State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 S Milledge Avenue • Athens • GA 30605


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • With acres of bountiful gardens dotted with artfully designed buildings, this unique botanical garden—operated by the University of Georgia—celebrates the natural horticultural heritage of the South. An added perk: your rental fees help support its mission of education and ecological stewardship.
  • Designed to blend with its surrounding of hardwood trees, the Cecil B. Day Chapel is a striking architectural gem, with an impressive cathedral ceiling, intricate detailing of carved wood and glass, and huge windows that let in the light and views of the forest.
  • Host an unforgettable celebration in the dazzling Great Room. Housing the Garden’s collection of lush tropical plants, trees, and flowers, this all-glass structure boasts a soaring ceiling and exquisite light…especially after sunset.


Video by Evan Reese.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $750–4,750/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
  • Most rental spaces may be reserved for the day (8:30am–4pm), evening (4:30pm–midnight), or all day (any 10 hours between 8:30am and midnight).

    The Day Chapel
    Sanctuary Only | $1,000–2,500
    Sanctuary and Reception Hall | $1,500–4,250

    All rentals include use of two dressing rooms. Sanctuary and Reception Hall rentals also include use of the catering kitchen, tables & chairs, outside patio, and reception hall. Champagne, champagne punch, white wine, and nonalcoholic beverages only.

    The Great Room
    Gardenside Room Only (day) | $750–1,000
    Great Room Only (evening) | $2,000–4,250
    Great Room and Gardenside Room | $2,500–4,750

    Includes use of the entrance plaza, patio, standard furnishings, tables & chairs, and a catering area. The Great Room is available for evening rentals only. No kegs.

    The Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum
    Event Lawn Only | $1,500–2,500
    Classroom Only | $1,750–4,000

    Not available for full day rentals. Inquire for included furnishings.

    The Terrace Room | $1,500–3,500
    Includes use of the ballroom, terrace, catering kitchen, tables & chairs, and AV services. No red wine or red punch permitted. There is a catering surcharge of 15% of the caterer's fee.

    The Administration Building | $750–1,750
    Includes use of the conference room, auditorium, and lobby area, tables & chairs, courtyard, and kitchenette. No red wine permitted.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 160
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 160
Reception Seated 200 160
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 300.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Chapel / Church / Temple
  • College Campus / School
  • Garden
  • Non-Profit
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Panoramic


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