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Defoor Centre

Atlanta , GA

LOCATION

1710 Defoor Avenue, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318 US

PHONE

404-591-3809

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ABOUT US

Escape from the ordinary to our full service art gallery event facility. Located in Midtown West, we are convenient to downtown, 75/85 and 400.

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Escape from the ordinary to our full service art gallery event facility. Located in Midtown West, we are convenient to downtown, 75/85 and 400.

Have your wedding and/or reception surrounded by beautiful artwork in the hexagon-shaped Forum at Defoor Gallery. Originally built as a gospel church, The Forum boasts soaring 30'high ceilings. Interesting architecture makes our historic facility truly one of a kind. We have a variety of galleries in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or an elaborate celebration, the experienced event professionals are at your disposal.

Menus customized to your specifications are prepared on-site by our culinary team. Let us handle the details while you relax and enjoy family and friends. Here you will truly experience the ART of celebration! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/2/2016
4.4/5.0
This venue was a great choice and amazing value. The food and drinks were excellent and they really went above and beyond decorating and helping us make the event unique. We had a smaller event (~50 people) in the bar/entertainment area and we were very happy with it. All our guests were impressed and had a good time.

Tami was our contact and I understand she is now the head of sales. She is a wonderfully positive and responsive person that was more than willing to work with us on making our event unique. She was even there throughout the night on our event alongside the rest of the staff and packed up our things to head home (decor, cake, etc) -- wow! You won't see that kind of dedication somewhere else.

I hope they continue to grow and would recommend it to others looking for a nice modern venue with great food and good value.
This venue was a great choice and amazing value. The food and drinks were excellent and they really went above and beyond Read more...
This venue was a great choice and amazing value. The food and drinks were excellent and they really went above and beyond decorating and helping us make the event unique. We had a smaller event (~50 people) in the bar/entertainment area and we were very happy with it. All our guests were impressed and had a good time.

Tami was our contact and I understand she is now the head of sales. She is a wonderfully positive and responsive person that was more than willing to work with us on making our event unique. She was even there throughout the night on our event alongside the rest of the staff and packed up our things to head home (decor, cake, etc) -- wow! You won't see that kind of dedication somewhere else.

I hope they continue to grow and would recommend it to others looking for a nice modern venue with great food and good value. Read less
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Wedding:
Recently Married
3.6/5.0
Overall, the Defoor Centre was a positive experience in terms of working with them, setting up the reception and the value based on the money spent. Food was very good and we loved the place itself with the history, art and trendiness of the setting. They dropped the ball early in the process as I heard nothing from them for over a month (after several attempts to contact them) after signing the initial contract. Once that was discovered by them, then Davina picked up the ball and was very helpful. There were some things they promised that they didnt deliver-special drink for the bride and groom, appetizers for the bridal party while waiting to go into the reception, passing around the wine at the cocktail hour. Also, we thought the wait staff were not properly dressed for the occasion. But, they also comped some items for us and didnt charge us the credit card fee. I would recommend them but would suggest following up on the details that are important to you to make sure that they come through for you.
Overall, the Defoor Centre was a positive experience in terms of working with them, setting up the reception and the value Read more...
Overall, the Defoor Centre was a positive experience in terms of working with them, setting up the reception and the value based on the money spent. Food was very good and we loved the place itself with the history, art and trendiness of the setting. They dropped the ball early in the process as I heard nothing from them for over a month (after several attempts to contact them) after signing the initial contract. Once that was discovered by them, then Davina picked up the ball and was very helpful. There were some things they promised that they didnt deliver-special drink for the bride and groom, appetizers for the bridal party while waiting to go into the reception, passing around the wine at the cocktail hour. Also, we thought the wait staff were not properly dressed for the occasion. But, they also comped some items for us and didnt charge us the credit card fee. I would recommend them but would suggest following up on the details that are important to you to make sure that they come through for you. Read less
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Maxime
Wedding:
4/18/2015
4.8/5.0
My husband and I had our reception at the Defoor Centre April 18, 2015. We were beyond thrilled with the experience of planning and the results. Davina Law was my contact and she was professional and accommodating and helped to relax me when it got stressful. She and her team executed all our plans flawlessly for the installation. The food and the service was also impeccable. The cake was fantastic. It was truly more than I even expected. We can't thank the Defoor team enough.
My husband and I had our reception at the Defoor Centre April 18, 2015. We were beyond thrilled with the experience of Read more...
My husband and I had our reception at the Defoor Centre April 18, 2015. We were beyond thrilled with the experience of planning and the results. Davina Law was my contact and she was professional and accommodating and helped to relax me when it got stressful. She and her team executed all our plans flawlessly for the installation. The food and the service was also impeccable. The cake was fantastic. It was truly more than I even expected. We can't thank the Defoor team enough. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The Defoor Centre was the last venue we visited on our list when searching for our wedding spot. We loved it from the moment we walked in the door. It just had the perfect feel for our style. We also loved how easy going Michelle (the coordinator) was, and she helped to seal the deal. About midway through our planning process, we were introduced to Kori Shaw, who began to take over the planning and details for our wedding and would take over as our day of coordinator. Kori was equally as knowledgeable and a perfect complement to Michelle and Defoor. The coordinators are very responsive both over the phone and via email and made planning so easy. Kori was very attentive on our wedding day and did everything from coordinating with vendors to pinning on corsages and boutonnieres.

Being an art gallery and event center, there was a lot of decor already included and available for use, and all we had to do was personalize it. Be sure to ask specifics about what is available and included in the space. While visiting the Defoor Centre with my event designer, we found out there were candles, vases, Manzanita branches, candelabras, and décor galore that we could use! The lanterns hanging from the ceiling in the bar and the Encore! Gallery were a very nice touch. We chose the Forum for our ceremony and the Encore! Gallery for the reception, with cocktail hour in the Defoor Cafe and Bar. The "bridal suite" inside the main office was the perfect size for my wedding party (3 ladies), me, and my Mom while getting ready. They brought us refreshments while getting ready and really catered to us very well. The guys (groom, groomsmen, ushers) were also well attended to and were given a large space in which to get ready (Gatsby Room). Oh, and the hors d’oeuvres and reception food were delicious and they did an excellent job with our cake. All we had to do was provide a picture and they made it look exactly like it.
The Defoor Centre was the last venue we visited on our list when searching for our wedding spot. We loved it from the Read more...
The Defoor Centre was the last venue we visited on our list when searching for our wedding spot. We loved it from the moment we walked in the door. It just had the perfect feel for our style. We also loved how easy going Michelle (the coordinator) was, and she helped to seal the deal. About midway through our planning process, we were introduced to Kori Shaw, who began to take over the planning and details for our wedding and would take over as our day of coordinator. Kori was equally as knowledgeable and a perfect complement to Michelle and Defoor. The coordinators are very responsive both over the phone and via email and made planning so easy. Kori was very attentive on our wedding day and did everything from coordinating with vendors to pinning on corsages and boutonnieres.

Being an art gallery and event center, there was a lot of decor already included and available for use, and all we had to do was personalize it. Be sure to ask specifics about what is available and included in the space. While visiting the Defoor Centre with my event designer, we found out there were candles, vases, Manzanita branches, candelabras, and décor galore that we could use! The lanterns hanging from the ceiling in the bar and the Encore! Gallery were a very nice touch. We chose the Forum for our ceremony and the Encore! Gallery for the reception, with cocktail hour in the Defoor Cafe and Bar. The "bridal suite" inside the main office was the perfect size for my wedding party (3 ladies), me, and my Mom while getting ready. They brought us refreshments while getting ready and really catered to us very well. The guys (groom, groomsmen, ushers) were also well attended to and were given a large space in which to get ready (Gatsby Room). Oh, and the hors d’oeuvres and reception food were delicious and they did an excellent job with our cake. All we had to do was provide a picture and they made it look exactly like it. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/26/2014
4.9/5.0
Absolutely Amazing are the only two words needed to describe this venue and Michelle, the venue coordinator. Our ceremony and reception took place at the Defoor Centre on April 26, 2014, and my guest, husband and I have not stopped raving about our event. From the first time we met Michelle, she was extremely accommodating and went out of her way to make sure that all of our questions were answered. Leading up to the big day, it was such a relief to know that the Defoor Centre had a full staff ready to help execute all the final details. From coordinating timing with my vendors (florist, DJ, etc) to assisting with last minute changes and set-up, this venue took care of everything! Looking back, choosing the Defoor Centre was the absolute BEST decision we made! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Michelle and her team!!!!
Absolutely Amazing are the only two words needed to describe this venue and Michelle, the venue coordinator. Our ceremony Read more...
Absolutely Amazing are the only two words needed to describe this venue and Michelle, the venue coordinator. Our ceremony and reception took place at the Defoor Centre on April 26, 2014, and my guest, husband and I have not stopped raving about our event. From the first time we met Michelle, she was extremely accommodating and went out of her way to make sure that all of our questions were answered. Leading up to the big day, it was such a relief to know that the Defoor Centre had a full staff ready to help execute all the final details. From coordinating timing with my vendors (florist, DJ, etc) to assisting with last minute changes and set-up, this venue took care of everything! Looking back, choosing the Defoor Centre was the absolute BEST decision we made! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Michelle and her team!!!! Read less
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Carmen
Wedding:
1/19/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't put into words how happy I am with my wedding and reception held at Defoor Centre. Michelle and Davina have been perfect from the initial tour of the facility to the day of the wedding. They worked with me and my budget to ensure that I had my dream wedding. The food was included in the venue pricing and it was absolutely phenomenal!! The wedding cake was fabulous! My guests are still complimenting us on the taste and quality of the food and wedding cake. They loved the look and service provided by the venue and I will definitely be recommending their location for future events.
I can't put into words how happy I am with my wedding and reception held at Defoor Centre. Michelle and Davina have been Read more...
I can't put into words how happy I am with my wedding and reception held at Defoor Centre. Michelle and Davina have been perfect from the initial tour of the facility to the day of the wedding. They worked with me and my budget to ensure that I had my dream wedding. The food was included in the venue pricing and it was absolutely phenomenal!! The wedding cake was fabulous! My guests are still complimenting us on the taste and quality of the food and wedding cake. They loved the look and service provided by the venue and I will definitely be recommending their location for future events. Read less
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Tonya
Wedding:
7/13/2013
4.8/5.0
My new hubby and I want to take a moment to give the Defoor Centre staff a big THANK YOU for making our special day AMAZING! We are so grateful that we chose the Defoor Centre for our wedding. All staff members were pleasant and willing to do all what they could to accommodate our requests. My guests, family and special friends were all pleased as well. One of the coordinators, Michelle, is the most calm, sweetest and understanding person. My mother said she is the PERFECT Event Coordinator and my hubby Michael appreciated how she helped him stay calm before the ceremony and helped him find the bar. LOL! Thank you Davina (Coordinator) for helping with the centerpiece ideas!

Oh yeah, my compliments to the Chef! The food was OUTSTANDING! My mother and aunt said it was perfect. So much so while wondering around the venue, they would think about their food and quickly return to their table to make certain to finish their plate. They raved, "even the veggies were perfect!" Additionally, the Pastry Chef hit a home run with our cake...fantastic!

From start to finish the entire experience was incredible. Again thank you all! Choose the Defoor Centre for your wedding or any special event. You won't be disappointed!
My new hubby and I want to take a moment to give the Defoor Centre staff a big THANK YOU for making our special day Read more...
My new hubby and I want to take a moment to give the Defoor Centre staff a big THANK YOU for making our special day AMAZING! We are so grateful that we chose the Defoor Centre for our wedding. All staff members were pleasant and willing to do all what they could to accommodate our requests. My guests, family and special friends were all pleased as well. One of the coordinators, Michelle, is the most calm, sweetest and understanding person. My mother said she is the PERFECT Event Coordinator and my hubby Michael appreciated how she helped him stay calm before the ceremony and helped him find the bar. LOL! Thank you Davina (Coordinator) for helping with the centerpiece ideas!

Oh yeah, my compliments to the Chef! The food was OUTSTANDING! My mother and aunt said it was perfect. So much so while wondering around the venue, they would think about their food and quickly return to their table to make certain to finish their plate. They raved, "even the veggies were perfect!" Additionally, the Pastry Chef hit a home run with our cake...fantastic!

From start to finish the entire experience was incredible. Again thank you all! Choose the Defoor Centre for your wedding or any special event. You won't be disappointed! Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I would like to highly recommend the Defoor Center as a venue for a wedding. It's so nice and classy. From the beginning to end the coordinator Michelle was so accommodating. I didn't really have a vision but Michelle made my wedding day stress free and beautiful beyond what I could have ever imagined. The staff was pleasant and overly accommodating. There were things that I should have done and was supposed to do that Michelle did for me. If I had to choose a venue all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. My family and I were treated like royalty by the staff. My family and friends are still talking about our wedding to this day and I continue to get inquiries and about this venue and again I definitely recommend to all brides and grooms or anyone that would like to have an event.
I would like to highly recommend the Defoor Center as a venue for a wedding. It's so nice and classy. From the beginning Read more...
I would like to highly recommend the Defoor Center as a venue for a wedding. It's so nice and classy. From the beginning to end the coordinator Michelle was so accommodating. I didn't really have a vision but Michelle made my wedding day stress free and beautiful beyond what I could have ever imagined. The staff was pleasant and overly accommodating. There were things that I should have done and was supposed to do that Michelle did for me. If I had to choose a venue all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. My family and I were treated like royalty by the staff. My family and friends are still talking about our wedding to this day and I continue to get inquiries and about this venue and again I definitely recommend to all brides and grooms or anyone that would like to have an event. Read less
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Monica
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I wanted a unique venue and I that is exactly what I got! As my guests walked in they were blown away by the artwork and decor. Michelle and her team were so easy to work with, from food to decor! The Defoor Centre offers it all!
I wanted a unique venue and I that is exactly what I got! As my guests walked in they were blown away by the artwork and Read more...
I wanted a unique venue and I that is exactly what I got! As my guests walked in they were blown away by the artwork and decor. Michelle and her team were so easy to work with, from food to decor! The Defoor Centre offers it all! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
OUR WEDDING WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I would recommend the Defoor Centre to anyone for any event. The venue is trendy and beautiful. Although we were on a strict budget, no one treated us any different. Also, Michele and Davina were so sweet and helpful from the time before be made the deposit through the end of our wedding night. Also, Defoor had a variety of options that accommodated all of our needs. All of the staff was great especially Michele and Davina! As a bride, I must emphasize that Michele really took care of me, the groom, and our parents. It was truly a wonderful experience. The food was superb and available in abundance. Also, our guests were all happy and very impressed with the facility. Our wedding had over 150 people in attendance and there were no issue with space or parking. If I had to do it all over again I would not have my wedding anywhere but the Defoor Centre.
OUR WEDDING WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I would recommend the Defoor Centre to anyone for any event. The venue is trendy and Read more...
OUR WEDDING WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I would recommend the Defoor Centre to anyone for any event. The venue is trendy and beautiful. Although we were on a strict budget, no one treated us any different. Also, Michele and Davina were so sweet and helpful from the time before be made the deposit through the end of our wedding night. Also, Defoor had a variety of options that accommodated all of our needs. All of the staff was great especially Michele and Davina! As a bride, I must emphasize that Michele really took care of me, the groom, and our parents. It was truly a wonderful experience. The food was superb and available in abundance. Also, our guests were all happy and very impressed with the facility. Our wedding had over 150 people in attendance and there were no issue with space or parking. If I had to do it all over again I would not have my wedding anywhere but the Defoor Centre. Read less
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