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Celebrate the Bride & Groom With a Great Reception

Feb 18, 2016 10:24PM ● By Tracy McCoy

No wedding is complete without a reception to celebrate the new couple. The wedding reception is the place where the bride and groom dance together for the first time, eat cake, converse with guests, break a glass for luck, get hoisted on chairs, or complete any number of other cultural rituals depending on the type of wedding they are having. A successful wedding reception is key to having a successful wedding. Thus, choosing the right wedding reception location is vital.

You typically want the wedding reception location to be close enough that guests can get there quickly from the ceremony. You also want to make sure it is roomy enough to accommodate all your guests and that it looks pretty. Doing all this on a budget can be difficult, so it is also essential to know how much you can afford to spend before you go looking for a reception location.

You also need to consider related factors, such as the rules of the possible location. For example, some wedding reception venues will allow you to bring in your own food or caterers. Others will require that you use theirs. Some will permit you more leeway and freedom as far as decorations, while others have more stringent rules. Make sure you ask all of these questions when you pick out your wedding reception location so you aren’t disappointed after you put the deposit down.

Time is also a factor as well. Many of the best or most popular wedding reception locations book up early, sometimes as early as years in advance if you want to get married on a popular day (such as Valentines Day). If you are planning a last minute wedding, this means that you may have to be less choosy when it comes to a wedding location.

Wedding Reception Location Options

The wedding reception location options available to you depend a lot on the size of your wedding and your budget.

Possible options include:

• Banquet Halls

• Country clubs

• Hotels

• Event Centers

• Vineyards/Wineries

• Your Home or a Family Member’s Home

Of these, obviously your own home is the least expensive, while country clubs and hotels may tend to be more costly. Your wedding planner can help you determine costs, evaluate wedding locations and make the right decision about which wedding reception locations are right for your big day.

We have included a list of local event venues that may work for you. We have separated them by county and we have included websites (so you can gain more info), addresses and phone numbers. Don’t thank us, we are happy to help!

Rabun County, Georgia

12 Spies Vineyard

550 Black Branch Rd, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

813.335.2886 -

Andy’s Trout Farm

115 Andys Trout Farm Rd, Otto, NC 28763

706.746.2550 -

Beechwood Inn

220 Beechwood Dr, Clayton, GA 30525

706.782.5485 -

Betty’s Creek Barn

271 Big Creek Road, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

706.982.9192 -

Chapel of Sky Valley

817 Sky Valley Way, Sky Valley, GA 30537

706.746.2999 -

Chota Falls

1810 Rickman Airfield Rd, Tiger, GA 30576

Phone: 706.490.5557 -

Rabun County Civic Center

201 W Savannah St, Clayton, GA 30525

706.212.2149 –

Rabun Manor

205 Carolina St, Dillard, GA 30537

703.851.9338 -

Kindwood Resort

401 Country Club Dr, Clayton, GA 30525

706.212.4100 -

Splendor Mountain

359 Eastman Mountain Rd, Tiger, GA 30576

404.218.7638 -

Stonewall Creek Vineyard

323 Standing Deer Ln, Tiger, GA 30576

706.212-0584 -

Tallulah Falls Wedding Chapel

101 School Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

800.711.0372 – 706.490.1484

The Dillard House

1153 Franklin St, Dillard, GA 30537

706.746-2038 -

The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek

Blue Ridge Gap Rd, Clayton, GA 30525


The Pavilion at Lake Rabun

1757 Lake Rabun Rd, Lakemont, GA 30552

706.782.6110 -

Tiger Mountain Vineyards & Red Barn Cafe

2592 Old 441 S, Tiger, GA 30576

706.782.4777 -

Waterfall Country Club

1105 Waterfall Dr, Clayton, GA 30525

706.212.4000 -

Oconee County, South Carolina

Chattooga Belle Farm

454 Damascus Church Rd, Long Creek, SC


864.647.9768 -

Habersham County, Georgia

Glen Ella Springs Inn & Restaurant

1789 Bear Gap Rd, Clarkesville, GA 30523

706.754.7295 -

The Community House

601 Wyly St, Cornelia, Ga. 30531

706.778.8585 -

Towns County, Georgia

Brasstown Valley Resort

6321 U.S. 76, Young Harris, GA 30582

706.379.9900 -

Crane Creek Vineyards

916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA 30582

706.379-1236 -

Hightower Creek Vineyards

7150 Canaan Dr, Hiawassee, GA 30546

706.896-8963 -

Ridges Resort

6321 U.S. 76, Young Harris, GA 30582

706.379.9900 -

Macon County, North Carolina (Franklin)

Cat Creek Lodge

109 Holly Springs Village Rd, Franklin, NC


828.524.0991 -

Snow Hill Inn

531 Snow Hill Rd, Franklin, NC 28734

828.349.9009 -

Stephens County, Georgia

Georgia Baptist Conference & Retreat Center

462 Sonrise Way, Toccoa, GA 30577

706.886.3133 -

Toccoa Falls College – Toccoa Falls

107 Kincaid Dr, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

706.886.6831 – 1.888.785.5624 -

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