Post # 1
I have a conundrum. A pretty big one in the grand scheme of wedding planning. My FI and I cannot, no matter how many pros and cons we list, decide between Charlotte and Charleston as a location for our wedding extravaganza!
We live in Charlotte, love Charlotte, it has been where our relationship flourished and where we got engaged. We have a lot of friends here, but not much family. I love the idea of having families and other out of towners come to “our city” to experience it. I even have thoughts of what we would do in the hotels for the OOT-ers bags etc.
….But, I’ve always dreamed of having my wedding on the beach/coast. I found an amazing venue in Charleston across the bridge with beautiful views of the harbor, but I cannot even begin to fathom how difficult it would be to plan a wedding from 4 hours away.
I need your help! Besides people who have been married in these two areas, how difficult is it to plan a sort-of destination wedding from another state?
Post # 3
Both of the areas are great areas. It could be done just keep very detal with what you want and on top of things and it will work out.
Post # 4
I’ve been to both cities on numerous occasions. IMO, Charlotte is one of the worst cities in the country. No offense to people who love it and have an attachment to it, but I hate the place. I do like Charleston, though. To me, it’s a prettier city with a lot more character. So I vote Charleston.
Post # 5
I love the idea of Charleston, but just for the pure reason of logistics, I would probably go with Charlotte. Our wedding is a little more than an hour away and we have made SOOOOO many trips back and forth for wedding related stuff since every single one of our vendors are there….it gets a little taxing at times.
But if Charleston is where you have always dreamed of having your wedding, that would make it a tougher choice =/
Post # 6
I have spent a significant amount of time in both cities and would say Charleston hands down. It has so much more character and so many things for your guests to do.
Many people plan weddings from a much further distance (mine was 12 hours away). You will probably need to make several trips, but Charleston does have a very developed wedding industry. They are very used to working with out of town brides.
Post # 7
I live in Charlotte but my wedding is going to be in my hometown instead. I say it really comes down to what is more important to you–the convenience and sentimental aspects of having your wedding in charlotte vs. your desire for a beach wedding/cool destination
keep us posted!
Post # 8
I live in Charlotte, and while we LOVE Charlotte dearly, we decided to have our wedding in Charleston. We have a lot of out of town guests, so I thought since they are going to have to travel regardless, we might as well have the wedding in a town that has lots of activities. Charlotte is a great place to live, but there just isn’t a ton for out of towners to do. I felt like Charleston just had so many activities to offer for people with all sorts of interest.
Just my two cents. I definitely vote for Charleston.
On that note, I would HIGHLY recommend hiring a professional planner/coordinator if you choose Charleston. It is a really tough city to plan a wedding from afar. We only have 83 more days until our wedding, and I can tell you I would be highly freaked out if I did not have someone down there to navigate all the vendors for me. Plus, they can also get deals for you too! We are using Loluma, and they are AMAZING. Worth EVERY penny – and they offer different packages at different price points, too.
Post # 9
And let me know if you have any more questions – I’m happy to help. My fiance is in the wedding industry, so I know a lot about both locations in regards to weddings.