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Reception
$5,000 starting price
Reception
$2,000 starting price
These prices are available for the months of Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec. These prices are available for the months of Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2018

Empire Mills is a lovingly restored historic mill nestled in Madison, an idyllic small town in Georgia, located just an hour southeast of Atlanta. Originally built in 1913 by Empire Cotton Company, the original indoor spaces have been transformed to fit the needs of a modern day venue. Featuring spacious climate controlled indoor spaces, three accordion-style halls, two outdoor courtyards, getting ready rooms, and strolling culinary gardens, Empire Mills marries industrial sophistication with rustic charm. Exclusive caterer, Hallie Jane鈥檚 Catering, tailors menus to what is in season from the venue's garden and local farm partners.

Facilities & Capacity

The property includes a spacious banquet hall for receptions, a chapel, separate getting-ready areas for the wedding party, and two outdoor courtyards with strung bistro lights and antique syrup kettle firepits. The chapel can seat up to 225 guests (not including the wedding party on the stage), while the banquet hall can hold up to 225 guests.

Exclusive Catering

Hallie Jane's Catering is the exclusive full-service caterer for Empire Mills. Serving the Southeast for over 20 years, Hallie Jane's has mastered the art of hospitality and delivering seamless events. Housed on the same property as Empire Mills, the food is sure to come out hot and fresh for your guests! We provide full bar service, including barware, glassware, and bartenders. Clients only need to supply alcohol.

Location

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. New restaurants, markets, and bakeries have opened in downtown Madison in 2023, making it a popular weekend destination for those looking to get away from the bustle of the city. The property is tucked away on the outskirts of town and sits parallel to the train tracks overlooking a pasture, so privacy will be no concern. You'll feel like you're the only ones around!

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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?

$5,000

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

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

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

Bartender(s)

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

75

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Historic Building

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
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
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
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Outside Alcohol
Signature Drink

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Chairs
Chair Covers
Decor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
June
July
August
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Reviews of Empire Mills

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
25 Reviews
98% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Macy K. Sent on 10/31/2022
5 out of 5 rating

My dream wedding

I don鈥檛 know where to begin. I鈥檝e seen photos of other wedding at Empire Mills and thought it was beautiful, but never thought I would have to opportunity. When I got engaged, my fianc茅 actually was the one who set up a visit for us to see. We walked in, spoke with Katie-Marie who is absolutely amazing, and both were in love. We booked that day.
Katie-Marie and Kathleen worked with us and were the most patient with me especially as I was doing it all by myself with no knowledge of how it all works. They both gave me guidance and ensured I was taken care of.
The attention to detail and management of our wedding was so thorough. They make events seem less as almost everything can be done with them or added on. I like to call it a one stop shop. Hallie Janes being in house catering was a major plus too. We had a plated meal and every plate came out hot and the steak pulled apart like butter. It was one of the highest compliments from our guest.
Empire Mills gave me that intimate industrial wedding I dreamed of. Having everything in one place and all feet away, our guest simply showed up and just shifted from building/ hall to hall for each part of our evening. It couldn鈥檛 have been more perfect for our big day. Thank you to the coordinators, chef, owner, and those who work behind the scenes. You made our day what it was!
K
Kendall Sent on 04/28/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The Coolest Venue ever!!!

The moment I saw Empire Mills, I was instantly in love! It is the coolest venue and has the most unique touches throughout. It has great indoor and outdoor options, which is very important when you have to utilize a rain plan like I did. Everything still turned out perfectly. The staff were so great to work with! I had to postpone my wedding twice due to covid and Empire Mills remained completely flexible throughout the entire process. Hallie Janes, the onsite catering company, is an added perk to this venue. The food is amazing and fresh. Several guests told me it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding! I wish I could get married at Empire Mills over and over again!
Jordan
Jordan B. Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue

We heard about Empire Mills from a friend and when we visited the venue it was love at first sight. The old cotton oil mill has been beautifully restored and made a perfect setting for my dream wedding! Kathleen was great and very responsive to our requests and questions. The staff for the wedding and reception was great and the food was delicious! We received so many compliments about how beautiful and perfect everything was at Empire Mills! We totally agree and couldn鈥檛 have been more pleased!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

Team

Savannah Van Laar
Savannah Van Laar
Chief Operations Officer

Savannah, the eldest daughter of Empire Mills founder Hallie Zimmerman, serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Empire Mills. Raised within the business, Savannah has worked in various capacities from wait staff to administrative assistant and now COO. After earning her undergraduate degree at The Citadel, Savannah spent 6 years serving in the US Army as a logistics officer. During her time in the military, she met her husband Josh, whom she married right here at Empire Mills on New Year鈥檚 Day of 2021! After earning her MBA, she returned to Empire Mills to continue on the family business!

Sophie Duan
Sophie Duan
Event Designer

Sophie, the youngest daughter of Empire Mills founder Hallie Zimmerman, serves as the lead event designer for Empire Mills weddings. Raised in the business, Sophie boasts a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of weddings, gained through years of hands-on experience in various departments. Her attention to detail guarantees that every moment of your special day is not only well-planned but filled with love. With over a hundred weddings under her belt, Sophie brings a deep passion for transforming visions into reality!

Preferred Vendors

Hallie Jane's Catering
4.8 out of 5 rating , 31 Reviews
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Claire Diana Photography
5.0 out of 5 rating , 16 Reviews
路 Wedding Photographers
CRUSH event rentals LLC
4.8 out of 5 rating , 26 Reviews
路 Wedding Rentals
Amanda Jewel Floral + Design
5.0 out of 5 rating , 8 Reviews
路 Wedding Florists
Gardenia Floral Design
4.9 out of 5 rating , 70 Reviews
路 Wedding Florists
Brandy Angel Photography
5.0 out of 5 rating , 29 Reviews
路 Wedding Photographers

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Empire Mills frequently asked questions

Empire Mills includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Empire Mills includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Empire Mills includes:
  • Bartender(s)
The space offered by Empire Mills for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
Empire Mills offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Empire Mills offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Empire Mills offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Empire Mills offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Tables
Empire Mills is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in flexibility.

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