Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Aiken, SC.
Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.
Constructed in Aiken, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Aiken native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.
Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:
The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.
To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Aiken's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.
With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Aiken.
You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.
Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Aiken, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in Aiken, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Aiken, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Aiken, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WFXG) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Aiken County Tuesday, Apr. 5.According to NWS, it was on the ground in Northern Aiken County before moving into Lexington County. NWS says the tornado tracked just under six miles across both counties with winds peaking at 130 mph.The tornado touched down near the intersection of Holder Rd. and Huckleberry Finn Rd. The tornado move quickly to the northeast crossing Holder Rd. and moving along Fishhook Ln. The tornado cont...
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WFXG) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Aiken County Tuesday, Apr. 5.
According to NWS, it was on the ground in Northern Aiken County before moving into Lexington County. NWS says the tornado tracked just under six miles across both counties with winds peaking at 130 mph.
The tornado touched down near the intersection of Holder Rd. and Huckleberry Finn Rd. The tornado move quickly to the northeast crossing Holder Rd. and moving along Fishhook Ln. The tornado continued northeast moving through the swampy area at the headwaters of the North Fork of the Edisto River that includes Shirley Branch and Chinquapin Creek. The tornado then crossed I-20 just west of mile marker 39, near exit 39. The tornado then crossed Highway 178, Fairview Highway, as it continued northeast toward Live Oak Road and Annie Hallman Road.
The tornado produced a path of downed branches, uprooted trees and snapped trees. The most significant damage occurred along Holder Rd. and Fishhook Ln. The tornado damaged 3 homes and downed power lines in the area. A small wooden home lost a portion of it's metal roof. A home was partially pushed off its foundation. Some of the supporting piers collapsed and the home had signs of buckling along the side and rear walls. This home is were the one injury occurred, as the roof partially collapsed. The third home was damaged when a tree fell on the roof. There were numerous downed, uprooted and snapped trees around the 3 homes. The area was initially inaccessible until county clean up crews arrived.
The tornado continued northeast along Fishhook Ln. where significant tree damage occurred. There were numerous large hardwood and softwood trees that were snapped at the end of Fishhook Ln. A small metal shed was destroyed. A rusted antique car was moved approximately 50 ft. where it had resided in the shed. A car engine was moved approximately 35 ft. from where it resided in the shed. The home on the property had a couple of small areas of damage where the wooden siding was removed.
The tornado continue northeast and moved across the North Fork of the Edisto River and then crossed I-20 near mile marker 39. There was significant tree damage along the westbound lanes of I-20. Several trees were uprooted and snapped in the vicinity.
The tornado moved northeast crossing Highway 178 and produced some minor damage to the roof and underpinning of 2 homes and uprooted a few small trees along Annie Hallman Road. The tornado finally dissipated just beyond the intersection of Annie Hallman Rd. and Live Oak Rd.
I once wrote a newspaper article about littering addressed to “the Children of Aiken [S.C.] and Other Nice Places.”You and I have a problem, and we may well be the only ones who can solve it. The problem is litter — beer and soft drink cans tossed out alongside roads and highways, broken bottles and rusted cans in streams and rivers, fast-food containers in parks, plus just about anything you can think of discarded in our woods and beside our lakes and ponds. Humans are the only animals in the world that indiscrimina...
I once wrote a newspaper article about littering addressed to “the Children of Aiken [S.C.] and Other Nice Places.”
You and I have a problem, and we may well be the only ones who can solve it. The problem is litter — beer and soft drink cans tossed out alongside roads and highways, broken bottles and rusted cans in streams and rivers, fast-food containers in parks, plus just about anything you can think of discarded in our woods and beside our lakes and ponds. Humans are the only animals in the world that indiscriminately litter. In fact, they might be said to be the only creatures on the planet that litter at all.
True, plants and animals do discard things. Some trees drop their leaves in the fall. But this is not littering. The leaves provide cover for small animals during the winter. Later, the leaves decay, returning minerals and nutrients to the soil. And they look all right because, like twigs and bark, they are supposed to be there on the forest floor. A candy wrapper carelessly dropped on the ground looks out of place because it is. And it takes a long, long time to decay.
Many animals shed their skins during the year, but this is not littering. All snakes shed their skins. This is frequently done below the soil’s surface so that decay is rapid. If the skin is shed on the surface, animals such as birds and mice may use it for nest-making. The common toad is the tidiest of housekeepers: it eats its own skin right after shedding it. The great crested flycatcher usually includes at least one snake skin when it builds a nest. An aluminum can, however, will remain intact for decade after decade.
The ocean also throws things away, such as seashells and dead fish. These things are useful: sea gulls eat the fish, and a seashell (if not collected as a memento) eventually becomes a part of the sand that forms the beach. But when someone tosses a bottle on the beach or leaves one beside a lake, how long will it be there? Possibly forever. And, if the bottle breaks, your great-grandchild might cut a foot on it someday. Litter is just a type of pollution. And every piece of trash is put there by a person, someone who doesn’t care what our world looks like. What can you and I do? I can think of three things.
First, we can make sure all our paper and plastic refuse is properly discarded. This may mean having to stick a bubble gum wrapper in your pocket till you find a trash can or taking a paper cup home to dispose of it.
Second, we can express our disapproval of litterbugs. If you are with a person who throws something out of a car window or leaves debris in woods, lakes or streams, speak up. No one, whatever age, has the right to spoil the natural world. Asking elected officials how they can help solve the litter problem seems reasonable. Maybe we need to pass laws that make littering a serious offense — and enforce those laws.
Third, we can start cleaning up the messes people have already made. Find a rural road or a local park that could use a litter pickup. Safety precautions are essential along any roadway. Be sure to wear proper apparel including a highly visible safety vest. Check to see if an adopt-a-road cleanup program is already established in your area. The only faintly redeeming feature of roadside litter is that schoolchildren, Scout troops and civic organizations can get community service credits for cleaning it up.
I wrote that article in 1977. Sadly, little seems to have changed since then. In fact, many communities report that littering is getting worse. We should stop letting selfish, irresponsible people continue to litter the countryside, creating unsightly and sometimes unsafe conditions for all of us.
It’s time we did something about it.
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Increased water and sewer rates could be coming for Aiken residents.The proposed increase was approved unanimously by Aiken City Council on first reading Monday night.A residential user whose rate is based on 800 cubic feet of sewer, the city’s baseline rate, would see their monthly water and sewer bill increase approximately $2.46. Users of 400 cubic feet with see a monthly increase of about $1.60, while users of 200 cubic feet would see a $1 increase.On a yearly basis, users of 800 cubic feet would see a $29.52 i...
Increased water and sewer rates could be coming for Aiken residents.
The proposed increase was approved unanimously by Aiken City Council on first reading Monday night.
A residential user whose rate is based on 800 cubic feet of sewer, the city’s baseline rate, would see their monthly water and sewer bill increase approximately $2.46. Users of 400 cubic feet with see a monthly increase of about $1.60, while users of 200 cubic feet would see a $1 increase.
On a yearly basis, users of 800 cubic feet would see a $29.52 increase, 400-cubic foot users would have a $19.20 increase and users of 200 cubic feet would have a $12 increase.
“We have done additional upgrades and equipment replacement through various funding sources, but fundamentally, the water and sewer rates are the foundation of this,” said Stuart Bedenbaugh, city manager. “We have periodically examined our rates, did a rate study in 2017, updated the study in 2020 and we are recommending a rate increase based on the study and the needs that we know we have in the very short term.”
“There has been acknowledgement in recent years that the city’s aging infrastructure needs investment to adequately serve our citizens,” read the agenda notes.
The city is currently working toward building a new water plant, estimated to cost $42 million, with construction beginning by mid-year 2023.
The new water plant would be located near the city’s existing water plant at Shaws Creek and U.S. Highway 1.
Also during its Monday meeting, City Council passed on first reading an ordinance to adopt the fiscal year 2022-23 budget. In that budget, the price of the city’s solid waste collection increased to $25.21 per month from the current $20.38.
That increase is being proposed due to rising fuel costs, inflation and recycling being transported to North Augusta, and was discussed at council’s April 11 meeting.
Lex Kirkland, the city’s public services director, said at the April 11 meeting that his department doesn’t take increases lightly, but it’s needed right now.
There is no stormwater rate increase in the budget, per Bedenbaugh, nor is there a millage increase.
Residents who would like to watch a recording of the meeting can visit the city’s Youtube page.
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A proposal to create a retail and residential promenade that would include substantial upgrades to the Newberry Street Festival Center was been endorsed by three economic organizations in the community, officials said Monday.It’s part of so-called Project Pascalis, which would include a regional conference center, parking garages and hotel taking the place of the decaying Hotel Aiken.The Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken Corporation and Aiken Municipal Development Commission are calling on Aiken C...
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A proposal to create a retail and residential promenade that would include substantial upgrades to the Newberry Street Festival Center was been endorsed by three economic organizations in the community, officials said Monday.
It’s part of so-called Project Pascalis, which would include a regional conference center, parking garages and hotel taking the place of the decaying Hotel Aiken.
The Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken Corporation and Aiken Municipal Development Commission are calling on Aiken City Council to approve the inclusion of a portion of Newberry Street right-of-way in the Project Pascalis site plan, city of Aiken Economic Development Director Tim O’Briant said Monday.
“The Festival Center improvements would place a premium on a safe and comfortable pedestrian-focused esplanade akin to a central square for the City of Aiken,” said a news release from O’Briant.
In a resolution approved Monday, the Aiken Municipal Development Commission called on City Council to move forward with the second reading and final approval of the conditional ordinance conveying the required parcel at its next regularly scheduled meeting on April 25.
That action would allow the planning and engineering and due diligence related to the project to move ahead “unimpeded by uncertainty,” the resolution reads.
In a separate action, the Aiken Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted early Monday to endorse moving forward, as well.
And the Aiken Corporation board voted Wednesday unanimously to endorse the Project Pascalis site plan and Newberry Festival Center Improvements.
The additional landscaping and public green space will provide space for outdoor dining, activities, events and gatherings, and will extend the pedestrian experience created when The Alley was closed to traffic in 2017. The reimagined Festival Center would accommodate both pedestrians and vehicles due to proposed modifications to the traffic flow on the block.
“The city of Aiken’s leadership has the opportunity to create positive and transformational change to the Newberry Street Festival Area,” said Aiken Municipal Development Commission Chairman Keith Wood. “The project is expected to create in excess of 150 new jobs and replace lost surface parking along Newberry with structured parking.”
He said it would also bring about 150 new full-time residents downtown to shop and dine on a daily basis, creating at least $3.3 million a year in local government property, hospitality and accommodations tax revenues “while maintaining the essence and character that has long defined Aiken.”
“Construction of the hotel, apartments and commercial/retail components of the project will inject a minimum of $50 million in private-sector investment from the developers who will own and operate those facilities,” he said.
Chamber Chairman Norm Dunagan said the project would provide something his group has been seeking for some time.
“The Aiken Chamber has been advocating for Aiken’s ‘cool factor’ since the Blue Ribbon panel report was issued in 2013 and again in 2017 with the Compelling Place to Live Report, he said.
He said both reports recommended recruit more downtown retail, provide more housing in the downtown footprint and creating areas that entice citizens to gather.
“A community’s economic vitality is key to its quality of life, and this is a giant step in the right direction,” Dunagan said.
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As discussions around Project Pascalis in Aiken continue to swirl, the future of Newberry Street will once again be discussed.Aiken City Council will consider Monday night to conditionally convey a portion of the 100 southwest block of the street to RPM Development Partners LLC for purposes of development with the project, which aims to redevelop portions of downtown Aiken.It’s the second reading of the ordinance. If council votes in favor of it Monday, the ordinance is officially approved.The conditions are that t...
As discussions around Project Pascalis in Aiken continue to swirl, the future of Newberry Street will once again be discussed.
Aiken City Council will consider Monday night to conditionally convey a portion of the 100 southwest block of the street to RPM Development Partners LLC for purposes of development with the project, which aims to redevelop portions of downtown Aiken.
It’s the second reading of the ordinance. If council votes in favor of it Monday, the ordinance is officially approved.
The conditions are that the conveyance would “only take place if a master development agreement is in place between the Aiken Municipal Development Commission and RPM Development Partners LLC.”
In exchange for the city conveying the street parcel, Aiken Alley Holdings LLC, a related entity to RPM Development Partners, has agreed to contribute two parcels it owns to the Project Pascalis footprint, according to the agenda.
These two parcels include the former home of Joe Harrison’s State Farm Insurance agency and the parking lot fronting Bee Lane that is directly behind the former insurance building.
One of the city’s goals pertaining to Project Pascalis was to keep any structure being built below the height limit of 55 feet.
“In order to accommodate that restriction while still creating a project containing space for the 100-key hotel, approximately 100 multifamily residential units, a municipal conference center of 25,000 to 30,000 square feet and an adequately-sized parking garage, additional space east of the subject parcels was needed,” according to the City Council meeting agenda.
Since the ordinance’s first reading on March 28, council provided city staff with two directions, according to the agenda: ask the developer to stay within the confines of their property line and consider constructing buildings greater than 55 feet, and reduce the density within the project footprint.
The developers believe the best course is to stay under the 55-foot height limit, according to the agenda. For the density, as the old Municipal Building at 214 Park Ave. S.W. is now included in the project, the “amount of Newberry Street S.W. is reduced from 0.6145 acre to 0.2678 acre, a 56% reduction in area needed,” the agenda reads.
In essence, the southbound lane of Newberry Street S.W. – the side closest to The Alley connecting Richland Avenue W. and Park Avenue S.W. – would be ultimately closed, according to the agenda.
The northbound lane – the side closest to The Pizza Joint and the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts – would stay open and remain a one-way road, according to the agenda.
The Project Pascalis footprint is bounded by Laurens Street, Richland Avenue, Newberry Street and Park Avenue. The new hotel is proposed to be built at the former Hotel Aiken site after that building is demolished. The proposed apartments and parking garage would be located at the corner of Newberry Street and Richland Avenue.
The potential conference center would be housed in the old Municipal Building on Park Avenue.
Aiken City Council meets downtown in the old Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W. Meetings are open to the public and are livestreamed on the city’s YouTube page, youtube.com/cityofaikensc.
The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, with a work session being held at 6 p.m.