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Planning a Wedding in Augusta, Georgia

I recently got married in my hometown of Augusta, GA. While planning a wedding takes lots of time, and can be stressful-it was worth it in the end!

There are so many places to choose from to get married in Augusta. The city offers many churches, downtown venues, historic sites, hotels, and even an old firehouse. My family hosted my bridal brunch at the beautiful and historic Partridge Inn. This is a Southern hotel that dates back 100 years and is still the splendor of the South!

We decided to have our rehearsal dinner at Enterprise Mill, located downtown on the Augusta Canal. This was the perfect place to enjoy the historic mill, while also enjoying the sites of the canal.

We chose the church I grew up in, The Hill Baptist Church, located in Summerville, for the ceremony site. Last, we decided on The River Room located on the Savannah River in historic St Paul’s Church for our reception site. We wanted to incorporate as many features that Augusta has to offer.

There are also many wonderful vendors to choose from when deciding who to use for your caterer, cake, flowers, band/DJ, photographer/videographer, wedding dress/tux, gifts for your attendants and everything else! Also, here at the Augusta CVB we can help you with reserving hotel rooms for your out of town guests at a discounted rate, and help with locating a venue for any of your wedding events.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about getting married here in Augusta, the opportunities are endless and I can assure you, you will be happy with any choice here in Augusta. Happy Wedding Planning!!!

French Market Grille and Shopping in Augusta

Just wanted to write a quick note about a lovely lunch today in Augusta. I went to the French Market Grille in Surrey Center. This is a great place for a Cajun meal. I did not sit at the raw bar today. I ordered the She Crab Soup and the Jambalaya. Fantastic! Not too heavy but a three course meal – including salad. Very filling and relaxing – as you can guess no kids today although this is a kid-friendly restaurant. Of course, they offered the famous peanut butter pie for dessert but knew that would put me over the edge and a nap would be required. And there was no napping, since I was heading next door to do a little shopping next. Talbots, the Toy Box, and the Estate Jewelry Center were all on my list. Julie at the Toy Box always has the best gifts for my boys and Joel at the Estate Jewelry Center always has the best gifts for me!

Saturday Market on the River

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I have to admit, I had never been to Augusta’s Saturday Market before. I decided I was going to go on the first Saturday it was open. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up to support our local growers and artists! There were lots of vendors selling all sorts of stuff; vegetables, fruits, bread, purses, handmade jewelry, art, and plants. There were lots of families there; it seemed to be a very kid friendly event. Even dogs got to join in the fun!

The Saturday Market is open Saturdays through October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.theaugustamarket.com.

Family trip for Downtown Augusta Shopping

My family was in town from Florida and New Jersey for the weekend. So what do you do? Downtown Shopping!!! We enjoyed the afternoon on Broad Street in downtown Augusta shopping. Although none of us need furniture, we could not resist Merry’s Trash and Treasures. Almost a whole city block full of furniture – some antiques and some brand new. Plus one really big chair on the sidewalk – pictured with the kids.

 Next we made it down to Art on Broad after a block of window shopping. We checked out the artwork, pottery and sculpture. My sister bought a few small glass pieces to take back to Jersey. I need to go back and pick up a lovely ceramic olive oil container and drop off a picture to be framed. They do great framing. The owners, Kristen and Jim, also got an earful from my family. It’s always fun to shop and talk.

We ended the journey at New Moon Café for a coffee for the adults and grape juice for the kids. I also think I will make a return trip next week for the Basil Tomato soup – the board said it would be the soup of the day on Friday. Yum.

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