Heather Perrin: Macon, GA Wedding Planner
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Wedding Coordinator in Macon, GA


What is a wedding coordinator? This service can go by many names (Day-of Coordinator, Wedding Management, Month-of Coordinator) but it is essentially this: a wedding coordinator takes the plans you have worked tirelessly on, and makes sure they happen smoothly and that you have a fun, stress-free day.

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Venue Spotlight: The Grand Magnolia House

This Middle Georgia Wedding Venue is just dripping with classic Southern charm. The Grand Magnolia House, located just 11 miles west of Perry, GA, is a real gem. With a timeless antebellum home, acres of Magnolias and pecan trees, and multiple outdoor ceremony locations, this spot hits so many checks on the southern bride's list. One of my favorite parts of getting to know these local venues is that there is no one-size-fits-all venue. Each is as unique as the bride who falls in love with it! 

I am also pumped to share this spotlight with you because I am working on a VERY EXCITING (yes, that needed all caps) project here! On Sunday, February 25, the Grand Magnolia House and I are hosting a bridal show and open house! I have been eager to plan an event for brides-to-be to get an inside look at a local venue and to introduce them to the many amazing vendors we have in Middle Georgia, and I am so thrilled that it's coming to fruition so soon. I'll have more details for you at the end of this post, but feel free to check out the Facebook event here!

Photo: We Do Photography

Photo: We Do Photography

From Tamara, the owner:

It was on Dec. 23, 2014; Bruce was on his way from a duck hunt when he first saw the big beautiful Southern home with the inviting red doors at 320 E. Main St. in Marshallville.  He could hardly wait to get home to tell me that it was up for sale and he wanted me to go online to check it out. You see over the years we had looked at many many properties and continued to dream about “one day”… But on this day it was different. We quickly made an appointment to see the property and it was love at first site all over again as we fell in love with this Southern beauty. Together with our family we started praying, “God if it is your will for us to buy this property please give us the wisdom, courage and peace to know; and if you open the door for this opportunity we will give you all the glory and use it to further your kingdom.” We continued to pray and on April 1, 2015, Joy filled our hearts as we became the proud owners of what is known today as The Grand Magnolia House. Built in the 1860 it is both gorgeous inside and out, oozing with Southern charm.    

We quickly got to work making our dreams a reality. The Grand Magnolia House became an event and wedding venue with its timeless Southern Charm for every occasion. Our desire is to continue to host the most memorable celebrations for our guests by sharing The Grand Magnolia House with them. Each and every time they become part of the Grand Magnolia Family and we consider it our privilege to be selected to be a part of their special day.  We want the opportunity to provide our guest with an extra dose of Southern hospitality to ensure their event goes smoothly, without all the hassle and stress which can steal the joy from planning a celebration.

Ceremony & Reception:  Inside & outside for both! Inside: for a small wedding in the front foyer or beautiful veranda. Outside at the pergola, wrought iron gazebo, near the fountain or up on the large deck. Our beautifully landscaped backyard is great place for the wedding/reception. 

Prep areas provided: Bridal suite, large dressing parlor, an inviting veranda, intimate and comfortable parlors, gathering rooms, catering kitchen, as well as lodging for up to 14 guests!

Capacity: 200 outside and 75 inside

Tables and chairs: Twelve 60 inch round tables, two 8 foot rectangle, 3 high-top tables

Alcohol: Beer and wine

Vendors: You are welcome to bring your own, but we would love to recommend some!

Social Media: FacebookInstagram

Website: www.grandmagnoliahouse.com 

An Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House

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The Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House is a small, intimate bridal show featuring more than 25 of Middle Georgia's best wedding professionals. Caterers, photographers, musicians, floral designers, and so many more, will be showcasing their best work. What I love about this kind of show is that each bride-to-be will have the chance to get to know these incredible professionals and see who really is the best fit for their wedding day. The best experience comes from building relationships with your vendors, and this is a time to do just that. We'll also have insider tips and presentations, raffle prizes and giveaways, and it's bound to be so much fun. Plus you get a fantastic look at this beautiful venue! Tickets are on sale now at www.grandmagnolia.eventbrite.com, and you can see more information on the Facebook event. I hope you'll join us!

Venue Spotlight: The Library Ballroom

The history nerd in me is thrilled about today's featured Middle Georgia Wedding Venue. I have always been fascinated by Macon' history, and I love getting to know the story behind some of our city's 100+ year old buildings. Today's spotlight is on a popular wedding venue located in the heart of downtown with a wonderfully weird backstory. 

The Library Ballroom is an impressive structure that sits on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. The fun turret at the top makes it stand out from its peers, another feature that is just quirky enough to work. Beautifully restored in recent years, this space is home to music festivals, community events, and (of course) dozens of weddings throughout the year. The rich, elegant details immediately make you feel like you've stepped back in time.

From the Library Ballroom:

The Library Ballroom was constructed in 1889 by the "Macon Public Library and Historical Society" to house Macon’s first public library. In the 1960's and 70's the building was known as the College Discotheque and was actually the first paid show of the famous Allman Brothers Band. Eventually, the ballroom fell into disuse, but was later acquired by the Historic Macon Foundation after it faced demolition in the 1990's. More recently, the building was purchased by Tony Widner, of Widner & Associates, Inc., who performed a complete renovation restoring the building to its original beauty. In 2007, the building was awarded by the Historic Macon Foundation for the renovations and was placed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. 


Ceremony & Reception: Either or both!

Prep areas provided: Prep kitchen and bridal suite, plus the bridal party gets to stay in the bridal suite overnight!

Capacity: 175 seated, 250 standing

Tables and chairs: Included

Alcohol: Renters are welcome to provide alcohol to guests.

Vendors: We would love to recommend some, but you are welcome to choose your own.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

Website: www.libraryballroom.com


Also from this series:

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Wedding Venue List

New City Weddings

The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

Twin Oaks Farm

Venue Spotlight: Twin Oaks Farm

Happy Wednesday! This week I am excited to share our next spotlight in the Middle Georgia Wedding Venue Series: Twin Oaks Farm in Pineview, GA. This iconic Middle Georgia venue is home to a gorgeous Grand Barn, a grove of pine trees, a pond, a majestic pecan tree, and acres of peaceful and scenic land. I was able to take a tour of the venue a few weeks ago and wanted to spend the whole day there! Not only was it beautiful, but there was a sweet sense of being away from the busyness of the city and resting in the country. (Although I'm sure it's a little less serene when your friends and family are getting down on the dance floor!) I have so enjoyed getting to know Twin Oaks, and I hope you will too!

From their Venue Manager, Laura Lyn: 

Our property has strong family roots and was never originally intended to grow into a wedding venue. In 2010, the owners' son asked if he could get married on the property, and inquiries and interest grew organically from there. Our Grand Barn was built in 2013 to accommodate more clients and larger weddings. We have the unique opportunity to also offer with our venue onsite lodging, which sleeps up to 29 guests.

Photos: Amanda Sumner Photography, Ashah Photography, Kanella Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Indoor and Outdoor ceremony locations available, including a giant pecan tree, a gazebo by a pond, pondside, or in front of the barn doors. We can also host indoor ceremonies in our Grand Barn.

Prep areas provided: We have a bridal suite as well as a Groomsmen Room for the wedding party to get ready in. Each has kitchen access and full bathrooms. Our Groomsmen Room is equipped with leather sofas and a television. For caterers, we have a serving kitchen with direct loading and unloading access.

Capacity: 400

Tables and chairs: Included.

Alcohol: We require a licensed bartender for serving any kind of liquor.

Vendors: We have a great selection of recommended vendors, and you may also bring in your own. 

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest

Website: www.twinoaksfarmweddings.com


More from the Series:

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Wedding Venue List

New City Weddings

The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

Venue Spotlight: The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

Hey party people! It's time for week #3 in my Middle Georgia Venue series! I am excited to share this week's spot with you, especially because its owner is so sweet and has become a friend to me. The Wedding Barn at L'Horne is a new venue in Middle Georgia, but its history is actually not new at all. For those of you looking for a rustic chic atmosphere, take a closer look!

From the owner, Anna:

"L’Horne was started in 1900 when the L’Horne family loaned the start-up money for the farm and their name was used in honor of that loan. The old barn was built in 1900 and we love its history! It used to host the Byron City dances upstairs back in the day! My husband is nearing retirement and we want to travel the country in our fifth wheel and see the sights. Our son thought rather than having to travel across town to take care of our property we should buy some land together and he would be here to manage it when we traveled. We came out to see this property and fell in love with it. The realtor mentioned allowing weddings in the old barn to help cover some of the costs - that was the first time I had heard of a barn wedding. Little did we know it is a BIG thing! We decided to build a new barn farther back on the property. It has been a labor of love and a great bonding time with our son!"

Photos: C. Hope Photography, Jay Bentley, Ashley Zoltak

Since Anna and her family embarked on this new journey together, they have made every effort to serve brides and grooms in Middle Georgia well and have become such sweet members of our wedding vendor community here. It has been so fun to get to know them and watch their new business grow! Here are some fast facts:

Ceremony & Reception: Either or both! We also host reunions, Birthday parties, dances, meetings, fundraisers, photo sessions, etc.

Prep areas provided: Caterer, Bride, Groom and restrooms all have heat and AC.

Capacity: 315

Tables and chairs: We have 14 farmhouse tables, 12 round tables, 10 bistro tables, and 200 cross-back chairs.

Alcohol: Beer, wine and champagne are permitted.

Vendors: We have a list of area vendors, but you are welcome to choose your own.

Social Media: Facebook and Instagram

Website: www.theweddingbarnatlhorne.com


Also from the series:

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Venue List

New City Weddings

Venue Spotlight: New City Weddings

All of these photos were taken by my friend and fellow New City member, Ashah Photography. Flowers: Southern Florals and Drapes | Tableware: Southern Vintage | Dress: Carrie's Bridal Collection | Chairs: Macon Tent Rentals

Welcome to part 2 of my Middle Georgia Wedding Venue series! Now that I've gathered as many venues as I could find here, I want to spend some time getting to know these places a little better. This first spotlight is near and dear to my heart.

New City Weddings is a brand new venue that opened in March of this year, and I am fortunate to be one of the event coordinators there! I am so excited to share this piece of my heart with you!

Macon Wedding Venue

New City Church purchased the building at 1015 Riverside Drive and began remodeling it to be their new home. In the process of the renovation, it became clear that the building had so much potential as a venue unlike any other in Macon. The big bright windows, the exposed brick, and the industrial feel created a unique environment that didn't exist anywhere else in town. When I joined New City last year, the project was well under way and nearing completion.

Fun piece of history: this building has been many things in its roughly 100 years, but it's original purpose was to power the trolley system in Macon! It was also a club called Nashville South (where Jason Aldean was discovered), and most recently the Power Station night club. It is such a gorgeous space, and brings so many stories with it. 

Now it is home to New City Church, and hosts weddings and events throughout the year as New City Weddings. Here are some fast facts:

Ceremony & Reception: Either or both!

Capacity: 250

Tables and chairs: Included

Bridal suite: Included

Alcohol: Beer and wine permitted

Catering: Warming kitchen available

Vendors: We would love to recommend some, but you are welcome to choose your own.

Social Media: Facebook and Instagram

Website: www.maconweddings.org

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Wedding Venue List

You’ve been dreaming of fluffy peonies, crisp white linens, and a rocking live band, your Pinterest board is full to the brim of fabulous details, and it is time to start turning some of those dreams into realities. But where have you imagined those glorious details coming together? The venue you choose for your wedding often sets the tone and vibe for the day and provides the canvas on which you paint the picture you’ve been dreaming of.

As you are brainstorming places that fit your style and vision, I want to make sure you don’t miss any! Macon and the surrounding areas have an incredible diversity of venues, from barns to ballrooms and everything in between. Over the next few weeks, I will be pulling together as many details about these venues as I can to help you narrow your search to those that fit your style, budget, and guest count. Soon you will have a one-stop-shop for middle Georgia wedding venues. Today we start with the ultimate list, and I’ll fill it in as we go!

*Disclamer: None of these venues have solicited me to publish them here, this is solely based on my research of middle GA venues. This also means that I will do my best to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but I may make mistakes. Always refer to the venue if you have questions or concerns!

Ballrooms & Conference Centers:

Anderson Conference Center

Armory Ballroom

Emerson Ballroom

Hephzibah Children’s Home

Library Ballroom

Macon State Conference Center

Marriott City Center

Wesleyan College

Barns & Farms:

Green Bell Bed and Barn

Morgan View Farm

Plantation Farms

Southern Bridle Farms

The Wedding Barn at L’Horne

Twin Oaks Farm

Estates & Country Clubs:

Brickyard Golf Club

Healy Point Country Club

Idle Hour Country Club

The Grand Magnolia House

The Estate at Stone Creek

Museums & Historic Sites:

1842 Inn

Cannonball House

Cox Capitol Theater

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Hay House

Museum of Aviation

Sidney Lanier Cottage

Tattnall Square Center for the Arts

The Big House

The Neel House (Federated Garden Clubs of Macon)

Tubman Museum

Urban & Industrial:

New City Weddings

Terminal Station

The Blacksmith Shop

The SoChi Gallery

Parks & Gardens:

Amerson River Park

Central City Park

Tattnall Square Park

Tryphena’s Garden

Washington Park

Did I miss any? What are other middle GA wedding venues you’d like to see included? I intend to make this list as up to date and inclusive as I can, so feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

Be sure to follow along as I investigate these venues and give lots of juicy details on each. I am looking forward to journeying through Macon wedding venues—so come along!


3 Unlikely Macon Venues You May Have Overlooked
Can you see the potential in these unlikely spaces? Think outside the box with me for a minute and spend some time with these venues you may not have considered!
Central City Park

1. The Round Building at Central City Park

Central City Park

I have admired this odd Macon landmark since I considered it for my own wedding in 2015. Nestled in historic Central City Park, this unique structure is home to several local events during the year and is a hidden gem. Each year Macon’s Fired Works event has an exhibit here, and it hosts several exhibits during the Cherry Blossom Festival. What stands out to me most about this space is its amazing light. The high windows near the ceiling fill the room with soft, vivid sunlight and make the space come alive. Recently renovated, the building has a gorgeous combination of historic design elements and updated finishes.

Best for early spring or late fall, this amazing spot would be ideal for a ceremony space. While a reception is also possible here, you come up against the obstacles of power, water, and space for a catering team. The Round Building is a beautiful park venue, but it is still a park and should be considered as an outdoor venue.

2. Porter Pavilion at Amerson River Park

Amerson River Park

This diamond in the rough has become a thriving part of Macon’s outdoor community since its renovation, and is a huge hit with families all over town (Bowden is a big fan of walks here). There are lots of beautiful spots for outdoor weddings here, but I think the main pavilion has been too long overlooked! This large permanent tent overlooks the Ocmulgee River and has just the right amount of space for an intimate dinner or ceremony. It has a concrete floor, electrical outlets, and is covered in case of rain. While it may seem plain on its own, I have no doubt that some candles and string lights would transform this outdoor space into a riverside wonderland.

If you are looking for an outdoor venue that has some of the conveniences of an indoor space, this unlikely spot may just fit the bill! If you’re planning your wedding here in the summer (which you should reconsider, because hello it’s hot), be sure to wave hello to the folks on the river as they float past!

3. Tattnall Square Center for the Arts

I have to admit, I’m a bit biased on this one, because this is actually where Tanner and I held our ceremony in 2015! The building had just finished renovations and we were the first ones to be married there—at least since its original life as a church!

This historic building sat on the edge of Mercer’s campus for many years, empty and dilapidated, until the University purchased it to house their theater program. Now it is not only exquisite from the outside, but bright and new on the inside. It is full of unique elements like stained glass windows, a gorgeous inset stage, and white columns, and has plenty of space for your ceremony, rehearsal dinner, or a small reception. One of my favorite elements of this venue is actually the dressing rooms! Since it is a functioning theater, there are two full-size dressing rooms for your guys and gals to get ready in. This is a small piece that makes a huge difference on a wedding day!

As you are thinking about where you might say I do here in Macon, don’t forget about these hidden gems. I’d love to see what you could do with these overlooked spaces!

Yes, this is my dancing face. Aren't these mirrors the bomb? | Photo:  Ross Goodman Photography

Yes, this is my dancing face. Aren't these mirrors the bomb? | Photo: Ross Goodman Photography