(Closed) New Charleston Bride

posted 6 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Hi Liz!

I’m Kelsey, getting married a month after you! πŸ™‚ April 26, 2014. I was actually looking at your exact date at first. We haven’t nailed down the reception location either, but I can tell you a few things I picked up- what time of day is your wedding? A lot of the downtown home-type locations have early shut down times because of noise ordinances, so if you have an evening reception be sure to ask about it!

Also, be sure to ask about minimums. WAH is beautifulll but was over budget for me. And the Rice Mill can have a big event minimum added on depending on the month of the wedding (and late March they will probably consider peak season). Mills House Hotel is another pretty location downtown as well as the Harbour Club. There is also Society Hall and the Old Exchange Building (a little less pricey). 

Congrats on the engagement! Looking forward to chatting more as we plan! 

Post # 5
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lizzieb:  Something weird happened to my last post I think.

I have priced out every single downtown venue prior to making my decision for my June 15, 2013 wedding. If you need any guidance, or want prices without having to call the vendors, I am happy to provide.

I am using a day-of coordinator, who is remarkably affordable and who is also doing all of my floral design included in the day-of cost (I just need to provide the money for her to purchase my flowers wholesale), and I am happy to give you her name. She is awesome.

Post # 6
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@tracyb3285:  Tracy, I would actually love that info too! It would be great to compare with what I have gotten so far. I would love the info for your day of planner! I actually spoke to one today that quickly turned me down due to budget… So a reasonably priced one would be great! You can message me or email me at [email protected]  Thanks!

 

@lizzieb – I am thinking of using a day of or week of coordinator and maybe get a little help here and there from them! I didn’t even think I could work that into the budget, so a full on planner was out of the question. But the more I talk to people, the more a day-of person sounds really good! That way family and friends aren’t going crazy trying to organize things and can just enjoy themselves. I’m hoping I can find someone for a reasonable price! (And they can sometimes help get discounts with other vendors). I also really loved the Rice Mill, but my April date just pushed it out of budget range. And from what I have seen of the Mills House so far, it seems like their catering can make the jump a lot. I’ve gotten some basic package pricing from a few planners if you’d like to look at them! (Everything planned to just day-of coordination)

Post # 7
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi ladies

My coordinator is Ashley Garrett at Fraiche Designs- she is awesome and like I said, doing all of my florals, which is a huge money saver. She has been great about giving recommendations and allowing me to use her discounts where applicable, although she is only providing day-of coordination.

Here is her website- http://www.fraicheeventdesign.com/

I will PM you her cost- I don’t know if she would want it posted, but it was very reasonable in my opinion πŸ™‚

Have you all considered Hibernian Hall? That is where we are having our reception. It is $5,000 to rent the hall, which I know is pricey. It seats 250, and can hold about 350 for a reception style wedding. It comes with tables & chairs.

The one thing that is nice about Hibernian is that you can bring in all of your own vendors, which is a HUGE cost saver if you have the patience and time to do research. I know with the hotels- I looked at Francis Marion, Mills House & Doubletree- the food costs was reasonable but bar per person were like $40 plus a person! Ridiculous. Independent bar services will cost you $15 a head for a five hour open bar.

Post # 8
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lizzieb:  Hey! I just got engaged and am planning to get married in Charleston too! I’m actually from McLean, VA (saw you were from Fairfax) but my FH and I met in Charleston. Thinking May 2014 (I’m in grad school, so we need a little extra time and will probably be on somewhat of a budget as well).

 

Anyone else, I would love to hear from you! I’m scheduling a trip down there next month to go look at venues. Right now, I’m thinking aquarium, island house, or…well, haven’t made it that far. I used to live on Sullivan’s Island so I might look at Goldbug Island as well.

 

Yay! Can’t wait to keep up with everyone!

Post # 10
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1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hey! Congrats on your engagement and wedding planning!

I’m not getting married in Charleston but I am getting married in Beaufort, just an hour south of you! Charleston has beautiful wedding locations. We considered the rice mill and boonehall but decided to stick to Beaufort.

 

Happy planning! Your wedding day will be here before you know it!

Post # 13
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@toothfairy910:  

 congrats on your engagement first off! We are getting married at the island house on johns island in September and we live here so if you have other questions please let me know.  I didn’t check out the Aquarium but have heard great things about it; as far as TIH, Paul is amazingly flexible and the venue is very affordable in comparison with other chas venues especially considering they allow outside caterers.  We are getting married on a Sunday so it’s more affordable but he allowed us to rent the house for a couple hours earlier at a discounted rate and it was only 3800 with that upcharge (GREAT for chas!) hope this helps at least A little! Happy planning!

lauren

Post # 14
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Ljpenoyer:  Thank you so much!!! We looked at the island house and really loved EVERYTHING about it, except the location. Since almost our entire wedding will be coming from out of town (save 10 people or so) we didn’t want to have people worry about transportation or have to worry about it ourselves–some of the quotes we got back were so outrageously expensive!

I was actually down there last weekend and looked at another nine, yes NINE venues. Yikes! But we should have some sort of deposit on something within the next couple of days. THANK YOU so much for your offer of help though. Who are you using for florals/photography?

 

Post # 15
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@toothfairy910:  

It is kind of far away from hotels so I completely understand!  We are using Beth at wild flowers  inc for our florals (and decorations; she does it all) she’s super fun and great!! Our photographer is Anne Rhett, she’s new but extremely talented (we like vibrant photos rather than muted “romantic” ones but she does both) and because she is new to the business she’s VERY affordable (under $2000 for TWO photographers for 8 hours on our wedding day and the bridal portraits…amazing).  Hope this helps!  Good luck with everything!!

Lauren

Post # 16
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@tracyb3285:  Could you PM the pricing on the venues and your coordinator?  It would be so helpful, I think my head is going to explode.  Thanks so much!

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