I'm kicking off the SC Spotlight Series by featuring one of my absolute favorite venues - Hidden Acres Cabin in Marion.
(Full Disclosure: I love it so much, I've booked it for my own wedding, but I am not being compensated in any way for this spotlight post.)
One of Hidden Acres' biggest draws is that couples have the use of the property for the WHOLE. WEEKEND. Yes, ladies and gents, you read that right, the whole weekend. So if you want a full-fledged wedding weekend with multiple celebrations, Hidden Acres is a great venue to consider!
Let's start the "tour" with your ceremony options.
Recent couples have really fallen in love with the rustic chapel which is a perfect blank canvas for your ceremony decor. The chapel is made out of reclaimed wood and gorgeous stained glass windows.
It also features 24 reclaimed wood pews, rustic chandeliers, and a built in AV system. The late afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass while you say your vows is a stunning backdrop. You can decorate as much (or as little!) as you desire and still have a gorgeous ceremony.
Outdoor ceremony more your style? You're in luck because there are 37 acres to choose from! Most couples choose the large meadow between the chapel and the pond. The meadow can hold anything from an intimate group of 25 to several hundred guests. One of my personal favorite outdoor ceremony spots is the waterfall near the courtyard.
There honestly is no wrong spot to have your ceremony at Hidden Acres, just the one that works best for your wedding vision. Now let's continue the tour with your reception options.
At Hidden Acres, the sky really is the limit when it comes to reception options! There's an open-air courtyard anchored by a beautiful fountain, perfect for intimate al fresco dining or your cocktail hour.
For a nominal fee, couples can request the Hidden Acres tent to go over the courtyard, which comes complete with perimeter bistro-style lighting.
There is also an enclosed pavilion adjacent to the courtyard with a built-in dance floor, DJ area, and mobile bar. The courtyard and pavilion combined together can host 350 people.
And now we come to the latest Hidden Acres addition that I am sooooo excited to share with y'all!! **Drum roll please**
The Ballroom At Hidden Acres
The crown jewel of the entire property is a 4,000 square foot space called The Ballroom At Hidden Acres. It's currently under construction but the owner has let me know that it will feature 8 gorgeous chandeliers and down-lighting to accent the interior architecture.
Once it's fully completed, I can assure you it is going to be a stunning addition to an already phenomenal venue! Who would have ever imagined a BALLROOM on a FARM?! The possibilities of that combination make my creative lil heart sing!!
Your wedding can truly be whatever you envision with all the options you've got at Hidden Acres. I've been promised photos of The Ballroom once construction has been completed, so keep your eyes out for an update to this post in the future!
Accommodations For You & Your Guests
So after your fabulous wedding, your nearest & dearest are going to need a place to stay, right? I recommend The Inn at Hidden Acres. The Inn can comfortably keep your family & friends close by for all the festivities during the weekend.
There are 4 guest rooms, each with two queen beds and a private bath, all decorated in soothing color palettes. No need to worry about late night trips to a hotel or leaving early on Sunday morning. Like the rest of the property, stay as long as you need to rest from the festivities. (The nightly fee to stay at The Inn is NOT included in your venue rental, but is comparable with local hotel and B&B rates.)
And then there are the accommodations for you, dear couple! The two-bedroom cabin comes with a full kitchen and a hot tub when you're ready to unwind for the night.
Your wedding party can stay with you the night before your wedding, then after your wedding, you can use it as your wedding suite. Leave when you're ready on Sunday, so there's no need to feel rushed.
The Salon & The Groom's Cave
The Salon at Hidden Acres is another great feature for brides and grooms because you don't have to go anywhere to get ready for your wedding!
The Salon is equipped with salon-quality chairs & mirrors, which allows your hair & make-up artists to come to you. Plus, it also means less travel for your photographer & your wedding parties since everything is all in one location.
Don't worry, though, a spot for the guys has been taken care of, too! The Groom's Cave comes equipped with a big screen TV and a full-size pool table to keep the guys occupied while they wait for the ceremony to start. Plus, it's windowless, so the more traditional couple doesn't have to worry about seeing each other before the ceremony if they choose not to have a first look.
Other Great Things To Know
Okay, so this part of the list is huge, but I'll condense it down to just the really important things that will help you out the most.
First, you have complete freedom to choose your own creative team (aka your fabulous wedding vendors).
Second, your rental starts Friday morning and ends on Sunday whenever you (or your representatives) are done cleaning.
Third, the rental comes with its own set of chairs, 60" round tables, cocktail tables (round & farm table style), plus 2 full-size farm tables.
Last, but certainly not least, one of the best benefits of Hidden Acres is the fact that you have a BUILT-IN RAIN PLAN for your entire weekend. If stormy weather comes up, move everything inside and keep the celebration going! From a planner's perspective, the peace of mind that comes from having an built-in "Plan B" is priceless...can't stress the importance of a rain plan enough!
Ready To Book?
Due to the beauty of the venue and all the extra goodies that are included with your rental, it goes without saying that Hidden Acres is HIGHLY in demand with couples across the state. They've been voted "Best Of" for several years straight and have been featured in multiple wedding blogs for obvious reasons.
I have it on good authority that they are already booking 2017 dates, so if you want to tour this gem of a venue, contact me today and let's get it scheduled. I am confident that you'll love Hidden Acres!!