Hopelands Gardens




Wrapped behind a serpentine brick wall and under a canopy of ancient oaks, deodar cedars and magnolias, is Hopelands Gardens. Bequeathed to the City of Aiken by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, this 14 acre estate was opened in 1969 as a public garden. Radiating throughout the gardens is a network of paths shaded under 100 year old live oaks. Take a walk with your soon-to-be spouse and bridal party on the lazy curves of the paths and garden borders that weave through the garden grounds for a spectacular photoshoot. Your guests will be greeted by the two stone greyhound sculptures keeping watch over three magnificent fountains that make up the forefront of the view. The rock fountains are brimming with sparkling waters that your guests will delight in. Have your wedding ceremony outside on the green lined with woodlands or near the quaint, historic Joan Tower Gazebo with vintage design. Have your dream wedding in the dream location and feel like you have stepped into a Jane Austen novel for your special day.

Venue Style

Park/Garden, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 10:00AM. Events must end by 5:30PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $40 for a ceremony and includes 2 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $15/hr. A refundable security deposit of $40 is required. All events must end by sunset. Reception available on adjacent estate, see Rye Patch listing for details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Hopelands Gardens is estimated at between $4,076 and $5,156 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.



Amenities Included

No kitchen
Parking can be arranged
Bride's dressing area available for an additional fee
Groom's dressing area available for an additional fee

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Music must end by 5:30PM
No alcohol allowed
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