Post # 1
Hoping someone here might be able to help me. I just got engaged on Dec 19th. Since I just recently turned 40 (my fiance is 43), we’d really like to get married as soon as possible. We are thinking about April or May 2014. We spent my 40th birthday in Charleston, SC and loved it so much that we thought it would be a great place to get married. We live in FL, so it’s a bit of a drive, but not impossible. I know Charleston is a very popular wedding location, so I may be crazy thinking I can plan something in 3 or 4 months. My question is this…1. Am I crazy to think I can do this in such a short period of time? 2. Can anyone recommend any venues in Charleston that are not the typical ballroom, hotel, etc.? I know I shouldn’t be too picky considering my time frame, but I would love something a little unconventional, brick, exposed wood beams, etc. Maybe something historic, but not too fancy. I have been looking online like crazy, but I am getting overwhelmed. Thanks!
Post # 3
@alrichard73: What is your budget like? That will have a big say in what venues to choose.
I looked at about 20 venues before we chose ours, so here are a couple of ideas.
I really, really liked this place, but I was totally set on having our wedding on the water, which is why we ended up not choosing it. It’s a mix of modern and traditional with lovely grounds in West Ashley.
I also looked at one of their sister properties, the Cooper River Room. The downside to this is that if you are outside, aka doing a wedding ceremony, you can hear the Ravenel Bridge traffic. There is a huge fireplace and its very cozy. Includes all tables and chairs, always a bonus. I’d say it would be good if you have your ceremony at another location. (That being said, lots of people DO get married outside there).
Also, if you’re unconventional, (or not), I absolutely adored the aquarium at a venue. They had a couple of different event spaces, one for small parties, or one for big!
How many guests are you having? There are a lot of downtown restaurants that are great for smaller parties. At this point, you may just have to choose a Friday or Sunday because they will most likely be booked up.
And no, I don’t think your’e crazy to plan that in such a short period of time! In retrospect, I wish I had done that!
Post # 4
@alrichard73: im an sc bride getting married in Charleston at the above mentioned Founders Hall. I was going for something a little modern and unconventional and it was my first choice.
Some venues that ive looked at that you may want to consider are:
McCrady’s- It looks exactly like what you described exposed brick and beams. Its a restaurant located downtown right in the center of all the action. I didn’t look into this one personally but it is popular among many brides and affordable for the area.
Marion’s in the French Quarter- This was my second choice. Located right next door to McCrady, its a beautiful intimate space with wood floors and a giant wood bar. It’s priced very reasonable for the area and you can bring in any vendors you’d like. They only have 2 rules “no nails in the wall and you have to use a licensed and insured bartending company.”(direct quote)
Mary, the sales director was the absolute best very friendly and helpful suggested vendors and gardens nearby for a ceremony, even gave us walking directions to go take a look at some of the gardens, after our appointment with her and called us about 45mins later to make sure we were safe and not lost.
Harborside East- Very nice place on the water. Vintage 1920s or 30s feel with mahogany walls, marble floors, tin ceilings and a beautiful long wooden bar. It also has a huge brick patio over the harbor with views of the bridge and battleships because its located in Patriots Pointe.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
@alrichard73: The PPs hit most of my suggestions, but I’ve got a couple more:
Creek Club at I’on – Peggy was SUPER sweet.
South End Brewery – I was almost sold on this place.
Upstairs at Midtown – from the photos, it looks like you would LOVE it.
and maybe even try the Visitor’s Center downtown, I know they rent it out, but I don’t know any details.
Post # 6
@alrichard73: I highly recommend McCrady’s. I got married there October 2013 and can’t say enough good things about it. Our guests are still raving about the food. We had about 32 guests. PM me if I can answer any questions for you.