Charleston, South Carolina is home to a breathtaking plantation that’s hidden in the lush wetlands of the Lowcountry. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is draped with a canopy of live oak trees draping with Spanish Moss, Azalea bushes that glow bright colors of white and pink in the month of March, a rich history dating back to the 1670s, and long wooden bridges that lead you through a dense jungle of southern habitat. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the best destination wedding venue in Charleston because of its picturesque scenery, southern atmosphere, a variety of ceremony locations, and flexible reception space. It’s the perfect romantic getaway for you and your guests.
Available Wedding Ceremony Locations at Magnolia Plantation
There are three wedding ceremony and reception locations to choose from at Magnolia Plantation: The Carriage House and Lawn, The Plantation House Veranda and Long White Bridge Lawn, and The Conservatory and School House Pond. Each of these locations offers a unique experience of the historic property.
The Carriage House and Lawn
Nestled away on the western side of Magnolia Plantation, adjacent to the Ashley River, stands the rustic Carriage House. It’s surrounded by three giant oak trees and offers a peaceful view of the river. The venue is primarily geared towards outdoor wedding ceremonies by one of the live oak trees. The great thing about this event space is that in the event of rainy weather, your wedding ceremony can be housed inside the Carriage House. The reception space can accommodate up to 150 guests with indoor dining and dancing and up to 200 guests with indoor dining and outdoor patio dancing. The flexibility of the wedding venue combined with the access to beautiful southern vistas, making the Carriage House a highly sought after wedding venue in Charleston, South Carolina.
Our real world advice for weddings at the Carriage House and Lawn:
- Go with the patio tent option. Use this space as an outdoor covered dance floor. We find that having the dance floor inside the Carriage House combined with the dining configuration is just a little too tight. The outdoor dance floor gives a much more open feeling and it invites guests to explore all of the areas of the venue. Additionally, segregating the dance floor from the sitting/dining area allows guests who just want to talk to not be overwhelmed by blaring music.
- Get ready at an alternative location such as a hotel downtown or a rental house. The bridal suite at the Carriage House is very very small. It’s an uncomfortable space if you have more than 2 or 3 people inside and the lighting is awful. We do not recommend getting ready at this location. If you do get ready elsewhere, it works best to secure transportation for the entire wedding party. That way you and all of your bridesmaids can ride together to the venue. Same goes for the groom and groomsmen.
- Try to secure a golf cart for getting around the Plantation. If you’re unable to do, plan in extra time to walk to the various photo locations on the property.
- Do the first look. This will give you adequate time to take photos at some of the photo locations listed below since they are somewhat far from the Carriage House. You’ll be happier that you did.
The Plantation House Veranda and Long White Bridge Lawn
Our real world advice for weddings at the Veranda:
- Do the first look. The Long White Bridge makes a wonderful location to do a first look reveal. The groom stands in the middle of the bridge and the bride walks up behind him. The photos always turn out beautifully. Additionally, the first look will give us adequate time to take more wedding pictures around the property of Magnolia Plantation.
- Reception on the back lawn. If the weather permits, we love when the wedding reception is held on the lawn beyond the Veranda Plantation House. Particularly, without a tent. I know that’s a bit risky for some, but when the weather is great, it’s absolutely incredible.
The Conservatory and School House Pond
Other Common Recommendations
- Bring lots of bug spray for you and your guests. The only annoying thing about the South is the gnats and mosquitoes. Weddings at Magnolia Plantation are no exception. Which is not a deal breaker, you just need to be prepared.
The Best Wedding Photo Locations at Magnolia Plantation
Avenue of Oaks – This is honestly my favorite photo spot on the property. I just love the canopy of live oak trees draping over the road. If you’re getting married in the South, photos at this location are an absolute must have for your wedding album. It’s great for wedding party groups photos and bride and groom portraits. The best time of day is when the sun is lower in the sky, the late afternoon. During this time, the warm sunlight sparkles through the oak trees and Spanish moss, creating the most amazing light for wedding portraits.
Long White Wooden Bridge & Lawn – The most famous bridge in all the South, The Long White Wooden Bridge of Magnolia Planation. This is another must have for your wedding album. These portraits showcase you standing on the bridge with the swamp pond below you and oak trees surrounding you. It’s a priceless photo. You can’t get married at Magnolia without getting portraits at this iconic bridge.
Carriage House Oak Tree
Ashley River Nature Trail
Red Wooden Bridge at School House Pond
Should I get married at Magnolia Plantation?
If you’re asking this question, your answer is yes! Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is the perfect wedding venue in Charleston for a southern plantation style venue with lush scenery from swamps to giant oak trees to azalea bushes to wooden bridges. Getting married at Magnolia Plantation will guarantee that you will have beautiful photos, especially from us! Take a look at real wedding photos that we’ve taken at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.
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