WRITTEN BY Tanvi Chauhan, Visit Savannah | Photography by Ashlee C Photography
A charming and romantic atmosphere nestled in timelessness awaits you in Savannah, Georgia. The city oozes with historic charm, from the magnificent oak trees draping the skies with Spanish moss to the cobblestone streets carpeting the ground. Discover why Savannah stands out as the ideal wedding destination for Chicago couples to start their forever.
Savannah boasts a mild climate year-round, making it an ideal location for weddings. With warm temperatures in the spring and mild winters, couples can plan their special day without worrying about extreme weather conditions. This comfortable climate allows for outdoor ceremonies and receptions in various seasons, providing flexibility in wedding planning. The temperate weather also means couples have a range of beautiful outdoor spaces to choose from. Savannah is home to many parks, gardens and squares that provide stunning settings for weddings. Forsyth Park, with its iconic fountain and lush greenery, is a popular choice for outdoor ceremonies, while the Savannah Botanical Gardens also offer picturesque backdrops for photos.
Couples can also take advantage of the city’s riverfront, which provides a romantic backdrop for sunset cruises or waterfront weddings. They may even rent one of the 22 grassy squares for their ceremony for less than $500, which is permissible through the City of Savannah. Lafayette Square is a popular choice, located close to other famous colonial homes and the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Savannah offers a diverse range of wedding venues to suit different tastes and styles. Couples can choose from historic mansions like The Mackey House or Harper-Fowlkes House, museums like Davenport House Museum, riverfront hotels like J.W. Marriott Kessler Collection or Westin Savannah or rooftop ceremonies at The Drayton Hotel or Perry Lane Hotel. Those wanting a taste of Savannah without compromising their beach wedding dream can drive 20 minutes out of the city and say “I do” on nearby Tybee Island.
But what about the guests? Savannah’s excellent connectivity through major airports and highways makes it easily accessible for out-of- town guests. The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers direct flights to several major cities, making travel convenient for guests flying in from afar. The city’s walkability and compact size also make it easy for guests to get around and explore the area. Savannah’s vibrant arts and culture scene provides ample opportunities for couples and their guests to enjoy pre- and post-wedding activities. From art galleries and theaters to live music and historic tours, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this city.
Couples can also take advantage of Savannah’s renowned culinary scene, with numerous restaurants and cafes offering delicious Southern cuisine. Restaurants like Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and The Pirates’ House can accommodate large group parties.
Savannah offers a rich wedding experience, with a perfect blend of historic charm and Southern hospitality, a temperate climate, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a variety of cultural attractions. All of this is finely ensconced in an Instagram-ready backdrop to immortalize your wedding memories forever!