(Closed) Charleston Brides?

posted 8 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 17
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I did quite a bit of research on hotel prices.  Hotels seemed to be very expensive for downtown Charleston especially since I am not having enough guests to reserve a block to get a discount.  The suites are 800sq ft with full kitchens and for only 199.00 right in downtown it seemed like a great option!  The bee that recommended it said it was the perfect amount of space for all the girls to get ready in and it made for some great pictures with the gardens and house as a backround :). I chose suite D like the other Bee did and I’m pretty excited!

Also I know you said about The Mills House, I went down there and spoke with them.  Apparently they only do blocks for people who are hosting their wedding there.  Which was kind of a bummer if you’re looking to have a block.  I love that hotel too! 
 

Post # 19
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@bumblepup:  Glad I was able to help! It sounds like we have very similar budgets.  I also ran into the problem of finding very high minimums for a lot of the places we looked at.   Have you booked flowers, music, hair and make up yet? i could use all the help I can get with those!  I’m from Charlotte so I am mainly concerned about finding hair and makeup for a good price!

Post # 21
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1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t know if it’s too late to pipe in but there is a place in Charleston, if you’re interested in the outdoor plantation themed wedding, Boone Hall Plantation, it’s 2,000-4,000 but it’s one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen for a wedding, I’m not quite engaged yet but my SO and I will be making a trip to Charleston to see Boone Hall and I am so excited! We’ve discussed it as a possible location and maybe, with what DIY’s I end up doing it will be in our budget 🙂

Post # 23
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Busy bee

Did any of y’all look into the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown when you were looking for reception places?  That’s my dream venue but I’m not sure how much it costs…probably somewhere between “a lot” and “a lot a lot” but hopefully not too terrible…

Post # 24
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645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Dizbee:  We looked at it for our 2011 wedding. I don’t remember exact pricing but it didn’t seem too crazy. If I am remembering correctly I just submitted a request online and they sent me an event package with rental pricing and catering minimums which was very helpful.

We got married at the confederate homes and garden and then had the reception at the Old Exchange building. We had 150 guests and a 10k budget. We had some great vendors who really helped keep costs down!

Post # 25
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Busy bee

@cora_123:  Thanks for the info!  My parents are giving us 10k to spend “however we want” (in quotes because I’m dreaming if I think there’s any chance my mom won’t want a say in everything!) and we’re contributing 5k, so that’s 15 total.  We’d like to keep it as close to there as possible.  Based on the pricing in the event package, think we could have it there on 15k or would that be tough?  I’d send the request myself but we’re waiting to get engaged until our vacation in a few months and I’m superstitious about approaching vendors and stuff before it’s official!  

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@cora_123:  I am also working on a 10k budget and I am currently looking for an indoor backup plan or a different ceremony location. I was interested in The Confederate Homes and Garden as well but it was tough to find any info on it! if you don’t mind, can you share your details on your ceremony there and how much did it cost!? Thanks so much 🙂

Post # 28
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645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Tiffanyrami:  I had the same issues. They aren’t allowed to advertise because they are state supported or something like that but when I called the lady was amazingly helpful. She offered to tour me right then and there. I don’t remember the exact price, and again this was a little while ago so it has probably gone up but it was less than 1,000 (I think 650.00?) for the garden ceremony. They have a small “ballroom” too which was our backup rain location (we reserved it too which only added an extra 150.00 to the price I believe. We ended up using it to get dressed after we realized we would be completely rain free! (which made for great pictures). We probably would have had our reception there if we could have had amplified sound (but we wanted a DJ).

Not my wedding but check out this fantastic little blog from a couple who had the reception there: http://theweddingrow.com/?s=confederate

Post # 30
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@bumblepup:  Thats great! I’m so glad you were able to find a caterer.  I think we are still going  to look around somewhere downtown *hopefully* I would love it if no one had to worry about driving that weekend.  I would be worried about someone drinking and driving 20 minutes or so to their room.  I booked us the carriage house for that weekend and now my family and his are asking about it as well and I’m kind of iffy on them staying there! It is a big place but is that weird for them all to be close!? We will see lol.  That is a huge price difference though from 99.00 to 250 a night! 

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Tiffanyrami:  ooo charles Merry is awesome… we used him for some engagement photos…man makes magic

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