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In the heart of historic Columbia, South Carolina, couples can celebrate their nuptials in pure Southern charm, right alongside the Governor's Mansion Complex at The Lace House. For over 150 years, this antebellum mansion and classic garden has hosted events for Governor's black-tie dinners, 19th-century dances and barbecues and countless wedding ceremonies and receptions. Boasting three stories of guest rooms and celebration spaces, this classic venue is ideal for couples seeking a spot for both elegant events and laid-back, classic evenings of barbecue and garden-side dancing. Several layout options are available for couples to arrange their event:
Wedding Garden. Surrounded by year-round foliage and classic flowers, couples can gather up to 50 friends and family members in this recently renovated outdoor ceremony space. It is also appropriate for smaller luncheons, perfect for intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners and brunches. This space can also be tented and utilized as a cocktail hour area with the venue and garden manager's permission.
Lace House Mansion. This versatile space is stunning when transformed for an indoor reception or ceremony space. Guests will flow from space to space, marveling at the dining room, separate cake room, piano room and various connecting porches. Combining the lower and main level of the Lace House with the terrace can add room for as many as 300 guests to mingle and dine. Neutral and warm creams are accented by white trimming and mantelpieces throughout the home, epitomizing the classic charm couples imagine in these antebellum spaces.
Mansion Mall. This outdoor terrace allows couples to gather up to 600 guests, utilizing all that The Lace House has to offer. Wed in front of the flowing fountain or lush gardens, which are maintained all year with unique floral specialties in each season.
What You Should Know
Lace House allows couples to choose their own catering company from an approved list. Each rental contract includes 10 round tables, up to 100 gold chiavari chairs and five cocktail tables to round out your design. Several options are laid out for tenting arrangements in the event of inclement weather or for those looking to spend the majority of their evening outdoors.
Enjoy the full rental from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. when choosing this space, allowing full comfort and calm throughout the setup process. Bands, however, are required to end their set by 10:00 p.m. due to a community ordinance. Free parking is available along the street outside the mansion, and the venue works with the area's meters to assure this is available at all times.
This one-of-a-kind classic home is open to couples looking to find shear elegance for their nuptials. Indulge in the prestige of a wedding held in the Governor's Mansion Complex while adding personal touches to a breathtaking space. Additional perks include:
- Bridal suite upstairs from reception area with adjacent dressing room
- Groom's suite included across the hall from Bridal Suite
- Minimal necessity for additional decor
- Access to many local vendors and gourmet caterers
- Flexible use of space, both indoor and out
From the Vendor
Where Southern Charm Meets Rich History
Nestled in the historic Arsenal Hill neighborhood in Columbia, the South Carolina Lace House is a uniquely beautiful and historic home located within the Governor’s Mansion Complex. Step back in time as you stroll through the scenic gardens that surround the Lace House. With a spacious bridal suite and groom suite, this historic home is the ideal place to celebrate your special day. The Lace House and its adjacent gardens can hold anywhere from 25 to 600 guests and they are available to rent for weddings, parties, meetings and other events.
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Ballroom, Garden, Historic Venue
Loved this venue for our wedding! The grounds are beautiful and historical elegance is timeless. I received so many compliments on how beautiful the venue and gardens were. You will not be disappointed if you pick this as your wedding location. You will love your pictures, and the staff is very accommodating to your needs!
Absolutely Beautiful Wedding VenueReviewed on 6/10/2013 Kim M
I got married at The Lace House in May and it was so amazing. The grounds are beautiful and the coordinators were so helpful and truly pleasant to work with. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a first class venue.
Southern EleganceReviewed on 10/18/2011 Alexandra M
We new we wanted a vintage inspired wedding with southern details. The Lace House offered us the perfect amenities and the whole day was perfect, the antebellum home was full of southern charm and the garden grounds were exsqusite!!
It is the most beautiful place if seen that is not too expensive for our budget. And outstanding team working there
best place for weddig and reception!Reviewed on 7/13/2011 Jessica M
We had both our weddnig and reception at the SC Gov. Mansion and it was absoolety the best decision we made! The layout was perfect for our large wedding and the staff was very easy to work with. Whatever we needed or wanted, they did! The grounds and Lace house are beautiful and it was the perfect place for our outdoor party! We would highly recommend the Gov. mansion and the Lace house!!
The Lace HouseReviewed on 6/29/2010 Katherine W
Beautiful home/gardens! The staff members were easy to work with. Beautiful background for a ceremony & reception.
Rating for The Lace HouseReviewed on 5/10/2010 Florence E