Middleton Place

Charleston, SC

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About this Vendor

Middleton Place, National Historic Landmark

An 18th century plantation and America’s oldest formal landscaped Gardens, Middleton Place is one of the south’s most enduring icons. The outdoor venues provide ideal wedding ceremony and reception locations. Middleton Place and the Inn customize events from intimate gatherings to grand affairs.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Covered

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Ceremony Types

Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Venue Capacity



Waterfront, Garden, Historic Venue, Restaurant, Tented

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff

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Contact Info

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC (843) 377-0548

Reviewed on 10/18/2017 Sam H

My partner and I fell in love with The Inn at Middleton Place. When we found out that we could marry in the riverside courtyard, we were beyond excited. We were also thrilled to learn that the cost of a ceremony at the Inn was much lower than the cost of marrying in one of the... Read More beautiful gardens. We held our ceremony in the courtyard along the river, followed by a cocktail hour as the sun set. Guests then moved into the LakeHouse on the grounds for our reception complete with an amazing Southern meal catered by the staff at Middleton as well as a live band. We could not have been happier with our big day. The staff was overly attentive and we cannot say enough positive things about our event coordinator, Darby Poulos. She was with us every step of the way throughout the two year planning process. By the time we married in October 2017, she felt like family. Our wedding at The Inn at Middleton place brought us immeasurable joy...we just wish we could do it all over again!

Reviewed on 4/12/2016 Amanda M

I am a Charleston native and have dreamed of having my wedding at Middleton Place for years. I am fortunate to have a husband that is just as enamored with the location as I am. Even though we visited many other venues, Middleton was always, hands down, the favorite. We were... Read More drawn to Middleton for its picturesque views, beautiful gardens and sense of heritage and history. We also loved the fact that if we booked a wedding a Middleton, we would have the grounds to ourselves and our wedding guests with no other weddings scheduled on the same day. On our wedding day, there happened to be a couple eloping on the property, right where my husband and I were about to have our first look. (You’ll find her terrible review below). I hate the fact that her “highly rated elopement service” did not even sign a contract with Middleton and did not follow the proper procedure to ensure a stress free day for her. I am so grateful for Sam (Middleton Place event coordinator) and her team for removing the other wedding party so my first look was not ruined. Sam worked tirelessly to ensure I had a perfect day – I was not even aware of the mishap until after the wedding. I also need to take a moment to mention the FOOD! I am a gluten free client and was thrilled to have a private tasting of the food we would enjoy on our wedding day (including gourmet GF macaroni and cheese!!). The chef was fantastic to work with and made sure I was sufficiently stuffed with delicious food on my wedding day! One year later, my husband and I are still OVER THE MOON with our wedding a Middleton Place. Our family and friends still talk about how our wedding was the most beautiful weddings they have ever attended. We visited the restaurant for our one year anniversary dinner and were greeted with champagne for us and our family (compliments of Sam). We love this location, its history and its purpose, and will continue to support it for years to come!

Perfect Location and Great Service

Reviewed on 9/24/2013 David C

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Sam from Middleton Place. All throughout our wedding process she delivered top notch service and professionalism. We were just married there on 09/22 and we are still receiving compliments on how beautiful the location was from... Read More our guests. The ambiance was perfect, which even included butterflies in the garden on our wedding day.

Reviewed on 6/19/2017 Taylor H

If you're reading this review right now, you need to stop looking for a venue because Middleton Place is the one. Not only is it the most breathtaking place in Charleston but the event staff, (shout out to Jessie Tanner), is second to none. When my fiance and I came to visit... Read More Middleton for our site visit we didn't even need to get out of our car to know that this was going to be our wedding venue (that's how cool the parking lot is). And then we saw the rest! I'm not lying when I say I started crying when I saw the Octagonal Garden and instantly knew we would be married under the big live oak tree. This is the perfect venue if you want to keep your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all on one site. Guests can walk the gardens, be transported by golf carts, or taken from site to site in a horse-drawn carriage! Where else can you find something like that?! But one of my favorite parts, are the animals. There are free-roaming peacocks and sheep, horses, goats, pigs...No, I'm not making this up. (Don't worry, they'll keep them in their pens if you're not into that kinda stuff). It's a real-life dream and truly a magical place. As mentioned earlier, Jessie Tanner was a rockstar. She knows how to do her job and do it well. She was so attentive to my needs, incredibly responsive, and helped me to find light and humor when I was in the stressful trenches of wedding planning. But honestly, with her helping, I didn't stress much at all. My wedding would not have been what it was without all of her help and guidance. (Am I allowed to say she deserves a promotion, or at least a big bottle of champagne?) Seriously, Middleton Place is PERFECT. It's the venue I've always dreamed about and will continue to dream about for years and years to come.

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Courtney H

The best venue in Charleston! After visiting several plantations, my now husband and I knew Middleton was the one when we saw how beautiful the venue was and after meeting Jessie Tanner(our event coordinator at Middleton). She was so helpful, organized, resourceful and attentive... Read More throughout the entire process and made every request we had happen (down to having the sheep come out for our guests to see)! I can't say enough great things about how helpful she was during the entire process! There are also so many different incredible locations to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or reception and our guests loved getting to walk through the gardens during our cocktail hour! Another thing I loved about Middleton compared to other venues is they only have ONE wedding a night so you aren't sharing the venue with another bride. The food and bar service was also AMAZING and I would recommend the duck tacos(or any of the food) to anyone! :) Everyone at Middleton went above and beyond for us and made our wedding more perfect than I could ever imagine.

Management needs work

Reviewed on 4/02/2015 Maggie D

I worked with a private, highly rated elopement service to plan my Middleton place ceremony. The place is gorgeous and I will have fond memories of our wedding day and stay at the Inn, but unfortunately Middleton’s treatment of our party made for a very nerve-wracking... Read More experience. Immediately following our ceremony, my family was approached by the COO of Middleton and told we would need to stay out of the way of another bride who would be arriving within the hour. Our photographer, who has worked with Middleton before, said sure, we will do photos and move on. I understood that. When the COO approached us for the 3rd time within the half hour to ask us to "move along", I finally stepped in and informed him that our coordinator had arranged prior permission to be there, to which he replied that he had no record of our booking. I knew at that point that something was very wrong, but he was apologetic, I gave him the names of our coordinators, and we finished our photos and went off to enjoy the rest of our night. The next morning I was shocked to receive an alert that the Inn had charged my credit card $1800. I walked over to the office and was told that they were passing along a fee for having had an “unauthorized event on their grounds.” This was done despite my coordinators having left messages immediately following the confusion during our ceremony, and without any conversation or warning from management. Luckily my coordinator got right on the phone and had the charge removed, but the plantation claimed they had never received the multiple messages from our coordinators informing them about our elopement plans. The Inn had sent champagne to our room the day prior! They clearly knew we were getting married and I had told them twice what was planned. Even if we had blatantly broken the rules, I would have expected a conversation with management before such a charge was placed. They clearly knew there was more to the story and yet made no effort to get to the bottom of it. And they put their inn staff in the terrible position of having to blindside me. They were visibly uncomfortable when I walked in, and once the charge had been removed and I asked for an updated invoice, they were so embarrassed/flustered that they would barely make eye contact. Bad management all around. Some blame definitely goes to my awesome coordinators for not demanding an affirmative response from Middleton before the wedding day, which they have bent over backwards to acknowledge. But as they had given Middleton multiple opportunities to respond if there was a problem with our plans, and my coordinators had past positive experiences bringing in a small elopement onto the Middleton grounds as long as prior warning was given, they did not anticipate this issue. None of it excuses the treatment I received from Middleton staff.

2016-06-09T11:44:09 Response from the vendor

Middleton Place, a non-profit National Historic Landmark, as most any wedding location, does require a contract and advance payment for any/all events to be held on property. Any qualified wedding coordinator should be aware of such policies – especially ones who claim to have done... Read Less Read More

A Relaxing Honeymoon

Reviewed on 7/18/2014 Erin M

We spent a week in Charleston at the Inn for our honeymoon. The grounds were beautiful and the rooms were perfect. Definitely not a cookie cutter hotel. We enjoyed the character of the Inn and would definitely love to come back!

Honeymoon location

Reviewed on 8/15/2012 Susanna P

We took a 5 day cruise out of Charleston which left on Monday, so Saturday evening and Sunday, we stayed at the Inn at Middleton Place. Let me just say, we didn't make it into Charleston as we had planned, until time to get on the ship. Middleton Place is gorgeous! Birds, sheep,... Read More dragonflies, spanish moss, and just beautiful scenery everywhere. As an amateur photographer, I was in heaven. It was quite humid in Charleston, as it usually is in late July, but we loved it. The Inn itself was great too, and we got a free pass into the plantation because we were guests at the inn. That's the largest bathtub I've ever seen, and my regular sized bathtub just looks so inadequate now. If you want a bubble bath, better start running the water at least 15 minutes before you want to get in and soak. The room was lovely, and secluded. Perfect start to our honeymoon.

Middleotn Place Wedding

Reviewed on 6/30/2012 Rachel P

Everyone at Middleton did a wonderful job at making my day special. I would highly recommend a wedding or any event here. All the guests talked about how good the food was and how beautiful it was on the grounds!!

Beautiful location, great service

Reviewed on 6/05/2012 Stephanie B

I might be a little biased, because I have grown up around both Middleton Place and the Inn at Middleton Place. If you're looking for a gorgeous venue with a slightly lower price tag and more availability, you should definitely look into the Inn! The food is wonderful, but be... Read More

warned that your catering options are limited to either the Inn or one other vendor (except for cakes, which can be done by anyone).


Reviewed on 5/03/2012 Melissa J

We live in Wisconsin and had our destination wedding at Middleton Place. It was absolutely beautiful! Our guests kept saying, now we know why you chose this place! Our wedding at the Crane Pool and reception at the Pavilion were perfect! It was everything we had hoped for... Read More and more!

Moser/Moates Wedding

Reviewed on 10/10/2011 Courtney M

The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful! It was everything my husband and I wanted plus more. They went through several changes with staff members but at the end of the day we were always taken care of.

Breathtaking setting for a wedding!

Reviewed on 9/28/2011 Brittney T

We recently moved to Charleston from Atlanta, GA and every guest at our wedding was from out of town. They are still talking about how gorgeous our ceremony setting was in the Octagonal Garden and how beautiful the reception was in the pavilion! I worked with Chelyse for... Read More 10 months to arrange everything at Middleton just the way we wanted. She was there every step of the way and was so courteous and helpful anytime we had questions. Middleton is not just a wedding venue, it is a beautiful historic experience for you and your guests!

Reviewed on 7/29/2011 Diana D

It was absolutely breath taking! The sales manager, Chelsye Harp, was a pleasure to work with!


Reviewed on 6/11/2011 Emily P

most beautiful wedding venue on the face of the earth


Reviewed on 9/22/2010 tracey s

Julia, Megan and Duval Catering were so helpful in making our wedding day the best ever. They help make planning so easy. We did not have even one crisis on wedding day!! The Plantation is absolutely amazing and the best part was having the whole day at one location so guests... Read More did not have to travel.

Awesome Location

Reviewed on 8/09/2010 Kimberly J

This wedding location is stunning the day was perfect, and everyone was very helpful in the process. Couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue.

Review for Middleton Place Plantation

Reviewed on 10/18/2008 KENNETH B

She was extremely organized and kept everyone on track the day of the rehearsal and wedding.;The planner is extremely tactful almost blunt. She does a wonderful job and was worth every penny.

Review for Middleton Place

Reviewed on 10/01/2007 Molly C

The site was amazing. It was great that the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception were all located at one site. The plantation was so beautiful.;The wedding coordinators were not consistant, they were hired and fired several times through out our planning experience