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10 Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget

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Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

With Charleston, SC being one of the top wedding destination cities in the United States, it can be exceptionally difficult to find affordable wedding venues in the area that still hold on to that traditional Charleston charm.

Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of ten affordable wedding venues in Charleston where you can still have your special day with heavy sprinkles of Southern flair without breaking the bank:

1. White Point Gardens $85-$170

Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
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White Point Gardens is a lovely location for the couple who is looking to have a small, intimate wedding without all the fustle and bustle. Located on the Battery in the heart of downtown Charleston, this public park is rich with history and enveloped by colorful Southern mansions, breathtaking oak trees, and panoramic waterfront views.

At A Glance

  • $85 Charleston residents, $170 non-residents
  • Fees are for 1 hour and up to 25 guests
  • A permit must be acquired in person (Click here for more info)
  • No rentals are included
  • Parking is limited; no public restrooms
  • This is the only venue on the list where both the ceremony and reception can’t be held on the same grounds. The Upstairs at Midtown or a Spiritline Dinner Cruise are two fun and festive entertainment options.
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Alyona Semenov at Alyona Photography

2. Pelican Watch Shelter $500-$950

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Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

Referred to by locals as the “Edge of America”, Folly Beach is the quintessential oceanfront town known for its decent waves, friendly beaches, casual window shopping, and tacos and tequila from Taco Boy. The Pelican Watch shelter is a versatile and affordable wedding venue for the couple looking to have their wedding directly on the beach while also having a covered, open-air reception space within walking distance of the ceremony.

At A Glance

  • Beach is accessible directly from shelter
  • Half day & full day rentals are available
  • 200 max capacity
  • Parking is limited
  • Bands, DJs, loudspeakers, etc. must have prior approval by park manager
  • The City of Folly Beach requires security for night time events (additional fees apply)
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

3. Gold Bug Island $850-$1,350

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Located East of the Cooper on the Intracoastal Waterway and a 10 minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Goldbug Island is a wonderful and somewhat secluded island of paradise perfect for a beach theme or bohemian bride looking for an effortless seaside escape.  With a waterfront ceremony site, an open-air patio and a main clubhouse, Goldbug Island is like finding a flawless, shimmering seashell along the seashore.

At A Glance

  • 150 guest maximum
  • Additional, non-refundable cleaning fees apply
  • Tables & chairs are included in rental fee (indoor only)
  • On premises ice machine, kitchen, & restrooms
  • Onsite parking
  • DJs & bands are welcome
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Charles Merry at CM Photography

4. The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation $900-$3,550

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Rich wood work, landscaped lawns, and scenic views make the Pavilion at Pepper Plantation an ideal venue for an equestrian loving couple or a country chic theme. Complete with a dazzling 3,000 square foot main hall, a lakeside gazebo, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and Lowcountry style porches, booking this elegant space for your special day will make you feel like you won big at the races.

At A Glance

  • Various ceremony locations available
  • Adirondack chairs located throughout
  • 200 max capacity
  • On-site parking
  • Bridal cottage is available (additional fees apply)
  • No rentals are included

5. The Stables at Boals Farm $1000-$3000

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Allow me to lift the veil on this enchanting property where a rustic barn wedding dream really can come true. Nestled on a 32-acre working horse farm on the edge of Mt.Pleasant, the Stables at Boals Farm is an eclectic wedding venue established by a family that runs four generations deep. Encircled by oak trees swaying with Spanish moss and dating back to the 1,800s, this beautiful location sets the scene for a classic Southern affair.

At A Glance

  • Variety of available outdoor ceremony sites to choose from
  • Handicap accessible restrooms
  • On-site parking
  • Bridal suite & caterer’s prep kitchen
  • 1800’s buggy for use as backdrop decor & other various props included
  • Use of property for engagement session prior to event
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6.  Cypress Gardens $1,500-$3,000

*UPDATE: Due to the devastating flooding in the area, Cypress Gardens has closed its doors due to irreparable damage. If you’d like to help pick up the pieces, fill out the volunteer form here

Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
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Tucked away on the outskirts of town in the forests of Berkeley County rests the hidden gem of Cypress Gardens a 170-acre lush landscape where the most romantic cinematic moment of all time was filmed: the rowboat scene from The Notebook. A pebbled path meets the shoreline of a stunning Cypress swamp leading into a secret wedding garden that has a charming white gazebo. The grounds of this venue are so striking very little outside decorations are needed.

At A Glance

  • Several indoor & outdoor areas to choose from for both the ceremony & reception
  • Rates include ceremony chairs as well as tables & chairs for an indoor reception 
  • Brides can choose to arrive by boat to the wedding garden
  • 500 max capacity
  • Indoor & outdoor restrooms
  • Located 45 minutes from downtown Charleston
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

7. The Lake House at Bulow $1,500-$3,500

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Photo by Wanda Cavazos at Richard Bell Photography

Once a hunting lodge camouflaged in the country, The Lake House at Bulow offers privacy and seclusion with a picturesque setting and unrivaled woodland appeal. A pristine pine-forest island, a dock that doubles as a dance floor, and a lakeside lawn offering tranquil ambiance and unique overnight accommodations make this an ideal venue for an eye-catching wedding at any time of year.

At A Glance

  • Exclusive use of the property during rental
  • 30 minutes from downtown Charleston
  • 150 max capacity
  • Lakeside house features a pool table, patio, fireplace, and more
  • House can be rented overnight for additional fees (2 night minimum) 
  • A site tour is required
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Wanda Cavazos at Richard Bell Photography

8. Old Santee Canal State Park $2000+Deposit

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Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

Old Santee Canal State Park is a stone’s throw away from downtown Charleston and offers an array of spectacular scenery at affordable prices. The property features an 1840 Southern plantation home furnished with period piece replicas and dramatic details which will make anyone feel as if they’ve traveled back in time. The outdoor lower level is equipped with elegant lighting perfect for nighttime events, and the remaining grounds boast quaint surroundings for an unforgettable evening of enchantment.

At A Glance

  • 300 max capacity
  • Waterfront views
  • 1st floor is climate controlled
  • Bridal dressing room
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Tables & chairs available to rent (additional fees apply)
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

9. Alhambra Hall $1,000-$4,000

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Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

Embraced in the heart of Old Mt. Pleasant awaits the coveted wedding venue of Alhambra Hall. Best known for its sprawling views of the Charleston Harbor, alluring outdoor ceremony space, and vaulted ceilings in the stellar main hall, this former ferry terminal is by far one of the most popular and affordable wedding venues East of the Cooper. Embellished with sparkling hardwood floors, breezy wrap-around porches, double brick fireplaces, lower level restrooms, and an adjoining kitchen, it’s easy to see how this event space books up as quickly as it does.

At A Glance

  • Act fast! Dates book two years in advance.
  • 350 max capacity
  • On-site parking
  • Limited indoor tables & chairs included with rental
  • No bridal changing quarters or suite
  • The massive playground across the street makes for some great photo ops!
Affordable Charleston Wedding Venues for Brides on a Budget.Charleston, SC-A comprehensive list of affordable, inexpensive Charleston wedding venues where you can have your wedding and your cake...and eat it too.
Photo by Valerie Schooling at Valerie & Co. Photographers

10. Old Wide Awake Plantation $1,750-$4,250

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Meandering near the banks of the Stono River lies Old Wide Awake Plantation, a brilliant piece of property with whispers of history studded along its path. This admirable venue was never a working plantation yet its blooming blossoms, charming landscape, and antebellum adornments embrace the epitome of Charleston charm.  The main house is splendidly decorated with rich and vibrant decor setting the stage for a stylish Southern bash.

At A Glance

  • Space for 200+ guests
  • Fee includes house & grounds for the day of event
  • Event manager/Parking attendant included
  • Tours are available by appointment 7 days a week
  • Wedding planning services available a la carte
  • Tables, chairs, & linens not included

Do you have more affordable Charleston wedding venues to share? Leave a comment below and tell me all about them! 

 

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30 Comments
  • Clare Speer
    June 9, 2015

    Such beautiful choices and you captured the beauty with your pics!

    • Amber
      June 10, 2015

      Thank you, Clare! I wish I could take credit for the pictures, but they are not mine. They are the work of the some of the most talented Charleston photographers out there. Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it 🙂

  • Jennifer
    June 12, 2015

    Medicine wind farm has a beautiful event center for that perfect rustic feel

    • Amber
      June 12, 2015

      Oh my goodness, Jennifer, how gorgeous!!! I’ll definitely recommend Medicine Wind Farm for Charleston brides looking for a barn wedding. What a lovely venue! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Erica Peper
    June 16, 2015

    The plantation at Stono Ferry located at the links at Stono ferry golf course has a ceremony and reception location with rental fees from $400-$1100 🙂

    • Amber
      June 18, 2015

      Awesome, Erica! Thanks so much for the info!

  • Diann Clark
    March 17, 2016

    Don’t forget to check out Goat Island Gatherings. A little sea Island just off the Isle of Palms only assessible by boat. “Just around the bend but a world away” .it’s a little higher than you priced but ferry boat shuttles are included via Barrier Island Eco Tours. Thanks

    • Amber
      March 23, 2016

      Thanks, Diann. Goat Island is a magical place (I went to high school w/ Colleen), and I’ve loved every moment I spent there. It is a bit on the pricier side, but the boat ride to the venue in itself is worth it if you ask me 🙂

  • Chelsi :)
    March 20, 2016

    Berkeley Country Club near Moncks Corner has great indoor/outdoor space for $1550 for the day (or $1800 for the day and night before). Rental fee can be paid in flexible installments. Outside vendors are welcome. There’s a pond and lots of old oak trees since the property was formerly Exeter Plantation. The clubhouse rental includes chairs and tables (indoor use only). Accommodates about 140 people comfortably in a banquet reception set-up. Intimate venue with flexible staff and regulations.

    • Amber
      March 23, 2016

      Thanks so much for your input, Chelsi! I love learning about new venues.

  • Amy King
    March 22, 2016

    The Confederate Home & College downtown! Best deal on the peninsula, in my opinion!0

    • Jordan Garcia
      April 13, 2017

      Do happen to know rental cost for like a Thursday or Friday evening wedding. Looking of max 30 people for a small ceremony and dinner in March of next year… Thank you!

      • Amber
        May 16, 2017

        Rental costs for which venue?

  • Michele
    June 2, 2016

    Aeolian Hill, located between Charleston and Columbia, is an indoor and/or outdoor plantation venue that offers packages for brides on any size budget. You can choose a tree setting for a day or the estate for the weekend (with many other packages in between).

    • Jordan Garcia
      April 13, 2017

      Do you know the rental cost….looking for something for 30 people for a small ceremony and dinner.

  • Kayla
    August 4, 2016

    Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum has a wide variety of venue spaces that are very affordable. Check out their website here: http://www.patriotspoint.org/private-events/

  • Jessie Anderson
    January 27, 2017

    A Whitehouse Wedding located on Wadmalaw Island has beautiful oaks and waterfront views. Cost between 1,300 and 2,300. Check http://www.awhitehousewedding.com

  • Carol Kudeviz
    March 8, 2017

    The venues you listed look beautiful!!! Do you have any information on reasonable caterers? Thanks so much 🙂

    • Amber
      April 3, 2017

      Take a look at Cafe Catering in Mt. Pleasant. It’s run by a friend from high school and their food is amazing and affordable! If you go with them, tell Amber I sent you! http://cafecateringandevents.com/ PS. Thanks for your sweet words and sorry for my late response! I’m currently on the mend from brain surgery. Getting better day by day ????

  • Tiffany
    April 29, 2017

    My husband and I were married at the SC Aquarium in September of 2014. Current rates range from $3,000-$5,000. This venue does not require a lot of decoration as the fish do their job quite well! For help with wedding planning at this or other venues in Charleston, SC please contact me, Tiffany, at tiffanyweddingdesigns@gmail.com or visit my website at http://www.tiffanygladden.wixsite/tiffanyweddigndesign .

  • Ron
    September 8, 2017

    This more of a question.

    My fiance and I are planning to get married on the beach. The wedding party consists of 10 people, so it will be small enough for reservations at a restaurant for our reception. We wanted a back-up “shelter” or “beach view room” in case of rain. We CANNOT find anywhere except The Tides. They have an old looking conference room with a window for $500. We’ve tried rental houses on the beach, but they are all full week rentals in the thousands because the timing is last weekend in July. We just need a covered porch with a view in case of rain. July 27, 28 or 29 of 2018. Could be any beach from Kiawah to IOP.

    Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Amber
      September 20, 2017

      So sorry for the delay in response!

      If you’re not partial to Folly, check out the Fish Fry Shack on Sullivan’s Island. It doesn’t have a “beach view”, but it is within walking distance from the most gorgeous view of the peninsula on Sullivan’s Island which would make for some awesome photos! They rent it out the shack, but I’m not sure of the costs. You can see pics & stuff on Facebook too. (843) 577-5304

      Also, the Charleston Harbor Resort has their own man made beach which would also be awesome. Again, you’ll have to check out costs.

      Also check out Coconut Joes, the Windjammer, Coda del Pesce, The Boathouse, and The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes, and the Seaside Inn all on Isle of Palms

  • Tracy Cordray
    December 31, 2017

    Hi Amber,
    I am a member at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in downtown Charleston, and I would love for you to write about our church as a desirable wedding venue in Charleston. We are located in Downtown Charleston, near beautiful Hampton Park and The Citadel. We are a church for ALL people. We welcome ALL types of weddings. The couple can bring their own officiate/minister, pianist, etc. We are renting the church for $1000-$2000. The church is absolutely gorgeous and makes for a magical church wedding. I would love for you to post some photos on your site. Please feel free to email me for photos of weddings that have taken place in St. Barnabas. Thank you in advance.

  • Mindy odle
    January 18, 2018

    Have you checked out The Ashley. Located in west ashley and the rates are reasonable especially for Charleston. The venue includes table and beautiful x back chairs. The Ashley can accommodate up to 100.

  • Monique
    July 23, 2018

    can you get married by the pineapple water fountain in downtown Charleston and if so, is there a fee/permit required?

    • Amber
      August 7, 2018

      You know, that’s a good question! I’m sure you can if it’s a small ceremony, but I don’t know about the permit.

  • Bridget Lambright
    August 1, 2018

    Older bride right here! I live in OH but have little girl dreams of marrying in/near Charleston. This list has given me hope that my dreams can come true. THANKS!!

    • Amber
      August 7, 2018

      Yay! That’s so exciting! Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Logan Wallace
    January 7, 2019

    This is a very helpful site for a couple who are still finding a great venue for their wedding. They could definitely search for a good venue that is just under their budget.

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