Empire Mills is a historically preserved and restored cotton oil mill turned event venue located in the enchanting Madison, Georgia. A short 30 minute drive from Athens, Georgia and only an hour away from Atlanta. Empire Mills encompasses southern charm with industrial-style elements. Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, this property has been transformed and updated to suit the specific needs of a modern day venue.
Facilities & Capacity
The property includes a spacious banquet hall for receptions, a chapel, a bridal suite, a groom's lounge, and two outdoor courtyards with strung edison lights to make things even more romantic! The chapel can seat up to 279 guests (not including the wedding party on the stage) while the banquet hall can hold up to 436 guests, so if you're looking to have a large wedding, look no further!
Empire Mills offers a very unique dining experience as well, seeing as we are also a catering company, Hallie Jane’s Catering. Hallie Jane's Catering has a wide variety of food options available for your event. Having HJC on the same property ensures that your food will be freshly prepared steps away from your event and will come out hot for your guests! Our event managers know their way around the kitchen and the event space, guaranteeing the food display and flow will be executed flawlessly.
Empire Mills is located in the charming historic Madison, Georgia. Just a short 30 minute drive from Athens, Ga, and an hour east of Atlanta. The property is tucked away on the outskirts of town and sits parallel to the train tracks overlooking a pasture, so you won't have to worry about privacy! You'll feel like you're the only one's around!
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Mary Frances · Married on 06/10/2017
My husband & I knew we wanted to get married at Empire Mills the moment we saw it in person. We initially visited the space when it was being renovated into the beauty that it is today. I loved being able to see an old neglected building transformed into the perfect venue for our wedding. I was looking for a venue with character, a history and unique features - and this is exactly what you get with Empire Mills! The exposed brick, wrought iron, chandeliers and huge windows give you the perfect back drop for your wedding ceremony & reception. The staff at Empire Mills is top notch, too! They were so easy to communicate with which was important because I was coming from Atlanta and they were able to help me stay on top of my to do lists from afar! We were able to get ready and hang out in our own spaces with the bridal cottage and the man cave - huge bonus! But one of the best things is that Empire Mills is a package deal with Hallie Jane's catering and you will not regret it! I still get compliments on our wedding food with guests saying that it was by far their favorite wedding meal to date - and its been almost a year and half since I was married!
Details! Details! · Getting married on 03/14/2020
Beuatiful Venue, Exceptional Staff
As a wedding coordinator, I make sure to acknowledge when a venue has exceeded my expectations. Empire Mills did just that. Alex made a point to introduce himself early in the day and be available as the entire wedding party prepared for the day. They had flexibility in letting the family come set up the day before and conduct a rehearsal because they had no event scheduled. The event staff was in constant contact with me as they prepared to serve meals, pour champagne, cut cake, etc. Great service - Well done, Empire Mills!Sent on 01/23/2019
Betsy Taylor - Owner, Details! Details! of Marietta, GA
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Allison Verner Maddox · Married on 12/22/2018
Just Say Yes!
Empire Mills is a dream venue and the food from Hallie Jane's "wow'd" our guests! The staff is friendly and accommodating and helped make the whole experience that much more enjoyable. They envision each event as it's own making our night the perfect representation of "us" and one we will never forget.
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