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South Carolina Aquarium

Charleston, SC View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
33 reviews
$3k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

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$3k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

Have a one-of-a-kind backdrop on your wedding day when you say your vows at South Carolina Aquarium; a venue located in Charleston, South Carolina. This aquarium, which is a non-profit organization, allows couples to be both in downtown Charleston and escape with their guests to an aquatic world filled with a variety of animal species on their wedding day.

Facilities and Capacity
Whether you want a small wedding of just 50 guests or a large wedding of up to 500 guests, the South Carolina Aquarium can accommodate all sizes of wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Couples and guests will be in awe of the many different animals, from the small purple sea urchin to the large and solitary sand tiger shark. With these animals as your backdrop (or the Great Ocean Tank or Charleston Harbor), you are sure to excite your guests and “cause as splash” on your special day.

Services Offered
The South Carolina Aquarium provides couples with an in-house events team to help plan and implement the wedding. However, weddings are not the only celebration you can experience here. You can also enjoy your rehearsal dinner or reception amidst the exotic sea life and panoramic waterfront views. If you prefer something a little more personal and special, the aquarium can provide services such as your personalized message being shared by the divers.

Other Services
In addition to helping plan weddings, the South Carolina Aquarium is happy to provide transportation conveniences for you and your guests. Couples and their wedding party will receive parking in addition to wheelchair access if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,000

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Museum
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Get Ready Rooms
Wifi

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

33 Reviews

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Shauna S. Married on 08/22/2021
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    Magical in every way

    Our wedding at the SC Aquarium was just beautiful! Even though we planned to have our ceremony on the terrace, the weather decided otherwise. The ceremony was instead switched to the Great Ocean Tank Room image and the massive tank served as our backdrop vs the bridge. That was no problem because it worked out perfectly. Sarah Noble and her staff were great! They worked seamlessly with our other vendors.. Family and friends are still raving about what a great venue it was and how elegant, fun and unique the Aquarium was for our wedding. If you love a unique venue that does not require a great deal of decorating, is easy to work with and is absolutely beautiful in every way…choose SC Aquarium. Oh, and I highly recommend going with the additional 1hr…the photo booth was a hit and the rehearsal time gave off the opportunity to prepare in case of wedding day rain…this was a big help since it did rain on our wedding day.

    South Carolina Aquarium's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words, Shauna! What a privilege it was to have the opportunity to host the two of you with your families and friends for such a beautiful occasion. Truly a special evening to remember!
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    Julia Married on 01/26/2019
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    Unbeatable venue!

    The SC Aquarium was the first and only venue we considered for our wedding. It was such a unique experience for guests and had such a great atmosphere at night. I also loved knowing that our money was going to a good cause! The team of event coordinators at the aquarium is very responsive to questions and were extremely helpful throughout the planning process! The event package with an extra hour of time and the Photo Booth was worth every penny!!!
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    Amanda Married on 08/11/2018
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    We loved having our wedding at the Aquarium about a month ago (ceremony and reception). Our guests still cannot stop talking about how unique and fun the venue was! I highly recommend it. *Special Tip* get the animal interaction package. Everyone loved being able to hang out with Pippin, Cyde, Liberty and the other special guests during our special day.

Awards

  • 33
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
John Kurc Photography John Kurc Photography Wedding Photographers

ABSOLUTELY a beautiful and well-managed venue. The staff is gracious and accommodating. I love photographing events at this property.

Wedding Music Charleston Wedding Music Charleston Wedding DJs

The SC Aquarium is truly a magical location for an event of any kind. If you want something unique and stunning, something that your guests will rave about for years to come, this is the place to go. Plenty of space for large groups, stunning views of the harbor and magical memories everywhere you turn. The staff is fantastic and friendly and the space is one of a kind! Michael Peifer- Owner, Wedding Music Charleston/Event Music Charleston

Fabulous Fête Fabulous Fête Wedding Planners

SC Aquarium is a stunning venue in downtown Charleston. For couples looking to give their guests an amazing view paired with unique aquatic-life surroundings, this is the venue for you. Highly recommend!

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Map

100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC, 29401
8435798656
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South Carolina Aquarium frequently asked questions

What are the most important characteristics of South Carolina Aquarium in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by South Carolina Aquarium for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Museum
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at South Carolina Aquarium for wedding events?

South Carolina Aquarium offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does South Carolina Aquarium offer?

South Carolina Aquarium offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does South Carolina Aquarium offer for wedding events?

South Carolina Aquarium offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Wifi

What percentage of users recommend South Carolina Aquarium and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

South Carolina Aquarium is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.6 in flexibility.

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