Charleston, S.C. Ranked #26 as Best Place to Get Married in Latest Study

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WalletHub has released its list of the best cities to get married for 2019. 182 cities were analyzed and Charleston, S.C. came in at number 26.

Below is the full methodology and factors that determined this years list along with the top 50. Find out why Charleston, is among the most popular wedding destinations and who ranked ahead of us.

Methodology

In order to identify the best and worst cities in which to tie the knot, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Costs, 2) Facilities & Services and 3) Activities & Attractions.

We examined those dimensions using 27 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for weddings. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), we used the square root of the population to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.

We then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Costs – Total Points: 40

  • Average Wedding Cost: Triple Weight (~20.00 Points)
  • Price of a Three-Star Hotel Room: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Restaurant-Meal Costs: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
    Note: “Restaurant Meal” refers to a three-course meal for two.
  • Prevalence of Affordable Wedding Logistics: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the prevalence of affordable restaurants and wedding venues with ratings of at least 4.5 stars.

Facilities & Services – Total Points: 30

  • Wedding Chapels & Churches per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Venues & Event Spaces per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Party-Equipment Rentals per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Photo Booth Rentals per Capita*: Half Weight (~0.86 Points)
  • Event Planners per Capita: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Videographers & Photographers per Capita: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Musicians & DJs per Capita: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Makeup Artists & Hair Salons per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Bridal Shops per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Flower & Gift Shops per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Limousine Rentals per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Hotels per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Restaurants & Bars per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Catering Companies per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Bartenders per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Floral Designers per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Cake Shops per Capita*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)
  • Wedding/Bridal Fairs*: Full Weight (~1.71 Points)

Activities & Attractions – Total Points: 30

  • Number of Attractions: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Popularity as a Travel Destination: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Foodie-Friendliness: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Best & Worst Foodie Cities ranking.
  • Weather: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Cities with the Best & Worst Weather ranking.
  • Amusement & Entertainment: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Most Fun Cities in America ranking.

Complete Analysis Results – 182 Cities

11 Great Wedding Photo Shoot Locations in the Charleston Area

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The Lowcountry is a magical place for love or at least capturing those precious moments forever.? It is no surprise that Charleston is one of the top five U.S. destination wedding spots.? With the nature beauty of the Lowcountry, Charleston blends the natural aesthetics of flowers, trees, history, elegance and Southern Charm to create a photographers dream and every couples fantasy.

We would like to provide 11 incredible places to capture forever those moments of pure love along with the talented photographers who brought the magic to life.

Each of these wonderful talents are happy to answer any questions you have by reaching out via Instagram.

White Point Garden (www.instagram.com/itgovandrebauer)

 

Lagere Waring House (www.instagram.com/amfiorello)

 

Middleton Place (www.instagram.com/charlestonweddingguide)

 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (www.instagram.com/thehappybloom)

 

Edisto Beach (www.instagram.com/tanyakukharets.photography)

 

Harborside East Event Venue (www.instagram.com/nicholasgoreweddings)

 

Oak Point Plantation on the Stono (www.instagram.com/alowcountrywed)

 

Kiawah Island (www.instagram.com/rachelredphotography)

 

Ribault Club (www.instagram.com/katirosado)

 

Boone Hall Plantation (www.instagram.com/bestdayeverbridal)

 

The Gadsden House (www.instagram.com/sweetgrasssocial)

To all the future brides and grooms, congratulations and good luck.