Athens, Georgia is universally recognized as one of the greatest college towns on earth.
Home to over 36,000 students, the University of Georgia is the driving engine of this unique city, alongside its renowned music scene, food culture, and football prowess. Only 70 miles from Atlanta, Athens supplies the state’s economic engines with some of the brightest talent in the country. UGA was the first public university in the United States, incorporated back in 1785. Today, it ranks 18th overall among public national universities, attracting top-performing students from around the world.
Ever heard of R.E.M, the B-52s, Widespread Panic or Reptar? How about the 40 Watt Club or the Georgia Theater? These iconic bands and venues all hail from Athens. This small town has a bustling indie rock and new wave scene, and is home to both lifelong townies and new local showgoers. Nationwide acts regularly come through town to be welcomed by fans and curious onlookers alike. Each summer, Athens turns out for its annual music festival, AthFest- a three day commemoration of local art, sound, food, and community building.
Beyond the academics and music scene, the University of Georgia Bulldogs share proverbial ownership of Athens’ tried and true citizens. College football is a religious experience in the Deep South, and the Bulldogs make a legitimate sprint towards a national championship every year. Sanford Stadium, erected right in the middle of campus, houses almost 100,000 fans every week of the season. Every Athenian sports their red and black as thousands of commuters from across the state converge on the city to join the game day tailgating festivities.
With the bustling University and young energy of a college town comes a dynamic wedding market. Whether you fancy a rustic, outdoor ceremony under the magnolias or on a nearby farm, or prefer the timeless ambiance of a historic church in town, Athens everything you’re looking for. Brides and grooms from all over the state flock to Athens for its small town aura and rural tranquility. Photographers, event planners, and other creative talent teeming with passion are putting Athens on the map as a coveted hub for the industry. Ask anyone who’s had a wedding in Athens- it holds a special place for those who choose to make it home for their big day.