Hi guys! A while back I told you all about the mini meltdown I had while looking for a venue for our May 2014 wedding. My search came to a screeching halt when I found the Olmsted of Atlanta. (Editor’s note: the Olmsted has closed its doors and is no longer in business.) It was surely fate. I stumbled across a link to the City of Atlanta’s Request For Proposal site posted on a bridal messaging board. The list contains just about every venue in the area. It was a painstaking process of going through every single venue, one-by-one, alphabetically…but that’s what you do when you’re on a beer budget.
By the time I reached the Os, I was feeling a little numb. To that point, I didn’t have a single venue as a possibility. However, the Olmsted jumped out as a place I’d never heard of. Its photos were striking. After examining the website I was sure it wasn’t in our beer budget. Based on the menu prices, I’d determined that any fees associated with the space would take it out of range. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I called and spoke with Ashley Patrick, the venue’s sales manager. She said three things that changed everything:
1.We are open every Friday and Saturday in May of 2014.
2.There is no fee to rent the venue; the only requirement is the food & beverage minimum.
3.The venue is all-inclusive of chairs, linens (in white or black), dishes aaaand……………complimentary valet.
Before she could finish telling me about the valet service, I interrupted, “Where do I sign up?” I urged Sherrod to head over there quickly to check it out. He reluctantly obliged, but he loved it and took plenty of pictures so I could see more of it. There was nothing left to be said, we were both sold!
May is a busy month for weddings and I’d resigned myself to the idea that we’d have no choice but to marry on a Friday due to high surcharges for Saturday rentals and lack of availability. Luckily for us, the Olmsted had become a full-time events venue a short time before I stumbled across it which enabled us to get our choice of date during the busiest season for weddings.
Before becoming an exclusive events venue, the Olmsted primarily operated as a restaurant. I’d heard restaurants made great choices for wedding receptions, but I had not found one that could accommodate a group our size.
If you’ve seen some of Atlanta’s featured weddings, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Ventanas and the City View Room–venues I ruled out immediately because they weren’t in the budget. Well, the Olmsted is owned by the same company, but it’s easier on the wallet, less restrictive, and equally as beautiful. The Olmsted doesn’t offer picturesque views of Atlanta’s skyline like some of the company’s other properties, but it boasts a premium location in the Midtown area and a boldly designed garden that makes a BIG statement for wedding ceremonies among other highlights.
I never thought I would have a garden wedding ceremony. In fact, I was adamantly against an outdoor ceremony. Even after we contracted with the Olmsted, Sherrod and I were set to have a church ceremony, whereby our minister offered us use of facility at no cost. There was no need to question where our ceremony would be, but it was hard to resist the Olmsted’s beautiful garden. Use of the garden comes at an added fee for the additional time and staff required for events. However, for sharing my thoughts about this stunning, Atlanta venue, The Olmsted, I’ve been permitted to use the garden at no additional cost. Rest assured, my opinions are my own, and are in no way influenced by this offer.
I believe the Olmsted is a dreamy space for the modern and sophisticated bride, and I feel lucky to have found it. I can’t wait to see it for myself and I’ll keep you posted on the food and everything else.
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