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Embarking on the adventure for the ideal Charleston wedding venue? Every engaged couple who decides to get married in this beautiful city faces the same hard decision. There are so many incredible wedding venues in Charleston to choose from. To ease your decision-making, I’ve curated a list of my top 7 personal favorite wedding venues in Charleston. Ranging from picturesque estates to charming downtown locations, there’s a wedding venue for every couple!
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A testament to timeless romance and historic elegance, Legare Waring House provides both when you get married at this venue. This venue offers a beautiful oasis with moss-draped oak trees, a preserved 1840s home, and an enchanting garden ambiance.
Conveniently situated at 1500 Old Towne Rd. Charleston, South Carolina, Legare Waring House is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston. Its proximity to the city allows for easy access to beautiful hotels.
The average cost to get married at this Charleston wedding venue varies. During peak season, you can expect prices between $8,000 and $10,000. During the off-season, they lower prices for couples to $6,000 to $8,000.
For an in-depth guide on getting married at Legare Waring House, including more about the venue, frequently asked questions, and the best nearby accommodations, check out my Ultimate Guide to Having Your Wedding at Legare Waring House!
Seamlessly blending historic character with contemporary charm, Gadsden House is a venue in Charleston that exudes sophistication. The modern amenities make the historical space even more stunning.
This venue, ideally located downtown, is at 38 Alexander St., Charleston, South Carolina. The proximity of all the beautiful hotels, restaurants, and bars, everything is located within walking distance.
Contacting them directly to get an accurate quote for your wedding at Gadsden House. Costs may vary based on factors such as the day of the week and the month of your wedding.
Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Lowndes Grove. You may have seen this incredible wedding venue already, as it’s in the Netflix show ‘Outer Banks.’ Hosting your wedding here, you really can’t go wrong with the natural beauty it provides.
Nestled along the Ashley River and near downtown, you can find this Charleston wedding venue at 266 St Margaret St, Charleston, South Carolina.
The cost of hosting your dream wedding at Lowndes Grove varies depending on the season. To obtain an accurate quote, reach out directly to the venue.
If you’re searching for more information on hosting your own wedding at Lowndes Grove, I’ve got a great guide that leaves no detail unexplored. Dive into in-depth FAQs and discover nearby hotels. Check out my guide by clicking here!
On the scenic grounds of Lowndes Grove, the River House stands as an intimate gem within the grandeur of this historic estate. It is ideal for those envisioning a more private celebration with a smaller guest list.
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You can find this venue at 266 St Margaret St Charleston, South Carolina, located on the same property as the main house at Lowndes Grove.
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While the River House at Lowndes Grove is more budget-friendly than the main house, I recommend contacting the venue directly for an accurate quote.
Embrace the Southern charm and discover the hidden gem of Old Wide Awake Plantation. You’re welcomed with a tree-lined entrance, creating a captivating scene that sets the tone for an authentic experience.
5149 Trexler Ave in Hollywood, South Carolina, is the location of Old Wide Awake Plantation. It is on the outskirts of Charleston, but it’s worth the drive!
For a Saturday wedding during peak season, pricing starts at $5,000. More detailed pricing information is available on their website, including an availability calendar for your wedding date.
Explore more about hosting a wedding at Old Wide Awake Plantation through my guide, which is jam-packed with amazing details! If you’re interested in learning more about this wedding venue, click here, and it will take you to my ultimate planning guide.
Renowned as one of the grandest historic homes in Charleston, this venue unfolds its rich history in an exquisite setting. The allure of this venue lies not only in its architecture but also in the seamless flow of events.
The Governor Thomas Bennett House is situated right on the outskirts of downtown Charleston, and it is located at 69 Barre St., Charleston, South Carolina.
You’ll want to contact them directly to get a quote for the cost of a wedding at The Governor Thomas Bennett House. You can contact them by clicking here.
Check out a few of my favorite photos from a few The Governor Thomas Bennett House weddings:
Charleston recognizes this distinguished wedding venue as a historic landmark. While the property offers a captivating backdrop for all your wedding photos, the allure of the iconic Charleston streets beckons for an adventure.
The charming William Aiken House is at 456 King St. Charleston, South Carolina. It’s in the heart of downtown, making it convenient and close to everything!
For detailed pricing and to plan your dream wedding at William Aiken House, reach out to them directly.
Check out a few of my favorite photos from a few William Aiken House weddings:
Now that we’ve gone over several Charleston wedding venues, you might find yourself brimming with questions about what it’s like getting married in Charleston.
The application fee for a marriage license is $70, payable by credit card with a transaction fee. Please note that this payment is non-refundable.
After submitting your completed application, you can expect to receive your marriage license via email within two business days. It will be available for print and use, accompanied by an instruction sheet.
Applicants must provide one form of identification from the options listed: a valid driver’s license, original birth certificate or a certified copy, current passport, or current military identification card. Additionally, all applicants must include proof of their social security number through a social security card, a tax return displaying the applicant’s name and number, or a W-2 tax form showing the same information.
Typically, weddings in Charleston, South Carolina, can vary in cost, ranging from $50,000 to $80,000 or higher. The primary expenses in your budget will mainly revolve around your venue, food and beverage choices.
Now that you have narrowed your wedding venue selection, the next step is finding the perfect Charleston wedding photographer. I would love to capture the magic of your beautiful wedding day in Charleston. Fill out my contact form here, and I’ll say hello and send over all the fun information! Be sure to let me know which wedding venues in Charleston were your favorites!
And that’s it – my favorite 7 wedding venues in Charleston! I hope you can envision your big day unfolding at one of these fantastic venues. I’ve put together another guide similar to this one to help you learn how to get married in Charleston. Take advantage of exploring topics like incorporating Southern traditions, best time of the year to have a wedding in Charleston, and much more!