for fun, fashionable party-loving

couples hosting their wedding weekend

at their dream garden, private estate

or historic venue


Top Charleston SC Wedding Venues for Your Dream Wedding

Southern Charm and Chic -
The Ultimate Guide to Charleston's Best Wedding Venues

Are you ready to find your wedding venue to host your ultimate weekend-long wedding celebration?


Well, buckle up because we're taking you on a tour to the heart of Southern charm and hospitality for your wedding venue – Charleston, SC!


This city has got everything you need for a fun wedding celebration, from historic venues to private estates, all with a touch of art, fashion, and mouth-watering food.


Charleston is where elegance meets fun, and as locals who have lived and worked here as wedding photographers for 9 years we've got the scoop on the best venues to make your wedding dreams come true.


So, grab a glass of bubbly and let's dive into the best Charleston SC wedding venues because in this ultimate guide, we'll explore Charleston's most stunning wedding venues, from historic mansions and private estates to lush gardens and waterfront properties.


We'll also share insider tips and tricks to help you plan your dream wedding weekend and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Bride and groom standing in front of a floral installation at their Charleston SC wedding venue, the Gadsden House

tips for a stress free and fun wedding

weekend celebration in Charleston

Charleston's wedding venues are not only beautiful but also perfect for hosting your weekend-long celebration! Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan your dream wedding weekend so that your guests get the experience of a lifetime:

colorful and fashionable wedding guests wearing a yellow dress and a purple floral dress holding a signature orange wedding drink
  1. Welcome Party – Kick off your wedding weekend with a welcome party to greet your out-of-town guests. Choose a venue that reflects your personality, such as a rooftop bar with stunning views or a cozy restaurant with delicious food.
  2. Rehearsal Dinner – The rehearsal dinner is a chance for you to spend quality time with your closest family and friends. Choose a venue that is intimate and cozy, such as a private room in a historic restaurant or a charming courtyard.
  3. Ceremony and Reception – Choose a wedding venue that can host both your ceremony and reception to make it easy for your guests. Consider a venue with a beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a stunning indoor reception area.
  4. After-Party – Keep the party going with an after-party at a fun and unique venue. Choose a rooftop bar with a view, a speakeasy-style bar, or a nightclub with a live band.
  5. Brunch – End your wedding weekend on a high note with a farewell brunch for your guests. Choose a venue with delicious food, such as a farm-to-table restaurant or a cozy brunch spot.

fun and unique experiences in charleston

Charleston is known for its history, art, and culture, and your wedding guests will love experiencing everything our city has to offer!


But never forget that your wedding is about so much more than just the venue and the food. It's about the memories you'll make with your loved ones. So when you're choosing your wedding venue in Charleston, don't just think about what looks good on paper – think about how it will make you feel. Trust me, that feeling is worth its weight in gold.

Why not plan a private carriage ride through the city's historic streets or take a group tour of one of Charleston's many art galleries? For the adventurous types, consider a group paddleboarding session or a sunset sail on a chartered yacht.


And of course for the foodies - treat your guests to a low-country boil or a private chef's table experience at one of Charleston's many famous restaurants!

Wedding Venues in CHARLESTON SC


When it comes to planning your wedding, you're not just looking for a pretty location to snap a few pics. No, no, no – you want a place that's going to give you ALL the feels. You want your guests to be blown away by the stunning surroundings and to have an unforgettable experience celebrating your love, right?


So, let's get into your options. First up, we've got the gorgeous gardens, like Middleton Place. Located just a short drive from downtown Charleston, Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark that dates back to the 18th century. The property features 65 acres of formal landscaped gardens, including the iconic Butterfly Lakes and you can even take photos with the sheep! Whether you're planning an intimate garden ceremony or a grand reception in the Pavilion, Middleton Place is sure to exceed your expectations!


If you're looking for something a little more historic, check out the colorful William Aiken House. This historic mansion, built in 1810, has been beautifully restored and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception. The property features a stunning grand ballroom, a fun maze, and a charming carriage house for the ultimate Southern wedding experience.


For the art lovers, consider the Gibbes Museum of Art. This iconic Charleston museum offers gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces, including a beautiful courtyard that can be tented or you can choose to dine and dance alfresco under the stars. The museum's galleries are also available for private tours during your reception, providing a one-of-a-kind art and culture experience for your guests.


But if you're a fashion-forward bride who wants something truly unique, then you're going to want to check out Charleston and the surrounding areas private estates, like Lowndes Grove and the Ford Field Club. These hidden gems offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you won't find anywhere else. Think: sprawling lawns, historic homes, and maybe even a secret garden or two.

Bride and Groom standing outside of Cannon Green in Charleston SC

Cannon Green

Cottages at Charleston Harbor

*coming soon*

Gov Thomas Bennett House

Hibernian Hall

Kiawah Island Ocean Course*coming soon*

Legare Waring House

Lowndes Grove

Magnolia Plantation

Merchants Hall

Middleton Place


A chic bride putting on heart shaped sunglasses for rooftop portraits at the Cedar Room

The Cedar Room

The Dewberry *coming soon*

The Gadsden House

The Mills House *coming soon*


William Aiken House

Wingate Place



Securing your wedding date

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, and you deserve photos that look how your wedding felt.


We only photograph 15 weddings a year to create the best possible experience from beginning to end for our clients. If you wish to move forward with the booking process, please reach out here via our contact form as soon as possible to ensure our availability and avoid having boring wedding photos.



Katie & Jay

Catherine Ann Photography is an inclusive wedding photographer based in Charleston SC, serving couples of all races, sexualities, genders, and physical/mental abilities.

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