ooking for a destination wedding location that has class, charm and something for all of your guests and family? Savannah has it all -- The romance, beauty and hospitality of the Old South combined with the allure and elegance of history. Brides who travel from the world over agree, Savannah lives up to its name as the Hostess City of the South.
City squares, adorned with moss-draped oaks, bubbling fountains and centuries-old homes, serve as centerpieces for the historic downtown district. On any given spring or fall weekend brides and grooms will be seen joining their lives in many of the
twenty-one historic squares.
Founder James Edward Oglethorpe
laid out four squares originally in 1733. It is believed that the half-English, half-Irish, military genius designed the frontier city for defensive purposes. The design of fortress-like housing lots and common area, laid out in cubits rather than feet and inches, formed the basis for the first planned city in the Americas.
Oglethorpe probably did not know that his design would evolve into a perfect venue for weddings, festivals, concerts and - least of all - movie locations. Savannah’s squares can be seen in dozens of films including Forest Gump, Glory, Three Faces of Eve, Bagger Vance, Something to Talk About, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and many more.
If you prefer sand and sun, Tybee Beach is a short, twenty-minute drive across marsh-lined islands and causeways from downtown Savannah. As the surf splashes and sea oats wave in the breeze, couples exchange their vows. Offshore dolphins jump and swim as if to celebrate the occasion.
If a couple chooses the Historic District or decides that the beach at Tybee is the place for their ceremony, their rehearsal dinner and reception site can vary in many ways. Wedding parties can enjoy relaxing at a day spa, cruising on a riverboat or golfing at one of Savannah’s many great links.
Destination weddings trend toward smaller guest lists; family and close friends. So, attendance usually runs around 90 to 98 percent of guests invited and run from two to two hundred in attendance. The lower-cost Southern venue brings wedding and event groups from across the western world.
With lower expenses, wedding guests enjoy short vacations on the days before and after the wedding or event. Savannah’s great history and location has created a competitive tour industry that includes not only history, but nature, ecological and ethnic tours and events.
Great restaurants are a staple in town. Whether it is the famous Lady and Sons or a small, local hangout, world-class cuisine can be found from the River Walk to the Southside. Southerners, even those by way of New York City, know how to cook. They make Savannah a “must-taste” experience.
If you like to party, nightlife in the area can range from jazz and blues nightspots to Scottish and Irish themed pubs. Like something unusual? Try a haunted tour. Savannah’s ghost population is world famous and includes Revolutionary War heroes as well as the parents of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low. However, the only tour guaranteed to produce visible spirits is one of the many haunted pub-crawls.
Y’all come on down to Savannah. You’ll be glad you did.