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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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda'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 Saluda.

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

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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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!

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Latest News in Saluda, SC

Palmetto Gourmet Foods expanding operations in Saluda County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc. (Palmetto Gourmet Foods), a producer of innovative, sustainable ramen noodles, today announced plans to expand its operations in Saluda County. The company is continuing its growth by investing $11.6 million and creating 73 new jobs to add to the approximately 200 positions that it has already created.

Founded in 2019 and headquartered at 782 Columbia Highway in Saluda County, Palmetto Gourmet Foods is the innovator and producer of the world’s first high protein organic ramen noodle, sold under the Chef Woo brand and the popular Ramen Express brand. Both products are available nationwide in over 11,000 stores, including major retailers such as Walmart and Costco. These products are also being exported coast-to-coast in Canada, with growing international demand.

With a focus on sustainability, the company strives to partner with local and environmentally friendly suppliers and use recyclable packaging. With its Chef Woo product, Palmetto Gourmet Foods has created an affordable, convenient, shelf-stable and planet-friendly instant protein meal that can help in the fight against protein malnutrition both domestically and on a world scale.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Palmetto Gourmet Foods team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council has also awarded a $300,000 Set-Aside grant to Saluda County to assist with the cost of building renovations.

QUOTES

“We are thrilled to be in South Carolina and part of a community that has been involved in farming and food production for generations. True to our core values, we take pride in developing and mass producing affordable, quality food – particularly now – at a time when food inflation is the cause of distress in so many families nationwide. In addition to our investment of $45 million to date, we are undertaking a further investment of $11.6 million to meet the growing demand for our products.” -Palmetto Gourmet Foods, Inc. CEO Dr. Reza Soltanzadeh

“When a homegrown company like Palmetto Gourmet Foods experiences success within our borders, all of South Carolina wins. These 73 new jobs the company is creating will make a big difference in Saluda County, and we’re excited to celebrate Palmetto Gourmet Foods’ success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Palmetto Gourmet Foods’ latest expansion in Saluda County further proves that South Carolina has the recipe for success for companies. We congratulate Palmetto Gourmet Foods on this $11.6 million investment and the 73 new jobs they are creating, and we value our strong business relationship.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are excited to see one of our existing industries growing here in Saluda County. I am thankful for these new job opportunities for our citizens and the capital investment that will help strengthen our tax base.” -Saluda County Council Vice Chairman Justin Anderson

“It’s exciting to see an existing industry in our region grow with new capital investment and jobs, and for that we are grateful. Congratulations to Palmetto Gourmet Foods and Saluda County on today’s news.” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury

Saluda Inn debuts renovation of historic building 2 years after condemnation proceedings

SALUDA, N.C. (WLOS) — Two years after it had been condemned by the city of Saluda and was set to be torn down, the historic Saluda Inn will debut its newly renovated building with a community event on Thursday, May 12, 2022.The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by a community open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the open house, guests can take a self-guided tour of the inn and enjoy some food prepared...

SALUDA, N.C. (WLOS) — Two years after it had been condemned by the city of Saluda and was set to be torn down, the historic Saluda Inn will debut its newly renovated building with a community event on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by a community open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the open house, guests can take a self-guided tour of the inn and enjoy some food prepared by Good Life Catering from Greenville, S.C.

The Inn still holds true to its 1880s roots while having acquired updated features through its multimillion-dollar renovation, including luxury event spaces, updates to all 12 uniquely styled guest rooms and suites and state-of-the-art technology.

The Saluda Board of Commissioners voted May 11, 2020, to condemn the inn, officially rendering it uninhabitable. According to an article by the Tryon Daily Bulletin, Polk County was also in the process of foreclosing on the property, as city or county taxes had not been paid at that point for two years.

Then, in July 2020, Greenville, S.C. partners Joel Kirby and Jay Burriss announced they had purchased the Saluda Inn and intended to renovate it, in a sense "rescuing" it from condemnation and bringing it back up to code so that it could be reopened to the public. Kirby is the owner and landscape architect at Greenville-based Curly Willow Designs company.

A little under two years later and the new owners will see the inn back in business officially Friday, May 13.

In a news release this month, Saluda Inn owners described what guests can expect:

"Guests of the Inn can expect a complimentary continental breakfast each morning overlooking the masterfully designed Grand Lawn, and afternoons can be soaked in with complimentary tempting tastes to prime the palate and to ensure the start to the perfect evening, either on property or off, exploring our unique area.

Styled cocktails, beer and a hand-selected wine collection will be enjoyed in our elevated and styled public spaces. A future date will be revealed shortly for the opening of the Inn’s wine cellar. The future wine cellar’s sensational small eats menu and crafted bar selections will heighten guests' sense of extravagance and add a layer of uniqueness to the guest experience. Stay tuned for updates on our website at www.thesaludainn.com.

Whether hosting an event for 200 on the Grand Lawn, a party for 50 in the Sunroom with its stunning mountain views, or 12 in the private tasting room adjacent to our wine cellar, guests will experience a meticulous curation of breath-taking inviting event spaces both inside and out. Dream up the event and let The Saluda Inn do the legwork!"

Reservations can be made online at www.thesaludainn.com or by calling 828-388-9027.

Once ready to be torn down, historic Saluda Inn saved and set to reopen next week

Just a few years ago, a piece of Saluda's history was set to be destroyed, and now, after the hard work and dedication of its new owners, it's set for a grand re-opening.The historic Saluda Inn has been restored to its former glory, and the public will get to see the new building soon, as a ribbon-cutting is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, with an open house to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m."The city had started condemnation proceedings when talented Greenville, South Carolina partners Joel Kirby and Jay...

Just a few years ago, a piece of Saluda's history was set to be destroyed, and now, after the hard work and dedication of its new owners, it's set for a grand re-opening.

The historic Saluda Inn has been restored to its former glory, and the public will get to see the new building soon, as a ribbon-cutting is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, with an open house to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The city had started condemnation proceedings when talented Greenville, South Carolina partners Joel Kirby and Jay Burriss came in and rescued this wonderful historic building from being torn down," Saluda Downtown Foundation Executive Director Lynn Casey said. "Two years later the owners and community will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and open house."

The Saluda Inn was sold around 2016 to folks who started a renovation and then fell on hard times, according to a press release. Copper wiring was removed and the water and electricity were often turned off due to lack of payment. The removal of the wiring made it a fire hazard and the fire marshal ordered the electricity to be permanently shut off.

The city of Saluda then started working with its attorney in 2019 on the lengthy process of condemnation and tax liens. The mayor, police chief and city manager showed photos at a commissioners meeting of the conditions inside the Inn. It was a health hazard with overflowing toilets, among other things, the release said.

"It was bad and the land was worth more than the old building. Area developers were interested in putting single family homes on the site. However, the city got very lucky when Joel Kirby and Jay Burriss came to the rescue and bought the Inn from the owner," Casey said. "They had to work very hard to find the owner whose last known residence was a motel. They tracked her down through a cab driver. They persisted, bought it in 2020 during the pandemic, and took on the huge challenge of the renovation. We are so fortunate a piece of Saluda's history has been preserved."

For the open house, the community will be able to have a self-guided tour as well as have food prepared by Good Life Catering from Greenville, S.C.

The Inn now features a combination of 12 uniquely-styled guest rooms and suites with private upscale bathroom facilities. The press release said the Inn holds true to its 1880s roots but that it also includes state-of-the-art technology and will offer guests legendary hospitality, promising a seamless guest journey.

Guests of the Inn will have a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, overlooking the newly-designed Grand Lawn. There will also be styled cocktails, beer and a hand-selected wine collection, the release said. A future date will be revealed soon for the opening of the Inn’s wine cellar.

The future wine cellar will have a small eats menu and there will also be crafted bar selections available.

Reservations can be made online at thesaludainn.com or by calling 828-388-9027.

Here's when we can expect strong to severe storms today in South Carolina

A period of heavy rain, gusty winds, and hail is expected to move through South Carolina. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.COLUMBIA, S.C. — A line of strong storms will move through the South Carolina Midlands Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “Enhanced” risk for severe weather for the western Midlands including Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington County for this afternoon.An enhan...

A period of heavy rain, gusty winds, and hail is expected to move through South Carolina. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A line of strong storms will move through the South Carolina Midlands Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “Enhanced” risk for severe weather for the western Midlands including Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington County for this afternoon.

An enhanced risk means numerous strong storms are possible. Farther east, the risk for storms is slightly lower because the storms will arrive after the peak daytime heating of the day, but any storms that develop out east will also be capable of severe weather.

Level of forecast confidence

There is some uncertainty about how widespread the severe weather risk will be today. On early Friday morning, the storm system was not producing severe weather indicating that these storms will be fueled mainly by rising air during the heating of the day. A morning shower or extra cloud cover would limit the risk for severe weather, but if skies clear out more than expected, storms will be more intense.

Threats

The primary threat with any strong storms that develop on Friday will be damaging wind. Rapidly rising warm and humid air can quickly create pockets of rain cooled air above that drop in the form of “microbursts”. This situation can produce brief strong wind events. There is some uncertainty about whether these storms will align along the cold front this afternoon and produce a more widespread threat for strong winds.

In addition to strong wind, hail can develop. When storms inhale warm air quickly, it can hold onto it's rain long enough for the rain to freeze into hail stones. There’s a threat for a few storms to be capable of hail up to 1” in diameter this afternoon, similar to the setup we saw earlier this week.

The risk for tornadoes is lower than the rain, straight line wind, and hail threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in the Carolinas with these storms.

Timing

Mostly cloudy skies this morning and humid air will prime the atmosphere for afternoon storms. Any morning showers that develop will be good news – because that will eat away at some of the available energy for afternoon storms. Regardless, the cold front will arrive with the best chance for thunderstorms mid afternoon starting around 1 PM in the upstate and 3PM in the western Midlands. The front will move into the central midlands by mid to late afternoon.

Widespread storms are expected from 4 PM into 7 PM.

Lingering storms are possible as late as midnight, before tapering off overnight as the humidity drops.

On Saturday afternoon, an upper level disturbance will move into South Carolina bringing clouds back into the forecast, but humidity levels will be too low to support anything other than scattered showers. This disturbance will keep some clouds around for Mother's Day.

Families celebrate Mother's Day at Saluda Shoals Park

The catered Mother's Day brunch provided a place for family members to show their love and appreciation for their moms.COLUMBIA, S.C. — Families from all over the Columbia area celebrated Mother's Day at Saluda Shoals Park at a catered outdoor brunch.The Food Academy, a local catering business, hosted the Mother's Day brunch to celebrate moms in a special way.New mom Jakyra Shepherd was there with her 6-month-old son, her mother, and o...

The catered Mother's Day brunch provided a place for family members to show their love and appreciation for their moms.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Families from all over the Columbia area celebrated Mother's Day at Saluda Shoals Park at a catered outdoor brunch.

The Food Academy, a local catering business, hosted the Mother's Day brunch to celebrate moms in a special way.

New mom Jakyra Shepherd was there with her 6-month-old son, her mother, and other loved ones. When News19 asked Shepherd what she loves about her mom Kelly, she said, "she’s a very good grandma, the best grandma that I could ever ask for. When he learns how to talk he’ll be able to say, 'thank you.' "

"Right now, he’s just going to give her slobbery kisses,” Shepherd added with a laugh.

It's the first time Shepherd celebrated Mother's Day as a mom herself and while it comes with its challenges, she said it's very rewarding.

"Being a new mom is very overwhelming because you don’t know what to do but overall it's great," said Shepherd. "It feels really good. I’m happy that I’m a mom.”

With live music, mimosas, and food, families got to spend quality time together in the relaxed, outdoor setting.

Candice Graham was there and happy to experience it with her son, Javon.

“I love it,” Graham told News19.

She added that she really appreciates the gratitude her son shows her.

When News19 asked Javon what he loves most about his mom, he turned to her and said, "I notice your hard work, even though it doesn’t seem like it, I do. I appreciate it.”

Special moments like these are why Jessica Carswell and her family host the outdoor brunch each year.

“It’s a wonderful day to celebrate mothers and I’m glad that I have mine to celebrate with,” shared Carswell while standing next to her mom, Willyette Barnett.

Carswell is co-owner of The Food Academy and while she worked the event, Barnett greeted guests and handed out flowers.

Barnett told News19 that she's celebrating her mom this Mother's Day too, as she watches from Heaven.

“The love she gave all of us, her own children, which eight of us, as well as so many other children she was always mom of the year for a lot of people,” Barnett shared about her mom.

While Barnett can’t be with her mom physically, she knows she joined her family’s successful event in spirit.

"Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, all the mother figures, [and] the ones that fill in that role," said Carswell.

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