8 best wedding venues in Charleston, South Carolina
Getting married in South Carolina? The charming city of Charleston is one of our top locations for a beautiful destination wedding with its cobblestone streets, colorful houses and stunning views. There's no shortage of gorgeous places to get married, but where do you start your search? We asked South Carolina wedding photographer and Fine Art Curation member Taylor Jordan to share her 8 best wedding venues in Charleston.
1. Charleston Harbor Resort
The Charleston Harbor Resort is a beautiful waterfront venue with gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor. There are 10 venues to choose from, for intimate gatherings of 15 up to celebrations for 1,000, including a private beach and pier that capture the essence of Lowcountry and beauty of the downtown Charleston skyline.
2. Admirals House
A Neo-Classical mansion and former Navy Base in North Charleston, Admirals House was built in 1905 for the Commandant of the Charleston Navy Yard. Recently restored and redecorated, the stunning interior draws inspiration from the exotic lives of the Admirals who lived there, featuring period antiques similar to the overseas treasures that once occupied it. The majestic estate is available for weddings with on-site accommodation.
3. Middleton Place
A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place is an enduring, essential part of the American experience, and an unforgettable setting for one-of-a-kind weddings. Its sweeping views of the Ashley River, centuries-old oak trees, meticulously manicured gardens and an array of unique indoor and outdoor spaces to host your guests, plus a 55-room inn, make Middleton Place one of Charleston’s most treasured wedding venues.
4. Gaillard Center
A world-class performing arts center and so much more, the Charleston Gaillard Center boasts stunning architecture and exquisite ballrooms offering capacity from 15 to 1,500.
5. Lowndes Grove
Surrounded by 14 acres of live oak groves and peaceful river views, Lowndes Grove is downtown Charleston's last great waterfront estate that has attracted for more than four centuries. Distinguished on the National Register for Historic Places, this beautifully restored estate offers an unparalleled backdrop for one-of-a-kind weddings with 1786-era architecture period furnishings, an expansive piazza, grand lawn and sunlit terraces.
6. The Cedar Room
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 Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge provide a one-of-a-kind setting for the perfect Charleston wedding.
7. Gibbes Museum
Located in the heart of the Historic District, Charleston’s premier art museum offers a setting rich with history and charm for unforgettable events. The Beaux Arts building boasts impressive architectural details and unique spaces with soaring ceilings, the Gibbes Museum is a must-see wedding venue.
8. William Aiken House
Sweeping ballrooms, lush private grounds, and open-air piazzas make this historic 1807 mansion one of Charleston’s most sought-after wedding venues. A seamless blend of 19th-century allure and modern sophistication, William Aiken House welcomes guests into a peaceful retreat just inside its gates on Upper King Street.
All images: Taylor Jordan Photography