(Closed) Distraught over venue options–Charleston, SC

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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rl1395:  We’re getting married in Charleston and I have realized it is a HUGE wedding industry city. Everything is expensive. 

Have you looked into downtown restaurants? We are having a smaller brunch reception at High Cotton in one of their rooms, but I know you can rent out their dining room for a more traditional wedding reception. Their food is amazing, and so far their event coordinators have been super responsive and great to work with. 

Definitely look into restaurants down there! It’s the space and the food and the service rolled into one. There’s also a lot of Southern charm. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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rl1395:  vrbo or airbnb may have some private home options for you. Something like this http://www.vrbo.com/130699 perhaps. Just remember with a private home you then have to rent everything: tables, chairs, likely a tent for a rain plan, etc. it can get costly very quickly. Honestly Charleston is one of the top wedding destinations in the country, I don’t know that it’s doable on a tight budget. 

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Bumble bee

Look into Wide Awake Park (not plantation), that’s where I’m having my wedding. It’s just outside of charleston in hollywood but it’s right around $1k to rent the whole park for a day (instead of the $3-10k of other venues) and it’s beautiful with the moss draped oaks and the building that’s on the site. Since it’s a park you can bring in whatever vendors you want to make it your own. If you’re ok with nice BBQ catering (home team does a great job) you can easily do it for under $8k!

I will say that the photo’s floating around online do not do it justice and it’s definitely worth a visit. There are some pictures of the inside of the building on the “Wide Awake Park” facebook event which is a good rain backup or you could raise all the doors on it and use it like a tent. 

This wedding is also a good example of what can be done with it but they obviously spent a pretty penny: http://www.charlestonwedding.com/portfolio-item/lisa-will/ 

This one is also good but I think it was earlier in the year so it wasn’t quite as green and beautiful as it is in May: http://julietelizabethblog.com/abi-kyle-old-wide-awake-park-2/ 

Wide Awake Plantation used to sit on the site but several years ago they moved the house up the street and the original land is now owned by the town of hollywood to be used as a public park. The plantation is also gorgeous and pretty reasonable as far a plantation costs go so it might work for you as well. It books up fast because of how reasonable it is but I never toured it because it was booked on our date, otherwise I might have chosen it instead of the park.

If you have any questions at all about it please feel free to message me, I put in so much leg work researching it I’d love to be able to pass along anything I’ve learned!

One that I found out about after booking the park was the Charleston Tea Plantation. I haven’t seen it or know anything about the costs but I remember wishing I would have found out about it sooner so maybe worth looking into!

 

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Buzzing bee

I dont live in Charleston but have visited several times. It’s a beautiful city!  Have you tried a Bed&Breakfast?  One with a nice yard may be able to accomodate your guest.  

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Worker bee

What about McCrady’s? They were doing reno work when FH and I were looking at Charleston venues but they could be done for your wedding. They can definitely host a smaller group, not sure what the catering policies are. Fish restaurant could also be an option.

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Worker bee

Also, maybe even my own venue! The Francis Marion hotel. We’re having a smallerish wedding (100) and our reception will be in the Gold Ballroom, which is the smallest. They have a ton of great menu options and the prices are pretty good for Charleston. Check them out!

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Helper bee

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Plmttomn36:  Very cool – I’ve never been to Charleston (From MI myself) but it’s one of my top place to visit.  Looking forward to seeing pics afterwards! 😉 I goolged the place- looks awesome!

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Helper bee

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Plmttomn36:  fellow charleston (well, mt. p) bride here! yay!! congratulations on booking your venue! I’m glad that your engagement excitement is back! 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Hello! I’m so excited you found a place! It really is awful trying to find an affordable place around Charleston.

I am considering the Circular Church as a venue as well. Are you finding that it is all that you were looking for? Do they include an event coordinator in this package? 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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Plmttomn36:  

Hello! I’m so excited you found a place! It really is awful trying to find an affordable place around Charleston.

I am considering the Circular Church as a venue as well. Are you finding that it is all that you were looking for? Do they include an event coordinator in this package?

 

 

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