A perfect wedding venue is like a theater. You walk into it and admire the architectural and decorative details, but once the fanfare begins, the interior fades away and all that matters are the people in front of you. A perfect venue is tasteful and subtle. It doesn’t add too much or take away from the scene and it’s catered to you and your betrothed-to-be.
Picking that one-of-a-kind wedding venue for you and your future spouse sometimes means going a little bit off the beaten path. It means flying into an aviation museum, tying the knot at a massive plantation, a family-run farm or saying “I Do” in the deeper, more hidden areas. Discover the Southern charm and rich history of Georgia’s First City by saying your vows at one of these wedding venues off the beaten path in Savannah:
1. Red Gate Farms
A family-owned farm and 4,000 square-foot wedding and special event space, Red Gate is only a turn or two off the beaten path, about 10 minutes away from Downtown Savannah. It’s the perfect place to bring all your kin. Whether you dress up or down the barn, have the party inside or outside, a few decorations will transform this rustic Savannah wedding venue from a bland barn to a booming bash. Choose between the barn and its genuine stables, the meadow overlooking the water with its 300-year-old oak or the pavilion and its screen-in interior with waterfront views.
2. Bethesda Academy
A 650-acre boys school campus with historic buildings, marsh front views, lakes, timber land, a cattle farm and an organic garden all just 12 miles from the Historic District. No place like a youthful and bustling boys academy with large grounds for you to party, play and promise each other a lifetime of laughter and love. You can go to the Whitefield Chapel and get married or choose between the many outdoor options, such as the amphitheater, Tribble Plaza, H. Burroughs-Lawton patio and The Berne.
3. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
Drive just 20 minutes out of Savannah and fly straight into the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Here you will find The Rotunda Room, an expansive circular room with a sweeping staircase and sky high ceilings, as well as the Art Gallery Room, where you can celebrate among a selection of aviation art. If you’re looking for something more intimate, squeeze 80 guests into The High Wycombe Room and if you’d prefer something more traditional, then opt for the chapel, tucked in the Memorial Gardens with a pond, gazebos and vine-trimmed archways.
4. Cohen’s Retreat
Lively, bursting with color and hub for artistic inspiration, Cohen’s Retreat is just the place for an exuberant couple to dance down the aisle. Named after Mr. Percival (Percy) Randolph Cohen, the philanthropists behind Bethesda, Cohen’s Retreat was a part of a request in Cohen’s will for a facility “where men would not die old and lonely.” With the Art Tank for a lengthy guest list of 100 or more and The Porch or Library Bar for an smaller more intimate gathering, this Savannah wedding venue doesn’t disappoint. You can even rent out the entire space if you feel like splurging on your special day.
5. The Ford Plantation
The Ford Plantation is more than a little ways off the Savannah pathway, but most definitely worth the excursion. Nothing like 1,800 acres of South Georgia. Non-members are offered the main house wedding venue site along with a complimentary stay for two nights, breakfast, pool access, bicycles, access to the spa, dressing room and the opportunity to book golf or fishing activities, fitness classes, spa appointments and various other Ford Plantation amenities for a discounted price. Wed in style and celebrate lavishly with exquisite views of the Ogeechee River, lush greenery, five star catering, historic architecture and complete privacy to enjoy the wedding grounds with your closest friends and family.
Getting to these locations may mean straying off Savannah’s straight paths and away from the popular spots around town, but it’s worth the wander. Plantations, retreats, farms, museums and academies might not be the first places to come in mind when you think of where to get married, but they may be the difference between a memorable and an absolutely unforgettable festivity.