12 Small Wedding Venues in South Carolina Across the Entire State

Discover Southern charm and intimate settings at these Palmetto State venues.
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Updated Apr 03, 2024

Discovering the perfect setting for your special day amidst the southeast's irresistible landscape is an easy venture. No matter where you turn in the Palmetto State, you'll find a wide array of small wedding venues in South Carolina full of allure and romance. From the picturesque coastlines to the serene countryside and even the mountains, lovebirds wanting an intimate gathering surrounded by their most beloved friends and family need to look no further.

Each venue on this list has its own unique character and ambiance, promising an unforgettable ceremony. We looked all over the state to unearth hidden gems, so we have you covered no matter if you want to get married in the northern, coastal, southern or western parts of South Carolina. Get your pen and paper out to mark "find venue" off your list! Oh, and be sure to also gather your wedding team on The Knot Vendor Marketplace to help you plan the perfect affair.

1670 Room in Charleston, South Carolina

Looking for a simple, yet elegant place to host your ceremony? The 1670 Room might just fit the bill. This venue is located right in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Charleston. It's also near Rainbow Row, King Street and other captivating attractions, adding depth to the vibe. Pledge your love here in this contemporary space underneath French chandeliers and in front of a brick fireplace. Consider staying for a long weekend to enjoy the rest of what Charleston has to offer.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50

The Cypress Inn in Conway, South Carolina

Farther north, near Myrtle Beach, sits The Cypress Inn in downtown Conway, SC, perfect for a small waterfront wedding. The indoor banquet room is a cozy space for up to 50 guests, while the dreamy pavilion can host up to 65. The inn offers a breathtaking view of the marina and has a culinary team that uses local ingredients for a customizable menu. If you want a taste of the South to elevate your celebration, this might be the place for you.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50

Citizens and Southern Event Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Moving inland and toward the border of North Carolina is Spartanburg, home of Citizens and Southern Event Center. This wedding spot epitomizes Southern charm and elegance as a top choice among small wedding venues in the heart of downtown. The historic space is complete with stunning architecture and a classic interior and has been a staple in the area for almost 150 years. It is truly unique. The mezzanine level is for a more intimate gathering of up to 50 seated guests, and the concierge is there to help you create something magical.

Guest Capacity: Up to 200, but has smaller accommodations for up to 50

Artisan Traders in Greenville, South Carolina

Artisan Traders, located in Greenville, South Carolina, melds charm seamlessly with blends of historic allure with modern sophistication. From the enchanting courtyard to the tastefully designed interiors, every detail exudes romance. Couples with a mutual love for the arts will appreciate this spot with its unique upscale character with local artwork displayed all around. There are different rooms to accommodate micro weddings—even those under 50 guests—that feature rustic elements, lofty ceilings and lighting systems that will set the mood.

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Guest Capacity: Up to 100, but boasts micro-wedding accommodations

Beach House on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Traveling south to one of the most ritzy parts of the South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Island, you'll find Beach House. While this gorgeous beachfront space peppered with palm trees offers several venues from which to choose, The Ocean Room is the perfect intimate spot for those wanting a small beach wedding venue in South Carolina. The room accommodates between 20 to 50 guests, has an ocean view and features an attached outdoor deck to let in that sea air. Be sure to bring your photographer to capture the moment in this beachfront paradise.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50

Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, South Carolina

The Beaufort Inn is the perfect spot to wed the love of your life. While the venue itself can host a large wedding of up to 300 guests, it also has accommodations for a petite wedding in The Palmetto Courtyard. The space can host up to 50 of your closest friends and family. Just down the steps from the two-story Inn, have your intimate ceremony on the brick patio in the morning beneath the bright blue southern sky or under twinkling string lights and the stars above at night. Either way, you'll be surrounded by simple elegance. Entering your nuptials through the garden arbor would be a lovely touch.

Guest Capacity: Up to 300, but has a smaller space for 50 guests or less

Wisteria Woods in Longs, South Carolina

Just outside Longs, South Carolina lies the enchanting Wisteria Woods—an idyllic venue for your romantic wedding. Say "I do" on the covered lawn surrounded by lush woods and fragrant wisteria or inside the late-1800s farmhouse that can accommodate a smaller affair of 50 guests or less. Rustic stone accents and twinkling lights create a fairytale ambiance, and the venue can also be easily decorated to fit your theme. Another option is to meander through the woods and pledge your love at the open chapel. Truly magical.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100

The Club at Brookstone in Anderson, South Carolina

For an intimate and breathtaking ceremony in Anderson, South Carolina, consider exchanging your vows at The Club at Brookstone. The family-owned golf course has a recently renovated clubhouse with a restored deck overlooking the grounds that would be perfect for your intimate moment. Have your photographer take your wedding photos either on the course itself or the clubhouse porch amongst giant columns and rocking chairs. That's about as southern as you can get.

Guest Capacity: Up to 80

The Vines Of Lexington in Lexington, South Carolina

Enjoy picturesque views and manicured vineyards at The Vines Of Lexington, nestled in Lexington, South Carolina, just outside Columbia. The ceremony space is in a grassy location outside, surrounded by grand oak trees and muscadine vines, adding natural beauty to your wedding. The venue offers wedding packages for up to 147 guests or a premium package for up to 50. For a slightly more intimate affair, The Vines has a micro wedding option for 40 guests or less. Each option includes catering, cake, decor and cleanup, making your day perfect and hassle-free. If you'd rather handle all the details, these planning tips can help.

Guest Capacity: Up to 147, but has a micro package for up to 40 or 50 guests

Hewitt Oaks in Bluffton, South Carolina

Hewitt Oaks, a hidden gem in Bluffton, SC, is a secluded, luxurious venue perfect for petite weddings. Towering mossy oaks provide a breathtaking canopy above any outdoor ceremony, with serene countryside and waterside views and plenty of dappled sunlight shining down from above to paint a dreamy wedding that is off the charts in romance. This venue can accommodate up to 75 guests and has an all-inclusive package for 40 guests as well. Plus, it's less than 30 minutes from the beach on Hilton Head Island, giving you a reason to extend your stay.

Guest Capacity: Up to 300+ with accommodations for small weddings

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina

If you and your partner love animals and are looking for a unique setting for your intimate wedding celebration, consider the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina—specifically, the Sea Lion Landing. Adjacent to beautiful riverbanks, this venue offers an array of enchanting animal-filled places to pledge your love. Imagine saying "I do" amidst playful sea lions in front of a 250,000-gallon saltwater habitat recreated to resemble San Francisco's Pier 39. The Sea Lion Landing, with a seating capacity of 50 guests, will ensure your wedding is the talk of the town.

Guest Capacity: Up to 300 with an area that seats 50 for micro weddings

Historic Hampton House 1908 in Pickens, South Carolina

The Historic Hampton House 1908 in Pickens, South Carolina, known as Hampton House, offers an exquisite backdrop for a small, intimate wedding. Steeped in rich history and timeless elegance, this venue is full of charm and sophistication. With its breathtaking gardens, quaint courtyards and grand architecture, this spot sets the stage for a romantic celebration unlike any other. Exchange your vows in front of up to 30 guests inside the five-bedroom mansion or beneath one of the ground's ancient oaks. Every corner of Hampton House tells a story, and one of these spots could be the beginning of yours.

Guest Capacity: Up to 250 with the capacity to accommodate a small affair

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