Post # 1
I’m a new Charleston bride-to-be and although we’ve always known we would get married in Charleston… the prices just seem to keep going up! We are on a pretty tight budget (for Charleston anyway) and I was wondering how much y’all are spending or spent on your reception venue and food/drink?
I love the Rice Mill and Boone Hall, but I just can’t decide if it would be doable under $9,000 for venue and catering. It seems that a lot of places have high food/drink or total minimums. Have any of you had either of these venues or something similar with this type of budget? The Harbour Club and Pavilion at Patriot’s Point are 2 others that I would love any feedback on!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Ahh that is expensive! I’m sure it will be beautiful though!
I think our invite list will be close to 200, but we are expecting 150… since a lot of the list is out of town. Rice Mill said it would be easier to fit in the budget in a winter month, but I just have always wanted spring! I’m trying to gather some info on caterers and see if it would be cheaper to bring one in to a different venue. Has anyone looked at the Pavilion at Patriot’s Point or The Cottages on Charleston Harbor? They are both on the water and the Pavilion has a lot included in their rental rate, I just do not know much about their catering or if anyone has been to an event there. Thanks for your help!
Post # 6
@kelseybsc: I looked into the Cottages at Charleston Harbor….the pricing was insane. About 100% more than I expected.
Post # 7
@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
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
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 # 10
Thank you so much for all of your feedback! This has actually been decided for a while and I forgot to come back to this post. After much deliberation and asking around to caterers and venues…. It came down to the Rice Mill and the Mills House Hotel. We adjusted budget because of what we really wanted in our wedding and our ceremony date/time was not exactly flexible (at the Citadel where you have to get on dates way ahead of time and there is sometimes a waiting list). After getting numbers from many places we went with the Rice Mill. The numbers looked scary at first but after getting offical quotes back on exact food, space, etc. from other venues, they quickly added up and quite a few were more expensive than the Rice Mill’s event minimum (event min. not just food/bev). I just absolutely love this venue, it is close to our ceremony and embodies the feel we want in our reception space! If anyone else has questions about it feel free to message me! I have info on plenty of places. I’m so excited and a lot of things have come together! 8 months to go! 🙂
Post # 11
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 # 12
@Mellieinab: I sent you a Private Message.
Post # 13
@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.