@nykkic: Hey! I’m planning for a May 2014 wedding down there as well!! And that’s actually our exact budget although I already have the feeling we’re going to go over (but hopefully not by more than 2,000)
Here are a few places to help you get started. We’re planning on a Sunday wedding to save some expenses (I’m a student, and I’ll be on break that week, so while it’s plausible for me it might not be for other people…so most of my prices are based off of that) and we were looking for a combined ceremony/reception site.
And I have looked at 12 venues thus far!
The Aquarium–absolutely loved it, but the limitation is that you can’t get in until 7:00 p.m. Since we wanted to have a combined ceremony/reception, this seemed a little bit late to start the evening 🙁 But the building was absolutely fabulous. Would recommend if you have your ceremony elsewhere! $4000 Saturday/$2750 Sundays
The Island House- also awesome, but a little bit further out. This was my FI favorite place. Absolutely gorgeous setting! Prices totally dependent on time of year, but on their website
Goldbug Island– Very cool, but more casual than we were going for. This would really be a blank slate for a wedding and you’d have to spend a decent amount to spruce it up, but their rental fee is super low.
Cottage on the Creek–I absolutely loved this place (not to be confused with Lighthouse on the Creek) in Mount Pleasant. Check out their website, it’s right on Shem Creek!
Founders Hall– If you aren’t dead set on having water associated with your wedding, this place is great and it’s an absolute steal. The water issue was why it got eliminated on my list but the setting was absolutely majestic. I believe the rental fee was 3000 for a Sunday, but I’m not sure what it is for a Saturday. It’s a huge venue and comes with furniture.
Cooper River Room- Run by the same people as Founders Hall, it’s a really cool Lowcountry venue right under the Ravenel Bridge. Some people have their ceremony there, but I found that the traffic noise was too much. The rental fee for a Sunday is $2000 which was one of the lease expensive I found, and included furniture. If you’re having a ceremony somewhere else, I would definitely say to take a look here.
The Tides Hotel–I really liked this venue too but I didn’t like the way they did their pricing. Ended up being out of our budget but I’m sure the food by BLU would have been unreal.
There were more but ended up being way out of budget/something critically wrong with it. And I’ll post the venue I’ve chosen as soon as I get the paperwork signed! (I might be a little superstitious about it…haha).
Good luck!! PM me if you have any questions or want to chat! I am so thrilled to be talking to fellow Charleston brides here!