The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Couples looking to create a wedding event with the style and grace of the grand antebellum South find Lowndes Grove a remarkable venue in which to create lifelong memories. The plantation home is four-centuries old and stands prominently along the banks of the Ashley River surrounded by ancient oak tree groves on the Charleston Peninsula. The estate is still furnished with period pieces from the 1700s and 1800s, lending to the historic and refined style of the home. The bluestone terraces overlook the waterfront providing phenomenal sunset backdrops for photos, while the expansive lawn and 750-square-foot piazza offer elegant and romantic spaces for ceremonies and receptions. The 700-foot private dock provides enchanting photographs of couples as they walk out across the water with panoramic views of the Ashley River. The property can host 750 guests total, making this the ideal location for any Southern belle with a long guest list.
What You Should Know
Lowndes Grove is managed by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. This event planning company has two decades of wedding and event planning experience, making it an expert in the field. Every bride and groom works with a specific coordinator to plan every detail of their wedding day.
Lowndes Gove is equipped with a restaurant-quality kitchen, the event planning company chefs cook on-site and can create a custom menu sure to please each and every guest. From traditional to signature recipes or ethnic cuisine, no task is too large for these culinary masters to handle. The chef, who is trained in French culinary arts, prides himself on cooking with only locally-sourced, in-season ingredients, which makes a difference in taste and price.
- Tasting with wine pairings weeks before the wedding for couples with a deposit on record
- All tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glassware and votive candles provided
- Food and alcohol must be packaged exclusively with the venue through the catering team
- An acclaimed pastry chef can create a custom wedding cake or choose an outside cake vendor
- Signature drinks, open bars, cash bars and limited open bars with bartenders and champagne toasts included
- Tableside wine service available
- Waitstaff and cake-cutting service provided
- Choose from plated service, buffet or stations for your catering
- Named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the best places to get married in South Carolina for 2016
- Complimentary self-parking for guests
- Discount pricing with preferred vendors and hotels
- Charleston, South Carolina, has many sightseeing opportunities related to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars
From the Vendor
Downtown Charleston's last great waterfront estate
This unrivaled, 14-acre Lowcountry backrop rests proudly along the oak-lined banks of the Ashley River. A beautifully restored, National Historic Landmark boasting 1786-era architecture with period furnishings, expansive outdoor piazza, grand lawn and private river dock with panoramic sunset views.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Waterfront, Historic Venue, Tented
Cakes + Desserts, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Could NOT imagine better!Reviewed on 8/03/2011 Marianne P
We used Lowndes Grove from Patrick Properties for our July wedding and truly could not have asked for a more beautiful, picturesque venue or day! It was the most amazing scenery and added the perfect "southern" touch to our simple, yet elegant evening wedding. The service team was excellent and proffessional. Our event leader was on top of her game the whole day! She was amazing! We are SO happy with how our wedding went and we owe much of that thanks to the Patrick Property Team and the venue!
Lowndes Grove is Awesome!Reviewed on 5/28/2013 Liz G
We had our wedding at Lowndes Grove (LG)and it is an absolutely spectacular location! The one thing my fiance and I probably spent the most time on for our wedding was finding the right venue and LG was it! Absolutely beautiful setting with the big plantation style home right by the river. They have several ceremony site locations---all outside although if you had a small wedding you could possibly do it inside the house. My fiance and I wanted to be married outside but so many of the venues we looked at had crummy rain options, but we liked LG's. The rain option was under the tented patio where you can view the river and is attached to the house which I liked. LG requires you to use their catering group (which happens to run FISH restaurant in Charleston in case you want to preview the food). I typically didn't like the idea of being forced to use a venue's caterer as I am always worried about the food quality and options but the food at LG is truly a selling point and highlight! There were SO many options, there is no way you couldn't find what you wanted and oh my goodness, it is so darn tasty! We also enjoyed working with the staff there---all professional and fun to work with and definitely know what they are doing!
Can't really go wrong!Reviewed on 8/08/2011 Brent P
Lowndes Grove is an absolutely exquisite location for a wedding. I don't know how you could go wrong. We had a our wedding there on July 3rd, 2011. We also stayed in one of the rooms that night. We thoroughly enjoyed having our wedding there and hope to return for an anniversary.
As Mother of the Bride, I could not have imagined a more perfect setting for my daughter's wedding! Patrick Properties responded to every question and acted on every detail, even details we didn't think of! From the food tasting at Fish, I knew the food would be fabulous, and it was! The venue at the River House was absolutely spectacular! The Patrick Properties Team clearly knew what they were doing! We rented the two upstairs bedrooms for the bridal party to get ready and it was perfect! We, and all of our guests, were from out of town and I was anxious that people would be glad they came. EVERYONE raved about the setting, the food and the staff! Patrick Properties was a wonderful group to work with! Abigal Brague did an outstanding job before, during and after the wedding! We are so thrilled to look back and feel so happy about the entire wedding!! Thank you all!!
Stunning venue!! We used Lowndes Grove Plantation for our daughter's wedding June 18, 2016. What a magical night! Perfect venue, weather, staff, band, food and decor. Truly a lifetime of beautiful memories!
Our ceremony and reception at The River House were perfection!! PPHG does an amazing job! Fish catering was outstanding! Thank you thank you!!
Bride's Beware!!!Reviewed on 7/27/2015 Robyn Reatha P
This venue was a problem almost from the start. We had a site coordinator whom was pregnant and promised all kinds of things such as the option to have no tent, use of all the property, and an indoor rain option. Once she had her baby and took her baby leave we had to deal with the start of a line of incompetence. First I wanted a buttercream cake and was told my design could only be done with fondant. I argued they could in fact do what I wanted which ended up being true. Then they told me I could not have an indoor option if it rained and I was required to have a tent...which was an almost 3000.00 extra expenditure and if I did not have a tent I had to pay Snyder rentals 850.00 in order to leave the tent poles and one panel since it satisfied a reduction in the noise ordance. There was never any proof of the sound study which was done to show this was a legal statement. Finally, they never responded to emails and refused to work around my wedding planners schedule. They lost all her paperwork which allowed her to be my planner since she was not on the "approved" vendors and when she did not show up for 1 meeting (they had not shown up for 2), they called and told here horrible things and she would be banned from the property etc. Then called me and told me I had to find another planner. All of this 1 month before my wedding. After numerous problems and issues with the venue and catering company I asked them to send me proof of various things and within 3 days they had mailed me a check and voided my contract with them. This is by far the most incompetent, unprofessional organization I have ever had to deal with and no other company complained about my planner. No one should use Patrick properties for their event as they will not get what they want, they will deal with a group of people that are rude and have no professionalism and risk losing your venue and caterer within 1 month of your wedding. For the money I was going to be this was unacceptable. Bride's BEWARE!!!
Wedding of my dreamsReviewed on 5/13/2015 Chelsea R
We recently had our wedding at Lowndes Grove and could not have asked for a more perfect location. The staff at Patrick Properties is not to be believed! They are very friendly and great about helping you plan your big day, we had such a great experience working with them. The grounds, house, food and service were top notch! Our guests are still talking about it!
"Best day of my life" quote from the bride!Reviewed on 3/16/2015
As mother of the bride, I highly recommend The River House at Lowndes Grove Plantation. We are from Charleston, so my daughter wanted a gorgeous Lowcountry setting- the River House is just that- with the huge live oaks, expansive lawn, and water view-it can not be beat. Also, the house itself is lovely. Her second "must have" for her wedding was delicious food that also looked beautiful and would be presented in an elegant fashion. The caterer, Fish, is part of the package at Lowndes Grove. The food was excellent and was served and presented beautifully. The fact that the caterer is part of the venue made the planning of the wedding much easier. The wedding guests commented that they had never had tastier food at a wedding reception! We also used the pastry chef at Fish for the wedding cake- which was phenomenal. The staff at Patrick Properties were well informed, very accommodating and easy to work with. We utilized the "day of" wedding planner through Patrick Properties which I also highly recommend. The wedding went smoothly and I got to enjoy the day with no worries. Basically, my daughter said it all-" It was the best day of her life," and the River House at Lowndes Grove, Fish, and Patrick Properties helped it be that best day.
Fantasy come to life!!Reviewed on 11/07/2014 Jessica D
Lowndes Grove is a beautiful venue. The plantation holds so much character. The staff was extremely professional and very helpful. They truly made a dream wedding come to life.
Perfect in every way!Reviewed on 9/15/2014
Lowndes Grove stole my heart the second I saw it. The beauty of this plantation and it's whimsical feel brought my vision to life. Jackie, our wedding planner from PPHG (Lowndes Grove) was top-notch. She went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I would highly recommend this location and it's team for your event. It was all so beautiful :)
Best venue!Reviewed on 7/16/2014 Jessica S
We could not have picked a more perfect place to have our wedding. Lowndes Grove is definitely pricey, however for us, was worth every penny. The weather called for rain, and other than a roll of thunder during our ceremony, we never saw a drop of rain. Leading up to our wedding day, everyone at PPHG was helpful and responsive to emails and making any changes to our catering order that we had. Our sales managerSarah, and event manager Rachel were wonderful! We can't say enough how we had the most perfect wedding day, partly due to how beautiful the backdrop for it was. Thanks again PPHG.
Absolutely amazing!Reviewed on 12/26/2013 Allison
We had our wedding and reception at The River House at Lowndes Grove Plantation on August 25th, 2013. We also rented a room at the Main House, where we got ready for the wedding and stayed on our wedding night. The property is completely stunning. The location on the river in itself is gorgeous, and the furnishings in both The River House and The Main House make beautiful backdrops for photos. Our wedding was a destination wedding, so most of the planning was done with Patrick Properties Hospitality Group via email. The personnel at PPHG were so great to work with, and went above and beyond what I expected of them. Laurel showed us the property initially and was so helpful with us choosing a date and answering all of our many questions. Jackie was our event coordinator and we also used her services (PPHG Signature Services) as our Wedding Coordinator for the wedding day. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jackie. Every tiny detail was taken care of, down to the little chalkboard signs she prepared for the reception. She was so thoughtful. We did not have to worry about one thing, and were able to completely enjoy the day. You are required to use Fish as the caterer with PPHG properties, but you shouldn't think twice about it. The food was so delicious, and they have a very large menu to select from. It was very difficult for us to make our menu selections! Our guests raved about the gorgeous venue and the wonderful food. It was the perfect place for our wedding, and we honestly would not change one thing!
Lowndes Grove VenueReviewed on 11/10/2013 Katie B
Beautiful venue. Old plantation home on the Ashley River. Still downtown!!! Venue rental cost reasonable. However you have to use their catering company.
Perfect Southern VenueReviewed on 9/27/2013 laura g
I had my wedding at The Riverhouse. It was the most beautiful location perfect for pictures and memories for a lifetime. The staff at Patrick Properties is amazing! My event was perfect the food delicious and the cake was incredible. I cannot say enough of how much of a perfect choice this was for me and my family on this special day.
Best day ever!Reviewed on 8/15/2013
I chose to have my wedding at Lowndes Grove plantation knowing that I would be 100% happy in the food, level of service and location. We started the day by having mimosas and sandwiches for the girls while we got ready on site. The guys had a bloody mary bar and enjoyed some sun before getting ready. After the ceremony my husband and I were greeted with a drink, passed appetizers and some selections from our station food to ensure that we got to try all the yummy food. All night the staff was friendly and catered to every need of my guests. Fish (the caterer) customized my menu by incorporating family recipes and our wedding cake was to die for!! I will definitely be recommending Lowndes Grove to all of my friends and family for future weddings!!
Gorgeous VenueReviewed on 3/07/2013 Laine L
I have always wanted to get married in Charleston and when I visited this venue it had the true charm of the historical low country. The venue is sitting right on the river with huge Live Oaks and moss hanging from the branches. It has a totally sophisticaed and romantic feel about it. We had our ceremony early in the day so our reception was very low key and intimate. I enjoyed the staff of PPHG but they were usually very hard to get in touch with--I sent emails that weren't answered until a week later and left phone messages that weren't returned. I usually had to call again to speak with someone. My planner had the same issue with getting in contact. We served a huge southern brunch that all of our guests loved. The appetizers were absolutely delicioius(Shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and pear brie) We served eggs benedict for our egg dish and that was the only thing I had a problem with. They were hard and cold... you could tell they had been sitting for a while before they were served. The wait staff that worked the day of was great-- friendly and polite.
Most Beautiful Venue in Charleston, SCReviewed on 3/05/2013 Nicole A
I was married at Lowndes Grove in Charleston on February 16th. The venue is GORGEOUS and the food was delicious! My husband and I were having so much fun we didn't even stop to eat ,but they packed a little of all the food offered at the wedding for us to take with us. This is a beautiful venue and the ladies you work with are very knowledgeable. The venue offers amazing photo opportunities. I would recommend Lowndes Grove to everyone!
Beautiful!Reviewed on 11/24/2012 carly c
I recently got married here at Lowndes Grove. We had the ceremony on the front lawn and had our reception here as well. Amber at Lowndes Grove is so sweet and very helpful! Our experience was wonderful and I am so happy we picked Lowndes for our wedding :) Not to mention the food is AMAZING! I cannot begin to tell you how many guests raved about the food. The setting is beautiful.
Dream Wedding SiteReviewed on 11/13/2012 Anne H
From the moment that my husband and I stepped foot on the grounds of Lowndes Grove, we knew it was the perfect place to celebrate our BIG day. It was the only location within downtown Charleston providing a plantation setting with true southern charm. My husband and I were married in a church; but entertained 200+ guests for 5 hours with cocktail hour, dinner and dancing on site. The grounds provided such a picturesque backdrop for our dream wedding with the house as the center focal point. Our guests enjoyed themselves so much that they didn't want to leave at the end of night!
Amazing VenueReviewed on 6/19/2012 Kinsey C
Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, SC is the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony on the water. The sunset, brand new dock, and gorgeous Main House were incredibly memorable and unique.
Perfect Wedding Venue - Lowndes GroveReviewed on 6/01/2012 Cheryl L
Lowndes Grove provided the perfect setting for our special day. The professionalism of the staff, cleanliness of the site, and setting of the location couldn't have been better.
Dream WeddingReviewed on 5/15/2011 Lauren S
Lowndes Grove Plantation was absolutely the most beautiul place we could have gotten married. The setting is out of a dream!! Everything was absolutely perfect! Sarah Copeland was phenomenal to work with! I recommend LG to anyone wanting to get married in Charleston - but beware - BOOK EARLY!! We had to book our wedding 14 months ahead of time (and even then it was already filling up!!) A few minor cons: The neighborhood requires that you be out of the venue by 11pm - or get charged for every 15min you are late after 11, plus you are at risk for a noise violation --> they take this very seriously! The "no-see-ums" down by the water are TERRIBLE!! We paid to have our wedding sprayed the Wednesday before the ceremony and then again about 3pm the day of our ceremony and still got eat up! We even had bug spray - and it was bad. Honestly though - it was only bad down by the water - which is expected in marshy areas in SC! Everyone had such a great time at the wedding and just "oohed" and"ahhed" over the grounds and the house!! To rent Lowndes Grove - you have to go with their caterer "Fish Restaurant". The food was absolutely out-of-this-world delicious! Even though you are confined to using "Fish", you will not be disappointed - but also be aware that there is a "minimum require amount". Which may put this out of reach for some - just keep it in mind!! :-) Along with LG - they require you to have security, parking attendants, if you want to use a "getting ready room" with a bathroom - you have to rent one of their rooms in addition to the cost of the grounds. This is really my only complaint involving Patrick Properties and LG - is all the "hidden" or required costs that go along with renting the venue. But i guess this would probably be similiar anywhere you go! All-in-all we absolutely LOVED LG and didn't regret our decision one bit!!!
GREAT!!!!Reviewed on 4/05/2011 Claire K
Everyone at Lowndes Grove made my experience so easy and as stress free as possible. The Venue itself is OUTSTANDING! We got married outside under the OAKS and then had the reception in the plantation house and under tents on the side. Could not have been more perfect!!
Excellent!Reviewed on 12/18/2010 Anna G
We were married at the Lowndes Grove River House. Gorgeous venue! Patrick Properties did an excellent job and made the planning process painless. I highly recommend.