One of the most charming places to have a wedding in Charleston is at the William Aiken House. This property is one of the most recognizable historic sites in all of Charleston. The William Aiken House was first built in 1807 by a local builder James Mackie. However, by 1827 the house was acquired by a South Carolina House of Representatives member William Aiken. Aiken was also president of the historic South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company before he died in 1831.
The amazing three story house showcases many design elements of the Victorian era as well as architectural elements common of the Federal period and Greek Revival eras. The outside of the home is made of brick and covered with stucco that has been painted yellow. The south side of the property features a two story Doric double piazza and a pediment at the attic level. A second wing was added to
the property in 1833 that now features historic antiques and museum pieces as well as large expansive rooms each painted in different colors. These amazing rooms are the perfect setting for an eloquent event or lavish wedding and provide a perfect setting for guests to explore and mingle.
Tucked away on the west side of the property, the Carriage House holds two William Aiken House guest suites for visitors of the property to stay. These roomsfeature a large master bedroom and bath, a kitchenette, living room and dining room, access to a quite and quaint bluestone courtyard, and feature exquisite views of some of the oldest magnolia trees on the Charleston peninsula. These rooms also feature WIFI for the well connected bride or traveler.
What makes the William Aiken House so perfect for hosting your wedding is it is one of the few places located in the heart of downtown Charleston that provides an open area for your ceremony but also give you the privacy needed for an intimate affair. The courtyard sits right off of King Street but remains secluded from the busy street by a cast iron fence and large garden shrubs. Furthermore, no other property in Charleston can offer you and your guests so many interesting and magnificent rooms available under one roof. You literally could have your cocktail hour, first dance, cake cutting, and dinner each in different rooms throughout the night. Pair this up with an amazing outside courtyard for your entertainment and you have a perfect wedding setting. If your guests care to venture out after the festivities, they are already right downtown as well. A Charleston William Aiken House Wedding can be one of the most amazing times in your life!
The William Aiken House is located at 456 King Street at the corner of King and Ann Streets.
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