Indulge in something old and something new whether tying the knot or taking a break at a Charleston spa.
From nationally recognized planners to breathtaking venues, Charleston is a classic wedding destination. Rich in history and awash with seaside beauty, the city is known for Southern traditions, gracious hospitality and delicious Lowcountry cuisine.
Charleston boasts upward of 200 churches, and there are dozens of wedding venues, ranging from historic estates and luxury hotels and inns to seaside settings and opulent gardens.
Charleston’s plantations and homes offer unique wedding backdrops. Consider Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, a 17th-century property featuring an on-site mansion and a riverside dock. Middleton Plantation also hosts wedding parties in its lush gardens.
Couples can choose a location that reflects their personal style and Charleston’s history. For instance, the Legare Waring House unites both a flair for the dramatic and classic Southern style with its grand entryway, flanked by moss-draped oak trees and lavish furnishings.
Another lovely option is Planters Inn, a 64-room Relais & Chateâux property that’s elegantly appointed with a nod to 18th- century style. For weddings, the hotel offers a private garden courtyard with a reflecting pool and year-round foliage.
A special venue for weddings is Belmond Charleston Place. Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world, it evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th-century residence — from its posh personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian open-arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, full service European-style spa and horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof.
Couples that hear the siren call of the ocean have beautiful options for beachside weddings near Charleston. The best by far is at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, where ceremonies take on a distinctively seaside feel.
Weddings at The Sanctuary can take place either at a scenic mansion with views of the water or right on the beach itself, where the sound of breaking waves and views of spectacular sunsets add to the idyllic setting. Couples that love golf can also choose to tie the knot right on the 18th hole of the famous Ocean Course, marrying the best of both settings.
Holy City Hospitality’s eight locations throughout Charleston provide a venue for any occasion, no matter the size or style. Wedding parties at the Historic Rice Mill are not just
treated to a breathtaking waterfront setting, but also enjoy the tantalizing catering for which the company is widely celebrated. In fact, working with a number of well-known local restaurants, Holy City Hospitality is primed to play an integral part in your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or any other memorable experience.
Head to The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for a full-day pampering experience like no other. Book an appointment at this Forbes Five Star-rated facility before the big day to indulge in one of their many signature services, including Sodashi Luxury Facials, massage therapies and body fusions, among many other treatments. Get primped and ready at The Spa’s salon, or spend the day with a few of your closest friends enjoying the recently renovated saunas, steam rooms and mineral whirlpools — in both men’s and women’s locker rooms.
Handsomely appointed interiors in elegant finishes will make you feel like you are away at a seaside mansion retreat, far from your worldly cares.