Weddings

Graduate Athens

Athens, Georgia View map
Rating 4.3 out of 5
   46 reviews
Guests 25 to 250

About

Guests 25 to 250

Graduate Athens is a classic wedding venue located in Athens, Georgia. With exposed brick and large ceilings, this site gives off an industrial-vibe acompanied by beautiful furnishings and décor. Graduate Athens is an amazing venue that is sure not to disappoint.

Facilities and Capacity
Graduate Athens can accommodate up to 250 guests. The hotel offers many guest rooms along with a bar, a music venue and a café. We offer event spaces for your reception and ceremony - including 6 different indoor and outdoor spaces.

Services Offered
This venue offers the following services:

  • Altar/arches
  • Audio equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dancefloor
  • Décor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables


Cuisine
The venue offers the following catering and bar services:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors-d'oeuvres
  • Outside cake
  • Plated
  • Servers/bartenders
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • Cash/open bar
  • Variety of liquors


Other Services
Graduate Athens offers the following event items as well:

  • Altar/arches
  • Audio equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dancefloor
  • Décor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables


Location
Graduate Athens is located in Athens, Georgia near Lyndon House Arts Center. It services the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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?

$1000.00

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

Yes

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

$1000.00

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

$1000.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$18.00

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

Bartender(s)
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

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

25

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
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?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Pet Friendly
Set Up
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)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

46 Reviews

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Rated
4.3
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Recommended by 85% of couples
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  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.3 out of 5

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    Keristyn Married on 12/03/2019
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    Charming venue

    Beautiful boutique hotel with exposed brick yaddayaddayadda- seriously though, SO CHARMING: I was here for a wedding and it was the perfect venue. ALSO, chef Bethany’s food is to die for! I would absolutely recommend, and I will definitely be back :)
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    Kelly J. Married on 11/16/2019
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    Great food

    In town for a wedding. Great food. Macy was helpful & Chef Bethany's food was delicious.
  • Taran
    Taran Married on 12/15/2018
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    Beautiful & Seamless

    We booked our mid-December wedding a full year out, and initially had some issues with responsiveness from our contact. However, that contact was quickly replaced with Lauren Hargrove, who is absolutely AMAZING! She was responsive, kind, professional, and made every decision feel easy. From the gorgeous rooms, to the amazing food, to the overall attentive and gracious staff - everything was seamless. The in-house chef personally attended our tasting to talk us through each dish, and he was just as kind and professional as Lauren. All of our guests also raved about their experience, which meant a lot to us. Would absolutely recommend for any brides/grooms to be!

    Graduate Athens's reply:

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Taran! Congratulations again, and we hope to have you back to stay with us soon!

Awards

  • 46
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
The After Party Experience | Band & DJ Combo The After Party Experience | Band & DJ Combo Wedding Bands

We enjoyed our experience with the Graduate! We had the pleasure of working with Jessica and she was very welcoming and tended to our every need during our performance for a beautiful wedding! Would recommend them to anyone!

Carefree CELEBRATIONS Carefree CELEBRATIONS Wedding Planners

Once again, The Graduate Athens was awesome for the ceremony in the Pavilion and the reception in the Foundry. Thank you to Emily, Jessica, John, and James especially for helping with last minute needs and for having such great staff who react instantly! Great food and beverage and wonderful staff helped make our day as coordinators easier

OneTouch Events OneTouch Events Wedding Planners

Vendor & Venue relationships are so important, more than any of our clients will ever know. So when we as Wedding Planners are partnered with a responsive, organized and professional venue & catering team, there can be nothing but greatness that can come as a result of those two forces coming together. I can say that working on our January 2015 Couple's wedding with Emily at Graduate Athens and her esteemed team was one of the smoothest processes that Murphy's Law could throw at us. The wedding weekend presented itself with non-stop rain, changes in plated food choices and corresponding seats, all the way down to a medical emergency that required swift & discrete action. I know that the day's activities would have been 100 times harder on my team without them on our side. I welcome the opportunity to work at and with Graduate Athens for more stellar service and seamlessly planned events.

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295 E. Dougherty Street Athens, Georgia, 30601
7065497020
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Graduate Athens frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Graduate Athens?

Graduate Athens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Graduate Athens, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Graduate Athens includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At Graduate Athens, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Graduate Athens includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of Graduate Athens in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Graduate Athens for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Graduate Athens for wedding events?

Graduate Athens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Graduate Athens offer?

Graduate Athens offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Graduate Athens offer for wedding events?

Graduate Athens offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Graduate Athens have available for wedding events?

Graduate Athens offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Graduate Athens and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Graduate Athens is recommended by 86% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.3 in flexibility, 4.3 in professionalism, 4.3 in value, 4.2 in quality of service and 4.2 in average response time.

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