You’ve said yes to your fiancé and to Charleston, now its time to start looking at dates and wedding venues. When you’ve planned your dream wedding day, you want a wedding venue that brings that vision to life. Charleston is consistently ranked at the top of the country’s wedding rankings, and with the plethora of dreamy historic properties, plantations, and waterfront options deciding on the best venue for the big day is no easy task. Take a look at our picks for the city’s top wedding venues to help you narrow down your selection.
The beautifully-restored Rutledge House, located in the heart of historic Downtown Charleston, is the area’s newest premier venue. Prepare to step into a classic example of Charleston elegance, an ideal venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, social gatherings, and corporate functions.
A seamless blend of 18th-century charm and modern sophistication, The William Aiken House welcomes guests into a peaceful retreat just inside its stately gates on Upper King Street. Formal dining rooms and parlors showcase a collection of museum-caliber artwork and antiques, while a two-century-old magnolia tree is the centerpiece of sunlit courtyards, manicured lawns and an elegant pergola.
Lowndes Grove Plantation stands proudly along the oak-lined banks of the Ashley River. Distinguished on the National Register for Historic Places, this beautifully restored estate offers an unparalleled backdrop for one-of-a-kind meetings, weddings, corporate receptions and private celebrations. The Main House showcases 1786-era architecture with period furnishings, an expansive piazza, grand lawn and sunlit terraces made of bluestone, brick and oyster tabby. Within this relaxed and refined setting, the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry unfolds with panoramic sunset views along the waterfront.
Legare Waring House
The Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston‘s hidden gem, is unique not only for it’s beauty but also for it‘s rich history. Built in the 1840’s, the modest two-story cottage was a part of Old Town Plantation. By 1865, after the burning of the plantation‘s great house during the Civil War, this structure became the most significant shelter on the property for the beleaguered Parker and Legare families. In the 1930’s, Ferdinanda Izlar Legare Backer Waring became the sole owner of Old Town Plantation and the last of nine families to own the property.
Inspired by the timeless beauty of a 19th century Charleston home, we honored her elegance, the wisdom of her years, by creating an airy, garden-inspired dining experience around it. This classic-meets-cosmopolitan ambiance mirrors our culinary approach: take the ultimate ingredients—whether an architectural treasure or the perfection of just-caught seafood—and uplift them with a deft touch of imagination and expertise.
The Pavilion at Patriots Point
The Pavilion at Patriots Point offers a setting and venue that is completely unique. It is our belief that there will never be two weddings exactly the same; it is because of this that our venue is perfect for any bride. Create the ultimate waterfront wedding and have it be as distinctive as you are.
Governor Thomas Bennett House
The Governor Thomas Bennett House, circa 1825, is one of the grandest and most beautiful houses in Charleston, South Carolina. It is available for corporate events, private parties, luncheons, wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners.
Opened in 1942 as Charleston‘s premier movie house, the American Theater’s regal Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour make this sophisticated event venue worthy of red carpets and dazzling marquees.
The Mills House
Experience the ultimate in southern charm at our hotel in the heart of historic Charleston. Opened in 1853, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a unique hotel close to the Museum Mile and many historic downtown sights. We are a full service hotel with warm hospitality and friendly services, concierge staff and valet parking.
Marion’s in the French Quarter
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Marion’s in the French Quarter is the Charleston wedding venue. It is also perfect for your wedding reception, corporate event, business meeting, or other unforgettable soiree. Whether intimate or lavish, Marion’s party event venue has the space to accommodate and leave your guests talking with over 4,000 square feet of rental capacity. Separate bar and dining room areas provide you with limitless staging possibilities and elaborate archways and columns give that extra spark of drama.
Harborside East, a waterfront venue located on Patriot‘s Point in Charleston. With its striking views of the Charleston skyline and harbor, it’s an ideal choice for couples who want an elegant wedding with a waterfront outdoor ceremony. The modern building features a posh interior with marble accents, sophisticated lighting and panoramic views of the iconic Ravenel Bridge. Harborside provides 4 waterfront ceremony sites and a banquet facility that provides ample space to create a thoughtful guest flow with plenty of room for dancing, cocktails, and conversation. There are unique stainless steel indoor and outdoor bars so you guests can enjoy drinks with harbor views. Floor to ceiling windows add an expansive quality to the banquet hall.
The Creek Club at I’On
With its waterfront location and unforgettable views, the Creek Club at I’On is a picturesque venue with over 5,000 square feet of space including wide, beautiful porches. The Creek Club can accommodate between 75 and 300-guest events. The spacious, open floor plan features tall oversized windows, high ceilings with exposed rafters, and two grand fireplaces. The large lawn overlooking the creek and marsh is perfect for outdoor ceremonies or oyster roasts with a view. Beautifully landscaped with native foliage including live oaks, palms, and azaleas, the gardens are a sight to behold year-round.
After an extensive, remarkable adaptive reuse project, this building is once again ready for primetime as the Historic District‘s premier venue. Historic bricks and wood columns provide glimpses into the circa 1856 building’s industrial past. Bespoke, luxurious interiors complement history to culminate a landmark venue. Merchants Hall is palpably exciting, while maintaining and emphasizing Charleston’s unique history and culture. Boasting spectacular views of the City Market, this is the location to experience Charleston’s finest.
With three event spaces, each with its own unique view of the Harbor and downtown Charleston, an event at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor provides a beautiful coastal venue for all your wedding events. Explore the Cottages to host your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and bridal showers.
If you’ve been dreaming of a Lowcountry wedding, then RiverTowne Country Club is the obvious choice! RiverTowne Country Club features a large plantation style clubhouse that overlooks a 200 acre, award-winning golf course. The elevated ballroom features large windows and panoramic marsh views, which are breathtaking at sunset.
Charleston Yacht Club Flag Room
A 2067 + sq. ft. ballroom w/hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, LED drop lights, skylights, cathedral windows, outside riverside porch & decks and bride sequester room. Rates include tables, chairs, white linens and a preferred catering list selected for food quality and value. You supply all beverages for your guests, and we’ll do the setup per your specifications and breakdown the room. 50% deposit & signed contract locks you in - remaining balance not due until 30 days out from your date. All rates are for a 5 hour event, with complimentary additional hours to decorate
Cooper River Room
Stunning panorama. Thanks to its perch on the Cooper River, in the footprint of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, this new event space boasts one particularly breathtaking attribute- the view. Situated amid Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park, this venue is unparalleled.
With stunning architecture and exquisitely appointed Ballrooms, we are the ultimate destination for your wedding. Whether 100 or 600 guests, the Charleston Gaillard Center’s unique collection of spaces, each with its own unique look and its own brand of vibrant appeal can be set-up to create the perfect backdrop to impress your guests. The Gaillard Center offers quintessential charm with a complete range of supporting services and amenities. Located in the heart of Charleston famed Historic District, with accommodations to suit all tastes, we are the perfect venue for your wedding.
The famous Avenue Of Oaks is a ¾ mile of 270 year old giant live oaks draped with Spanish moss that is one of the most breathtaking wonders of nature anywhere in the world. It is an awesome spectacle and creates a spectacular backdrop and the perfect setting to let those memories for a lifetime unfold in a variety of ways.
Charleston Tea Plantation
The Bigelow family, William Barclay Hall and the staff of the plantation stand ready to bring you the tea experience of your life. We’re located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the lowcountry just a few miles south of the historic city of Charleston.
Rooted in rich history and the deep culture of the South, our beginning dates back to 1676 when the Drayton family called Magnolia home. In 1870 they extended an invitation to visitors to experience the thousands of beautiful flowers in their famous romantic gardens. Today, at nearly 500 acres and with the distinction of being America’s oldest public gardens, we hope to extend the same gracious hospitality to your guests as the Drayton family did in the past to make your guests feel welcomed on your wedding day.
A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place is an unforgettable setting for one-of-a-kind weddings – and an enduring, vibrant, essential part of the American experience. Its sweeping views of the Ashley River, iconic House Museum, moss-draped, centuries-old oak trees, meticulously manicured gardens bursting with color and sculpted terraces, an array of unique indoor and outdoor spaces for both the ceremony and reception, plus a 55-room Inn make Middleton Place one of Charleston’s most treasured wedding venues. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate ceremony with friends and family, or a grand wedding weekend of myriad celebrations, we’ll help you craft memories that last a lifetime.
This charming, private property lies between Magnolia and Middleton Plantations in St. Andrew‘s parish. Like those gardens, Runnymede can be accessed from Ashley River Road. Your guests’ experience begins as soon as they enter through the iron gates, down a proper, picturesque dirt path surrounded by a canopy of centuries old trees, twisting vines and Spanish moss. At the road’s end, the forest opens up to
reveal a vast meadow displaying pristine lawns and
punctuated with magnolia trees and an oak tree so large it is a sight upon itself. Beyond the meadow, an unobstructed view of the Ashley River, lazily floating by provides the perfect backdrop for any event. The rich, Southern history is apparent through the brick ruins of the old Victorian style Plantation house, creating a romantic mystique, intensified as the night falls and the dramatic landscape lighting is cued.
Pavilion at Pepper Plantation
Located on the beautifully landscaped grounds of Pepper Plantation, this award-winning, barn inspired pavilion is an ideal venue for your special event. The Pavilion is perfectly designed for hosting outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events or any other social gathering. Its deep lowcountry-style porches, exposed wooden beams, massive fireplaces, fire pits and a beautiful waterfront gazebo help to create a unique backdrop for a truly Southern Affair.
The 37-acre McLeod Plantation Historic Site is located on James Island, just across the Ashley River from historic downtown Charleston. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old. Set against the backdrop of a restored antebellum plantation house, the tree-lined estate offers a beautiful and historic setting for multiple-sized groups. The interior of the plantation house offers a bridal suite and groom’s quarters on the second floor.
Cypress Trees Plantation
Cypress Trees Plantation is Edisto Island’s most unique and private wedding, reception and event venue. Dating back to the
late 1700’s, this old world property is eloquently highlighted with gorgeous marsh views, expansive lawns and ancient oaks.
Imagine your special day on the beautiful, shimmering waters of Charleston Harbor, one of the most majestic harbors on the eastern sea board. Charleston Harbor Tours will make your wedding day unforgettable. Come aboard the Carolina Belle for a fun filled evening of dining and dancing under the stars. See the many church steeples that dot the skyline and take in the breathtaking sunset as you realize why we have been dubbed the “Holy City.”
Celebrate your I do’s at this unique waterfront venue available to just FIVE brides each year. You and your guests will be immersed in a plantation-style setting amongst Live Oaks, Spanish moss, and the Wando River. The Landing has all the advantages of a secluded LowCountry setting yet remains a mere 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. Serenity abounds and creates a perfect ambiance, leaving a lasting memory of the most important day of your life.
Carolina Yacht Girl
Treat your guests to an unforgettable Charleston wedding on the Carolina Girl yacht. Whether you select to wed on the upper deck overlooking the picturesque Charleston battery or tour the harbor for your reception, you will have the most amazing experience and view. This Charleston SC wedding venue delivers an incomparable view of the city from the water.
Citadel Beach House
The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston and South Carolina that is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, The Citadel has an undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend The Citadel Graduate College, a civilian evening and online program that offers graduate and professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.
The Island House
The Island House sits on a private island on the banks of the Stono River. With stunning sunsets, a 180 degree view of the river, and a constant island breeze you can be assured to have your own little piece of the Lowcountry.
From elegant and formal affairs to beach chic events, at Wild Dunes Resort, we know a thing or two about weddings. Choose from an array of charming and picturesque ceremony and reception venues – including those with views of the pristine Isle of Palms shores. With expert help from our Events and Catering team, who work with top-notch Charleston area wedding vendors, you can enjoy a stress-free event knowing every moment will be flawless.
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
Located in the #1 city in the U.S. (Condé Nast Traveler), Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a world-class destination offering elegant accommodations, an expansive list of amenities and activities, and a prime waterfront location. We invite you to experience true southern hospitality here at our Charleston resort, where we focus on creating a unique and memorable guest experience enveloped by charm and gracious service.
Our Aquarium Galleries and Harbor Overlook comfortably accommodate guest counts from 50 to 500 and enable creative placement of food and action stations, bar service, dance floors and musical entertainment. Personalize your event with one-of-a-kind experiences including animal encounters, divers sharing your personalized message in our legendary tanks and incredible photo opportunities. The versatile Aquarium Galleries and Harbor Overlook will set the backdrop for your memorable event.
Upstairs at Midtown
Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston on Upper King Street, Upstairs at Midtown is the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony + reception, rehearsal dinner, or welcome party! Our historic venue boasts beautiful exposed brick walls, coffered ceilings, original heart pine floors, gorgeous fireplaces + chandeliers, as well as a private rooftop patio.
The Historic Rice Mill offers the best of the Lowcountry. Breathtaking waterfront views, historic property, and a well planned space, all tied together with perfect food and beverage options to create your dream wedding or bring your special event to life.
A stunning backdrop for bridal celebrations, the Wentworth Mansion offers multiple unique and magical settings for small weddings. No matter what your vision, an intimate ceremony in our Grand Mansion Suite or a lively cocktail reception on our lush lawn, our warm, talented team ensures every detail - from hors d’oeuvres and table settings to Champagne toasts and delicious Lowcountry cuisine - is elegant, effortless, and just as you dreamed it would be.
South Carolina Society Hall was designed by Gabriel Manigault and built between 1799 and 1804. The portico, designed by Frederick Wesner, was added in 1825. It is regarded as one of the most historic and beautiful buildings in the nation.
Like us for our impeccable wedding style, love us for our attention to detail and boutique details. From curated vintage china to our estate silver collection, our dedication to true hospitality is everywhere you look.
Alhambra Hall is nestled in the Old Village section of Mount Pleasant. Overlooking the Charleston Harbor, this former Ferry Terminal is appointed with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and breezy southern porches that wrap three sides of the building. We host only one event per day so there are no conflicts between events.