Charleston, SC Venue Help

posted 3 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
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194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@alrichard73:  What is your budget like? That will have a big say in what venues to choose.

I looked at about 20 venues before we chose ours, so here are a couple of ideas.

Founder’s Hall

http://www.foundershallcharleston.com/home.html

I really, really liked this place, but I was totally set on having our wedding on the water, which is why we ended up not choosing it. It’s a mix of modern and traditional with lovely grounds in West Ashley.

 

I also looked at one of their sister properties, the Cooper River Room. The downside to this is that if you are outside, aka doing a wedding ceremony, you can hear the Ravenel Bridge traffic. There is a huge fireplace and its very cozy. Includes all tables and chairs, always a bonus. I’d say it would be good if you have your ceremony at another location. (That being said, lots of people DO get married outside there).

http://www.cooperriverroom.com/home.html

 

Also, if you’re unconventional, (or not), I absolutely adored the aquarium at a venue. They had a couple of different event spaces, one for small parties, or one for big!

 

How many guests are you having? There are a lot of downtown restaurants that are great for smaller parties. At this point, you may just have to choose a Friday or Sunday because they will most likely be booked up.

And no, I don’t think your’e crazy to plan that in such a short period of time! In retrospect, I wish I had done that!

 

Post # 4
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40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@alrichard73:  im an sc bride getting married in Charleston at the above mentioned Founders Hall. I was going for something a little modern and unconventional and it was my first choice. 

Some venues that ive looked at that you may want to consider are:

McCrady’s- It looks exactly like what you described exposed brick and beams. Its a restaurant located downtown right in  the center of all the action. I didn’t look into this one personally but it is popular among many brides and affordable for the area. 

Marion’s in the French Quarter- This was my second choice.  Located right next door to McCrady, its a beautiful intimate  space with  wood floors and a giant wood bar. It’s priced very reasonable for the area and you can bring in any vendors you’d like. They only have 2 rules “no nails in the wall and you have to use a licensed and insured bartending company.”(direct quote)

Mary, the sales director was the absolute best very friendly and helpful suggested vendors and gardens nearby for a ceremony,  even gave us walking directions to go take a look at some of the gardens, after our appointment with her and called us about 45mins later to make sure we were safe and not lost. 

Harborside East- Very nice place on the water. Vintage 1920s or 30s feel with mahogany walls, marble floors, tin ceilings and a beautiful long wooden bar. It also has a huge brick patio over the harbor with views of the bridge and battleships because its located in Patriots Pointe.

Post # 5
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689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@alrichard73:  The PPs hit most of my suggestions, but I’ve got a couple more:

Creek Club at I’on – Peggy was SUPER sweet.

South End Brewery – I was almost sold on this place.

Upstairs at Midtown – from the photos, it looks like you would LOVE it.

and maybe even try the Visitor’s Center downtown, I know they rent it out, but I don’t know any details.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@alrichard73:  I highly recommend McCrady’s. I got married there October 2013 and can’t say enough good things about it. Our guests are still raving about the food. We had about 32 guests. PM me if I can answer any questions for you.

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