Are you looking for a wedding venue that caters to your love for southern history? Then check out the Confederate Home in Charleston, South Carolina. This gorgeous facility is over 127 years old and resides within the historic district of Charleston. The Confederate Home stretches from Broad Street to Chalmers Street and has been re-purposed several times over the years, from private housing to a hotel and even a federal courthouse prior to the Civil War. In 1867, the building was leased to Mrs. Amarinthea Yates Snowden, her sister Isabella, and 8 other women to be used as housing for the wives, daughters, and widows of Confederate soldiers. By 1880, hundreds of widows lived in the Confederate Home and 52 women attended a teacher’s school within the building. Today the building still offers affordable housing to seniors, as well as studios for a community of local artists.
The Confederate Home is just steps away from The Four Corners of Law, the City Market, and White Point Gardens at The Battery, making it a popular venue for brides who want to wear gorgeous, era-specific gowns and enchant their guests with an escape to a time long forgotten. The Confederate Home has 2 formal drawing rooms that can be separated by a sliding door, each with its own fireplace and beautiful period furniture. A columned piazza overlooks a charming, landscaped garden from the second floor. Perhaps the most popular area on the property for wedding ceremonies is on the lawn beneath a beautiful, old oak tree. Imagine saying your vows underneath this natural canopy, the evening sun peaking through the trembling leaves, and then retreating down the grassy aisle hand-in-hand with the one you love as a live band begins to play a sweet, nostalgic melody. Top off your gathering with silhouette decorations, antique place card holders, and popular cocktails from way back when, and you are sure to wow your guests with old southern charm.
The Confederate Home has enough reception space for up to 170 guests, but room for only 120 if a seated dinner is taking place. Parking is available on the street or in public lots that are within walking distance. For more information on this unique venue, please call 843-722-2026.Read More »
Battery Gazebo at WhitePointGardens is a beautiful place for a small wedding. Located in downtown Charleston on the block bounded by King Street, South Battery Street, East Battery, and Murray Blvd, it is impossible to miss when driving.
The Battery gazebo is located in a scenic area. In order to have a wedding here you will need a permit at least two weeks in advance of your wedding day. In order to reserve this park for a wedding, contact the City of Charleston Recreation Department at 843-724-7327.
They limit the guests to 25 because it is not very big. Unfortunately, there are no public restrooms readily available. It is a free park to visit and is always open. The “Battery Park”, though not it’s real name, was named for a costal defense in the civil war, the artillery battery. It stretches onto the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula and bordered by two rivers.
The WhiteGardens were named because in the 1600s there were oyster shells that were bleached by the sun. Now, it remains the WhiteGardens, but the shells are now covered by a lawn and greenery. It was used for a public garden park back in 1837.
Beauty comes in small packages though. This stunning Battery Gazebo is surrounded by greenery and a park that is one of the most elegant in Charleston, SC. The park has scenic Civil War artifacts as well. Right across the street is the Charleston Battery overlooking Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumter. The Battery Gazebo at White Point Gardens is a place of beautiful photography because of the waters, large oak trees, and it is close to very unique backdrops.Read More »