Get Married in True Southern Style in a Historic Charleston Mansion
Imagine treating yourselves to a proper Southern style wedding: it’s the most important day of your life, and why not spend it in a Southern mansion, soaking up the historic atmosphere? The Governor’s House Inn is a national historic wedding venue in Charleston, South Carolina, and the perfect place to host your small wedding.
Originally a mansion, the Inn can accommodate up to 50 guests for a wedding ceremony in the courtyard or on the first floor and up to 22 overnight guests.
All Wedding Packages include:
- Up to eleven elegant guest rooms
- 2,000 square feet of common space
- Afternoon wine and cheese reception
- Wireless internet
- Superior concierge service
- Off-street parking for up to ten vehicles in the garden courtyard
- Brunch with your guests one morning at one of four partnering restaurants
Note: A group contract is required for all wedding packages, please contact us to discuss your specific needs and desires.
The Governor’s House Inn is a spectacular choice for your wedding ceremony and reception, with lavish suites, elegant drawing rooms, lush gardens, and expansive porches, all of which make excellent sites for your wedding photos. The Governor’s House Inn is an award-winning bed and breakfast boasting a gourmet breakfast provided on-site each day.
Please contact the Inn for more details on customizing your wedding package and booking your contract, as well as for vendor recommendations, caterers, musicians, florists, and photographers. Whatever your culture and faith, a recommendation can be made for an appropriate officiant. Upon arrival, the concierge will answer any questions you may have about the amenities around town as well.
The History and Architecture of The Governor’s House Inn
The mansion was built in 1760, just over ten years before the Revolutionary War. It was constructed on the premises of the Charleston Orange Garden and concert venue, which was located outside the original walled city of old Charles Towne.
The Governor’s House Inn is also the only home in the United States where you can sleep in the same house as Edward Rutledge, who at 26 years of age, was the youngest man to sign the Declaration of Independence. It has been declared a National Historic Landmark because of this association with Rutledge who lived out his days in the mansion from 1776 to 1800. The Governor’s House Inn was originally designed as a Georgian house, featuring a central stairway with two rooms with high ceilings on each side. The staircase was later renovated to adapt it to the Victorian style, which was then in fashion.
While the mansion has been updated for modern convenience, all of the windows, wood floors, and slate fireplaces in the living and dining rooms are original to the building. The atmosphere is still very stately, providing you and your wedding guests with a unique experience. In fact, you might feel like you’ve stepped back in time to 18th century America.
Destination Weddings in Charleston
The Governor’s House Inn is an ideal place for a destination wedding because Charleston’s attractions, shopping, dining, and more are within walking distance. The House sits blocks from the edge of a peninsula, with water on three sides. There are many restaurants and bars just a few blocks away.
Things to See and Do in Charleston
For your rehearsal dinner or for a night out on the town, enjoy the local culinary scene, from Southern fine dining to wine bars, breweries, and live music venues. For the history buff, there are plenty of certified tours, historical sites, museums, and galleries nearby, and even a couple of ghost tours. Take the little ones to the aquarium or on a pirate tour. Book a carriage ride, take a harbor cruise, or simply walk along the waterfront.
Of course, the whole bridal party will be eager to visit one of Charleston’s spas for a manicure/pedicure, and professional hair and make-up, among other treatments and services. Some of the wedding party might also enjoy playing a round of golf.
And who doesn’t love the beach? The Charleston area boasts five gorgeous beaches for all your sunshine, swimming, and wedding photography needs. This is also a perfect way to entertain the little ones. The summer weather is temperate and comfortable with some hot days for soaking and sunbathing.
Why not have a horse-drawn carriage take you for a romantic, scenic ride through town or along the waterfront? You can take in the sunset over the water on one side, and the stately architecture of houses built in the 1800s, on the other, or simply cuddle up in the carriage and enjoy the time with your loved one. There are also group carriage tours. Another wonderful way to enjoy the waterfront would be to take a harbor cruise.
Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
There are many exciting venues and ideas for your bachelor and bachelorette party, including drinks at a wine bar or brewery, a visit to a live music venue, dancing at a nightclub, or attending a cabaret. If you want your celebration to be more exclusive, you may choose to charter a party bus or a boat. Or, if you want to do something completely out of the ordinary, you could choose to have your bachelor/ bachelorette at a haunted pub tour.
Put Yourself There
Imagine waking up on your wedding day in a luxurious suite in the mansion, and then attending a romantic brunch with your betrothed and guests at one of the restaurants that have partnered with the Inn. Then get married in our lush courtyard, with friends and family gathered around you, and the Southern breeze kissing your cheeks. Alternatively, the bride may choose to descend the magnificent Victorian cascading staircase, down to the main floor, toward her groom, and get married indoors. Either way, the wedding promises to be a Southern spectacle.
Celebrate your nuptials over delectable wine, cheese, and other gourmet pairings with your guests in the common room, dining room, on the deck, or in the courtyard before going out to dinner at one of the local bars, breweries, or restaurants. Choose from Southern fine dining, or perhaps a seafood restaurant. After the wedding day events are completed, relax with a glass of sherry in the courtyard or on the porch.
Wedding Packages and Rates
Book the Entire Governor’s House Inn for a Minimum of Two Nights
Please consult the chart below for the ceremony fee, as it varies by the number of guests.
- All eleven guest rooms can be booked to accommodate up to 22 overnight guests: prices vary depending on the season, ranging from $8,700 to $10,200.
- For receptions, bridal showers, or any other parties in the common room, the rental fee is $250 per hour.
A Wedding Ceremony and Small Reception for 5 – 15 Guests
- The wedding ceremony fee for this package is $550.
- A booking of one mansion suite for the bride and groom, as well as two guest rooms of any type for a minimum of 2 nights.
- The common room will be available from 11:00 – 3:00 pm for any receptions, bridal showers, or any other functions for a fee of $250 per hour.
A Wedding Ceremony & Small Reception for 1 – 4 Guests
- The ceremony fee is $400.
- One mansion suite rental for the bride and groom for a minimum of 2 nights.
- The rental fee for the common room is $250 per hour, and it will be available from 11:00 – 3:00 pm for a reception or other gathering.
- The ceremony fee for the bride, groom, and officiant is $250.
- One guest room rental for the bride and groom for a minimum of 2 nights.
- The common room will be available to the spontaneous couple from 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Ceremony and Space Fee Chart
Booking a wedding can be confusing, so please do inquire with us regarding your specific needs. If you are planning more than 50 guests, we will be unable to accommodate you due to space restrictions and neighborhood zoning. If there is any need to move the furnishings, a fee of $250 will be applied. Some ideas for typical ways to use the common areas include the cake cutting and champagne toast, receptions, parties, bridal showers, and/or photography, for a fee of $250 per hour.
Any Guests Staying the Night will Have Access to the Following:
- Irons and Ironing Boards
- Robe and Hair Dryer
- WiFi Internet
- Flat-Screen Television
- Refrigerator and Coffee Maker
- Piazza Access
Planning an Excursion to the Waterfront? We Supply:
- Beach Towels
- Folding Chairs
- Ice Chests and/or Coolers
Choose The Governor’s House Inn in Charleston for Your Wedding Venue
Whether you enjoy history, fine dining, festivals, live music, or partying on the beach, Charleston is an excellent place to get married. The weather is lovely, the people are laid back, there is lots to do, and, in true Southern style, there’s no big rush to do anything in particular.
The Governor’s House Inn has a four-star rating, and Top rated for Inns/B&B’s on Tripadvisor and is one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 15 hotels to stay in while in Charleston. That means you can be assured that The Governor’s House Inn offers everything you desire for your dream wedding venue in Charleston.