My mom, Susan, came up to Atlanta this weekend to attend the menu tasting with Jason, his mom Shirley, and I at Park Tavern, and to help with other wedding details. We had a great time hopping around Atlanta touring hotels, shopping for party clothes, looking at ties and makeup, meeting friends and watching some Gator basketball.
First, the four of us met at Park Tavern on Friday afternoon to sample potential reception food and see the venue again. Now that the tent doesn’t have a skating rink underneath it, we could more clearly see what the space will look like in August. Park Tavern staff was setting up for a rehearsal dinner while we looked around, so we were treated to a very close vision of what our wedding reception will look like, and it will be lovely!
(Jason spent Saturday back at Park Tavern seeing his favorite band, Cowboy Mouth, perform at the Oyster Crawfish Festival. Ask him to see photos – I’m not authorized to share them online!)
The food was fantastic. The chef kept bringing plates and plates of food; it was wonderful to be waited on like we were only people in the restaurant! We sampled many hors d’ouevres and their southern style buffet, and decided everything was delicious. Look forward to plenty of fried chicken, pork, black-eyed peas, corn, shrimp and grits, and other Southern delicacies that Atlantans are particularly fond of.
*If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions that would prevent you from enjoying our buffet, please write us a note on your RSVP card or send Kelly an email about it.
We took a short stroll through Piedmont Park before heading back to Sandy Springs for a themed kickball party, where we sipped some PBR (stay classy, Sandy Springs) while introducing friends to our moms and watching all the fun Dr. Seuss costumes roll in. Yes, our moms attended the kickball party! No, they didn’t do keg stands.
On Saturday, Mom and I toured the Georgian Terrace Hotel and the Renaissance Hotel Midtown, two places we are considering reserving blocks for our guests. Both were nice places and offer fabulous views of Midtown, downtown, and the surrounding mountains.
We could even see the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the rooftop pool of the Georgian Terrace! We want everyone’s stay in Atlanta to be fun and memorable, and that starts with having some comfortable, fun places to stay in the middle of all the action. We haven’t reserved blocks yet but I will update you as soon as we do. In addition to hotels, we’ll provide some listings of fun things to do here on this site in addition to in print once everyone arrives.
Mom and I also stuffed invitations, collected addresses, and talked about decorations and transportation. Overall, it was a productive weekend.
Don’t forget to request a song for the reception! What will make you dance?