Distinctive Outdoor Wedding Venues in Downtown Charleston SC - The River House
Unique Wedding Venues in Charleston, SC - American Theater
Plantation Weddings in Charleston, South Carolina - Lowndes Grove
Customized Seafood Restaurant in Charleston SC - Fish Restaurant

William Aiken House

When it comes to once-in-a-lifetime occasions, a meticulously restored National Historic Landmark in the heart of Downtown Charleston is an unbeatable choice.

A seamless blend of 18th-century charm and 21st-century sophistication makes this 1810 estate one of Charleston’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions, meetings and corporate events.  

Martha Stewart Weddings named The William Aiken House THE venue in the state of South Carolina for a wedding.  It’s been a location for feature films including The Notebook, staged photo shoots for Saks Fifth Avenue, host to the unveiling of BMW’s 7-Series, and has graced the pages of Vogue, Town & Country and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. Your event should be added to this distinguished list.


The William Aiken House stands regally on the corner of King and Ann Streets in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Just 20 minutes from the Charleston International Airport and area beaches, the venue is nestled in the heart of the flourishing Upper King Street Design District within walking distance to area hotels, fine dining, shopping and an array of cultural experiences.


The William Aiken House offers two separate guest suites housed in a beautifully restored, two-story Gothic-style carriage house. Originally the property's stables, each Carriage House suite offers an inviting retreat tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Upper King Street. Exposed wood beam ceilings and original brickwork complement warm period furnishings and cathedral windows overlooking the bluestone courtyard and 200-year-old magnolia tree.

Modern amenities showcase:

  • Hardwood floors, living and dining area, kitchenette, master bedroom, sleeper sofa and full bath
  • Plush custom bed linens
  • L’Occitane luxury bath products and Ralph Lauren towels
  • Flat-screen cable televisions, wireless Internet, mini bar, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron and local phone service
  • In-room amenity menu with advanced notice
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  • National Historic Landmark
  • Showcase collection of museum-caliber artwork and antiques
  • Private grounds and gardens, not open to the public
  • Two spacious courtyards
  • Elegant pergola and reflection pool
  • First and second floor ballrooms with expansive outdoor covered piazzas
  • Two formal dining rooms, an elegant drawing room and gentleman's study
  • Manicured landscaping for outdoor entertaining
  • Exclusive use of the house and grounds for your event
  • Wireless Internet throughout the property
  • Handicap accessible

The River House

The intimate River House at Lowndes Grove Plantation is nestled between centuries-old live oak trees and the Ashley River waterfront in downtown Charleston - but it feels miles away from everything.

Perfect for occasions of fewer than 100 guests, the River House offers casual, intimate space and a scenic backdrop with sweeping views of the Ashley River. The private venue is located on the lush grounds of historic Lowndes Grove Plantation, the last great waterfront estate of its kind on the Charleston peninsula.

An open floor plan showcases four sets of French doors that open onto a brick terrace and manicured lawns ideal for daytime celebrations, business meetings, luncheons or a quiet wedding ceremony and reception among a close gathering of friends and relatives. The River House also features two richly appointed guest suites.


Adjoining Lowndes Grove Plantation, the River House is set against the majestic Ashley River within the peaceful Wagener Terrace neighborhood of downtown Charleston, just north of Hampton Park and The Citadel.


Our River House at Lowndes Grove offers two elegant suites that exude a warm ambiance surrounded by beautifully restored antique furnishings and the scenic charm of an historic Southern plantation. Available for daytime events and overnight stays based on availability.

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  • Private, gated entrance separate from the Main House
  • 1,137 square feet of casual, intimate waterfront space
  • Ideal for events with fewer than 100 guests
  • Open floor plan with private restrooms
  • Two elegant guest suites
  • Room-darkening blinds to accommodate A/V presentations
  • Wireless Internet throughout the property
  • Handicap accessible

American Theater

Opened in 1942 as Charleston's premier movie house, the American Theater's regal Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour make this sophisticated event venue worthy of red carpets and dazzling marquees.

It’s no surprise that one of the country’s most beloved and historic cities is home to an Art Deco gem like The American Theater. Today, this stylish event venue on Upper King Street sets the stage for life's greatest scenes, from weddings and dinner receptions to business seminars and corporate retreats. Entertain a crowd beneath the handmade milk-glass chandeliers of the grand ballroom, or treat your guests to a private film sceening inside our quintessential, stadium-seat cinema. 


A picture-perfect location in the heart of Downtown Charleston’s fashionable Upper King Street Design District, the American Theater stands proudly between its sister properties, Fish Restaurant and The William Aiken House. An array of hotels, restaurants and charming shops are within walking distance.

Property Details

The American Theater showcases 8,000 square feet of event space that features a grand ballroom with expansive main stage, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema with stadium seating ideal for corporate meetings and presentations. The spacious lobby offers concessions and ample room for pre-event festivities or registration. Guests can also gather inside the intimate Stars Lounge, enjoying refreshements and cocktails at the dedicated bar. 

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  • 8,000 square feet of event space
  • Fully equipped cinema with stadium seating
  • State-of-the-art A/V equipment
  • Luxurious ballroom complete with entertainment stage
  • Expansive lobby and concessions area ideal for pre-event festivities
  • Intimate lounge with bar
  • Vintage exterior marquee
  • Wireless Internet throughout the property
  • Handicap accessible

Lowndes Grove Plantation

Surrounded by 14 acres of live oak groves and peaceful river views, downtown Charleston's last great waterfront estate has enchanted visitors to this idyllic setting for more than four centuries.

Lowndes Grove Plantation stands proudly along the oak-lined banks of the Ashley River. This beautifully restored, National Historic Landmark offers an unparalled backdrop for one-of-a-kind meetings, weddings, corporate receptions and private celebrations. The Main House showcases 1786-era architecture with period furnishings, an expansive piazza, grand lawn and sunlit terraces made of bluestone, brick and oyster tabby. Within this relaxed and refined setting, the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry highlights unrivalled sunset views along the waterfront.

The rich history of the property spans a Revolutionary War invasion, the arrival of Charleston World’s Fair and a visit from President Theodore Roosevelt. Since 2007, Lowndes Grove Plantation has been lovingly preserved by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, following its meticulous restoration in collaboration with a team of architects, artisans, landscape and interior designers.

Alongside the 1786 Plantation House, the expansive grounds are also home to the more intimate River House.  


Lowndes Grove Plantation edges the majestic Ashley River in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Located in the peaceful Wagener Terrace neighborhood, Lowndes Grove is just a step north of Hampton Park and The Citadel, all tucked quietly away from the hustle of the city and just 20 minutes from the Charleston International Airport and area beaches. Fine dining, area hotels, shopping and an array of cultural experiences are minutes away.


Patrick Properties is pleased to offer our complimentary hospitality suite as a refined and elegant space for our couples and their loved ones to gather throughout the big day. Located on the second floor of the Plantation House, this private retreat separate from event space also provides a secure place for belongings until the celebration concludes.

Take time to dress and ready hair & makeup within the spacious sitting room and full en suite bath. We are happy to provide bubbles, light refreshments and special touches for you to enjoy while soaking in the precious moments before the ceremony.

For additional daytime space, two richly appointed guest suites on the third floor offer a serene retreat amid the timeless setting of an historic Charleston plantation. Period furnishings are complemented by modern amenities.

The charming River House houses two additional suites beside the Ashley River, based on availability.

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  • Picturesque waterfront venue on the Charleston peninsula
  • Circa 1786 architecture with period furnishings
  • Grand lawn with Main House backdrop
  • Formal dining room ideal for intimate dinners and meetings
  • Glass-enclosed portico
  • 750-square-foot piazza overlooking the river and oak grove
  • Panoramic views from renovated dock extending 700 feet into the Ashley River
  • Multiple spaces for flexible, creative event planning
  • Elegant décor from casual to lavish that complements occasions of every style and scale
  • On-site parking
  • Wireless internet throughout

Fish Restaurant

Fish is fresh and seasonal, classic and modern, showcasing a vibrant menu of French cuisine reimagined with artful Asian touches from South Carolina’s singular French Master Chef Nico Romo.

Featuring straight-from-the-boat seafood and locally harvested produce, Fish offers much more than its namesake suggests. Guests savor farm-raised beef, pork and organic chicken, alongside vegetarian and vegan choices to please any palate. Chef Romo’s ever-evolving menu celebrates sustainable fare, uniquely crafted to highlight the diverse bounty of each season.

Fish provides customized menus with unrivalled cuisine for weddings and events. We also specialize in designing exquisite and richly delicious wedding cakes for your big day!

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Just steps from the William Aiken House and the American Theater, Fish sits in the heart of Charleston’s Upper King Design District. A close-knit mix of architects, interior designers, artisans, independent clothing and jewelry boutiques, furniture galleries and bookshops create a vibrant streetscape with lively energy. Fish is also within walking distance to area hotels, and just 20 minutes from the Charleston International Airport and area beaches.

Property Details

Fish offers spectacular settings for your private gatherings and corporate events to ensure every moment of your celebration is fun, delicious and memorable.


The spacious second floor offers a warm, inviting backdrop amid the timeless design of a traditional Charleston single house. Exposed wooden beams beneath the vaulted ceiling lend a bright and airy feel, complemented by large windows overlooking Upper King Street. Custom artwork and style elements blend seamlessly in this contemporary space. With its open floor plan, Fish’s second floor offers flexible seating for up to 70 seated guests. The piazza offers additional gathering space, with views of the interior courtyard and Upper King Street. Guests also enjoy a private bar area perfect for standing receptions.


Immerse yourself in the energy of the bar scene at your own V.I.P. table. This is The Alcove: private seating for 20 guests, just steps from Fish’s enigmatic purple heart wood bar and the outdoor courtyard. Perfect for birthday celebrations, wine tastings, business gatherings and special occasions.

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  • With its open floor plan, Fish’s second floor offers flexible seating for up to 70 seated guests. The piazza offers additional gathering space, with views of the interior courtyard and Upper King Street.
  • Private Dining menu options from Fish's seasonal menu
  • Private, personalized bar service availability