The Historic Rice Mill

17 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

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Average Base Cost: $16,000

Our average base cost for a Historic Rice Mill wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception in the summer using a food/beverage cost of $60/pp. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are NOT included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included in our average base cost.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee:  The venue rental fee breaks down as follows:

  • Saturday: $5,000
  • Friday: $4,000
  • Sunday: $3,500
  • Weekday: $1,500

*Off-peak discounts are also available in January, February, July and August

Extra Costs: 

  • Ceremony on Site:  $500 (includes one additional hour of event time)
  • Additional Event Hours: $350/hour

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What’s Included: 

  • Dining tables
  • Cocktail tables
  • Buffet tables
  • Wicker patio furniture
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware

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Food and Beverage: You must use their in-house catering service, Good Food Catering, for food and beverages. Their average price for a three-course plated meal plus full bar is $45-60 per person before tax and service charge.

Other Vendors: Aside from catering, all other outside vendors are allowed.

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Photo by Riverland Studios

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside.

There are two outdoor patios (one covered and one uncovered) overlooking the marina as well as a large indoor bar/dance floor space, dining area and indoor lounge area with windows on three sides also overlooking the marina on the water.

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Photo by Juliet Elizabeth Photography

Size: The venue can accommodate up to 300 for stations with a dance floor and up to 220 seated with a dance floor. They can accommodate larger groups if you utilize the outdoor space as well.

Bridal Suite: No

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How Will Grandma Get There? The Historic Rice Mill is located on the edge of Harleston Village in Charleston’s Historic District. You can reach practically every great hotel in downtown Charleston in under 5 minutes, including Belmond Charleston Place. The Charleston International airport is about 12 miles from the venue.

Parking: There is a paid parking lot in front of the building with 300 spaces

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Photo by Juliet Elizabeth Photography

Party On! Your event can go as late as you want! Woo-hoo!

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The Report:

Built in 1861 with views over Charleston’s own Ashley River, the Historic Rice Mill is the only one of Charleston’s three original antebellum rice mills that still stands today.

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Photo by Carmen Ash

Woman Getting Married Says:

We are HUGE fans of Charleston wedding venues, and the city in general…especially for a destination wedding! It’s rare to find a city that is so walkable for out-of-town guests, close to an International Airport, filled with great restaurants, bars, and hotels, and relatively affordable when it comes to wedding venues. Seriously, if you’re looking for a great destination wedding city, I would DEFINITELY look at Charleston. With that said this venue is a great budget option for brides who are looking for scenic views without getting married at a plantation. Brides rave about the service and the food here! When it comes to decor here I would definitely go shabby chic vs. modern, and try to keep the guest list on the smaller side (under 125 would be great, and 75 is ideal I think). If you have the budget I would bring in long farm tables and bistro chairs, or alternatively use their tables and get some lace tablecloths to go on top with lots and lots of candles and roses. I do think you need a bit of decor here just to warm it up, but overall it’s a great mid-range choice for local and out-of-town brides.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 8
Location 9
Overall Charm 8
Venue Value 9

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