on Forsyth Park, is one of my first loves and all-time favorites. This beautifully restored historic home is the perfect place for an intimate or mid-size wedding. The mansion – with it’s three floors and separate cottage – can accommodate up to 16 overnight guests, perfect for your family or wedding party. There’s even a hidden bedroom with a secret passageway! The staff will cook for you and take care of you as if you’re royalty. Truly amazing! Here’s a gallery from one of my favorite weddings there! (You’ll notice it rained that day, but no worries! We used the side porches and the first floor of the mansion and then popped over to the park post-rain for portraits!)
  4. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in the historic William Scarbrough Housewith also boasts the largest private gardens in the historic district. It’s a truly elegant setting for your wedding, with the gorgeous garden for your ceremony, a fabulous space for cocktail hour and yet another large space for your reception. And the good news? You don’t need a rain plan because the reception area is covered. Here’s a gallery from Ships of the Sea.
  5. The Charles Morris Center / Trustees’ Garden is close to my heart. My husband and I have known Mr. Morris for many years. He is deeply committed to preserving some of the most beautiful spaces in the historic district. The Morris Center has beautiful large indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception. This gallery shows off the space in the Cocktail Hour and Reception tabs. (And YES, her daddy did a Hamilton rap, complete with costume!) Katie and Ben’s ceremony was held in Chatham Square.
  6. Perry Lane Hotel is a relatively new addition to the historic district. It’s an elegant setting that boasts not one but TWO rooftop event spaces and a gorgeous ballroom as well as other smaller spaces. It’s just half a block from Chippewa Square, one of my favorites. Here’s a gallery from a recent wedding there. (After the sparkler exit, I headed to the after-party, held at a little bar where Ericka and Scott had met five years earlier. To the day! Such fun!)
  7. The Brice Hotel is one of my all-time favorites. With a beautiful courtyard and gorgeous ballrooms, on-site catering (that is SO SO good) and one of the best on-site wedding planners I’ve ever known (LOVE Larissa!), this hotel is truly a great choice. It’s also located between Washington Square and Emmet Park, which has a beautiful double row of oak trees, and the historic riverfront is just beyond the park. Here’s a gallery from a recent wedding there. (Don’t you love Eric’s reaction to seeing Drew in her wedding gown?)
  8. You’ll definitely want to check out the many historic homes in the historic district that serve as inns and venues. Many of these are perfect for elopements and smaller or more intimate weddings. Some of my favorites are Hamilton Turner Inn, Harper Fowlkes House, The Gastonian, Kehoe House, and Davenport House.
  9. We have many beautiful historic churches in Savannah. From the grand Cathedral of St. John The Baptist to Christ Church to Wesley Monumental to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, you will feel awe and a sense of majesty inside. I love that these churches kindly ask that we photographers preserve the sacredness of the marriage ceremony by staying discreetly in the back. Here’s a recent gallery from a wedding in the truly breathtaking Cathedral. (Kyle had proposed to Sarah inside the Cathedral, so of course they chose to marry there!)
  10. And honey, when a bride tells me she has chosen Vic’s on the River, I do a little happy dance. The food is superb, and the staff is amazingly attentive. You can have both your ceremony and reception here in the banquet halls of this beloved restaurant in a historic building overlooking the Savannah River. And you MUST take sunset photos on their balconies! Here’s a gallery from a recent wedding there.
  11. 10 Downing at Churchill’s is another favorite of mine. In the northern part of the historic district, whose architecture I truly love, it has a beautiful banquet hall perfect for a smallish wedding. The onsite planner, Mark, is one of the best, most professional in the city. You can host both your ceremony and reception here, and there’s an outdoor rooftop that makes a fun setting for cocktail hour or dancing. Here’s a gallery from a recent wedding there.
  12. Soho South Cafe is an elegant yet eclectic, light-filled venue that can host ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. As a popular cafe by day, event space by night, its onsite catering is suburb. Your guests will love grabbing a cocktail in the bar area, with its stunning teal bar stools, then dancing the night away under chandeliers and fairy lights. Here’s a gallery from both Sacred Heart and Soho (Gretchen ROLLERSKATED her dance with her dad) and here’s another from Forsyth Park and Soho. (Check out the kid’s table that I SO wanted to join!)

Outlying Areas

Honey, there’s more to Savannah than the historic district so let’s explore a little further afield.

The Ford Plantation / EstherGriffin Photography
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Savannah Yacht Club
Savannah Yacht Club / Esther Griffin Photography
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Wormsloe Historic Site / Esther Griffin Photography
The Westin / Esther Griffin Photography
  1. The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill was once the winter estate of automobile magnate Henry Ford and today is a place of magnificent beauty. It offers a formal, elegant atmosphere for outdoor weddings and tented receptions. Here’s a gallery from a Ford Plantation wedding.
  2. Wormsloe Historic Site welcomes you with a breathtaking mile-long avenue of moss-draped oaks. The iconic drive has appeared in many movies and is hands-down one of my favorite places for both engagement shoots and weddings. It is epic. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that you’ll need a rain plan, because the site doesn’t have a covered space. This gallery shows an engagement at Wormsloe, a ceremony on Warren Square and a reception at Vic’s on the River.
  3. Bethesda Academy and it’s Whitefield Chapel is one of my favorite venues. The grounds, with towering oaks overlooking marsh, are gorgeous, and the chapel is simple and perfect, with large windows bringing in streams of sunlight. (Fun fact: Paula Dean married here.) When someone recently asked me the best outdoor venue with a built-in rain plan, I recommended Bethesda. Marry outside or in the chapel; both are simply stunning. Here’s a recent wedding that took place outdoors here, and here’s a gallery from a wedding that took place in the chapel.
  4. Savannah is on the coast, so you definitely need to see The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom. The chapel, custom built for the set of a movie filmed on the island (The Last Song, which also features the avenue of oaks and the historic home at Wormsloe.) I love the chapel because it’s all inclusive – with getting ready space for both guys and girls, the chapel for the ceremony, and the ballroom for your reception. There’s also a small back garden overlooking a tidewater creek. And I love whisking my couples over to a quiet spot on the beach for sunset photos. Here’s a recent wedding gallery. Wow, what a dance party!
  5. The Mackey House and Red Gate Farms are family-owned venues on the same (large!) property, which lies minutes from downtown but feels as if you’re in the countryside. They host hundreds of weddings each year with indoor, outdoor, and covered spaces to provide beautiful settings for both intimate and large weddings. Here’s one of my favorite galleries from The Mackey House, and here’s one that I love from Red Gate.
  6. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa stands directly across the Savannah River from the Historic District. Served by both a suspension bridge and awater ferry, the property has a beautiful courtyard and walkway that overlooks the river. Large suites make the perfect getting ready spaces, and ballrooms of varying sizes will accommodate your party perfectly. Here’s a Westin gallery that I adore, and here’s another from the Westin’s golf club.
  7. The Savannah Yacht Club overlooks The Wilmington River. It has a spacious covered patio for cocktail hour, and an indoor ballroom with connecting rooms to expand to fit weddings of all sizes. Here’s one of my favorite galleries from this venue.
  8. Savannah also has two beautiful botanical gardens. The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens recently built a new welcome and event center and have worked extensively to make their gardens even more beautiful. The venue features a bridal cottage where the bride and her bridesmaids can get ready, gardens for your ceremony, and a ballroom with a large covered porch for your cocktail hour and reception. Here’s a gallery. The Savannah Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place for an intimate wedding. The outdoor ceremony site has a covered gazebo, and the historic cottage onsite has spaces for your wedding party to get ready. Here’s a gallery from a gorgeous wedding there. (Oh that evening sun!)

Further Afield

Georgia’s coast has many other venues to consider, from the Golden Isles to the south to historic homes further inland.

Quinney Oaks / Esther Griffin Photography
Villa Ospo on Jekyll Island / Esther Griffin Photography
Hames Hall / Esther Griffin Photography
  1. Weddings at Montage Palmetto Bluff are truly unforgettable affairs with elegant venues on the water and flawless service and amenities for your wedding day.
  2. A riverfront ceremony on the lawn of the plantation house at Oldfield 1732 will leave your guests talking about the amazing atmosphere of this majestic place.
  3. Jekyll Island and St. Simons Islands are known as the Golden Isles, and truly some of the most beautiful on the East Coast. On Jekyll you’ll find another National Historic Landmark District, which includes Millionaire’s Village, the oak-shaded winter playground for J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Vanderbilt and Marshall Field. The Crane Cottage and Villa Ospo are both available for weddings. Here and here are two of my favorites from Villa Ospo. The King and Prince on St. Simons Island one of my most favorite places on earth. I could happily live out the rest of my days sitting on one of the resort’s swings overlooking the Atlantic. Here’s a gallery from this beautiful place.
  4. Quinney Oaks in Millen, Georgia, is a privately-owned, white columned historic home. The owners, who live in the home, have done extensive work to create a venue in which guests feel they’ve been invited to experience true Southern hospitality. With plenty of space for the wedding party to get ready, a gorgeous back garden for the ceremony, and a courtyard and covered porches for dancing and dining, it’s a stunning place to start your lives together. Here’s a gallery from a recent wedding.
  5. Hames Hall in Claxon, Georgia, is another white columned historic manor built in the 1950s by Dr. Curtis Hames, a world-famous heart doctor. It has large upstairs spaces for both ladies and gents to get ready. It front lawn is the perfect ceremony site. It has a dining room and covered patio areas for dining and dancing. Here’s a gallery from a beautiful sunny day at Hames Hall.
  6. The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, is near and dear to me. I ALMOST married there myself! The invitations were printed … and I got cold feet … about the unpredictable weather. Mark and I got married at our church instead. The Garden, however, now has beautiful rustic buildings, some of which are open air but covered. And all are beautiful! Here’s a recent gallery from there.

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