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.


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 (


Lagere Waring House (


Middleton Place (


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (


Edisto Beach (


Harborside East Event Venue (


Oak Point Plantation on the Stono (


Kiawah Island (


Ribault Club (


Boone Hall Plantation (


The Gadsden House (

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


Songs You Should Not Play At Your Wedding – Charleston Wedding Tips

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Wedding season is upon us once again.? As sure as the flowers bloom in Spring, Charleston, SC continues to be a prime wedding destination for love birds around the United States and World.

With our scenic beaches, luxurious trees, natural historic backdrop and hand holding all around, Charleston is a mecca for that memorable declaration of love.

As a way to provide some relief from the stresses of wedding preparation and some musical advice, here is a list of songs you should not play at your wedding or reception.

  1. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley:? “We can’t go on together with suspicious minds (suspicious minds).? And we can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds” – The ultimate song of distrust, the one ultimate killer of relationships.? Still and always an Elvis classic.
  2. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon: The title speaks for itself.? If you are plotting this may ways, clearly, not happy in the relationship and one not worthy of that lifetime commitment.
  3. Love Bites – Def Leppard – “Love Bites, Love Bleeds: When you make love, do you look in the mirror; who do you think of; does he look like me”.? A bitter tribute from one of the great 80’s rockers about jaded love.
  4. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones: But you know sometimes you get what you need.? Sometimes we settle for comfort, companionship or just don’t want to end up lonely (we all want to feel loved and not be alone).? Iconic song, but not the message you want to send to your spouse.
  5. Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe:? This song will rock you until you blue in the face, but referencing sex with your girlfriend’s sister, not a great song to declare eternal love.? Not at all.
  6. Black Space – Taylor Swift:? The last thought we want as we walk down the alter is “Are we with a commitment phobe?”? Hot, check. loving, check.? Adventurous, check.? Frisky, check.? Committed…hmmmm.
  7. Used to Love Her – Guns N’ Roses:? Foreshadowing an early and tragic death is not the way you want to spend married life.? A great tip to live by (no pun intended).
  8. Foolish Games – Jewel:? He is crazy and spontaneous and she is so deeply in love, but she had her heart played.? I think this one just tells its own story.? For many men, it has been on quite a few break up CD’s.
  9. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt – No song says unrequited love quite like the slow drawl of James Blunt.
  10. Just Once – Quincy Jones and James Ingram: Fighting is healthy; it keeps the passion alive, but in the case where you are going in circles and never moving forward, then it may be time to call it quits.
  11. Creep – Radiohead: Self-esteem is a key element in any relationship and if you are with a self-loathing partner, that can be disastrous.
  12. Gold Digger – Kanye West:? Is she with you for the money?? Not the best way to built a life together is it?? Then again, maybe for some.
  13. Separate Ways – Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin:? “You have no right to ask me how I feel.? You have no right to speak to me so kind
    We can’t go on just holding on to time.? Now that we’re living separate lives.”? Not only will this song bring you to tears, but it clearly is the opposite of commitment and love.
  14. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler:? “Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I’m only falling apart” – Heartbreak, heartbreak, heartbreak.? Just stay away from this one.
  15. Highway to Hell – AC/DC:? Guys, you may love this song and have fond memories, but let us tell you, your wife will not want it at the wedding.
  16. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi:? If you ever want to end up sleeping on the couch, utter this phrase.? Thing that is bad, play it at your wedding.
  17. You’re so Vain – Carly Simon:? If she tells you that, your future looks grim unless you make some big changes.
  18. Love Stinks – J. Geils Band:? What could be the worst message to send right after you get married…This would be it.
  19. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before – Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias:? The last thing your new wife wants to do is get reminded that you have been with other women.
  20. She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd:? No she loves you.? Don’t put doubt in her mind.? Just don’t.
  21. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy:? Even as a joke, cheating never goes over well.? Go in with a clean and trusting slate.


Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash:? Do you really want to give your potential life partner a choice?

Good luck with your playlist.