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 Bamberg, 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 Bamberg, 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 Bamberg 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 Bamberg'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 Bamberg.
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 Bamberg, 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 Bamberg, 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 Bamberg, 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 Bamberg, 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
Update | May 8, 2023 – Bamberg’s own Warren Peay battled it out for a top 5 spot in Sunday night’s ‘American Idol’.His final performances were of an Alanis Morissette classic titled ‘All I Really Want’ and a duet of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’.Warren performed both songs but failed to reach enough votes and sadly had to say goodbye to ‘American Idol’.We want to send our congratulations to Warren for getting as far as he did and making the CSRA very p...
Update | May 8, 2023 – Bamberg’s own Warren Peay battled it out for a top 5 spot in Sunday night’s ‘American Idol’.His final performances were of an Alanis Morissette classic titled ‘All I Really Want’ and a duet of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’.Warren performed both songs but failed to reach enough votes and sadly had to say goodbye to ‘American Idol’.We want to send our congratulations to Warren for getting as far as he did and making the CSRA very proud.
BAMBERG, SC. (WJBF)- A local singer is making his hometown proud as he competes on one of the biggest stages in Hollywood: the set of American Idol. Family and friends gathered today in his hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina, to send him mad props!
“He loves Bamberg, this is where he grew up, this is like what he’s familiar with, what he’s used to. So, definitely going out to Hollywood he’s loved it, loved the experience, but just being home– there’s no place like home,” Warren Peay’s fiancé Sarah Linder said.
Saturday morning, family, friends, and fans of American Idol gathered at the Bamberg Civic Center to show their support for Warren Peay.
“I think seeing all the support that he has here, it definitely motivates to do better because he wants to make Bamberg proud and do everything that he can to make a name for himself and Bamberg and Jesus too,” Linder said.
Friends say they always knew the final eight star’s passion for music would lead him to the big stage.
“I can remember him standing up on a stool in our church singing Long Black Train, which is a very old song, and he was so country, and he could not carry a tune in a bucket,” Warren Peay’s friend Michelle Collins.
Going from a small town to a big city is a big deal and this crowd’s goal was to make sure Warren felt the love from more than 2,000 miles away.
“I wanted to get something together for hometown support. To show Warren that we are here, we have his back. I mean of course he’s in California so he couldn’t be with us today,” Collins said.
And with the competition dwindling down to a single winner, the support is needed more than ever.
“Online, you can vote through the American Idol App, and you can vote through text. They have it on the Facebook page, I think, and at the bottom of every show after the contestants sing they have the number that you can text,” Linder said.
That number to text is 2-1-5-2-3 and each person can vote a total of 30 times and Warren Peay is contestant number two, or you can visit to vote during the live show Sunday at 8pm Eastern Time.
“American Idol” showed off its new stage in Hollywood on Sunday night to celebrate the 21st season of the show.It’s the same space where “I Love Lucy” and “Golden Girls” were filmed.And it’s where two South Carolina residents continue their Idol dream. Viewers voted Mariah Faith of Conway and Warren Peay of Bamberg into the Top 20.Six contestants did not make it to the next round. On Monday, the top 12 will be revealed — 10 selected based on viewers’ votes and t...
“American Idol” showed off its new stage in Hollywood on Sunday night to celebrate the 21st season of the show.
It’s the same space where “I Love Lucy” and “Golden Girls” were filmed.
And it’s where two South Carolina residents continue their Idol dream. Viewers voted Mariah Faith of Conway and Warren Peay of Bamberg into the Top 20.
Six contestants did not make it to the next round. On Monday, the top 12 will be revealed — 10 selected based on viewers’ votes and the judges will select two others.
Host Ryan Seacrest announced 33 million votes were received after last week’s shows and the videos of performances had gotten almost 1 billion views.
In the video before he performed, Peay, an appliance repairman, was shown gardening, saying how much he loves digging in the soil and nurturing plants. He also talked about a time in his life when he struggled with alcohol but once he began working at his church he was able to overcome it.
He said he wanted to dedicate his singing career to Jesus Christ.
He sang a Zach Williams song, “Up Here Down Here.”
Judge Lionel Richie said he knows if you let go and let God, everything falls into place. He called Peay’s performance “beautiful.”
Judge Katy Perry teased him, saying he looked like he had a hair dryer blow out on his long beard. Once again, he wore his signature cowboy hat, which he revealed last week had a photo of his girlfriend tucked in the lining for good luck.
“I’m glad God sent you to us,” she said.
Judge Luke Bryan said the song choice was “world class.”
“Stay you, and America will speak,” he said.
Mariah Faith, a hairdresser, was shown in her home, which is in the backyard of her mother’s four-acre property. Her grandparents, who were in the audience, live two minutes away.
She said her mother doesn’t want her to leave and she doesn’t want to, either.
She sang “Cry to Me.” by Solomon Burke.
Once again, Bryan talked about her soulful country sound. Last week he called her voice a “bluesy, soulful, raspy thing.”
Richie said she had taken an old song and made it new, while Perry compared her to Bonnie Raitt.
The contest continues Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
This story was originally published April 24, 2023, 8:54 AM.
BAMBERG, S.C. (WJBF)– “He’s anointed, and when he sings, you can feel it. I don’t care if he’s singing ABC,123 or if he’s singing Jesus Loves Me, you’re going to feel it,” said Pastor Shawn Hanks of Colston Baptist Church.Family and friends say it’s by God’s grace that a singer like Warren Peay has made it this far in the American Idol competition.Peay is a Bamberg native, who is hoping to make his way to the top 7 as a conte...
BAMBERG, S.C. (WJBF)– “He’s anointed, and when he sings, you can feel it. I don’t care if he’s singing ABC,123 or if he’s singing Jesus Loves Me, you’re going to feel it,” said Pastor Shawn Hanks of Colston Baptist Church.
Family and friends say it’s by God’s grace that a singer like Warren Peay has made it this far in the American Idol competition.
Peay is a Bamberg native, who is hoping to make his way to the top 7 as a contestant.
Those who know him say his love for music goes back years.
His pastor Shawn Hanks says he’s come a long way during this journey.
“He had an itch to do this several years ago. I talked with him, and I really honestly didn’t feel like he was ready. Then, when he got contacted by American Idol to do this, I knew, then, God was ready him,” said Pastor Hanks.
Peay auditioned for American Idol back in March, and he says he hopes to be an inspiration to the world on and off the stage.
“I like to be able to mesh everything together in order to create my own unique sound, to have lyrics that are meaningful, and to have a personality and morals that are meaningful that would line up with my faith,” said Warren Peay.
“I mean, he’s no put on. He’s no fake. I’ve been around music a lot in my little bit of time on this earth, and I’ve traveled and sang with a group. I’ve been around big groups, and a lot of people don’t live what they’re singing about. Warren does that,” said Hanks.
Hanks also says that no matter how far Peay goes in the competition, the experience for both him and his family was well worth it.
“So if the top 10 is where it ends, we’re giving God praise. If he goes to the top eight and he keeps going, whatever God has in store, he’s gone a whole lot farther than anyone ever thought he would in the first place. We know he would, but the world will see him,” said Hanks.
Peay has now made it to the Top 8 of American Idol.
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An appliance repairman from Bamberg sang his way into the top 24 on “American Idol” during a show broadcast Sunday night....
An appliance repairman from Bamberg sang his way into the top 24 on “American Idol” during a show broadcast Sunday night.
Warren Peay, who is also a workshop leader at Colston Baptist Church, appeared without his guitar as he had in his two previous appearances and sang an Allman Brothers tune “Whipping Post.”
The format of the show, called “Showstopper Final Judgment,” was for the contestants to perform before a studio audience, with the judges watching from a balcony seat, and then meet with them later.
Host Ryan Seacrest called the round “survival of the fittest.”
When Peay walked out to sing, Judge Katy Perry said with surprise, “What the hell? No guitar.”
He wore his signature jeans, flannel shirt and cowboy hat, his long hair and beard shining in the stage lights.
As is said among entertainers, he left it all on the stage, with rousing vocals and confident stage presence. When Peay sat down before them, Luke Bryan said, “What do you think of all this?”
Peay responded, “It’s a long way from home, a little fancy for my taste.”
He said he would very much like to leave appliances behind and make singing his full-time career.
“You have cleared yet another hurdle. You’re in the top 24,” Bryan said.
Afterward, Peay was filmed saying he would have been fine if he had gone home. He misses his family, who he normally sees everyday, he said.
Previously, he said of Bamberg that it is a town “where everybody talks about leaving but nobody does.”
Perry has called Peay authentic and Judge Lionel Richie predicted he’d be in the top 10.
In all, 11 singers were chosen for the top 24 and two more performed, but their fates were held over until Monday’s show. Three were shown being cut.
Two singers from South Carolina were shown in previous shows as making it to Showstopper but were not shown performing Sunday night.
A short teaser was shown of Mariah Faith of Conway with her head in her hands amid a montage of the remaining contestants responding with joy, surprise or sadness.
Perry tried to amp the tension in telling the various singers their fate. She told one to go home, paused a beat and added “and pack your bags to come back to the top 24.”
Also selected to continue in the competition last week was Preston Duffee of Hartsville.
American Idol’s media page says Faith and Duffee will be on Monday’s show.
The competition among the top 24 continues with the April 16 episode at the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Each week, singers are cut until three are left for the May 21 finale.
Other South Carolina singers selected for Hollywood week were Aiden Adair of Clover, Tripp Taylor of Florence, Janora Brown of Lake City, Brayden Philips of Lancaster, and Ophrah Kablan of Clio.
South Carolina has had one Idol winner, Beaufort native Candice Glover, in the 12th season. She has since released one album and appeared on Broadway.
Idol’s usual time slot is 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
This story was originally published April 10, 2023, 8:40 AM.