Vendor Spotlight – Upstate Ceremony Sites

With so many wedding ceremony spots all over the Upstate, it can be hard to choose where you’ll be saying your vows. In your church? On-site before the reception? Somewhere else? This blog post may help you narrow down your list as you figure out the perfect place in Upstate South Carolina to host one of the biggest moments of your life. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ceremony spots. Enjoy!

Glassy Mountain Chapel

Our first suggestion is famously known as one of the most elegant spaces in the area. Tucked up in the hills, the Cliffs at Glassy Mountain house the graceful and sophisticated sanctuary known as Glassy Chapel. Glassy Chapel has so much to boast about, between the 75-mile views off Glassy Mountain and the natural rustic charm of the gorgeous chapel interiors. If you don’t already have a wedding director or day-of coordinator, The Cliffs have their own expert team of event planners that you can take advantage of to get the perfect wedding ceremony. During the day, the chapel holds multiple weddings, so there are time slots you must abide by…but it’s worth it! The Glassy Chapel is just a 50 minute drive from our The Old Cigar Warehouse, so we suggest securing shuttle transportation for your out of town guests to get from the ceremony to the venue.

Glassy Chapel, The Cliffs at Glassy Mountain - Landrum, SC
Glassy Chapel, The Cliffs at Glassy Mountain – Landrum, SC

Symmes Chapel/Pretty Place

Originally constructed in 1941, the Symmes Chapel overlooks the beautiful rolling hills of the Upstate. This ceremony spot has been lovingly renamed by the locals as Pretty Place, because–why else?–of its spectacularly pretty views, no matter what the season. One popular option is using this venue as a sunrise spot and having a breakfast reception. This chapel is similar to Glassy Chapel also hosting multiple weddings during the day, so time is of the essence. With such scenic views over Greenville, the Symmes Chapel is over an hour away from your favorite venue, The Old Cigar Warehouse, so you’ll definitely want to shuttle your guests for their comfort and to cut down on any confusion on the big day.

Pretty Place, Symmes Chapel - Cleveland, SC
Pretty Place, Symmes Chapel – Cleveland, SC

The Kroc Center

Located just two minutes (IF that!) from The Old Cigar Warehouse, the Kroc Center stands as a multipurpose recreational center for the Greenville area. Within the center sits the Fred Collins Performing Arts & Worship Center. This space offers plenty of secluded spots for a bridal party to get ready along with a control room for lighting, sound, and projection for a more personalized ceremony. The Worship Center can hold 340 of your guests and is close enough to your reception that no one gets lost. The grounds around the center are not as picturesque as the interior but rather suited for recreational activities; but it provides as a wonderful space for a wedding ceremony.

The Kroc Community Center - Greenville, SC
The Kroc Community Center – Greenville, SC

Rock Quarry Garden

Tucked in between downtown Greenville’s bustling Cleveland Park and the surrounding historic neighborhoods, sits the a beautiful area known as the Rock Quarry Garden. You may have passed this tiny island before and been intrigued by its rolling creek, waterfalls, and the well taken care of landscaping. Wouldn’t you want to get married somewhere that captivating? Well you can! The Rock Quarry Garden is a five minute drive from The Old Cigar Warehouse and offers wedding ceremonies the great outdoors, with a bit of seclusion amid the busy city. You never know what the weather will do though, and keep in mind that the park does not allow tents to be staked into the ground. The space only holds 100 guests, but provides a lovely and intimate ceremony for you wedding.

The Rock Quarry Garden - Greenville, SC
The Rock Quarry Garden – Greenville, SC

Grace Church Downtown

Of course, your personal church might be the perfect spot for your nuptials, but we have noticed that Grace Church, or Downtown Baptist Church, in downtown Greenville fits well for a lot of folks. This church is one of many in the Upstate that you can use for a wonderfully traditional ceremony space. This gorgeous and elegant venue provides the vintage church feel you’ve always wanted. Like most churches, Grace does have a few requirements for new couples, as well as premarital counseling. Only 2 minutes away from The Old Cigar Warehouse!

Allison + Ronnie © J. Jones Photography - www.joshjonesphoto.com
Grace Church – Downtown Greenville, SC

The Old Cigar Warehouse

Our favorite ceremony site yet! Very conveniently located (your guests will love you) right in your own reception spot, The Old Cigar Warehouse is the raw and vintage setting you’ve been waiting for. Built in 1882, the warehouse was originally the home for cigar storage and now, flawless wedding ceremonies. With three separate ceremony areas for use, the transition from the ceremony to reception is no trouble at all; especially since your guests only have a travel time of about 2 seconds!  The Old Cigar Warehouse has a fantastic team just waiting to work with you on designing your dream wedding day from ceremony to send-off.

The Old Cigar Warehouse - Greenville, SC
The Old Cigar Warehouse – Greenville, SC

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