Post # 1
I am a Philadelphian hoping to have an intimate wedding in the Sprimg of 2013 (March or April)
My fiance and I vacationed in Charleston and fell in love. We are hoping to have an intimate wedding (less than 35). A month or so later we are going to have a more casual party back in Philadelphia for extended family and friends.
Any recommendations for venues? Churches and Restaurants
-A Catholic Church Ceremony
-A reception with excellent food and wine etc at a downtown restaurant. I picture a candlelit room full of romance and great conversation and then we will head to a bar to continue the celebration. We are open to utilizing outdoor space if you think the weather in Charleston in March or April permits.
Post # 3
I don’t have any recs for a small Catholic church but for the reception check out McCrady’s or upstairs Rue de Jean. I’ve attended a wedding reception at McCradys and an Rehearsal Dinner at Rue – both were amazing.
Post # 4
I had my intimate wedding in Charleston at a park and then we went to Magnolia’s restuarant. It was a beautiful restaurant and the food was amazing. I don’t drink wine but those who did said it was good. It’s also right downtown which was great. Here’s a link to my reception pictures if that helps. We had about 16 people at the reception (we had plenty of space). They have two rooms, we were in the Wine Room which they say can accommodate 36 people.
Intimate Charleston Wedding Recap: Ceremony, reception, and details (Long)
Post # 5
I second McCrady’s! That’s where I’m having my reception and the staff there has been amazing! If you love great food, this is your place.
Post # 6
Hfarrant and I are also on the McCradys bandwagon haha 🙂 I think we are McCradys biggest fans!
I may be wrong here and other bees let me know…but to get married in a Charleston church you have to be a member? I was looking into options and this just seemed unobtainable since we are from Charlotte, NC. Like I said I could of been given wrong information! I also heard they want a hefty fee (3k) lol
My wedding is having under 30 and we are getting married at The Battery park and McCrayds for our reception. McCradys is just so elegant and the food is fantastic! It is probably one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. We were also going to do bar hopping afterwards but there is room for a DJ or band if you do decide you want some dancing or have a reception there!
Post # 7
I should add that you mentioned you pictured a candlelit romantic type setting… This is TOTALLY McCrady’s. You really don’t have to do a ton to decorate – except add a ton of candles! It has amazing chandeliers in the main dining room – they were the first thing I noticed when I walked upstairs. They are just brilliant! I chose both my ceremony venue (The Old Exchange Building) and McCradys because they were beautiful on their own – ie, I won’t have to invest a ton to decorate.
Good luck on your planning! And let us know what you choose!
Post # 9
@Tiffner: You don’t have to be a member but yes they do charge a good amount and you have to supply EVERY THING (ie. find your own priest/deacon). Even as a member it’s a bit pricey because most of the Catholic churches are historic and Charleston Diocease is somewhat struggling.
Post # 10
@cora_123: Thanks for the information! I know my sister in law had to becme a member at a church in Charlotte, so I just assumed but thats great to know! Those churches are so beautiful but I have heard about steep prices and didn’t know you had to provide everything! Thanks for the info we may just have to stick with the park and pray for no rain 🙂
Post # 11
You might check into St. Luke’s Chapel which is a non-denominational chapel downtown run by MUSC. Unless you are affiliated with MUSC, I believe they charge $1250 for use of their facilities. You do still have to provide an officiant and organist (if you want one), but the chapel is very historic and doesn’t need much as far as alter flowers, etc.
Post # 12
Thanks so Much for all of your input!
We did check out McCradys but think it may be too big for our 42 person guest list. We were thinking High Cotton. One of their private rooms has access to a patio so could be great for a cocktail hour outdoor app space and then head inside for the dinner… Any information about High Cotton?
Also, the two big Catholic Churches do carry the hefty 3000 price tag! We will be bringing a family friend who is a priest and are thinking about the Charleston Chapel or St. Luke’s for the ceremony. I will update as plans are finalized. Im anxious to lock down venues but am doing it remotely so a little apprehensive!
Post # 13
@benjamin.and.erin: My first thought was I am so jealous! We are having a huge wedding, but if I wasn’t, I would be having my wedding at the Planter’s Inn/Peninsula Grill.
The Planter’s Inn is a very special hotel to us and we actually just got engaged there. I would highly recommend you check it out. It is a small boutique hotel- 42 rooms I think- and their restaurant is the Peninsula Grill. During our engagement weekend, we saw a great indoor/outdoor wedding taking place at the restaurant. They have a few different private rooms and can accomodate multiple size groups.
Anyway, good luck- they also have world famous coconut cake that you could serve for wedding cake- we are ordering them for our rehearsal dinner 🙂