(Closed) Total reception costs?

posted 7 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Well, I was just in a wedding in Michigan and they had a 200 guest wedding and the venue including catering and alcohol was exactly $9,000. I dont know what your area is in comparison, but thats what was spent for Michigan. 

Post # 4
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi! Yes, Charleston IS expensive. I’ve watched our costs go up, up, up for the past 8 months! I feel like there must be somewhere in Charleston you can pay $9,000, I just don’t know where. HOw many guests? We’re having our reception for 120 at McCrady’s and that will probably end up being $17,000 to $18,000. Yikes! That number is totally freaking me out.

Anyway, I’m sure there is somewhere that you can get by with that budget. I think the key is finding a catering. Our food costs are by far the bulk of our budget.

Post # 6
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kelseybsc:  I looked into the Cottages at Charleston Harbor….the pricing was insane. About 100% more than I expected.

Post # 7
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kelseybsc:  We booked the island house and will be using (probably) Hamby Catering for a total reception cost of ~$10,000. Not too shabby for being in the #1 wedding location in the country!

Post # 8
19 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

You won’t be able to do that at the Rice Mill for under $9k in the spring. They have food and bev minimums that time of year of $15k and that doesn’t include venue fee. ($4500 for a Saturday)

We are getting married there November 3 – Venue and ceremony fee $1500, and food and alcohol about $8k. We’re saving by getting married on a Sunday, in the off season. And we’re only expecting 100 people.

For 200 people, in the spring, I would guess you would be closer to $20k+ for a Saturday wedding. 

The Fall in Charleston is REALLY nice so if you’re flexible, look into that!

It would certainly be cheaper to bring in your own caterer at a different venue. But it wouldn’t be the Rice Mill 🙂

Post # 9
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Since you have a pretty tight budget and several locations you are intested in I would recommend sending out a mass email to caterers and locations in the area asking for their pricing, most have a sales kit they can send you immediately, you’d be able to see current F&B minimums and easily see what you can’t afford.

As others noted, Charleston is really pricey and it can be hard to stick to a small budget when you have a large guest list and are getting married during high season.

Post # 11
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hey ladies! I am getting married at boone hall in October. Just started getting quotes for rentals/catering etc and I am very shocked at the prices! Any tips you have learned that you can pass on for savings! 

Post # 13
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Mellieinab:  We are expecting about 125 at our April wedding here in Charleston and I haven’t rec’d an estimate that was less than about $8000 and that was including food, bar (beer & wine), and rentals (dinnerware & linens). We ended up deciding to go with Cru Catering. They are seriously one of the best in town and their prices are very reasonable. Our food alone will be about $3600.

We are getting married at Old Wide Awake Plantation and the total for venue & catering (incl. rentals and bar) will be about $12,000.

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