William Aiken House, Charleston SC - Wedding Venue Guide

An 18th-century house on the corner of King Street and Ann Street with classic Charleston architecture, the butter yellow patina of the William-Aiken House is one of the prettiest sights you’ll lay eyes on in Lowcountry. You can expect to be mesmerized entirely by the period furnishings and curated collection of artwork and antiques that grace the hard-wood floor interiors.

Two courtyards, spacious piazzas, a sophisticated pergola and sparkling reflection pool are just a few of the outdoor features to fall in love with. And we haven’t even introduced you to the Gothic style carriage and stable house that overlooks it all, offering two unique guest suites.

The William-Aiken House is one of Charleston’s finest and a great solution for those looking to wed in the midst of the hustle + bustle of downtown, whilst still maintaining privacy from the crowds. Plus, it’s situated right next to the American Theatre which was featured in The Notebook, so for all my Ryan Gosling fans, it doesn’t get much better than that!

William Aiken House

Where is William Aiken House?

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. It’s tucked behind a brick wall + iron gate along King Street, right next to the American Theatre. While parking is not available on-site, it’s easily accessible by taxi/Uber (in some cases foot!) for anyone staying in hotels or room blocks downtown. 

Key points to know about William Aiken House

1. Accommodates up to 500 guests with exclusive use of the house and grounds

2. A National Historic Landmark, this estate was built in 1810, hence the museum-caliber furnishings + artwork!

3. Two manicured courtyards, a pergola + reflection pool, two open-air piazzas that open from first and second floor ballrooms, two formal dining rooms, a drawing room, a gentleman’s study and a refurbished carriage house

4. 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!

What sort of weddings work best at William Aiken House?

Single-day weddings are a wonderful fit for the William-Aiken House and offer great spaces for couples who want to spend their wedding day in both outdoor and indoor spaces. We love that it's right next door to the American Theatre where some couples choose to host an after-party and that it's nestled inside the heart of downtown. And there's just no getting over the two-story piazza where guests can have a bird's eye view of the ceremony if you have a larger guest count.

If you're someone who is drawn to intricate wallpapers, delicate chinoiserie, original hardwoods and fine antiques, you'll find the truest taste of Charleston in its heyday at this unique venue.

Address: The William Aiken House, 456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

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