Swan House

Atlanta History Center,
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW,
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-814-4000
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Average Base Cost: $33,000

Our average base cost for a Swan House wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Seasonal Saturday ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $140/pp. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: There are several venue spaces operated by the Atlanta History Museum, which the Swan House Gardens is part of. However, for this venue review we’ll focus on rental of the Swan House Gardens with an option to also include the indoor Grand Overlook Ballroom.

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Price for seasonal Saturdays in April, May, June, September and October

  • $10,500

All other months/days…

Swan House Gardens

  • Weekdays and Sundays: $6,500
  • Saturdays: $8,000

Swan House Gardens with Grand Overlook Ballroom

  • Weekdays and Sundays: $8,000
  • Saturdays: $9,000

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What’s Included: Security, parking and events staff.  The rental period is 10 hours.

Extras: 

  • A police officer must be hired for events with music.  
  • There is a $1,000 fee to use non-approved production/audiovisual vendors.
  • All weddings in July and August must be indoors due to heat.  
  • Pictures are only allowed outside in the Swan House Gardens.

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Food and Beverage: They have a list of approved caterers you may choose from, or you may bring in a non-approved caterer for a fee of $2,000. You must use the Swan House for beverage service. There is a $4,500 beverage service minimum for all Saturday rentals, Sundays before holidays and Fridays in December. The minimum is $10,000 for New Year’s Eve and any other holiday the History Center is regularly closed. Beverage prices range from $25.50 (beer and wine) to $45/pp (custom premium bar package) for a 5-hour open bar. One bartender is required per 75 guests at a cost of $150 for four hours, then $25 each additional hour, plus a $300 bar setup fee.

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside. A typical wedding setup would be a Swan House Lawn ceremony, cocktail hour in the Boxwood Garden, reception on Swan House Lawn (located on the opposite side of house) or reception in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. An Allen Atrium (Museum) ceremony, cocktail hour in Exhibition Hall, and a reception in the Grand Overlook Ballroom is another option.

Size: Up to 400 guests for a wedding

Bridal Suite: There are extra rooms but no suite per se

Parking: Yes (free), with spaces for up to 225 cars.

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Photo by The Willetts

How Will Grandma Get There? The Swan House is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, which has a ton of restaurant and hotel options such as The St. Regis and The Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead

Party On! Music must end by 10:30 pm and the event must end by 12:00 am. Load-out must be complete by 2:00 am.

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The Grand Overlook Ballroom

The Report: 

Built in 1928 for Edward and Emily Inman by architect Philip T. Shutze, the house was acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. Since then the house–which is on the National Register of Historic Places–has undergone a $5,4 million renovation, and is a notable presence in commercials and film, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Woman Getting Married Says:

This wedding venue reminds me a lot of Vizcaya in Miami. It’s sort of the perfect Southern outdoor ceremony and cocktail space. Plus, you have a great indoor option in case of rain (or in the warmer months) with the Grand Overlook ballroom which…be still my heart…has wood floors! You also can’t beat the location, which is super convenient for out of town guests. Considering it’s a historical property expect a lot of rules, but if you can live with that (and the higher rental cost) this will definitely be an amazing wedding venue for all you Atlanta brides.

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Our Rating

7 Amenities/What’s Included

9 Convenient for Grandma

9 Layout

10 Location

10 Overall Charm

7 Venue Value

WGM Rating

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