Bridal Photo Session – You don’t have to travel out of town to find picturesque settings for your bridal portraits. The Caldwell turn-of-the-century interiors and landscaped gardens offer plentiful inspiration for your professional photographer. When you reserve The Caldwell for your wedding, a one-hour pre-wedding bridal shoot in the interior and gardens is included in the event service package. Others may reserve the house and gardens by the hour for bridal photography.
Bridal Shower – Friends and family gather to share the excitement and anticipation of happy occasions with a “shower of wishes” for the bride. Whether inside the charming parlor or outside under the pavilion, The Caldwell provides a warm and welcoming space for your shower, luncheon or brunch. Available catering packages include selections for hot or cold buffet, finger sandwiches, fruit and dessert. Your party can be as simple or as elaborate as the occasion demands.
Rehearsal Dinner – Your Rehearsal Dinner should present an interesting counterpoint to the atmosphere and style of your wedding reception. The rehearsal dinner is typically a smaller gathering of close friends, relatives and a few out-of-town guests. Couples often choose a table-service, plated dinner to calm the pre-wedding jitters! The intimate and elegant setting that The Caldwell provides is well-suited for this more personal affair. Our catering partners offer creative menu options!
Bridal Dressing Parlor – Spend three hours before your church ceremony in our spacious bridal dressing parlor, furnished with an oversized floor mirror to catch your full reflection, a charming vanity table for doing hair and makeup, and a glamorous daybed for relaxing. Invite your hairdresser, makeup artist and photographer!. Some prefer the privacy of our Caldwell Cottage for bridal dressing – your choice! Included in all Caldwell wedding service packages, or reserve separately.
Wedding Ceremony – Choose The Caldwell for your intimate garden or courtyard ceremony. Enter the east garden through a natural arch, along a winding brick path, to the tropical ceremony patio – or gather under the shade of our west garden pavilion to be married in the New Orleans style courtyard setting. Our staff can set up seating for 15 or 150 guests! Reserve for ceremony only or combine with any of our other wedding services.
Wedding Reception – The Caldwell’s interior offers gracious design elements that distinguish this home from ordinary banquet halls. Included in the event service fee are silk florals for inside the home, table linens inside and out, silver fleur-de-lis punch bowl and cake stand, champagne flutes, pressed glass dinnerware, silverware and glassware. The Caldwell is ideally located in the heart of downtown Abbeville within a few blocks of five nearby churches.
Honeymoon Suite – Your wedding at The Caldwell doesn’t end when the cake is served! The bride and groom will enjoy a luxurious wedding night stay in our grand honeymoon suite with its magnificent king-size bed dressed in luxury linens. Relax in the candle-lit double Jacuzzi tub. Enjoy the gas fireplace in a comfortable sitting area – a nice spot for your gourmet in-room breakfast when you wake to greet your first morning as newlyweds!
Guest Accommodations – The Caldwell bed and breakfast offers comfort and convenience to guests attending your wedding. Individual suites, our fully-equipped guest cottage or a whole-house family rental are among the choices. We offer discounted rates to the family and friends of couples who choose The Caldwell for their wedding reception. All rooms have private baths, flat screen TVs and wireless Internet; see photos and amenities on our Bed & Breakfast pages.