Southern charm with a dash of contemporary class: The Graduate Hotel and the Foundry are the perfect wedding venue blend in the Classic City.
Featured image by Blane Marable.
ATHENS, Ga. – At the crossing of East Dougherty and North Thomas Street of Athens, Georgia, the Graduate Athens Hotel and the Foundry stand just blocks away from the heart of downtown Athens and encompass all of the things that make Athens, well… classic! Providing a hotel, full-service restaurant and bar, pool, spa, coffee shop and multiple event rooms, the Graduate Hotel and Foundry is a wedding venue that does not disappoint.
With the Graduate having over five separate spaces for wedding celebrations, including the Foundry Ballroom, two Gallerias, an outdoor Pavilion, and the Foundry, all accommodations can be met. If hotel guests are looking for some bookish brews, a short walk across the parking lot leads to Iron Works Coffee, a popular attraction for both local Athenians and students. Sporting the Athens born and southern made beer from Southern Brewing Company, along with many other insignias of the south, The Foundry Bar & Mill sits a few steps from the hotel as well. Exquisite southern grub that takes a twist on traditional southern dishes, such as fried pickles, and smoked brisket, fills the menu and provides a convenient and distinctive dining option for event guests when in between wedding festivities.
Photo courtesy of Blane Marable
Wedding party guests need some R&R time? Bridal parties can book a full day of spa packages (like a Hawaiin Lomi Lomi Massage and Reflexology) or a la carte services that range from massages and facials to manicures and eyebrow waxing. They can even get their makeup done at the spa before the main event.
The Pavillion is a picturesque venue for an outdoor rehearsal dinner or the ceremony. Situated in the courtyard, the Pavilion offers the same wooden beams and soft lighting as inside, but with an open atmosphere and a breeze. With open sides and a wooden backdrop at the end of the aisle, a ceremony can be done with a view of foliage while being in the shade. Accommodations can be made with additional window siding, heaters, and ceiling fans to ensure the festivities continue no matter the forecast.
The Graduate’s Pavilion, photo courtesy of The Graduate Athens Hotel
The indoor ballroom and both galleries offer beautiful, spacious areas that could be used for the rehearsal dinner or the wedding itself. The Foundry Ballroom sits at 2,600 square feet and can accommodate up to 250 people with an optional adjoining terrace available to rent. With these options, plenty of tables and chairs can be set up for a comfortable experience.
With exposed brick, tall ceilings and natural light, the Foundry offers a beautiful indoor space to host larger weddings and after-parties. The multi-tiered space includes balconies and doors that lead to a restful bar and restaurant. The terraces inside the room with a view of the main stage offer flexible space and the open dance floor. This feature combined with live music can guarantee dancing and cocktails among the wedding party.
Photo courtesy of Blane Marable
The well-deserved Graduate Hotel and Foundry were the recipient of the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award in 2016. With a classic experience for any wedding size, the Graduate and Foundry offer a variety of options while still creating an intimate atmosphere for a wedding in Athens.
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