Finally, you said yes to your fiancé and to Charleston! Now it is time to look at wedding dates and charleston wedding venues. In fact, Charleston consistently ranks as one of the most desirable destination wedding locations. Because of the plethora of dreamy historic properties, outdoor venues, and waterfront options, deciding on the best venue for your wedding day is no easy task. In the meantime, take a look at our picks for Charleston’s top wedding venues! With this in mind, hopefully, we help you narrow down your selection.
The Cedar Room is the perfect venue for you to create unforgettable moments with the love of your life, and to wow your family and friends! Please check out the information below to learn more about The Cedar Room, or email us to discuss the details of your special day.
Located at the historic Cigar Factory, The Cedar Room is an open and airy space featuring historic wood columns, hardwood floors and original elements of the circa 1881 building. Rustic brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view of the architecturally acclaimed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge- provide a one-of-a-kind setting for the perfect Charleston wedding.
Stable View offers the perfect backdrop for a rustic barn wedding with a romantic feel. Situated on one thousand acres, the International Equestrian facility offers a number of choices for your wedding day. These include two indoor venues; The Main Barn and Pavilion there are several options for outdoor ceremony sites for either venue.
The Main Barn is a quintessential rustic barn offering spectacular views of the rolling countryside and amazing sunsets.
As a LEED (Gold) Certified facility, the Pavilion offers an environmentally conscious experience and aims to minimize the carbon footprint of events. The three-story building consists of an observation deck, craftsman style pub, an elevator and a state-of-the-art reception hall with three hundred and sixty degree views of the Internationally acclaimed Eventing course and Dressage arena.
Picture your ceremony on the lawn with dinner and dancing in the Main Hall and Charleston’s best caterers at your service. Trinity Hall is the perfect canvas to create your wedding vision.
Located in Charleston’s Westside Neighborhood with plentiful onsite parking and native landscaped surroundings. Contemporary architecture and simple classic design offer a versatile backdrop for any style of event. Make your vision come to life – a neutral color palette and clean lines, the Main Hall sets the stage for endless possibilities.
Bringing the intimacy of a private property with the sweet southern hospitality for you and your guests. Have your beautiful ceremony alongside the marsh and encapture the lowcountry experience! It is impossible to step foot onto the property, and not be able to picture an amazing wedding under the oaks or rehearsal dinner by the marsh. The property is 8 acres and has a 2500 square ft wrap-around porch, which makes for the ultimate sunset location over the Wando River.
The River Course clubhouse claims magnificent placement on an ancient bluff of large, live oaks between the Kiawah River and Bass Pond. Its original design, the work of Shope Reno Wharton, became a major influence on future architecture across the Island. When, in 2010, expansive renovations began, Member feedback dictated much of McKellar Associates’ updated design. The shingle-style structure was expanded and now includes a restaurant, bar, grill, lounging spaces, and a 4,500-square-foot ballroom. A cutting-edge fitness room and men’s and women’s locker facilities allow for easy transition between a round of golf and clubhouse cocktails with friends. The venue aptly serves to celebrate authentic spirit while great walls of windows overlooking the surrounding land and waterways ensure that nature, itself, is a guest at every gathering.
Whether you’ve been fantasizing about this day since you were eight years-old or from the precise moment you said, “yes,” you know exactly how you want your big day to look, sound, taste and feel. Whether you want barefoot “I-dos” on the beach, a lavish ballroom reception or anything in between—your vision for happily ever after can begin right here on our unspoiled barrier island off Charleston, SC in a destination wedding that you, your family and your friends will never, ever forget.
Circa 1798, The Gadsden House is listed on the National Historic Register + celebrated as one of the top 10 historic properties to preserve in Charleston.
Four grand parlor rooms boast original heart pine floors, impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful fireplaces, crystal chandeliers + neutral “paper white” walls, as well as a sound system + adaptive climate control.
Three intimate courtyards showcase a mix of bluestone, Charleston brick + oyster tabby surfaces. Magnolias, crepe myrtles + palm trees create an intimate urban oasis. Custom tenting options ensure versatile use of the outdoor spaces, rain or shine.
Expansive Southern piazzas, complete with gas lanterns + traditional “haint blue” ceilings, offer views of the property’s lush courtyard gardens + Charleston’s waterfront.
A beautifully furnished bridal suite + handsomely appointed groom’s quarters allow for all day relaxation for the entire wedding party!
Whether you are planning a large wedding or an intimate elopement, the Governor Thomas Bennett House is a beautiful, historic venue that encompasses all the charm historic Charleston has to offer. Our Crescent Garden is the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding ceremony around the pineapple fountain, under the shade of a 200 year old oak. Following the ceremony, guests are invited into the House for cocktail hour. The reception is held outdoors on the Side Lawn adjacent to the Crescent Garden. The bridal party and guests may enjoy full use of the home and gardens the day of the wedding. A Bridal Suite on the second floor and a Groom’s “Man Cave” on the ground floor provide the perfect space to prepare for your special day.
From the inspiring surroundings and warm hospitality to the fabulous fare, Emeline provides an experience that will leave guests speechless. We will handle every aspect of a wedding or party with the grace and perfection of a true Southern host. With the lush garden accents, an inviting central fireplace, and intimate seating areas, The Courtyard is the ideal setting for making gatherings come to life. It is the ideal space for events up to 180 guests and the inviting seating areas can be incorporated into the design or removed to accommodate different configurations. The Greenhouse is a Charleston green covered atrium structure overlooking a focal brick fireplace punctuated by crystal chandeliers and surrounded by trellises covered in fragrant blooming jasmine. It is the perfect backdrop for receptions up to 100 people or dinners with up to 70 guests. For those seeking a more formal reception, dinner and dancing, Hayne Street Gallery is a lovely venue for up to 240 guests featuring a wall of windows sweeping with natural light, and the recently updated interior lends a fresh canvas for a variety of design and décor ideas. The private dining room at Frannie & The Fox, The Den, is a wonderful option for rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches or executive dinners for up to 40 guests. For larger receptions, it can also incorporate the al fresco dining area of the restaurant to offer both indoor and outdoor space.
Parcel 32 brings together the best of the old and the new. Housed in an 1837 Charleston single home, it was thoughtfully renovated to breathe new life into the building, resulting in an enchanting setting matching the vibrancy of Upper King Street. Each space was meticulously designed to create a modern twist on a historic backdrop, from the custom-designed ornate tile flooring and lush plant wall in the courtyard entrance, to the sleek gold accents and second-story Parlour with adjoining piazza overlooking bustling King Street. This venue is ideal for guest counts of 150 or less.
Take advantage of the natural beauty of Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and say “I Do” surrounded by stunning ocean views in our Ocean View Pavilion or The Shipyard Beach Club. The perfect day and a lifetime of memories begin at Sonesta where exceptional spaces and extraordinary offerings combine to create the perfect wedding venue.
Old Wide Awake Plantation has been entertaining guests for more than 200 years. It began as a 24-hour convenience store for the Wide Awake Ferry that crossed to the island across the waterway. A wedding at Old Wide Awake Plantation is the event of a lifetime. The old southern charm of this circa 1800 plantation home is alive in every nuance of the property. Imagine your guests pulling up to an extensive tree-lined entrance with the grand plantation home and its pristine glory awaiting at the end of the drive. Old Wide Awake Plantation is a truly unique and historic setting for any size celebration. Our wide wrap-around covered porch provides a welcoming outdoor space for seating or simply receiving. Seating areas are also available in the informal bar area inside the ivy-covered archways under the porch, as well as on our new outside 30’x70′ brushed travertine patio. Old Wide Awake Plantation is a perfect wedding or rehearsal venue. Your wedding is the most memorable day of your life. Old Wide Awake Plantation has been hosting weddings since 1991. Whether yours is small and intimate or large and opulent, let the experienced staff at Old Wide Awake Plantation help make your celebration a smooth success.
Hank’s Social Hall is an elevated gathering space for private events in Charleston’s Historic District. Delivering the classic Hank’s Seafood experience with award-winning cuisine and white jacket service in a unique setting, with one goal in mind – to create a memorable experience for you and your guests. From generous gatherings to simply dining with your nearest and dearest, newly-built Hank’s Social Hall offers a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your event. It has 2,140 square feet of flexible space with natural light, exclusive catering from Hank’s Seafood Restaurant with customized culinary offerings available, accommodates up to 120 seated guests, and is located in the prime setting of Charleston’s Historic District.
The Arbor Room transports guests to an urban oasis, using an open and airy concept. Whether a posh wedding ceremony and reception, swanky cocktail party, or educational corporate conference, our blank canvas lays a foundation for creativity and allows for individual expression to showcase or commemorate any occasion.
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.
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.
Terrebonne Wedding & Event Venue transports you and your guests to a slice of southern paradise. As seen on HGTV and Southern Charm, Terrebonne is the exclusive destination for weddings, private parties, and corporate soirees for up to 100 guests. Boasting a perfectly manicured grand lawn, waterfront views, private dock, and breathtaking backdrop of the home, Terrebonne Wedding & Events accommodates guests and vendors with ease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.