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The Francis Marion

Charleston, SC View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
83 reviews
$7k - $12k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

About

$7k - $12k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Standing with stately grandeur and charm, The Francis Marion offers couples a classic wedding venue in Charleston, South Carolina. Constructed in 1924 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.

Services Offered

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.

Cuisine

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.

Accommodation

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine
Specialty Beer

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

83 Reviews

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Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Rating 4.8 out of 5

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    Rebecca T. Married on 11/19/2021
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    Beautiful hotel, even greater team!

    Francis Marion - What a beautiful hotel and wonderful people to work with! We were planning the wedding in the midst of COVID and with border closures, there were so many uncertainties with travel and us actually getting to Charleston for our wedding. Gillian and Marie understood our uncertainties and were willing to work with us through the process while so many other venues gave no room for flexibility. The staff were so understanding and supportive and worked seamlessly with our planners and all the other vendors to help give us a beautiful event. Not only did we have our wedding at the hotel, we also had our rehearsal dinner and brunch for our family the day after the after the wedding. Our stay at the hotel, the food and the staff was fantastic and we cant wait to go back to visit!
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    Brittney H. Married on 10/05/2019
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    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.

    The Francis Marion's reply:

    Brittney,
    Thank you so much for your kind comments! We are very honored to be hosting your special day and looking forward to October!
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    Jillian Married on 07/27/2019
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    Amazing Venue

    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.
    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.

    The Francis Marion's reply:

    Jill,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us, we were so happy to host you and Patrick's special day! We wish you all the best in your future together!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Nicole & Jason
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Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements
Gillian Claire Gillian Claire Wedding Photographers

What a wonderful venue to have a wedding! It's so beautiful and the staff is so fabulous to work with. Highly recommend them!

Darby Events | DJ+Piano Combo Darby Events | DJ+Piano Combo Wedding DJs

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.

Richard Bell Photography Richard Bell Photography Wedding Photographers

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/

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387 King Street Charleston, SC, 29403
843.937.8689
843-722-0600
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The Francis Marion frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Francis Marion?

The Francis Marion includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Francis Marion, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Francis Marion includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At The Francis Marion, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Francis Marion includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Beer

What are the most important characteristics of The Francis Marion in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Francis Marion for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Francis Marion for wedding events?

The Francis Marion offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does The Francis Marion offer?

The Francis Marion offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Francis Marion offer for wedding events?

The Francis Marion offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Francis Marion have available for wedding events?

The Francis Marion offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Francis Marion and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Francis Marion is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.8 in value.

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