Every bride wants her wedding to be the most memorable, for herself and her future spouse, and also for the wedding party and guests. One way to create a wedding that makes an indelible impression on everyone is to have it in a unique location. Charleston, South Carolina, is a city that’s full of romance, charm, and personality, and brides who choose Charleston as a wedding destination have many options when it comes to unique wedding venues.
The city of Charleston boasts some of the most beautiful historic homes in the South. Many of these homes have been turned into unique historic wedding venues for Charleston brides, and many bed and breakfasts in Charleston cater not only to the bride and groom but to their bridal party and wedding guests, as well. The Governor’s House Inn is one of the most notable mansion wedding venues in Charleston. Located in the heart of the city, it’s not uncommon for wedding parties to travel from other parts of the country to be married at The Governor’s House Inn.
History in the Making
Couples looking for a unique and memorable place to make history of their own will find no more suitable venue than this beautiful bed and breakfast in Charleston. The Governor’s House Inn was built in 1760, a little more than a decade before the Revolutionary War. It was built just outside the original walled city of old Charles Towne, later renamed Charleston. The Governor’s House Inn is a National Historic Landmark due to its association with Edward Rutledge. Rutledge was instrumental in the fight for American independence from the British, and at 26, was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. He lived in The Governor’s House from 1776 until his death in 1800, first renting the house and then purchasing it two years later.
Southern Elegance Meets Modern Comfort
The Governor’s House Inn is known for its combination of classic elegance and modern comfort. While many of the Inn’s features are original – heart of pine wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, triple-hung windows, and slate fireplaces – some additions have been made over the years to accommodate the needs of today’s guests. En suite bathrooms have been added to each guest room, and outdoor sitting areas are perfect for relaxing after a busy day of shopping in preparation for the big day. The curved Victorian staircase, added to the home in 1885, provides a stunning photo backdrop for the bridal party to capture their Charleston experience. The rest of the home’s lofty spaces remain otherwise largely unchanged from when the house was built, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere of elegance and days gone by.
Mansion Wedding Venues Add Charm to Charleston Weddings
The Governor’s House Inn is the perfect setting for a small, intimate wedding ceremony and reception, accommodating up to 22 overnight guests and 50 wedding guests. All guest rooms and suites offer luxurious king- or queen-sized beds, period antiques, reproduction furniture, and flat-screen TVs. Several rooms, such as the Orange Grove Suite and the Barbados Suite, have private access to outdoor seating areas. The Inn’s largest suite, The Rutledge Suite, features a king 4-poster rice bed with an arched canopy, antique Italian chandeliers, a fireplace, and two sitting areas, as well as a large bathroom complete with three vanities, whirlpool, and standing shower. A private piazza completes the scene in this suite that’s perfect for the bride-to-be!
The Middleton Suite is named for Rutledge’s wife, Henrietta Middleton of Middleton Plantation. This suite includes similar amenities to the Rutledge Suite but also features original artwork from local artist Margaret Petterson over a marble wet bar located in the entrance foyer. Suitable for members of the bridal party, this Charleston mansion encourages guests to sit and stay awhile.
The Governor’s House Inn is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Charleston. While the Inn encourages one to sit and relax, the unique city of Charleston beckons those with a penchant for exploration. Wedding guests may want to book a few extra days to explore this historic city full of delights. Just a short walk from this B & B in Charleston is the City Market, four city blocks filled with goods from local vendors, artists, and craftspeople. The City Market is Charleston’s most visited attraction, so an early start helps with crowd avoidance. No trip to Charleston is complete without a walk along The Battery, also within walking distance of the Inn. A stroll along this iconic seawall treats guests to the sound of the ocean on one side and views of historic antebellum homes on the other.
For a longer excursion, take a tour of Fort Sumter to see where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Learn more about the fort’s role in the war and spend time touring its remains. Then enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at one of Charleston’s many unique restaurants, several of which are within walking distance of The Governor’s House Inn.
Annual Events Add to the Excitement
Charleston is home to several annual events throughout the year. Planning a destination wedding to coincide with one of these events may help entice guests to make the trip. The Spoleto Festival, one of America’s premier performing arts festivals, takes place over 17 days each spring. The Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival is one of the city’s most anticipated events, taking place each June. Live music, a boat parade, a craft fair, and lots of free activities take place against the backdrop of Charleston Harbor and will keep the bridal party and guests entertained when they’re not needed for wedding preparations.
Wedding Packages Available
The Governor’s House Inn is one of the most elegant historic wedding venues in Charleston. The Inn offers wedding packages to suit every budget and fit every bride’s dream. Packages include over 2,000 square feet of common space in the mansion, outdoor piazza and courtyard access, an afternoon wine and cheese reception, exceptional concierge service, and on-site parking. For a destination wedding that’s second to none, reserve The Governor’s House Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. Experience Southern charm at its finest!