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.
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.
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.
Recommended by 96% of couples
Katherine · Married on 08/18/2018
I am so glad we chose to have our reception at the aquarium! It was fabulous! It's such a unique venue and all of our guests were super excited to attend (and had a wonderful time)! Margaret was so easy to work with and open to any and all questions. Every picture we have inside and outside are beautiful, as it is such a beautiful setting. It's a unique layout and it does take some manipulating of tables, chairs, band but I think you can make anything work. We had 200 guests, partial seating, cocktail tables, 3 food stations , bars and band downstairs and there was plenty of room! It's a quick turnover time, which can seem stressful, but with a good team, everything was ready to go on time! Would highly recommend booking at the aquarium!
Amanda · Married on 08/11/2018
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.
Alix · Married on 09/30/2017
What an amazing venue! After getting hurricaned-out at our outdoor venue the prior year, we chose the SC Aquarium and couldn't be more thrilled with how our reception turned out! Cocktail hour on the patio was absolutely perfect - at sunset, overlooking the harbor with perfect weather. We had multiple guests tell us the Aquarium was the best venue they'd every been to! It was so great that all of our guests could explore the entire venue during the reception. I can't say enough great things about the Aquarium or their staff! If you're looking for something different the typical venue, go with the Aquarium! Truly a one-of-a-kind venue!!
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ABSOLUTELY a beautiful and well-managed venue. The staff is gracious and accommodating. I love photographing events at this property.
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
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!