Historic Charleston exudes romance with gorgeous historic buildings, sprawling ancient oak trees, and cobblestone streets. Many properties along the waterfront offer stunning views of the sunset and the Ashley River. Several historic mansions are available for rent, including the William Aiken House, Wickliffe House, and Gadsden House. Take full advantage of the waterfront with A Charleston Beach Wedding, Harbourside East, or The Harbor Club.
1.Elliot House Inn
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The Elliot House Inn is one of the most popular and beloved hotels in Charleston's historic district, providing you with the perfect retreat without the need to even leave the city The hotel grounds are shaded with beautiful sweeping oak trees that are hundreds of years old, and the house itself exudes a touch of Southern charm and sophistication that is hard to match elsewhere. It is the perfect wedding venue for those who want the historical richness and elegance Charleston is known for. The beautiful courtyard can be used for the ceremony, or you can book the inn and have your ceremony elsewhere. Weddings at the Elliot House must book the entire inn, providing your wedding party and guests with the accommodations and everything that Charleston has to offer.
78 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-518-6500
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A downtown restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor settings as well as all-inclusive event services, Cannon Green is a good option for a couple who wishes to celebrate in true Charleston style. The venue is both sophisticated and festive, and the restaurant will create an original menu for each couple customized to their tastes and preferences. The rose sangria is to die for, so you are really missing out if you don't choose to include it on your menu. Their dedicated event management staff can help arrange all the important details, from the music to the food and drinks to the elegant decorations.
103 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-817-7311
3.A Charleston Beach Wedding
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Billed as the "original beach wedding company" in the Charleston area, Charleston Beach Wedding specializes in beach weddings, just as the name would suggest. Wedding venues include both beaches near Charleston as well as the barrier islands a bit farther out. They can accommodate a wide variety of requests, including a simple private ceremony, a small family gathering, or a large elaborate event. They are able to provide anything and everything you can think of to make your big day a success and offer assistance with caterers, accommodations, caterers, hair and makeup artists, photographers, and more. This option is perfect for out-of-towners who wish to get married at a beautiful beach destination near Charleston.
31 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439, Phone: 843-518-2183
4. The Cottages on Charleston Harbor
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The Cottages on Charleston Harbor is a collection of 10 luxurious, two-bedroom cottages with full kitchens and private screened porches to enjoy the waterfront views. Enjoy the view with downtown Charleston and Fort Sumter both in sight. Exchange nuptials on one of their two lawn and beach areas overlooking the harbor for a truly unique ceremony. Each lawn can hold up to 125 guests. Continue to your reception on one of the lawns or the poolside clubhouse. Good Food Catering takes care of dinner, and each couple can choose to customize their meal to their own style whether it be a high-class elegant affair or a casual Lowcountry boil. Read more
16 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 866-901-2668
5.Cooper River Room
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Cooper River Room is a convention center that offers stunning views of Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. In fact, the center was designed carefully around the view and offers one of the best views in the area. They have two venue options that can be used for weddings or other events. The first is the impressive Cooper River Room, which has seating for 150 in a stunning room complete with hand-forged iron chandeliers, a catering kitchen, a 7-foot gas fireplace, and a large adjacent lawn where you can put up a tent. For smaller parties, the Sweetgrass Pavilion offers similar magnificent views of the River in a more intimate setting.
99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-849-8091
6.Cottage on the Creek
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Cottage on the Creek is a multi-level venue in Shem Creek with an expansive waterfront deck that looks out onto some of the best views of the city. The venue features multiple levels with a variety of venue options ranging from outdoor tents to a large interior room or a rooftop deck that is simply stunning at sunset. They can accommodate up to 175 guests indoors or 300 for an outdoor reception. For those who want to make an unforgettable wedding entrance, you can choose to arrive via boat and park at the venue's private 60-foot boat dock, which is especially beloved by boating enthusiasts.
130 Mill Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-605-2083
7.Creek Club at I'On
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The Creek Club at I'On is a picture-perfect wedding venue that features more than 5,000 square feet of space perfect for events with between 75 and 300 guests. Their gorgeous, spacious porches that are so iconic of the South are a special highlight. Your ceremony can take place on the large, beautifully landscaped lawn overlooking the nearby creek and marshlands or you can have it inside where the interior features large windows allowing in a lot of natural light, high ceilings with beautiful exposed beams, and two impressive fireplaces. The onsite restaurant can help plan a menu that is perfect for your wedding, including a selection of appetizers, chef-stations, buffets, and plated dinners, giving you plenty to choose from.
44 Saturday Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-606-2083
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Founders Hall is a one-of-a-kind venue located on the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. This site on the banks of the Ashley is known by many to be the birthplace of the state of South Carolina. The venue's Great Hall has room for up to 300 standing guests or 235 seated. The space conveniently features a fully equipped catering kitchen. The nearby courtyard is beautifully landscaped and can be used for an outdoor ceremony. There are tent stakes for those who wish to have a covered outdoor space, while the indoor lounge space is a more intimate area that is ideal for events of less than 50 people.
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-849-8091
9.Francis Marion Ho
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Francis Marion Hotel is a historical hotel that opened in 1924 and was named after the Revolutionary War Hero Francis Marion. At the time it was built, the hotel was the most impressive in the Carolinas. In 1996, it was beautifully restored to an updated and modern version of its original grandeur. The hotel has three beautiful ballrooms that can be used for wedding receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, or other events. The spaces feature beautiful details like antique chandeliers, 20-foot ceilings, large windows, and fireplaces. The venue's event coordinator can help organize all of the details, including a dance floor, catering, china, linens, and more.
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-722-0600
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Harbourside East is a beautiful waterfront venue located in Patriot's Point at the base of the Ravenal Bridge. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown, the venue has a gorgeous view of the skyline and harbor. For those who want an elegant outdoor ceremony on the waterfront, this is an obvious choice, especially as there are four different spaces available for a waterfront ceremony. The interior boasts ample room for a reception in the modern and sophisticated space perfect for dancing, cocktails, and celebrations. The space features both outdoor and indoor bars that are perfect for enjoying the view with a drink in hand.
28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, Phone: 843-606-2718
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The Harbour Club is a private social club that offers a traditional Southern atmosphere along with modern luxury and sophistication. The Harbour Club claims status as the city's premier business and social club, and the 200-year old building can accommodate up to 300 guests. Event options can range from intimate bridal brunches, dinners, or luncheons up to large weddings and receptions. The beautiful and romantic terrace on the third floor is perfect for an al fresco cocktail hour. The on-site events department is prepared to offer everything you need for your event, including catering and other amenities and services.
35 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-9680
12.Historic Rice Mill Building
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The Historic Rice Mill Building is a historic building situated on the downtown waterfront. It is one of only three historic rice mills from before the Civil War that still exist in the city today. The space is quite versatile and includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. Outdoor events in the evening have the benefit of a beautiful sunset view over the Ashley River. However, the waterfront is beautiful any time of day. The event space on the ground floor features exposed brick, plank wood floors, pressed tin ceilings, and huge windows as well as a dance floor and bar. The venue has its own, exclusive catering company that offers restaurant-quality food and customizable menus.
17 Lockwood Drive #101, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-7952
13.Legare Waring House
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The Legare Waring House is another venue located at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, the historic site where the Carolinas were founded. The property's Avenue of Oaks provides a picturesque venue for an outdoor wedding with its massive, ancient oak trees. The building itself is a two-story cottage that was built in the 1840s, and while not as large as some of the properties on our list, the charm more than makes up for it. The venue can hold up to 300 guests with both indoor and outdoor spaces. There are four bridal suites with private bathrooms in each, a two-story groom's quarter with gentlemen's lounge, card table and mini fridge, and a full-service catering kitchen.
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-849-8091
14.Lowndes Grove Plantation
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The Lowndes Grove Plantation, alternatively known as The Grove or Grove Farm for short, is a plantation house dating to 1786 and situated on Charleston's beautiful Ashley River. The home is one of the most beautiful antebellum homes in the city and is surrounded by beautiful centuries-old oak trees. The interior is furnished with period pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, offering a refined and historic environment for your wedding. There are bluestone terraces that overlook the waterfront and provide a nice place to view the sunset. Ceremonies and receptions can be held either outdoors on the spacious lawn or indoors in the piazza, which can both hold up to 750 guests, making it one of the best options on our list for a couple with a large guest list.
266 St. Margaret Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-853-1810
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15.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was founded in 1676 and for centuries has been a popular place for a variety of events. If you love gardens and want to have an outdoor wedding, this place is a sure bet. The romantic gardens of Magnolia Plantation often make the lists of the best gardens in the region, state, and country. There are several unique locations throughout the gardens where you can have your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, and more. The covered spaces in the Carriage House, Conservatory, Veranda, and Pavilion all offer a beautiful backdrop with massive oak trees, beautiful flowers, waterfront views, and more at each site. There are also beautiful lawns available if you prefer an outdoor event.
3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, Phone: 843-571-1266
16.Marion's in the French Quarter
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Get married right in the heart of downtown Charleston at Marion's in the French Quarter. You and your guests will enjoy the charm and history of the cobblestone streets, historic buildings and waterfront views that surround the venue. The space can be used for either your wedding or your ceremony. The spacious Entry Room is popular for cocktail receptions, and the room has a 20-foot oak bar where guests can lounge or order drinks. Through a set of arched French doors is the lovely ballroom, which can hold up to 164 guests. The space is perfect for receptions. Marion's has a team of event coordinators that can help you organize everything you need for your celebration.
159 E. Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-810-0158
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Planters Inn is a refined antebellum hotel in Charleston that was built in 1844. The hotel is located in a historic mansion in the center of Charleston's downtown historic district. One of the best features is the garden courtyard tucked away a bit out of sight. The courtyard is the perfect wedding ceremony venue for a romantic and intimate wedding. Two nearby event spaces, the Garden Room and the Charleston Room, offer plenty of room to have a separate cocktail hour, reception with dance floor, a seated dinner, or even to have a ceremony if you prefer an indoor venue. All of the spaces are elegantly decorated with romance at the forefront.
112 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-722-2345
18.Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel
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Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel, a Marriott-managed property in downtown Charleston, is frequently used as a wedding venue. The space can support everything from a small, intimate ceremony to an event with a longer guest list. The Charleston Ballroom can be used for larger events and can hold up to 150 people. There are several smaller suites, halls and other rooms that can be used for smaller receptions, rehearsal dinners, or other events. The reception space offers a bar and wait staff for serving a meal or drinks. The property's event coordinator can help you sort all of the details to make sure everything goes as expected.
68 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-534-0300
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Runnymede Plantation is a privately owned Plantation in St. Andrew's parish. The beautiful property is dotted with old oak trees, Spanish moss, iron gates, and dirt paths. The property has unobstructed views of the Ashley River, which provides a great backdrop for your photos. The Victorian style plantation home is no longer standing, but the ruins are visible where it formerly stood and add a unique ambiance to any event. There are several options for your celebration on the property. Runnymede Plantation is a good choice for very large groups and even has parking for up to 250 vehicles.
3760 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, Phone: 843-737-6117
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The Carolina Girl is a one-of-a-kind yacht that can comfortably hold up to 150 people. Celebrate your nuptials while cruising in style aboard the boat. Alternatively, if you'd rather get married on land, you can book the Carolina Girl for your reception and tour the harbor, taking in the historic sites of the city from the water. The boat will make for some unique wedding photos, and the company will even help you book a photographer. The services don't stop there; they have a list of preferred caterers, reputable vendors, and more to help you in every step of your planning process.
95 Ripley Point Drive, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-818-2495
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21.The Gadsden House
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The Gadsden House is a Federal-style Charleston manor home built in 1798. The impressive home is situated right in the middle of Downtown Charleston and features thoughtfully decorated parlor rooms and outdoor spaces. Host your wedding or reception in one of the lush courtyard gardens or alternatively reserve an open-air piazza. The venue has more than 5000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that can host up to 175 seated guests for ceremonies and receptions or up to 350 for a standing cocktail-style reception. There is an on-site bridal suite that has both a full kitchen and bath, providing a relaxing day for the bridal party.
329 E. Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-737-4281
22.The Stables at Boals Farm
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The Stables at Boals Farm is a working horse farm that has been operating since 1965 right on the outskirts of Charleston. The farm only decided to open for public events in 2014 but has quickly become a popular option for a unique wedding destination in the Charleston area. The venue has a rustic and natural atmosphere perfect for a Southern wedding. The venue includes a 2,000 square foot open-air Pavilion decorated with old bar wood, copper accents, a wagon wheel chandelier, and more to set the ambiance. There are also several outdoor ceremony sites available. The venue has a number of carefully thought out photo-op spots that promise to make wedding photos truly unique.
242 Boals Farm Road, Charleston, SC 29492, Phone: 843-501-6339
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23.Upstairs at Midtown
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Upstairs at Midtown is a unique wedding and private event venue in Downtown Charleston. The venue is flexible enough to accommodate small rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, intimate receptions, and ceremonies as well as larger events of up to 150 standing guests or 80 seated. The venue has historic features such as original exposed brick walls, coffered ceilings, pine floors, and more. The private rooftop patio is the only of its kind on Upper King and offers a unique way to enjoy downtown Charleston. The staff has years of experience in food and beverage service as well as event planning to help bring together every detail of your wedding.
559 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-737-4281
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Wickliffe House is a large mansion in Charleston's Radcliffboro neighborhood, located downtown. The home was built in 1850 and has incomparable historic charm. Many of the original features have been retained, including a white wood exterior and forest green shutters, Greek columns, and dazzling chandeliers. Vintage china is on display as well as some antique silver pieces. The entire property can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Ceremonies at Wickliffe House are held outside, and tents are permitted if you desire one. The home itself is used for receptions and can accommodate up to 160 seated guests or 300 standing.
178 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-723-5600
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25.William Aiken House
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The William Aiken House is an 1810 mansion that blends both historic charm and modern elegance. The home is a National Historic Landmark and features both interesting historical architecture as well as museum-quality artwork and antiques on the inside. The venue can host weddings of up to 500 guests. Entertaining space includes two roomy courtyards and private gardens. There are also ballrooms on both the first and second floor, both of which have spacious covered piazzas. The attention to detail in interior decor and the outdoor gardens will be extended to your event, as customized wedding packages are available to meet the individual needs of each couple.
456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-853-1810
25 Best Charleston, SC Wedding Venues
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- Cannon Green, Photo: Courtesy of teksomolika - Fotolia.com
- A Charleston Beach Wedding, Photo: Courtesy of digidreamgrafix - Fotolia.com
- The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, Photo: Courtesy of rdhdgrfx - Fotolia.com
- Cooper River Room, Photo: Courtesy of Erika - Fotolia.com
- Cottage on the Creek, Photo: Courtesy of prakitsrichan - Fotolia.com
- Creek Club at I'On, Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Annibali - Fotolia.com
- Founders Hall, Photo: Courtesy of andrey orlov - Fotolia.com
- Francis Marion Ho, Photo: Francis Marion Ho
- Harborside East, Photo: Harborside East
- Harbour Club, Photo: Harbour Club
- Historic Rice Mill Building, Photo: Historic Rice Mill Building
- Legare Waring House, Photo: Courtesy of alex.pin - Fotolia.com
- Lowndes Grove Plantation, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of nipastock - Fotolia.com
- Marion's in the French Quarter, Photo: Marion's in the French Quarter
- Planters Inn, Photo: Planters Inn
- Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of meippa - Fotolia.com
- Runnymede Plantation, Photo: Courtesy of prostooleh - Fotolia.com
- Carolina Girl, Photo: Carolina Girl
- The Gadsden House, Photo: The Gadsden House
- The Stables at Boals Farm, Photo: Courtesy of Voyagerix - Fotolia.com
- Upstairs at Midtown, Photo: Upstairs at Midtown
- Wickliffe House, Photo: Wickliffe House
- William Aiken House, Photo: William Aiken House
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