Charleston is the picturesque capital city of West Virginia, located at the confluence of the beautiful Kanawha and Elk Rivers. Couples looking to create lasting wedding memories can rent a number of gorgeous event venues throughout the city, including the spectacular Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, which is home to the state-of-the-art Maier Foundation Performance Hall and several beautiful indoor and outdoor art galleries. The Charleston Civic Center is home to the Art Deco-style Charleston Municipal Auditorium, while the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston offers the region's largest grand ballroom venue. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Berry Hills Country Club

Berry Hills Country Club
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Berry Hills Country Club has been an iconic Charleston destination since it first opened in 1952, home to a sprawling championship golf course designed by famed golf architect William F. Gordon. The beautifully-landscaped par-72 course creates a picturesque setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies, accommodating up to 200 guests at its scenic Wedding Garden, located at the course's ninth hole. Indoor wedding spaces includes the sleek Garden Longue, which features a full-service bar and flat screen televisions, and a large ballroom which can accommodate a dance floor and seated formal dinner space for up to 220 guests. Excellent onsite catering is offered by the club's executive chef Heath Ax, who can accommodate all types of cuisine and dietary requests for elegant customized menus.

1 Berry Hills Road, Charleston, WV 25314, Phone: 304-744-1393

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2.Charleston Civic Center

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Charleston Civic Center is a sleek, modern facility with state-of-the-art amenities for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including its anchor venue Charleston Municipal Auditorium, a stunning landmark Art Deco building in the city's downtown district. The center is also home to the intimate Little Theater, a performance and event venue with 738 seats, which provides excellent lighting and acoustics for unique wedding ceremony options on stage. For large celebrations, the center's Grand Hall and West Halls 1&2 can be reserved and divided to suit each couple's event needs and layout requirements. In-house catering is available, featuring specialized menu options, as well as full beverage and bar service options for receptions.

200 Civic Center Dr, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-345-1500

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3.Charleston Marriott Town Center

Charleston Marriott Town Center
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Charleston Marriott Town Center is a gorgeous hotel in historic downtown Charleston, offering sweeping views of the nearby Appalachian Mountains and the Kanawha River. Multiple event spaces are available to couples throughout the hotel, including elegant ballrooms and a grand pavilion. Up to 700 guests can be accommodated in the hotel's largest space, making it a perfect choice for larger wedding events. Wedding planning services including wedding website development, reception menu creation, and wedding party gifts, which can all be coordinated with professional event planning staff. All couples who host their receptions at the hotel receive a complimentary honeymoon suite, complete with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Discounts are also available on blocks of rooms for wedding guests.

200 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-353-3620

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4.The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
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The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is a spacious special event facility that was originally opened in 2003 in Charleston's downtown district, dedicated to the advancement of the performing and visual arts and sciences. It is home to major Charleston-area attractions and performance groups, including the West Virginia Symphony, the Susan Runyan Maier Sculpture Garden, and the family-friendly Avampato Discovery Museum. Two performance venues are offered for weddings and receptions at the center, including the 1,884-seat Maier Foundation Performance Hall and the 200-seat Walker Theater black box venue. Other multipurpose spaces throughout the center can be converted into unique wedding spaces, including its lobby and several beautiful art galleries. Catering through Embassy Suites is available at the center, featuring menu options that can be tailored to meet each couple's individualized needs.

1 Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-561-3570

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5.Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston is a spacious all-suite hotel located in downtown Charleston, best known as the home of the largest ballroom in the central West Virginia region. In addition to its spacious grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 450 guests, all of the hotel's meeting rooms are available as event rentals for more intimate ceremonies and receptions. A scenic reception area makes for a stunning wedding photo spot for capturing lasting romantic memories. The hotel's experienced wedding professional staff are on hand to help couples plan every detail of their special day, including in-house catering options. Complimentary honeymoon suites are offered to couples who hold their receptions at the hotel, including free continental breakfast the following morning. Discounted rooms are also available for guests traveling to the region for wedding ceremonies.

300 Court Street, Charleston, West Virginia, 25301, Phone: 304-347-8700

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More Ideas: Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is a unique community center that presents visual arts and science exhibitions, as well as performing arts and is home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The 240,000 square foot Center features the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, the Walker Theater, and the state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum, which is home to the Juliet Museum of Art, the Digital Dome, and two floors of interactive science exhibits.

The Maier Foundation Performance Hall is a 1,883 seat theater with outstanding acoustics and views, and the Walker Theater is a modern ‘black-box theater' that can seat more than 180 people. The state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum is a large complex that features the Juliet Museum of Art, the Digital Dome, the Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café, and two floors of interactive science exhibits.

The Juliet Museum of Art is a contemporary museum that features a renowned permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, while the Digital Dome boasts state-of-the-art technology used to feature large format films and spectacular planetarium shows on a giant IMAX-style screen. The Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café is a casual café in the center that serves hot and cold snacks and beverages throughout the day.

The mission of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is to inspire creativity and wonder and promote education and learning through a range of innovative experiences in the Arts and Sciences.

The Clay Center's Avampato Discovery Museum is home to a permanent collection of art that contains over 800 pieces of art, primarily of works on paper by American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, outstanding examples of outdoor sculptures, and other mediums. Famous works include Phil II (Handmade paper, 1982) by Chuck Close (b.1940), Masseur Tom (Oil on canvas, 1933) by Joseph Hirsch (1910 - 1981), and Portrait of Henry Gibbs (oil on canvas, 1670) by an unknown artist. The Avampato Discovery Museum also features 12,000 square feet of exhibition space across two floors.

The Clay Center's newly renovated Digital Dome features a planetarium that uses state-of-the-art technology to present shows about the cosmos, the night sky and the science of the stars. Milton Gardner's ‘Earth City' explores earth science in a unique way by traveling through a vintage roadside attraction. Mylan Exploratory is a versatile space that presents a wealth of immersive science exhibits throughout the year, Health Royale offers a different take on health science where visitors can guess x-rays, stretch intestines, and mimic unusual body noises. Kidspace is a dynamic space designed for children under the ages of five to promote cognitive growth through free play. STEAMworks is a new gallery that explores the fields of art, engineering, mathematics, science, and technology through award-winning displays and traveling exhibits.

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and classes for adults and children. Free family Art Workshops are held every Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and focus on making pieces of art related to something on display in the Juliet Art Museum using a variety of mediums. Fun-filled family days throughout the year offer a range of family entertainment with themed science and art activities, while weekly ‘Wee Wednesdays' offer story time and related activities for preschoolers. The Clay Center Garden is an education garden and growing gallery that features many interactive activities, including a pollinator garden, a soup kitchen garden, and insect observation.

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is located at One Clay Square in Charleston and is open Monday through Sunday (Museum closed on Mondays) at various hours. Parking is conveniently located on Washington Street, and handicap parking is available in the Clay Center parking lot in front of the building.

The Clay Center is available for hire for special functions and events from weddings and receptions to class reunions, conventions, and other celebrations. The Center offers a range of venues from the 1,883-seat Maier Foundation Performance Hall for large functions to the John McClaugherty Performer's Lounge for smaller and more intimate gatherings. Catering and beverages are provided exclusively by an on-site caterer with a variety of menu options to cater for every taste.

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One Clay Square, Charleston, West Virginia 25301, Phone: 304-561-3570

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At Charleston Capitol Market's outdoor market, farmers from throughout West Virginia arrive each day with an abundance of seasonal products for the garden and home. The Spring season brings trees, shrubs, and flowers, while fresh vegetables and fruits appear at the market during the summer. Guests can shop for cornstalks, gourds, and pumpkins in the fall. The winter and holiday season brings Christmas trees, garlands, swags, and wreaths. A collection of specialty shops occupy the indoor market, with a selection of options for lunch, tasty treats, samplings of specialties of West Virginia, literary delights, and more. The Capitol Market of Charleston 's goal is to promote and provide a place for vendors to sell products from specialty retailers, growers, and farmers of West Virginia.

During the late 1800's, the Michigan and Kanawha Railroad constructed a rail yard on Charleston's Smith Street. For many decades, the rail yard flourished with commerce significant to the city of Charleston's growth. Unfortunately, the rail yard eventually fell into disrepair, and in the late 1900's, a new vision for the street came to life. This vision featured both a renewal of the commerce that was once vital to the city, as well the creation of a place that would serve as an anchor for the residents of Charleston.

Thus, the Charleston Capitol Market was born in 1997 as a community social hub, a leading destination for shopping, and a tourist attraction. Now, over one hundred years since the construction of the rail yard, this city market stands. The rail yard's old transfer dock is now the home to an outdoor market that is open throughout the entire year. The market also features an eclectic variety of indoor shops including shops selling produce, meat, fresh fish, chocolates, wines, and books. It's also home to one of the most popular restaurants in Charleston and West Virginia Foods & Things.

Traditions at the Charleston Capitol Market are as varied as the community: daily business lunches, weekend excursions with the family, Saturday morning coffee, after-work shopping, and much more. Planning for spring gardens, shopping for fresh produce in summer, picking pumpkins in the fall, and shopping for Christmas trees are all parts of the experience of the market. In addition to these, the Charleston Capitol Market also possesses its own traditions. Throughout the years, the market has helped to raise thousands for multiple charities and organizations.

Through making improvements to the market every year, the Charleston Capitol Market is able to remain as a central part of the many traditions that the residents of Charleston hold dear. The market is now an old friend to the city and its people, anchoring the city and providing a place for people to share the best they have to offer with each other, as well as with visitors. The market is basically the city's main street. It's a daily meeting space at which friends greet each other, a gathering place for both locals and visitors alike, a place for residents to build each other up, and place for locals to bring guests from out-of-town to show off the city.

800 Smith Street, Charleston, West Virginia, Phone: 304-344-1905

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