Say “I Do” in These Beautiful Historic Wedding Venues in Charleston

Photo by Inna Lesyk

With Charleston’s pristine beaches and picturesque coastal views, beautiful wedding venues certainly aren’t hard to come by in the city. But what if you want something more unique and memorable for your big day?

There is good news for newly-engaged couples: Charleston is full of historical wedding venues that can provide a stunning backdrop for your nuptials. From gorgeous plantations to stately homes and everything in between, the Holy City has the ideal wedding venue for every couple.

Check out the following historical wedding venues in Charleston, and don’t be surprised if you fall in love with more than one!

The Cedar Room in the Cigar Factory

If you love rustic and industrial design, the Cedar Room won’t disappoint. Located in the renovated Cigar Factory on East Bay Street, The Cedar Room at Mercantile and Mash has retained much of its original 1881 design.

Featuring large, floor-to-ceiling windows, historic wood columns and beautiful hardwood floors, the Cedar Room oozes charm and rustic beauty. The bright, airy space can accommodate up to 500 guests and has an intimate courtyard, a bridal suite, a built-in bar and onsite parking — a big must-have feature if you’re booking a wedding venue in downtown Charleston.

At the Cedar Room, you won’t need to worry about your food being delicious. The Mercantile and Mash catering team always hit it out of the park, and they’re willing to work with any of your guests’ food allergies given notice ahead of time. Starting cost for the Cedar Room is around $5,000 for peak wedding season.

Boone Hall Plantation

Known for its iconic Boulevard of Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation dates back to 1861 and is one of the oldest working plantations in the country. Located in the charming area of Mount Pleasant, this stunning plantation has appeared in movies and on television. It’s also where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot in 2011.

Of course, you don’t need to be an A-lister to throw a spectacular shindig at Boone Hall. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds rented the Cotton Dock — which starts at $4,500 — but you can rent the $3,000 Front Lawn and say “I do” in front of the Plantation House and its beautiful surrounding gardens.

Book at Boone Hall Plantation and you’re not only guaranteed a gorgeous backdrop of the plantation but also a night you won’t forget.

Legare Waring House

Celebrate your nuptials at the Legare Waring House, the site of the first settlement in Charleston. This historic 1840s home within Charles Towne Landing is full of Southern charm and history.

The Legare Waring House once hosted dignitaries and governors and is furnished with grandeur throughout. Featuring both a bridal suite and a groom’s quarters, the stately home has a large dining room and can accommodate 200 guests indoors.

However, the true beauty of the Legare Waring House can be seen outside. With its well-manicured lawns, picturesque lagoons, gorgeous live oaks and the stately manor, the backdrop provides a romantic setting that your guests won’t soon forget.

Governor Thomas Bennett House

Say “I do” at the Governor Thomas Bennett House and celebrate at one of the most beautiful historic homes in Charleston. This unique, antebellum house was built in 1825 and is full of Southern charm.

With its gorgeous gardens, walled fountains and large piazza overlooking the fountain and brick courtyard, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting for your wedding or reception. Indoor capacity can hold 75 for a seated dinner, and outdoor capacity can accommodate 200 to 230 guests.

The pricing is steep during peak wedding season, with a rate of $9,000 for a Friday or Saturday wedding. However, this rate can be knocked down to $6,000 if you have your wedding on the same day of the week during the off season.

The Gibbes Museum of Art

After a major renovation in 2016, the Gibbes Museum of Art now boasts an impressive event space featuring high ceilings and a stunning architectural design.

Located along the Museum Mile in downtown Charleston, this 111-year-old museum is considered the epicenter of Charleston culture. But while the Gibbes Museum of Art is an old building, its event space for weddings is a relatively new addition.

In 2016, the museum re-opened its doors after an extensive renovation. With its high ceilings, porcelain floors and fascinating works of art, the second floor of the museum offers a spectacular place to exchange vows. The beautiful Lenhardt Garden also serves as a lovely place for a wedding.

If you and your beloved are huge fans of art, this is a must-book wedding venue in Charleston. Capacity ranges from 60 to 500, depending on the site you choose, and you can book the entire museum and garden for $7,000.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Opened in 1853, this historic downtown Charleston hotel provides an elegant wedding space complete with marble floors, wrought-iron décor, circa 1840 fountains, a historic ballroom and a stunning rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.

For those looking for a quintessential Charleston experience, the Mills House can deliver it in spades. The hotel offers three unique settings to host your wedding: the Signers Ballroom, the Planters Suite and the Barbadoes Room and Courtyard. Each space offers something slightly different, and perhaps the best way to choose is to tour each one.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel can seat up to 300, but you’ll need to contact the hotel to request pricing.

The Parsonage

Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, this beautifully restored home makes for some fantastic wedding pictures. Boasting elegant rooms, two iconic piazzas and an intimate courtyard full of lush foliage, The Parsonage is a historic gem that every couple will adore.

With a capacity of 150 guests, the Parsonage is on the smaller side for a wedding venue. However, it makes up for that with its convenient downtown location, elegance and charm. Once your guests step inside, they will feel as though they were transported back in time.

Whether you’re hosting a rehearsal dinner at the Parsonage or throwing a big Southern affair, you won’t regret booking this grand home as your wedding venue.

Final Words

There is no doubt about it: Charleston has some of the most charming wedding venues in the country. 

Steeped in history and full of character, these venues are guaranteed to add interest and sophistication to your wedding day.

Once you’ve made your decision, be sure to call as soon as possible; these venues book fast!

Author Contact:
Traci Magnus
Director of Marketing, Dunes Properties

Purple Trail has the Most Magical Wedding Stationery

This is a sponsored post by Purple Trail. 

I know the word "magical" gets thrown around a lot and can mean a lot of things depending on who you're talking to. When I think of magical things I think of whimsical beauty, fantasy, fairy tales, moonlight, white moths, woodland creatures, glitter, and spells and rituals. But mostly I think of the feeling "magic" creates. It's inspiring, it's creative, it's fun. It opens us up to all the possibilities. It delights.

The Purple Trail stationery company is all that, and you'll see what I mean when you look through everything they have to offer.

Tri-fold Wedding Invitations

Forget the standard one page invitations. Here is a unique way to invite friends and family to your big day. With a flexible layout, the tri-fold wedding invitation offers couples six panels to fully customize with unlimited photos, text, and even an RSVP postcard. Available in 5x7 and 4x5.5 sizes, these all-in-one invitations are a customer favorite for their stylish looks and organization.

All-in-one Booklets

Purple Trail also offers all-in-one booklet invitations. These stylish mini books include eight pages and are fully customizable with unlimited text and photo options. These creative wedding invites give you more than enough room to include all your wedding details, accommodation information, a detachable RSVP card, and more.

Foil Wedding Stationery

Many of Purple Trail's wedding invitations and cards include hand-stamped, real foil accents. Foil stamping has been a popular invitation detail for several years and it's easy to see why. It offers a hint of glimmer and shimmer, which makes your wedding details stand out in such a beautiful way. Purple Trail offers foil stamping in red, gold, and silver.

Wedding Planners

I don't know about you, but I LOVE notebooks and want one for every occasion. If I was planning my own wedding again, I would definitely pick up one of these colorful wedding planners. Purple Trail planner notebooks include a customizable calendar and bright, color-coded pages with a variety of headings, such as Budget, Research, Attire, and Honeymoon (to name a few), all with layouts perfect for making lists, doodling, or taking notes. 

If all of this hasn't convinced you to try out Purple Trail products, here are some other fun facts:

Coordinated Suites for End-to-End Elegance

Purple Trail lets you create a coordinated suite and set the tone for your wedding celebration with enclosure cards for RSVPs, accommodations, and more. Easily create matching envelopes, liners and address labels to make your invitations a standout. Choose from 12 envelope colors and create the coordinating touches in the unique online design center. 

Wedding Celebrations

In addition to the stationery for the ceremony itself, Purple Trail offers invitations for all of the other events related to the wedding including for the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinnerbridal showers, engagement parties, and more.

Mailing Service

Let Purple Trail address, stuff, seal, stamp, and mail your cards or invitations directly to the recipients for you. Simply place an order for cards and select the option for Mailing Service at checkout. After checkout, input the addresses of your recipients or select them from your address book. Once they have your recipient’s addresses, they will print and mail the cards directly to your recipients for you!

Design on the Go

Save time and use the Purple Trail app to create and order your wedding planner, invitations, and cards. It’s easy to use and free to download.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to Purple Trail and fill your cart with everything you need to get your wedding planning started!

Emily Simms from The Bachelor's Glam Antique Wedding

Even if I don't watch every season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I can still appreciate a beautiful wedding. And that's just the kind of wedding Emily Simms and Pierre Ghougassian had. More than beautiful, actually. We're talking luxe details, gilded colors, and beyond elegant venues (a columned balcony and a restored ballroom).

And Emily and Pierre were just as gorgeous - Pierre in a bespoke Navy suit and Emily in a gown designed by Tanya Didenko Bridal Couture.

This wedding is what dreams are made of, and Ateia Photography proves it with this collection of photos.

The Love Story

How did you and your partner meet? Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St. Kilda beach (the old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids), and as soon as we walked in, she said, “oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!”. Turns out she used to be very good friends with a girl that dated Pierre for 2 years, about 9 years ago.

How did he propose? Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins. He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in. So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us. He then turned to me and proposed. The lady taking our photo, switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.

The Wedding

How did you find the experience of planning a wedding? From where did you take your
inspiration? I was always very clear about what I wanted, and Pierre likes my taste, so he trusted me in choosing everything. As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly. The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel. The George Ballroom where our reception was, is simply stunning, so not much needed to be done to the room. We had simple garlands down the centre of the long tables, and arrangements around the welcome sign, seating chart, bar and wedding cake. I did find all of the planning incredibly stressful at times, as I was doing everything by myself. It is like a full-time job! So much coordinating, and of course every bride wants it to all go perfectly, so the stress of that all adds up.

Describe your wedding ceremony: Our ceremony was on the balcony of the Melbourne Town Hall. I loved the columns, and I found it in keeping with the style of The George Ballroom. I really wanted
everything to flow nicely.

How many guests were there? We had exactly 100 guests. We wanted only our closest friends and family there.

Where was your reception held? Our reception was at The George Ballroom in St Kilda, with 100 guests. The George is simply amazing. It is by far the most beautiful venue I think I have seen in Melbourne. The way they have restored it is so divine, it was the perfect setting for our wedding day.

Did you employ a certain style or theme for the day? I tried to stick with a glamorous, old world sort of theme. I was adamant about there being no black, and there wasn’t any at all. Everything was white, cream, soft pinks and rich, deep pinks. The florist really outdid herself! The cutlery, the napkins, everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would.

Please share your best wedding advice: My best advice is to make sure you know what you want, before you go talking to suppliers. Scour the net, Pinterest etc, for inspo. If you don’t know exactly what you are after, then I feel this is where confusion can start to creep in, and you become unsure if you’ve chosen the right thing or not. You need to be clear and concise, so that you don’t feel disappointed on your big day. Think about yours and your partner’s taste, and try your best to emulate that on your wedding day.

Vendor List:

Emily’s dress and veil: Tanya Didenko
Photography: Ateia
Videography: C2 Films
Welcome sign/Event Printing: Inktank Printing
Styling: Giant Invitations
Florist: Foxy Evergreen
Cake: Nikos Cakes
Graphic Design: Catsy Creative 
Wedding Invitations: Bwedding Invitations 
On the day Stationery: Adorn Invitations 
Shoes: Jeanette Maree
Headpiece Jeanette Maree
Cars: Triple R 
Suits: Remy 

Skinny Ties That Guarantee Compliments

This is a sponsored post by Corbata.

Most wedding sites, including this one, talk A LOT about all things bridal: dresses and makeup and shoes and wedding planning...yes, even wedding planning is geared towards the ladies. But what about all the grooms-to-be? They have needs too!

So let's take a hot minute to shine a spotlight on the gents. And more specifically, what many grooms and their groomsmen are looking for - ties.

But not just any ties. Not the boring ones that they tie on for a few hours, then stick in the back of their closets to gather dust and spiderwebs. 

I'm talking quality ties that don't break the bank. Fun, unique ties that instill confidence in the wearer. Ties that guarantee compliments. 

"But where can I find these magical ties?" you might be asking. 

Meet Corbata, the San Francisco based company that offers handmade, high quality skinny ties that everyone can afford, and that will last for years. And folks, these ties won't collect spiderwebs or be sent off to the second-hand store. You'll actually want to wear these ties again because a) they're seriously chic (I'm pretty sure James Bond would agree), and b) they're handcrafted wool and cotton. So basically, anyone who wears these will feel like a million bucks.

Corbata's mission is to spread confidence to the world.

"We know that real confidence goes much deeper than appearances. But the right tie can help you look good, feel good and stand out from the crowd. So we started with ties, because a nice tie is the finishing touch. It's the first thing people notice and is a statement piece about who you are."
And here's the best part - Corbata offers a "Compliment Guarantee." They are so certain you'll get at least one compliment the first time you wear your Corbata tie, that if you don't, they'll foot the bill and you'll get your next tie for free (just pay shipping)! Pick your favorite tie and test it out for yourself. It's a win-win for you - either you get complimented on your new tie or you get to try a different style on the house.

Right now you can save up to 30% on wedding ties when you purchase three or more, so all the gentlemen in the wedding can have stylish ties at an affordable price. 

Like what you've seen here? Head on over to Corbata (or drop in if you're in San Francisco) and see all the styles they offer. You'll be glad you did.

High School Sweethearts DIY Wedding

After falling in love during their high school years in Australia, Elly and Jason embarked on a trip to the USA where Jason surprised Elly with a proposal in the middle of snowy Central Park. On her birthday!! 

What followed was a simple and relaxed wedding with touches of DIY elements; Elly designed the boutonniere and organza bags while Jason created the wishing well after they couldn’t find the right one.

Take a look at all the beautiful details of Elly and Jason's wedding, photographed by Dreamlife Melbourne.

Vendor Credits:

Makeup: Studio Three

Hair: Newtown Hair

Accessories: Pearls & Roses Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Pilgrim

Grooms Suit: TM Lewin 

Photographer: Dreamlife Melbourne

Stationery: Adorn Invitations 
Cake: Blue Butterfly Cottage
Welcome Signage: Ink Tank Printing

Food: The Pier, Geelong

Flowers: Smellies

Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s of the Angels Basilica.

Reception Venue: The Pier, Geelong