The date is set. Now it’s time to select the location for your perfect wedding event. You’ve spent hours dreaming about getting married in one of Charleston’s stately mansions, and you’ve done your research. But there is something not quite right about each location you’ve looked at. Finally, you discover The Governor’s House Inn Bed & Breakfast, Charleston’s most exquisite historic wedding venue, and you know this is the place. This is where your family and bridal party will be comfortable staying and where those on your invitation list will be delighted to share in your celebration. The Governor’s House is where you and your intended, surrounded by your favorite people, will create the best, once-in-a-lifetime memories.
The historic Governor’s House Inn is recognized as one of the premier mansion wedding venues in Charleston. The stately home was built in 1760 on the site of what is believed to be an actual orange grove in the late 1600s and was purchased by Edward Rutledge in 1788. Because Rutledge played a significant role in helping America achieve her independence and because he was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence—at age 26—and due to the fact that Rutledge became the 29th governor of South Carolina, the home has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. The structure is in immaculate shape and has maintained its integrity and charm for more than 250 years.
A Stunning Mansion Steeped in History
The architecture of the house is a classic Georgian, with a grand, curved wooden staircase added in 1885. This ornate stairway remains a sweeping showpiece—a gorgeous setting for a bride’s grand entrance. Stunning heart-of-pine floors and cozy fireplaces are original to the home. There are fireplaces located in the formal living and dining rooms, as well as in the bedrooms, and numerous sumptuous crystal chandeliers add sparkle throughout the home.
Outdoors, you can experience the genteel lifestyle of yesteryear. Several verandas and groomed, formal gardens entice groups to gather for daily cocktail hour. These attractive plein air settings also provide a calming atmosphere that invites you to relax with a morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
The 11 spacious bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 22 overnight guests, boast four-poster beds, period antiques and reproductions, floor-to-ceiling windows, 12-foot ceilings, marble showers, and private porches. Several of the rooms in The Governor’s House Inn are named for people relevant to the early chronicles of Charleston. The Middleton Suite is named for Henrietta Middleton, wife of Governor Edward Rutledge, and a member of one of Charleston’s most prominent families in the early 1770s.
The Wagener Room is named for Frederick Wilhelm Wagener, known as Captain Wagener, a German immigrant and highly successful retail grocery proprietor. He owned the home from 1885 until his death in 1921. And the Laurens Room is named for the original owner of the home and his renowned family, for whom the house was built in 1760. The grandeur of the home reflected the Laurens family’s place of influence in the Charleston community.
There are coffee makers in each room, and breakfast vouchers are issued for your morning meal at any of four different restaurants nearby. Enjoy breakfast on your schedule—sleep in if you like! Complimentary on-site parking is available.
As a wedding venue, The Governor’s House Inn mansion offers several backdrops for your wedding ceremony. There are private, decorous drawing rooms, formal staterooms, and ambrosial outdoor areas that provide an intimate setting for up to 50 guests.
Enjoy Traditional Southern Hospitality
While in Charleston, your wedding party, family, and guests can experience firsthand some true southern hospitality. The options are endless!
History buffs can choose from a variety of notable sites, landmarks, and museums to explore. For starters, they can take a ferry to Fort Sumter to see where the Civil War began. Or visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, several historically significant forts, or tour one or several preserved plantations and mansions. A stroll along the Battery seawall promenade, constructed in 1838, to admire stately mansions and luscious gardens is a nice alternative.
Charleston engages its community with exceptionally diverse offerings of art, music, dance, and theater. It presents a rich arts scene with renowned art museums and galleries, a world-class performance hall, music and venues to suit everyone’s taste, and a multitude of crowd-pleasing festivals.
Recreation and Pampering
There are abundant sports-related activities to choose from in Charleston, from spectating or competing at sophisticated athletic facilities to playing golf at award-winning golf resorts, paddle boarding, sea kayaking, fishing, and sailing. Wellness spas and salons offer facials, massages, and airbrush tanning. Schedule a group visit to a salon where professionals can do your wedding party’s hair, nails, and makeup to ensure a picture-perfect wedding.
Sightseeing, Shopping, and Dining
The Governor’s House Inn B&B is a 13-minute walk to the Charleston City Market. On the way, your guests can lose themselves down enchanting alleys adorned with ornate ironwork gates that lead to grand antebellum dwellings, historic cemeteries, and cobblestone streets lined with upscale shops. They can visit the South Carolina Aquarium, tour a brewery or distillery, or take a carriage ride. Another option is to go on a walking tour and then relax at one of the many choice restaurants where they can meet up with you to enjoy a dockside oyster roast, fresh seafood, the best grits ever, and a multitude of other culinary delights.
Savor the Experience Firsthand
The Governor’s House Inn is a prominent pre-revolutionary bed and breakfast that offers gracious Southern hospitality and refined amenities. No place else can make your wedding dreams come true like this elegant historic venue. Arrange to tour the mansion and grounds, then book The Governor’s House Inn for your wedding, reception, and bridal party’s accommodations. Together with the innkeeper, the arrangements you make will exceed your expectations. Please contact The Governor’s House Inn for additional information. Then plan to make the day you say “I do,” the best day of your life.