Sweetwater Creek

Sweetwater Creek – Douglasville

Sweetwater is an incredible venue site very accessible from I 20; minutes from downtown Atlanta. Sweetwater State Park sits on more than 2500 acres of wooded property whose centerpiece is its large lake. For overnight accommodations, a yurts community (that opened within the past two years)   of 10 structures on elevated platforms is onsite in a gated area. Tent sites with electric hook ups are available in the same area.

Brides can book their event up to 13 months in advance. There are two lake side spaces for outdoor ceremonies that can accommodate up to 50 people.  One lakeside space provides seating on a boat dock. To book this site, a bride must also rent the adjoining picnic shelter.  The staff do put up signage to indicate a private event is occurring to help with privacy.  There is a large group shelter overlooking the lake with fireplace, ac/heating, outdoor grill and indoor kitchen with tables and chairs for up to 150 seated guests. Rates run from $75-$225. Busiest time are spring and, of course, fall.

Highlights:

  • Any signage is permissible; but cannot block park’s signage
  • Flexibility with decorations
  • Can rent out yurts site for accommodations
  • Yurts are in a gated area
  • Can rent ½ of meeting room in welcome center for changing area
  • Substantial parking area
  • Prices are the same year round
  • Refunds may be available depending on cancellation date
  • Amazing landscape

Less than highlights

  • Restrictions on photography; agreement to be signed
  • No security officer
  • Full payment due at signing of contract
  • Refunds are on a case by case basis and up to discretion of park management
  • Drones are illegal
  • No onsite wedding coordinator
  • No weather contingency plan
  • No insurance coverage for any eventuality
  • No horses or therapy animals
  • Alcohol permitted inside only
  • Handicapped access is limited in certain areas
  • Activities in group shelter have to end by 9:45 pm
  • 2 night minimum for yurts rental Friday-Saturday
  • $5 parking fee for guests is additional