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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 Charleston, 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 Charleston, 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 Charleston 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:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Charleston, SC

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 Charleston'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 Charleston.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Charleston?

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 Charleston, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

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.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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.

Location and Nearby Lodging

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 Charleston, 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.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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.

Venue Staff

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 Charleston, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

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.

Decor

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.

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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.

Photo Opportunities

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 Charleston, 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.

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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.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Charleston, SC

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.

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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!

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Latest News in Charleston, SC

Feds say Charleston restaurant operated illegal tip pool, must pay $624K to workers

A downtown Charleston restaurant and raw bar has been ordered to pay $624,017 to employees who were forced to take part in what the U.S. Department of Labor is calling an illegal tip pool that siphoned servers’ pay and violated overtime wage laws.The owners of Raw 167 “shortchanged 92 workers” who were forced to share their tips with other restaurant employees, the U.S. Department of Labor said on May 9.The se...

A downtown Charleston restaurant and raw bar has been ordered to pay $624,017 to employees who were forced to take part in what the U.S. Department of Labor is calling an illegal tip pool that siphoned servers’ pay and violated overtime wage laws.

The owners of Raw 167 “shortchanged 92 workers” who were forced to share their tips with other restaurant employees, the U.S. Department of Labor said on May 9.

The setup was illegal, labor officials said, because the restaurant’s owners claimed a credit that let them pay tipped workers less than one-third of the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage, with the understanding that tips would at least make up the difference. Once the tips were taken from waitstaff to be shared with others, their pay fell below the federally mandated minimum wage.

“Restaurant industry employers must know and comply with federal requirements to claim the tip credit,” Jamie Benefiel, director of the labor department’s wage and hour division in Columbia, said in a written statement.

Jesse Sandole, owner of 167 Raw, said in a statement the restaurant at 193 King St. consulted with counsel before the tip pool was established and was told it was legal. Months later, the Labor Department started an investigation “and determined that while we had not intentionally violated any regulation, we had instead relied upon incorrect legal advice.”

Sandole said the restaurant cooperated with the investigation and has put new procedures in place that comply with federal law.

“It is important to note that the owners of 167 Raw King Street LLC never shared in or participated in the former tip pool,” according to the statement.

Benefiel said tip pool violations “are common in the restaurant industry, and they can quickly add up to costly consequences.”

Investigators with the Labor Department filed more than 4,000 cases nationally in fiscal 2021, recovered roughly $34.7 million for more than 29,000 workers in the food-service industry.

South Carolina restaurant workers who’ve been forced to take part in tip pools have also filed lawsuits against their employers seeking back pay. In North Myrtle Beach workers are suing the owners of seafood restaurant LuLu’s for withholding tips that were then shared with managers and others.

In 2020, Hall’s Southern Kitchen agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a class action lawsuit filed by employees at High Cotton in Charleston, and Hyman’s Seafood restaurant on the peninsula settled tip pool claims for $1 million in 2016.

“As food service industry employers struggle to find people to fill the jobs needed to remain competitive, they must take into account that retaining and recruiting workers is more difficult when employers fail to respect workers’ rights and pay them their full wages,” Benefiel said.

Sandole, a College of Charleston graduate, opened 167 Raw in 2014 as an extension of his family’s seafood market at 167 Hummock Pond Road in Nantucket, Mass. It relocated from 289 East Bay Street downtown to its current King Street location in 2020.

Parent facing charges after assault of school bus driver

HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says a woman faces multiple charges after an assault on a school bus Friday morning.Crystal Monet Doctor, 28, is charged with second-degree assault and battery, disturbing schools and interference with the operation of a school bus, sheriff’s office spokesman Andrew Knapp said.Deputies say the incident happened Friday morning at approximately 7:41 a.m. on Scott White Road.Video of the incident was posted on social media.Charleston County S...

HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says a woman faces multiple charges after an assault on a school bus Friday morning.

Crystal Monet Doctor, 28, is charged with second-degree assault and battery, disturbing schools and interference with the operation of a school bus, sheriff’s office spokesman Andrew Knapp said.

Deputies say the incident happened Friday morning at approximately 7:41 a.m. on Scott White Road.

Video of the incident was posted on social media.

Charleston County School District Andy Pruitt said the district is taking the incident very seriously because of “the inappropriate behavior from the adult toward the bus driver, which happened in front of other students.”

“Law enforcement was immediately notified about this incident, and we have cooperated with the Charleston County Sherriff’s Office in their investigation. CCSD will support any prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” Pruitt said. “Our bus drivers are essential teammates in providing safe and timely transportation to and from school. We encourage all parents to support our drivers so they can accomplish their jobs without fear of anyone but students boarding their buses.”

An incident report states a school bus driver was picking up E.B. Ellington Elementary School students when a parent, identified as Doctor, approached the front door of the bus. The driver told deputies she repeatedly told the parent to leave multiple times and attempted to close the bus door, but that the parent placed her arm inside the door to prevent it from closing all the way. The driver said she opened and closed the door a few times until the parent then got on the bus.

Cellphone video taken from inside of the bus captured the moments after Doctor entered the bus. She could be seen striking the bus driver multiple times in the face and pulling her hair while shouting numerous expletives toward her.

Shortly after, the video captured Doctor stepping off the bus while continually shouting at the bus driver.

She could then be seen walking away from the bus before the video ends.

The report states the driver parked the bus and notified her supervisor who responded to the scene. The deputy reported the driver had a small cut on her bottom lip.

The driver told deputies there were six kids on the bus at the time of the incident.

Deputies interviewed Doctor the school bus driver identified, who told them she and other parents have been “having an issue” with the driver, an incident report states. She told deputies children who ride the bus claim the driver has been “saying mean things” to them, claiming the driver told her daughter she was “gonna jack her up.”

Doctor told deputies she simply wanted to talk to the driver about the issue and did not get on the bus until the driver closed her arm in the door.

When the door finally opened, Doctor said she got on the bus and struck the driver after getting upset that the driver closed the door on her arm.

Doctor said her right arm was sore and that she could not move it, the report states.

Both Doctor and the driver were checked out by EMS but neither wished to be taken to a hospital.

Pruitt also supplied the following statement from First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger:

At First Student, the safety of our employees and the students we transport is our top priority and a responsibility we take very seriously.

We are appalled by the behavior captured in the video. We are thankful our driver was not seriously injured and respect how she handled the situation.

This incident also serves as an important reminder to the community that it is against the law to board a school bus without authorization.

We appreciate the support we have received from law enforcement and the Charleston County School District. Given this is an active investigation, we are not in a position to comment further.

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Where to find the best pizza in Charleston, SC

The Holy City might be known for some good old shrimp ‘n grits + she crab soup, and pizza may not be the first thing that comes to mind. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some really good options. We did some digging to find a few of the best local pizza spots around town and ...

The Holy City might be known for some good old shrimp ‘n grits + she crab soup, and pizza may not be the first thing that comes to mind. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some really good options.

We did some digging to find a few of the best local pizza spots around town and we’re sharing the knead-to-knows.

Charleston

D’Allesandro’s Pizza, 229 St. Philip St. | A neighborhood favorite since 2006. We love the Big Cheesy.

Pizzeria di Giovanni, 40 N. Market St. | Check out Neapolitan-style pizza paired with a Greek salad.

Sabatino’s Pizza, 151 Calhoun St. | Consistency is key and Sabatino’s passes the test. Bonus: Head to the walk-up window for a slice.

Baker & Brewer, 94 Stuart St. | Come for the ‘za, stay for the relaxed atmosphere + outdoor space.

Mt. Pleasant

Orlando’s Pizza, 230 Mathis Ferry Rd. + 295 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island | You can’t beat the two-slice lunch special $8 for cheese and $9 for a topping.

Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 664 Long Point Rd. | Pro tip: Try the Sicilianstyle pizza.

Toni’s Pizza, 1795 N. Hwy. 17 | Order an authentic Detroit-style pizza plus a Vernors Float for the perfect balance of sweet + salty.

North Charleston

Park Pizza, 1028 E. Montague Ave. | Mix up your usual order with the pizza of the month.

EVO Pizzeria, 1075 E. Montague Ave. | Pair your snack plate dinner special with a local draft beer from Indigo Reef or Revelry.

Other loc’s

Slice Co., 1662 Savannah Hwy. | Enjoy fresh mozzarella or vegan cheese, both made in-house.

PizzaVola Express James Island, 1041 Folly Rd. | Choose a slice, a pie, or an Italian dish at this one-stop shop.

Hollywood Pizza, 6231 Hwy. 162, Hollywood | Enjoy a keto pizza bowl or pie at an outdoor table — it’s worth the drive.

Heads up, this is not a comprehensive list. Didn’t catch your favorite local spot this time around? Share it with us.

Cinco de Mayo 2022 in Charleston, SC

Happy (almost) Cinco de Mayo, Charleston.The holiday honors Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Second Franco-Mexican War didn’t end that day, but the battle became a symbol of resistance against foreign powers.If you’re celeb...

Happy (almost) Cinco de Mayo, Charleston.

The holiday honors Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Second Franco-Mexican War didn’t end that day, but the battle became a symbol of resistance against foreign powers.

If you’re celebrating this year, here’s where to eat, drink, and dance in the Holy City — on Cinco de Mayo and through the weekend.

Celebrate

Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Mex 1 West Ashley | Thurs., May 5 | $10 in advance, $15 at the door | 5 p.m. | Mex 1 West Ashley, 817 St. Andrews Blvd. | Head over to this local spot to enjoy food tents, local vendors, outdoor bars, and live music from Charleston-based Midnight City Band.

Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Party | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 4-9 p.m. | Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila, 1271 Folly Rd. | Experience a full-service taco tent, music, yard games, and a margarita bar offering $10 Patrón margaritas and $7 shots of Patrón — family and pet friendly.

Cinco de Mayo Party | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 5 p.m. | Dashi, 1262 Remount Rd., North Charleston | Grab $3 tacos, $5 house margaritas, $8 frozen jalapeno & mango margaritas, $2 jarritos, and $3 Modelo & Dos Equis before a late-night comedy show with Cam Bertrand, Jeremy McLellan & Dedrick Flynn.

Cinco de Mayo at The Basement | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 12 p.m. | The Basement, 1055 SC-41, Mt. Pleasant | Dig in at the free taco bar from 2-5 p.m., all-day drink specials including $5 house margaritas and $5 Espolón shots, and wrap up the evening with live music from 6-9 p.m.

Margarita at the Beach | Thurs., May 5 | $39+ | 6-8 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 2511 N. Main St., Ste. B, Summerville | Celebrate the holiday by painting a 16×20 canvas or 17.5×17 wood plank board at this local studio.

SOL Southwest Kitchen | Thurs., May 5 | Free | All day | SOL Mt. Pleasant, 1101 Stockade Ln., Mt. Pleasant | Partake in a complimentary tequila tasting from 6-8 p.m., enjoy live music from Patrick Norris between 6-9 p.m., and celebrate with all-day specials.

Charleston Margarita & Mimosa Fest | Sat., May 7 | $24.99+ | Registration 12-2 p.m. | Share House, 23 Ann St. | Bar hop between Share House, Silver Dollar, The Brick, and Uptown Social from 12-6 p.m. with your wristband good for various drink specials at each venue.

Eat + drink

Cinco de Mayo is about much more than delicious food and drinksbut the deals don’t hurt.

Cinco de Mesa | Snag a $5 Mesa Verde at your local Verde restaurant with the online promo code CINCO22.

$6 House Margaritas | Choose between coconut, pineapple, lime, mango, spicy, and signature margarita flavors at Pink Cactus for this hard-to-beat special.

Happy celebrating, Charleston. Let us know how you’ll be spending the day.

South Carolina restaurant owed workers $624K in tips, operated illegal tip pool

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that thousands of dollars in tips have been recovered for workers at a downtown Charleston restaurant who had been forced to participate in an illegal tip pool.According to the Labor Department, management at 167 Raw on King Street “required tipped employees to share tips illegally,” splitting the funds between “management and other typically non-tipped employees.” The restaurant also “failed to pay tipped employees the difference be...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that thousands of dollars in tips have been recovered for workers at a downtown Charleston restaurant who had been forced to participate in an illegal tip pool.

According to the Labor Department, management at 167 Raw on King Street “required tipped employees to share tips illegally,” splitting the funds between “management and other typically non-tipped employees.” The restaurant also “failed to pay tipped employees the difference between their direct wages and the federal minimum wage” and paid less than the federal requirement for overtime rates.

The investigation found that 92 workers were shortchanged by $624,017.

Jamie Benefiel, district director of the Wage and Hour Division said such violations “are common in the restaurant industry, and they can quickly add up to costly consequences.”

Benefiel said “restaurant industry employers must know and comply with federal requirements to claim the tip credit” and that “retaining and recruiting workers is more difficult when employers fail to respect workers’ rights and pay them their full wages.”

The restaurant issued the following statement:

“In 2021, 167 Raw King Street LLC entered into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department ofLabor regarding its tip-pooling procedure. The Department of Labor found the process to be in conflictwith provisions of certain regulations.

“A tip pool was established to include and compensate our team members who are integral to a positivedining experience at our restaurant. Before establishing the pool, we sought advice from legal counseland were told that it was legal and appropriate to do so. Months later, however, the Department ofLabor concluded that these procedures were in direct violation of certain federal guidelines. TheDepartment began a full investigation and determined that while we had not intentionally violated anyregulation, we had instead relied upon incorrect legal advice. The full details of this were disclosed toour team members and compensation was handled accordingly. We fully cooperated with theDepartment of Labor to establish new procedures within the Department’s guidelines and took thenecessary steps to correct the misallocation of tips. It is important to note that the owners of 167 RawKing Street LLC never shared in or participated in the former tip pool.

“We continue to prioritize our team members and choosing to enter this voluntary agreement with theDepartment last year ensured that our valued team members continue to be well-compensated withinthe framework of evolving federal guidelines.”

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