Charleston Wedding Venues

Downtown Charleston Weddings

The Cedar Room

The Cedar Room is the newest Charleston wedding venue, and we are so happy it’s here. Located in the historic Cigar Factory, it’s a beautiful blank canvas of high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood floors, exposed brick and original wood columns from the 1881 building. It works for a modern wedding or a classic wedding, and it’s a good size for large weddings and events.

Lowndes Grove

Lowndes Grove is a historic home, built in 1786, on the Ashley River in downtown Charleston. Imagine marrying your best friend right by the river, looking out over the peace and calm of the water, then sipping cocktails on the lawn, then transitioning to a huge event tent right by the house where you can dine and dance into the night. Lowndes Grove will let you feel like you’re at a grand waterfront lawn party from another era. It’s pure classic Charleston charm and sophistication.

William Aiken House

At the William Aiken House, you and your guests will step back in time into the genteel, regal South. This 1881 home has been restored to its original state by owner Patrick Properties. As such, the house’s layout is divided into rooms, where your guests will dine under stunning chandeliers, surrounded by colorful walls, period furniture, ancient family portraits, statues and other artifacts. You can hold your ceremony in front of the reflecting pool in the courtyard, or in front of the Gothic-style carriage house, then head inside for dinner, or, if the weather is good, stay outdoors right under the sky or a tent. Or you may choose to have an intimate, candlelit ceremony inside the house. We love that you have so many options here of how to create a unique event.

American Theater

When Chrisman Studios was looking for an event space to host our first Charleston photography workshop, we chose the American Theater on King Street. We couldn’t resist the art-deco design and feel of this 1940s movie theater. For couples looking to have something a little off-beat, modern and unique, this is the perfect Charleston wedding venue for you. There are several spaces within the theater you can use. Perhaps you want an old-Hollywood-themed ceremony in the movie theater itself. Or if you prefer the more expansive ballroom with the cool checkerboard floor, it can be transformed into pretty much anything you want – elegant ballroom or funky and colorful nightclub. Cocktail hour will be fun for your guests inside the Stars Lounge, where the former popcorn and candy bar is now a cocktail bar. You can also have your names put up on the theater marquee outside so everyone knows there’s a spectacular event going on inside.

The River House

The River House, adjacent to Lowndes Grove on the Ashley River, is perfect for smaller, more low-key weddings. Marry on the lawn by the water, sip cocktails outdoors with your family and friends, then dine indoors, perhaps with the doors open if the weather is nice. What we love about The River House is the quiet, intimate feel. Big, loud, wild weddings aren’t for everyone, so we are grateful there is such a perfect alternative in The River House. It’s a scenic Charleston location, full of sophistication and beauty, but in a quiet, peaceful setting. It’s perfect for weddings of 20-60 people, but can fit up to 100.

Charleston Plantation Weddings

Boone Hall Plantation – Mount Pleasant

Think Old South, Spanish moss, ancient oaks. Boone Hall, established in 1681 by Major John Boone, is not only a step back in time, but a well-preserved living history of the antebellum South’s plantation culture. You will enter Boone Hall’s grounds by driving up the famous “Avenue of Oaks,” lined with giant oak trees planted in 1743. You will enter your ceremony by walking through the large iron gates in front of the main house and taking a long, dramatic walk down the aisle toward your beloved. Or you may choose to hold your ceremony on The Cotton Dock facing the water. Your reception will likely take place indoors at the Cotton Dock, a cozy, intimate, wood-walled room with warmly stained hues. Get the most out of this space by decking it out in twinkly lights and electric candles to give it an extra warm glow. You’ll be able to dine and dance inside, while spilling out onto the dock to get some fresh air. When you’re at Boone Hall, you will notice the original slave houses along the Avenue of Oaks. The current owners of Boone Hall do not hide this part of its past, but rather use it as an opportunity to educate – having members of the Gullah community give tours and presentations to visitors. Whether you hold your wedding here or just come by for a tour, this is one of those places you won’t want to miss. Boone Hall is only eight miles from downtown Charleston.

Magnolia Plantation

When the Drayton family moved here from Barbados and established Magnolia Plantation in 1676, the newly colonialized city was named Charles Town. The plantation managed to survive the American Revolution and the Civil War, and still stands today in the same condition as when it was built. The plantation is internationally known for its impressive gardens, begun by John Grimké Drayton, a descendant of the original Draytons, in the mid-1800s. You are able to have your wedding in front of the carriage house, conservatory, veranda, or the pavilion – all historic components of the plantation. We love the idea of dinner on the veranda (wrap-around porch), which is spacious enough to host dinner for up to 200 people. The inside of the plantation is not accessible for private events, since it is a museum that must be kept preserved.

Middleton Place

Middleton Place has it all for a Charleston wedding weekend – a home built in 1755, secret gardens, a view of the Ashley River, a restaurant, accommodations for guests at the Inn at Middleton Place, and activities such as horseback riding and kayaking. Middleton Place is an expansive property with numerous possibilities for your ceremony and reception. Check out their Venues Page to explore your options, including The Pavilion for a formal dinner, The Stableyards, the Crane Pool (accented by brightly colored azaleas in the spring), and any of the alluring, beautiful gardens.