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Cator Woolford Gardens at The Frazer Center

Atlanta , GA
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1815 S. Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307 US (map)

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404-377-3836

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Nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwoods, the Cator Woolford Gardens are situated on one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta and are located just a few... Read more
Nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwoods, the Cator Woolford Gardens are situated on one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta and are located just a few miles from the heart of downtown.

The Gardens were originally created for Cator Woolford, one of the principle founders of Retail Credit Company (now Equifax, Inc.) and were redesigned in 1996 as a series of outdoor "rooms." Changing with the seasons, the gardens and forest are filled with dogwoods, roses, narcissi,rhododendrons, laurel, daffodils and azaleas, some of which are original to the estate.

Your guests will easily imagine themselves in a time gone by in this unique Southern oasis so convenient to the heart of the city. The Italian-styled pavilion accompanied by an elegant 30' x 45' white tent creates a truly enchanting and unique setting for any event - corporate retreat, conference, fundraiser, movie shoot or wedding. In addition, with a 3,000 square foot indoor space featuring vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows as part of the gardens rental, only your imagination limits the type of event the gardens can accommodate.

While a source of enjoyment for the community, the Gardens are an important source of revenue for The Frazer Center, a not-for-profit organization. For over sixty years, The Frazer Center has provided exceptional services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, autism spectrum disorders and other genetic disorders. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
180
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Madeline
Wedding:
4/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen Hawthorne and then Christina Hopkins provided the most wonderful assistance for our April 10th 2016 wedding. We always got quick responses to our questions and they both had great ideas for our ceremony. They also worked really well with our day of planner. When Jen decided to move on to other creative ventures Christina took over with amazing professionalism. We never would have pulled this wedding off with such success without Christina and her flexibility. She was right on it when we decided a few days before the outside ceremony to move the dinner from the terrace area adjacent to the tent to the atrium ! All went amazingly smoothly. The transfer of all the guests went quickly and efficiently both up to the atrium and then to the parking areas via stretch golf carts. The dressing area for the bridesmaids is lovely and was such a great place to hang out before the ceremony . The gardens were in full-bloom and needed no other adornment. The atrium is lit with tiny bulbs and also needs nothing else to make it more beautiful. Thank you Christina and Cator-Woolford for an unforgettable day.
Jen Hawthorne and then Christina Hopkins provided the most wonderful assistance for our April 10th 2016 wedding. We always Read more...
Jen Hawthorne and then Christina Hopkins provided the most wonderful assistance for our April 10th 2016 wedding. We always got quick responses to our questions and they both had great ideas for our ceremony. They also worked really well with our day of planner. When Jen decided to move on to other creative ventures Christina took over with amazing professionalism. We never would have pulled this wedding off with such success without Christina and her flexibility. She was right on it when we decided a few days before the outside ceremony to move the dinner from the terrace area adjacent to the tent to the atrium ! All went amazingly smoothly. The transfer of all the guests went quickly and efficiently both up to the atrium and then to the parking areas via stretch golf carts. The dressing area for the bridesmaids is lovely and was such a great place to hang out before the ceremony . The gardens were in full-bloom and needed no other adornment. The atrium is lit with tiny bulbs and also needs nothing else to make it more beautiful. Thank you Christina and Cator-Woolford for an unforgettable day. Read less
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Cator Woolford Gardens at The Frazer Center responded with the following comments:

Hello Madeline,
We are so happy you day became everything you dreamed it to be, even with Georgia's quark-y weather!!
A huge congratulations and best wishes from all of us at Cator Woolford Gardens!!
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Jess
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Where to even start about this truly beautiful garden and non-profit? My husband discovered Cator Woolford on a bike ride through Decatur and from first blush, we knew this was the most perfect place for our wedding. Christina, Jenn, and Holly are wonderful venue coordinators, and welcomed us to check out the gardens and reference their super helpful recommended vendors list as we embarked on the wedding planning process. The venue fees are very reasonable and go directly back to supporting the Frazer Center, a wonderful organization with a wonderful cause. Book quickly as I am sure their calendar is filled far in advance!

And the gardens themselves? Jaw-droppingly, absolutely, perfectly gorgeous. I could not have asked for a more verdant and lush backdrop to our September wedding, and the beautiful old archway, marble staircase, chandeliered tent, and light-strung patio were beautiful additions to our big day. It was so special to be married on such good ground, surrounded by groves of trees as old as Atlanta herself. Support this organization and you'll also be booking the venue of your dreams!
Where to even start about this truly beautiful garden and non-profit? My husband discovered Cator Woolford on a bike ride Read more...
Where to even start about this truly beautiful garden and non-profit? My husband discovered Cator Woolford on a bike ride through Decatur and from first blush, we knew this was the most perfect place for our wedding. Christina, Jenn, and Holly are wonderful venue coordinators, and welcomed us to check out the gardens and reference their super helpful recommended vendors list as we embarked on the wedding planning process. The venue fees are very reasonable and go directly back to supporting the Frazer Center, a wonderful organization with a wonderful cause. Book quickly as I am sure their calendar is filled far in advance!

And the gardens themselves? Jaw-droppingly, absolutely, perfectly gorgeous. I could not have asked for a more verdant and lush backdrop to our September wedding, and the beautiful old archway, marble staircase, chandeliered tent, and light-strung patio were beautiful additions to our big day. It was so special to be married on such good ground, surrounded by groves of trees as old as Atlanta herself. Support this organization and you'll also be booking the venue of your dreams! Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
I do not even know where to begin - Cator Woolford Gardens is absolutely THE perfect place for a wedding in Atlanta. We had half of our reception outdoors in the garden and half indoors in the atrium - our guests cannot stop telling us how gorgeous our reception was! The outdoor gardens feels like The Secret Garden - we had our wedding on May 24th and the flowers and gardens were so lush and full. There were so many amazing spots for photographs.

Our wedding started in the gardens for cocktails and dinner. Although amplified music isn't allowed, we had a string duet play during dinner and it was perfect for setting the mood. Afterwards, our guests were shuttled up to the Atrium for dessert and dancing via golf carts (our guests loved this! it just added to the fun of the day and helped build up the energy for the dancing). The Atrium has floor to ceiling windows and so much natural light floods that room - its beautiful. We really didn't have to do any decorations as there are already bistro lights hanging up on the rafters.

To top it all off, the proceeds from the rentals for the venue go towards their program for children and adults with special needs.

tl;dr Cator Woolford is an affordable and beautiful place to host your wedding ceremony and/or reception. You won't regret it. We cannot wait to look at our beautiful photos from our reception at this venue for years to come :)
I do not even know where to begin - Cator Woolford Gardens is absolutely THE perfect place for a wedding in Atlanta. We Read more...
I do not even know where to begin - Cator Woolford Gardens is absolutely THE perfect place for a wedding in Atlanta. We had half of our reception outdoors in the garden and half indoors in the atrium - our guests cannot stop telling us how gorgeous our reception was! The outdoor gardens feels like The Secret Garden - we had our wedding on May 24th and the flowers and gardens were so lush and full. There were so many amazing spots for photographs.

Our wedding started in the gardens for cocktails and dinner. Although amplified music isn't allowed, we had a string duet play during dinner and it was perfect for setting the mood. Afterwards, our guests were shuttled up to the Atrium for dessert and dancing via golf carts (our guests loved this! it just added to the fun of the day and helped build up the energy for the dancing). The Atrium has floor to ceiling windows and so much natural light floods that room - its beautiful. We really didn't have to do any decorations as there are already bistro lights hanging up on the rafters.

To top it all off, the proceeds from the rentals for the venue go towards their program for children and adults with special needs.

tl;dr Cator Woolford is an affordable and beautiful place to host your wedding ceremony and/or reception. You won't regret it. We cannot wait to look at our beautiful photos from our reception at this venue for years to come :) Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center was the perfect location for our outdoor fall ceremony and reception. Jen was extremely helpful and easy to work with.
The Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center was the perfect location for our outdoor fall ceremony and reception. Jen Read more...
The Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center was the perfect location for our outdoor fall ceremony and reception. Jen was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Read less
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Torie
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Loved the venue and it was the perfect location for my garden wedding.
Loved the venue and it was the perfect location for my garden wedding.
Loved the venue and it was the perfect location for my garden wedding. Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
6/5/2014
4.9/5.0
The gardens are beautiful and quiet! Jen was so helpful! She assisted me with price, organizing my day, and was very accommodating to my short-notice wedding date!

I love the gardens and I'm so thankful that I was able to make such special memories there. Not to mention, my background in my photography was beautiful!
The gardens are beautiful and quiet! Jen was so helpful! She assisted me with price, organizing my day, and was very Read more...
The gardens are beautiful and quiet! Jen was so helpful! She assisted me with price, organizing my day, and was very accommodating to my short-notice wedding date!

I love the gardens and I'm so thankful that I was able to make such special memories there. Not to mention, my background in my photography was beautiful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
My husband and I had a magical wedding at Cator-Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center. We were referred to the venue by a friend who stumbled upon it on a long bike ride. It's a little piece of heaven in the middle of the big city, with acres and acres of forest, hiking trails, and beautiful gardens and an indoor reception area for a large event like a wedding.

Great options for rain plans, including an already existing permanent outdoor tent with beautiful chandeliers from the original Cator-Woolford mansion. Lovely bridal suite, too! Just steps away is the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, a mansion converted into a facility which provides loving, supportive care to patients in need. The Frazer Center provides educational programs for developmentally challenged children and adults, and the rental fees for your event go towards supporting these programs -- so we felt great about paying the money. No additional fees required for security guard or renting tables/chairs, and there is an iPod deck and sound system already in place in the Atrium upstairs (where people typically have their receptions).

Most importantly, it's vital to have a great coordinator at your wedding venue, and we absolutely loved Jen Hawthorne. She's responsive, enthusiastic about her job, and extremely helpful when needed. She wins the wedding venue coordinator award of the year, in my opinion.

One minor mishap that happened at our event -- the speakers kept going in and out upstairs in the atrium during our reception. I would just make sure the sound system is working prior to your event.

All in all, we give this place two thumbs up. Our friends and family had a great time in the gardens at our wedding. We actually still periodically stop by for picnic lunches and short hikes, too. :)
My husband and I had a magical wedding at Cator-Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center. We were referred to the venue by a Read more...
My husband and I had a magical wedding at Cator-Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center. We were referred to the venue by a friend who stumbled upon it on a long bike ride. It's a little piece of heaven in the middle of the big city, with acres and acres of forest, hiking trails, and beautiful gardens and an indoor reception area for a large event like a wedding.

Great options for rain plans, including an already existing permanent outdoor tent with beautiful chandeliers from the original Cator-Woolford mansion. Lovely bridal suite, too! Just steps away is the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, a mansion converted into a facility which provides loving, supportive care to patients in need. The Frazer Center provides educational programs for developmentally challenged children and adults, and the rental fees for your event go towards supporting these programs -- so we felt great about paying the money. No additional fees required for security guard or renting tables/chairs, and there is an iPod deck and sound system already in place in the Atrium upstairs (where people typically have their receptions).

Most importantly, it's vital to have a great coordinator at your wedding venue, and we absolutely loved Jen Hawthorne. She's responsive, enthusiastic about her job, and extremely helpful when needed. She wins the wedding venue coordinator award of the year, in my opinion.

One minor mishap that happened at our event -- the speakers kept going in and out upstairs in the atrium during our reception. I would just make sure the sound system is working prior to your event.

All in all, we give this place two thumbs up. Our friends and family had a great time in the gardens at our wedding. We actually still periodically stop by for picnic lunches and short hikes, too. :) Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.7/5.0
We hosted our wedding reception at Cator Woolford Gardens in September 2013. We lucked out with beautiful weather, which enabled us to utilize multiple areas of the property. Our guests arrived and were shuttled from the parking area (at the top of a hill) down to the gardens via large golf carts. We hosted a cocktail hour in the gardens under a beautiful white tent and patio area. We were allowed to set up cornhole, bocci ball, and croquet in a small green space across a charming bridge from the food/beverage area. Our guests enjoyed the time outside to meander through the gardens. Guests were shuttled back up the hill for dinner and dancing. We had about 100 guests and the staff was able to get everyone up the hill in about 15 minutes (corralling folks from the bar and appetizers was the hardest part, which our day of coordinator took care of)! We used the atrium attached the school for the rest of our reception, with a small photobooth area set up just outside. The venue was flexible and helped all of our vendors find space and utilities for their needs. We would have liked to be able to play some recorded music during our cocktail hour, but no amplified sound of any kind is permitted due to the residential location of the venue. We had a band inside the atrium with no restrictions. The staff at CWG was easy to work with and while it is expensive (IMO), it is a hidden gem and was the perfect venue for our wedding reception.
We hosted our wedding reception at Cator Woolford Gardens in September 2013. We lucked out with beautiful weather, which Read more...
We hosted our wedding reception at Cator Woolford Gardens in September 2013. We lucked out with beautiful weather, which enabled us to utilize multiple areas of the property. Our guests arrived and were shuttled from the parking area (at the top of a hill) down to the gardens via large golf carts. We hosted a cocktail hour in the gardens under a beautiful white tent and patio area. We were allowed to set up cornhole, bocci ball, and croquet in a small green space across a charming bridge from the food/beverage area. Our guests enjoyed the time outside to meander through the gardens. Guests were shuttled back up the hill for dinner and dancing. We had about 100 guests and the staff was able to get everyone up the hill in about 15 minutes (corralling folks from the bar and appetizers was the hardest part, which our day of coordinator took care of)! We used the atrium attached the school for the rest of our reception, with a small photobooth area set up just outside. The venue was flexible and helped all of our vendors find space and utilities for their needs. We would have liked to be able to play some recorded music during our cocktail hour, but no amplified sound of any kind is permitted due to the residential location of the venue. We had a band inside the atrium with no restrictions. The staff at CWG was easy to work with and while it is expensive (IMO), it is a hidden gem and was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
The gardens were a perfect setting for our wedding. Love that the money goes to a great cause.
The gardens were a perfect setting for our wedding. Love that the money goes to a great cause.
The gardens were a perfect setting for our wedding. Love that the money goes to a great cause. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
I immediately fell in love with CWG the second we went to see it in person. The pictures really don't do it justice. It was awesome hearing from so many of our friends that they wish they got married there. I am incredibly happy we chose it as our venue and wouldn't have changed a thing. Bummer they can't have amplified music outside and the cut-off times are so early, but it's still worth it!
I immediately fell in love with CWG the second we went to see it in person. The pictures really don't do it justice. It Read more...
I immediately fell in love with CWG the second we went to see it in person. The pictures really don't do it justice. It was awesome hearing from so many of our friends that they wish they got married there. I am incredibly happy we chose it as our venue and wouldn't have changed a thing. Bummer they can't have amplified music outside and the cut-off times are so early, but it's still worth it! Read less
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