Posted on August 26, 2016 by Nikki White
Savannah is easily one of the most romantic cities in the South, and a perfect place to say “I Do.” With its famous historic squares, the fountain at Forsyth Park, and the beautiful historical churches, there are plenty of classic venues to choose from—but with such an eclectic culture full are art and diversity, why not stray from the typical and tie the knot at a unique wedding venue in Savannah? If you are looking for a ceremony or reception location that’s a bit more personal, then look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the most whimsical and off-beat venues in Savannah—locations that will speak to you on a completely new level!
1. Savannah Riverboats
Get ready to set sail and have a grand nautical adventure on your big day! In Savannah, you can have your wedding right on the river with the Savannah Riverboat Cruises! Feel the breeze in your veil, and let River Street and the Talmadge Bridge be the perfect backdrop for when you say “I do” to your sweetheart on the Savannah River. The Savannah Riverboat Cruises offer plenty of packages, whether you’re looking for something big and elegant or a small, intimate elopement package.
Who to contact: call (800) 786-6404.
Photo provided by Savannah Riverboat Cruises.
2. The Gingerbread House
What’s more unique than celebrating your big day in a gingerbread house? In Savannah’s Victorian District the elegant “Asendorf House” awaits, with its steamboat gothic architecture, cozy fireplaces, shady gazebo and serene waterfall in the courtyard and gingerbread-style arches, for which it was renamed “The Gingerbread House.” This refined southern space is sure to give grooms and brides and intimate ceremony rich in charm to cherish forever.
Who to contact: [email protected]
Photo provided by The Gingerbread House.
3. Old Fort Jackson
Whether you’re a history buff, military enthusiast or just looking to get outside and have an immersive, enchanting event with a monumental backdrop, Old Fort Jackson brings a rustic charm unlike any other. Take advantage of the beautiful riverside for your ceremony, then host a grand reception inside of the fort’s gazebo! With over 200 years of history, this space has a lot to offer.
Who to contact: Event Coordinator Natalie Butler at [email protected] or (912) 651-6823.
Photo by Rich Burkhart, courtesy of the Coastal Heritage Society.
4. The Telfair Museums
Art museums exist to display art that should be remembered throughout the ages—what better place to have your wedding, an event that should also be remembered throughout the ages?
Whether you choose the modern architecture of the Jepson Center, the historic elegance of the Telfair Academy or the beautiful garden of the Owens-Thomas House, the Telfair Museums offer something for everyone.
If you want a classic vintage feel, the Telfair Academy promises that and more with beautiful art and sculptures as the backdrop to your elegant event, and can hold about 220 people. For those with a taste for the state-of-the-art who prefer a more modern affair, the Jepson Center offers a sleek and unique space, flooded with light from a wall of windows overlooking the Telfair Square and can accommodate up to 400 guests for a wedding reception. Now if you’d rather have a more intimate ceremony, then consider the Owens-Thomas House, which has its own quaint little garden, perfect for a serene southern wedding, and can accommodate up to 100 people.
Who to contact: Jessica Denmark at [email protected] or (212) 790-8879.
Photos courtesy of Telfair Museums.
5. Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
They say that love is like a flower—and what better way to celebrate your love, than to have your wedding surrounded by beautiful flowers at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens?
This is the place to consider if you love nature and the natural beauty that it has to offer! They have quite a few different venues to choose from, and multiple indoor and outdoor options. You can really make your event whatever you want at the Botanical Gardens, formal or informal, surrounded by those who will watch your love bloom for years.
Who to contact: email [email protected] or call (912) 921-5460.
Photo provided by Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.
6. Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Want to get married close to the beach, but with a roof over your head? Check out the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, the island's famous wedding chapel, just a hop, skip and jump away Tybee's North Beach .
This oh-so-elegant location has tons of space—7,000 square feet of it! There’s a quaint little chapel for the ceremony, as well as a beautiful ballroom for the reception. But how has this space made a name for itself? It’s where scenes from “The Last Song” (starring Miley Cyrus) was filmed and David Tutera even did an episode of “My Fair Wedding” here! We all know what fabulous taste he has.
Who to contact: Ray Anaya at (800) 786-5889 or [email protected]
Photo by Apt. B Photography, courtesy of the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.
7. Service Brewery
Do both you and your honey have a soft spot for craft beer, or do you want to show your support for our nation’s veterans and troops? Service Brewing Co. is a veteran-owned and -operated brewery in Savannah that crafts authentic American-made beers. With plenty of space for a wedding ceremony and reception, Service is sure to make your wedding the talk of the town, not to mention you’ll have the some pretty great drinks at an incredibly sleek bar.
Who to Contact: Co-owner Meredith Sutton at [email protected]
Photos provided by Meredith Sutton.
8. Garibaldi’s Café
Your wedding day might not include snacking on pastries or sipping lattes while reading your favorite book, but you can still say your vows in the warm atmosphere of a café!
Located across the street from City Market, Garibaldi’s Café is a beautiful, elegant eatery right in the heart of Downtown Savannah, which can transform into a magnificent venue for your special day. It’s relatively inexpensive, the food is to DIE for and the space is oh-so stylish. There is both an upstairs and a downstairs—plenty of room for a ceremony and a reception.
Who to contact: (912) 232-7118
Photo by Ariel Renae Photography, courtesy of Garibaldi’s Café.
9. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Let your “ship” officially set sail at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum! Offering a spacious and covered courtyard with a brick patio surrounded by a gorgeous garden, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum sets a scene fit for a movie. Whether you want a whimsical wedding or a refined rendezvous, this beautiful spot is nothing if not romantic. They also allow over 300 guests, so this might be the perfect spot if your guest list is overflowing.
Who to contact: [email protected] or (912) 232-1511
Photos by Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, courtesy of Ships of the Sea Museum.
10. The Mackey House
Is your dream wedding venue something huge, luxurious, accommodating and nothing short of perfection? Picture yourself walking down the aisle in a big, beautiful southern mansion with expounding with elegance and loads of charm. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, good news—you can make that dream a reality at The Mackey House in Savannah!
Located next to Red Gate Farms, the Mackey House is a beautiful colonial mansion that has pretty much anything you’d need for your special day. With large, spacious rooms, a 2,500-square foot deck and a giant pavilion, there’s more than enough space to accommodate as many guests as you need! The mansion sits on 440 acres of historic land, and is surrounded by 200-year-old oak trees and the natural beauty that Coastal Georgia has to offer.
Who to contact: Jordon at [email protected] or (912) 234-7404.
Photos provided by the Mackey House.
11. The Georgia State Railroad Museum
All aboard the wedding train—next stop, the time of your life! Let the historical terminal and railcars at the Georgia State Railroad Museum create the perfect backdrop for your special event!
This is the PERFECT place for a rustic wedding. With the exposed brick, the tall ceilings and the wooden beams, it needs very little decorating to look absolutely stunning in photos. You can also get married right outside by the trains if you want!
Details: Event Coordinator Natalie Butler at [email protected] or (912) 651-6823.
Photo by Rich Burkhart, courtesy of the Coastal Heritage Society.
12. Red Gate Farms
Don’t worry, there aren’t any horses or cows in the barn at Red Gate Farms, instead just the right amount of country flair to make your wedding the perfect southern shindig. From the big red barn, to the meadow anchored by an enchanting live oak tree and the waterfront pavilion, Red Gate Farms offers several settings for a Southern Living-worthy wedding.
The barn, which features genuine horse stables, is the perfect backdrop for a chic country wedding and is enough to make anyone want to kick off their boots and dance! Not to mention they offer an all-inclusive package complete with rustic ceremony arbor, farmhouse centerpieces and an antique piano for décor, a wood pallet bar, a rustic wood table, as well as two farmhouse tables and all the tables, chairs and white linens needed for the reception.
Who to contact: Megan at [email protected] or (912) 438-0995.
Photo provided Red Gate Farms.
13. 10 Downing at Churchill's Pub
Capture the relaxing vibes of with downtown class on your wedding day by hosting your special event at 10 Downing above Churchill's Pub, an authentic British pub in Downtown Savannah.
This is the perfect spot for a small, affordable wedding and reception of about 100 or less. The space is simple and elegant, and the service and food are absolutely stunning. You can have your ceremony there and cocktails in a separate location while the staff transforms the banquet hall into your beautiful reception space.
Who to contact: Their banquet manager at (912) 232-8501.
Photo provided by Churchill's Pub.
14. Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion
Do you want that perfect ocean view for your wedding, without all of the sand dirtying your dress, or expensive new shoes? No worries! You can rent the entire Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion and get hitched right over the water!
Have your ceremony out on the pier and take advantage of the beautiful shore and the skyline, then sit down for a wonderful reception dinner under the covered pavilion. Easy and breezy!
Who to contact: call (912) 652-6780.
Photo by Greg Ceo.
15. The Savannah Station
Saddle up for a grand evening at the Savannah Station, a stable/warehouse-turned-ballroom in Downtown Savannah!
The Savannah Station is a beautiful ballroom with a ton of history. It was built in 1902 to originally be a stable for the horses that hauled freight wagons for the Southern Express Company, and in 1918 it was sold to the American Railway Express. It has since been a furniture warehouse, a garage for tour buses, and now it’s become a rustic, elegant ballroom for events, parties and conventions.
It’s such a gorgeous, rustic space for a wedding event! It features a large ballroom, as well as a bar, and the staff are there to help 100 percent of the way on your big day! This space is pretty affordable, and super flexible.
Who to contact: Theresa at [email protected] or (912) 233-5400.
Photo provided by the Savannah Station.