- Eileen Falkenberg-Hull For the AJC
Just north of Atlanta, Gwinnett County's lush landscape and rich history offer a bride and groom numerous options for their wedding day.
Little Gardens (3571 Lawrenceville Highway NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044) – Day or night this 3-acre colonial estate in Lawrenceville transforms into an ideal wedding venue complete with a secluded garden and koi fish pond.
Catering: A Divine Events staff executes menu creations.
Alcohol: A Divine Events is a full-service catering company.
Bridal Suite: A large private bridal suite and groom's room is available.
Cost: Little Gardens works with renters to adhere to their budget.
Ashton Gardens (260 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Sugar Hill, GA 30518) – Bring the outdoors inside and get married in a serene floor-to-ceiling window-filled chapel tucked into the Gwinnett forest. After the ceremony, your guests can party in another window-filled space safe from the elements and a courtyard can be tented to expand the party.
Catering: Ashton Gardens has a full-service catering staff and does not allow outside catering vendors.
Alcohol: Ashton Gardens provides alcohol service when stipulated in a renter's contract.
Bridal Suite: A bridal suite and groom's lounge are available at the chapel.
Cost: Pricing is all-inclusive. Contact the Gardens to schedule a consultation.
Lanier Islands (7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518) – When you look at Lanier Islands as a venue, you get no shortage of options. There are 20 ceremony and reception sites available throughout the 1,500-acre resort.
Catering: Receptions include two build-your-own menus with catering done by the resort.
Alcohol: Beverage service available at an additional charge.
Bridal Suite: Complimentary wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom that can be used as a suite depending on the time of your ceremony.
Cost: Customization of your wedding plan is available including several transportation and luxury add-ons.
Payne-Corley House (2987 Main St., Duluth, GA 30096) – The 1873 restored farmhouse sits on 4 acres of land primed for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Or go halfway between, and opt for a tented ceremony and reception on the lawn.
Catering: Catering is done by an on-site team run by executive chef and owner Michael Ganley, who also runs Park Café.
Alcohol: The venue provides all the alcohol and serves it during your event.
Bridal Suite: A separate bridal suite and groom's house are available for use prior to your event.
Cost: Contact the venue's director of sales, Hope Follmer, for a personalized quote and tour. The ceremony rate is $500.
Vecoma at the Yellow River (4400 Vecoma Lane, Snellville, GA 30039) – Set in 70 acres of forested land in Gwinnett County, Vecoma at the Yellow River offers a tranquil setting that can be transformed for your big day.
Catering: All catering is handled by on-site staff and your event's menu is highly customizable.
Alcohol: Bar service is available for purchase with many packages to choose from.
Bridal Suite: A bridal suite is available for use.
Cost: For a complete list of rental rates, visit www.vecoma1.com.