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The Francis Marion

Charleston , SC

LOCATION

387 King Street
Charleston, SC US 29403 (map)
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ABOUT US

Centrally located on beautiful Marion Square, the Francis Marion Hotel is the tallest building in downtown Charleston, offering exquisite views as far as the Charleston Harbor. As a... Read more
Centrally located on beautiful Marion Square, the Francis Marion Hotel is the tallest building in downtown Charleston, offering exquisite views as far as the Charleston Harbor. As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel was originally built in 1924 and reopened in 1996 after a $12 million award-winning restoration.

We have three of the most beautiful ballrooms in the lowcountry. Two of our ballrooms were originally opened over 80 years ago and the architectural design is truly unique. Our gold chandeliers, 20’ ceilings, tall windows, and fireplaces create the perfect setting for an elegant wedding reception. The Colonial Ballroom can accommodate up to 255 guests reception style or 200 guests for a seated dinner with space for a dance floor and a DJ. Live Bands reduce the amount of people we are able to accommodate in each ballroom. The Gold Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests reception style or 150 guests for a seated dinner. The Carolina Ballroom was an addition to the hotel and it features a terrace overlooking Marion Square Park. With 4,500 square feet, it can accommodate up to 450 guests reception style or 350 for a seated dinner. All functions include setup and breakdown services, tables, chairs, white linens, china, silver, votive candles, dance floor, stage for a band and assistance in coordinating on site details for no additional charge.



Caroline Bean, Catering Sales and Covention Services Manager

843-937-8695

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1924
When was your venue last renovated?
2012
Describe your venue:
Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
235
Number of suites
17
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
6000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Laura
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Truly, I could not have dreamed of a better venue for my wedding. The wedding coordinator and hotel staff made sure every detail exceeded expectation. The grand hotel was built in the 20s, and the historic atmosphere, in the heart of downtown, gave our guests a true Charleston experience. Everyone loved the shrimp and grits, which are award-winning. We danced all night in the ballroom, and had a special farewell brunch the next morning in (another) beautiful ballroom. If I could do it again, I would pick this hotel every time.
Truly, I could not have dreamed of a better venue for my wedding. The wedding coordinator and hotel staff made sure every Read more...
Truly, I could not have dreamed of a better venue for my wedding. The wedding coordinator and hotel staff made sure every detail exceeded expectation. The grand hotel was built in the 20s, and the historic atmosphere, in the heart of downtown, gave our guests a true Charleston experience. Everyone loved the shrimp and grits, which are award-winning. We danced all night in the ballroom, and had a special farewell brunch the next morning in (another) beautiful ballroom. If I could do it again, I would pick this hotel every time. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The caring and professional performance was second to none! I enjoyed every minute of the planning and preparation, and was always given immediate responses to my often silly questions and concerns. The wedding reception went perfectly and I could not have asked for better organization and service! The catering staff was flawless! Caroline Bean is a wonderful event planner and coordinator.
The caring and professional performance was second to none! I enjoyed every minute of the planning and preparation, and Read more...
The caring and professional performance was second to none! I enjoyed every minute of the planning and preparation, and was always given immediate responses to my often silly questions and concerns. The wedding reception went perfectly and I could not have asked for better organization and service! The catering staff was flawless! Caroline Bean is a wonderful event planner and coordinator. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Kevin
Wedding:
3/21/2014
5.0/5.0
The Francis Marion was so easy to work with. While planning my daughters wedding, my husband made so many changes. No matter how many changes were made, Caroline Bean with The Francis Marion Hotel was always happy to assist us and offered ideas along the way. Also, all of my venders that I used in my daughters wedding, said no matter what day of the week it is, you can walk into the hotel at any time and everyone is always in a good mood and very friendly. They all love working with The Francis Marion Hotel.
The Francis Marion was so easy to work with. While planning my daughters wedding, my husband made so many changes. No Read more...
The Francis Marion was so easy to work with. While planning my daughters wedding, my husband made so many changes. No matter how many changes were made, Caroline Bean with The Francis Marion Hotel was always happy to assist us and offered ideas along the way. Also, all of my venders that I used in my daughters wedding, said no matter what day of the week it is, you can walk into the hotel at any time and everyone is always in a good mood and very friendly. They all love working with The Francis Marion Hotel. Read less
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Douglas
Wedding:
3/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Mrs. Caroline Bean was outstanding from the beginning of our search for a venue to several days after the wedding reception. She was right there at all times to answer any question, provide guidance and work with us on expenses. We were very fortunate to have Caroline be a part of our reception plans. The Francis Marion's ballroom was beautiful and our guests enjoyed themselves. The food was outstanding, the bars were tended by very courteous and friendly tenders and the wait staff helped to keep everything clean and in order. Our daughter's wedding reception was above expectations.
Mrs. Caroline Bean was outstanding from the beginning of our search for a venue to several days after the wedding Read more...
Mrs. Caroline Bean was outstanding from the beginning of our search for a venue to several days after the wedding reception. She was right there at all times to answer any question, provide guidance and work with us on expenses. We were very fortunate to have Caroline be a part of our reception plans. The Francis Marion's ballroom was beautiful and our guests enjoyed themselves. The food was outstanding, the bars were tended by very courteous and friendly tenders and the wait staff helped to keep everything clean and in order. Our daughter's wedding reception was above expectations. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/7/2014
5.0/5.0
The Francis Marion Hotel is the BEST hotel to have your wedding reception at. I worked with Caroline Bean in catering services and she was beyond FANTASTIC. Caroline made the entire process so easy. From being prompt to answer emails and make updates to our event, we were able to put together an amazing reception. The hotel front desk staff was wonderful as well. They made sure that all of the guest who booked rooms in our block were well taken care of as well. The Francis Marion worked extremely well with all the vendors that I hired for my reception (photographer, DJ, bakery, Chaircovers)
The Francis Marion Hotel is the BEST hotel to have your wedding reception at. I worked with Caroline Bean in catering Read more...
The Francis Marion Hotel is the BEST hotel to have your wedding reception at. I worked with Caroline Bean in catering services and she was beyond FANTASTIC. Caroline made the entire process so easy. From being prompt to answer emails and make updates to our event, we were able to put together an amazing reception. The hotel front desk staff was wonderful as well. They made sure that all of the guest who booked rooms in our block were well taken care of as well. The Francis Marion worked extremely well with all the vendors that I hired for my reception (photographer, DJ, bakery, Chaircovers) Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone at the Francis Marion was so very helpful and kind. All went that extra mile to help with all requests. Great people to work with. Everyone was so professional. Caroline Bean was very responsive, organized, helpful, considerate and a joy to work with. I felt very confident that everything would be taken care of as planned. And was not disappointed. Beautiful venue, and wonderful staff!
Everyone at the Francis Marion was so very helpful and kind. All went that extra mile to help with all requests. Great Read more...
Everyone at the Francis Marion was so very helpful and kind. All went that extra mile to help with all requests. Great people to work with. Everyone was so professional. Caroline Bean was very responsive, organized, helpful, considerate and a joy to work with. I felt very confident that everything would be taken care of as planned. And was not disappointed. Beautiful venue, and wonderful staff! Read less
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Pazley
Wedding:
12/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! Caroline was so accommodating and helpful. My wedding turned out just how I imagined it would. Thanks so much.
Everything was perfect! Caroline was so accommodating and helpful. My wedding turned out just how I imagined it would. Read more...
Everything was perfect! Caroline was so accommodating and helpful. My wedding turned out just how I imagined it would. Thanks so much. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Cara
Wedding:
12/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was amazing! The food, decor, staff, and the hotel were superb. I cannot say enough good things about the service my family and I received. I would recommend the Francis Marion to anyone. Affordable and extremely customer satisfaction oriented!
Everything was amazing! The food, decor, staff, and the hotel were superb. I cannot say enough good things about the Read more...
Everything was amazing! The food, decor, staff, and the hotel were superb. I cannot say enough good things about the service my family and I received. I would recommend the Francis Marion to anyone. Affordable and extremely customer satisfaction oriented! Read less
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Genevieve
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Was super impressed- thank you Caroline for making our night perfect!
Was super impressed- thank you Caroline for making our night perfect!
Was super impressed- thank you Caroline for making our night perfect! Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife, Tracy, and I used Caroline's services for our wedding reception. Caroline was incredible. She remained in constant contact with us during the eight months of planning. Since my wife and I did not live in Charleston, coordinating decorations for the reception was a challenge. Caroline easily conquered the logistical challenge, accepted early delivery of decorations, stored the decorations in her personal work space, developed and emailed floor diagrams to demonstrate the layout, and assisted with the schedule on the day of the reception. Caroline went above and beyond the standard to ensure a memorable wedding reception for our 150 guests.
My wife, Tracy, and I used Caroline's services for our wedding reception. Caroline was incredible. She remained in Read more...
My wife, Tracy, and I used Caroline's services for our wedding reception. Caroline was incredible. She remained in constant contact with us during the eight months of planning. Since my wife and I did not live in Charleston, coordinating decorations for the reception was a challenge. Caroline easily conquered the logistical challenge, accepted early delivery of decorations, stored the decorations in her personal work space, developed and emailed floor diagrams to demonstrate the layout, and assisted with the schedule on the day of the reception. Caroline went above and beyond the standard to ensure a memorable wedding reception for our 150 guests. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Meghan
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I would recommend the Francis Marion for any wedding in Charleston. Caroline and her staff were so professional! She coordinated everything with all my other vendors and the day ran so smoothly. It was the little details that really stood out...making sure my husband and I had something to eat, ensuring that the DJ knew the timing of every event, securing our suite after the reception. Caroline and staff, than you for EVERYTHING!
I would recommend the Francis Marion for any wedding in Charleston. Caroline and her staff were so professional! She Read more...
I would recommend the Francis Marion for any wedding in Charleston. Caroline and her staff were so professional! She coordinated everything with all my other vendors and the day ran so smoothly. It was the little details that really stood out...making sure my husband and I had something to eat, ensuring that the DJ knew the timing of every event, securing our suite after the reception. Caroline and staff, than you for EVERYTHING! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Colleen
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
The entire staff could not have been more amazing!! They were all so friendly, attentive, professional, and put all of my day-of stresses at ease! Can't say enough wonderful things about Caroline Bean! She was absolutely incredible to work with! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone wanting a beautiful, classic Charleston wedding! Food was delicious, rooms were beautiful, and the ballroom was gorgeous!
The entire staff could not have been more amazing!! They were all so friendly, attentive, professional, and put all of my Read more...
The entire staff could not have been more amazing!! They were all so friendly, attentive, professional, and put all of my day-of stresses at ease! Can't say enough wonderful things about Caroline Bean! She was absolutely incredible to work with! I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone wanting a beautiful, classic Charleston wedding! Food was delicious, rooms were beautiful, and the ballroom was gorgeous! Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Caroline Bean was extremely helpful throughout the planning process. She helped to make our wedding flawless!
Caroline Bean was extremely helpful throughout the planning process. She helped to make our wedding flawless!
Caroline Bean was extremely helpful throughout the planning process. She helped to make our wedding flawless! Read less
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claire
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are hoping for a beautiful, historic Charleston venue for your wedding reception--you have to consider the Francis Marion Hotel (especially the Colonial Ballroom).

I am an event planner in town and would recommend the Francis Marion Hotel to anyone. I have held other events at the hotel for work and knew from their pervious service that they would take care of me on my wedding day. They have an onsite wedding coordinator, Caroline who is amazing. They also have the best inclusive wedding packages of any other venues I looked at in town--it made the planning so easy. The Colonial Ballroom was my personal favorite because of the huge windows overlooking Marion Square and color scheme. We got married in early October and had about 125 guests, station style with open bar and people were raving about the food, ambience, and service.

Not to mention the perfect location in the heart of Charleston for out of town guests (or even local) because of all the places you can walk for an after party.

You should also definitely consider renting gold chivari chairs--makes all the difference.
If you are hoping for a beautiful, historic Charleston venue for your wedding reception--you have to consider the Francis Read more...
If you are hoping for a beautiful, historic Charleston venue for your wedding reception--you have to consider the Francis Marion Hotel (especially the Colonial Ballroom).

I am an event planner in town and would recommend the Francis Marion Hotel to anyone. I have held other events at the hotel for work and knew from their pervious service that they would take care of me on my wedding day. They have an onsite wedding coordinator, Caroline who is amazing. They also have the best inclusive wedding packages of any other venues I looked at in town--it made the planning so easy. The Colonial Ballroom was my personal favorite because of the huge windows overlooking Marion Square and color scheme. We got married in early October and had about 125 guests, station style with open bar and people were raving about the food, ambience, and service.

Not to mention the perfect location in the heart of Charleston for out of town guests (or even local) because of all the places you can walk for an after party.

You should also definitely consider renting gold chivari chairs--makes all the difference. Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We used the Gold Ballroom and worked with Caroline for our wedding day reception. She made planning so easy, and the outcome was a beautiful night that went off without a hitch! The ballroom is recently updated with beautiful golds/neutrals that makes it easy to decorate with your own wedding colors. Gorgeous blue ceiling and crystal chandelier! Wish we could throw another party here soon.
We used the Gold Ballroom and worked with Caroline for our wedding day reception. She made planning so easy, and the Read more...
We used the Gold Ballroom and worked with Caroline for our wedding day reception. She made planning so easy, and the outcome was a beautiful night that went off without a hitch! The ballroom is recently updated with beautiful golds/neutrals that makes it easy to decorate with your own wedding colors. Gorgeous blue ceiling and crystal chandelier! Wish we could throw another party here soon. Read less
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Rhonda
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
The Francis Marion is a beautiful place! We had our daughter's wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom. Caroline Bean is amazing and the whole staff was fabulous start to finish. If we had to do it all over again, we would choose Caroline and the Francis Marion.
The Francis Marion is a beautiful place! We had our daughter's wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom. Caroline Bean is Read more...
The Francis Marion is a beautiful place! We had our daughter's wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom. Caroline Bean is amazing and the whole staff was fabulous start to finish. If we had to do it all over again, we would choose Caroline and the Francis Marion. Read less
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Peggy
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Caroline Bean and her staff were so accommodating and wonderful. Everything was perfect and the night could not have been any more pleasing. I would highly recommend F.M. to anyone for a special event venue.
Caroline Bean and her staff were so accommodating and wonderful. Everything was perfect and the night could not have been Read more...
Caroline Bean and her staff were so accommodating and wonderful. Everything was perfect and the night could not have been any more pleasing. I would highly recommend F.M. to anyone for a special event venue. Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Caroline Bean is worth her weight in gold and if I could I would put her in my pocket and have her plan my entire life for me. If I could do everything all over again I would do it at the Francis Marion again. I have no regrets... The Gold Ballroom was stunning, the food was to die for, the service was impeccable and the organization made it all run smooth.
Caroline Bean is worth her weight in gold and if I could I would put her in my pocket and have her plan my entire life for Read more...
Caroline Bean is worth her weight in gold and if I could I would put her in my pocket and have her plan my entire life for me. If I could do everything all over again I would do it at the Francis Marion again. I have no regrets... The Gold Ballroom was stunning, the food was to die for, the service was impeccable and the organization made it all run smooth. Read less
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D
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
The Francis Marion is the perfect place for wedding reception. It is beautiful, great food and wonderful service. Our daughter said it was perfect and our guest all loved it.
The Francis Marion is the perfect place for wedding reception. It is beautiful, great food and wonderful service. Our Read more...
The Francis Marion is the perfect place for wedding reception. It is beautiful, great food and wonderful service. Our daughter said it was perfect and our guest all loved it. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception at the Francis Marion was absolutely wonderful! I would recommend this location to anyone. Our guests loved staying at the historic hotel so convenient to all of the wedding festivities. I don't have enough nice things to say about Caroline and the rest of the staff at the Francis Marion. Everyone was extremely professional, friendly, organized, and thorough.
Our wedding reception at the Francis Marion was absolutely wonderful! I would recommend this location to anyone. Our Read more...
Our wedding reception at the Francis Marion was absolutely wonderful! I would recommend this location to anyone. Our guests loved staying at the historic hotel so convenient to all of the wedding festivities. I don't have enough nice things to say about Caroline and the rest of the staff at the Francis Marion. Everyone was extremely professional, friendly, organized, and thorough. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We enjoyed a magnificent wedding held at The Francis Marion Hotel on June 8th, 2013. From our first meeting with the hotel's wedding planner and representative, Caroline Bean, we knew we were right at home having our wedding there. Caroline exudes confidence and calmness, which is highly important in planning and organizing an event. She provided us with all of the information we needed, including the hotel's preferred vendors list, which we utilized; accommodated all of our requests with ease; and answered all of our questions promptly, succinctly, and provided suggestions if the hotel was not able to accommodate a certain request. Our wedding was so much fun and all of our needs were met for the wedding itself, and during our guests' stay at the hotel, some for several days. We will forever have fond memories of our wedding and of our time at The Francis Marion Hotel!
We enjoyed a magnificent wedding held at The Francis Marion Hotel on June 8th, 2013. From our first meeting with the Read more...
We enjoyed a magnificent wedding held at The Francis Marion Hotel on June 8th, 2013. From our first meeting with the hotel's wedding planner and representative, Caroline Bean, we knew we were right at home having our wedding there. Caroline exudes confidence and calmness, which is highly important in planning and organizing an event. She provided us with all of the information we needed, including the hotel's preferred vendors list, which we utilized; accommodated all of our requests with ease; and answered all of our questions promptly, succinctly, and provided suggestions if the hotel was not able to accommodate a certain request. Our wedding was so much fun and all of our needs were met for the wedding itself, and during our guests' stay at the hotel, some for several days. We will forever have fond memories of our wedding and of our time at The Francis Marion Hotel! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Francis Marion was by far one of the best decisions we made! Caroline is incredible at what she does truly cares about every aspect of your big day. I planned my entire wedding through email cross country, leaving much of my trust with her and every detail was as I imagined-she is truly an angel. The food is to die for!!!
Francis Marion was by far one of the best decisions we made! Caroline is incredible at what she does truly cares about Read more...
Francis Marion was by far one of the best decisions we made! Caroline is incredible at what she does truly cares about every aspect of your big day. I planned my entire wedding through email cross country, leaving much of my trust with her and every detail was as I imagined-she is truly an angel. The food is to die for!!! Read less
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Jordan
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Colonial ballroom was beautiful especially after the update to the interior design. Staff were so kind and helpful. Simon the chef prepared an amazing meal and was very accommodating. Caroline bean was helpful, flexible, and really knew all the answers to all of our questions. Definitely would recommend to anyone!
Colonial ballroom was beautiful especially after the update to the interior design. Staff were so kind and helpful. Simon Read more...
Colonial ballroom was beautiful especially after the update to the interior design. Staff were so kind and helpful. Simon the chef prepared an amazing meal and was very accommodating. Caroline bean was helpful, flexible, and really knew all the answers to all of our questions. Definitely would recommend to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Working with the Francis Marion was a pleasure in every way! Our guests loved the hotel and our reception was amazing.
Working with the Francis Marion was a pleasure in every way! Our guests loved the hotel and our reception was amazing.
Working with the Francis Marion was a pleasure in every way! Our guests loved the hotel and our reception was amazing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We used the Francis Marion for our reception site. We could not have been more pleased. Everything went perfectly. The food was great. Caroline Bean is a great person to work with.
We used the Francis Marion for our reception site. We could not have been more pleased. Everything went perfectly. The Read more...
We used the Francis Marion for our reception site. We could not have been more pleased. Everything went perfectly. The food was great. Caroline Bean is a great person to work with. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Staff went above and beyond! Caroline is amazing, so thoughtful and helpful! Everyone is still talking about how good the food was! Food was a major selling point for us and we were not disappointed!!!!! Everything down to the smallest detail was taken care of! We didn't have to worry about a thing... made our day flawless!!
Staff went above and beyond! Caroline is amazing, so thoughtful and helpful! Everyone is still talking about how good the Read more...
Staff went above and beyond! Caroline is amazing, so thoughtful and helpful! Everyone is still talking about how good the food was! Food was a major selling point for us and we were not disappointed!!!!! Everything down to the smallest detail was taken care of! We didn't have to worry about a thing... made our day flawless!! Read less
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Dinah
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with the people (Caroline and Gillian mainly) at the Francis Marion Hotel was a fabulous experience. Every question/detail was answered and addressed before the big day! They helped make our special day absolutely perfect and go off without any issues! They allowed us to make last minute changes and were very flexible to our requests. Really sweet sweet people who are happy to meet your every need. I have absolutely no regrets about using this venue for our reception!
Working with the people (Caroline and Gillian mainly) at the Francis Marion Hotel was a fabulous experience. Every Read more...
Working with the people (Caroline and Gillian mainly) at the Francis Marion Hotel was a fabulous experience. Every question/detail was answered and addressed before the big day! They helped make our special day absolutely perfect and go off without any issues! They allowed us to make last minute changes and were very flexible to our requests. Really sweet sweet people who are happy to meet your every need. I have absolutely no regrets about using this venue for our reception! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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cwishik
Wedding:
2/11/2012
5.0/5.0
The Francis Marion Hotel was the perfect, centrally located venue for our wedding and primary stay location for our guests. The customer service was superb and the Catering Manager did a wonderful job of coordinating the reception with our wedding planner. Our wedding day was perfect and The Francis Marion team played a huge role in making that happen. Thank you!
The Francis Marion Hotel was the perfect, centrally located venue for our wedding and primary stay location for our Read more...
The Francis Marion Hotel was the perfect, centrally located venue for our wedding and primary stay location for our guests. The customer service was superb and the Catering Manager did a wonderful job of coordinating the reception with our wedding planner. Our wedding day was perfect and The Francis Marion team played a huge role in making that happen. Thank you! Read less
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lizzyp
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Food was fantastic, staff was very helpful and professional and the venue coordinator was great! The price was really good for what we ordered!
Food was fantastic, staff was very helpful and professional and the venue coordinator was great! The price was really good Read more...
Food was fantastic, staff was very helpful and professional and the venue coordinator was great! The price was really good for what we ordered! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
1/25/2014
4.8/5.0
My husband and I held our wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom and I couldn't have asked for a better or more beautiful experience! The Francis Marion and Caroline were wonderful to work with.
My husband and I held our wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom and I couldn't have asked for a better or more beautiful Read more...
My husband and I held our wedding reception in the Gold Ballroom and I couldn't have asked for a better or more beautiful experience! The Francis Marion and Caroline were wonderful to work with. Read less
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Lynne
Wedding:
1/4/2014
4.8/5.0
My daughter's reception was at the Frances Marion. Carolyn Bean was a pleasure to work with.
My daughter's reception was at the Frances Marion. Carolyn Bean was a pleasure to work with.
My daughter's reception was at the Frances Marion. Carolyn Bean was a pleasure to work with. Read less
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Emery
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.8/5.0
The wedding was great. I have nothing to complain about.
The wedding was great. I have nothing to complain about.
The wedding was great. I have nothing to complain about. Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
2/23/2013
4.8/5.0
Having my wedding at the Francis Marion was a complete joy!! There were a couple hiccups along the way, but the staff immediately stepped up and resolved the issues! It reminded me a lot of Sandals resort- 'leave the details behind!' I planned everything, then just left it to them to carry out and it was spectacular!! The entire staff was fantastic and I would get married there again in a heartbeat!! Thank you for everything :)
Having my wedding at the Francis Marion was a complete joy!! There were a couple hiccups along the way, but the staff Read more...
Having my wedding at the Francis Marion was a complete joy!! There were a couple hiccups along the way, but the staff immediately stepped up and resolved the issues! It reminded me a lot of Sandals resort- 'leave the details behind!' I planned everything, then just left it to them to carry out and it was spectacular!! The entire staff was fantastic and I would get married there again in a heartbeat!! Thank you for everything :) Read less
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lk
Wedding:
12/31/2011
4.7/5.0
I had a NYE wedding reception in the Colonial Ballroom. We had 65-70 rooms booked at the hotel and they gave us a good rate (for NYE). The suites (Mark Clark and Harbor View) were pricey- but much needed for our other wedding weekend plans (welcome cocktails, mimosas and muffins, etc). See if they will give you a booking code for your room block- calling the hotel for reservations was very dated as the "reservation specialist" don't work at night or on the weekends (when most of my guests tried to call)- it all turned out ok but that was a little frustrating! At the reception, I had several carving/action stations and I provided my alcohol (Burris Liquors). I think based on the number of people and hours (5.5 hours) and the fact it was NYE so everyone was in party mode- this turned out to be better value. We did a cocktail hour in the lobby, which was still decorated for Christmas and a lot of the guests commented on enjoying this detail to break the night up. The food was sort of expensive by the time all the extra charges were added- but WELL WORTH IT. Guests were raving about it being the best wedding food they have ever had (Shrimp and Grits, Seared Tuna, Beef, Fried Oysters, Baked Brie, BBQ meatballs, etc). They didn't send any leftovers to my room, as requested, but I was able to enjoy some of it at the reception! The staff was very nice and easy to work with. They were accommodating, even making a special praline station where they were making pralines for my guests to eat at the reception and take home. Having a band/stage/dancefloor, 2 bars, and 4 action/carving stations and 2 display food stations- I wouldn't have wanted too many more people in there- I had 130, but 150 would have been the max I would have wanted in that Ballroom. I really liked the Colonial best, the larger Ballroom was an addition and with a lot more decor it could have been pretty too. I loved it and would recommend a wedding reception in the Francis Marion Colonial Ballroom to anyone!
I had a NYE wedding reception in the Colonial Ballroom. We had 65-70 rooms booked at the hotel and they gave us a good Read more...
I had a NYE wedding reception in the Colonial Ballroom. We had 65-70 rooms booked at the hotel and they gave us a good rate (for NYE). The suites (Mark Clark and Harbor View) were pricey- but much needed for our other wedding weekend plans (welcome cocktails, mimosas and muffins, etc). See if they will give you a booking code for your room block- calling the hotel for reservations was very dated as the "reservation specialist" don't work at night or on the weekends (when most of my guests tried to call)- it all turned out ok but that was a little frustrating! At the reception, I had several carving/action stations and I provided my alcohol (Burris Liquors). I think based on the number of people and hours (5.5 hours) and the fact it was NYE so everyone was in party mode- this turned out to be better value. We did a cocktail hour in the lobby, which was still decorated for Christmas and a lot of the guests commented on enjoying this detail to break the night up. The food was sort of expensive by the time all the extra charges were added- but WELL WORTH IT. Guests were raving about it being the best wedding food they have ever had (Shrimp and Grits, Seared Tuna, Beef, Fried Oysters, Baked Brie, BBQ meatballs, etc). They didn't send any leftovers to my room, as requested, but I was able to enjoy some of it at the reception! The staff was very nice and easy to work with. They were accommodating, even making a special praline station where they were making pralines for my guests to eat at the reception and take home. Having a band/stage/dancefloor, 2 bars, and 4 action/carving stations and 2 display food stations- I wouldn't have wanted too many more people in there- I had 130, but 150 would have been the max I would have wanted in that Ballroom. I really liked the Colonial best, the larger Ballroom was an addition and with a lot more decor it could have been pretty too. I loved it and would recommend a wedding reception in the Francis Marion Colonial Ballroom to anyone! Read less
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Vicki
Wedding:
7/11/2009
4.6/5.0
Great venue/ Wonderful ,wonderful food,action stations made for a interactive environment with the guest. Ballrooms Rooms are ample in size and include linens,china, glasses etc. Jessica was always professional and easy and flexible to work with. Food tasting is available.
Great venue/ Wonderful ,wonderful food,action stations made for a interactive environment with the guest. Ballrooms Rooms Read more...
Great venue/ Wonderful ,wonderful food,action stations made for a interactive environment with the guest. Ballrooms Rooms are ample in size and include linens,china, glasses etc. Jessica was always professional and easy and flexible to work with. Food tasting is available. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/28/2008
4.6/5.0
Jessica planned and handled all the details from beginning to end. We had both our wedding ceremony and reception at the Francis Marion. 75% of our guests also stayed at the hotel. They gave us a great wedding group rate for all the rooms. But the best part of the whole experience was the reception food. We opted for the "Stations" rather than "sit down" dinner. This was a suggestion of Jessica's, based on the number of people we had, and it turned out great. And the food was unforgettable! I would do it all over again!
Jessica planned and handled all the details from beginning to end. We had both our wedding ceremony and reception at the Read more...
Jessica planned and handled all the details from beginning to end. We had both our wedding ceremony and reception at the Francis Marion. 75% of our guests also stayed at the hotel. They gave us a great wedding group rate for all the rooms. But the best part of the whole experience was the reception food. We opted for the "Stations" rather than "sit down" dinner. This was a suggestion of Jessica's, based on the number of people we had, and it turned out great. And the food was unforgettable! I would do it all over again! Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
6/10/2006
4.6/5.0
the only problem we had with this venue was that the rooms were rather small. Other than that, it was wonderful!
the only problem we had with this venue was that the rooms were rather small. Other than that, it was wonderful!
the only problem we had with this venue was that the rooms were rather small. Other than that, it was wonderful! Read less
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stephanie
Wedding:
5/19/2007
4.4/5.0
reception was in the gold ballroom. audra and jessica were our points of contact; both were very responsive, friendly, professional. we used their catering service for the food/drink and were very pleased. although the staff failed to prepare two boxes of food from the reception for us (a specific request we made very clear numerous times), the food that we did taste was deelish and our guests were impressed. jessica made good on the food error and we received a gift certificate for their restaurant, which we used for a spectacular sunday brunch. part of our package gave us 10 rooms at a very discounted rate (right before spoleto and the beginning of tourist season), honeymoon suite, and the venue rental was free when we used their catering service and spent a minimum amount on food/drink. the minimum $$ was VERY reasonable - we determined it would cost that much just to rent a venue elsewhere. this is such a great value - this place is beautiful, historic, shiny and big and we got a huge bang for our small buck.
reception was in the gold ballroom. audra and jessica were our points of contact; both were very responsive, friendly, Read more...
reception was in the gold ballroom. audra and jessica were our points of contact; both were very responsive, friendly, professional. we used their catering service for the food/drink and were very pleased. although the staff failed to prepare two boxes of food from the reception for us (a specific request we made very clear numerous times), the food that we did taste was deelish and our guests were impressed. jessica made good on the food error and we received a gift certificate for their restaurant, which we used for a spectacular sunday brunch. part of our package gave us 10 rooms at a very discounted rate (right before spoleto and the beginning of tourist season), honeymoon suite, and the venue rental was free when we used their catering service and spent a minimum amount on food/drink. the minimum $$ was VERY reasonable - we determined it would cost that much just to rent a venue elsewhere. this is such a great value - this place is beautiful, historic, shiny and big and we got a huge bang for our small buck. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/2/2013
4.1/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Francis Marion, and to be honest, my experience with them is not easy to articulate in a review. We had many ups and downs. Although we were working with nice people, we still came across several frustrations, which eventually were made right. Overall, I was extremely pleased with how the event turned out – we loved our wedding, we love the vintage hotel, and it’s location in the center of Charleston, SC.

There are many benefits to choosing a venue like The Francis Marion: Room set up and clean-up is included in the cost. The price of silverware, plates, glasses, white/black napkins and linens, and cake cutting is all included in the cost. They allow you to bring in your own alcohol (at a fee per person) which helped us get better bang for the buck on the alcohol we were serving. The catering is done by the Francis Marion – and the food was awesome. I was somewhat concerned with how the food was going to taste, because we’ve had less than stellar meals at the Swamp Fox, but both our tasting for the wedding and the actual wedding food was amazing. People have been raving about it - particularly the Crab Cake Station, Pasta Station, and passed hor devours!

Our frustrations stemmed mostly from us asking for some (what we believed were reasonable) changes to their ordinary set-up. I was surprised how hard it was to get them to agree on some of these requests, especially with how much we were paying to the Francis Marion alone. Almost every change we made came at a price. However, let me reinforce, that in the end, it all turned out beautifully, but I can’t discount the frustrations we felt while getting to the final event. All the people we spoke with were more than caring and kind, but they didn’t necessarily have the power to make the decisions. Caroline was instrumental in helping us achieve our wedding day vision, she definitely had more say/empowerment than others we spoke with at the Francis Marion.
We had our wedding reception at the Francis Marion, and to be honest, my experience with them is not easy to articulate in Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Francis Marion, and to be honest, my experience with them is not easy to articulate in a review. We had many ups and downs. Although we were working with nice people, we still came across several frustrations, which eventually were made right. Overall, I was extremely pleased with how the event turned out – we loved our wedding, we love the vintage hotel, and it’s location in the center of Charleston, SC.

There are many benefits to choosing a venue like The Francis Marion: Room set up and clean-up is included in the cost. The price of silverware, plates, glasses, white/black napkins and linens, and cake cutting is all included in the cost. They allow you to bring in your own alcohol (at a fee per person) which helped us get better bang for the buck on the alcohol we were serving. The catering is done by the Francis Marion – and the food was awesome. I was somewhat concerned with how the food was going to taste, because we’ve had less than stellar meals at the Swamp Fox, but both our tasting for the wedding and the actual wedding food was amazing. People have been raving about it - particularly the Crab Cake Station, Pasta Station, and passed hor devours!

Our frustrations stemmed mostly from us asking for some (what we believed were reasonable) changes to their ordinary set-up. I was surprised how hard it was to get them to agree on some of these requests, especially with how much we were paying to the Francis Marion alone. Almost every change we made came at a price. However, let me reinforce, that in the end, it all turned out beautifully, but I can’t discount the frustrations we felt while getting to the final event. All the people we spoke with were more than caring and kind, but they didn’t necessarily have the power to make the decisions. Caroline was instrumental in helping us achieve our wedding day vision, she definitely had more say/empowerment than others we spoke with at the Francis Marion. Read less
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Smitca
Wedding:
5/24/2009
4.1/5.0
The venue is very traditional and located in beautiful downtown charleston. Everyone complimented us on the food. The overall event was relatively expensive since everything is a la carte. The best deal is if you supply your own bar, and unlike many other local venues tables chairs and place settings are included in the price which was nice to not have to rent everything.
The venue is very traditional and located in beautiful downtown charleston. Everyone complimented us on the food. The Read more...
The venue is very traditional and located in beautiful downtown charleston. Everyone complimented us on the food. The overall event was relatively expensive since everything is a la carte. The best deal is if you supply your own bar, and unlike many other local venues tables chairs and place settings are included in the price which was nice to not have to rent everything. Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
1/4/2014
3.9/5.0
Overall we where happy with our Wedding! The only thing that could be better explained was the pricing at the end was alittle more then expected however the staff was very helpful!
Overall we where happy with our Wedding! The only thing that could be better explained was the pricing at the end was Read more...
Overall we where happy with our Wedding! The only thing that could be better explained was the pricing at the end was alittle more then expected however the staff was very helpful! Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
2/4/2014
3.8/5.0
Caroline was very helpful in the planning processes! However you need to better explain the payment and the taxes do not go to the minimum! Over all the day was perfect.
Caroline was very helpful in the planning processes! However you need to better explain the payment and the taxes do not Read more...
Caroline was very helpful in the planning processes! However you need to better explain the payment and the taxes do not go to the minimum! Over all the day was perfect. Read less
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ob1
Wedding:
5/27/2006
3.2/5.0
There were a number of day of issues...the room that was promised to us for babysitting purposes.... above the room we used was taken......the food was great and the hotel was very accommodating to our needs and our guests. you cant beat the location either!
There were a number of day of issues...the room that was promised to us for babysitting purposes.... above the room we Read more...
There were a number of day of issues...the room that was promised to us for babysitting purposes.... above the room we used was taken......the food was great and the hotel was very accommodating to our needs and our guests. you cant beat the location either! Read less
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