Charleston, SC wedding

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

While it’s not impossible, Charleston isn’t exactly a cheap city to get married in, and while 20k is a lot of money it’s not when it comes to planning a wedding there for 115 people. I’m a destination wedding photographer, and when my SIL was engaged she really wanted to do Charleston I helped her do a lot of research and found most things she liked were WAY out of her budget.

I honestly think if you could find it in your budget to hire a coordinator that would be the way to go. More than likely you’re going to need someone local with some good local knowledge and out of the box venue ideas. Also while part of Charleston are waterfront, you might have to find yourself going out to somewhere like Folly Beach to find an oceanfront venue.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

What about Alhambra Hall? It may be less expensive because it’s right over the bridge. Fair warning though, the expenses don’t stop with the wedding venue in Charleston. We’ve gone over our budget in every category because vendors are much more expensive than we anticipated – and in HIGH demand!! Anyway, I have lots of tips if you end up going with Charleston! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I second checking out slightly outside of downtown Charleston—maybe Folly Beach or Mount Pleasant.  I’m also having a destination wedding in Charleston.  I’m not totally done booking everything yet but it’s looking like $25,000 for 50 people not including our hotel, my dress, his suit, our rings, etc. 

 

Post # 5
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Newbee

I orginally wanted my wedding to be in Charleston. But because of expenses I decided for Georgetown which is my hometown and only about 45 minutes away! Magnolia Plantation and Garden was my dream! My budget is around 20,000 and the photographer alone in Charleston wanted $7500. Good luck, I’m sure it can be done!

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