South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston • SC 29401


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • Dynamic waterfront vistas and amazing aquatic creatures make this downtown venue a brilliant choice for a wedding. Picture-perfect backdrops include the Charleston Harbor, exciting exhibits, and colorful marine life.
  • Say "I do" overlooking the Harbor...then segue to the seascape galleries for a one-of-a-kind dining experience beside the Great Ocean Tank where you're surrounded by fish and ocean flora.
  • Make waves with unique animal encounters for your guests, like touching a manta ray or having divers offer a personalized greeting from inside the 385,000-gallon tank.


Video by Surrender Films.


Small Ceremony, Big Waves | Intimate Wedding Packages

Elopement | $500–1,000
For up to 6 guests, including the couple, officiant, and photographer.

Small Ceremony | $750–1,500
For up to 20 guests, including the couple, officiant, acoustic musician(s), and photographer.A

These packages are available Monday–Wednesday evenings only. No reception, food, or beverage permitted. See link in Pricing section for details.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $3,500–7,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
  • All rentals include a 4-hour event time during evening hours and access to the indoor exhibits and outdoor Harbor Overlook. Inquire about holiday weekend rates.

    Monday–Wednesday | $3,500 year-round
    Thursday & Sunday | $4,500 summer & winter | $5,000 spring & fall
    | $5,500 summer & winter | $6,000 spring & fall
    | $6,500 summer & winter | $7,000 spring & fall

Package Prices
  • $900–1,400/event
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Package chosen
  • All packages include extended rental time, a rehearsal time, and the choice between a roaming animal encounter or 1-year aquarium membership.

    See link below for package details.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 100
Cocktails, etc. Standing 500 200
Reception Seated 200 100
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 500.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Preferred list

Choose from a preferred list of 5 catering partners.



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, starting at 6:30pm. Amplified music is allowed indoors and outdoors until midnight.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Beach / Ocean
  • Zoo / Aquarium
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Ocean / Bay
  • Other View
  • Panoramic


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