Standing with stately grandeur and charm, The Francis Marion offers couples a classic wedding venue in Charleston, South Carolina. Constructed in 1942 during the Charleston Renaissance, this hotel is a jewel of architectural construction. Dine and dance in their historic ballrooms and later rest and relax in their spa and suites, for a wedding of refinement.
Facilities and Capacity
Decorated in rich tones of beige and gold with pops of blue hues, The Francis Marion exudes luxury and elegance. Lofty ceilings and long windows create a palatial feel while offering exquisite downtown vistas. The hotel possesses three ballrooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 450 individuals. The Colonial, Gold, and Carolina ballrooms each boast their own distinctive furnishings and design and two of the ballrooms were constructed with the original build. Whichever hall you choose, you can celebrate your commitment to your sweetheart amongst storied sophistication.
Before your wedding day, the hotel’s wedding planner can offer advice and guidance on organizing your nuptials. During the reception, a bartender can also be employed to provide exceptional beverage services to your guests. The hotel can likewise set up the bar and reception space for your convenience, in addition to providing cleanup afterward. In the evening after your wedding, you and your partner can unwind in one of their comfortable suites.
Environmentally conscious, The Francis Marion cooks all their dishes with local, seasonal ingredients. Choose from brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, depending on your wedding event timeline. Additionally, cuisine may be served plated or in a buffet-style. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, delicious meats, and delectable vegetable pairings satisfy and enthuse your guests. Beverages are likewise provided through their bar service, with an array of beer and wine choices.
Straight lines with subtle ornate curves mark the furnishings in The Francis Marion’s suites and rooms. The interior design lends itself to a timeless ambiance with both contemporary and historical elements. You and your guests can avail of these comfortable dwellings, providing a calming retreat from the wedding buzz.
80 Reviews for The Francis Marion
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Brittney Hughes · Married on 10/05/2019
Ceremony and Reception
Out of all the venues my fiancé and I contacted only two were responsive and flexible. Francis Marion and their gem, Savannah, happened to be one of them. Savannah is detailed oriented, made us feel comfortable and was extremely open. Francis Marion really provides a lot for your money. We are planning our wedding from Atlanta and are never worried since we know Savannah is on top of things. I would definitely recommend looking at one of their three ballrooms for your event.Sent on 03/13/2019
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Jillian · Married on 07/27/2019
Wow! This venue was the best place to have our wedding. From the start, Savannah, made us feel comfortable and she was great! Savannah went above and beyond for everything, as it was a destination wedding for us so hard for us to come and visit a lot. We cannot say enough great things about Savannah and the Colonial room. It was absolutely beautiful! From the start of our planning to the end, it was a smooth process.Sent on 08/01/2019
The hotel staff also made it enjoyable as they were all very polite and went above and beyond for not only ourselves but for all of our guests.
Highly recommend this venue to anyone! It is a beautiful reception hall.
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April · Married on 07/06/2019
Elegant & Simply Mesmerizing
We held our wedding reception at the Francis Marion Hotel. Its one of the iconic historic hotels in Charleston, SC. We wanted to thank FMH & Savannah the wedding manager for accommodating us and our guest in their beautiful Colonial Ballroom. The ballroom was large and could fit up to 300 guests. The colonial is very inviting with large windows overlooking the Marion Square Park at the intersection of Calhoun St. & King St. The lighting was well lit and as the night progresses, the lights dim to give the guest a sense of the night setting in. The food prepared by Chef Simon was fantastic and was well worth the wait. We had horderves served during the cocktail hour which was a collection of Antipasto and during the reception dinner we had Chicken Pesto over Risoto & Braised Beef Short-Ribs over Cheesy Grits paired with an appetizer of She Crab Soup which is an iconic Charleston soup. The service of the servers were mature and very respectful. The Francis Marion Hotel also gives the newly weds a complimentary night in their Bridal Room which includes a little gift of Champagne & Chocolate Strawberries for your romantic stay. Overall, we enjoyed the time spent at The Francis Marion Hotel and we look forward to visiting again in the future. If you are ever looking for a place to hold your wedding reception especially in the summertime, The Francis Marion Hotel is the place to go.
Mr. & Mrs. SalvadorSent on 07/15/2019
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What a wonderful venue to have a wedding! It's so beautiful and the staff is so fabulous to work with. Highly recommend them!
The Francis Marion has THE BEST LOCATION in town as far as we're concerned. You could not ask for a better location to get married and the classic atmosphere they create is in a league all it's own. Not to mention the bridal suites are just out of this world. Definitely consider the Francis Marion for your wedding if you're looking for something unique and classic at the same time.
The Francis Marion is a wonderful place for a wedding, reception or both! The venue is beautiful and with several Ballrooms they are able to accommodate small, intimate weddings or large formal events. Every aspect of working with Caroline and her crew is wonderful. They are accommodating, friendly and easy to work with. The location is fantastic at the heart of downtown Charleston across from Marion Square. The food is always awesome! Their chef does a fantastic job on every dish. Their food displays look good. The pasta station and shrimp and grits station are well done! The rooms at the Francis Marion are perfect for getting ready or for the honeymoon night! If you are looking for a place for guests from out of town to stay, its perfect, as well. Truly a wonderful place for destination weddings in our historic city! http://charlestonwedding.com/index.html#/francis-marion-hotel-charleston-reception-venue/