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Athens, Georgia, is a city with a distinguished selection of wedding vendors and a rich history of thriving Black business-owners. Planning a wedding in Athens presents the perfect opportunity to support both local and Black-owned businesses that pride themselves on standards of excellence. This blog highlight’s six of the most outstanding Black-owned wedding vendors and venues the Classic City has to offer. 

Brandy’s Unique Designs —Wedding Cakes

Brandy Sims is the owner and head baker of Brandy’s Unique Designs. Sims specializes in designing custom cakes and other sweet treats including cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies. Each cake is designed to reflect a couple’s personal taste and individual style with delicately placed embellishments. Her cakes are guaranteed to deliver flavor and presentation that are sure to wow your wedding guests.

Photo by Brandy Unique Designs

The Splitz — Wedding Band

The Splitz is an Athens-based band that describes their music as “a mixed drink of the classic motown sound: part 1970’s funk & disco flavor, a dash of contemporary R&B, and a guaranteed good time!” Their setlist features songs from Black artists including Etta Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Usher, and The Temptations. Guests are sure to remember your wedding with the sounds of The Splitz keeping the mood alive and people on their feet.

Photo by The Splitz

Encaptivating Events — Venue

Encaptivating Events is an event space located on Baxter Street — not far from the University of Georgia — owned by Anna and Demetrius Harrell. The Harrells renovated the space in the summer of 2021, making it the ideal choice for a bride that wants an intimate reception with a modern aesthetic. Encaptivating Events provides an elegant venue that is attainable without having to break the bank, allowing hosts the freedom to create their dream wedding. The location makes Encaptivating Events a favorable venue choice for any couple that plans on taking part in photos or food in the downtown Athens area. 

Photo by Demetrius Harrell
Photo by Demetrius Harrell

Ladarius Thomas — DJ/MC

Ladarius Thomas is a University of Georgia alum with a background in theater and over six years of professional DJ experience. Thomas is known for creating memorable reception atmospheres with his charisma, talent, and high quality equipment. Thomas is available for booking through MixPro Events and Entertainment.

Photo by Matthew Druin & CO

Brandy Turner Event Planning

Brandy Turner Event Planning is a Black-owned, woman-owned service that prioritizes the coordination and planning of weddings in the Clarke County area. Brandy Turner is praised by former bridal clients for her efficiency, competency, and ability to form personal connections as a wedding planner. Turner has a flourishing portfolio of satisfied brides that can vouch for the value her skills added to their wedding day. 

Photo by Brandy Turner Events

Sweet Petals, LLC — Floral Arrangements

Photo by Wendy Robertson

Sweet Petals, LLC is owned by Athens resident Wendy Robertson. Robertson creates beautiful boxed floral arrangements perfectly suited for wedding day centerpieces and boutonnieres. All of her flowers are hand-picked and designed to emanate an air of romance and serenity that will capture the attention of everyone who lays eye on them. 

Our purpose at Weddings in Athens is to show the outstanding selection of Athens, Georgia wedding vendors such as wedding photographers, videographers, florists, wedding planners and venues. We hope that our information will be helpful to you as you plan your Athens, Georgia wedding.  Please contact Weddings in Athens if you would like to have your listing added. Please follow us on Facebook at

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