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Travel: Charming Charleston, Part 1

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Charleston is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States. Lucky for you, I recently took a trip there and found some spots ideal for weddings (and honeymoons). To maximize my time there, I looked to the tourism board and its website to help me arrange some tours and make sure I was hitting all of the must-see places.

Here were some of my favorite venues:

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William Aiken House: This landmarked property features a restaurant and a courtyard; it was filmed in

1 William Aiken House: This landmarked property features a restaurant and a courtyard; it was filmed in "The Notebook."

The Mills House Hotel: Your portraits would look beautiful with this salmon-colored historic hotel as your backdrop. Inside, the chandelier is quite impressive, too.

2 The Mills House Hotel: Your portraits would look beautiful with this salmon-colored historic hotel as your backdrop. Inside, the chandelier is quite impressive, too.

Founders Hall: Surrounded by natural beauty, this modern site's clean lines and simple interior let you create your own vibe.

3 Founders Hall: Surrounded by natural beauty, this modern site's clean lines and simple interior let you create your own vibe.

The American Theater: How about holding your reception in an Art Deco theater? Talk about glamorous!

4 The American Theater: How about holding your reception in an Art Deco theater? Talk about glamorous!

Middleton Place: The grounds slope down to the lake, and the camellia garden is stunning. Need proof? Take a look at Caroline and Keating's nuptials in our Real Weddings gallery.

5 Middleton Place: The grounds slope down to the lake, and the camellia garden is stunning. Need proof? Take a look at Caroline and Keating's nuptials in our Real Weddings gallery.

White Point Gardens: In the middle of this public park rests a gazebo perfect for smaller weddings. It's situated right on the water, so you're ensured pretty harbor views.

6 White Point Gardens: In the middle of this public park rests a gazebo perfect for smaller weddings. It's situated right on the water, so you're ensured pretty harbor views.

Legare Waring House: This gorgeous old home, with its sprawling green lawns and ancient-looking trees, would be an amazing place to say

7 Legare Waring House: This gorgeous old home, with its sprawling green lawns and ancient-looking trees, would be an amazing place to say "I do."

Wentworth Mansion: With over 21 rooms and suites, this stunning building would make a fine place for a wedding. Its restaurant, Circa 1886, could cater the affair.

8 Wentworth Mansion: With over 21 rooms and suites, this stunning building would make a fine place for a wedding. Its restaurant, Circa 1886, could cater the affair.

If you're thinking of hosting your wedding in "The Holy City" -- Charleston's nickname -- take a look at how these couples did it: Caroline and Keating, Elizabeth and Barton, Natasha and Jay, and Carter and Fred.

On Monday, I'll be back with tasty dining options, so check back!

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