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Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Lawrenceville , GA
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185 Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 US (map)

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770-822-5450

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Named 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Place for a Wedding by Gwinnett Magazine. Rich with history, romance and charm, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, which is listed on the National... Read more
Named 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Place for a Wedding by Gwinnett Magazine. Rich with history, romance and charm, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the perfect setting for your special day. The courtroom features vintage chandeliers, 24ft ceilings, Palladian windows, plantation shutters and deep crown molding as well as a large permanent dance floor. Your rental would include use of the house sound system and caterers prep kitchen (no cooking on site).The Grand Jury room can be used as a Brides Ready Room or as a lounge with bar. Ballroom rental includes the Grand Foyer, Grand Staircase as well as the original 1885 turret for bouquet toss. A great photo op! Alcohol permitted and you may choose your own licensed caterer. All vendors setting up at the courthouse are required to have liability insurance. We offer linens, centerpieces and decor items to rent. Banquet tables and chairs, cake tables, and buffet tables are included with your rental and we will set them according to your needs. For additional fees, you have the option of a Courtroom Exclusive to include upstairs and downstairs and 24 hour advance basement storage to include walk-in cooler. A great time saver!

Gazebo weddings are beautiful in our newly landscaped garden like setting. White folding chairs are available for rent, with set-up and take down included in fee. Read less
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Treasure
Wedding:
2/22/2015
4.1/5.0
For the most part my husband and I were satisfied with the service we received for the price of the courthouse. The week of our wedding there was some type of mix up and the venue booked over our rehearsal time creating quite a frenzy and we had to change the rehearsal time the day before. Despite that, the supervisor Renee was very accommodating and we worked it out. I think there is a lot of miscommunication within the venue- co-workers not communicating with eachother. Also I think there should be more training on the "new systems" when they are implemented. The new system was the main reason for the rehearsal mishap, along with a few other issues. All in all everything turned out beautiful and we are happy with how well everything turned out for our special day.
For the most part my husband and I were satisfied with the service we received for the price of the courthouse. The week Read more...
For the most part my husband and I were satisfied with the service we received for the price of the courthouse. The week of our wedding there was some type of mix up and the venue booked over our rehearsal time creating quite a frenzy and we had to change the rehearsal time the day before. Despite that, the supervisor Renee was very accommodating and we worked it out. I think there is a lot of miscommunication within the venue- co-workers not communicating with eachother. Also I think there should be more training on the "new systems" when they are implemented. The new system was the main reason for the rehearsal mishap, along with a few other issues. All in all everything turned out beautiful and we are happy with how well everything turned out for our special day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue for a great value!! Amazing people to work with and very helpful.
Beautiful venue for a great value!! Amazing people to work with and very helpful.
Beautiful venue for a great value!! Amazing people to work with and very helpful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.0/5.0
I had my wedding here last week. The booking process was easy. I found it a little disruptive to work with different people on each visit. I felt like we did a lot of re-explaining what we wanted, how we wanted things set up, etc. But I do understand making sure that anyone who may be working on your day is aware of what you want.

There were a few things that kept me from giving the Courthouse a perfect score. During our 60 day appointment I was given a list of rules for the venue. This was fully expected. One of them was no flower petals. I asked for clarification and I was told they were difficult to clean up outside and that they could stain the hardwood floors. I asked if the petals could be used on the tables and I was told they could. On my wedding day, they asked members of my family to remove them from the tables.

We scheduled our rehearsal at our 60 day appointment. We were having our ceremony and reception in the ballroom. For some reason, my rehearsal was booked for the gazebo. The lady working that evening apologized and let us in when I banged on the door, but a week before my wedding, I was not amused with miscommunications.

Overall, my day was beautiful. The few hicups we had in the planning process and the day of are easily overlooked in hindsight.
I had my wedding here last week. The booking process was easy. I found it a little disruptive to work with different Read more...
I had my wedding here last week. The booking process was easy. I found it a little disruptive to work with different people on each visit. I felt like we did a lot of re-explaining what we wanted, how we wanted things set up, etc. But I do understand making sure that anyone who may be working on your day is aware of what you want.

There were a few things that kept me from giving the Courthouse a perfect score. During our 60 day appointment I was given a list of rules for the venue. This was fully expected. One of them was no flower petals. I asked for clarification and I was told they were difficult to clean up outside and that they could stain the hardwood floors. I asked if the petals could be used on the tables and I was told they could. On my wedding day, they asked members of my family to remove them from the tables.

We scheduled our rehearsal at our 60 day appointment. We were having our ceremony and reception in the ballroom. For some reason, my rehearsal was booked for the gazebo. The lady working that evening apologized and let us in when I banged on the door, but a week before my wedding, I was not amused with miscommunications.

Overall, my day was beautiful. The few hicups we had in the planning process and the day of are easily overlooked in hindsight. Read less
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EJ
Wedding:
4/7/2013
4.3/5.0
Let me just say my wedding day was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The weather, the ceremony..EVERYTHING turned out simply elegant. In the beginning stages of my wedding planning, we stumbled across GHC and absolutely LOVED its charm. We actually broke our lease with Vecoma on the Yellow River to have our ceremony and reception here at GHC. Initially, I found the staff (ladies) to be quite abrupt and sometimes outright rude. But, the more we chatted, the better they got. We had absolutely no complaints from any of the staff. They even honored some last minute request a couple of days before our wedding. Renee really worked hard to make me feel at ease. Though shes a tough cookie, in the end, she will make sure you are happy! Our wedding took place on the best day in April! Thanks GHC staff!
Let me just say my wedding day was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The weather, the ceremony..EVERYTHING turned out simply elegant. Read more...
Let me just say my wedding day was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The weather, the ceremony..EVERYTHING turned out simply elegant. In the beginning stages of my wedding planning, we stumbled across GHC and absolutely LOVED its charm. We actually broke our lease with Vecoma on the Yellow River to have our ceremony and reception here at GHC. Initially, I found the staff (ladies) to be quite abrupt and sometimes outright rude. But, the more we chatted, the better they got. We had absolutely no complaints from any of the staff. They even honored some last minute request a couple of days before our wedding. Renee really worked hard to make me feel at ease. Though shes a tough cookie, in the end, she will make sure you are happy! Our wedding took place on the best day in April! Thanks GHC staff! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
3/24/2013
4.7/5.0
I would definitely recommend the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as a wedding or event venue. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with. The room set up is very flexible and they can do it how ever you want it. The process they have in place to work with you is very thorough and I felt confident every step of the way. There is some tedious paperwork required of each vendor you are utilizing, which was challenging, but I understand why they have to have it. It was easy to load decorations, bar supplies and glassware in early and they were kind enough to help us out with some difficult scheduling. I was very happy with my wedding venue.
I would definitely recommend the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as a wedding or event venue. The staff is very friendly and Read more...
I would definitely recommend the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as a wedding or event venue. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with. The room set up is very flexible and they can do it how ever you want it. The process they have in place to work with you is very thorough and I felt confident every step of the way. There is some tedious paperwork required of each vendor you are utilizing, which was challenging, but I understand why they have to have it. It was easy to load decorations, bar supplies and glassware in early and they were kind enough to help us out with some difficult scheduling. I was very happy with my wedding venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2/28/2013
0.0/5.0
We had our wedding booked there for about a year in advance. I found out about 4 months before my wedding that they had booked a rehearsal only 30 min before the start of my wedding. It was actually booked while my upstairs rental was active... This meant we would be sharing the property! I went to complain about the mix up and ask if they could add more time to the end of our rental if her event pushed mine later. They told me " it is our venue and we can rent it out how we like and will not give you more time" they then told me they hoped I would find another venue so they didn't have to deal with someone who was so unreasonable. I am by no means a Bridezilla but I did feel like they had double booked our events (every other venue I have talked to agrees with this) I was talked down to, repeatedly insulted and treated like my event was less important because it was smaller and bringing them less revenue.
I know most brides are thinking "it's the cheapest place in town" but when you factor all your linens, chairs, bartender set up, fees you pay to have someone clean up, fees for a police officer, fees for "processing" and all the other hidden fees.... THEN factor in that you will do all your set up yourself, the major restrictions on all the vendors you choose, the lack of privicy the venue provides and the Absolute rudeness of the female staff (the actual people you will be dealing with day of) then you'll find that it IS NOT WORTH IT!
We ended up breaking our contract and going with the Yancy House and we LOVE them! They dont charge for chairs or linens and have no hidden fees. We even saved $1,000 and the hassle of doing all the set up! I lost half my deposit plus a BS 26$ processing fee but it was well worth it not to have to have my wedding at the Courthouse!
We had our wedding booked there for about a year in advance. I found out about 4 months before my wedding that they had Read more...
We had our wedding booked there for about a year in advance. I found out about 4 months before my wedding that they had booked a rehearsal only 30 min before the start of my wedding. It was actually booked while my upstairs rental was active... This meant we would be sharing the property! I went to complain about the mix up and ask if they could add more time to the end of our rental if her event pushed mine later. They told me " it is our venue and we can rent it out how we like and will not give you more time" they then told me they hoped I would find another venue so they didn't have to deal with someone who was so unreasonable. I am by no means a Bridezilla but I did feel like they had double booked our events (every other venue I have talked to agrees with this) I was talked down to, repeatedly insulted and treated like my event was less important because it was smaller and bringing them less revenue.
I know most brides are thinking "it's the cheapest place in town" but when you factor all your linens, chairs, bartender set up, fees you pay to have someone clean up, fees for a police officer, fees for "processing" and all the other hidden fees.... THEN factor in that you will do all your set up yourself, the major restrictions on all the vendors you choose, the lack of privicy the venue provides and the Absolute rudeness of the female staff (the actual people you will be dealing with day of) then you'll find that it IS NOT WORTH IT!
We ended up breaking our contract and going with the Yancy House and we LOVE them! They dont charge for chairs or linens and have no hidden fees. We even saved $1,000 and the hassle of doing all the set up! I lost half my deposit plus a BS 26$ processing fee but it was well worth it not to have to have my wedding at the Courthouse! Read less
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Gwinnett Historic Courthouse responded with the following comments:

We would be happy to explain the booking and rental policies of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Please contact us at 770.822.5450, Monday - Friday, 10am until 4pm.
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Tatyana
Wedding:
9/1/2012
3.1/5.0
The venue is unique and beautiful, however, there are too many rules. My vendors had to sign 2 different liability papers, as well as provide proof of insurance. This got to be a hassle for me and for my vendors, as many of them were confused since they never had never been required to do so before.

The day of my wedding, the two ladies assigned to "monitor" our wedding were sweet but definitely messed things up. For some reason, they told my bartender to give last call at 10:30 PM when alcohol was suppose to be stopped being served at 11:30 PM. So even though I had rented the facility until midnight, my guests took that as the party being over.

Just be careful when renting the facility. If you want a large, long, festive wedding, this place is not it.
The venue is unique and beautiful, however, there are too many rules. My vendors had to sign 2 different liability papers, Read more...
The venue is unique and beautiful, however, there are too many rules. My vendors had to sign 2 different liability papers, as well as provide proof of insurance. This got to be a hassle for me and for my vendors, as many of them were confused since they never had never been required to do so before.

The day of my wedding, the two ladies assigned to "monitor" our wedding were sweet but definitely messed things up. For some reason, they told my bartender to give last call at 10:30 PM when alcohol was suppose to be stopped being served at 11:30 PM. So even though I had rented the facility until midnight, my guests took that as the party being over.

Just be careful when renting the facility. If you want a large, long, festive wedding, this place is not it. Read less
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Gwinnett Historic Courthouse responded with the following comments:

We were so pleased to host this wedding for Tatyana and Luis and it was a lovely event! Her family and decorator did a wonderful job of transforming the Superior Court Ballroom into an enchanting hall deserving of such a sweet couple. Because we are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we take measures to ensure that the buildings asthetic and historic integrity remain intact. At most venues the renter assumes the responsibility for their vendors damages, or the bride can ONLY use the venues approved vendors. Our flexibility in allowing our brides to choose their own caterer, DJ, photographer, florist, bakery, etc does come with the responsibilty of ensuring that those vendors are insured and that they understand our regulations to prevent damage to this wonderful, historic old courthouse so that it can continue to be the site of beautiful weddings and receptions.
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Latasha
Wedding:
2/11/2012
4.8/5.0
The ladies at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse worked to make our wedding day special, from taking care of extra decorations to ensuring everything went smoothly. They were warm and personable, and went beyond what was expected.
The ladies at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse worked to make our wedding day special, from taking care of extra decorations Read more...
The ladies at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse worked to make our wedding day special, from taking care of extra decorations to ensuring everything went smoothly. They were warm and personable, and went beyond what was expected. Read less
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L_Sandler
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
The women who worked during our reception were more like family to us with how sweetly they spoke to us and treated us! The venue was beautiful, clean, well lit, and easily accessible. The dance floor fit all of us during a very Italian dance, the Tarantella...which uses a lot of space! I wouldn't recommend it for more than 200 people. We were just under 200 and more than that would have been uncomfortable. We only used the upstairs room for our reception, we had the wedding at a different location. A five star venue all the way!
The women who worked during our reception were more like family to us with how sweetly they spoke to us and treated us! Read more...
The women who worked during our reception were more like family to us with how sweetly they spoke to us and treated us! The venue was beautiful, clean, well lit, and easily accessible. The dance floor fit all of us during a very Italian dance, the Tarantella...which uses a lot of space! I wouldn't recommend it for more than 200 people. We were just under 200 and more than that would have been uncomfortable. We only used the upstairs room for our reception, we had the wedding at a different location. A five star venue all the way! Read less
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Grace
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.9/5.0
I held both my wedding service and reception in the large courtroom in the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, and couldn't have been happier! It was a perfect venue for our guests and the service.

With a twenty-year career as a meeting and event planner, I'm picky about the venues I use; especially for this momentous event in my life! The staff was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Every request or question had an immediate response. The room was in excellent condition when we came in to decorate; the hired catering staff was given help and support for use of the kitchen; and the Director of the facility made certain we had everything we needed, included extra decorating for us, AND gave us a limited edition print of the building to frame as a keepsake. My one and only slight criticism would be that the cost per hour is slightly above other venues in the area and we had to cut our evening shorter than we would have liked, but please don't let that turn you away from this beautiful facility. I would recommend that for a nominal fee, post-event clean-up services be provided. Overall, the value was tremendous.

Our photographer was thrilled with the venue, and took lovely pictures of us on the outside turret and on the beautifully landscaped lawn. The staff was present and actively engaged in supporting our event the entire evening. The gorgeous evening light coming in through the large windows of the courtroom, the good quality sound system, and the amazing flexibility of seating and table arrangement gave me the wedding of my dreams in this historic building. I highly, highly recommend the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse to all brides and wedding planners seeking a unique local venue for their events.
I held both my wedding service and reception in the large courtroom in the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, and Read more...
I held both my wedding service and reception in the large courtroom in the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, and couldn't have been happier! It was a perfect venue for our guests and the service.

With a twenty-year career as a meeting and event planner, I'm picky about the venues I use; especially for this momentous event in my life! The staff was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Every request or question had an immediate response. The room was in excellent condition when we came in to decorate; the hired catering staff was given help and support for use of the kitchen; and the Director of the facility made certain we had everything we needed, included extra decorating for us, AND gave us a limited edition print of the building to frame as a keepsake. My one and only slight criticism would be that the cost per hour is slightly above other venues in the area and we had to cut our evening shorter than we would have liked, but please don't let that turn you away from this beautiful facility. I would recommend that for a nominal fee, post-event clean-up services be provided. Overall, the value was tremendous.

Our photographer was thrilled with the venue, and took lovely pictures of us on the outside turret and on the beautifully landscaped lawn. The staff was present and actively engaged in supporting our event the entire evening. The gorgeous evening light coming in through the large windows of the courtroom, the good quality sound system, and the amazing flexibility of seating and table arrangement gave me the wedding of my dreams in this historic building. I highly, highly recommend the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse to all brides and wedding planners seeking a unique local venue for their events. Read less
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