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Top 10 Georgia Museums for Weddings

10 Georgia museums that are as great for weddings as they are for class trips.

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The High Museum of Art Atlanta

Whether you're hosting a small, elegant affair or an extravagant celebration with hundreds of guests, High Museum of Art Atlanta has a variety of intimate and grand spaces. Take advantage of the natural light beneath the glass ceiling in the Atrium or dance and dine below the Grand Lobby's beautiful 18-foot coffered ceilings. (404) 733-4536, High.org

The Sacred Heart Cultural Center

This church-turned-cultural-center in Augusta has a grand historic ambience that will leave you breathless. With its graceful arches, intricately carved marble alters and 94 stained-glass windows, Sacred Heart Cultural Center is perfect for your ceremony or reception. (706) 826-4700, Sacred HeartAugusta.org

The Davenport House Museum

For a romantic outdoor wedding filled with Savannah style, entertain your guests in the Davenport House Museum's lush courtyard garden. Invite up to 100 guests into this beautiful botanical space, tucked away behind a brick and wrought-iron fence. The museum will work with one of Savannah's top caterers to help make your secret garden soiree a success. (912) 236-8097, DavenportHouseMuseum.org

The St. Simons Lighthouse

Imagine your gown blowing in the salty southern breeze as your guests bask in the shadow of one of Georgia's most unique museums. The St. Simons Lighthouse is the perfect getaway site for your ceremony and reception. Exchange vows in the beautiful gazebo, while waves crash in the distance. Hosts up to 250 guests and includes the gallery hall, courtyard and veranda areas. (912) 638-4666, Saint SimonsLighthouse.org

The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

For a unique backdrop that includes multiple galleries, a beautiful atrium, and two acres of wrought-iron and brick column fencing, host your event at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville. Built in 1914, this historic former railroad depot will hold 50 to 3,000 people. Say your vows inside the galleries or outdoors in the sculpture garden. (770) 534-2787, TheArtsCouncil.net

The Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta accommodates wedding parties big and small. Their award winning Reception Hall features floor-to-ceiling windows, extravagant chandeliers and a Steinway grand piano. Choose from one of their preferred caterers to top off your evening with a menu that's a culinary work of art. (404) 727-0516, Carlos.Emory.edu

The Telfair Academy

If you're planning a uniquely Southern wedding, consider the Telfair Museum of Art. Dine in the rotunda of the landmark Telfair Academy or use the art in the sculpture gallery as your backdrop. You can also host up to 250 (150 for sit down) guests in the historic English Regency-style Owens-Thomas House or the three-story atrium of the Jepson Center for the Arts. (912) 790-8800, Telfair.org

The Georgia Museum of Art

Georgia Museum of Art in Athens is the perfect open and airy venue for a summer wedding in the South. Plus, they offer an eight-hour rental package that includes security, the Figgie's Café and The Reception Hall. Planning on a 2011 wedding? Look for their brand new spaces, including a sculpture garden! (706) 542-4662, UGA.edu/gamuseum

The Springer Opera House

The historic Springer Opera House hits all the right notes with Columbus brides -- they go above and beyond to accommodate your requests. A stroll through the gas light lined streets into the extravagant, 700-seat Emily Woodruff Hall will take you back in time for a wedding as unique as your love. (706) 324-5714, SpringerOpera House.org

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Make your wedding one for the history books in Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This museum boasts stately elegance and unique character with a variety of settings, from intimate to extravagant. Home to some of the world's largest dinosaur fossil casts, this facility has incredible features like limestone fossil floors and the twinkling Star Gallery. Museum-approved caterers welcome. (404) 929-6333, FernbankMuseum.org

-- Carrie Chambers