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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 Georgia for Israelis

You want your destination wedding to go perfectly, but you are afraid of the difficulties associated with organization and document preparation? Congratulations! You have found a solution to this problem 🙂 Ori Wedding Agency is ready to relieve you of all time-consuming duties. From start to finish we will guide you through all the stages of preparing your holiday.

Georgia is a unique country not only because it is a magical mixture of stunning natural landscapes, hospitable people and rich cuisine, but also a place where bureaucracy is minimized. Couples from all over the world fly here to marry without burdening themselves with difficulties in paperwork. And in recent years, Georgia has become particularly popular among couples from Israel. In this article, we decided to figure out the reasons for their choice and share with you some tips on planning a wedding in Georgia.

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Why do couples from Israel choose Georgia?

Georgia is a hospitable and tolerant country. Any guest is welcome here, regardless of his or her religion or nationality. On the streets of the capital, you can hear people speaking different languages and find representatives of all countries and cultures. Having decided to hold your wedding in Georgia, you will not encounter any political or religious obstacles here. Whatever citizenship you have, in Georgia you will easily and quickly register your marriage. Getting all documents ready and official marriage registering will not take you much time and effort.

A wedding in Georgia is less expensive than in other countries: on average, registration for Israel citizens will cost from $270. Even taking into account air tickets and a wedding banquet for your guests, a wedding in Georgia will be much more affordable than in Israel or other European countries. For example, a dinner for two in the capital costs from $90. For the inhabitants of Israel, this mountainous country is an ideal place for a wedding because it is relatively close. Direct flights from Tel Aviv fly every day, and the flight will take only 2.5 hours.

Georgia also has a large selection of wedding opportunities. Imagine yourself on the pier of a mountain lake, which is surrounded by snow-covered caps of the Greater Caucasus or in a medieval fortress in the middle of a forest, in sunny vineyards or on a rocky coast… Your wedding can be held in any of these fabulous locales. Georgian cuisine has an ancient history and impresses with its taste palette. If you are planning a dinner for relatives and friends, we will help you make the most comfortable version of the menu, which will take into account all the preferences of your guests. Some restaurants in Tbilisi, for example, can provide banquets following the kosher traditions.

What needs to be done to get married in Georgia?

First, you need to set a date for the wedding. Then contact us at least two weeks before the celebration, so that we begin to prepare all the documents. Make color scans of your passports, issue a power of attorney at a notary public in the name of your wedding planner and send them to us by email. In Israel, a notary public places an Apostille, so when you do the power of attorney, do not forget to put an Apostille and certify all the necessary documents.

Additional documents:

  • If you have previously been married or have a common minor child: clear scans of a copy of the divorce certificate, scans of a copy of the birth certificate of a child, which must bear an Apostille and be certified by a notary.
  • Clear scans of the passports of two witnesses. If only two of you will arrive, no problem — we will provide the witnesses.
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You don’t need to apply for a visa to come to Georgia: residents of most countries can stay there for a year without registration.

After the end of your celebrations, within 2-4 weeks, we will send you a registered letter with a marriage certificate in English. Unfortunately, a Hebrew translation by a translator who is not located in Israel cannot be recognized by the state. You can use the services of a certified translator in Israel or leave your certificate in English. It is also valid because names are duplicated in English in Israel passports.

How to choose a place for a wedding?

To choose a venue for your wedding, tell us about your preferred holiday format (open-air ceremony, classic civil registration at a registry office or a large party until the down) and the number of guests (will it be a wedding for two or a cozy evening with friends and loved ones). Depending on your wishes, we will select for you the most appropriate version of the locale.

The capital of Georgia is a city with a long history. Each street of Tbilisi is saturated with love, and the city slogan states: “Tbilisi is the city that loves you”. Go on a photo walk through the old town and you will easily see it. Walk along the narrow cobbled streets, examine the facades of small fabulous houses trimmed with stucco and carved balconies, stop by each courtyard. It is said that in the old part of the city you cannot find two identical balconies: so unique architecture of each building is! After a walk in this colorful area, you will have beautiful wedding photographs as a nice memory.

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Georgia is recognized as the birthplace of winemaking, and it is the eastern region of Kakheti that is the cradle of this ancient tradition. If you decide to conduct field registration outside the city, you can do it in one of the many sunlit vineyards, on the bank of a picturesque lake, in a cozy chateau or even in a mysterious medieval castle. The choice is truly limitless. Here you can also please yourself and your guests with a wine tasting, go on a tour to the ancient monasteries or ride a horse. And if you come from September to October, you will take part in the traditional harvest feast Rtveli. We are convinced: sunny Kakheti is the warmest region of fertility and cordiality.

For a summer wedding, the best option is the alpine region of Kazbegi — the place where Europe’s highest mountains live. Celebrate this momentous day on a spacious terrace under a low sky, strewn with stars and the bright Milky Way. Like in romantic movies! In Georgia, you can easily become the main characters of a beautiful film about love. 🙂

We can talk about the natural diversity of this country infinitely. Almost everything is possible in Georgia. Share your ideas and dreams with us, and we will do the rest.

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