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What’s not to love about a farm wedding? Rolling hills, vaulted barn ceilings and rustic beauty make saying “I Do” a truly memorable occasion for both the newlyweds and their guests. When considering Athens, Georgia as a possible wedding location, most couples probably envision saying their vows in an artistic or urban setting, but just a few miles outside of downtown lies a rural oasis, perfect for anyone searching for a southern picturesque setting.
The Belmont Place
Rustic, yet chic, The Belmont Place, is the ideal venue for couples who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, without venturing too far. Located just 10 miles from the University, the Belmont place sits upon 5 acres of manicured countryside.
Although it is up to each individual couple, many people choose to hold their ceremony outdoors with the forest of oak trees as their backdrop. If planning an outdoor wedding a year in advance sounds a bit too stressful, fear not, because the ceremony can easily be moved into the barn if weather proves an issue.
Despite the fact that many people adore barn weddings, the term “barn” in this case seems a bit misleading. The building is an old dairy barn that has been renovated into a southern masterpiece. From the grand stone fireplace that lines an entire wall, to the exposed beam ceilings lined with string lights. One step through the doorway and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a fairytale.
The Bridal Party
The magic of the Belmont Place does not simply begin and end with the onstage venue. In addition to the picture perfect areas the guests see, the venue offers a spacious cottage perfect for the bride and her bridal party. The bridal suite successfully captures the rustic-farmhouse theme of the venue without feeling run down. It is fully equipped with dressing rooms, make-up and hair areas, and a full bathroom, to ensure the bride has everything she needs to feel like a princess on her special day. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the cottage also offers a full sitting area complete with a coffee bar, so the bride and her friends can relax before the ceremony starts.
While the bride and her bridesmaids are busy preparing in their cottage, the groom and his groomsmen can kick back and prepare for the big day in the groom’s quarters. The newly renovated area offers a sizable bathroom and a relaxation area for the men to enjoy before walking down the aisle.
One of the best parts of booking the Belmont Place for your wedding is that although it feels miles away from the commotion of a city, it is actually only about a 20 minute drive from the center of downtown Athens. This location makes it easy for your favorite Athens restaurant to cater and for your favorite stylist to do your makeup, but it also means that your out of town guests will be pleased. Many rural weddings pose the complicated question of “where will my guests stay,” but rest assured Downtown Athens and the surrounding area is home to a selection of wonderful hotels that are sure to meet your guests’ needs.
If having a chic, rural wedding with the location benefits of a large town sounds like your cup of tea, make sure to book your dates early. This popular venue books out months in advance and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the perfect wedding day. You can find out the exact cost and venue details by visiting their website www.belmontvenues.com.
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