In the immediate Charleston area there are three beaches Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan's Island. Isle of Palms and Folly are the most common for ceremonies as there are very few restrictions. On these two beaches, unless your event is quite large, you needn't obtain any permits and in most cases can simply prepare your spot the day of the ceremony and just walk out on the beach.
Sullivan's Island, on the other hand, is very restrictive and required permission in advance and absolutely prohibits any commercial activity, including hiring officiants and photographers. This has to do with the grant from which the island was turned over to the town by the federal government which prohibited commercial activity on the beach.
Please see each of their websites for specific information:
In addition to the beaches in the immediate Charleston area, there are numerous resorts and other beaches that are prime wedding venues. Among the most popular of these are Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island,Edisto Beach, and Pawleys Island.
Charleston Area Beaches
The Charleston area has become one of the most popular destination wedding spots in North America for many reasons, not the least of which is the diversity and shear number of locations you can choose to have a ceremony that is uniquely yours. You can select from numerous historical venues, such as plantations and historic homes, beautiful city and county parks, and relaxed and informal beaches. The most difficult thing about having a wedding in the lowcountry is deciding between the many options!
Venue fees are not included in Charleston Intimate Ceremonies services pricing. While we can connect you with the appropriate contacts at these venues, it is the couples responsibility to make arrangements directly with the venue.
Both the city and county parks offer unique settings for both intimate and large ceremonies. Usually graced by spectacular live oaks draping with Spanish Moss, the are as romantic a public setting as you will find anywhere. While it is best to reserve the setting of your choice through either the city or the county parks service, smaller groups often just find a spot they like for an impromptu ceremony.
Hampton Park is one of the City of Charleston's largest parks. It boasts the most extensive floral displays of any park in the city. An old rose collection and seasonal displays are planted by the staff and volunteers caring for the park. One of our favorite park venues due to the number and variety of locations available for a ceremony.
White Point Gardens
At the tip of the historic Charleston peninsula is The Battery and White Point Gardens. The gazebo, surrounded by Live Oak trees, is a very popular Charleston wedding location and centrally located for convenient access to hotel and restaurant reception sites.
Both in the heart of historic Charleston and out in the surrounding area, you will find some of the most beautiful and historic spots for a wedding you could possibly imagine. There simply is not another area in the country that can compare to Charleston for the selection of wedding venues!
Perhaps our personal favorite, for so many reasons. There are numerous spectacular settings for a ceremony, one could spend an entire day (and we have!) doing bridal, engagement, and wedding photoshoots, and their is a peaceful Inn right next door for the bridal party to stay, just to name a few. In 2013 Brides magazine named Middleton Place one of the "top 50 romantic venues in the U.S."
Built in 1800, this is one of the most historic homes in Historic Charleston. Taking up an entire quarter of a block, this once 'urban farm' is now a private residence. The owners meticulous detail during a recent extensive restoration can be seen in every corner of the property. The gardens provide exhaustive possibilities for not only ceremony location but fabulous photography as well!
With spectacular views of the Ashley River, the historic Carriage House (c. 1840) is surrounded by ancient Live Oaks, sweeping lawns, and beautiful torches that line the river bank. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens offer 4 exceptional event locations: The Carriage House,Conservatory, Veranda or Pavilion all wrapped in the history and breathtaking beauty of one of the South’s most famous plantations.
While The Cotton Dock is the most famous and most popular venue at Boone Hall Plantation there are various venue options at Boone Hall, you will discover that there are a variety of spectacular locations on the plantation where the world can stand still and make a lasting impression for your special day.
Named one of BRIDES magazine's "Best Venues in America," this 1810 National Historic Landmark in the heart of Downtown Charleston blends Old World charm with modern sophistication. Indoor and outdoor spaces showcase period artwork and antiques, sweeping piazzas and private grounds that house two Carriage House guest suites. A seamless blend of 18th-century charm and 21st-century sophistication makes this 1810 estate one of Charleston’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions, meetings and corporate events.