The Best Historic Wedding Venues in the South

The Best Historic Wedding Venues in the South

Bed and Breakfast, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina Select Registry – February 29, 2016

So, you've got the ring. Now what? There are so many exciting decisions that lie ahead! Finding the perfect wedding dress, picking your colors, and of course, your wedding venue. If you'd like to get married somewhere that's full of charm, romance, and elegance, consider historic wedding venues in the South for your special day!


Say I Do To the South's Unparalleled History and Hospitality. There's something so romantic about getting married at a historic wedding venue! With every detail lovingly restored and preserved, you'll immediately feel a sense of romance and elegance the minute you arrive.

There's a reason the South is known for its hospitality! Planning a wedding with friendly people will make the process easier and more enjoyable for everyone!



Imagine saying your vows under a 500-year-old oak tree or on a wide veranda overlooking a garden full of blooms in the springtime. Maybe you'd like to get married at sunset with a view of the water? These are just a few of many magnificent options historic wedding venues in the South offer brides for their special day!


Add your own love story to its history. One type of historic wedding venue you should consider is a bed and breakfast or inn. Known for their pampering and personalized service, historic bed and breakfasts are romantic by nature. Plus, years of rich history offer a unique character and charm you won't find anywhere else!

If only walls could talk, you'd hear stories of the civil war and the prominent people that walked the halls before you. When you get married at a historic bed and breakfast, your own love story becomes a page in its rich history!


Let someone else take care of the wedding stress. Planning a wedding at a historic bed and breakfast is easy. Most B&Bs take care of the worries and the majority of the planning for you! These wedding venues typically provide the logistical details like tables, chairs, linens, and staff. Some will also help you through the entire process by either providing weddings services like the wedding flowers and food, or recommending local and reputable vendors they've worked with before.


Return to celebrate life's future milestones. One of the best things about getting married at a historic bed and breakfast is that you can always return to create more special memories! The staff becomes a part of your family and they love to help you celebrate your future milestones. Whether it's for an anniversary, a baby shower, or a family vacation, your historic wedding venue is a special place you can return to time and time again!



Get married at one of the best historic wedding venues in the South.


Say I Do Like Scarlett O'Hara.


Where: In Ashley Hamilton's look-a-like home in Covington, Georgia.

Built in 1836, the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast may look familiar if you've ever seen the movie Gone with the Wind. Prior to filming, author Margaret Mitchell sent a picture of the Twelve Oaks to producer David Selznick with a note saying "I like this for Ashley's house."


Since 2012, brides and grooms have gathered at the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast to say their 'I Dos.' Its specializes in the wedding weekend, where the bride, groom, and their immediate family all stay together Friday through Sunday!


When you get married at Twelve Oaks, no stress is needed because everything is provided! The staff handles all of tables, chairs, set-up and breakdown. Two months prior to your wedding, you'll have a meeting to finalize the details of the day like the design of the layout and the timeline. The decisions will then be sent to all of your vendors so that everyone is on the same page for your wedding day!



The Twelve Oaks is not only one of the most stunning historic wedding venues in the South, it's also won several top event awards like Best of the Knot and the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award! These prestigious awards only go to the top 5% of vendors in the industry. Wedding venues who earn both of these distinctions also have glowing reviews and ensure incredible experiences!


Not only has the Twelve Oaks won both of these awards for multiple years, all of its favorite vendors it recommends to brides have as well.



Get Married In An Antebellum Beauty.


Where: The Historic District of Macon, Georgia.

Set in the historic district of Macon, Georgia, the 1842 Inn Bed and Breakfast is a charming Greek Revival Antebellum home where wedding dreams are made of.


As an AAA Four Diamond Bed and Breakfast, the 1842 Inn offers couples exceptional service to compliment its beautiful grounds! It can host all of your wedding events like your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, and bridal luncheon. Your bridal party can also stay in any of its 19 luxurious rooms!



Built in the mid-1800s, the property didn't open as a bed and breakfast until 1984. Six years later, it became a historic wedding venue with a maximum capacity of 50-99 guests. Since then, around 50 couples have said their vows at the 1842 Inn!


You can get married inside this stunning Antebellum bed and breakfast or you can say your 'I Dos' outside on its beautiful front steps or in its romantic courtyard garden.



Say Your Vows On The Veranda.


Where: Elope to Asheville, North Carolina.

In the early 1900s, a prominent doctor built the Albemarle Inn Bed and Breakfast as his private residence. The architecture is primarily Greek Revival with subtle details of a Southern Antebellum plantation home like its large stone veranda and impressive 2 story columns!


The beauty of its architecture makes the Albemarle Inn a stunning backdrop for your wedding day. Each year, it hosts approximately 20 intimate weddings, from 2 person elopements to 50 person mansion house weekend weddings! When you book the Mansion House Wedding Weekend, the entire property belongs to your wedding party so there is no chance other guests will get in the way of your special day!



One thing you'll notice immediately about the Albemarle Inn is its exterior beauty and its front lawn and garden! The interior of the home is also stunning. Each of the common rooms on the first floor flow gracefully into each other and lead out to the large veranda, pictured above.


The biggest advantage of having your wedding at the Albemarle Inn is how stress-free the entire production will be! The exceptional staff is there to help you plan and execute every part of it. They will even help with the smallest, yet very important details, like zipping, buttoning, and tying your wedding gown or ironing the groom's shirt and tying his tie!



Wed At A Waterfront Inn.


Where: At the #1 inn in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Since it opened in August 2015, TripAdvisor travelers have ranked the Anchorage 1770 as the #1 inn in Beaufort, SC. Located one block from downtown Beaufort, the Anchorage 1770 offers brides an authentic Lowcountry experience coupled with historic southern charm!


Brides who select this historic wedding venue have several options to choose from. Get married on the rooftop deck, in the elegant gardens, or on the porches overlooking the Beaufort River! With a view of the water from every spot, imagine how breathtakingly beautiful it will be to exchange vows with sailboats floating in the distance at sunset!



The waterfront property was built in the late 1700s and served as a hospital during the civil war. Today, its exceptional staff offer guests personalized and pampered service. It's close proximity to downtown, the Beaufort River, and the marina also make it a great spot for you and your guests to anchor and explore the town!


The Anchorage 1770 can host weddings of 50 to 99 people. If you want an unforgettable waterfront wedding, choose this historic wedding venue for your special day!



Plan Your Special Day On Amelia Island.


Where: One of the oldest and most historic homes in Fernandina Beach, Floria.

A Florida Heritage Landmark site, the Amelia Island Williams House Bed and Breakfast was originally built by a wealthy Boston banker in 1856. The property got its name from the second owner, Marcellus A. Williams, who purchased the home two years later. In 1994, it opened its doors as the Amelia Island Williams House and it's been hosting weddings ever since!


The Amelia Island Williams House has both indoor and outdoor wedding venues. Get married in the B&B's 1856 parlor or on its unique gingerbread veranda. Another romantic spot to consider is in the secret garden underneath the rose covered pergola! The back yard patio is also an intimate option: it boasts several fountains and a 500-year-old gorgeous live oak tree covered in Spanish moss.



The wedding packages at the Amelia Island Williams House are pretty extensive! Tables, chairs, white linens, glassware, and set-up is all provided for your wedding reception. Also included is the wedding cake, a champagne toast, a 2-night stay in a romantic room of your choice, and a horse-drawn carriage to whisk you and your husband off at the end of the night!



Make It An Intimate I Do.


Where: At a unique setting that brings alive your fairy tale wedding.

Set on six green acres, the Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina is one of the most romantic historic wedding venues in the South. This historic B&B specializes in smaller weddings of 30 people or fewer. It has a total of nine rooms and suites, which you can rent out for your bridal party! You do not have to rent the entire property if you don't need to for your wedding.


Say I do on the beautiful Victorian gazebo and use the lush gardens and magnificent magnolia trees as the backdrop for your bridal photos and wedding reception! The Arrowhead Inn's green gardens coupled with the historic charm will make your wedding day a dream!



When it comes to the details, the staff at the Arrowhead Inn want to help you relax! The inn offers several wedding packages for elopements and intimate family weddings. Their excellent resident chef can help plan your menu. They will also take care of other major details like the flowers and the wedding cake!


Some of the packages even include a relaxing massage to make sure all of your worries are gone by the time you walk down the aisle!



Get Married Like Royalty.


Where: In the Queen City of Charlotte.

Built in the early 1900s, the Duke Mansion Bed and Breakfast is where some of the most lasting legacies of its famous owner, James Buchanan Duke, were born. Concepts like the Duke University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment took shape in this home! Today, the stunning mansion is a nonprofit historic landmark on the national register of historic places.


Since 2010, it's hosted over 100 weddings in its magnificent halls and manicured gardens. The Duke Mansion has a total of 20 overnight guest rooms, which brides can rent out for their overnight guests! The Duke Mansion is also located just 2 miles from the Center City Charlotte, a hotspot for popular restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and other exciting things to do in the Queen City.



The staff at the Duke Mansion handles many of the details for brides. They can walk you through the setup, the menu, and the timeline for your special day. For your wedding reception, the Duke Mansion will provide the dance floor, linens, china, chairs, silverware, staff, votive candles, and tables! Their executive chef and culinary team will also create a menu to compliment your wedding's theme.


If you need additional wedding vendors, the Duke Mansion can recommend reputable ones they work well with. This historic wedding venue does not offer full-service wedding planning so you should hire someone to assist with the day of!



Tie The Knot In A Colonial Gem.


Where: In the prettiest small town in the South, according to Forbes.

With twenty beautiful guest rooms and suites, the Inner Banks Inn in the historic district of Edenton, North Carolina is the perfect venue for a bride seeking an inclusive event. From its award-winning chefs to its seasoned event planning team, you'll have loads of experience helping you achieve your wedding dreams every step of the way!


The Inner Banks Inn offers several options for your wedding venue. Say I do at its romantic Southern Victorian mansion, on its large lawn, or at its restaurant, the Table! Whichever one you choose, the Table's excellent culinary team will provide the catering for your reception.



The wedding venues at the Inner Banks Inn can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests. One of the best parts about this historic wedding venue is the level of dedication and attention you'll receive from the staff! If you host your reception at the main house, you must rent the entire property for a minimum of two nights so your wedding party will have the undivided attention of the exceptional staff.


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