How to Plan Your Dream Wedding at Pretty Place Chapel

So you are dreaming of a wedding day surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains? And you are wondering “Can you get married in Pretty Place Chapel?”. Well the answer is a resounding yes!!! Welcome to my comprehensive guide on how to make your wedding dreams a reality at Pretty Place Chapel, officially known as Fred W. Symmes Chapel.

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Nestled at an elevation of 3,200 feet in Upstate South Carolina, Pretty Place Chapel isn’t just any wedding venue – it’s a slice of heaven on earth. With its rustic stone architecture, sweeping panoramic views, and tranquil atmosphere, this hidden gem has captured the hearts of countless couples seeking a truly magical setting for their special day.

In this blog, I’ll take you on a journey through everything you need to know about how to plan the wedding of your dreams at Pretty Place Chapel. From booking your date to saying “I do” amidst the clouds, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. So, grab a cup of coffee, cozy up, and let’s dive into everything you need to know about Pretty Place Chapel weddings.

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About Pretty Place Chapel

Before we dive into how to plan a wedding at Pretty Place Chapel, let’s start with the basics that every couple should know. From its picturesque location to the logistics of getting there, here’s everything you need to kickstart your journey to tying the knot amidst the clouds.

Where is Pretty Place Chapel?

Located atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upstate South Carolina, Pretty Place Chapel is located within the YMCA Camp Greenville at 100 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, SC 29635. It’s essential to note that the chapel is situated within a camp facility, adding to its secluded charm.

Closest Major Cities/Towns:

  • Average drive time from Greenville: 1hr 10min
  • Average drive time from Pickens: 52min
  • Average drive time from Travelers Rest: 53min

Pretty Place Chapel Directions

Pretty Place is 40 miles north of Greenville and 5 miles off of Highway 276 at the SC/NC state line.

Closest Major Airport:

  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP): 1hr 20min drive time

How to Drive to Pretty Place Chapel

The chapel is accessible by car via scenic mountain roads, but it’s essential to plan for travel time, especially if guests are arriving from out of town. What seems like should not take very long to drive actually takes a lot longer because of the mountain roads. So be sure to give yourself & your guests plenty of time for driving.

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FAQ’s About Pretty Place Chapel

Do you have to hike to Pretty Place Chapel?

No! There is no hike to Pretty Place Chapel which makes it such a great wedding venue because it is accessible for guests and offers stunning views.

What is the Pretty Place Chapel schedule?

Luckily for couples planning their wedding at Pretty Place, the chapel closes down to the public during private events. Therefore, you can schedule your wedding for anytime the chapel is available and have it all to yourself. If you are looking to get an idea of what the next few weeks look like take a look at the visitation schedule.

What is the weather like at Pretty Place Chapel?

As with any outdoor venue, it’s essential to be mindful of the weather when planning your wedding at Pretty Place Chapel. The mountainous terrain can experience rapid changes in weather, so having a backup plan for inclement conditions is advisable. However, the chapel is covered so if it does rain then you should be fine.

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What is the sunrise time at Pretty Place Chapel?

Sunrise times at Pretty Place vary depending on the time of year.

  • Spring ~7:00am
  • Summer ~6:30am
  • Fall ~7:30am
  • Winter ~7:30am

It is important to be aware of these times because the lighting at Pretty Place is the best during sunrise, due to the chapel facing the east. The sunsets behind the chapel which makes any other times of the day hard for any type of wedding photography.

What is Pretty Place Chapel parking like?

Parking facilities are available onsite at Pretty Place Chapel, making it convenient for guests to attend your special day. However, it is worth coordinating transportation arrangements for guests who may require assistance or prefer not to navigate mountain roads themselves. Please note that parking is limited to around 75-85 vehicles.

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Is Pretty Place Chapel accessible?

While Pretty Place Chapel offers unparalleled natural beauty, its remote location means that accessibility can be a consideration for some guests. The chapel is wheelchair accessible from the parking lot but there is no ramp going down to the front of the chapel, only stairs.

Are pets allowed at Pretty Place Chapel?

Pets are NOT allowed at the Pretty Place Chapel! Only service animals are allowed.

Are there restrooms located at the chapel?

There are indoor/permanent restrooms available for private events only!

Planning Your Pretty Place Chapel Wedding

So now that you know all of the basics, let’s dive into the details every couple needs to know about planning a wedding at Pretty Place Chapel, from its best features to food & reception options, accommodations and more!

Why Have Your Wedding at Pretty Place Chapel?

Pretty Place Chapel stands out as one of the best wedding venues in the region due to its stunning natural beauty, romantic atmosphere, rustic charm, and unique experience it offers couples and their guests.

Don’t believe me? Read these Pretty Place Chapel Reviews.

Top Venue Features

  • Secluded Location
  • Getting Ready Rooms for both bride & groom
  • Can accommodate up to 400 guests
  • On-site sound system

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Reception Site Options

There is no food or alcoholic beverages permitted at the Pretty Place Chapel so it is important to consider nearby locations for your reception, if you intend on having one. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Charlyn Farms | Website

Lindsey Plantation | Website

Table Rock State Park Lodge | Website

The Best Time of Year to Get Married at Pretty Place Chapel

While Pretty Place Chapel exudes beauty year-round, there are certain times of the year that showcase its natural splendor in all its glory. Here’s a brief overview of the best seasons to tie the knot at this enchanting venue:

Spring: As the mountains come alive with vibrant colors and new life, spring is a popular time for weddings at Pretty Place Chapel. Picture-perfect blooms and mild temperatures create an idyllic backdrop for outdoor ceremonies, making springtime weddings a favorite among couples seeking a romantic and picturesque setting.

Summer: Summer weddings at Pretty Place Chapel offer warm weather and long daylight hours, perfect for outdoor celebrations amidst the beauty of nature. However, keep in mind that summer is also the busiest season for weddings, so be sure to book your date well in advance to secure your spot at this sought-after venue.

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Fall: Ah, the magic of autumn in the mountains! With the changing leaves painting the landscape in hues of red, orange, and gold, fall weddings at Pretty Place Chapel are nothing short of spectacular. Cooler temperatures and crisp mountain air provide a refreshing backdrop for your special day, making it a favorite season for couples seeking a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

Winter: While winter weddings at Pretty Place Chapel may require a bit more planning to account for colder temperatures and potential snowfall, they offer a unique and enchanting experience unlike any other. Imagine saying “I do” amidst a blanket of snow, with the mountains glistening in the winter sunlight – it’s a scene straight out of a fairytale.

Ultimately, the best time of year to get married at Pretty Place Chapel depends on your personal preferences and vision for your wedding day. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant colors of spring, the warm sunshine of summer, the cozy atmosphere of fall, or the magical charm of winter, Pretty Place Chapel promises to make your wedding dreams come true in every season.

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Places to Stay Nearby

Since Pretty Place is located in a rural mountain setting, couples should consider nearby lodging options for themselves and their guests. From cozy cabins to charming bed and breakfasts, there are plenty of accommodation choices within a short drive of the chapel to suit every style and budget.


Hotels, Lodges, & Resorts


Fun Things to do Near Pretty Place Chapel for Your Wedding

Mountain House at Caesars Head

From coffee + pastries to soups + sandwiches and within just a few minutes down the road, the Mountain House is the perfect stop for a quick bite or a coffee after your sunrise wedding elopement.

Raven Cliff Falls

This 400-foot waterfall, located within Caesars Head State Park, is one of the most scenic and photographed waterfalls in the state and is definitely a must-see.

Jones Gap State Park

If you’re looking for hiking and waterfalls then you have to swing by Jones Gap State Park.

Pretty Place Chapel Wedding Packages & Cost

How Much Does a Wedding at Pretty Place Cost?

Two-Hour Time Block (minimum)$3,200$2,500
Each Additional Hour$1,600$1,250
One Hour Rehearsal$1,000$1,000
Sound System Rental$125$125

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to book your date with the remaining balance being due 10 days prior to your wedding day.

No refunds are provided for cancellations with 12 weeks of your wedding date. For cancellations made outside of 12 weeks will incur a $150 cancellation fee + $300 deposit. Rehearsals incur a $75 cancellation fee.

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Pretty Place Chapel Wedding Vendors


WNC Weddings & Events

Ever After Events by Emily


Locks & Lashes



Contentment Floral Designs

Earth Blooms


Six & Twenty Weddings

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Pretty Place Chapel Wedding Photographer

Now that you’re familiar with Pretty Place Chapel and have probably fallen pretty dang in love with it (I don’t blame you!), you’re likely searching for the perfect photographer to document your beautiful Pretty Place Chapel Photos! I’ve photographed at the venue and absolutely love it myself, so I’d be super stoked to capture your wedding day for you. You can check out my website here to get a feel for my approach & to see what my work looks like, take a look at Pretty Place Chapel wedding packages & pricing info, and say hello to me here when you’re ready to get in touch!

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More Pretty Place Chapel Wedding Resources

Pretty Place Wedding Inquiry Form

Pretty Place + Things to do/Places to Stay Google Map

Complete Guide to South Carolina Marriage License + Laws



I'm a micro-wedding and elopement photographer in Upstate, South Carolina. My style is documentary—I love capturing the in-between, unposed moments between you and your love. I strive to know you and capture you at your most authentic.