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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence 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 Florence'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 Florence.
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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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 Florence, 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
FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Joy Walker has always been a cheerful giver, holding many events over the years to help people in her community.Walker is planning to hold Florence's first-ever golf cart parade through downtown on Dec. 11 to help make Christmas a little brighter for children and families."This year with inflation. You know, and everything going up. I know it's going to be hard for a lot of people. To be able to have Christmas for their kids. It just kind of laid on my heart to do something different," sa...
FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Joy Walker has always been a cheerful giver, holding many events over the years to help people in her community.
Walker is planning to hold Florence's first-ever golf cart parade through downtown on Dec. 11 to help make Christmas a little brighter for children and families.
"This year with inflation. You know, and everything going up. I know it's going to be hard for a lot of people. To be able to have Christmas for their kids. It just kind of laid on my heart to do something different," said Walker.
The parade is sponsored by Palmetto Housing & Rehabilitation (PHAR), which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, along with Joy Walker Realtor.
Walker said the theme is "Giving Back to Our Greatest Gifts.
"The purpose of this toy and food drive is to help kids and families that are underprivileged. As we all know, times are hard for everyone but much harder for those who are unemployed, elderly, sick, and most importantly single parents. For every donated toy, there's a complicated journey and complex social impact that the donor may never know about. This event is for a good cause as we need any and all persons with a golf cart to join us for this fun and exciting charity event," explained Walker.
She said she got the idea to do a golf cart parade because it's what her neighborhood did during the early months of the pandemic to give neighbors something safe to do.
"When COVID came in 2020, there was nothing to do. So, every Sunday, they started putting a golf cart parade together. And it was phenomenal. I mean like every Sunday, it was a different theme. They were doing something. They had the Jeb Mac Band leading the pack. Playing music and it was just so exciting. And I said, let's have a golf cart Christmas parade," she said.
Walker said she wants the golf carts to be festive for the holidays.
"People can decorate their golf carts for Christmas, with lights. There's also going to be a competition for the best three, decorated golf carts. But, you don't have to decorate your golf cart to participate. Because at the end of the day the ride is about raising money for underprivileged people and families," said Walker.
It takes place Sunday, Dec. 11, and will begin at 4:30 p.m. Lineup will start at 3:30 p.m. on Franklin Avenue in Florence.
The parade route will travel down Evans Street toward downtown Florence, then left beside El Agave Mexican Restaurant and will end in the Florence County Complex parking lot, where there should be plenty of parking.
Walker said she just wants people to have a good time and help raise money, food, clothing and toys for needy children and their families.
You can contact Joy Walker at 843-206-7355 or email her at email@example.com for more information on registration for the parade, as well as information on how you can donate to the cause. You can also register by scanning the QR code below:
FLORENCE, S.C. — It’s Veterans Day weekend.This week’s 3 Things To Do This Weekend will focus on saluting those who have served or are serving our country in the military.Yes, there are other activities happening in and around Florence this weekend. Some may be rained out by Tropical Storm Nicole. You may want to check the venue before you go. To see all the events available this weekend, go to the Florence Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website – ...
FLORENCE, S.C. — It’s Veterans Day weekend.
This week’s 3 Things To Do This Weekend will focus on saluting those who have served or are serving our country in the military.
Yes, there are other activities happening in and around Florence this weekend. Some may be rained out by Tropical Storm Nicole. You may want to check the venue before you go. To see all the events available this weekend, go to the Florence Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website – www.visitflo.com.
Here are three events this weekend to honor our America’s military.
1 MONUMENTAL DAY: The city of Florence Veterans Park will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday. Veteran’s Park is on Woody Jones Boulevard behind the Florence Center. It will be a spectacular ceremony. A monument to the men and women of World War II will be unveiled in the park. The names of 29 veterans with Pee Dee connections will be added to the Wall of Honor. University of South Carolina graduate and retired Marine Lt. Gen. Stacy Clardy will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Florence Center.
2 CAR SHOW: Florence Veterans Park and the Florence Center will host a car show and benefit concert on Saturday with all proceeds benefiting the Veterans Resource Center of Florence and Florence Veterans Park. Registration for the Eastern South Carolina Mustang Club Car, Truck and Bike Show will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The car show will start at noon with awards presented at 4 p.m. Vehicle registration is $20 for the car show. The Mustang Club will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. There also will be a raffle to give away door prizes donated by local businesses. This is a family-friendly event. It is free to attend.
3 BENEFIT CONCERT: A Veterans Benefit Concert featuring the Fiddlin’ Fluds and Russell Rogers & Friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florence Veterans Park. The concert will be adjacent to the car show. The Fiddlin’ Fluds will perform first, followed by Russell Rogers & Friends. The Veterans Resource Center will be accepting donations of new pairs of socks and travel-size hygiene products. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show.
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FLORENCE, S.C. – Ten members of Central United Methodist Church were wrapped in Quilts of Valor on Wednesday night as a way to say thank you for your service.The quilts reflect the nation’s patriotic colors. They often showcase a traditional pattern but these quilts are most remembered for the combat veterans they honor.Veterans across the nation have been receiving the gifts from quilters since the program began in 2003. They are presented to veterans who fought for the nation in World War II, the Korean War, the V...
FLORENCE, S.C. – Ten members of Central United Methodist Church were wrapped in Quilts of Valor on Wednesday night as a way to say thank you for your service.
The quilts reflect the nation’s patriotic colors. They often showcase a traditional pattern but these quilts are most remembered for the combat veterans they honor.
Veterans across the nation have been receiving the gifts from quilters since the program began in 2003. They are presented to veterans who fought for the nation in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm/Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and other conflicts around the world.
Quilts of Valor recipients were Bill Almers, U.S. Air Force.1960-1963; Tom Barnett, U.S. Army, 1972-1975; Chris Benjamin, U.S. Marine Corps, 1989-1993 and S.C. National guard, 1995-2017; Kennedy Breeden, U.S. Air Force, 1973-1978; Kenneth Goss, U.S. Air Force, 1985-2009; Rob Hinson, U.S. Army, 1996-present; Webb Jones, U.S. Army, 1975-1978; Ron Jordan, U.S. Navy, 1974-1977; Bob Morgan, U.S. Marine Corps. 1974-1994; and Ashton Odom, U.S. Navy, 1984-1991.
The quilts presented Wednesday night were quilted by a group from Swamp Fox Quilters. Lauri Winborn and Timi Bronson brought the idea of making the quilts to the Swamp Fox Quilters. Both of their husbands were in the military.
Winborn said they now have about 30 quilters from the 80 members of Swamp Fox Quilters who work on the quilts.
Winborn said the 10 church members were nominated by Central’s membership committee. She said this is the third year of presenting quilts to church members.
They started making Quilts of Valor in 2020 and have made 130 quilts. She said it takes about a week of working on a quilt to complete. It is a group effort.
Retired Col. Wayne Jackson was master of ceremonies for the presentation.
Jackson said since 2003, The Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded more than 300,000 quilts across the United States.
“I have mine and it is one of my most coveted possessions in my home, I can tell you that,” Jackson said. “Each one of these quilts is unique.”
He said the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all returning service members and veterans touched by war in comforting and healing Quilts of Valor to show appreciation and gratitude for their service.
Webb Jones, one of the veterans who received a Quilt of Valor, said, “It is a just a blessing to after all these years to have people thank you for service that you are willing and grateful to give at the time that just felt like a normal part of being a citizen of the United States that I was happy to do at the time and was great for me. I enjoyed serving my country.”
He said he will use the quilt from now on to wrap up in.
FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Florence 1 School District leaders are now enhancing safety measures throughout schools.In October, the district received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.After receiving the grant, school leaders and officers said it would make protecting schools a little easier.“A goal every day is to keep children safe, get them to school safe through the day, send them home safe,” said Lieutenant John Crouse of the Florence County Sheriff’s OfficeIt’s a motto ...
FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Florence 1 School District leaders are now enhancing safety measures throughout schools.
In October, the district received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
After receiving the grant, school leaders and officers said it would make protecting schools a little easier.
“A goal every day is to keep children safe, get them to school safe through the day, send them home safe,” said Lieutenant John Crouse of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office
It’s a motto Crouse lives by.
He has been part of the School Resource Officer Program for about 12 years.
Crouse remembered a time technology hindered his job. He said it has come a long way.
“Pictures were grainy,” he said. “You couldn’t tell who people were. We identify hundreds of people off the cameras now. If there’s an incident at school we can identify who’s involved, I mean this is just about like standing there watching.”
There are currently about 1700 cameras both inside and outside of schools across the district.
The grant was awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program which will go towards upgrading surveillance with the latest and most up-to-date video management system throughout campuses.
These upgrades also include several different types of IP cameras with analytic capabilities, sensors, illuminator rings and all necessary power supplies and cabling.
Kyle Jones is the Chief Technology Officer of Florence 1 Schools. Jones said both Safety and Security are two main priorities.
“We want our community to know that we are committed to that,” said Jones. “We have recently expanded our weapons detection systems in all our high school and middle schools as well. A quality learning environment often comes from our students and teachers feeling safe and secure during the instructional day.”
As for Lieutenant Crouse, he said the new grant will not only enhance the quality learning environment but also make what he does daily that much easier.
“Anytime we can use a tool that multiplies our presence, and cameras do that, we can be in one location and watch several schools at once,” said Crouse. “That makes our job easier, makes it more efficient which makes it safer for kids.”
Florence 1 Schools are currently waiting for the shipment of the new technology.
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Nearly a month ago, West Florence Fire Rescue worked to put out a fire on Pine Needles Road.They quickly realized two nearby hydrants were out of service. As a result, crews from four other agencies came to assist.Allen Mattews, a nearby neighbor told WMBF News he felt like it could’ve been him in the fire.“It co...
FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - Nearly a month ago, West Florence Fire Rescue worked to put out a fire on Pine Needles Road.
They quickly realized two nearby hydrants were out of service. As a result, crews from four other agencies came to assist.
Allen Mattews, a nearby neighbor told WMBF News he felt like it could’ve been him in the fire.
“It could’ve been my house just as good as it was theirs and who’s to say that my house won’t be next,” said Matthews.
Residents asked questions and waited for answers after a water supply issue before and now after the fire.
One hydrant was struck by a car back in March, and crews were not able to get water from the second one.
Residents have experienced an emotional rollercoaster and those affected are now left with nothing.
“Their family was standing out here on the side of the road,” said Matthews. “The two little girls were hollering and crying for their daddy, and he was in the house looking for them, and no water to fight the fire.”
WMBF News reached out to the City of Florence in search of an update on when the hydrants would be replaced, and who was responsible for checking the status of hydrants throughout the area to make sure the issue doesn’t happen again.
Michael Hemingway is the Utilities Director for Florence and said the accountability is mutual.
“City of Florence and system operations,” said Hemingway. “We work with our City Fire Department and the local unified fire district through their fire coordinator to handle maintenance in operation of hydrants.”
Hemingway also mentioned the delay was due to a hydrant backorder but said they should be installed by next week.
West Florence Fire Rescue Chief Howard Worrell said fire hydrants are checked annually.
As they wait for the installation, some residents are just looking for a return to the peace of mind.
“I’d sleep better at night,” said Randy Bailey, a Florence Resident. “Feel safer with new hydrants coming in. I would feel a lot safer for me and my wife and my family.”
Others were quick to point out, hydrants can always be replaced, but a life cannot.
“The number one thing about a fire, you got to have water, no water that means you not putting out a fire,” said Matthews. “Because it’s kind of hard to replace a life, and it could have been my life just as well as it was my neighbor’s life across the road.”
The City of Florence said new hydrants will be installed on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
An advisory will be sent out to residents to let them know the water will be shut off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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