Couples have lots of options when it comes to where to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. There are so many things to consider to make everything come together. But fret not, we’re sharing our biggest reasons why Milledgeville should be a contender. 

Exterior of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA

1. History 

Milledgeville is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in 1804 and named for Governor John Milledge. The town was created to be the state capital, chosen for its central location, and continued to be the seat of government until 1868, the end of the Civil War. While it was damaged during this time, Milledgeville still has a number of buildings from the antebellum era including Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion and the Old State Capitol Building

2. Proximity

Milledgeville was chosen as the capital for its central setting within the state, which is why it’s great for weddings. Attendees can drive from nearby cities. It’s less than two hours from Atlanta, 2.5 hours from Savannah, around two hours from Augusta, and 40 minutes from Macon. The Atlanta Airport is an easy drive and has plenty of rental cars. 

Bollywood Ladies drinks

3. Pre-Wedding Fun

Arrive in Milledgeville early for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Your friends can enjoy an afternoon swimming and boating on nearby Lake Sinclair. There are also activities for all groups like teeing off at the nearby golf courses, an afternoon at the spa, or browsing the downtown shops. 

Flower Arrangement On A Table At Simply Southern Barn in Milledgeville, GA

4. Affordability 

Milledgeville is a great destination for weddings because of the budget-friendly nature of a small-town setting. Couples can rest easy knowing that they’re getting the right price and that their loved ones won’t have to break the bank to enjoy the special day. Shop around with venues, planners, and vendors to make sure it’s the right fit. 

Chairs and wedding alter set up at The Club in Milledgeville, GA

5. Diversity of Spaces

Do you want to get married in a rustic barn? Or a lakeside country club? Or perhaps a flashy ballroom? You’ll find just about everything in Milledgeville. There are venues for all wedding themes and sizes ranging from intimate outdoor settings to over 400-attendee affairs. 

Plates and utensils from Rustic Daisy in Milledgeville, GA

6. Great Vendors

Milledgeville has wonderful vendors eager to make your day perfect. Shop around with local photographers, videographers, planners, caterers, rental companies, bakeries, DJs, bands, florists, and makeup artists. Whatever you need, you’ll find it here. 

Taste and See

7. Delicious Food

There’s a reason that Southern food is so popular! Milledgeville has great restaurants for your big day and for guests to enjoy while in town. Chow down on pizza at The Brick, sweet treats at Ryal’s Bakery, steak and seafood at The Reel Grill, or vegan options at Taste and See

Married Couple in Front of Milledgeville Trolley

8. Fun and Easy Transportation

Once you’re in Milledgeville, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get around. Most places are a short walk away so you can park your car. When it comes to wedding transportation, the red trolley nicknamed “Milly” is one of the most popular options! 

9. Accommodations

Milledgeville has many accommodation options for guests and the wedding party. Rent a historic home for the entire group or get a room block at the big-name hotels, including Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn. All of these options are convenient to downtown and area venues with all the best amenities.

Aerial view of downtown Milledgeville, GA in fall

10. Small Town Charm

Need more convincing? Milledgeville is one of Georgia’s most charming towns. From the beautiful historic buildings to the tree-lined campus of Georgia College and State University, “Milly” is sure to pull you in.


Find your dream wedding in Milledgeville. Reach out to Visit Milledgeville for assistance planning your wedding, securing a room block for your guests, or to include uniquely Milledgeville touches.