Historic Wedding Venues in Savannah, GA That Are Totally Unique
Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the the U.S., and unsurprisingly, there are dozens of unique buildings around town with historical character and charm. Some of our favorite wedding Venues in Savannah, GA are an old military fort, a converted warehouse, and a former railroad station. While definitely non-traditional, these unexpected venues guarantee that your wedding day will be a memorable, one-of-a-kind celebration.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
Couples looking for an out-of-the-box venue will definitely want to check out the Georgia State Railroad Museum. As the name implies, the venue is an old railroad terminal that has been preserved as a museum, and the site was even designated as a National Historic Landmark. A grassy area called the 'Machine Shop' features brick ruins that would make an interesting backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. There are four other spaces around the museum that you can rent, ranging from small indoor locations to larger buildings that can accommodate hundreds of guests. The best part is that the Georgia State Railroad Museum only hosts one event per night, so the entire venue is yours to enjoy! Lastly, the museum's proximity to the Savannah historic district makes it easy for your guests to reach.
Old Fort Jackson
History buffs, we've found your dream wedding venue! When it comes to historic wedding venues in Savannah, GA, Old Fort Jackson is the place to be. Built more than 200 years ago, Old Fort Jackson is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Savannah. It has scenic views of the Savannah River, a 300-mile waterway that originates in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Georgia's northern border. Today, Old Fort Jackson is a working museum that has historically accurate demonstrations, including cannon firings and honor guard ceremonies. The setting alone is sure to wow your guests, but to take things to the next level, you can contact the venue ahead of time to hire uniformed soldiers who will give fort tours or perform infantry drills during the reception. Every wedding at Old Fort Jackson includes farm tables and bench rentals.
Soho South Cafe
Take one look at this backdrop of twinkling string lights and you'll be in love with the Soho South Cafe! This quirky restaurant, which is housed in a former automotive service station, is one of the most unique wedding venues in Savannah. The beautiful steel-framed windows, exposed iron trusses and garage doors of the 1940s-era building give the space an industrial wedding look that we can't get enough of. Let's talk about the food: Savannahites rave about the weekend brunch here, so you can rest assured that your wedding menu is in good hands with venue's culinary team. With the furnishings left as-is, Soho South Cafe can accommodate up to 150 guests, or the wedding venue can be cleared out as a 'blank slate' and customized for larger groups (up to 200 people).
This century-old building in the heart of downtown Savannah has plenty of character for couples who want a non-traditional wedding venue. Savannah Station was built in 1902 as a stable for freight wagon horses, and many of the original industrial-style details (exposed beams, brick walls) still exist today. Thanks to those details, Savannah Station has a trendy, rustic-meets-urban feel that could work for a variety of wedding styles, making it one of the most popular Savannah wedding venues. This "blank slate" venue can be personalized with your own decor, or you can keep things minimal and let the space speak for itself. Event coordinators at Savannah Station will assist you with everything you need for your wedding, from providing vendor recommendations to on-site rentals, bar packages and decor set-up.
One of the most romantic wedding venues in Savannah, GA is the Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy. Located just a short drive from downtown Savannah, the 100-year-old chapel is a must-see for any couple searching for historic venues with plenty of Southern charm. Surrounded by gorgeous oak trees that are covered in Spanish moss, the chapel looks like something straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. It has even hosted several celebrity weddings — Paula Deen was married here in 2004, and Mandy Moore held a top-secret ceremony at Whitefield Chapel in 2009. Inside the chapel, there are original pews, chandeliers, brick floors, and an altar. Windows on both sides of the building let in plenty of natural light and a stained glass window behind the altar creates a beautiful ceremony backdrop for your vows. Whitefield Chapel can accommodate up to 135 guests and there are several reception spaces to choose from throughout the rest of the property.
Tybee Island Wedding Chapel & Grand Ballroom
The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel & Grand Ballroom is a historic wedding venue located on Tybee Island, Georgia. Situated 18 miles from downtown Savannah, the venue features a historic 1908 seaside, non-denominational chapel suitable for wedding ceremonies, and a grand ballroom that can be customized for a romantic wedding event. It offers picturesque scenery of the island’s natural beauty with evergreen forests for dramatic and surreal wedding celebrations. http://tybeeweddingchapel.com/
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Based in Savannah, Georgia, couples can use Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a unique, waterfront wedding venue. For over 25 years this company has been allowing ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties, and bridal shows to be hosted on their gorgeous vessels. Designed as traditional red, white, and blue paddlewheel riverboats, they allow couples and their guests to eat, drink, and dance the night away while enjoying scenic city views from the Savannah River. https://savannahriverboat.com/weddings/
About Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Located in downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is an unforgettable wedding venue. The historic space is home to covered, open-air ceremony options, framed by lush greenery and well-kept seasonal landscaping. With elegant spaces surrounded by two acres of privately owned gardens, couples will have beautiful backdrops for their ceremony and reception, or their bridal shower, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner.
Based in Savannah, Georgia, Bryson Hall is a historic event venue where weddings can be held. Located at the heart of the historic district in Savannah, this venue sits right across from Chippewa Square, cinematically famous for the “Forrest Gump” bus bench scenes. With large windows overlooking the giant, moss-covered oak trees, an original tin ceiling, a grand staircase, and chandeliers hanging above the grand hall, your guests are sure to remember their time at Bryson Hall.
Davenport House Museum
English Garden is a beautiful, intimate and secluded spot in the heart of Savannah's Downtown Historic District to hold your ceremony or reception or both. Close to fine dining and entertainment venues, you can spread your celebration out over the entire weekend. The space can be tented in the event of inclement weather.
Telfair Museums is comprised of two national Historic Landmark buildings – the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Owens-Thomas House – and the newest architectural landmark in Savannah, the 64,000 sq. ft. Jepson Center for the Arts (opened in March 2006). Each of these historic properties offers diverse, intriguing special events facilities that are ideal for your special event, including weddings, receptions, an Executive Committee dinner, Board retreat or cocktail reception.
A distinctive state-of-the-art museum building designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the Jepson Center for the Arts can accommodate very large groups in its soaring, three-story atrium, expansive galleries, and third-floor outdoor sculpture terraces. Located on Telfair Square just one building away from the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center also features a three-story central staircase ideally suited for the grandest of grand entrances, a 224-seat auditorium for presentations and small performances, a fully equipped boardroom and museum store.
The Telfair Academy, located on Telfair Square in the heart of the city’s famous historic district, has been Savannah’s wedding reception location of choice for decades. Tracing its history to 1883, the Telfair is the oldest public art museum in the South. Designed by English architect William Jay and completed c. 1819, the Telfair Academy is a National Historic Landmark building. This elegant building provides every event held there with a backdrop of world-class art and historic architecture. With its romantic, three-story Rotunda, classically beautiful Sculpture Gallery, remarkable period rooms,and intimate galleries featuring works from temporary traveling shows and from the museum’s own permanent collection, the Telfair Academy will make any size event truly memorable.
Also a National Historic Landmark building designed by William Jay, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Garden is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the United States. It is an elegant mansion and house museum featuring a carriage house and an inviting parterre garden that is ideally suited for late afternoon and evening events alfresco. Located on Oglethorpe Square in the historic district, the east façade of the Owens-Thomas House has a handsome porch overlooking the garden from which musicians can entertain guests. The garden fountain is a perfect spot for photographs and there is ample room for bar and food service tables. The lovely parterre garden of the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House is a wonderful location for outdoor cocktail parties for up to 100 guests, or even a small wedding ceremony.
Book at Square or Forsyth Park
If your heart is set on a wedding in one of Savannah's picturesque squares, you're in luck! Savannah's beautiful parks and 22 historic squares are available to be rented for private functions. Savannah's 22 historic squares are picture perfect spots for a wedding ceremony or reception. Permits for a given space are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications must be received at least 20 days in advance of the event with activities outlined in detail, including expected attendance, staging, tent usage, entertainment, electricity needs and any other pertinent information. Applications for a special event permit also require an on-site meeting to review the event at least two week prior to the date of the event. Contact Leisure Services to apply for special event permits at 912.351.3837, or stop by their office at Daffin Park.