A Historic Island Style Wedding

One of the reasons I love weddings on Hilton Head Island is the variety of venues there are to choose from. Historic Honey Horn Plantation at the Coastal Discovery Museum is on the top of my list because it truly reflects the history and southern charm of our area.

Once a working cotton plantation, Honey Horn offers several areas of the property to host a wedding or even a rehearsal dinner. The Mary Ann Peeples Pavilion is a 4,000 sq. ft. covered area with plenty of options to set-up a wedding reception. Right next to the pavilion are several gorgeous live oak trees that create the perfect backdrop for a ceremony.

Also on the property is a terrace with fountain that overlooks Jarvis Creek.  Couples have the option of renting the entire facility, or just a part of the plantation. This flexibility of options is appealing to couples as they consider their budget and style.

The property has plenty of parking, great accessibility to the north and south ends of the island, clean enclosed restrooms, and a great kitchen for your caterer. It also can accommodate hundreds of guests! (In case you plan on inviting all your cousins twice removed!).  Guests appreciate the history of the property and the uniqueness of the space.

My favorite wedding so far at Honey Horn Plantation was last weekend, Amy and Peter. Amy, from Atlanta, and Peter, South African, met at a bar (yes, it does happen) two years ago and had an instant connection since Amy had just happened to travel to his native area. Peter owns property on Hilton Head Island and thought that since his family would be traveling already, why not spend a week with everyone enjoying the area as well.

Their wedding was host to 90 guests (our average there is about 150 at Honey Horn) and they married under the breathtaking oak trees and dined on family style rectangular tables. Sherri from Sherri’s Edible Designs made a scrumptious 3-tiered wedding cake and we served it with an ice cream sundae bar.  The Tent Factory, lit the pavilion with amazing twinkle lights, draping and lanterns to create a southern-romantic ambiance.

Other amazing lighting designers are Jamie and Liz Bodie of JLK Events. They also have a photo booth for rental which the guests have a blast taking pictures all night long (and it is fun to see the progression of the guests throughout the night as the bar remains open!) Old Savannah Tours has open air trolleys for your guests to shuttle to and from their hotel accommodations.

Tips for a successful Honey Horn wedding, or any outdoor wedding in this area,:

  1. Have a back-up plan.  Make sure you reserve a tent for your function. Classic Party Rentals is a full service tent and event rental company.
  2. Spray for the pesky noseeums (pronounced ‘no-see’ums)-any they are pesky! Contact a pest control company but make sure the products they are environmentally safe and they company is cleared through Honey Horn Plantation.
  3. Consider your date carefully. June and July are HOT here in the south. If you plan a summer wedding, make your guests comfortable with fans and possibly some nice cool lemonade and bottled water upon arrival.

If you don’t marry at Honey Horn, I encourage you to at least make sure you visit during your Hilton Head Island vacation.

Best Wishes!