Say I Do to Columbia SC: Stunning Wedding Venues in the Capital City
Friday, April 1, 2022 12:00 AM by Camille Doloughty
There’s no doubt that planning a wedding can be a bit stressful. With a growing checklist and a lot to accomplish, narrowing down a venue is a challenging task. So, we’ve rounded up some Columbia venues that will help knock one more thing off your agenda and get you back to cake tastings.
When you can't cut the guest list
The wedding party will have to share the spotlight with the view at this venue. Located on the Congaree River, just off the Gervais Street bridge, the lush greenery offers a picture-perfect backdrop for group shoots and bridal portraits. Have your ceremony outdoors on the patio, then move inside to get the party going on the vast dance floor only a step away from the in-house bar. Everyone wins here!
For those that just can’t seem to cut down the guest list, Junction 800 is the perfect spot for you. With the ability to fit 500 seated guests, this giant venue has enough space to see everyone (comfortably) out on the dance floor. Packed with Columbia history, the setting couldn’t be more picturesque for your traveling guests. You’ll find this venue nestled in the Vista district just steps from two major hotels and surrounded by an abundance of eateries.
Originally constructed as the First National Bank, this historic spot just off Main Street hosts weddings that look like a million bucks. The venue oozes with classic elegance and original features from the bank vaults to the revolving doors. The upstairs ballroom is the ideal location for an intimate ceremony, where guests can then be led to the outdoor terrace for a champagne toast and overlook the main ballroom reception space. Bar areas set up in the vintage vaults will have your guests feel like they took a step into one of Gatsby’s parties, old sport.
Do it for the Views
Don’t compromise between your love for wine and your partner when at The Vines you can showcase both. This muscadine vineyard located in Lexington offers over 5-acres of views of the vines, grand oak trees, and of course, the bride. The vibrant scenery is immaculate for bridal portraits and as a backdrop for the “I dos.” A covered pavilion awaits guests inviting them to dance the night away under the lights or help themselves to that extra slice of cake.
An evening of elegance is sure to ensue at this French-inspired historical home. The three-story house built in 1855, offers original architecture, grand views, and exudes South Carolina history, including an array of paintings of local birds and waterfowl. Upstairs suites are used for the parties to get dressed where they can view their guests arriving in the gardens below. Photos can be captured on balconies, in front of fountains, or amidst the Camellias. Enjoy a lavish evening in the courtyard with up to 150 guests who won’t be able to forget this fairytale evening. Currently, the Lace House is closed for bookings from November 2022-December 2023 while they complete some renovations. If you're a 2024 bride though, go ahead and give this charming venue a call.
Fulfill your fairytale garden fantasy and wed under the magnolia trees in the 3-acre garden of this historic home. The covered gazebo offers the picturesque spot for an “I do” exchange and afterwards guests can mingle among the plants, both native and exotic. The newly constructed greenhouse will be the perfect cocktail spot while the wedding party takes their final snaps under the oak trees.
Even though it’s only a short distance from downtown Columbia and Lexington, the Corley Mill House & Garden feels like a different part of the South entirely. The grounds are home to a romantic gazebo that will be the perfect place to exchange vows while loved ones cheer from the lawn. The elegant indoor spaces with original features, will be the perfect place to mingle and dine. And upstairs you’ll find the newly renovated bridal suite, which comes complete with a kitchen, dressing room, hair and makeup cove, and a common area with room for everyone to practice those aisle struts.
History Buffs Rejoice
If there’s one thing about Columbia, it’s that its residents love their history, which is how this former power plant got restored into an event space. But don’t let that scare you off, the history and ambiance go hand-in-hand to offer a unique, modern space at Central Energy in the Bull Street District. The minimalist concept of the building allows for any arrangement to fit every wedding style. With over 8,000 sq ft. including indoor, outdoor social areas wedding guests will have an abundance of space to mingle and will really feel the power this plant has.
In 1909 The State Newspaper described 701 Whaley as “Probably the most interesting place [for] visitors in Columbia,” and all this time later, that statement still rings true. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this classic event space is guaranteed to wow all invited with its grand architecture, large hall, and rustic touch. Buffett style or sit-down dinner they have the ability to accommodate both, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is red or white wine?
The oldest remaining house in Columbia is the newest sought after wedding venue. Packed with history, this 125-year-old-house overlooks the spacious gardens that will bring a neo-classical vibe to your wedding. The home allows for guests to sit comfortably during an intimate ceremony, and doors that lead to the gardens for a flora filled celebration. Access to the available suites grant the couple a chance to share a private moment before making their grand entrance in front of the luxurious fountain for a night of fun under the stars.
The Unexpected Spots
Lions, and tigers, and brides, oh my! An exotic alternative to the norm, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden prides itself on their notable backdrop and helpful team. With numerous facilities spread across the campus and the ability to host up to 500 people, your main concern will be deciding to dance by the gorillas or giraffes.
Because getting married among Monet sounds like the lovers’ dream (without the price tag of Paris). With multiple ceremony options throughout the building, the museum has something to accommodate every taste. Whether you want to get married outdoors in Boyd Plaza or inside under the famous Chihuly piece, you’ll be happy to have this venue as a pART of your special day.
Treat your guests to a night at the museum with your wedding hosted at this renowned institution. Offering a variety of event spaces, the museum allows for an intimate evening on the observatory and terrace or a larger party in the mezzanine or main lobby. Make your own South Carolina history by getting married amongst these artifacts and swing by the megalodon shark, if you dare.
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