How to Choose Your Outdoor Wedding Venue in Charleston, SC

So you got engaged and are thinking Charleston, SC for your wedding destination wedding. Great choice! Charleston has become a very popular wedding destination and has numerous gorgeous wedding venues to choose from. Where you choose to host your wedding sets the vibe for your celebration, so it’s important to reflect you as a couple. Below,  I will show you How to Choose Your Outdoor Wedding Venue in Charleston, SC

The first step in how to choose your outdoor wedding venue is to decide what type of Charleston bride you are.

Nature Lover

newlywed couple cross bridge hand in hand at Hampton Park

Newlyweds hold hands at Hampton Park

newlyweds kiss in front of oak tree with Spanish Moss at Hampton Park


Do you love nature? If you want to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, here are a few options for you outdoor wedding experience: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, White Point Gardens , Old Wide Awake Plantation and Hampton Park (where the above pictures were taken). All of these wedding venues have old oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss that evokes that Southern romantic vibe. You can get some epic newlywed photos with these trees in the background.

Historic Downtown

couple poses in front of Downtown Charleston Wedding venue

Downtown Charleston Bridal Portrait in front of gate at Washington Square

groom holds lapel of navy blue tux outside of Hibernian Hall in downtown Charleston, SC

Groom dips bride in front of Dock Street Theater

newlyweds stand on cobbled street

groom kisses bride's hand in front of Zero George

Or are you a classic bride who loves the romantic cobbled streets and colored buildings of downtown Charleston?  The Gadsen House, Lowndes Grove, and Governor Thomas Bennett House are three of my favorite venues to photograph weddings at. The big bonus to these downtown wedding venues is the proximity to all of the charming streets of Charleston where you can have multiple backdrops for your wedding party or newlywed photos.

The Beach

Grooms leads bride across rocks at beach

bride kisses groom on cheek while standing on rocks at beach

newlyweds skip down beach a sunset


Another option if you are super easy going and love the salty air and sand is to give your guests a beach wedding experience. Here in Charleston, we are lucky to have multiple beaches to choose from. There is Isle of Palms with the Wild Dunes Resort. Kiawah with the ultra lux Ocean Course, and Folly Beach with its laid back vibe..

Once you have chosen your outdoor wedding venue, the next step is deciding the best time of year.  If you are hosting a wedding outdoors in Charleston, SC, fall and spring are the ideal time of year. Read this post and aren’t feeling an outdoor wedding venue is right for you then check out my blog post about the best  indoor wedding venues.



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Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Hi, I’m Leigh! I’m an engagement and wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I’ve been serving ALL love and couples since 2006. I adamantly believe everyone deserves their love story to be told beautifully! 

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