Free Wedding Venues

Here is a list of some free wedding venues in and around the Columbia, SC metro area where you can have your marriage ceremony. All of the links take you the location’s Google Maps page for easy navigation

South Carolina Statehouse (has very nice grounds and if inclement weather you can hold the ceremony at the top of the Capitol building steps under the large portico)

Pinewood Lake Park (nice little pond with a shelter by the pond if inclement weather; closes at 5pm, Oct to April)

Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park  (Nice, secluded terrace down by the pump house over looking the river and a gazebo if inclement weather)

Governors Mansion (sometimes they have private events and are closed to public, but Columbia Canal is just a few blocks away; open M-F only, 9am to 5pm) Free parking on Gadsden St and Richland St. on the west side of the mansion complex

The USC Horseshoe (several places to perform a nice ceremony)

Riverfront Park, Gist St. Location (Some nice spots down by the river but no shelter)

West Columbia Riverwalk Park (My least favorite venue. No privacy at all and no shelter if inclement weather. West Columbia does a poor job of keeping it clean. Parking can be a problem on weekends)

Riverfront Park Amphitheater

Irmo Town Park (one of my favorites, large gazebo, nice landscaping, HOWEVER, this is not a good location anytime after 3pm on any week day afternoon, especially Friday, because of the traffic congestion)

Clemson Extension Center Sandhills (nice lake setting with a gazebo) Currently closed due to Covid pandemic!

Southeast Park (nice lake setting and convenient to those from Sumter coming to Columbia)

Finley Park (some nice spots but not much privacy and many homeless present)

Memorial Park (nice downtown location but unfortunately it is usually populated by a large homeless presence)

Sesquicentennial State Park (small entry fee, $5 per adult)

Saluda Shoals Park (small entry fee)

Lake Murray Dam North Recreational Area (small entry fee in summer months)

Maxcy Gregg Park

Virginia Hylton Park in Lexington SC (has shelters and a nice garden area down by the creek)

Gibson Pond Park in Lexington, SC (has shelters if inclement weather)

Granby Gardens Park in Cayce, SC (has a gazebo if inclement weather)

Doko Manor in Blythewood, SC (has a dock on the pond and a covered ampitheatre if inclement weather)

Palmetto Trailhead near Peak, SC (beautiful old railroad bridge over the Broad River. Has a picnic shelter for inclement weather)