Testimonials

Jess: 2015 Bride
“Where to even start about this truly beautiful garden and nonprofit? 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, Jen, 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!”

Gina: 2015 Bride
“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. 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.”

Kelsey: 2014 Bride 
“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!”

Anonymous: 2014 Bride
“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! 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. 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. 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.”

Melissa: 2013 Bride
“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 staff at CWG was easy to work with. It is a hidden gem and was the perfect venue for our wedding reception.”

Amy: 2013 Bride
“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.”

Anonymous: 2013 Bride 
“Cator Woolford was a great wedding venue – they provided several rain plans and gave us a very flexible timeline for making last minute changes. They were easy to work with and pricing was straightforward. Don’t let the initial price tag scare you – this includes tables, chairs, ceremony site, rain locations, parking, signage and security. The gardens, lawn, pavilion, and atrium were the perfect setting for our “progressive wedding”. There are some new sound ordinances in DeKalb County but this did not deter us from having a great time with excellent ambiance.”

Alina: 2013 bride 
“The most gorgeous venue in the Atlanta area (and I would know….I looked at them ALL). Absolutely beautiful during every month that they are open for events (I have looked at photos and went multiple times in the year leading up to my wedding). Additionally it was a load off my mind to know that there was a plan (a good plan) in the event that my outdoor wedding got rained out…The garden is beyond beautiful and your photos will be incredible (the stone staircase is AMAZING). I absolutely loved having my wedding here!”

Liz: 2012 Bride
“I absolutely adore this place and feel so lucky I was able to have my wedding here. It is truly an “enchanted garden.” The staff was very easy to work with, especially Jenn Hawthorne. She was quick to respond to all my emails and gave tons of useful information. The only downside for brides now I would have to say is the noise restrictions. I was lucky to get in just before those were passed. However, I wouldn’t let it stop you from using this beautiful venue!”

Allison: 2012 Bride
“Like many others, I chose to have my ceremony and reception at The Cator Woolford Gardens, not only for the beauty of the space, but also in support of the Frazer Center Program. The only word that I can use to sum up the night is “magical”. The weather was perfect and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. We received so many compliments from our guests, telling us how perfect everything was. Thank you so much to Jennifer Hawthorne (the event coordinator) for making this such a pleasurable and memorable experience.”

Jenny: 2012 Bride
“Once we decided that we wanted an outdoor wedding in a lush garden at an affordable price, Cator Woolford Gardens became the obvious choice. The gardens are meticulously maintained and the staff is exceedingly helpful. The beautiful colonnade, Italian staircase, courtyard, patio, bridges, and bamboo groves all make for amazing photos, too. It was so nice to have our ceremony and reception all in one place with no hassle for guests. A private bath house, catering kitchen, and a permanent white tent add to the amenities. Another huge plus is that there is an atrium for a rain contingency – not something many other outdoor venues can offer. We had such a great wedding – we wish we could go back and live the night in the gardens all over again!”

Marisa: 2011 Bride
“The Cator Woolford Gardens is an amazing venue– gorgeous wild, gardens tucked away (and surprisingly secret!) from most Atlanta natives. It is a beautiful outdoor setting, plus there is a backup indoor space as well. Staff on site do a great job making sure that you are taken care of. This place is an amazing value AND the money goes to a good cause (The Frazer Center). Highly recommend that you check it out!”

Rebeca: 2011 Bride
“I found this venue by accident years ago and after one drive through, I said, “THIS is where I’m getting married!” 3 years later, I did. It was amazing….I’m an Atlanta native and I can’t tell you how many of my family friends who have lived in Atlanta for 40+ years had no idea it existed and just gushed over how perfect it was. It was like being in your own private, European garden. I would highly recommend the gardens to any bride and groom who want an elegant yet simple, natural beauty! Another great positive is that much of the money goes directly to the school (The Frazer Center) so you know you are not only getting married in the prettiest place in Atlanta, but it is supporting a good cause too.”