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2015 Best of Atlanta

Whether you’re a local or A-Town newbie, JEZEBEL’s annual Best of Atlanta list showcases the of-the-moment winners in fashion, health, beauty, nightlife, dining, home, weddings and beyond. More than 10,000 votes came in, and we’re always blown away by the in-the-know opinions of our knowledgeable readers. Now, without further ado, head into summer with your bucket list chock-full of the award-winning spots that await in the pages ahead. Here’s to hoping you’re soaking this one up by the pool with cocktail in hand. Cheers, ATL!

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WEDDINGS

Best Reception Venue: The Biltmore Ballrooms
The elegant beaux arts-style ballrooms have hosted more than 2,000 weddings since opening in 1999—and we’re pretty sure they’ve perfected it. The stunning architecture, marble floors and glamorous crystal chandeliers make this one of the prettiest buildings in the ATL. Midtown, @novareevents

Best Rehearsal Dinner: 103 West
A world-class team of chefs and highly trained event planners coordinate a couple’s every need in planning their special meal at the third founding restaurant of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Serving up highly customized cuisine with French flair, 103 West hosts more than 600 events per year. Buckhead, @103west

Best Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
With decades of experience in the high-end fashion industry and an eye for design, Joan Pillow recognized a need for a couture bridal shop and opened a boutique in Atlanta. Twenty-six years later, brides-to-be still adore her exquisite selection of Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta and Romona Keveza gowns. Buckhead, @joanpillow

Best Stationery/Invites: ECRU Stationery & Design
Founder Jessica Clark says her proudest moment is always the one in which she hands the final invitation to the bride. You won’t find any flip books here—every last detail of Clark’s pretty papers are customized, from hand-drawn monograms to custom designs matching the lace in the bride’s gown. Peachtree Hills

Best Wedding Planner: Brian Green of F&G Weddings
Green says what his team does is more than just a job—it’s a passion. Though Green, who started his business during the economic downturn, has planned weddings for many high-profile clients, one of his favorites was that of Dr. Kendra Gamble and Jeff Webb, vice president of the FIFA. “That wedding was over-the-top fabulous,” he notes. Buckhead, @fandgweddings

Best Place to Buy Wedding Gifts: Bloomingdale’s
Personal registry consultants and a slew of luxury goods including china, bedding, cookware, kitchen tools (hello, electric-blue KitchenAid stand mixer!) and more make it easy to find the oh-so-perfect gift for your fave couple right inside Lenox Square. Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Wedding Band: PleaseRock Weddings
What makes this rowdy group of guys (who’ve been friends since elementary school) top dog? “No offense to anyone in Atlanta, but our goal is to be the best cover band in the world,” they say. We’d say PleaseRock’s Yacht Rock Revue is well on its way to achieving that, being hugely popular with Atlanta’s in-crowd and having shared the stage with the likes of John Oates and Eddie Money. @pleaserockwed

Best Wedding Photographer: Inije Photography
Charlton Inije credits hard and smart work with getting him where he is today—which is snapping shots of the likes of Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and many NFL football players. Vinings, @inijepix

Best Florist: Edge Design Group
Started by her mother in 2000, Edge Design is now owned by Gabrielle Mecca, whose clientele spans the continent from L.A. to Barbados. One happy bride says Mecca was not only a florist but a trusted advisor—“She was worth every penny,” she notes. Mecca’s also popular among the sports crew, including former Braves player Marquis Grissom and NFL star Kordell Stewart. Buckhead, @edgedesignatl

Best Engagement Rings: Shane Co.
Those ubiquitous radio ads have done their job—not only is the family-owned Shane Co. a JEZ favorite for engagement and wedding rings, it’s also been voted a 2015 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot and won a Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire. Multiple locations, @shanecompany

Best Caterer: Bold American Events & Catering
Self-described as a “restaurant on wheels,” this homegrown establishment owned by Fifth Group Restaurants prides itself on recreating favorite ATL dishes for weddings: Think South City Kitchen’s chicken and waffles and Ecco’s fried goat cheese with clients like President Obama and Ted Turner. Westside, @boldeventsatl

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party: Lips Atlanta
A night at Lips is sure to be a colorful one. With over-the-top drag queen decor and amazing impersonators (Whitney Houston, anyone?), Lips is a must-stop on your last night out as a single lady. Pucker up! Buford Highway

Best Place for a Bachelor Party: The Cheetah
The Cheetah prides itself on being a true gentleman’s club and having the most beautiful women in the South—enough said. Midtown, @thecheetahatl

Best Wedding Venue: The Estate at Piedmont
There’s not a more beautiful one-stop shop for a perfectly classic Southern wedding. Originally built in Wilkes County, Ga., in 1797, the antebellum mansion was moved brick by brick to its current location on Piedmont and opened by Tony Conway and his Legendary Events team as a full-service venue in fall 2012. Buckhead, @alegendaryevent

Best Wedding Cake: Cakes by La’Meeka
La’Meeka Edwards started out baking as a hobby. Taking every decorating class offered at a local party supply store, she discovered her passion and opened her own shop, taking her biz full-time. Her celeb clientele includes The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss—and she’s even appeared on the show. Forest Park, @cakesbylameeka

Best Bridal Shower Venue: Swan Coach House
There’s no better place for a true Southern girls’ day out than Atlanta History Center’s Swan Coach House, which has served many generations of brides with charming Southern hospitality (and afternoon mimosas). Don’t miss the cheese straws and signature French Silk Swan dessert. Buckhead, @atlhistcenter

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