Post # 1
I never realized how much everything was until I started planning our wedding. We’re working on a 10K budget in Charleston where we live, and that 10K includes everything. I know it has the be possible. Does anyone have any recommendations for vendors?
At this point, I’m discouraged and am open to any advice I can get! Almost all of our guests will be from out of state so a venue downtown or near downtown would be ideal, since hardly anyone will have their cars. A plus if there’s some historical significance to the place! Also, I’d love a sit down dinner. And pretty much need an open bar. We’re thinking between 100-125 guests.
Post # 2
futuremrshayes14: I would think 10k would be pretty hard to stick to in downtown Charleston, but doable with some work. I would think about Mt. Pleasant or somewhere outside of town, there are hotels pretty much all over and honestly I doubt many guests would want to pay the SUPER premium hotel rates to stay right in downtown. When are you getting married? Staying out of peak season could bring costs down a lot.
Check with Beyond Expectations, they have open bar packages for under 10 bucks a person for 3 hours for liquor and under 9 for just beer and wine for 3 hours (extra time purchased separately). Actually their website says they have a full wedding package starting at 10,000 which includes everything so that might be something to look in to if you get tired of digging around yourself.
Post # 3
futuremrshayes14: I certainly can’t give exact figures, but it’s definitely not a cheap city to get married in. My SIL origionally was planning a Charleston wedding (from FL). We started with a venue search and after two weeks of looking through various venues online, she decided to consider other areas. The problem she was running into is that the venues she loved were $$$ to rent, and everything cheaper she saw just didn’t compare to the ones she really loved. I think there is a Charleston Bridal Guide you can google online and get mailed to you (if you aren’t local). I think where you’re going to run into problems sticking to budget is with a sit down dinner and open bar. Those things aren’t cheap, especially with 100+ guests. What’s your date?
Post # 4
starfish0116: carolinabelle: Originally I was saying Ocotber 2015, but really, I’m open to anywhere from August-November. You’re right though, downtown hotels really are so overpriced. I would love LOVE a plantation wedding but I just keep running into problems thinking about how guests would get back and forth. I just emailed Beyond Expectations =)
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
futuremrshayes14: I’m with starfish0116 and carolinabelle:
Doable, but you will have to make some compromises.
First, check out Alhambra Hall on Mount Pleasant. It’s only $1500 to rent if you’re a resident, I believe. Founders Hall at Charlestowne Landing might be a good match too. Then, cut your guest list – seriously. (If you’re willing to go under 100 I think it is, check out River House at Lowndes Grove. You still have to use Fish as the caterer – read: NOT cheap – but it might be feasible with a smaller guest list.)
We are looking at just over 30k for 150, as a reference, and we were aiming for 20k… While I’ve splurged on a couple things, like a band instead of a DJ, I’ve stuck to budget really well elsewhere.
We’re going with Mix for catering, similar prices as listed above, and we met the owner and liked him immediately.
Also, if you’re willing to do August, do it. September starts “season” most places, and August could get you a significant discount. The Patrick Properties discount for off-season in a big way, but their catering (Fish) as I mentioned before, might not make it a real bargain.
Hope that’s helpful!
Post # 6
Consider a sunday wedding! I’mcurrently in the same boat with a similar budget and I’m amazed how expenisive Charleston is. I’m looking into either a Friday or Sunday in a less popular month which can reduce site fees by half in some venues. Good Luck!
Post # 7
futuremrshayes14: Rafissch: 10k is doable, we are getting married at Magnolia Plantation on a Friday and we will have right around 110 guests for 11.5k.
Post # 8
Magnolia is beautiful and affordable. Most people stay at Middleton Place when getting married at Magnolia Gardens. Middleton Place is right down the road. I do airbrush makeup and hair for weddings and I have visited many of the venues. Magnolia is my Favorite! If you need makeup and hair, I will come to you at the venue. My rates are affordable. Check out my website: http://babyfaces.webs.com/ . Hope that this helps. 🙂