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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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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

2 South Carolina Restaurants Make List for Best Chicken Sandwich in the World

Are you a fan of a chicken sandwich? For the longest, I never understand the hype over a chicken sandwich honestly. Then I had a really good one and now I completely understand. I actually started learning different chicken sandwich recipes and cooking them at home for myself and when I have people over. From grilled chicken to fried chicken and more, the chicken sandwich is a go-to.Taste Atlas curated a list of some of the best chicken sandwiche...

Are you a fan of a chicken sandwich? For the longest, I never understand the hype over a chicken sandwich honestly. Then I had a really good one and now I completely understand. I actually started learning different chicken sandwich recipes and cooking them at home for myself and when I have people over. From grilled chicken to fried chicken and more, the chicken sandwich is a go-to.

Taste Atlas curated a list of some of the best chicken sandwiches in the world! That’s right, the world. Two South Carolina restaurants actually made this list which makes it even better for us. It’s something about the Carolinas and our cooking that just keeps us at the top of the chain sometimes. From cities in South Carolina like Charleston and Hilton Head to North Carolina cities like Charlotte or Raleigh, plenty of food spots to give a try. So, if you’re a chicken sandwich lover this list might be the place for you. Check out some of the best chicken sandwiches in the WORLD and start planning your foodie tour.

7 South Carolina Restaurants Named With Best Shrimp and Grits in the World

Shrimp and grits are a southern staple. So I am not surprised that you can find some of the best shrimp and grits in the world right in South Carolina. As a Charleston girl, I can tell you that shrimp and grits is no joke. It is not only the brunch staple but also the must-eat whenever in Charleston. It’s something about Charleston cooking that just is good for the soul. According to food experts, South Carolina has more than one of the best shrimp and grits in the world. Can you believe it?

Taste Atlas gathered a list of some of the best shrimp and grits in the world. They have their top 10 which are home to the best shrimp and grits in the world according to food experts and 7 South Carolina locations made the top 10. That’s right, 7 out of the 10 places for shrimp and grits are right here in the Carolinas. How lucky are we? Not only are they South Carolina restaurants, but the majority are right in the Lowcountry of Charleston. So if you have never tried shrimp and grits before, now might be your time to give them a taste. Check out some of the best locations in the world for shrimp and grits.

Blues drop anchor in Charleston for team-bonding trip

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Entering the Blues’ Stanley Cup season, it was Annapolis, Md., and the United States Naval Academy.Last season, it was Vail, Colo.Well, with the preseason now complete and the regular-season opener not until Saturday night, at home against Columbus, the Blues are off on another team-bonding trip.This time it’s Charleston, founded in 1670 as Charles Town — in honor of England’s King Charles II. It once was a major slave-trading port, and the place where the Civil War starte...

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Entering the Blues’ Stanley Cup season, it was Annapolis, Md., and the United States Naval Academy.

Last season, it was Vail, Colo.

Well, with the preseason now complete and the regular-season opener not until Saturday night, at home against Columbus, the Blues are off on another team-bonding trip.

This time it’s Charleston, founded in 1670 as Charles Town — in honor of England’s King Charles II. It once was a major slave-trading port, and the place where the Civil War started in 1861 with the Confederates firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

Today, it is a tourism center with cobblestone streets and antebellum mansions in its historic district, culture, cuisine, beaches, golf and fishing opportunities.

“We got some new guys, and even if we didn’t, I think guys like to get away and get some cohesiveness and chemistry together,” Blues coach Craig Berube said before the team left St. Louis. “Just bond a little bit. It makes it tighter. Listen, you gotta be like this.”

(Berube intertwined his hands.)

“You gotta be a tight hockey team to be successful in this league,” he continued. “We’ve built that culture here and want to keep building it. So we get away. We’re gonna work on our game in practices. ... It’s not just gonna be a vacation. We’re gonna work. But then at the same time, we’re gonna do some golfing and have some fun and get the guys together.”

Sunday was a day off from hockey activities, but the team is scheduled to practice at the North County Coliseum, home of the East Coast Hockey League’s South Carolina Stingrays, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Colorado’s Stanley Cup-winning coach, Jared Bednar, was head coach of the Stingrays from 2007-09. Blues forward Nathan Walker played a handful of games for the Stingrays in the 2014-15 season while with the Washington Capitals organization.

Last season in Vail, cold weather — including some snow — made fishing and golf problematical. But that shouldn’t be an issue this week, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-70s.

“It’s always nice,” Blues forward Brandon Saad said, speaking of bonding trips, not the weather. “You get to know the new faces a little bit more. A lot of guys at home go back to their family (after practice) and have responsibilities. So any time you can get a few days to go away and bond as a team, I think it’s a lot of fun.”

Berube says he and general manager Doug Armstrong usually discuss potential sites together when considering team-bonding destinations. For Charleston, they might have gotten some input from defenseman Torey Krug — who has a home here.

“'Kruger' set up some high-end restaurants,” defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “He’s our concierge for the week.”

That obviously is a huge responsibility.

“We trust him somewhat,” team captain Ryan O’Reilly joked. “We’ll see. It’s difficult when you got this many guys. No, it’ll be good.”

To say that the players enjoy these getaways would be understatement.

“Never gets old,” Bortuzzo said. “Part of the game. I hope it stays (that way) for a long time after I’m gone. It’s just a great time. Chance to get to know guys on another level. I’m a firm believer that it just builds your group and helps carry you through the tough times during the season. We’re going to take advantage.”

Springfield startup

As the Blues have whittled their squad with roster cuts, a steady stream of players have made their way to Springfield, Mass., home of the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate — the Thunderbirds.

The T-Birds don’t open their regular season until Saturday, at home against the Bridgeport Islanders, but tuned up with a pair of exhibition contests over the weekend against the Providence Bruins.

A dozen players who were in Blues camp took part in either Friday’s or Saturday’s contest — or in some cases both.

Among them were Hugh McGing, Mathias Laferriere, Will Bitten, Steven Santini and Brady Lyle. Goalie Vadim Zherenko played the entire game Friday, stopping 33 of 37 shots in a 4-2 loss. He played the first period Saturday, stopping eight of nine in a 6-2 loss.

Preparing for Hurricane Nicole in Charleston, SC

Note: By the time this newsletter hits your inbox on Thursday morning at 6 a.m., the storm’s status may have changed. Check here for live updates.This isn’t our first go-around this hurricane season, but you can never be too prepared. Here’s what we know so far about Hurricane Nicole and how you can stay informed and ready.As of 6 p....

Note: By the time this newsletter hits your inbox on Thursday morning at 6 a.m., the storms status may have changed. Check here for live updates.

This isn’t our first go-around this hurricane season, but you can never be too prepared. Here’s what we know so far about Hurricane Nicole and how you can stay informed and ready.

As of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Nicole had strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 miles per hour. At this time, a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch were in effect for parts of the Lowcountry including Charleston County.

The storm’s greatest local impacts were expected to be felt on Thursday lasting into Friday. Prepare for possible coastal flooding, tornadoes, beach erosion, dangerous surf and rip currents, tropical-storm-force winds, and heavy rainfall.

Rainfall | Charleston County could see between 2-4 inches of rain. Check TIDEeye for tidal flooding reports.

Gas | Wondering which gas stations are still open? Use this map from GasBuddy to find an open gas station near you.

Power outages | You can track or report power outages using Dominion Energy’s online map. You can also check Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina’s outage map.

Road closures | Use the City of Charleston’s GIS map to track potential road closures.

Stay informed | Follow Nicoles path here. Stay up-to-date with the SC Emergency Management Division here, keep an eye out for a City of Charleston news flash, and sign up for Charleston County alerts.

Pets | This article wraps up a few tips to keep your furry friends safe whether you’re hunkering down at home or heading to a shelter.

Hurricane kits | Restock your hurricane kit with supplies from this list.

Additional resources | Go here for resources including emergency phone numbers and maps.

ELECTION DAY: Polls open at 7 a.m. across South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Voters across South Carolina will head to the polls Tuesday morning with statewide races for governor, state school superintendent and a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs.This year’s midterm elections will also put every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot. This is the first general election since redistricting following the 2020 census.Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday.Click here to find your poll...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Voters across South Carolina will head to the polls Tuesday morning with statewide races for governor, state school superintendent and a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs.

This year’s midterm elections will also put every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot. This is the first general election since redistricting following the 2020 census.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Click here to find your polling place.

The 2022 general election marks the first time voters in the Palmetto State were able to vote early without a reason. The state previously allowed in-person absentee ballots

The state saw more than 560,000 people cast their votes early, including a record 70,000 on Friday. Around the state, Charleston, Horry, Greenville and Richland Counties led in the number of early voters.

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, some Lowcountry elections officials are offering advice for those heading out to the polls.

Isaac Cramer with Charleston County Board of Elections says early voting has been a great success and they saw a record turnout this year. He says this is great because lines today are expected to be shorter since most of the county has already voted.

Now, there are some dos and don’ts on election day. Cramer says you must bring your state-issued ID to the polls, but you cannot wear campaign material that deals with any candidates currently on the ballot.

“It happens every election, people will come in, but they’ll just be asked to take off their campaign button, take off their hat, or flip their shirt inside out. That’s just the law, you can’t have that inside the polling location or outside,” Cramer says.

If you have an absentee ballot, you must drop it off at the Charleston County Board of Elections headquarters by 7 p.m. tonight. Their offices are located at 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston.

If you don’t get your absentee ballot in by tonight it will not be counted.

In Dorchester County, almost 21,000 people voted early and Dorchester County Director of Elections and Voter Registration Kizzie Scott says they’re looking for a smooth election and are excited for more voters to come out.

In preparation, Scott says they’ve given lists of voting locations to local law enforcement and are partnering with SLED and the National Guard to keep the polls secure.

She says she encourages the public to be patient with poll workers because they’ve been dealing with a lot of policy changes, specifically regarding the absentee voting policy.

She says she guarantees that voters’ ballots will be cast without any issues.

“If you are in line at 7 p.m. you still get to vote,” Scott says. “What we do is we get one of our workers to get behind the last person in line, that way no one can filter in the line and vote when they are not eligible to vote because the polls are closed at 7 p.m.”

Dorchester County residents can go to SCVotes.gov or contact the voter registration and elections office at DorchesterCounty.sc.gov to find their polling place.

In Berkeley County, Director of Voter Registration Rose Brown says they are doing everything they can to make sure voters have a safe and pleasant experience casting their votes.

She’s encouraging voters in Berkeley County to check out their sample ballot before they head to the polls.

“We have adequate staff at each location. We just want everyone to show up at their polling location between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice and also, they have statewide constitutional amendments and Berkeley county has several questions on the ballot as well,” Brown says.

Brown says they’re looking for a good turnout today but to make sure to bring a valid photo I.D such as a driver’s license, a concealed weapon permits a passport, and military ID or photo registration card.

Sample ballots in Berkeley County can be found by going to SCvotes.gov or the Berkeley County website.

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FIRST ALERT: Nicole becomes tropical storm in the Atlantic, First Alert days declared for Thursday and Friday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - First alert weather days have been declared for Thursday and Friday as the Lowcountry is expected to be impacted by Tropical Storm Nicole.Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh declared the first alert days because of rainfall and wind-driven high tides.Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says coastal flooding is likely Wednesday through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Bre...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - First alert weather days have been declared for Thursday and Friday as the Lowcountry is expected to be impacted by Tropical Storm Nicole.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh declared the first alert days because of rainfall and wind-driven high tides.

Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says coastal flooding is likely Wednesday through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions could occur through Friday and winds may occasionally gust to, or over, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

Nicole reached maximum sustained winds near 50 mph Tuesday morning and is forecasted to strengthen over the next 36 to 48 hours becoming at or near hurricane intensity by Wednesday or Wednesday night.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nicole was located near latitude 27.8 north and longitude 72.7 west moving west near 9 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 380 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure recently measured by NOAA Hurricane Hunters is 994 mb or 29.36 inches.

Forecasters say the storm will continue on a west-southwest motion through Wednesday and a west-northwest motion is expected to begin Wednesday night followed by a turn to the northwest and north-northwest Thursday night. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas Tuesday and Tuesday night, move near or over those islands on Wednesday, and approach the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area Wednesday night. Nicole’s center is then expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia Thursday and Thursday night.

??HURRICANE WARNINGS FOR PARTS OF FLORIDANicole has transitioned from a "subtropical" to a "tropical" storm and is forecast to approach the east coast of Florida as a hurricane Thursday morning. Hurricane Warnings are now in effect from Boca Raton to Volusia County. pic.twitter.com/H2VPu0vMI0

— Joey Sovine Live 5 (@JoeySovine) November 8, 2022

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s stormwater department have prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also be cleaning out ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.

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