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Dekalb Historic Courthouse Wedding


This historic venue, formerly a courthouse, is a popular wedding venue because of its Neoclassical style architecture, with marble walls and large windows that allow generous natural light. It is gorgeous with or without decorations and offer so many spectacular photo opportunities. The ballroom, front and back exterior staircases as well as Decatur Square are great locations for your formal and romantic portraits. Since it's located just east of downtown, it is a very convenient location within the metro Atlanta area. Being situated in Decatur Square, you'll have the opportunity for evening and night time portraits with nice city lights.

Also known as the Dekalb History Center, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Why I love it

The light filled courthouse is a photographer's dream. During daytime ceremonies, the sun streams in through windows on both sides, providing a heavenly halo of light. At night, the marble walls provide a creative backdrop for reception photos. I'd drive across the country to photograph this venue but it doesn't hurt that it's only 15 minutes from home.

I love beautiful floral displays, but you don't need it to dress up this venue. Less is more when it comes to decorating this venue, which could cut down on your floral & decor cost.

Tips for hosting a wedding

  • Parking can be challenging but there are several parking garages in walking distance. Many of them are free on evenings and weekends. Click here for a map of nearby parking locations.
  • Sparklers are not allowed. Get creative by using bubbles, pom poms matching your wedding colors, light wands, or glow sticks.
  • If you play piano, you can serenade your fiance and guests on the included baby grand piano. If you don't, it makes a lovely setting for your wedding cake.