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Why get married in Athens

Go Bulldogs!

Home to the University of Georgia, any Bulldog fan would be right at home getting married in the charming spot of Athens. The college infuses the town with energetic spirit, making it a draw for visitors all across the state.

Progressive Southern Town

For the perfect blend of Georgian tradition and progressive culture, look no further: Athens has you covered with antebellum architecture, a historic downtown filled with hip boutiques, and a youthful college-town vibe that combine for a unique take on past-and-present Southern life.

Music is in the Air

Named the “#1 College Music Scene in America” by Rolling Stone, Athens seriously delivers when it comes to after-hours entertainment. Every musical genre can be found in its world-famous venues, and the local scene is supported by over 10 recording studios and hundreds of active bands. With that sort of talent, it’s easy to find the right soundtrack to back up your dream wedding.

The Welcoming Outdoors

Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offering a warm Southern climate, there’s a reason why so many couples exchange vows outdoors in Athens. (Hint: it’s because it’s totally lovely!)


With four distinct seasons, Athens enjoys sunny springs, hot summers, fall foliage, and occasional winter flurries.


Days are sunny with the temperature in the 50s and 60s. The temperature cools down to the 40s in the evenings.


Daily temperatures stick in the upper 80s to low 90s all summer long.


College football season kicks-off with temperatures in the upper 80s and concludes in the low 60s.


Winters are mild and short, with temperatures consistently in the 50s.

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Your Wedding Ceremony

The moment that you and yours unite in marriage is the most important part of the whole day, so don’t leave your wedding ceremony to chance. There are two vendors that make or break a ceremony — the officiants and the musicians. Don’t settle on these professionals until you find the ones you connect with and can really trust to make your vow exchange unforgettable.

Officiants and Ceremony Musicians

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Your Wedding Reception

What makes an unforgettable reception? Great food from local caterers, talented wedding florists that help you transform the space with beautiful blooms, and a rocking live band, to name a few. With the talent and creativity that lives here in Athens, you can rest assured your reception will be one your guests remember for a long time.

Athens Reception Vendors

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Your Rehearsal Dinner

Welcome your dear friends and family to Athens with a shared meal the day before your wedding. If you’re getting married in Athens, you won’t have any trouble finding a rehearsal dinner spot that fits the look and feel of your wedding weekend. From delicious Southern barbecue to fine dining with white tablecloths, Athens can make your rehearsal dinner truly special.

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Your Farewell Brunch

Don’t let the magic fade just yet! Hosting a brunch with your guests on the morning after your wedding at a local eatery is the perfect way to spend a few more moments with your loved ones before heading out to your honeymoon. So raise your glass one last time and toast to your happily ever after!

Wedding Welcome Bag

Trying to earn the title of #1 wedding hosts? We have the ticket. Greet your guests at their hotel rooms with wedding welcome bags filled with your Athens favorites and weekend essentials. Whether you throw in some Georgia peanuts, Cokes, or your favorite locally brewed beer, your guests will appreciate how you went the extra mile. Check out some of our favorite Athens wedding welcome bag ideas to get inspired.

Wedding Favors

Thank your dear friends and family for joining in the celebration of your big day by giving them a token of love and appreciation to serve as a memento of the festivities. And since your wedding is in Athens, why not draw inspiration for the favor from the city itself? From southern treats to UGA everything, there’s plenty to choose from.

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Guest Activities

Your wedding guests won’t get bored while in Athens. From great SEC football and outdoor adventures to local art and talented musicians, Athens is filled with activity that will keep you and your wedding guests on the go. A tour of the campus is a must, then cap it off by chowing down on some good Southern cooking at the best restaurants in town. Check out the top ten things to do in Athens from The College Tourist.

Places to Visit

Restaurant Recommendations

Come hungry when you come to Athens. From southern staples to modern menus, the Classic City serves up a little bit of everything these days. We’re hooked on Flagpole’s food and drink section and think it’s a great place to find new and exciting eateries to share with your out-of-town guests. They’re going to love eating their way through Athens.

Accommodations Recommendations

Sleep sweet in Athens. From large hotels to quaint inns, this town has it all. Make trip planning a little bit easier for your out-of-town friends and family by suggesting a few hotels at different price points that are close to the weekend’s festivities. That way, everyone can find a place that works for their wallet, and they will so appreciate your help. Check out our favorite places to stay in Athens.

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Your Engagement Session

Whether you choose the UGA campus, the heart of downtown, or a nearby farm, your Athens engagement photos are bound to be stunning. Incorporate them into your wedding decor, put them in a scrapbook for guests to sign, or simply use them as wall decor in your new home. However you use them, you’ll love a few more professional photographs of you and your spouse.

The Bachelorette Party

Have a weekend to remember in Athens with the soon-to-be bride. Bursting at the seams with activity, no matter what you are looking for, Athens will impress. From museums for the art lover to fancy restaurants and cozy bars for the foodie, you can’t go wrong in this little college town. Check out our top recommendations for an awesome bachelorette party in Athens.

The Bachelor Party

With outdoor activities for any outdoorsman and free-flowing beer and local music, Athens is a guy’s haven. Pack up your man and his best friends and send them off to Athens for a weekend to remember. With the wedding fast approaching, he will be delighted for a little getaway from the planning. Stumped on how to start? Our Athens bachelor party ideas will get the ideas flowing.

Major Annual Events to Consider

The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Athens events and add them to your radar.

Local Online Resources

Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Athens, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:

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Choosing Your Athens Wedding Vendors

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