Forget about Vegas, Elvis impersonators and small wedding chapels. For a truly one-of-a-kind elopement, run off with your sweetie to Savannah and say “I do” in style at The Gastonian, a historic AAA Four Diamond-awarded bed and breakfast in the heart of the city’s historic district.
Located just steps from Forsyth Park, The Gastonian is housed in two adjoining 19th-century, Regency Italianate-style mansions. The inn’s 17 guest rooms feature lavish antique furnishings, working fireplaces and private baths.
In addition to standard rooms, The Gastonian has several deluxe suites, including the Caracalla Honeymoon Suite, a large two-room suite with a king-size bed, oversized Whirlpool tub, two fireplaces and inlaid hardwood floors.
The Gastonian's elopement package includes wedding night turn-down service with champagne — Photo courtesy of The Gastonian
The honeymoon suite is just one reason why numerous couples have chosen to exchange their vows at The Gastonian. The inn has created a niche for itself as a one-stop shop for couples looking for a hassle-free wedding and luxurious accommodations for themselves and their guests.
The Gastonian’s elopement package includes event coordination, an officiant, floral arrangement, wedding cake, special toast, accommodations for two nights at the inn, wedding night turn-down service with champagne, silver-tray breakfast service in the morning and other touches that make the experience both personable and memorable.
The Gastonian staff is happy to recommend photographers, hair stylists and makeup artists and can even arrange for a horse-drawn carriage ride for couples who want the royal treatment.
Couples planning to hold small weddings can choose between a whole house package or half house package. The latter package can accommodate up to 16 guests for two or more nights in seven rooms, including two luxury suites and the carriage house. In addition to all the accoutrements featured in the elopement package, the half house package includes a larger, two-tiered cake and an additional bottle of champagne.
Couples with larger wedding parties can opt to reserve the entire inn for two or more nights. This package, which can accommodate up to 34 guests in the inn’s 17 rooms, features private and exclusive use of The Gastonian’s parlor and formal dining room areas. The package is a good choice for couples who want to do their own wedding planning.
All guests at The Gastonian - both wedding party guests and everyday visitors - enjoy deluxe amenities during their stay, including a Southern-style breakfast every morning. Guests can feast on the hearty, homemade breakfast in their rooms on silver trays or in the inn’s dining room. Guests are also treated to a complimentary selection of tea, hors d'oeuvres and wine in the afternoons, as well as desserts and cordials in the evenings.
When guests aren’t lounging in their luxurious digs or enjoying homemade food and treats, they can steal away some quiet time in The Gastonian’s two hidden gardens, which feature azaleas, boxwoods, seasonal plants, a tiered fountain and a swing.
One of the gardens’ most notable features is the rock fountain, which is filled with stones celebrating the weddings and elopements that have taken place at The Gastonian. It’s the perfect way to commemorate your big day, and getting your rock in gives you a good excuse to come back and visit in the future.