(Closed) Charleston Brides?

posted 8 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@teamajax13:  I got a new username (old one was tiffanyrami) I am so excited to work with him! He has such a great personality, his prices are great and his pictures are beautiful.  I get excited to see his facebook page update!

Does anyone have any good florist recommendations? I should probably stop procrastinating that.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh… I really need to start thinking about flowers too. I really want organic, possibly even herbs like rosemary and lavendar, centerpieces. Super easy, and hopefully that may even cut down on the cost, too. I have no idea about the bouquets, but I also want them to look very earthy and organic. 

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi Fellow Charleston Bees!!! Any advise on a budget friendly rehearsal dinner??? My future mother in law is footing the bill but lives in New York so she is relying on us for recommendation and everything we’ve looked into is more than what we want to ask her to spend… Any advise would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

PS – We would love to find a location where we can bring pizza and beer if anyone has any suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ChucktownBride12:  How many people at the rehersal dinner are you expecting?

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@hfarrant:  That sounds really nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I saw a really cute wedding where they used hand picked cotton and it was beautiful! I was going to use some palmetto roses with my favors but the cotton is just so cute, inexpensive and Charleston.

Real Wedding: Kristin + Brandon’s Woodsy Organic Wedding

To cut down some costs I am making my own centerpieces (DIY milk glass assorted vases) and a lot of the vases can only hold one to two stems. So I figured it would look simple and help cut costs down ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Tiffner:  I’m thinking close to 50 ppl. we would like to include relatives who are traveling from out of state which is why we are looking for a lower cost option…

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Tiffner:  We used cotton and got a lot of compliments!

We used Branch Design Studios for our flowers. Whitney was beyond amazing. I feel like we got thousands of dollars worth of flowers for a fraction of what they should have cost.

@ChucktownBride12:  Are you a beach person? You can rent Pavillion Watch out on Folly Beach. It could be a really fun thing to do with beer and pizza! Also – I think Yo Burrito turns into a “rental venue” They take out all the Yo Burrito apparel and its basically just a really great space. I believe you can bring in your own food/beverage.

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@cora_123:  Wonderful Idea!! I don’t know why I didn’t even think about Folly…. and most of the wedding party is staying around that area! Any what a wonderful change of pace and scenery from the actual wedding activities! Love it! Thanks a bunch!

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ChucktownBride12:  It’s actually Pelican Watch – Pavilion Watch is the condos right by it ๐Ÿ™‚ I know the park is closed to the public but I think they are still allowing the Shelter rental. A friend just held a birthday party there about a month or two ago.

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hello fellow Charleston bees! I’m new. Live in Chicago and planning for Oct/Nov 2013 wedding. Coming down in August and have holds at Confederate House, Old Exchange, Legare Waring House, Wickliffe House and Historic Rice Mills.

 

Never been to SC….any advice on these venues for ~140 people would be great!

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mullinscmu:  Hello! I LOVE Chicago… I went to graduate school there and would just love to get back up there one day. Luckily my fiance is from there, so we get to visit just about every year to visit family.

ANYWAY, back to your question.

1. I would completely rule out Historic Rice Mills. It is REALLY tight on space. We were only planning for 100, and we could not imagine getting that many people crammed in there. And the outside space, where most people do the ceremony, is even tighter. Also, it’s on the other side of the pennisula, which isn’t really close to any of the cool downtown area, so all your guests would have to be shuttled around (or drive themselves), to your venue, versus picking a venue that is close to all the “action” on the east side of the pennisula. If you have a lot of out of town guests, I would definitely encourage you to find a place that everyone can walk to, or get a quick cab/pedi-cab ride to.

2. We visited the Confederate House (Confederate Home and College). It has a great space. Susan Sarandon’s daughter actually was just married there last year! =) Anyway, the outside is really beautiful and could totally accomodate your guests, but the inside rooms might be a bit tight if you have dinner there… But it’s been a while since I was there, so I could be mistaken on that. The best part is that it is very inexpensive to book, maybe $300-600, and the money goes to maintaining the property and helping the women that live there.

3. I am getting married at the Old Exchange and it is AMAZING. You can’t really get more Charleston or historic. It’s one of the top three important buidlings in our country. George Washington has dined in the top room and the Declaration of Independence was read from the front steps way back when. Anyway, 140, might be a little tight, but they say they can accomodate 150 for a seated dinner.. The top floor room is just oozing with class, you really wouldn’t have to worry too much about decorating it… It has two huge fireplaces and tall majestic windows on two sides. All we’re really adding are tons of candles and a few flowers! It’s a bit pricey to rent ~ $2500, but totally worth it in my opinion.

4. I have not been to the Lagare Waring House or Wickliffe House, so I cannot comment on them… though I know Lagare Waring House is out of this world. My fiance is a professional photographer and he is always blown away by the weddings that he’s shot there! I think it’s pretty pricey, but no doubt totally worth it..

Anyway, sorry for my book… Let me know if you have more specific questions. We LOVE Charleston – you will have a beautiful wedding regardless of what you choose. =)

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Dizbee:  It was actually pretty reasonable, I think only 10,000 food and drink min.

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Charleston [Johns Island] Bride Here! : ) I feel lucky to have come across Sanctuary Hall & Gardens in Mt. Pleasant for our ceremony & reception, and highly recommend it for anyone still deciding on a location.  It has indoor space upstairs and downstairs as well as a recently designed outdoor space.  The owners and staff can work with a wide range of budgets and the space is a great blank canvas to turn into your dream event.

Post # 45
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@wkjk:  we are also using CSNelson Photography & Bella Blooms LLC for our flower arrangements… Bella Blooms is a locally owned landscaping and container gardening company that contracts for several of the homes on the battery & has recently completed several weddings that look amazing and are affordable! 

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi bees!!!! We are planning a May 2013 Charleston wedding from Raleigh, NC. I am actually headed there this weekend to meet with some vendors. Some of our stuff is still up in the air, but this is what what we have so far:

1. Ceremony: confederate home & gardens (checking it out tomorrow)

2. Reception: Charleston yacht club (booked)

3. Flowers: DIY bought from wholesaler

4: DJ: jay maxwell (still up for debate)

5. Catering: Sticky Fingers (very affordable! And perfect for our southern beachy theme)

6. Cake: cupcakes from Cupcake on King street (tasting tomorrow)

7. Photography: Hanna Rexworth (meeting tomorrow)

If anyone has any experience with any of these vendors, please let me knowabout opinions. I am not from the area so I don’t know what vendors are quality vendors (yet affordable). We’re trying to keep our total under $15,000…which has worked pretty well so far with all of my Internet research lol.

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