Hi friends! Amber here.
Today I'd like to review a new(ish) venue in Atlanta: The Carlyle. I can't remember exactly when it opened, but if my memory serves, it was late 2019. We've played numerous weddings at The Carlyle over the past couple of years, and I'd love to share my thoughts with y'all.
All of the photos in this post were supplied by the lovely and talented Laura Watson. Y'all go check her out at www.LauraAnneWatson.com
Let's talk about 2 more things I love: the lighting (I mean, look at how Laura was able to use the natural lighting in the photos above!) and the acoustics. The openness of the spaces and the high ceilings make for really great acoustics. The sound is naturally amplified and carries really well. Good acoustics are a plus in my book!
Now I unfortunately have to talk about some things I do not like about this venue. And those things are: parking and safety. It's important to know that there is almost no parking at this venue. Parking is extremely limited, and vendors can't park at the venue at all. Vendors have to park across the street at a business complex, which is totally fine and not that unusual in the city. BUT there is no cross walk, no street lights, and really no actual intersection at the venue. So we have to quite literally sprint *illegally* across many lanes of busy traffic on a crowded, unsafe road. All while carrying armloads of musical gear. At the last wedding, there was (thankfully!) a police officer outside to help us cross the street after the wedding, but there wasn't an officer out there to help us get to the venue before the wedding. I have no idea about the logistics of this at all, but it would be worthwhile to see about getting a police office to be out on the street way before the wedding to help all the vendors actually get to the venue. I almost got completely run over by a car, and y'all I'm just not ready to meet Jesus like that. It's also not a super close walk, so I would advise other vendors to wear flat shoes that you can sprint through traffic while wearing. I'm just looking out for y'all! LOL
I really hope y'all enjoyed my review of the Carlyle in Atlanta, GA. Let me know if there's another venue you'd like me to review!
Lots of love,