Post # 1
Hi, hive! This is my first official WeddingBee post as an engaged woman! I’ve been a keen follower of WB since 2007 and now I get to be part of this wonderful crew. (=
Fiance and I have been together for over seven years now, and we’ve finally decided to get married. We want a very small, intimate wedding and we’ve already hand-picked Rue de Jean as our reception venue. We’re not renting out their Upstairs; we’ll be making reservations for our party of 20.
As for our ceremony, we were thinking of a courthouse one. Fiance has an uncle who is a judge in Summerville, and he said he would do the ceremony free-of-charge. My only qualm with this is that I feel that the distance between the two (Summerville and Downtown Charleston) is too great and I’d like somewhere closer to Rue de Jean. Does anyone have any suggestions for small but unique locations to have a ceremony in Downtown Charleston?
A few things:
-We’ve already ruled out the Battery and any other well-known tourist attraction.
-Any areas even in Mt. Pleasant would be great!
-The Historic Rice Mill is also a possible contender (as a ceremony and reception venue), but I hate that we could have a really lovely reception at RDJ for much less.
Post # 3
How much are you wanting to spend? We had our ceremony at Confederate Homes and Gardens. It’s downtown and really lovely. While we had a larger guest list the site could easily work with a smaller crowd.
Hampton Park has a beautiful gazebo – one bride on here got married there.
I’ve been to a smaller wedding at the Palmer House. That was really nice.
Lowdes Grove – River House is really nice too.
Post # 4
I got married at the Hampton Park gazebo. It was a little public because it was a nice day but it was still beautiful and the path you walk down to get to it is gorgeous.
It’s a little further out too but the Angel Oak Tree on St. John’s Island is beautiful. We loved this idea as a location but it was a bit of a drive from there to our reception dinner location.
Those were our top two contenders when looking.
Edit: Here is the link to the short recap I did with pictures of the gazebo.
Intimate Charleston Wedding Recap: Ceremony, reception, and details (Long)
Post # 5
My wedding will have 25 total and I am torn between the Confederate House or The Battery. I looked into The Historic Rice Mill and it was out of my budget (10k) and the area just seemed too big for the size wedding that I am having. I ended up going with McCradys for our reception and I am so excited! Also I have tried contacting the woman at The Old Exchange building numerous times and she never gets back to me but they rent out the S.C.D.A.R room which looks like it would be nice for a ceremony, only set back is it has to be at 6:30 but that seems like another option.
Post # 6
@Tiffanyrami: We had our reception at the Old Exchange and our ceremony at the Confederate Homes and Gardens. By far I would recommend the Confederate home for a ceremony – especially if you’re doing a small wedding. We did cocktail hour in the S.C.A.R. room. There are a lot of requirements and I feel like if you had only 25 people it would seem empty. One upside though would be that if it rained you would be safe! However Conferederate Homes and Gardens does have an indoor “ballroom”
Post # 7
Are you guys religious? There are some crazy beautiful historic churches in Charleston.
Post # 8
I know you said you ruled our Battery Park, but there are quite a few other lovely parks that would be great. I saw some beautiful photos of a wedding held at Washington Park, here: http://sposabellaphotography.blogspot.com/2009/12/washington-park-wedding-charleston-sc.html
There are a bunch of art galleries downtown, it looks like…with a smaller wedding that might be a really unique idea for a ceremony location. Just a random thought – might be worth asking if they’d host a ceremony!
Post # 9
Also, when we were searching for a venue the Confederate Home really piqued my interest. They have a really lovely garden (as far as I can tell from pictures!)
Post # 10
we got married in charles towne landing under the oak trees. it was beautiful. i had to clear it with the manager and we paid admission for all our guests, we only had like 20 guests. but it was amazingly beautiful and peaceful.
Post # 11
Okay, here’s an update! Fiance and I have gone through a few vendors and we nixed the idea of doing a courthouse wedding and a reception at Rue de Jean. From there, we looked at the Wentworth Mansion (gorgeous, gorgeous place) and unfortunately, they weren’t available. We realized that we wanted to look at places with adjoining restaurants (WM has Circa 1886). So, we checked out The French Quarter Inn (their restaurant is Tristan) and it was so beautiful. Their staircase is so dramatic and their terrace is so European; very to-die-for venue. I got a quote today and we’re still debating, but we’re thinking it may be too much money for 20 people (with three kids under the age of four who are picky eaters/can’t eat food like that yet because they aren’t even one).
We’re thinking of another option and we’re looking at caterers now. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a delicious and affordable caterer in Charleston?