Average Base Cost: $25,000
Average base cost for a Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception using an outside caterer with standard food and beverage costs. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, linens, chairs, and flowers are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: Location fees range from $1,500-$7,600.
What’s Included: All rentals include a gate attendant for the evening of the event, complimentary parking for all guests, indoor restroom facilities, limited electricity, tiki torches lit along the Avenue of Oaks and a scheduled rehearsal time the day before. For more info on each location, click here to view the Boone Hall plantation event guide. There are various locations to choose from within the Boone Hall Plantation, and you can choose to combine locations as well. An example of the fees are as follows:Front Lawn: $3,000 Front Lawn and Cotton Dock: $6,600
Food: Outside caterers must be brought in from their preferred vendor list for an additional 12% fee. You are allowed to bring in a caterer not on that list with prior approval for a 20% fee. You are allowed to use your own outside vendors for catering. On average, you can expect to pay $100/pp and up for a plated, multi-course dinner with alcohol.
Space Type: Outside/some covered
Bridal Suite: Space is available to change in
Size: Can accommodate weddings up to 500 people depending on location choice. For example, the Boone Hall Plantation Cotton Dock can hold 175-200 people for a seated event with out a dance floor, a 150 with a dance floor, and up to 300 for a mingling function. The dock that overlooks the creek can hold 100 chairs.
Food Service Type: Must bring in catering (they also offer a Boone Hall Farms Market catering service)
Parking: All guests must park in the main parking area near the Plantation House.
How Will Grandma Get There? The plantation is located 7 miles from downtown Charleston. There are tons of hotels available in the area. However, if this is a destination wedding you will most likely have to arrange for a shuttle or other transportation. For Charleston travel tips, check out this 36 Hours in Charleston from the NYTimes.
Party On! All events must end by 11 p.m., and guests must be off the premises by midnight.
Boone Hall, which dates back to 1861, is one of the oldest working plantations in the United States. Once known for cotton and pecans, they still grow crops such as strawberries, pumpkins, and tomatoes. The Antebellum plantation, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is known for it’s “Avenue of Oaks,” which is a 3/4 mile stretch of 68-year-old giant live oaks draped with Spanish moss. While it’s making the news lately because Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds had their wedding there, it has also appeared on Days of Our Lives and The Notebook.
Woman Getting Married Says:
Note: We’ll preface this venue review by saying that getting married at a location with a troubled past is obviously a tough decision that every couple has to make on their own. We are here to provide pricing information and other details for wedding venues couples have inquired about, and couples have to decide for themselves how that history will factor into their selection. Our notes below are strictly about the venue itself and how it functions as a venue if you choose to host an event here.
The venue is obviously gorgeous. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get married in a place with 68-year-old oaks? One of the biggest issues with strictly outdoor venues (or partially covered) such as these is that it gets pricey…and fast. Because there is limited electricity, it means you have to bring most things in, such as a kitchen for the caterers and all the stuff that goes along with it. That means they’ll normally charge you more than if you were getting married in a place that was equipped with a kitchen already. However, with a rustic and historical location like this, you’ll save money on decor vs. a plain banquet room that needs a lot of design. Another positive note is that this venue is only 7 miles from downtown Charleston, which is a huge bonus for couples looking for a destination wedding spot that has a ton of charm to offer out of town guests. I’ve never been to Charleston but it’s on top of my list! Overall, this venue is worth checking out.