I am in the throws of planning my Charleston wedding and I am on a tight budget- which I am sure we all are!
Here are some awesome vendors I am working with, which I felt were very good deals.
Photography– Gene Ho Photography (Nadean Bruehlman). I am using her & an assistant for 8.5 hours, with full reporduction rights, album and some other goodies for $2300. Gene Ho is out of Myrtle Beach and they will travel up to 150 miles for free. They are amazing, I have had a lot of friends who have used them. I think they are affordable because they are out of MB.
DJ– Jay Maxwell Music By Request- $500 for 6 hours of music & lights. Also, they give military discounts and are really great to work with 🙂
DOC-Fraiche Designs (Ashley Garrett) She is amazing. Has been doing weddings for a few years, but not full time job. I am paying $750 for DOC services & she is doing all of our floral arranging. I simply have to pay for the cost of wholesale flowers & she will do the rest (I have to provide the containers for the flowers too) I am excited to work with her and she has already gone above and beyond to help me out.
Catering- Serve – I am still checking out caterers, but I think I am going to go with SERVE! who is new to the catering scene, but is so willing to work with my budget and food is great. I will update after our Tasting in November.
Finally, we are having out reception at the Hibernian Society, which was a giant splurge for us, but we are having 200 people, so I needed to accomodate for that.
I checked out the Yacht Club and really wanted to make it work, but it wouldn’t, due to space contraints, but the staff was amazing to work with, trying to help me find other spaces to accomodate guests. It is very affordable if you are having a reasonably sized wedding 120-130 guests. Also, they pretty much let you do whatever you want in the building, short of burning it down. They have two bartenders on staff that I believe only cost around $250 for the whole night- all you need to do is provide liquor & mixers. A huge cost saving!
Another option is the Charleston Visitor’s Center. It costs just $600 to rent. You can start setting up at 3:30 but can’t get in until 5:30 and you have to be out by 10:30 I believe. But check it out if you are on a budget!
I have other budget friendly venue ideas- I used to plan events in Charleston and I’ve contacted every venue known to man (and then some) when I was looking for our reception venue. There are some great deals if you are willing to go outside of downtown.