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Best of Atlanta 2018: Weddings

Thousands of ballots were cast, and these are the victors—our readers’ local go-tos for everything from fashion to fitness to food. 

Best Engagement Rings: Universal Diamonds
This family-owned ATL staple for more than 35 years can design anything you want, and offers an approachable, one-on-one setup (aka no jewelers behind showcases). @universaldiamonds 

 

Best Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
With breathtaking gowns by in-demand designers like Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta, this iconic bridal shop—helmed by Mandi Jackson, who also owns Bella Bridesmaids next door—is a must-visit for brides in search of their dream dress. @joanpillowbridal

Best Bridal Shower Venue: Swan Coach House
Swan Coach House and bridal showers go together like Champagne and strawberries. For a lovely celebration with your favorite ladies, look no further than this classic Southern setting. @swancoachhouse

Best Caterer: Soiree Catering and Events
Soiree takes clients’ tastes into account (literally) before creating custom menus, from bite-size passed hors d’oeuvres to elegant seated dinners with French-inspired flair. @soireecateringandevents

Best Wedding Cake: Carlton’s Cakes
Jenean Carlton’s made-from-scratch cakes are as scrumptious as they are stunning thanks to the baker and sugar artist’s devotion to using only the highest-quality ingredients. @carltons_cakes 

Best Florist: Jackson Durham
Designing lush florals is this full-service event co.’s sweet spot, as the ATL- and Dallas-based team recently demonstrated for Olympian Tara Lipinski’s gorgeous Southern wedding. @jacksondurhamevents

Best Place for a Bachelor Party: Stoddard’s Range and Guns
With 24 pistol, rifle and shotgun lanes; an indoor lounge; and an outdoor patio boasting a large-screen TV and skyline views, Stoddard’s is a unique spot for bachelors and their best guys to unwind. @stoddardsguns

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party: Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Grab your girl gang and hit the road to Cleveland, Ga. (about an hour and a half from ATL), where Yonah awaits for a day of sipping and strolling through lush vineyards with an Instaworthy mountain backdrop. @yonahmountainvineyards

Best Place to Buy Wedding Gifts: Ona
This Shops Around Lenox staple is a treasure trove of luxurious gifts perfect for a newlywed nest, from blankets and soaps to candles and cookbooks. @onaatlanta

Best Reception Venue: Park Tavern
It doesn’t get more iconic than a Piedmont Park wedding. Whether you opt for the Piedmont Room (an indoor setting) or the Piedmont Garden Tent, you’ll be dancing the night away with the Midtown skyline as your backdrop. @parktavern; @piedmontroom

Best Rehearsal Dinner: SweetWater Brewing Company
With its Tasting Room, Reel Room and brand-new The Woodlands (home to SweetWater’s barrel-aging program for sour and funky beers), the iconic ATL brewery has plenty of unique spaces to toast to your last night before becoming Mr. and Mrs. @sweetwaterbrew

Best Stationery/Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery
Love is in the details, and no biz knows this better than Paper Daisies, which specializes in creating personalized invites and suites to set the tone for your celebration. @paperdaisiesstationery

Best Wedding Band: The Wedded
What do you get when you mix the energy of a live band with the unlimited playlist of a DJ? The Wedded, a new blended entertainment format that lets party-loving couples and their guests experience the best of both worlds. @the_wedded

Best Wedding DJ: Exquisite Sounds Entertainment
This experienced team knows the hottest tracks to get a crowd up and out of their seats. But they’re far more than DJs; they can also provide uplighting, custom monograms, photo booths and more. @exquisitesoundsent

Best Wedding Photographer: The Willetts
Adorable husband-and-wife duo Gregg and Caroline Willett work magic behind the lens, capturing beautiful, candid moments you’ll cherish for a lifetime. @willettphoto

Best Wedding Planner: Confero
Your big day will be anything but dull if Christopher Confero’s behind it. The planning pro—who also does lighting, graphics and florals—prides himself on conceptualizing full-scale productions, and his brides and grooms are the stars. @confero; @christopherconfero

Best Wedding Transportation: Historic Marietta Trolley Co.
Book these charming red-and-green vintage trolleys to guarantee an unforgettable night with plenty of photo ops. @mariettatrolley

Best Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Although this Midtown hotel offers several venue options, it’s hard to imagine saying your vows anywhere more spectacular than the 50th-floor Penthouse Ballroom with 360-degree views of Atlanta’s illuminated cityscape. @fsatlanta

Best Wedding Videographer: Andre Brown Photography
In 2017, the photographer launched Andre Brown Studios and has quickly become one of ATL’s leading cinematic wedding videographers with a passion for storytelling. @andrebrownphoto

Best Wedding Wow Factor: Active Production & Design
The audio-visual team has a way of making jaws drop: Think twinkling light canopies, funky chandeliers, confetti blasts—the possibilities are endless. @activeprod

 

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