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Where to celebrate a wedding in Tbilisi? Part 2

An open-air ceremony surrounded by beautiful landscapes is the dream of many couples. But, outdoor wedding locations in the fresh air can not always compete with the premises in terms of comfort, service, and protection from the unpredictability of the weather. Therefore, we decided to prepare for you a list of unique places in Tbilisi, where the picturesque nature is combined with urban comfort and a high level of service. In the last article, we talked about the best restaurants and terraces in our opinion for holding a ceremony and celebrating a wedding. In the second part, we will focus on the most unusual and amazing open areas of Tbilisi. Well, it’s better to plan such a wedding from mid-April to mid-October, when the weather in Tbilisi pleases with a bright and warm sun.

Gardenia Shevardnadze

Far from the bustle of the city and the noise of the metropolis, there is a real magical fairy garden of Zurab Shevardnadze. Once upon a time, he created garden art in Georgia on his own. Zurab adopted the love of plants from his grandfather and, having been educated in Amsterdam, returned to Georgia to create his paradise flower garden and teach everyone who wants garden magic. Unusual flower beds made from old shoes and clay pots, mirrored corridors, fountains with water lilies, and also other garden decorations, for the creation of which household items were used, is a figment of Shevardnadze’s imagination. Especially people like the calm home atmosphere of the garden and a wide variety of flowering plants, any of which you can buy and take home with detailed recommendations for further care.

The cuisine presented in this unique place deserves special attention. All dishes are created according to the old recipes of Zurab’s grandmother. Real home Georgian cuisine is prepared from products that grow in greenhouses and in the garden, right on the site. The interior is like an old Georgian house: a long table for the whole family, antiques and the spirit of antiquity lurking in every corner. Serving and serving dishes are beyond description. Everything was done antique, restored according to the recollections of grandmother and grandfather. By the way, you can also stay in a small cozy hotel in the garden. The owner personally had a hand in the design of these five rooms, and each of them is unique in its own way. The second such location not only in Tbilisi but throughout the world can not be found. Your ceremony can take place surrounded by flowers and trees from around the world. More recently, a restaurant has appeared in Gardenia, where you can celebrate a small wedding for 20 people.

The only condition of Zurab is not to make noise, because the whole room is decorated with antique dishes from Georgia and other countries. Fragile dinner sets and crystal glasses will tolerate only quiet live national music. A DJ can be accommodated, for example, in the garden next to the fountain, where there is a small terrace. In fine, Gardenia Shevardnadze is best suited for salon-type weddings.

Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is suitable for ceremonies at any time of the year. This is a fairly secluded place with a large selection of options for a photoshoot. We can deliver you even to the most remote corner of the garden on an electric car. An important factor for many couples and guests is easy to access to the location, so we are happy to guide you with our secret paths straight to the ceremony venue. 🙂

Tbilisi National Botanical Garden appeared back in 1845. It became the first botanical garden in the Caucasus. These real jungles are located in the historical center of the Georgian capital at the place where, according to legend, the city was founded. And the local Openwork Bridge is considered the oldest building in the city.

This kingdom of trees, shrubs, and flowers are the best suited for you if you really want to surround yourself with nature, but do not want to travel outside the city. In April, numerous trees and shrubs begin to bloom here, and flowerbeds are covered with a bright carpet. It is cooler in summer than in the city itself, so this place is great for a walking photo shoot. In autumn and winter, without going outside the garden, you can capture several seasons — just strolling from one thematic zone with evergreens to another, where the trees have already changed into autumn outfits.

In a specially designated place of the Botanical Garden, a ceremony for 100 people can be held. The arch will be located on the edge of the cliff, from the height of which an unforgettable panoramic view of the Old Town opens. Here we can organize a smorgasbord and invite musicians. However, we recommend that you give up musical accompaniment and surrender yourself to the best conductor — nature itself. An orchestra of the noise of a waterfall, the murmur of a river and the melodious singing of birds is the best accompaniment for your wedding.

Mtatsminda

Mtatsminda Park is one of the most romantic places in Tbilisi. The holy Mount Mtatsminda is visible from almost anywhere in the capital; it is the main symbol and the most memorable place in Tbilisi. Green alleys and a Ferris wheel, located on the top of this mountain, are a favorite place for romantic dates. The rise there not only in order to enjoy the panorama of the city, have fun in the amusement park, touch history but also in order to tie the knot.

All the way to Mtatsminda is filled with solemnity and extraordinary. Starting from the ascent to the funicular to the cinematic passage through the alley along the carpet path to the hall where the ceremony takes place. This wedding palace for 20 people looks like a glass hall surrounded on all sides by coniferous trees. It’s like you are in a real forest and say each other the most important words on “Holy Mountain”, beneath the sky, away from the bustle of the city. After the ceremony, you can not only have a wonderful photoshoot with a panoramic view of the whole city but also celebrate your wedding in the stunning Funicular restaurant. By the way, at one time this restaurant (we mentioned it in a previous article) was one of the most famous in the city, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Alain Delon, and many other honored guests managed to visit and enjoy Georgian cuisine here.

Expo Georgia Terrace

In one of the districts of Tbilisi, there is a quiet island of Expo Georgia, covered with thick greenery. This is a space with showrooms and nice restaurants among old mighty plants. Residents of the city often come here to exhibitions or just relax after a hard day in silence. The same place is suitable for celebrating a wedding.

The atmosphere of Expo Georgia reminds many of southern Kakheti, which means it is a great chance to combine a city wedding with the original landscape. The only weeping willows in the city that hang over a small lake will serve as a wonderful backdrop for the ceremony on the terrace. Moreover, you can travel to real tropics in a special domed pavilion Expo Georgia. Just imagine how varied the photos from your wedding will be. And you can spend dinner without leaving the territory. Expo Georgia Terrace, which seats up to 50 people, features a wide selection of European and Georgian dishes, as well as an excellent cocktail menu.

Open Air Museum of Ethnography

This location is suitable for couples who want to feel the real historical Georgia. One of the houses of the exhibition was given over to a restaurant that teleports you to the life and customs of a rural family from the Racha region. Here you will feel like visiting the real mistress of the Georgian house: the surroundings and the kitchen are completely authentic.

The exposition of the Ethnographic Museum creates a miniature model of Georgia, reflects the diversity of the country’s ethnic culture. The museum was founded in 1966 by the famous Georgian historian and ethnographer George Chita. It contains buildings reflecting the diversity of traditions and culture of different regions of the country in different periods of its history. The main 14 ethnographic regions are represented; some of the collected samples belong to the Bronze Age, others to our days.

The Museum of Ethnography will appeal to those couples who want to conduct their open-air photo session and surround themselves with the true culture of Georgia. Ancient village houses take you far away for several hundred kilometers and centuries. You can feel the whole flavor of Georgia in one place only here.

Tbilisi Lakes

If it’s important for you to hold a wedding next to an open water reservoir, but you don’t want to travel outside of Tbilisi, there are several wonderful places in the city. For example, for many tourists and guests in the city, it will be a surprise to have a “sea” in the Georgian capital. Although, in fact, the Tbilisi Sea is the unofficial name of the reservoir in the north-east of the city. In the summer, this pond is a real salvation for the inhabitants of the city. The territory of the reservoir is landscaped: there are beaches, a modern water park Gino Paradise with a large SPA-zone, cafes, restaurants, as well as a yacht club. One of the yacht clubs Tbilisi Yacht Club – Restaurant La Cote is the best suited for couples who dream of a ceremony next to an open water reservoir. Just imagine an arch located on a secluded pier, a light “sea” breeze, and snow-white yachts. If you want to add sophistication to your ceremony, then we can arrange a boat trip along with champagne and strawberries. 🙂

An outlet for those who want to be in Tbilisi on the lake is Lisi. This place is one of the most popular holiday destinations for residents of the city, so it is suitable only for those who want to have a small wedding with two witnesses. It is possible to conduct a photoshoot after the ceremony and a romantic dinner in one of the institutions with a magical view of the lake.

These are far from all the beautiful places of Tbilisi, and especially Georgia, which are suitable for a dream wedding. We will continue to acquaint you with the beautiful locations of Georgia in the following articles and translate your desires into reality.

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Where to celebrate a wedding in Tbilisi? Part 1

Wedding in the city with a slogan proclaiming love — isn’t that the most natural and logical decision? 🙂 Tbilisi really loves you, and also loves fun feasts, sincere emotions, and warm confession. Based on our extensive experience, we have chosen the best places in the city where you can hold a ceremony or celebrate the wedding with a delicious dinner. There were so many of these places that we prepared detailed material from two articles. In the first part, we will highlight restaurants and venues with beautiful views and amazing cuisine.

Orangery Garden

Orangery Garden is a wedding venue filled with the magic of an oasis in the midst of a bustling city. Once in this restaurant overlooking Vake Park, you find yourself in a small garden, always generously decorated with cozy garlands. There are so many different plants and flowers that you don’t even need to invite a florist to decorate the room. The ceremony can be held on the terrace, which is located on the second floor, or in the garden on site. Just imagine how you are surrounded by this green splendor, gently hold hands and utter the most treasured words.

Orangery Garden is suitable for holding a ceremony at any time of the year because the terrace has a retractable roof, panoramic windows and pendant heaters that protect even from harsh winter winds. The terrace is designed for 30-40 guests, and the restaurant – for 60. Among other things, the restaurant is equipped with everything necessary for real fun. The DJ console, an open area for dancing, the warm light of bulbs, and in the middle of the hall is a real fireplace that will create an atmosphere of comfort and romance. The menu presents both European and Georgian cuisine. By the way, the restaurant is especially famous for its seafood dishes, which is very rare for Tbilisi.

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Tsiskvili
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One of the most unusual restaurants in Tbilisi deservedly became the winner of the Georgian Golden Brand award 8 times. Tsiskvili contains everything that Georgia is so loved for. Delicious food, unforgettable entertainment, and colorful surroundings. This is not just a restaurant, but a real open-air museum.

The restaurant is located on the banks of the Kura River, and an unusual landscape has been masterfully beaten in its interior. For example, the wheel of a water mill, after which the institution is named, drives the water of a real waterfall itself. Between the floors of Tsiskvili, which are cascaded, a small funicular runs where if visitors are sober they have to pay for the trip. 🙂

On the territory of the restaurant, you can arrange a ceremony and spend the evening in the company of relatives and friends. Choosing Tsiskvili as your wedding venue, you can enjoy a variety of Georgian folklore and dances that will leave an unforgettable experience for each guest of your celebration.

Funicular

Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Tbilisi — the legendary Funicular restaurant is not only at the top of all ratings but at the highest point of the metropolis. It rises majestically over the city from Mount Mtatsminda, which in Georgian means “holy mountain.” The restaurant was built back in 1938 according to all the canons of that time — monumental and for centuries. For almost a century, significant events of politics, stars, wealthy residents and guests of Georgia have been celebrating here.

In total, the restaurant has 3 floors, on the 2nd and 3rd floor, there are many banquet rooms. We advise you to choose a room with the famous panel by the artist Koki Ignatov, which has recently been restored. Thanks to its convenient location, this room is ideal for celebrations. There is a beautiful terrace with panoramic views of the whole city, where you can place a wedding arch, and a large indoor restaurant for 50 people, which will allow you not to worry about the weather.

The Funicular Restaurant serves legendary cream donuts for which the whole city is queuing up. The main menu is also on top: they offer Georgian and European cuisine of excellent quality. By the way, the restaurant is called “funicular” for a reason. The very top of Mount Mtatsminda can be reached by the famous Tbilisi funicular, which was opened in 1905.

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Metekhis Chrdili

The restaurant is called “In the Shadow of the Metekhi” because it is literally located next to the famous Metekhi temple. The terrace is located above Kura, and it offers a picturesque view of the whole of Tbilisi. Despite its unique interior and breathtaking panorama, the restaurant is truly famous for its cuisine. The dishes of Georgian cuisine here are very tasty, and in one portion you can feed three people. 🙂

Traditions are honored in Georgia, and one of the main things is that every guest should be not only deliciously fed but also in a good mood. By evening, the national ensemble begins its performance with songs and dances. During dinner, you definitely will not get bored. In the shadow of Metekhi, you can also hold a ceremony and celebrate a small wedding for 20 people. You can put the wedding arch on the terrace, pronounce the treasured words with a wonderful view of the Old Town, and then indulge in real Georgian fun.

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King Gorgasali

King Gorgasali Restaurant is located in the eponymous hotel in the heart of the Old Town. Very close to the National Botanical Garden and the famous Tbilisi baths, and just a few steps from Shardeni Street with many cafes, bars, and restaurants, where the fun never ends.

Here you can hold a beautiful ceremony overlooking the historical sights of Tbilisi: the Mtkvari River, Metekhi Temple, the Old City, and Narikala Fortress. You won’t be able to continue the evening on the terrace itself because you can’t make noise in the city center, but up to 50 people can be accommodated in the rather large inner hall of the restaurant.

The restaurant has a wine bar where you can conduct a wine tasting with professional sommeliers. The dishes are mainly of European cuisine, but skilled chefs can cook any dish according to your preferences.

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Marani
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Marani is a restaurant of the world-famous G.G Group brand, which means there can be no doubt. The restaurant’s terrace offers enchanting views of Old Tbilisi. This place is perfect for the ceremony, but to celebrate with a large company will not work. The whole city loves this place so much that it doesn’t rise to close it for a wedding.

If you came here alone or with witnesses, you can easily stay after the ceremony, enjoy the sounds of live music and Georgian, European and Asian dishes prepared by the Moroccan chef.

Tiflis Veranda

Restaurant Tiflis Veranda is a combination of a classic restaurant and lounge-style summer terraces. Here, surrounded by unforgettable panoramic views of historical and cultural attractions, you can feel the true spirit of Tbilisi. This is a unique playground in the very center of the old city.

Tiflis Veranda Restaurant has 2 levels of a terrace. Both terraces are suitable for ceremonies and can accommodate up to 40 people. Have an unforgettable outdoor ceremony overlooking the city, and then enjoy a delicious and sophisticated dinner. A chef from Istanbul with Michelin star and a pastry chef from France will prepare local and European dishes for you. In addition, this is one of the few establishments that offers its own wedding cake with different fillings up to your taste.

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There are not all the perfect places for weddings, which are located in Tbilisi. In the next article, we will tell you about the most unusual and unexpected locations for your ceremony. 

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Wedding in Mtskheta and Jvari

Are you choosing a wedding venue in Georgia? Then you have probably heard that this country is famous for its numerous Orthodox churches and monasteries. Today we are travelling to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia and its religious center. This is one of our couples’ favourite places. Proximity to Tbilisi, rich history, hills and mountains… How is Georgia possible without mountains?

Why Mtskheta?

Mtskheta was the capital of Georgia until the V century, and it still remains the most significant historical place for the Georgians and country’s guests. This ancient city is located just a couple of kilometers away from Tbilisi, which is important for those who are planning their wedding in the capital. A short trip to Mtskheta will perfectly fit into a limited budget or a strict schedule. For example, you could register your marriage in one of Tbilisi city halls, have a photoshoot in Mtskheta and then come back for the dinner with a spectacular view of the shimmering Tbilisi skyline. Short distances between the cities allow us to facilitate logistics and have enough time to visit both locations.

A trip to Mtskheta includes a walk around the narrow cobbled streets and a visit of two main city sights — Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery. The first one was built in the XI century and despite much damage, still preserves this unique spirit of ancient history in its thick walls. You can make great photos inside of Svetitskhoveli or on the site behind the cathedral, overlooking the mighty Jvari, towering above the rivers. By the way, you can request an official Public Service hall representative and have a cozy ceremony right at this place. The ceremony surrounded by two main churches of Georgia will be a truly solemn lifetime experience. 

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The official registration and church wedding

You can also register your marriage in Mtskheta. The public hall is located in front of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral: a private hall can fit up to 40 people. The application must be submitted one week before the date of your marriage. If you are not planning to come to Mtskheta beforehand, just send us all your documents by express mail. We will prepare all the necessary papers and submit them on your behalf by proxy.

While planning your church wedding in Svetitskhoveli, it is important to remember that this cathedral is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which means that thousands of couples from all over the world travel to Mtskheta to have their wedding there. Marriage ceremony at this place will probably not become a moment of intimacy in the sight of God for you two, as the number of tourists remains large here at any time of the year. The ceremony in Svetitskhoveli will allow you to become part of a centuries-old history, though for a more secluded and solemn wedding we would recommend that you choose another, more private, church. We will be glad to help you find one.

The number of tourists in Mtskheta remains large at any time of the year.


Jvari Monastery

Not far from Mtskheta, on the rocky mountain top, there is the famous Jvari Monastery, a church built in the VI century. This site is known worldwide for its incredible view: it stands right at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. This place if perfect for a romantic photoshoot (a love story, for example), or for an outdoor ceremony at the monastery’s walls. If you choose Jvari for your wedding, note that it is located on a hill, thus it has significant weather peculiarities. In the summer it might get very hot up there, and there are strong winds almost at any time (especially in spring).  Gusts of wind can be so severe that sometimes we are hardly able to place the ceremony decoration. Despite such conditions, Jvari still remains one of the most visited locations for wedding photoshoots in Georgia.

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Mtskheta and Jvari are the most popular sites close to Tbilisi, but they are not the only beautiful locations nearby. For example, just a 20-minute drive away from the city, there is the Kojori fortress, which has an amazing view of the mountain tops and, covered with summer haze. While planning your wedding in Tbilisi, you get a great chance to visit several locations nearby without big expenses. Tell us about your dreams and we will create an individual itinerary just for you! 🙂

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Registry Offices of Tbilisi

Many couples dream of an original wedding abroad, surrounded by ancient rich culture and beautiful nature of Georgia. Some of the couples prefer to complete all formal procedures in their own country, and go to Georgia just to organize symbolic ceremony and wedding dinner. But not all the newlyweds have heard that Georgia has one of the most simplified procedures of marriage registration. Registration at the Georgian State Registry Office will no longer seem such a complicated task.

Which registry office to choose? What is the difference between them and what is important to take into consideration while submitting the application? In our new article we answer all these questions. Сhoosing a registry office for your wedding now becomes a quick and easy step on the way to your big dream.

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General info

There are three registry offices in Tbilisi which provide a civil marriage procedure to the foreign citizens. The main differences between them are their location, interior and price. Normally, the price for the business days is lower than the price for the weekend, so at this stage you will have an opportunity to optimize your wedding budget. Below we are going to talk about private ceremonies which you need to pay for, but firstly we would also like to mention a ceremony in the public hall of the Justice House. This will be free for you, but the entire process of submitting the application and waiting time might last from a couple of hours to the whole day. Thus, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to our couples that they will have a quick and comfortable procedure here. The paid private ritual, otherwise, will take you just 20 minutes! After a short and pleasant ceremony in the elegant hall, you can continue your feast at the photo shoot in the narrow streets of Tbilisi or at the cozy dinner with a splendid night view of the old city.

The Justice House

Apart from the public hall, there is a closed private hall for wedding ceremonies in the Justice House. This hall has its own separate entrance, hidden from the public. You will enter this beautiful room to the solemn music and no one will violate the significance of this instant. The private hall has been fully renovated recently: now it is designed in a modern style with the use of white, beige and blue colours. Decorations of fresh flowers add softness and tenderness to the overall interior. By the way, just right near the House of Justice there is the Dedaena park (park of the mother tongue) and a popular tourist sight, The Dry Bridge with its colourful flea market. After having the ceremony, you can visit these lovely places, take some nice pictures and then move to the city centre. 

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Family is one of the main values in Georgian culture.


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Konka Registry Office

The second registry office we’d like to tell you about is located not far away from the famous Gabriadze Theatre, right in the heart of the old city. The building of the Konka Registry Office was constructed in 1897, which makes it the oldest registry office in the entire country. Its rooms are regularly renovated, but the initial authenticity and unique ancient style of the place stay as charming as always. This registry office will be suitable for couples who want to celebrate the creation of their family being surrounded by the traditional Georgian style. Here, on the balcony of the building, you may also start your photo shot: its carved arches and patterned banisters will become a perfect background for your first wedding photos. The location of this registry office is also convenient: within just a ten minutes walk, you reach the mystical labyrinths of Tbilisi, covered with centuries-old cobblestone and filled with tiny Italian courtyards.

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Within just a ten minutes walk, you reach the mystical labyrinths of Tbilisi, covered with centuries-old cobblestone and filled with tiny Italian courtyards.


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Mtatsminda Registry Office

If you dream of a quiet ceremony in harmony with nature, we’d recommend you to take a look at the third registry office in Tbilisi: it is situated on mount Mtatsminda, in the park with the same name. Stepping inside this registry office, you find yourself in a spacious glass hall surrounded by amazing wood from all angles. Imagine how harmonious and peaceful your ceremony will in such a placid location: panoramic windows, classical interior, light colours in decor, dense forest, rich mountain air, filled with the smell of pine trees… A ceremony inspired by the beautiful tranquility of nature!

Mtatsminda registry office also offers wonderful locations for your wedding photo shoot. During your photo walk around the park, you could go to the viewing point, for example, and take amazing pictures in front of the ancient city frozen in tranquil summer bliss. We also need to note that ceremony at this registry office formally is an onsite registration, that is why its price is higher than the price for the ceremony in the Justice House or Konka registry office.

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Georgia is about love

Apart from the registry offices of Tbilisi, we also work with other towns, such as Sighnaghi, Batumi, Kvareli, Kazbegi. We will be glad to find the most convenient registry office option in accordance with the wedding venue you will choose. As the official language of marriage procedures is Georgian, at your request, we could also arrange for the presence of an interpreter to any language you would prefer your ceremony to be held in. If you’d like to read about all the formal stages of civil marriage in Georgia, we recommend that you also check our article.

To conclude our review, we’d like to share with you one beautiful ancient wedding custom, which you become part of when you register your marriage in Georgia. All the newlyweds, having the civil ceremony here, receive a traditional present – a deluxe edition of Shota Rustaveli’s book called “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” and a bottle of champagne :). This classic Georgian poem is meant to symbolize the harmony in relationships between men and women. This is the book that was traditionally presented by a father to his daughter when she was getting married: the poem was supposed to become the first book in their new family library. As there is a reason why they say family is one of the main holy values in Georgian culture.

See you in the country of love!

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