Lowndes Grove - Wedding Venue Guide by Willow & Oak Events

A waterfront venue in historic downtown Charleston that boasts 14 acres of live oak groves, 16th century architecture with period furnishings, a black + white checkered portico, a spacious piazza and a 700 ft dock from which we’d mingle and nosh while taking in those picturesque Ashley River views any day, Lowndes Grove is one of the most sought after wedding venues in Charleston and the US for a reason.

You might never stumble upon this off-the-beaten path estate if you weren’t looking for it, as Lowndes Grove is tucked away on the edge of a quiet residential neighborhood steps away from Hampton Park and The Citadel. Though you’re never far from the vibrant city life you probably think of when envisioning Charleston.

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Where is Lowndes Grove?

Located in historic downtown Charleston, Lowndes Grove is only 20 minutes away from the Charleston International Airport, as well as local beaches like Folly and Sullivan’s Island. The quiet neighborhood in which this waterfront venue is situated, Wagener Terrace, is just north of Hampton Park and The Citadel. As Lowndes is not open to the public, it is walled + gated, offering parking options as well. 

Key points to know about Lowndes Grove

• Lowndes Grove is an exclusive use venue, meaning that it is not open to the public

• Their own culinary team provides all food & beverage for events, offering up a carefully curated menu with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, innovative menus tailored to each couple, experienced serving staff, plus a pastry chef too!

• Access for bridal party begins at 10am so you can enjoy their luxe hospitality suite

• Features include terraces of bluestone, brick and oyster tabby, a Southern Living style portico, a spacious piazza, furnished interior parlor/dining rooms, a formal grand lawn in front of the house, plus a 700 ft. river dock with a panoramic view of the Ashley River

What sort of weddings work best at Lowndes Grove?

The peak seasons are Spring and Autumn, with slower seasons in Summer and Winter. Single-day outdoor weddings for large groups are what we see most often at Lowndes, as there is a lot of space for a lot of people to explore. Couples who are drawn to centuries-old live oaks and refined dockside life flock here, and if you’re wondering what the possibilities are for wedding exits, you can certainly add a speedy boat cruiser into the mix!

Lowndes Grove is a wonderful choice for anyone who wants that perfect balance of Lowcountry landscape and refined Southern architecture inspired by the past + present.

Address: 266 St Margaret St, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

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From the distinctive design details of the house to the best views nature has to offer, Lowndes Grove is a staple of the Charleston wedding scene, and we’ve seen every type of celebration here from grandiose to intimate to formal to al fresco. If this venue sparks joy in your heart, drop us a line to learn more about how we can serve you through our wedding planning services. We’d love to hear all about your vision!

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