The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Mitchell House and Gardens is regarded as one of the first in the Midlands area of South Carolina to offer a full-service special occasions and wedding venue. Surrounded by flowering plants, dwarf shrubs and towering trees, The Mitchell House and Gardens offers a peaceful and beautiful event space for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other special occasions. Its well-manicured garden, cozy house and homey atmosphere are sure to capture the hearts of couples seek a comfortable and intimate venue for their special day.
Established in 1992 in the tranquil town of Lexington, the site has been helping couples create a memorable wedding for over 20 years. As The Mitchell House and Gardens offers a wide variety of wedding packages, the site's event coordinator guides couples in choosing the best option that matches their dream design. Each and every event space is carefully laid out and arranged for the convenience of planning and organizing a couple's most memorable day.
The Gazebo. With lush green grass, white Gothic-point fences and immaculate gazebo, the garden provides a beautiful setting for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. In hot summer days, the nearby towering trees provide a comfortable speckled shade, while the sound of branches swaying to and fro offers a relaxing background to a ceremony and dinner. Couples exchange or renew their vows inside an immaculately white gazebo that can be decorated with lights and flowers to match the warmth and serenity of the event. The guests sit in front of the gazebo on white garden chairs.
Garden Pavilion. In case of inclement weather or if couples prefer, the ceremony and reception may take place in the covered Garden Pavilion next to the lawn. The bride enters on a paved aisle from the quaint fence and white pergola. Couples say their vows in front of a decorated white arbor, while guests witness and share the special moment while sitting on white garden-style chairs. Sets of tables and chairs may be arranged amidst the grassy lawn and on the walkway for a smooth transition from a ceremony to a reception. In the winter, the pavilion is enclosed and heating is provided for the comfort of the couple and their guests.
The Mitchell House. The spacious Mitchell House contains the private bridal and groom suites, a beautiful porch and a spacious area in front of a wood-burning fireplace to hold an intimate reception. A small cocktail hour may be held inside before or after the ceremony.
What You Should Know
The Mitchell House and Gardens offers a number of all-inclusive wedding packages that remove the stress of selecting vendors, menus, decorations and other essentials. Once a couple rents the property, they receive exclusive access of the house and garden without additional rental fees. The following are included in all wedding packages:
- Chairs and tables
- Floor-length tablecloths, white table napkins
- Wedding director
- Wedding officiant
- Glass plates, stemware, punch and coffee cups
- Champagne toast
- Parking for 300 guests
- Picnic basket at the couple's departure
The Garden Pavilion makes a wonderful space as a dance hall and for after-party events. The site recommends professional vendors for lighting and entertainment, but couples are free to choose their own preferred third-party service providers.
The Mitchell House and Gardens proves to-be-weds with a free cake baked on site for freshness and timely service. Couples can add individual touches to the cake for personalization. It also includes a champagne or non-alcoholic beverage toast and passing of the cakes to guests as part of the site's "silver tray service."
The site also has an on-site professional florist that helps the bride in creating a stunning bouquet and in choosing the right kind of flowers to decorate the site. The wedding coordinator goes the extra mile to recreate the dream wedding envisioned by the couple and ensures that everything is taken care of, from setting up the decorations to the cleanup right after the event.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Unfortunately, all this disappointments I have about this place wont fit into this tiny review box. Basically, if all you care about is having a romantic setting for pictures, then go ahead and book here. They are extremely rude, and rush through everything. Hospitality is NOT in their vocabulary. I'm so disappointed with this place and almost EVERY aspect of my wedding I almost don't even like to think about it. I have a lot of friends getting married right now, and I'm almost jealous of them... Who wants to say that about their wedding day!? This was supposed to be the best day of my life! I really wish I had something nice to say about this place but I just don't.
I got married at the Mitchell House on 5/20/2016. Everything about the wedding was better than I ever pictures in my minds. The flowers, decorarions, and table arrangements were absolutely beautiful. I loved that everything was taken care of and I didn't have to stress over the details. The reception manager kept things moving along and everything was perfect! The cake and food were also delicious! Our wedding was small with only 50 people but it would suit a much larger wedding as well. I loved that I was able to tell them what I wanted and they were able to make it happen. Phyllis made sure that I was happy and got what I wanted at all times. All of my guests raved about what a beautiful wedding I had and how great the food was. If I had it do over I would choose the Mitchell House again! You really get your money's worth. Thank you again to the Mitchell house for making my dream wedding come true!
i attended a wedding and reception at mitchell house and gardens on may 21,2016 and the food was terrible.ham was cold,rolls hard,mexican dip was lousy,and the vegetable platter was terrible.the vegetables look like they had been sitting out for 2 days
This was one of the best idea that we came up with Mark and I met with Mrs. Phyllis 3 different times and went through every single detail of ur wedding for Jan 10, 2016. The winter Wonderland of Blue and Silver that they created for an indoor and covered Outdoor reception was awesome, I had no worries or fears the Staff and Phyllis took great care of my groom and myself. The pictures were awesome the Cake in all its glory was magnificent, if you want a stress free Wedding or reception or any event, this is the place that offers it all, Mrs. Phyllis you made my day so beautiful and elegant and personal. We thank you so much for all you've done. It was perfect, Mark and Bonnie Clark
We were ultra thorough when researching wedding/reception venues & caterers. Mitchell House was one of the first venues we toured. I had attended a friend's wedding there over 10 years ago and it left a lasting impression. However, being the conservative couple that we are, we went ahead and toured several other venues just to see what everyone else had to offer and so we'd have something to compare it to. Well, that turned out to be a big waste of time. Mitchell House blew everyone out of the water, not only in what they had to offer (the grounds, the menus, the cakes, the house its self, etc.), but in the fact that just about every last detail is taken care of by them in one big all-inclusive package while somehow staying affordable (not sure how they managed that). We're sold! It's a no-brainer! No more worrying about decorating or getting a cake or flowers or music or who's going to provide the food, etc. DONE! Do yourself a favor; call Phyllis and be done with it. You can thank me later. ;-) ("like" below if you found this to be helpful)
Never AgainReviewed on 9/18/2014 Jelena S
i was extremely disappointed on my wedding day. First they started playing the wrong song during my bridal entrance then there was no microphone for us to say our vows so no one heard them. The we had no directions and didn't know what to do so we were lost and looking dumb as to what to do next. Then there were areas in the dirt that were lifted and visible which one of the people told me would be fixed. It was raining and my dress got all dirty on their cement. They asked people if they wanted to make a toast and people raised their hands but they were ignored and they basically passed over my toast. During our planning sessions my name and wedding date was continually forgotten. I had to ask the same question over and over about adding a table to our wedding. The officiant was rude to my husband. I would not get married here again they just really made me feel like we weren't good enough to get married in their venue.
Full PackageReviewed on 7/14/2014 Hannah N
The staff were wonderful to work with here. They customized everything to my style and needs. The price is for a complete wedding package. Even though the ceremony was at our church they did the flowers and delivered them. My wedding went so smoothly and we all had a wonderful time. Plus I got rave reviews from my guests on the food and cake!
True Southern Hospitality!Reviewed on 10/06/2013 Louise M
When I received an invitation to a friend's wedding in a small town, I did not imagine how fabulous it would be. The spring garden wedding was held early evening. I loved the beautiful flowers decorating the gazbebo, the bouquets of the wedding party and the arrangements throughout the charming restored home. They used combinations of tulips, roses and calla lilies. The food was among the best I've ever had at any event. They even had a shrimp and grits station. The bartender had created a signature drink for my friend and her husband. The staff treated us like celebrities -- Southern hospitality at its finest. We partied under the stars! It was a night I will never forget!
Ultimate Elegance!Reviewed on 10/06/2013 Karen P
When my niece was planning her wedding, I told her to check out The Mitchell House and Gardens. I had been to several weddings and parties there. She loved the personal attention that she received on the tour and the friendly staff. She booked immediately. In the months leading up to her wedding, we had great fun planning her menu, flowers and personal details. It was really a stress-free experience. They worked with her budget, and I was very surprised by the affordability of the wedding. On the day of the big event, we were overwhelmed by the exquisite flowers and attention to detail. Her guests are still talking about the great food and beautiful cake. Brides receive a FREE cake baked on onsite by their "cake diva." They can choose the flavor of the layers and the decoration of the cake. I recently attended a bridal luncheon. Once again, I was stunned by the beauty of the event and the great food. Five stars aren't enough!
Guest PerspectiveReviewed on 10/03/2013 Jordan B
I attended a wedding and reception at The Mitchell House & Garden this past June. Actually I have attended several events at this venue over the years. They continue to outdo themselves! Beautiful inside and out with gardens in bloom. The wedding was lovely. It was in the garden at the gazebo. There was food in every room inside. The food was scrumptious! The cake was gorgeous and tasted yummy...moist and flavorful. The DJ really got the party started and we danced the night away. The bride looked so happy, like she didn't have a single worry. And when it was time to cut the cake, since everyone was on the dance floor under the pavilion, the staff brought the cake outside to the bride and groom. Their staff must have nerves of steel to carry a fully-assembled wedding cake 50 yards! I can't think of anything the Mitchell House & Garden could improve upon or change to be better...well, maybe if they could add more bathrooms :) but it is a historic home so I do understand why there are only two on the main level.
They have it all!Reviewed on 10/02/2013 Berry C
Everything was perfect. The staff is experienced. All the services, equipment and amenities were available on site. I was able to relax knowing they had everything under control.
Everything Was BeautifulReviewed on 8/16/2013 joni h
They handled my daughters wedding and reception. We could not have been happier. They catered to my daughters every need, which helped her stay calm and happy. The staff was outstanding keeping everything well stocked even our guests commented on it. The grounds are so beautiful with all the flowers in bloom. I highly recommend The Mitchell House to anyone planning a wedding.
The Mitchell House ExperienceReviewed on 8/16/2013 Samantha W
What a memorable day! Everything went so smoothly. There was no reason to stress. Even with the last minute changes, The Mitchell House staff handled everything with outstanding professionalism. The flowers were gorgeous. The food delicious. And the wedding cake was out of this world! I highly recommend The Mitchell House and Gardens! I haven't been asked, yet. But when I do get married, it will be there.
Wonderful venue!Reviewed on 5/27/2012 Jennifer L
Everything went so smoothly and the weather was perfect! We had plenty of time to dance and visit with guests. The setting was beautiful, the food was great, and everyone who attended told us they had a blast! Would def recommend to anyone!
Y'all The Mitchell House and Gardens hands down BEReviewed on 1/30/2012 Laura L
The Mitchell House and Gardens went above and beyond my expectations. I read a few reviews about how they seemed to not be able to keep straight which future bride they were talking to, and that the wedding director is a tad bossy(she was extremely professional). The Mitchell House and Gardens staff clearly love what they do and they do it well. Karen and Patsy made my wedding out of this world. Karen made sure that everything was on track. The toast, cake cutting, dining, first dance,bouquet and garter toss. I didn't have to worry about a thing. After all of our guests had left and as my husband and I were leaving to head to the car the whole Mitchell House and Gardens staff lined up and threw rice for us. From the beginning I knew this was the place when I called and said that I had to move the wedding up by four months and if it was possible to be married in four weeks.(Hubs was called for deployment) Phyllis said "not a problem". I recommend getting married here. 100% stress free experience! Oh and the food was amazing!
Exactly what I wanted in a weddingReviewed on 7/29/2011 Nicole R
My wedding was beautiful and I would not have changed a thing! I had specific requests for my decor and flowers and they did exactly what I asked for - hanging chinese paper lanterns from the beams with tulle swags and kissing balls and stars under the main arbor where our ceremony took place. The garden was beautiful and the staff was very helpful. The bartender, Berry, did a great job of taking care of my guests and I had the option of even customizing my bar for my guests! We had a Friday night wedding and since we were the only party for the evening, we were able to relax and get ready for the ceremony in the bridal suite upstairs and we had what they called a "silver tray service" with snacks and sodas for my bridal party. The food was wonderful and my cake was exactly what I asked for - alternating square and round stacked layers with my ribbon around each layer. When we left for our honeymoon they packed up a going away basket for us that last for 2 days! I loved the fact that it was an historical home, too. It made me feel like my special day was a part of it's new history! And for a bride on a budget, their packages are the best - the prices are based on the menu combo you choose and you don't have to rent tables and chairs or table clothes and candelabras. They even used the centerpiece holders that I brought and let me show them a picture of what I wanted and they were exactly perfect! I could not have asked for a better wedding experience.
Beautiful wedding and good value, but not perfectReviewed on 6/05/2011 Sarah T
There are a lot of wonderful things about the Mitchell House, but if you are a creative perfectionist or control freak, it is not the best place to use. The Mitchell House provides weddings in a box, if you will. They provide packages and time slots at a reasonable rate, but don't follow directions very well if you want something creative. They make great food and beautiful flowers, but they do so many wedding that special instructions get somewhat ignored. For example, when I went in for my final appointment out of three a week and a half before the wedding the woman didn't know my name, asked me (in a way that made it seem as if she thought these things were true) if I was there to do my flower appointment (which I was not), if my wedding was on a friday (it was not) and if my mother was the one who had dropped off a bouquet for me (I was not). I was a little bit worried about whether they had any clue about what was going on. I also told them absolutely no gaudy white nylon bows, but they were everywhere on the night of my wedding. Finally, my cake was the wrong shade of purple, I don't think anyone else noticed, but it bothered me that it was periwinkle instead of light orchid. If these complaints seem trivial, then you will probably love the Mitchell House because they do a great job if you want the 90's wedding they are used to throwing.
Review for The Mitchell House & GardensReviewed on 5/10/2010 Melissa W
I loved my reception venue. They took good care of everything. I didn't have to worry about anything on my wedding day. We even had a problem with one of the brides maides dress zipper broke and they had sewing neddle and thread to fix it. They did a great job on the flowers and the food was amazing. We had a brunch. They served crapes to order and the tables of food in everyroom were so beautiful. At the end of the reception they pact everything for me even the left over food. I would send everyone I know that is getting married to The Mitchell House and Garden.
Rating for The Mitchell House & GardensReviewed on 9/22/2007 Stefanie H