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Venues in Charleston, SC,
(843) 579-8656
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 32 Reviews


    Julia

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  • 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!!!

    Amanda

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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.

    Alix

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  • 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!!

    Morgan

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  • EVERYONE loved this venue! I picked the aquarium because this venue enabled me to get creative and not have the same boring Charleston wedding. The staff worked with my off the wall requests and were wonderful. My bridal party was late to the rehearsal, they were flexible. My florist needed to start working earlier than vendors were allowed in, they were flexible again. I am very happy I chose the South Carolina Aquarium and recommend it to anyone with a large number of wedding attendees.

    Stephanie

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  • My wedding at the South Carolina Aquarium was amazing! The staff was friendly and accommodating. Nicole was able to answer any questions I had in a timely fashion. The view for the ceremony was incredible and my guests loved being able to walk around, enjoy the exhibits and interact with some of the animals via the animal encounter. I highly recommend the aquarium I am forever indebted to them for my extraordinary night!

    User6865534

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  • The SC Aquarium is one of the most amazing venues in Charleston! You cannot go wrong! We had a wedding with about 215 guests and it was perfect for a station style with informal seating. Large or small guests will be blow away! The SC Aquarium staff was wonderful!

    Pam

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    5 out of 5
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  • Planning an event at the SCAquarium was made very easy and comfortable because of the wonderful, responsive event managers. All of my questions were answered promptly and throughly. When a problem arose with one of the viewing tanks they brought us in for a preview visit to ask us our opinion for a solution. The beauty and cleanliness for the facility was a great choice for us. Providing a staff educator who circulated among our guests with chosen reptiles and birds, was a treat to all our guests, young and old. Our sincere thanks to Bryan, Nicole and the lovely responsive staffer on duty that night, Catlin.

    Elizabeth

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    5 out of 5
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  • Everyone was great to work with and listened to our concerns. This is a beautiful place to have a wedding. 100% rememberable and breathtaking views for amazing photos!

    User5179134

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  • We held a small wedding in the park outside the aquarium and then the reception on the lower level of the aquarium itself, and we couldn't have done either without the expertise and help of Bryan and Nicole. They worked with us throughout the process and the ultimate result was unique and memorable. Thanks to all!.

    Katherine

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Baylor

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  • What a fun, creative, and beautiful space to have a wedding. It was actually my (now) husband's idea to have it here and it was the best decision he made. Guests couldn't keep in their excitement when they entered into the aquarium, realizing that they could explore almost every part of it! We had cocktail hour upstairs, then the the rest of the reception was downstairs. The only thing, is that the set up couldn't begin until 5 pm, and ceremony didn't start till 7, which gave us less than 4 1/2 hours to do everything we wanted. Still fantastic, and wouldn't have changed anything.

    David

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  • Guests have called my wedding the "best" and "most unique" wedding they have ever attended. I would recommend the South Carolina Aquarium to anyone looking to put on a great event. Guests who weren't directly engaged in eating or dancing were able to tour the aquarium and see the sights. The only drawback is that you must wait for the aquarium to close to the public before you can set up, which means some last minute arrangements and stress. My now wife was to walk down the aisle at 6:30 PM and the aquarium didn't completely close till 6 PM. Still, everything went swimmingly (pun totally intended) and we had a wedding to remember.

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    Thank you for the positive review. It was a pleasure to help you envision your memorable evening at the Aquarium.

    Jenna

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    4.1 out of 5
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  • I wouldn't have changed my wedding venue, I just wish they would have expressed certain fees I didn't know about when I signed. For instance, the caterer and bar make a donation to the aquarium but it comes out of your pocket. I didn't know that until all my prices were higher than on their menus. It went to the animals so it was for great cause. I just wish I knew in advance so I could have budgeted more.

    Nicole

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are both scuba divers so when we found out we could get married at the aquarium the venue choice for our wedding was a no brainer. We loved being able to have our ceremony and reception at the same location and the uniqueness of the venue is something our guests will always remember. Although renting out the aquarium was more than we originally wanted to spend, we saved by also using it for the ceremony venue and we didn't need a lot of flowers/decor because they supplied the fish! Nicole was great to work with every step of the way and made sure all of our questions/concerns were handled quickly.

    Lee

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    4.3 out of 5
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  • The South Carolina Aquarium was such an incredible venue for our wedding, and Nicole Soroka was very helpful. The placed looked absolutely beautiful for our big day, and we added on the special package where the aquarium staff brought out some of the animals during cocktail hour while we had our pictures taken. This was a huge hit! The price is a bit steep, but worth every penny! The only thing sort of disappointing was that they would not make an exception and allow our 12 year old labrador mix to be in ceremony which was outside on the patio. I understand the event-planning team does not make the rules (rather, a board of directors does because it is a non-profit), but we would have loved to have had him in the ceremony. All in all, an incredible night.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you for the positive review and honest feedback about your wedding experience at the South Carolina Aquarium. I apologize that we were unable to accommodate your request for the ceremony. Animal care concerns are very important to us. We have to decline these requests for the safety of your Labrador and our aquatic residents.
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