Voted #1 city by Conde Nast Traveler multiple years in a row, Charleston, SC is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the United States. With sweeping views of water, stunning antique architecture, and a rich historical heritage, the city is home to some of the most beautiful wedding venues for ceremonies and receptions in the country.

Some of the most prominent architecture in Charleston are the churches, which line the brick-laid streets that have been here for hundreds of years. Charleston offers over 20 different churches of different denominations to match your religious background and dream setting you’ve always wanted for your wedding ceremony.

If you’re planning a destination wedding in Charleston, SC and looking to exchange vows inside a church, we’ve compiled a list of those located in the historic district that welcome non-members for their wedding ceremony.

First Baptist Church of Charleston

First Baptist Church is located in the heart of Charleston on Meeting Street. This large white church that had its first congregation in 1662 is open to nonmembers and is a much sought after venue for Christian wedding ceremonies.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Although this church was opened in 2010, it was built with the historic, gothic architecture true to centuries ago. Available to nonmembers but is in such high demand there is at least a 6-month notice required!

Second Presbyterian Church

Located on lower Meeting Street and opened in 1811, Second Presbyterian is open to nonmember and even offers a smaller chapel adjacent to the larger worship area for smaller, more intimate ceremonies.

Here is a complete list of Charleston area churches, courtesy of Charleston Wedding Guide:

African Methodist Episcopal
Mt. Zion AME Church – 843.722.8118
Nichols Chapel AME Church – 843.577.7366

First Baptist Church – 843.722.3896
First Baptist Mt. Pleasant – 843.884.8521
Friendship Baptist Church – 843.744.9935
Grace on the Ashley – 843.556.6802

Charleston Anglican Catholic – 843.763.8873
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – 843.724.8395
St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church – 843.722.7696
Sacred Heart Church – 843.722.7018

Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul – 843.722.7345
Grace Episcopal Church – 843.723.4575
St. James Episcopal – 843.795.1623
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – 843.723.8818

French Huguenot
The French Protestant (Huguenot) Church – 843.722.4385

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim – 843.723.7324
Birth Sholom Beth Israel – 843.577.6599

Martin Luther Lutheran Church – 843.795.4855
St. Johannes Lutheran Church – 843.722.8906
St. John’s Lutheran – 843.723.2426
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – 843.884.3107

Church Purchased with His Blood – 843.556.0029

First Scots Presbyterian – 843.722.8882
Redeemer Presbyterian – 843.724.1164
The Second Presbyterian Church – 843.723.9237

The Unitarian Church in Charleston – 843.723.4617

United Methodist
Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church – 843.722.2826
Bethel United Methodist Church – 843.723.4587
Cherokee Place United Methodist Church – 843.747.9697
North Charleston United Methodist Church – 843.744.6669
Trinity United Methodist Church – 843.722.8449

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