Thinking destination? Thanks to its southern graces, Charleston, South Carolina may just fit the bill. We’ve rounded up nine Dallas venues and matched them with their Charleston counterpart so you’ll know where to go in the Holy City without even having to leave the comfort of your own home.
If you like the Dallas Museum of Art, then you’ll love the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Unlike the DMA’s modern sensibilities, the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Beaux Arts architecture lets you travel through time. For intimate gatherings (70 seated), surround yourself with Tiffany-style glass in the rotunda gallery, or embrace the outdoors in the Lenhardt Garden and take advantage of its adjoining lecture halls (up to 350 seated). Perfect for the art historian bride.
If you like Union Station, then you’ll love Belmond Charleston Place
This hotel has a number of terraces, pavilions, grand ballrooms, and private meeting rooms to accom- modate events of all sizes, but if you want a truly unique experience, go for the Sottile Ballroom inside the historic Riviera Theatre, now operated by the hotel. Like Union Station and its high ceilings, the art deco murals and light fixtures are sure to awe your guests. (Plus: Snap some cute pics in front of the theater ’s entrance.)
If you like Hickory Street Annex, then you’ll love Cannon Green
Find the same industrial, exposed beams overhead in Cannon Green’s Trolley Room (up to 150 seated) as you would at Hickory Street Annex. Or, feel tucked away in the middle of the city in the venue’s Courtyard (up to 180 guests), with its reflecting pools and palmettos, and Garden Room (which can accommodate 75 seated) that features the original façade of the 1840s house that once stood on the spot.
If you like the Adolphus Hotel, then you’ll love Hotel Bennett
Though this hotel is a new build, not a single detail has been overlooked. The hotel sits on the site of a former library, and the original pink marble was reclaimed and used in the ladylike Camellias Champagne bar (do afternoon tea there with your ’maids and moms). While your guests enjoy the suite life should they choose to stay on-site, host your event in the Crown Ballroom for up to 350 or choose the more intimate Observatory and Piazza.
If you like Arlington Hall, then you’ll love Lowndes Grove
If you have a picture in your mind of the big, white Southern house, head to Lowndes Grove—its historic architecture is authentic (the site was built in 1786). Fourteen acres overlook the Ashley River, giving you a number of indoor and outdoor location options. Get ready with your girls inside—among the historic furniture— then host up to 300 guests outside.
If you like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, then you’ll love Middleton Place
Love gardens? This historic plantation is the place for you. With 65 acres of lush gardens kept in pristine condition year-round, there are plenty of beautiful spots to choose from, including outdoor settings under majestic trees or the newly built pavilion, which seats up to 200. With no main house (it burned during the Civil War), the site is mindful of its history with ongoing programming and working stable yards.
If you like the Room on Main, then you’ll love The Cedar Room
This industrial space is flooded with natural light, much like The Room on Main. Built in 1881, the exposed-brick space sits within the Cigar Factory, which functioned as a textile factory, cotton mill, and (you guessed it) cigar factory for decades. In 2015, it opened as the event space it is today. Take advantage of the historic wood columns and blond reclaimed wood floors to host up to 300 inside, or go intimate with 150 in the courtyard.
If you like White Rock Lake, then you’ll love Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
This site truly has no Dallas comparison, but if you love the outdoors (let’s say you took your engagement shots on a dock at White Rock), this might be the place for you. Choose from a ceremony on the pier, on the private beachfront or lawn, in the yacht club, or under the lookout pavilion. With that many options, ceremonies can accommodate from 15 to 350 guests.
If you like Dallas Country Club, then you’ll love The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island
Partake in anything the heart desires: golf, tennis, swimming, spa days, salon touch-ups, fitness amenities, and fine dining. This five-star hotel features a brand-new wedding chapel, which seats 150 and includes bride’s and groom’s suites. The Grand Oaks Ballroom sits right next to it, though you an also opt for the Terrace Ballroom, Terrace Courtyard, or a number of lawns. Golf clubs throughout the site can also accommodate events.