5 Charming Places for a Wedding in Savannah
With Savannah’s romantic architecture, cobble-stoned streets, horse-drawn carriages and fountain-filled squares, any place in the “Hostess City” is the perfect place for a dream wedding. The city’s old Southern charm works for black-tie or more laid back “I do’s,” which is why Savannah is topping many best wedding destination lists.
1. The Gastonian
Beautifully manicured azaleas, boxwoods and a babbling, tiered fountain are the wedding décor in the Gastonian’s private garden -- its most popular spot for nuptials. The cozy, 34-room bed-and-breakfast dating back to 1868 is the perfect place for couples looking to elope to an intimate setting oozing with Southern hospitality. The well-appointed parlor and dining room can host teas, dinners and small receptions with family and friends. Couples can stay in the Caracalla “Honeymoon” Suite with its elegant 4-poster bed, surrounded by antique furnishings, and even enjoy breakfast served on a silver tray.
2. The Mansion on Forsyth Park
If the Gastonian represents Savannah’s historic past, the Mansion on Forsyth Park blends Savannah’s classic traditions with modern touches. Contemporary art adorns the walls of this uniquely renovated Victorian Romanesque mansion, which hosts small wedding celebrations in its gleaming white marble garden courtyard and lovely private dining rooms. For a larger wedding, the Viennese Ballroom, with its 15-foot ceilings and dazzling crystal chandeliers, seats up to 200 guests. The mansion’s prime location on Forsyth Park means perfect wedding photos with Savannah’s famous fountain as a backdrop.
3. Forsyth Park
The most coveted place to tie the knot in Savannah is this 30-acre public park -- specifically, in front of the grand cast-iron fountain inspired by the fountain at Place de la Concorde in Paris. Brides vie for the sometimes-elusive bookings a year in advance, as the city only accepts bookings one year from exact wedding dates. The iconic setting beneath oaks dripping with Spanish moss and grand entrances on one of Savannah’s horse-drawn carriages may be worth the effort for the photos alone. Couples who want a more private moment can slip into the park on weekday mornings or evenings with a wedding officiant in tow.
4. Orleans Square
What could be more romantic than saying “I Do” in your very own Savannah square? All of Savannah’s squares can be rented from the city for the big day. With its own picturesque fountain framed by low-hanging, moss-draped trees, Orleans Square may be the second most popular location for weddings in the historic district. A reception at the nearby Harper Fowlkes House, an exquisite 19th century Greek Revival mansion filled with 19th-century china, sculpture and paintings, would be a fitting finale to a traditional Savannah wedding.
5. Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Minutes away from Historic Savannah, the cobblestone streets give way to a watery Atlantic crossing to Tybee Island’s wild marshes and unspoiled beaches. The barrier island provides an amazing wedding backdrop for laid-back, nature-loving couples. The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel’s whitewashed exterior and rustic interior match its natural, pristine surroundings. The sanctuary can transform into a simple, elegant reception space while couples pose with toes in the sand on the nearby beach and guests marvel at the chapel’s wooded expanse.