If you are planning a beach wedding, consider Charleston as your destination. Known for its Caribbean- and French-inspired architecture, cobblestone streets, art galleries, and unmatched culinary scene, this historic port city is full of romance and charm. And Folly Beach, the nearby island beach town with a surfer vibe and gorgeous soft sand beach, is only a 10-minute drive from the heart of downtown.
Charleston is one of the top wedding destinations in the country. If you decide on a beach wedding, you’ll get the beauty of Charleston’s nearby Folly Beach along with the history and romance of the city. Whether you decide to have your wedding ceremony at one of Charleston’s historic churches and venues and then an elegant reception with ocean views, or you get married in with your toes in the sand and a casual reception at a sprawling beach house, Charleston offers all this and more.
Folly Beach has several options for wedding receptions, whether you want to get married directly on the beach or at a house overlooking the ocean. The Tides at Folly Beach is one of the most popular wedding venues on the island. The venue offers space for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies so no matter what time of year you decide to get married you can do so with the backdrop of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
If you are looking for a quiet and intimate wedding at Folly Beach, you are allowed to get married directly on the beach. Whether you are working with one of Charleston’s talented event planners or handling the details yourself, a beach wedding still requires a bit of planning. There is no charge to get married on any of the island’s public beaches; however, a party permit is required for any parties over 25 people. Permits are available online only on the City of Folly’s website.
If you are planning on having a reception on the beach, loud music, alcoholic beverages, open fires, fireworks, and tiki torches are prohibited. You can, however, have a gas grill and non-alcoholic drinks in plastic or paper cups. Additional security may be required if you are planning on having your reception after the sun has gone down.
PLANNING YOUR STAY
If you are looking for accommodations for your Charleston beach wedding, consider booking our vacation homes. We offer some of the finest homes in both downtown Charleston and on Folly Beach. Whether you are looking for accommodations for your wedding guests or for a location where you can host your wedding reception and ceremony, we have the perfect homes for you.
We have several large homes on Folly Beach that can comfortably sleep more than 30 people and have ample space to host a wedding reception. If you decide to host your wedding on Folly Beach but stay in downtown Charleston, we also have a large selection of downtown historic Charleston homes.
All of our homes are fully furnished and equipped with high-quality furniture, so you and your guests can relax in luxury. Our Folly Beach homes are all situated just steps away from the ocean and our Charleston homes are located in the city’s historic neighborhoods.
If you would like to find out more information about our vacation homes or to book accommodation for your wedding party, please contact one of our rental specialists today.