South Carolina is often regarded as the gateway to the Deep South, where Southern hospitality and Southern cooking rule. The Palmetto State is replete with natural beauty that provides the perfect background to any wedding. There are broad sandy beaches, centuries-old oak trees draped in moss, rolling mountain foothills, and picturesque islands dotted with upscale resorts.

You’ll will find wedding venue options from a vintage barn amidst fragrant magnolia trees to a historic mansion on an antebellum plantation to a weathered chapel with stained-glass windows.

1. Carolina Girl

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The Carolina Girl is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue – a luxury yacht able to seat up to 150 guests for any special occasion. Photographers will be able to capture stunning images of the bride and groom and their guests against the backdrop of Charleston Harbor. Departing from St. John’s Yacht Club, the Carolina Girl cruises past many of the must-see sights of Charleston, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Expert event planners can provide everything from an initial tour of the yacht to full-service coordination, and they also maintain a list of reputable area vendors for all your wedding needs.

St. John’s Yacht Harbor, 2408 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC, Phone: 843-818-2495

2. The Island House

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The Island House on Johns Island is an exclusive outdoor event venue that has won numerous Couples’ Choice Awards from WeddingWire for their staff’s five-star service and professionalism. Its location on the banks of the Stono River give guests an unsurpassed view. Rates include rental of the grounds, use of the concrete-floored tent, and an assortment of tables and padded folding chairs. The tent is filled with soft light from wrought iron chandeliers and cooled by ceiling fans. Spectacular sunsets and even dolphins swimming by have provided unforgettable photos for wedding albums that will be the envy of every bride-to-be.

2658 Swygert Boulevard, Johns Island, SC, Phone: 843-647-4362

3. Duncan Estate

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The Duncan Estate and the public park that surrounds it are picture-perfect locations for everything from engagement photos to wedding portraits. Exclusive use of the estate and its beautiful grounds are included as part of a generous wedding package that also covers parking attendants, tables and chairs, a signature bottle of sparkling wine for the bride and groom, audio equipment and sound systems, and direction cards that can be sent out with the invitations. The owner is a successful event manager who has relationships with many area vendors whom she can recommend to provide additional services requested by the wedding couple. More things to do in South Carolina

840 Union Street, Spartanburg, SC, Phone: 864-529-7287

4. Founders Hall

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Founders Hall is a new event venue with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for multimedia presentations. Share a slide show of your special moments as a couple with your friends and family, or turn over the controls to your best man and maid of honor for a video presentation that celebrates your relationship. Other modern touches include stainless steel chandeliers that hang in the Great Hall, a fully equipped catering kitchen featuring the latest appliances, and retractable walls that divide or expand the interior space. In the heart of Charleston, this venue is the perfect marriage of modern conveniences and historical charm.

1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-852-2965

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5. 21 Main Events at North Beach

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The exquisite setting on the white sands of Myrtle Beach is only one of many reasons why 21 Main Events at North Beach is the wedding venue of choice for discerning couples. A private seaside ceremony followed by a cocktail reception where butlers serve champagne and a signature drink of your choice begins a celebration like no other. Guests will dine on a plated meal prepared with fresh ingredients by the renowned Lovin’ Oven catering team and dance the night away in the Grand Ballroom. Professional event coordinators are on hand to make sure every detail is executed to perfection.

719 North Beach Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC, Phone: 843-282-7100

6. 701 Whaley

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Named one of the “Best Venues to Get Married in South Carolina” by Southern Living, 701 Whaley is a historic building in Columbia’s Olympic Mill Village. Its turn-of-the-century charm and assortment of event spaces make it an ideal choice not only for weddings but also for bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and parties of all kinds. Original architectural elements add character to reception styles from industrial chic to timeless elegance. A bridal room filled with natural light and equipped with a vanity, inviting sofas, and a private bathroom can be rented in addition to the chosen wedding and/or reception space.

701 Whaley Street, Suite 105, Columbia, SC, Phone: 803-771-0101

7. Wedding Venues in SC: Creek Club At l’On

Wedding Venues in SC: Creek Club At l’On
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Low country couples will feel right at home at the Creek Club at l’On. Imagine looking out over the salt marsh from a place among your friends and family as they enjoy the ambiance of this remarkable setting filled with native flora and fauna. The gardens and clubhouse can be arranged for parties of up to 300 people. The in-house catering team offers customized menus that include Southern favorites like corn chowder, crab cakes, and fried chicken. On hot summer nights, the ceiling fans cool the interior of the clubhouse while misters offer relief from the humidity to guests gathered on the wide porches.

44 Saturday Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Phone: 843-606-2083

8. Wedding Venues Near Me: Harborside East

Wedding Venues Near Me: Harborside East
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This waterfront venue has a spectacular view of the Ravenel Bridge, which spans the Cooper River. From the picturesque location to the chandeliers that reflect light off the silver Chiavari chairs, the Southern character of Harborside East makes it a desirable option for Charleston-area weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Guests can dine in the air-conditioned comfort of the paneled interior or relax outside on the partially covered brick terrace. The venue’s requirement for licensed day-of-event coordinators and insured vendors assures that professionals are on site to make sure all scheduled events run seamlessly. Weekday and weekend rentals are available.

28 Bridgeside Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC, Phone: 843-606-2718

9. Harbour Club at WestEdge

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A member of the ClubCorp family of wedding venues, Harbour Club at WestEdge radiates tradition in every detail, from the exposed brick of the original walls to the elegant yet comfortable furnishings in the foyer and event spaces that take on the character of their Charleston namesakes. The private events director works with an experienced team, whose attention to detail is evident in every affair they host. The club’s executive chef prepares meals that pay tribute to the rich culinary heritage of the Old South. The Harbor Club’s unforgettable amenities and unparalleled service make it a favored destination in the city’s historic district.

22 Westedge St Suite 700, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-723-9680

10. Hidden Acres

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Hidden Acres’ five-star rating on The Knot is well-deserved. The owner has put his heart into developing the property into a premier wedding venue. Couples can exchange vows in the rustic, weathered chapel with sunlight streaming in the stained-glass windows. After photos, the bridal party can join the wedding guests for cocktails in the open-air courtyard, followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom. Other unique facilities include a beauty salon, cottages for friends and family who need overnight accommodation, and a cabin for the newlyweds that houses The Groom’s Cave, where the guys can hang out and relax before the ceremony.

6701 Ella Grace Court, Marion, SC, United States, South Carolina, Phone: 843-430-0332

11. Historic Rice Mill Building

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The sophistication of the antebellum South is recreated in the design elements and decor of this stylish venue. From the wide wooden planks of the dance floor to the pressed tin ceilings overhead to the double-paned windows that cast a soft, natural light perfect for dreamy photos, the Historic Rice Mill Building is full of character and romance. Even the menus include traditional Southern fare like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. As the reception is winding down, you can’t get much more Southern than after-dinner drinks on the patio with the coastal breezes cooling the evening air.

17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-723-7952

12. Lockhaven Farm

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Lockhaven Farm is a family-owned and operated business on the outskirts of Galivants Ferry. The horse barn was renovated in 2016 for the wedding of the owners’ daughter, who now serves as property manager and helps other brides create the wedding of their dreams. They offer silver, gold, and platinum wedding packages with access to the site, use of chairs and tables, and parking services. Photographers will enjoy capturing their subjects in the natural beauty of the surroundings and in the rustic interior of the reception hall, which can seat up to 250 guests for a catered dinner or potluck buffet.

3680 Lock Haven Drive, Galivants Ferry, SC, Phone: 843-457-8864

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13. Lowndes Grove Plantation

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18th century architecture and period furnishings earned the Lowndes Grove Plantation a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, but its sophisticated charm and modern amenities are what make it an award-winning venue today. Its status as part of the Patrick Properties group means wedding couples will have access to the services of the group’s culinary team, who can help to design a signature dish or give advice on wine pairings. A private dock that extends into the Ashley River provides a way for a chartered boat to whisk the newlyweds off to their honeymoon after the reception.

266 St. Margaret Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-853-1810

14. Old Wide Awake Plantation

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Guests driving through the tree-lined entrance of this turn-of-the-century plantation will take one look at the sweeping veranda and landscaped grounds and realize they are about to experience something special. The multi-level porch looks out over the intracoastal waterway and is perfect for cocktails and conversation. Other outdoor spaces include a spacious stone patio and an open-air bar area. The inside of the house has several salons suitable for smaller gatherings and places for the bridal party to get ready. The owner is happy to offer tours of the property and can help with planning, referral, and coordination services.

5149 Trexler Avenue, Hollywood, SC, Phone: 843-814-4980

15. The Hollow at Paris Mountain

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The Hollow at Paris Mountain is a serene site in the foothills of Greenville. Customized rental packages are available for parties of up to 200 guests and include use of the open-air pavilion and the attached flagstone patio, two dressing rooms for the bridal party, and a catering kitchen. Weekend reservations can be made year round, and discounts are offered for off-season rentals. Couples can exchange vows at the timber cross set near the reception site and the groom will get a first glimpse of the bride as she walks through a set of white doors across the lawn.

3403 State Park Road, Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-320-1493

16. The Oaks Wedding Venue

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The Oaks Wedding Venue lakefront property in Anderson is a hidden gem. Couples who want a casual wedding in the country won’t be able to resist this venue outside of Greenville. After an outdoor ceremony, guests will feel like they are at a private country club when they enter the 18th century double doors that lead into the Grand Oak Hall for the reception. Wrought iron and crystal chandeliers suspended by wooden beams light the room, and a stone fireplace adds warmth and ambiance. A 30-foot glass wall opens to a covered veranda with a view of the lake – a perfect place for after-dinner drinks.

325 Huitt Road, Anderson, SC, Phone: 864-293-3606

17. The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

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Events at Pepper Plantation are Low Country casual! A gazebo at the end of a wooden dock is a romantic setting for an intimate ceremony with close friends and family. Larger weddings can be held on the lawn near the lake or in the temperature-controlled main hall with its towering fireplace and exposed beam ceilings. S’mores stations on the patio or at the lakeside fire pit are a fun option for dessert after a buffet-style or plated meal. A lofted bridal cottage with a sitting area and small kitchen is available for the use of the bride and her attendants before and after the ceremony.

3536 Thunder Gulch Trail, Awendaw, SC, Phone: 843-270-9648

18. Wildberry Farm

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Once a working farm and now a modern event venue with a vintage vibe, Wildberry Farm can be reserved for bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and, of course, weddings of up to 300 guests. Smaller weddings will be right at home in the Atkinson House, and large-scale events can be held in the spacious climate-controlled barn. On-site accommodations are available in The Loft for a pre-wedding night sleepover party for the bride-to-be and her attendants or a peaceful retreat for the newlyweds after the reception. The venue can be rented for weeknight and weekend events.

2815 Grady Rd Marion, SC, US 29571, Phone: 843-992-7707

19. William Aiken House

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The William Aiken House is a historic landmark on Charleston’s Upper King Street. This elegant estate has been named the premier wedding venue in South Carolina by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and is part of the Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. Its stately decor and sunlit courtyards will please discerning couples and their families and serve as backdrops for stunning wedding portraits captured by a professional photographer. Dinner in the formal dining room will set the tone for a sophisticated celebration. After dinner, guests can retire to the drawing room and study for cocktails or take a romantic walk through the private gardens.

456 King Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-853-1810

20. Winona Place Events

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Set among the magnolia trees in rural Florence, Winona Place has a vintage barn for country-inspired receptions. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for intimate ceremonies with those closest to you or large weddings with several hundred associates, friends, and family members. Their staff offers planning and coordination services to make sure your event is worry-free and works with outside vendors to help create the wedding of your dreams! Winona Place proudly honors military service by offering a 10 percent discount to active-duty servicemen and servicewomen. Area hotels can provide convenient accommodations for out-of-town guests.

6635 East Palmetto Street, Florence, SC, Phone: 843-687-5151

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