Best Wedding Venues in Augusta, Georgia

Several times a month we are the recipient of phone calls asking "Are you a wedding venue?", "Do you know of any wedding venues?", "What venue do you recommend for my wedding?", and one of our most-asked questions on social media, "Where is that pond-house ceremony and can I rent it for my wedding?" (Sorry to say, no! It's a private estate!)

This spring wedding season we worked at a few venues that are new-to-us or that we have not worked at in a few years. It was a fun experience designing in new spaces, faced with new creative ideas (and challenges sometimes too!), and being able to work with new venue teams. 

When we work with our full-service clients, we walk them through the different venues we love to work at to try and find the best venue suited for their specific needs. This may mean going and walking through several options before settling on the right one for our couples' special day!

We thought it would be helpful for those newly-engaged Augusta brides if we put together a list of some of our favorite Augusta wedding venues (by no means is this all of the venues in town!) to help guide them in the very beginnings of their planning process!

The Old Medical College

One of our favorite venues in town, the Old Medical College, is a great fit for those couples who are having a food station/heavy appetizer reception for a large guest count, or a seated dinner for a smaller guest count. New rules dictate that you must put the dance floor and band downstairs in the Solarium, but the room is so beautiful that it is really the perfect place for them! We, fittingly, have had many medical student graduates come back to Augusta and host their weddings here. Images below by Ashley Seawell Photography, Leigh & Becca, & Mark Williams Studio.

 Image by Ashley Seawell Photography

Image by Ashley Seawell Photography

 Image by Leigh & Becca

Image by Leigh & Becca

 Ashley Seawell Photography

Ashley Seawell Photography

 Mark Williams Studio

Mark Williams Studio

The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation

A new-to-us venue this year, The Reserve Club at Woodside is technically not in Augusta. It is located in the beautiful town of Aiken, South Carolina, but that 30 minute drive is worth it once you see how beautiful this (public!) country club is. Recently renovated (by our bride & her mother!), the Reserve Club is the perfect mix of traditional with a fresh twist. The grounds lend themselves to many different options for layout and event flow, a beautiful ballroom perfect for a seated dinner, and onsite bridal and groom suites, which is always a bonus! Images below by Lauren Carnes Photography.

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Sacred Heart Cultural Center

For the couples who want that "wow" factor effect out of their venue, Sacred Heart is always a beautiful option. Once an operating Catholic church-this cultural center is always booked up for weddings and events. We have done everything from ceremony, to reception, to fundraisers, and even a fashion show in this space! The towering cathedral dome glows beautifully at night, truly a sight to be seen! Images below by Lauren Carnes Photography & Amy Noon Free.

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Amy Noon Free Photography

 Lauren Carnes Photography

Lauren Carnes Photography

 Amy Noon Free Photography

Amy Noon Free Photography

Champions Retreat

Champions Retreat is located just outside of the heart of Augusta, in Evans, Georgia. What we love about it is that it truly does feel like a retreat. The event space, called the Party Barn, is so well-designed, beautiful, and with the ability to rent the cottages onsite for your friends and family, you can really make a weekend out of your time out there. Champions is the perfect fit for those clients looking for a bit more of a rustic venue, but with elevated service and expectations. Images below by Rachel Tesch & Andrew Donnan.

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Rachel Tesch Photography

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Enterprise Mill

Enterprise Mill is one of those venues that makes it really easy on couples, they have a lot of the things you need already to go there, catering, rentals, etc. A once-mill-turned event center we like Enterprise Mill not only for wedding receptions, but especially for rehearsal dinners and other private events. With two events spaces, a nice outdoor area, and a gazebo for the perfect outdoor ceremony it is a great option for clients who love that rustic-meets-modern event space style. Images below by Amy J Owen Photography.

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The River Room at St. Paul's

Another beautiful option for guests who are looking for a great space for a seated rehearsal dinner or heavy appetizer/dancing reception is the River Room at St. Paul's Church. Looking out over the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, the River Room is a light-filled venue with pretty details. We love tenting the outside area to extend the space a bit more, allowing guests to soak up the beauty of the Savannah River. Images by Mark Williams Studio & Ashley Seawell Photography.

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Mark Williams Studio

 Ashley Seawell Photography

Ashley Seawell Photography

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Ashley Seawell Photography

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Mark Williams Studio

West Lake Country Club

One often overlooked option for weddings and events is the West Lake Country Club. You do not have to be a member here to host an event, and it really is a wonderful option for clients who are looking for an indoor/outdoor event space. The ballroom has lots of light and is a good size for a seated dinner or dancing reception. Our clients held the ceremony outside under towering pines and afterwards took a golf cart ride out to the 16th fairway for some beautiful portraits pond-side. Images below by Ashley Seawell Photography.

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Augusta Country Club

Now this list would not be complete without mentioning the gorgeous Augusta Country Club. Unfortunately you have to be a member (or close friends with one!) to be able to host your wedding or event here. If you are so lucky though, your guests are treated to beautiful views of their fairways, exceptional service, and a beautiful entertainment space. We have been a part of many weddings and events here, so the most difficult challenge here is making each one different! Images below by Lauren Carnes and Ashley Seawell Photography.

 Lauren Carnes Photography

Lauren Carnes Photography

 Ashley Seawell Photography

Ashley Seawell Photography

 Ashley Seawell Photography

Ashley Seawell Photography

Taylor + Peyton, Summer Augusta Country Club Wedding | Augusta, GA

As wedding planners, we love a good love story, and these two have quite the special tale. Taylor started working with us at Charleston Street in late 2017. A few weeks into her time here she got engaged! Taylor and Peyton are two high school sweethearts who reunited later in life. It was one of those "when you know you know" moments that warms your heart when you hear the story. They are such a sweet couple, and we were so honored to be asked to be a part of their day!

Our Taylor loves her blue, specifically that perfect shade of french blue. It's her absolute favorite, so we knew it had to be included! And that we did! From the bridesmaids dresses, to the linens, to the flowers, to the paper goods. However the bridesmaids' bouquets were composed of peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, dusty miller, and gorgeous hosta leaves in shades of pink and green to complement the blue of the Bill Levkoff dresses. Taylor's bridal bouquet was a stunning compilation of various kinds of peonies and ranuculus, with just a touch of dusty miller. It complemented her Anne Barge gown perfectly. 

The wedding took place at the end of June (just days before the 4th, as you will see below!). The ceremony was held at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, a sanctuary that has significant meaning and history to Taylor's family. And the reception was held at the beautiful Augusta Country Club. We had an all-star vendor team including Ashley Seawell Photography behind the lens, Cucumber & Mint for the ladies' hair & makeup, and Rhythm Nation keeping guests dancing well into the night! 

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Event Design and Coordination: Greg Boulus Events | Florals & Paper Goods by Charleston Street | Ceremony Venue: St. Augustine's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue & Catering: Augusta Country Club | Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography | Videography: Alana McArdle | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge from House of the Bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff from House of the Bride | Invitations: Crane from Charleston Street | Band: Rhythm Nation | Cake: Summer's Temptations | Hair & Makeup: Cucumber & Mint

Charlotte + Carson, Spring Farm Wedding | Wadley, GA

In late May, we packed up all our team and made the journey out to Wadley, Georgia, a tight-knit community where we have had the pleasure of producing several weddings on beautiful farms that mean so much to our clients. We were thrilled when Charlotte and Carson got engaged and came to us to help them design and plan their big day on Charlotte's family's farm. They were envisioning a large tented reception to gather their many friends and family members to celebrate their long-awaited nuptials (Charlotte had just finished 4 years of medical school a few weeks prior!). 

The ceremony was held under a towering pecan tree on the property. Our floral designers hung thick garland of various greens and swaths of white fabric from its limbs to create the ultimate romantic backdrop for Charlotte and Carson to exchange vows under. While the weather was a bit touch-and-go the whole week leading up to the big day, we were incredibly lucky the day-of! There were some light sprinkles throughout the morning but the sun peered out from behind the clouds just as the couple exchanged their vows, creating the most incredible light that beamed through the pecan tree. It was truly magical!

After the ceremony concluded, guests made their way across the property to enjoy cocktail hour in front of the towering white sails of the reception tent. The beautiful wooden round bar you see below was built by Carson and his dad. After cocktails, guests moved into the main tent, enjoyed food and drinks, and danced the night away while the sun set over River Ridge Farms.

There were several wonderful highlights from this wedding day, it is hard to pick a favorite. The oh-so-talented Elaine Burge came and did two live paintings of the day! Guests looked on as she created one of the ceremony and one of the first dance. Highly recommend incorporating a live-artist for any event, it was amazing to watch her creative process. Another highlight included Carson and his band mates getting on stage and performing for the rest of the guests as their band, Cracker Jack Prize. The grand finale of it all though was the incredible firework display Carson surprised Charlotte with as they made their way to their limo. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day. 

We had an all-star vendor team for this one, with photography by Mark Williams Studio, the catering provided by the all-star JK Culinary team, and non-stop dance party courtesy of the Celebrity All-Star Band it was a day for the books! See the entire vendor list below.

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Event Design & Production, Decorative Rentals, Linens by Greg Boulus Events | Floral Design & Paper Goods by Charleston Street | Photography: Mark Williams Studio | Catering & Bar Service: JK Culinary | Band: Celebrity All Star Band | Videography: CL Money Films |  Tenting & Rentals by Macon Tent Rentals | Ceremony Musicians: Soloist: Mike Jerel, String Quartet: led by Joe Kovac | Groom's Cake: Cake Art Studio | Wedding Cake: Tony Brett | Live Painting: Elaine Burge | Hair: Kellie Scarborough | Makeup: Kaleigh Simmons | Bridal Gown: Ines di Santo  | Men's Attire: Chancellor's Men Store | Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige