Top 7 Wedding Venues in South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

10 May

Top 7 Wedding Venues in South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

A romantic spot on the beach. In the shade of towering oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. On a historic home’s stately porch. Or just beyond a river’s edge.

Whatever the scenario you seek, a special wedding with an extra-special Lowcountry setting can be yours on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast.

If you’re looking for that perfect spot to host your coastal wedding in South Carolina, take a look at some of the top spots here on the Hammock Coast.

1. South Carolina Beach Wedding

First and foremost, nothing compares to a wedding on one of our pristine beaches: Huntington Beach, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island or DeBordieu Colony.

In fact, the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort provides not only the setting – that is, the beach – but the resort handles the food, the spirits, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and more. There are four ceremony or reception areas to choose from: the Magnolia Patio, the Magnolia Lawn, the Francis Marion Room, and the Palmetto Room.

For wedding party members, family and friends, the resort can help with accommodations  – everything from oceanfront condos or pool-view suites.


Couples can easily start their forever love story at Pawleys Plantation and Country Club, which offers scenic vistas for the perfect ceremony, a large banquet hall for hundreds of guests and impeccable catering options. With its convenient location and comprehensive wedding offerings, Pawleys Plantation provides an idyllic setting for couples to celebrate their union surrounded by natural beauty and exceptional service.

Located just south of iconic Pawleys Island and a few minutes north of historic Georgetown, Annie Graham at Pawleys Plantation is already booking weddings for 2025 and 2026. No other location on the Hammock Coast can fulfill a destination wedding for large groups as well as Pawleys Plantation, which has rental units available and a much-lauded and newly revamped golf course.


“Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get …” Well, you know how the song goes, and we can assure you that there’s nothing more romantic than the Pawleys Island Chapel.

A fixture for decades on the historic island of Pawleys Island, the chapel still holds Sunday services, but it’s also the site of weddings in one of the most photographed spots on the entire Hammock Coast. The Pawleys Island Chapel can be rented from early fall through late spring for weddings, baptisms, and memorial services for a fee of $250 plus a $90 cleaning fee. To reserve, call Pawleys Island Realty at 843-237-2000.


For a simply spectacular location, Brookgreen Gardens offers acres and acres of dreamlike spots for weddings of all sizes.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet has welcomed visitors to since the 1930s and is a much-coveted location for weddings in South Carolina, that will be remembered for years to come. Couples can choose the tie the knot under at Live Oak alleé or waterside by the quaint Holliday Cottage or any number of other locations there.

Anna Lovell makes sure couples experience the best in Southern hospitality at Brookgreen Gardens, whose motto “Ever Changing, Simply Amazing,” is, perhaps, a nod to couples embarking on a new life together.


Just across Ocean Highway from Brookgreen Gardens is Huntington Beach State Park. The park’s pristine beach offers the perfect backdrop to any South Carolina wedding.

But, believe it or not, the beach isn’t the best thing about a park wedding. What bride doesn’t dream of her big day at a real-life castle? Well, Atalaya Castle, the former Moorish-style home of Anna and Archer Huntington, the founders of Brookgreen, is a signature location at the park and hosts weddings on a regular basis.

Stunning backdrop after stunning backdrop makes Huntington Beach State Park the perfect place for saying “I do.”


Located in the heart of Georgetown’s historic district, the Kaminski House Museum offers an idyllic backdrop to weddings on its beautiful lawn overlooking the Sampit River.

Among the dozens of historic homes in South Carolina’s third-oldest city, the Kaminski House is an 18th-century gem. The venue’s stunning architecture and picturesque surroundings make it a perfect setting for both intimate and grand celebrations. The Kaminski House works every day to preserve memories for the thousands who tour the museum, but the staff also helps brides and grooms make new memories on the most romantic of days – your wedding.


Just south of the City of Georgetown, Hopsewee Plantation is a beautiful backdrop for any special occasion.

The estate, which dates back to 1740, was once owned by Thomas Lynch Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Today the National Historic Landmark is lovingly maintained by the Beattie family and one of the key historic sites on the Hammock Coast.

It can be closed for special events, such as weddings. On-site ceremonies for 150-300 guests can easily be accommodated. Bridal parties have access to the historic home, making it a key fixture for weddings. Bridal portraits can be made in an outside the home, as well. Hopsewee also handles the reception, the catering, photographer, and other needs, such as tables and chairs. Hopsewee’s River Oak Cottage Tea Room can host up to 80 guests, as well.

With its natural beauty, gracious hospitality and state-of-the-art entertainment amenities, Hopsewee is the ideal setting to turn your dream for your special day into a reality.


This small sample of wedding venues in South Carolina could help you craft the perfect wedding on The Hammock Coast. Wherever you choose to recite your vows, we’re certain it will be unforgettable.

By Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. All photos by Chris Rogers for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce except No. 7, which is courtesy of Hopsewee Plantation.

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