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New Canton Plantation offers home for elegant Southern weddings

February 27th, 2012 9:44 am by Katina Rose

 New Canton Plantation offers home for elegant Southern weddings

New Canton Plantation serves as the perfect backdrop for elegant weddings. Photos by Lana Kiser Photography

Who doesn’t want a storybook wedding?


Majestic staircase, beautiful antiques, bridal and groom suites, huge magnolia trees, wind chimes gently swaying in a tree, and lovely grounds with a sweeping outside staircase for the bride to make her entrance. Brides looking for all of this, and a gracious couple to plan an all-event wedding, can find it at the beautiful and secluded New Canton Plantation, conveniently located just 100 yards from Hwy. 11W in Church Hill.



When Angela and Bill Birdsong had the opportunity to purchase this historic home in 2007, they never imagined it would take them into the wedding planning business. After they bought the plantation, several individuals starting asking about holding weddings at their house. They turned to Charles Phillips, owner of Flowers by Copper Creek and a friend of the Birdsongs, for guidance and he started mentoring them in the wedding planning business. The first year they attempted the venture, they held two weddings, and this past year 14 couples enjoyed New Canton Planation as their wedding destination.



“We have six booked now and are hoping to have 15 this year,” said owner Angela Birdsong.



The weddings are held primarily outside on the plantation grounds and the large stone courtyard to the side of the house.
“We did have two inside Christmas weddings this year, but they are limited to 35 people, due to space,” she explained.
Besides the fact that the grounds and house provide numerous unique and charming photo backgrounds for the wedding party, Angela Birdsong provides a very intense rental wedding package that includes large tents, tables, chairs, linens, and set up of the ceremony and reception.



“We will call it an event-ready venue,” Birdsong remarked. A bride can present a budget and Angela will work with area vendors to match the bride’s wishes within the allotted budget. A package can include a one-hour rehearsal and a seven-hour reservation on the day of the wedding. The night before, at the rehearsal, the wedding party can bring their attire and leave it at the house overnight in the stunning and spacious bridal suite, which also includes a secluded veranda for the bride to view the wedding preparations and guests as they arrive for the wedding. Parking attendants are also included to assist the guests when they enter the plantation. The attendants also work the event during and after the reception.



“When the wedding party arrives, we think they shouldn’t have to worry about the small details, it should be ready to go, the linens are on the table and they just have to bring in the food, flowers and photographer, and the wedding is ready to begin. We strive to provide an event-ready experience,” said Bill Birdsong. “When abride gives us a budget and the style she is seeking, we will strive to match her with the appropriate vendor in the area.”


The New Canton Plantation, at approximately 4,500 square feet with nine fireplaces, not only offers a stunning backdrop and rooms filled with southern Tennessee and Georgia period antiques, but it has a captivating history. In the mid 1700s, King George II deeded the original tract of 3,000 acres to Eldridge and Hannibal Hord. The house, along with a Grist Mill, general hardware store, and numerous barns and outbuildings, were built in 1840 by Eldridge Hord, and owned by the Hord family for four generations. The home is estimated to have more than one million bricks, each one handmade and kiln fired. The inside walls are approximately 18 inches thick and, until 1990, the kitchen was actually bricked off from the main living quarters in the house.



The Birdsongs have taken a piece of history, consisting of a formal parlor, a gentlemen’s library, a beautifully-decorated, two-room bridal suite and a groom’s room, each with their own restroom, and a stunning courtyard, and turned it into a bride’s showcase for the perfect Southern wedding. Once you enter the winding drive to New Canton Plantation, step out of your car to the inviting music playing in the courtyard and step into the charming art room entrance, enhanced with unique folk artwork by Bill Birdsong himself, the atmosphere is reminiscent of true Southern mystique.



“One of our best compliments is when a family tells us New Canton Plantation made them feel like they were not only holding a wedding here, but were truly at home in our house,” stated Bill Birdsong.



For more information about New Canton Plantation, call 423-921-4010, visit www.newcantonplantation.com, or “Like” them on Facebook.

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