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The Francis Marion

Charleston , SC
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387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 US (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 of the city and the Charleston Harbor. As... Read more
Centrally located on beautiful Marion Square, the Francis Marion Hotel is the tallest building in downtown Charleston, offering exquisite views of the city and 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 award-winning restoration.

We have three of the most beautiful ballrooms in the lowcountry. Two of our ballrooms were originally opened over 90 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.



Gillian Crum, Wedding Coordinator

843-937-8699

Gillian.Crum@thefrancismarion.com Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1924
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, 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

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

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
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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Jackie
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Gillian Crum and the staff at the Francis Marion Hotel were exceptional to work with throughout the wedding planning process. My husband and I hosted our wedding reception in the beautiful Gold Ballroom. Our reception went perfectly thanks to Gillian Crum's professionalism, responsiveness, organization skills and attention to detail. We were truly impressed by the service provided not only by Gillian and her event planning staff but by the hotel staff as well (front desk, bellmen, Swamp Fox waiters, etc.) who treated our guests like VIPs from the moment they arrived. I cannot thank Gillian enough for making us feel so at ease on our big day. She deserves to be recognized as someone in the service industry that truly goes above and beyond for her customers. All our expectations were exceeded!

For the brides-to-be reading reviews on venues in Charleston, I highly recommend considering one of the ballrooms at the Francis Marion Hotel for your wedding ceremony and/or reception!!
Gillian Crum and the staff at the Francis Marion Hotel were exceptional to work with throughout the wedding planning Read more...
Gillian Crum and the staff at the Francis Marion Hotel were exceptional to work with throughout the wedding planning process. My husband and I hosted our wedding reception in the beautiful Gold Ballroom. Our reception went perfectly thanks to Gillian Crum's professionalism, responsiveness, organization skills and attention to detail. We were truly impressed by the service provided not only by Gillian and her event planning staff but by the hotel staff as well (front desk, bellmen, Swamp Fox waiters, etc.) who treated our guests like VIPs from the moment they arrived. I cannot thank Gillian enough for making us feel so at ease on our big day. She deserves to be recognized as someone in the service industry that truly goes above and beyond for her customers. All our expectations were exceeded!

For the brides-to-be reading reviews on venues in Charleston, I highly recommend considering one of the ballrooms at the Francis Marion Hotel for your wedding ceremony and/or reception!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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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
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Catering, Wedding Venue
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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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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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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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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
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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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
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue

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