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.
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.
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 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.
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.