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Pricing information

Reception
$9,500 starting price
Ceremony
$9,500 starting price
Bar service
$8 per person
Reception
$9,500 starting price
Ceremony
$9,500 starting price
Bar service
$8 per person

About

On WeddingWire since 2016

Historical yet welcoming, 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House is an artistic wedding venue based in Athens, Georgia. This estate invites you in with towering oaks, marble fireplaces, and abundant chandeliers. Our location is secluded enough to transport you to another time, but also just minutes from downtown Athens, Five Points, and the University of Georgia. With both indoor and outdoor space, the Hardeman-Sams property is the perfect canvas to host any event year-round. ​

Facilities and Capacity

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House can accommodate up to 200 guests over its multiple event spaces. The venue's private garden is ideal for a lush outdoor ceremony space. Their outdoor space includes a private southern garden, grassy lawn, and stone courtyard. If you're having a large affair, the landscaped lawn or the historical garden is the perfect location. For more intimate weddings, the historical manor can accommodate 100 guests seated or 200 guests for a cocktail reception.

Services Offered

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House can offer a tour around the site with its event manager while discussing packages for your events. Its services include:

  • Entertainment services
  • Wedding planning
  • All-inclusive packages
  • Cleanup and setup
  • Event planning
  • In-house bar
  • Preferred vendor referrals


Other Services

In addition to hosting weddings, 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House and Garden is the perfect place to celebrate a:

  • Engagement party
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Wedding luncheon
  • Elopement
  • Anniversary party


History

In 1910, Benjamin Frank Hardeman built this estate on Milledge Avenue with his wife, Annie. They were known for throwing some of the largest and most elegant parties in all of Northeast Georgia. In 1932, the property was sold to Walter A. Sams, president of the Athens Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$9,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$9,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$9,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$9,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$8

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

12

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Reviews of 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House

4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
104 Reviews
97% recommend it
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
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  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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255 Milledge is highly praised by couples who have had their weddings there. The venue is described as stunning and elegant, with beautiful gardens and a magical atmosphere. The staff, including Kim, Bonnie, and Megan, are commended for their exceptional service and attention to detail. The in-house florals and coordination services are also highly recommended. Guests have had a wonderful experience and highly recommend 255 Milledge for a perfect wedding day.

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255 Milledge is highly praised by couples who have had their weddings there. The venue is described as stunning and elegant, with beautiful gardens and a magical atmosphere. The staff, including Kim, Bonnie, and Megan, are commended for their exceptional service and attention to detail. The in-house florals and coordination services are also highly recommended. Guests have had a wonderful experience and highly recommend 255 Milledge for a perfect wedding day.

Weddingwire
4.9/5 104 reviews
Google
4.9/5 151 reviews
Hannah
Hannah G. Sent on 05/08/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Venue in Georgia!!

If I could give more than 5 stars I would! My husband and I got married at 255 Milledge in April of 2024, and it was better than anything I could have ever dreamed of. Working with the staff at 255 is SO easy, and they work tirelessly to make your dream wedding come to life. Their bar service and florals are outstanding, too. If you're looking to get married in the Athens area, this is literally the only spot you should consider. Their grounds are impeccable, the house is beautiful and historic, and the staff are organized, detailed, and professional. Every single guest that attended our wedding said it was the best wedding they had ever been to... the flow of the event is smooth and the property itself is gorgeous and unique. It really is genuine, southern hospitality and I would recommend this place to anyone!
Linda
Linda H. Sent on 05/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding

I can't thank the venue at 255 enough for providing the perfect venue for our daughter's wedding! The minute we walked in to look at this venue, we knew this would be the ideal venue for Kristi. The recommended vendors and their seamless collaboration removed any stress from the planning of this wedding. The venue's natural beauty enhanced by the flowers and decor, perfectly captured the vision Kristi had in mind. On the day of the wedding, Kim and her vendors were on-site, ensuring that everything ran smoothly.

The Knot, wedding website, provided ideas to help in the vision and invitations. Jackson and June, event planner, worked with Kristi and Billy at least once a month, then week, then day, to be the go between person for all of the other vendors. This includes the florist, photographer, Epling Events, the caterer, and Five Points Beverage Store. I apologize if I have left anyone forgotten.

If you are looking for a venue with a beautiful, natural setting, and professional guidance to provide the "wedding of their dreams", it would be wise to check out 255 Milledge in Athens, Ga. You will also be able to enjoy the wedding without stress. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Linda and Rick Hagauer
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Allie H. Sent on 04/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Amazing!

My husband and I got married at 255 a few weeks ago and it was the most perfect day ever! Kim and Megan are exceptional at what they do and go out of their way to make sure that you have the best day ever! They go above and beyond in making sure the day is going as smooth as possible.

Megan was my go to person throughout the entire process and was always helpful with any questions I had and was great to work with! My family and I were also so grateful for her help with my 97 year old grandma that was able to join the ceremony after we were uncertain if she would be able to come. This meant so much to my family and I and we were so appreciative of her!

Additionally, Kim takes pride in 255 and ensures that it's in pristine condition!! They are constantly updating the grounds and incorporating new features to elevate your experience.

I really cannot recommend them enough, they were such a joy to work with and we will never get over how perfect our wedding day was!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements
LUXE Atlanta LUXE Atlanta Wedding Rentals

I recently had the pleasure of working with Kim and Bonnie on a shoot at 255 Milledge and let me tell you, these two ladies are awesome! Super professional and sweet and the venue is absolutely stunning! From the historical house to the beautiful garden and grounds! The photographer was able to amazing shots both indoors and out! If I had the opportunity to redo my wedding, I would have chosen this charming venue! Thank you again for everything ladies!

Wildside Creative Co Wildside Creative Co Wedding Photographers

I love working with everyone a part of this venue! They were absolutely lovely people to be around and excellent at what they do!

Trumps Catering Trumps Catering Wedding Caterers

Such a beautiful venue! Kim and her team have done a wonderful job making this place new. So many many different ways to style this historical building and who can resist the garden!

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