(Closed) Calling All Charleston Brides!!!

posted 6 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@nykkic:  Hey! I’m planning for a May 2014 wedding down there as well!! And that’s actually our exact budget although I already have the feeling we’re going to go over (but hopefully not by more than 2,000)

Here are a few places to help you get started. We’re planning on a Sunday wedding to save some expenses (I’m a student, and I’ll be on break that week, so while it’s plausible for me it might not be for other people…so most of my prices are based off of that) and we were looking for a combined ceremony/reception site.

And I have looked at 12 venues thus far!

The Aquarium–absolutely loved it, but the limitation is that you can’t get in until 7:00 p.m. Since we wanted to have a combined ceremony/reception, this seemed a little bit late to start the evening ๐Ÿ™ But the building was absolutely fabulous. Would recommend if you have your ceremony elsewhere! $4000 Saturday/$2750 Sundays

The Island House- also awesome, but a little bit further out. This was my Fiance favorite place. Absolutely gorgeous setting! Prices totally dependent on time of year, but on their website

Goldbug Island– Very cool, but more casual than we were going for. This would really be a blank slate for a wedding and you’d have to spend a decent amount to spruce it up, but their rental fee is super low.

Cottage on the Creek–I absolutely loved this place (not to be confused with Lighthouse on the Creek) in Mount Pleasant. Check out their website, it’s right on Shem Creek!

Founders Hall– If you aren’t dead set on having water associated with your wedding, this place is great and it’s an absolute steal. The water issue was why it got eliminated on my list but the setting was absolutely majestic. I believe the rental fee was 3000 for a Sunday, but I’m not sure what it is for a Saturday. It’s a huge venue and comes with furniture.

Cooper River Room- Run by the same people as Founders Hall, it’s a really cool Lowcountry venue right under the Ravenel Bridge. Some people have their ceremony there, but I found that the traffic noise was too much. The rental fee for a Sunday is $2000 which was one of the lease expensive I found, and included furniture. If you’re having a ceremony somewhere else, I would definitely say to take a look here.

The Tides Hotel–I really liked this venue too but I didn’t like the way they did their pricing. Ended up being out of our budget but I’m sure the food by BLU would have been unreal.

There were more but ended up being way out of budget/something critically wrong with it. And I’ll post the venue I’ve chosen as soon as I get the paperwork signed! (I might be a little superstitious about it…haha).

Good luck!! PM me if you have any questions or want to chat! I am so thrilled to be talking to fellow Charleston brides here!



Post # 4
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hello and congrats! 

I am getting married in Charleston next October. This is my second time planning a Charleston wedding (1st time was last year and we had to postpone because we were moving across the country and it was going to be too dificcult). How many people are you looking to have? We are spending about 13,000 in total, though 2,500 is going towards videography. We are getting married at McCrady’s on a Sunday and expecting 30-40 people. Feel free to ask about any of my vendors.

As for venues, when we were looking last year this is where we went:

Historic Rice Mill: This was my number one choice by far when I looked online. When I saw it in person I didn’t love it as much as I expcted to. It was pretty pricy just for the venue and I just coundn’t see us getting married there. That said it is a popular venue so it really depends on the feel you get from it when you visit.

Wickliffe House:This was where we were going to get married the first time. The venue itself was 2500 on a Sunday plus security fees plus rental of everything basically. The hosue itself is gorgeous and I am not sure why it’s not more popular than it is. Jeri is in charge of charge of events and is very responsive and helpful. 

Aquarium: We loved it too. It was so fun and unique, though not as traditional Charleston as we ended up wanting. The drawback for us was the price. It was expensive and you have to rent EVERYTHING. 

Marion’s: It is a unique event space on Bay Street. I loved its location but again it included nothing. The front bar area was fun but the actual space was a little more ball-roomy than I wanted. I believe it was about 2k or so. It also had a funky smell.

Harbor Club: Again, it is an area that I love near the waterfront. They have a rooftop which I was excited to see, but not impressed with in person. They also have a noise ordinance which requires music stopping by 10pm. The venue space was relatively reasonable and I think the food/bev minimum is 3k+ depending on the night.

McCrady’s: It’s where I am getting married and I am so excited. I love the location, right near waterfront park. There are two rooms and each are 250 each (we’re doing both for 500). For a Saturday the food and bev minimum is 2500 per room, it’s only 2k per room other days. 


Another place I wanted to look was Lowndes Grove River House. They were basically out of all the dates I wanted the first time around and I never looked at it the second round. It may be somewhere else to look into. I also loved the look of the Cotton Dock at Boone Plantation. 

Post # 7
24 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

@nykkic:  Congrats on the engagement!! This is such an exciting time! I am also in love with the Rice Mill, so I thought I would give you my feedback. 

If you are having a Spring wedding on a Saturday, the venue has an event minimum of $15,000. So that leaves you $5,000 for dress and everything not related to the reception. This might be easier to handle if you are doing the ceremony and reception there. 

Also, I think the building is beautiful and I love the fact that it is on the water. However, this past weekend my parents went back to visit and the tide was out, leaving it surrounded by pluff mud instead of water… So this would just depend on time of day/tide. 

There had also been concern over low ceilings in the building, but I didn’t notice them that much when we were there (I’m short though lol). 

The parking lot there is a pay-to-park per hour, so most likely you will need to add in the cost for paying for guests’ parking.

All in all, I still love the venue, these are just a few things to think about that were brought to my attention! Hope this helps!


Post # 8
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow! So happy I found this.  Thanks for all the information about the various sites. I’ve been getting so discouraged and overwhelmed trying to narrow down venues from a distance. I feel like we have a pretty solid budget ($35K all in including honeymoon and we are fitting the bill ourselves) but the more I calculated the more I became disgusted at how much money we are spending for maybe 6 hours.  My Fiance is determined to have a premium open bar. I mentioned that we then have to include bail money in our budget. oy!

Anyone planning on attending the Bridal show in Charleston Feb. 17th?


Post # 9
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I researched places in Charleston but we ultimately decided to get married further south, off the coast of Beaufort, SC.  Check out the link below.  They manage several different properties and they are all nice.  They were offering a great deal for weddings in Jan/Feb of this year but we wanted our to be a little later.


Post # 10
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014


Are you set on having your wedding right in downtown Charleston? Most of the venues I looked at were right outside (from Mount Pleasant to Folly Beach). Even those get somewhat expensive for Saturdays. But I would check out the Pavilion at Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, The Cottages on the Harbor, the Creek Club at I’On in Mount Pleasant. The first three are all pretty much in the same little location so it’s easily to drop by and look even if you don’t have an appointment set up. They are all somehow on the water. Downtown, check out the William Aiken House and the American Theater. Also, one of my friends had told me when I first got engaged that EVERYTHING is negotiable. It’s always worth it to ask. Also, there are some awesome historic hotels downtown that would still be doable.

How many guests are you having??

Post # 11
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

@toothfairy910:  Hi There! Well originally I was looking at keeping it downtown because everyone will be traveling (Upstate NY, DC, NYC, NC) and so we wanted to make it very easy to get around without having to rely on too much transportation.

We are really early in the planning stages. My fiance is traveling for work until March, so I’m really trying to narrow down choices so that when we come down to visit, we can make the most of our time and really get plans firmed up.  Our guest list is a rough draft but we’d like to keep it to 125 max.  The majority of our guests will be have to fly in so that may end up trimming the fat for us.

I was reading about budgeting based on your total budget and based on the percentages we have about $20k to spend on venue fees, food and alchohol.

I guess the more I read up about venues that provide the catering, the more I’m realizing that it’s such a hussle. You can get so much more for your money using your own vendors, especially when it comes to the bar. 

I am such a newbie at this, I’m just getting overwhelmed looking at all these different venues and trying to calculate costs while so many variables are still up in the air. One thing that’s got me bugged out, is how much it will cost to rent furniture and decor for these venues that don’t include furniture in their fee. 

I have actually never been to Charleston (gasp) but I plan on visiting and attending the bridal show on the 17th. I hope it ends up being really informative!

Thanks for your response, I am really grateful for input.

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