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This past winter, the Francis Marion Hotel underwent a refurbishment that we are very excited to share!

Not only did our guest rooms receive brand new carpeting, wall paint, draping, and bedding – but we also modernized our Carolina Ballroom located on the Mezzanine Level!

Our Carolina Ballroom was added to our historic property in 2004. This ballroom is by far our largest space measuring over 4,500 square feet and accommodating up to 400 guests for a reception, or 250 guests for a plated dinner. It was transformed from green and red color tones, to invigorating ivories, navy and light blues. With whimsical wallpaper and bold blue accents, it is the freshest, coolest location for your upcoming event!

The cocktail hour space boasts a standing balcony overlooking King Street and Marion Square Park. A great spot for your guests to breath in some fresh air and a fantastic view!

The simplicity of the ballroom offers wedding receptions a great opportunity to customize the set up to your preferences – from adding up-lighting, a monogram on the wall or dancefloor, to draping and lighting from the ceiling.

Below are a few pictures of recent weddings in our Carolina Ballroom this year!

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Place cards play an important role in a Wedding Reception. Not only do they tell the guests where they are sitting, but they also tell the servers what they are enjoying for dinner.
This gives the couple an opportunity to be imaginative with their wedding theme.
Whether it is creative font, dramatic colors, photos, pictures of the couple, or not your standard card- this is a great way to impress your guests.

Below are some fantastic place cards we have seen at past weddings at the Francis Marion Hotel!

Alex Place Cards

Tony & Alex – Tied Guests Names and Table Numbers to the stems of Champagne flutes.  Upon arrival, guests were greeted with cool, crisp Champagne to sip during cocktail hour.


Preston 2


Preston & Lilly – Featured different drawings of Charleston. Guests received drawings of rainbow row, palm trees, horse & buggy, or lanterns.




Neal & Julie – This couples wedding theme was travel. Their table names were cities and countries they had visited together. Their place cards resembled monogramed postage stamps.




Chris & Sarah – Chose Charleston postcards for their guests. The Charleston location featured on the postcard, corresponded with the table name, such as Angel Oak, Patriots Point, Waterfront Park, or Fort Moultrie.

Photographer, Dana Cubbages blog.
© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2015

Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings
Florist: Branch Design Studio
Cake: WildFlour Pastry


Check out a Wedding Reception in our historic Colonial Ballroom currently being featured on!


WeddingRow: Andraya Northrup

Photographer: Reese Moore Weddings | Venue + Caterer: Francis Marion Hotel

Designer: Buckley Events | Hair Stylist: Charleston I Do | Bridesmaids: Lilly Pulitzer

Transportation: Absolutely Charleston | Cake: Publix

Mens Attire: Jos A Banks | Floral Designer: Kelli Shaw Designs

Saturday December 20th, 2014 – from Dock House Digital