The Williamsburg of South Carolina: Charleston

Rhett Butler. Civil War. And gorgeous architecture. Charleston, South Carolina boasts a beautiful and rich history of the South. And today, my editor friend, Gillian of Coastal Bride, and I are swapping stories! In April, you'll see Williamsburg pop up on our blog neighbor to the South, but for now, we're relishing in the similarities and differences that is Lowcountry-- basically the Hampton Roads of South Carolina! ;)


Charleston is the best of both worlds for weddings. We offer the historic elegance of downtown, sprawling homes, and pristine white sand beaches. Charleston weddings run the gamut of traditional black tie affairs in historic pastel-hued homes to laid back weddings on the beach.

With our Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss and quiet cobblestone streets, it's no wonder Charleston is known as a city of romance. (After all, Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook was filmed here!) Weddings in the South aren't all Sperrys and bowties, but for the sake of this post, I have gathered elements that make a wedding quintessentially Charleston!

If you are traveling to Charleston to plan your wedding or just for a quick weekend getaway, it can be hard to narrow down what you want to do in our city in just a few short days. I will warn you... you will probably eat a lot. Our city is overflowing with top-rated restaurants and bars. Below I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite restaurants and attractions!

Stay: The Wentworth Mansion is a mansion that boasts gorgeous dark wood suites and a rooftop cupola with unparalleled views of the city.

Visit: Spend the day shopping on King St. for vintage finds and designer labels or take a 20-minute drive out to the sprawling houses. If the beach is more your speed you can rent a bike or paddleboard or even sign up for a kiteboarding class! The options are endless and the calmer, small waves are perfect for learning watersports.

Drink: The Moscow Mule drink at The Rarebit is a must to try and Closed for Business is my favorite spot to meet up with friends for after work drinks.

Eat: There are so many restaurants to choose from in Charleston but I will say I am a regular at Xiao Bao Biscuit, Monza, Basil and Gaulart & Maliclet.

Dessert: There’s no such thing as dinner without dessert and I highly suggest stopping at Peninsula Grill for their 6-layer coconut cake!

Want to get to know Charleston and Coastal Bride more? Head on over to CB's Facebook and Google+ pages for some daily inspiration!

PHOTO CREDITS [From Top to Bottom]:
The city of Charleston: Ellis Photo Studio // Romantic carriage rides: Ellis Photo Studio // Magnolia bloom: Jose Villa via Brides // Seersucker and pink bow tie: Source Unknown // Sweet tea: Jo Photo // Grits Wedding Favors: Martha Stewart Weddings // Oak tunnels and Spanish moss: Ellis Photo Studio