by Jessica Terson, Writer
The most sensational Atlanta weddings and celebrations aren’t always in a ballroom. With so many renowned museums and cultural destinations, the city offers a variety of exceptional private event venues. Create your own beverage concoctions at the Coca-Cola museum or enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres on a 45-yard football field. Raise a glass of champagne under the wing of a Boeing 747 or experience a first look in front of the largest dinosaur skeleton in the world. Create an event straight out of your imagination at these extraordinary Atlanta wedding and reception venues.
For dramatic lighting and innovative design…
As the Southeast’s leading art museum, High Museum of Art is home to an acclaimed collection of special exhibits and permanent art collections. After completing its design and construction, Richard Meirer was awarded the 1984 Pritzker Prize. The Taylor Lobby features two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and star-lit lighting for an ethereal and romantic celebration. The Robinson Atrium also boasts dramatic lighting with its fan-shaped glass ceiling. The four-story ramp leading to the museum’s permanent collections and galleries adds depth and interest to this magnificent event space.
Taylor Lobby Capacity: 330 (seated) – 450 (standing)
Robinson Atrium Capacity: 300 (seated) – 300 (standing)
For breathtaking backdrops…
Step inside the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and discover a world of ancient fossils and prehistoric cultures. The Great Hall boasts a soaring glass ceiling, natural woodland views and a dramatic winding staircase. Host a dinner beneath the bones of the world’s largest dinosaur or enjoy a cocktail reception on the adjacent outdoor terrace. For an unrivaled romantic celebration, head to the oval-shaped Star Gallery where a fiber optic ceiling displays the constellations of the night sky. Dramatic mood lighting provides additional illumination for a truly celestial experience.
Star Gallery Capacity: 100 (seated) – 125 (standing)
The Terrace Capacity: 250 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Great Hall Capacity: 400 (seated) – 600 (standing)
For innovation and elegance…
The Center for Civil & Human Rights features permanent and rotating exhibits that illuminate the past and present struggles for human rights around the globe. The building’s dramatic aesthetic takes its inspiration from the National Mall in Washington, Tahrir Square in Cairo, and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Cocktail receptions are particularly impressive in the The Glenn. The curved mezzanine, combined with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, is both innovative and elegant. A colorful mural pops against an all white wall for a beautiful, yet thoughtful, backdrop.
Mezzanine Capacity: 30 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Main Lobby Capacity: 130 (seated) – 250 (standing)
The Glenn Capacity: 170 (seated) – 300 (standing)
For vibrant colors and athletic inspiration…
With over 50 interactive exhibits, College Football Hall of Fame pays tribute to the greatest coaches and athletes of all time. For a colorful and vibrant celebration, host an event in The Quad. This three-story entryway to the Hall of Fame boasts an interactive wall of suspended university helmets. The Hall of Fame Rotunda, in addition to offering impressive views of the Atlanta skyline, features two stunning concentric circles of orbed lighting. For a celebration unlike any other, head to the 45-yard indoor Playing Field. Whether you can opt for banquet seating or a tailgate reception, the green turf and field goal post promise plenty of ‘grammable moments.
Hall of Fame Rotunda Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)
The Quad Capacity: 230 (seated) – 600 (standing)
The Playing Field Capacity: 900 (seated) – 1,330 (standing)
For a wild adventure…
Zoo Atlanta is proud to be Atlanta’s oldest cultural institution. Home to breathtaking scenery and over 1,000 animals, Zoo Atlanta offers a variety of unique event venues. Savanna Hall, originally built in 1921, boasts a grand Neoclassical façade. With over 25,000 square feet of event space, Savanna Hall is ideal for a large-scale gala or grand wedding celebration. We also love the Michael & Thalia Carlos Ballroom with its two outdoor terraces overlooking the African savanna. For an unforgettable outdoor celebration, Takamenda Gorilla Deck offers al fresco dining amidst the lavish Ford African Rainforest.
Takamenda Gorilla Deck Capacity: 70 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Delta Savanna Terrace Capacity: 150 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Michael & Thalia Carlos Ballroom Capacity: 615 (seated) – 745 (standing)
For European grandeur…
At the Millennium Gate Museum, visitors have the opportunity to discover Georgia’s rich history and cultural relevance. The museum’s iconic Gate is a classically-styled monumental arch surrounded by the picturesque Oval Lawn. Winner of the Palladio Award for design, Millennium Gate Museum offers several impressive event spaces. For indoor receptions, guests can enjoy the art galleries and sumptuous Rhodes-Robinson Room. For a magnificent outdoor wedding, Oval Lawn features a pillar-enclosed lawn with The Gate serving as an awe-inspiring ceremonial arch. We also love the Terrace and Rooftop for their breathtaking views.
The Rooftop at the Gate Capacity: 15 (seated) – 40 (standing)
Rhodes-Robinson Room Capacity: 24 (seated) – 40 (standing)
Oval Lawn Capacity: 250 (seated) – 450 (standing)
Millennium Gate Museum Buyout Capacity: 600 (seated) – 1000 (standing)
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