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ch ch ch charleston, part 1

charleston is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the united states. i think i once heard that it's right up there on the list after vegas, but ever since i haven't been able to track that stat down. regardless, it should be. i've been lucky enough to venture down there twice in the last five months and have found some spots ideal for weddings, honeymoons, and weekend excursions with your family, honey, or gal pals. and while you might find my little round ups helpful, don't forget about the tourism board and their site, which offers tons more of information.

here, some of my favorite places great for holding wedding ceremonies and receptions:

william aiken house: this venue is stunning in every way. if a landmarked property, restaurant, and a courtyard had a baby, they'd name it william aiken house (and that's pretty much what it is). and that scene in the the notebook where she's trying in on her dress? you can say you cut your cake in that very same room.

circa 1886 and wentworth mansion: can rent out the hotel (there are 21 rooms total) and host your intimate nuptials in the courtyard before heading inside to the romantic restaurant for the reception. chef marc collins prepares great southern fare with a twist -- in a lighter way -- that your guests will love. i know i couldn't get enough of the modified pear cobbler he made. delish!

the mills house hotel: your portraits would look beautiful with this salmon-exterior historic hotel as your backdrop. and, their grand chandelier is quite impressive.

middleton place: the grounds are right on the water and the camellia garden is stunning. need proof? take a look. plus, they have peacocks, water buffalo, and some other creatures roaming around the farm area that is still set up as it would have been in the olden days.

the american theater: how about holding your reception in an art-deco theater? talk about glamorous.

legare waring house: this place, with its gorgeous old house, sprawling green lawns, and ancient-looking trees, would be an amazing place to say "i do." i loved the lawn of trees in the back in particular, which reminded me of a park in london.

founder's hall: surrounded by natural beauty, this modern site's clean lines and simple interior let you create your own vibe.

white point gardens: the gazebo in the middle of this park is perfect for smaller weddings. it's right on the water, too, so you'll have pretty views of the harbor and historic mansions. but remember that it is a public space, so you'll have to be ok with some extra guests wandering by (but everyone there's so nice! so it's not such a big deal).

tomorrow, i'll be back with tasty dining options around town and some other miscellaneous spots.