Nestled in the heart of Georgia, Milledgeville beckons as a hidden gem for couples seeking a wedding destination that seamlessly blends Southern charm, historic allure, and enchanting landscapes. As you prepare to embark on the journey of a lifetime, saying "I do" in Milledgeville promises a wedding experience like no other. From quaint streets lined with historic homes to lakeside luxury, Milledgeville is the place for your nuptials. 

Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion

1. Historic Charm 

Milledgeville is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in 1804 and named for Governor John Milledge. The planned capital features oak-lined streets preserved historic properties, and a variety of architectural styles that fit any style. Discover why Southern Living has listed Milledgeville as one of the prettiest small towns in Georgia and make it the most beautiful backdrop for your special day. 

Downtown Milledgeville

2. Central Location

Milledgeville was chosen as the capital for its central setting within the state, which is still a great reason to have your big day in town. It is within two hours of major cities in Georgia like Atlanta and Augusta, so friends and family are not far from the festivities. If attendees are traveling farther, the closest international airport to Milledgeville is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Milledgeville is home to the Baldwin County Airport (IATA: MLJ, ICAO: KMLJ, FAA LID: MLJ). Getting here is easy.

Local Yolkal sidewalk dining

3. Pre-Wedding Fun

Expand your wedding festivities and have your bachelorette or bachelor party in Milly. There are a variety of vacation rental properties to choose from. From large lakeside homes on Lake Sinclair to historic cottages in downtown Milledgeville, spend your nights tucked into comfy beds. Daytime activities include boating or fishing on Lake Sinclair, a guided kayaking trip on the Oconee River, a variety of hiking trails for any skill level, and even shopping, both men's and women's boutiques and a variety of antique stores to go home with your treasure. The most important part of any group trip is the food options and Milledgeville has many restaurants that accommodate groups for any occasion. If your group wants to experience the local bar scene, many establishments offer live music or DJs and stay open late. 

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

4. Cost-Effective Ceremony 

Milledgeville is a great destination for weddings because of the convenient and cost-effective 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. With a variety of venue sizes, many catering options, a plethora of bakeries, and more, couples can price their special day to stay within their budget. Don't know where to begin? Reach out to our team for suggestions. 

Dogwood Barn Exterior

5. Variety of Venues

Choosing the backdrop for the big day is one of the most important pieces to having a special day. Milledgeville, Georgia, boasts a diverse array of wedding venues that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. There are multiple barn-style venues across the county from rustic retreats to modern and sleek properties that still have the charm of a farm-style wedding. Another popular route is getting married in downtown Milledgeville where couples can choose from historic properties like Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion or the Inn on North Jefferson.  

Flower Arrangement At The Magnolia Ballroom In Milledgeville, GA

6. Great Vendors

Milledgeville has wonderful, local vendors who are here to plan and provide services to make your big day the best. Choose from planners, photographers, videographers, bakers, caterers, DJs, bands, florists, decorators, officiants, and more that will make your guests feel welcome, so all you have to worry about is writing your vows. If you are planning your Milly marriage from out of town, many local vendors are familiar with venues and ceremony spaces and can provide tips and insight if needed. 

Rustic Daisy wedding

7. Delicious Food

Milledgeville has a variety of cuisine for every feast. Many restaurants can accommodate groups at their physical locations, local favorite The Brick can please a crowd with wood-fired pizzas and decadent pasta while Kai Thai has authentic noodles, sushi, boba tea, and more! Many local restaurants also provide easy-to-book catering for your big day like brunch food from the Local Yolkal Cafe, sandwiches from Stacked, dinner service from The Reel Grill, or specialty cookies from The Cookie Company

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. Guests will be happy to know that most venues have accessible and convenient parking. Some venues are even within walking distance of downtown Milledgeville where friends and family can explore before or after a big day. The iconic "Milly" trolley is also available for rent for your special day to transport the wedding party or select guests within Milledgeville. For more information about renting the trolley, see the full guidelines here

Inn on North Jefferson

9. Accommodations

Milledgeville has many accommodation options for guests and the wedding party. From historic stays in downtown Milledgeville to venues with accommodations, there are many options for your guests to get a great night's sleep after the big day. If you are looking for a room block at a chain hotel of your choice, Visit Milledgeville can help point you in the right direction to get everyone under the same roof. If your guests want lakeside luxury or even a quaint tiny house for the festivities, there are many unique ways to stay in Milly. 

Aerial view of downtown Milledgeville, GA in fall

10. Small Town Charm

Milledgeville provides a variety of options, catering to both intimate ceremonies and grand celebrations, ensuring that it accommodates every couple's vision for an enchanting destination wedding. With its vibrant azaleas in spring and the golden hues of autumn, Milledgeville creates a timeless and idyllic setting. This backdrop turns wedding celebrations into cherished memories that will linger for a lifetime. Saying "I Do" in Milledgeville is just the start of your journey!


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