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

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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

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