For every couple preparing to say “I do,” where those vows are exchanged should be just as memorable and magical as the wedding date itself. Couples looking for a rustic, beautiful, year-round locale for their wedding ceremony need look no further than Gordon County, Ga.
Just 45 minutes from Chattanooga, Tenn., an hour from Atlanta, and located along Interstate 75, Gordon County is a convenient, classically Southern community teeming with natural beauty, modern amenities and small town charm.
“From beautiful buildings offering all-inclusive packages to gorgeous landscapes with scenic views, Gordon County boasts an array of wedding venues for intimate and large groups,” said Sarah Husser, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. “Traditional or outside the box, we can accommodate your needs.”
From the city of Calhoun to the banks of the Coosawattee River and the southernmost reaches of the Appalachians, Gordon County has something for every couple.
Here is a selection of places to say “I do” in and around Gordon County:
2400 On the River
One of the newest and most popular places to get married in Gordon County is 2400 On the River, a sprawling 28-acre property that opened in 2011.
“It is a beautiful atmosphere on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains,” Husser said.
The venue features an 8,700 square foot barn equipped with a cowboy saloon-style bar, a player piano, doors and windows dating to the 1800s, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a barn side porch and an open air timber-framed pavilion overlooking the Coosawattee River. There is seating space for 270 and standing room for 299 inside the barn, with seating for 300 and standing room for 395 in the pavilion.
The property at large features several gazebos overlooking a 5-acre lake and the Coosawattee, an antique bronze fountain with horses at the center, a thousand daffodils and more than 200 trees that breathe life to any event.
Other locations similar to 2400 On the River to consider include Yarborough Mill, home to an 1885 Victorian house built in Queen Anne style overlooking a gristmill, and Copper Creek Farm, which has props for photographs including a 1940 John Deere Tractor, old whiskey barrels, an Amish wagon and a bridge that spans the width of the creek.
Located on Nelson Lake, Cedar Hill is a waterfront venue hidden within 200 acres of private land. Wedding ceremonies may be held on the lake peninsula, with dockside cocktails and the reception held in a lakeside wedding tent. Cedar Hill offers both all-inclusive wedding packages and venue-only reservations with ‘a la carte’ add-ons.
The Velo Vineyard
Also in downtown Calhoun, the Velo Vineyard can play host to weddings and other events with around 100 guests. The Velo Vineyard features an in-house caterer and DJ, both of whom may be hired independently for ceremonies at other locations.
More to do and see in Gordon County
For any bride, groom or wedding party member looking to stretch his or her legs during a Northwest Georgia wedding weekend, Gordon County offers plenty of destinations to enrich the experience. From the Calhoun outlets to boutiques and antiques in downtown Calhoun, to the Harris Arts Center, there is ample shopping in the area. History-loving visitors may visit the battlefield historic site where the Battle of Resaca was fought during the Civil War, plus the nearby Resaca Confederate Cemetery and the Fort Wayne historic site. Calhoun is also home to the New Echota Historic Site, a Georgia State Park museum that memorializes the Cherokee nation and tells the story of the Trail of Tears.
Learn more about Gordon County, Ga., and discover other wedding venues by visiting the Gordon County Convention and Visitors Bureau online.