(Closed) Charleston brides!!!!!!!

posted 6 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
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Newbee

Im a recently engaged bride and Im looking to get married in Charleston as well. My budget is pretty close to yours. It is certainly possible to get married in that budget range but Charleston is extremely expensive. I have spoke with several Vendors and they consider 20,000 to be on the lower end or a “budget wedding”. This was pretty shocking to me but I guess it all depends on how fancy you want your wedding to be.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

In response to both of you, my budget is around the same – I have some wiggle room, and will probably go over when it comes to dress, etc. 

If I’m reading that May date correctly, you may still be working with the in-season spring event minimums at the Rice Mill, which is $15,000, if I’m not mistaken. Just a heads up. If you’re flexible with that date, you might be able to get better pricing – I don’t know when their cut off is.

@Agretzner: Unfortunately, it is on the lower side in Charleston – BUT that depends entirely on your guest count, and what you’re looking for. What are you looking for? Maybe we can be some help!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hello Charleston Brides!

I’m newly engaged as well!  We are looking at having an April 2014 wedding that is right around $20,000.  It seems we are all thinking the same!  We fell in love with a  venue, but it’s only availability is the weekend of the Cooper River Creek  Run.  This is a destination wedding for us, as we live in Kansas City,  MO.  All of our family will be flying in for the event, so I’m worried  hotels will be too expensive and hard to find for that weekend.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No. No. No. No.

 

The Cooper River Run is a huge event that brings in a ton of people. If your guests did manage to find hotel rooms in Charleston , the price will be through the roof. People plan their attendence years in advance. and hotels are booked really early too. You also can’t get around town. Change the month. Or look at a different day (I am guessing you want a Saturday). Getting married that weekend in Charleston will be nothing but a headache for you.

 

I found this thread from a few months ago, hope it helps.

April 6th 2013 – Charleston

Post # 7
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Busy bee

@knightbride:  JenniferMm is absolutely correct.  I went to college in Charleston and we planned grocery shopping trips around that weekend because a ton of major streets downtown are completely closed off and getting around is a pain in the butt.  There’s a reason that weekend is the only one available…because no one should ever plan any kind of event in Charleston that weekend.  I’m sorry you probably should find another venue πŸ™

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@knightbride: I am going to echo what the other 2 ladies said, what about the last weekend in March? You’ll be able to get off-season rates at a couple of places too. (That was our original plan, but since it’s not happening…it’s all you!)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Coming from a bee who picked her date and the cooper river bridge run was moved to my wedding weekend, Im not very happy.  I will say though hotels have not been an issue…all of my guest and I are out of towners.  Also my sister in law lived in Chalreston for many years and says it calms down by Saturday evening (race is over) is it ideal, no but hopefully it will work out okay.  I will let everyone know!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Thanks for all of your advice ladies!  I’ve worked with my venue, and we have decided to push it back until May 23, 2014.  I really wanted an April wedding, and now I’m a little nervous it’s going to be pretty toasty, but at least I won’t be competing with a major city event.  Thanks for the advice!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wedding Cakes!

Hello brides!  I was hoping y’all had some advice on bakeries in the area.  I’m not a huge cake fan, but I want something delicious for my guests on the big day.  My biggest complaint of most wedding cakes is that they are dry, and the frosting is too sugary!  Do any of you know of a place that can make me a delicious cake (serving 100) for around $300.  Someone already mentioned that Publix makes good cakes, but I wanted to get other opinions.  Plus they only offer vanilla, chocolate, marble or red velvet, and I’d like some other options.

 

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@knightbride:  Fiance and I were considering buying whole cakes from a local place, East Bay Deli; they bring in cakes from a local bakery but they won’t tell me who, lol! I didn’t go any further than asking as my neighbor offered to bake our cakes.

Actually, I could always give you her information. She was head baker at a B&B in Jersey before she moved to Charleston. Let me know if you’re interested; I plan to discuss our cakes with her VERY soon!

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Local Charleston bride here with a November wedding date. We’re getting hitched at Sewee Preserve in Awendaw – it’s a new place just outside of Mt. Pleasant, about 15 miles from Isle of Palms. Our budget is about half of y’alls with a guest list of 120ish. 

I’m a local and might be able to help with questions, although I’m not very familiar with the wedding industry beyond what we’ve personally chosen for our day… I DO know that a wedding during the Bridge Run is treading on insanity πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you got that changed, @Tiffner:, even if it’ll be a bit warmer!!

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am getting married at the Rice Mill November 3! Here are my two cents from working with them thus far:

  • We saved a TON of money by getting married in the off season AND getting married on a Sunday. Our budget is $15k and we are STRETCHING it with the Rice Mill bc of their steep catering costs. They were offering 1/2 off the venue fee for November so we saved $1500 alone just that way. 
  • You have to use their catering – Good Food Catering Co- which is good and bad. Good because it is almost a one stop shop with them and the food is GREAT. Bad, because it is not cheap and they charge a 20% service fee on everything in addition to the 10.5% tax. (Gratuity not included in that….grr)
  • We knew we could find cheaper catering costs elsewhere, BUT since we got such a steal on the venue fee we knew it would almost be a wash. So we chose to suck up the higher catering costs. 
  • They also will do ALL of your rentals for you, linens, extra tables and chairs, ceremony chairs if you get married there, and set them up for you and break down! We are also out of towners so this was a HUGE plus for us. We didn’t want to stress about that or have our family stress about it. (We lived here for three years but are now in DC.)
  • They have a good number of tables, chairs, ottomans, and wicker chairs in stock for you to use at no additional charge, which is saving us a ton. (Another plus to use them.)
  • I was under the impression when we booked that our contact would be there day of to coordinate – sort of true. She will be there at the beginning to make sure everything is set up but she may not be there all night. We will have a catering captain there, but that’s it. She also won’t help coordinate the ceremony, which was a bummer to learn as we don’t have a planner. 
  • We are getting our cake from Publix. Love Publix and have heard nothing but good things about their cakes. We are going to spend MAX $300 on that. Wildflour Pastry is also affordable, but not as cheap as Publix. 
  • If you want to get married in May at the Rice Mill, and have a live band for under $20k, I hate to tell you that I don’t think it will happen for you. I think they have a food and bev MINIMUM of $15k in May, plus $4500 for the venue fee for a Saturday. Live band will run you probably $3-5k and that doesn’t even account for rentals, photography, flowers etc. We’re doing the bare minimum with heavy hors d’oerves with Good Food and will spend around $8k on food and beer/wine which is more than half our budget. 
  • We are providing our own playlists to our DJ who we booked for – drumroll please – $450! This includes two set ups – one inside and one outside for our ceremony. We went with Lee Edwards Entertainment who came highly recommended from a friend who used them at her wedding. 
  • Our photographer is Shannon Noel Photography! I just LOVE her and can’t wait for her to work with us on our big day. She has a great portfolio and is super affordable (in my book). I think we’re spending about $2700 on 7 hours with her? I would have to double check but that sounds right. Will have a second shooter for the ceremony as well.
  • We’re using Beth at WildFlowers for our flowers – she is a little hard to communicate with via email but her prices are WAY LOWER than the other places I looked at, and she doesn’t charge a steep design fee! 

That being said, you can definitely do a Charleston wedding for under $20k, but you have to be flexible with when you want to hold the wedding, day of wedding, etc. 

Another benefit to doing it off-season – beach house rentals are SUPER cheap! We’re getting a 6 bedroom oceanfront house on IOP for 8 nights for $2800! Tax and linens included! These expenses start to add up so being offseason has made this way more affordable on our family and friends who are coming into town for a long weekend! 

 

Sorry for writing a book but hope this helps! Message me for more details I have pretty much researched every venue in town…

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@knightbride:  

 

My planner recommended http://www.charlestoncakesetc.com 

She said they had a cake done for 200 people for less than $400 and she can do almost anything! And apparently it’s delicious πŸ™‚ That’s the most important thing for me!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jessc4343:  Thanks for the recommendation.  I’d rather go with a professional bakery, just because I’m from out of town and it makes me feel more comfortable having an official contract πŸ™‚  I’m excited to hear how your cake turns out though!  It’s always so nice to have talented friends!

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