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The Best Charleston Wedding Venues

Charleston Wedding venues - The Gadsden House
The Gadsden House, Downtown Charleston

Our selection of the best Charleston Wedding Venues

Let your imagination soar. Charleston is a preferred wedding destination and offers a wide range of stunning wedding venues. From dreamy, romantic and historic to classic, modern and intimate. I promise there’s a place for every wedding dream, vision and budget.

Your wedding venue is an important cornerstone of your entire wedding day and immediately sets the vibe of your celebration. That’s why you definitely want to spend some time and do thorough research to make sure you pick the right one for you, out of many Charleston wedding venues.

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First of all, think about the logistics. Ask yourself questions like, what is our budget, how many guests do we expect and do we want to celebrate outside or inside or prefer having the flexibility of both?

After you’ve narrowed down your selection think about the vibe you are going for. Believe me, this is HUGE! And most Charleston wedding venues have a different one, even they might appear similar at the beginning. The wedding venue determines the first impression of your wedding, your friends and guests, your forever wedding photographs and how you remember your big day. It should be true to you and your personalities.

Check out our selection of best Charleston wedding venues below. This overview gives you a great idea of our first impression and the most important stats of each wedding venue.

Our selection of the best Charleston Wedding Venues

The Cedar Room

Location: 200 EAST BAY STREET

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

The Cedar Room is very unique Charleston wedding venue. Unlike others, it was not build as a residential or event space. The entire complex was built in 1881 as a cigar factory and at its peak, the factory was producing more than 400,000 cigars daily. Despite the restoration, it has kept a lot of its original elements. Historic wood columns, gleaming hardwood floors, and rustic brick walls paired with floor-to-ceiling windows, up to 16 foot high white ceilings and interior distressed brick. This difference between old and new, between industrial minimalist architecture and homey decor, which creates a very special atmosphere. A contrast you barely get anywhere else with other Charleston wedding venues.  

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES/ WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Rates range from $3,500 to $8,500 depending on the month and day of week. We include tables, Chiavari chairs, service ware, one built-in bar, an outdoor courtyard area and a bridal suite. We also cater all events in-house through our restaurant Mercantile and Mash. We have an executive chef and pastry team. 

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY/ ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

We can accommodate seated dinners for up to 300 guests. We do have an outdoor courtyard in addition to the ballroom.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

We require a full or partial service wedding planner.

Click here to visit the cedar room

The Gadsden House

Location: 329 EAST BAY STREET

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Light, light and more light. A dream for every photographer and also for us personally. We just love standing in the natural sun-drenched rooms of the Gadsden House — a Federal style Charleston manor originally built in 1798. The heavy natural brick face, visible form East Bay Street, changes almost completely into a bright white façade when you approach the manor from the other side, looking at the two-story Southern piazzas that showcase the lush courtyard gardens. This dream in white and light grey perfectly aligns and creates a very dreamy setup for every wedding. All small details are perfectly aligned to maintain this positive feeling. Pure, shining elegance! 

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Rates ranging from $1,500 to $6,500, depending on season and weekday, with in-season considered as March through June and again September through December.
The venue rental fee includes use of the courtyard gardens, piazzas, parlor rooms, furnished bridal suite + furnished groom’s quarters

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

The Gadsden House can accommodate ceremonies & receptions of up to 180 guests or cocktail style receptions of up to 250 guests.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

While a King Street Hospitality Group manager will be onsite to oversee venue + catering staff, you must book a full-service event planner or partial planning coordinator. “Day-of” services do not meet these requirements.

Click here to visit the Gadsden House

The Wickliffe House

Location: 178 ASHLEY AVENUE

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Arriving at The Wickliffe House, you first see the impressive, snow-white Greek revival columns. Paired with the Charleston typical majestic oak tress evokes the Southern charm you have in mind when thinking about getting married in the South Carolina. 
When walking up the path to the 1850-constructed mansion, you grasp the exclusive Tower of the Winds capital design, representing beauty & uniqueness as well as the other historic architectural detailing. 
In general, Wickliffe House’s interior and exterior is rich of plasterwork and woodwork throughout. This exceptional love for details makes this place so extraordinary. Everything, from the antique oil paintings, over the ornate chandeliers and light fixtures, to each doorknob contributes to the feeling you just have been travelled back in centuries. A special romantic, southern vibe, truly for an exquisite wedding in downtown Charleston. 

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Our gracious mansion’s welcoming feel provides a sense of Southern charm. Built in 1850, Greek revival-inspired architecture. The Wickliffe House offers indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces ideal for special occasions. Food and beverage is exclusive to Scratch Kitchen Charleston, our in-house catering. House, food, beverage and staffing all in one place.

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

Incorporating the lawn area into the reception, capacity is up to 300. Generally, larger guest counts tend to have dinner station menus to allow for the best flow of the space. For plated, sit down dinners, the main floor can accommodate 80 guests, 60 on the second floor.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

The Wickliffe House is our hidden gem in downtown Charleston. Our chefs are so talented, the food speaks for itself! We get rave reviews about the top quality, value and professional, friendly service we provide. It’s clear how much thought and attention is put into every detail of our events.

Click here to visit the Wickliffe House

Carolina Girl

Location: JOHN’S ISLAND CRUISING CHARLESTON HARBOR

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Boarding a yacht always prompts an exclusive feeling. If it is a $3.5 private yacht prepared as a luxurious wedding venue, ready to cruise through Charleston harbor, it is a unique and immersive experience. 
Gorgeous views of the cityscape, with the lights twinkling on the water as the day fades into evening. All interior and exterior color pattern are stylish aligned and provide you an authentic, luxurious marine ambience. The right choice if you want to make your wedding an exclusive, high-class experience!

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Our capacity is 150 guests. There are three levels to the yacht, two are interior with AC/heat. Our top deck also has an awning over a large portion of the dance area 

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

In comparison to over venues, we are almost a one stop shop for all your wedding and rehearsal dinner needs. In addition to the venue, we also handle bar, linens, staff, wedding planning/day of director, and music. In regards to food, we have an excellent list of catering partners that clients may choose from. Events on board The Carolina Girl range from approximately $8,000-$16,000 with the majority of our clients spending between $10,000-$12,000. This includes everything you need for your event except photographer, flowers and cake if you choose!

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

We are a family owned business with over 42 years of experience. Give your guests the most unique experience and let us help plan your big day.

Click here to visit The Carolina Girl

Upstairs at Midtown

Location: 559 KING STREET

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Intimate, homey and elegant with a rustic touch. This would be the best way to briefly describe Upstairs at Midtown. Located in one of the oldest houses in Charleston – constructed in 1760 – it retains a lot of its original architecture. Details like the mahogany-coffered ceilings or original fireplaces evoke simple elegance. The dominating brick walls paired with white, golden and wooden elements make a clear statement of class and at the same time give you that comfortable feeling of home.

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Rates ranging from $1,000 weekdays up to $2,500 for Saturdays. The rental rate includes use of the indoor + outdoor event spaces for a 4 hour event.

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

The venue hosts ceremonies of up to 50 guests, seated dinners of up to 66 guests, station style receptions of up to 75 guests & standing cocktail style receptions of up to 125 guests.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

There is not a bridal suite onsite so we recommend arriving fully dressed 15-30 minutes prior to your ceremony. Upon arrival, you can stay in our waiting room out of sight from guests.

Click here to visit Upstairs at Midtown

Cannon Green

Location: 103 SPRING STREET

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Lush greens and a contemporary, modern courtyard…You are truly entering a different place at the Cannon Green wedding venue. The journey continues within, as it appears that you move between cultures and region as you walk from room to room. From a Caribbean atmosphere in the palm-lined courtyard, to dinner in an almost Mediterranean ambience to the spacey, historic industrial Trolley Room. What we love most about this wedding venue is the elegant, contemporary elements combined with the lush greenery. The diversity of the space and individual character of each area makes this venue quite a unique experience and just perfect for an extraordinary and intimate wedding.

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Rates are starting at $1,500 weekdays low season and range up to $8,000 for Saturdays, high season.

We are the only venue that includes all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, bars, glassware, flatware, etc.), catering, and staffing all in-house so it is a very turnkey and stress-free experience.

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

The capacity for the Courtyard + Trolley ROom is 250 (only 150 for a seated dinner). We have our indoor Garden Room which can accommodate up to 50 for a seated and 100 for cocktail reception.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

There is not a bridal suite onsite and
We require a day-of planner.

Click here to Visit Cannon Green

Parcel 32

Location: 442 King St

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Oh parcel 32… You have our hearts. Mainly because we absolutely LOVE modern interiors and Parcel is all about that – but also so much more. With its historic background, the careful interior renovations go hand in hand with a modern and fresh vibe. Many little creative details and twists make this venue a one of a kind wedding destination in the middle of downtown Charleston. And yes, it definitely isn’t a venue for huge wedding parties but with a strong trend to more intimate weddings and elopement this space is simply perfect. Of course not only weddings, but also rehearsal dinners, private dinners and after parties are more than welcome at Parcel 32. Thumbs up!!

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE WEDDING VENUE RENTAL RATES /WHAT’S INCLUDED?

The venue rental ranges from $500-$1500 and each date has an associated food and beverage minimum. The rates vary depending on date and include up to a 4HR rental. Parcel 32 is the exclusive provider for food and beverage & we check the boxes for most of your day-of needs! The venue includes tables, chairs, select service-ware, glassware, & associated décor.

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY / ARE THERE INDOOR OPTIONS AS WELL?

The venue is best served for a reception only and can accommodate up to 150 guests. The main dining room is adorned with sleek, gold accents and emerald green tufted furniture, perfect for an area to entertain guest’s with a beautiful dinner. Once inside the main entrance, guest’s are welcomed into the living room, a lounge area with comfortable seating and an adjoining wine wall. Upstairs, you will find the Parlour, a stunning cocktail lounge that leads to an outdoor portico, or “piazza” as Charlestonians call it. From the vaulted ceiling & floral wall to the modernized Victorian-era furniture, the Parlour provides a warm, soft atmosphere that draws you in.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE A BRIDE TO KNOW?

Parcel 32 is a unique venue that can fit many different visions! Should we not be the best location for a full, wedding, we could be a fabulous location for a rehearsal dinner, bridal lunch, after-party, or any special occasion!! With Patrick Properties Hospitality Group having 5 venues, should a bride book 2 events or more (multi-property), we do extend venue rental discounts.

Should Parcel 32 be the location for the full wedding reception, we do recommend a partial wedding planner. If we are the location for a supplementary event (rehearsal dinners/bridal luncheons), we do not require one. 

Click here to visit Parcel 32

Lowndes Grove

Location: 266 St Margaret St

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

Hands down our favorite wedding venue in Charleston. This intimate yet absolutely unique estate right by the water lets all your wedding dreams come true. As soon as you drive through the huge metal gate, a majestic, white plantation house appears right in front of you. Surrounded by old live oaks, the 1786 era main estate sits right on the Ashley River. The glass-enclosed portico offers the most amazing view of the water. You’ll experience breathtaking panoramic sunsets, standing on the dock, looking at the water and hearing the wind blowing through the oaks, the Spanish Moss waving above you. Lowndes Grove is definitely one of those downtown Charleston heirlooms that leaves you speechless because of its scenic beauty!

FAQ

more information to come

Click here to visit Lowndes Grove

William Aiken House

Location: 456 King St

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION

What can we say? The William Aiken House is truly a Charleston Classic, full of history and an absolute gem in the heart of downtown Charleston. Located on upper King Street, The William Aiken House welcomes you into its intimate private and lush grounds and offers an open-air piazza, a collection of museum-caliber artwork and endless options to design your dream wedding. The expansive outdoor covered piazzas overlook the courtyards, the old Magnolia tree and the pergola. Every room inside tells its own story and we couldn’t be more in love. If you are planning an absolute fairytale wedding here you go!

FAQ

more information to come

Click here to visit The William Aiken House

Stay tuned for our selection of best Charleston wedding venues in the greater Charleston area. We will leave the downtown peninsula and explore wedding venues in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, etc…

Don’t see your favorite Charleston Wedding Venue? – Tell us!

We hope our recommendations have been useful! If you have further ideas or suggestions of Charleston wedding venues, we would love to hear all about it. Just send us an email with to info@franziannika.photography

We recommend also to check out our 10 tips to plan Your Charleston Wedding – to make sure your day turns out the way you’ve always dreamed of.

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