Post # 1
So we’re going to look at these either tomorrow or sometime within a week or two. It seemed fun to find out others opinions beforehand based on pictures and information. These are the two locations we’re considering for our ceremony. Which one do you like?
The first is the Angel Oak Tree. It’s absolutely beautiful and would make for fantastic pictures. However, if it rains there’s no backup besides getting married at the restaurant where the reception is or the rental condo/house we’re getting (I did look at a weather almanac and it really never rains on our date in Charleston). Also, it’s 25 minutes from the restaurant. And the guest list is contained to 25. We want to have around 25 but that worries me if it goes up to 30 for some reason (I’m not sure how exact the people are).
The second is the Hampton Park Gazebo. It has a lot of pros minus the natural beauty that the tree has. It’s very vintage-y to me and beautiful. The surrounding park makes for some good pictures and the gazebo is just cute. It’s only 6 minutes from the restaurant and if it rains we can probably have me under a big umbrella while walking and everyone should still be able to fit under the gazebo’s shelter (not counting if it’s raining and incredibly windy). And it has no guest limit but still seems a good size to fit about 25-30 people under the gazebo area. It’s also about $70 more but I don’t know that that’s a big deal.
So what do you think? (pictures below)
Post # 3
The tree is lovely, but I’d go for the gazebo, just to be safe. You don’t want to be worrying about rain or going over 25 people. It’s also really nice that it’s so close to the reception location. And–it’s very pretty, too!
Post # 4
Go with the gazebo to be safe–and there are a ton of trees around it you could use for pics, too.
Post # 5
ok, i have a freakish love of trees, so i would vote for the tree and rain/guest count be damned. However, it sounds like logistically that the gazebo might be the better option for you and your guests since you don’t have to worry about running over 25 people and it’s so much closer to the reception place. I do like it’s vintage charm.
Post # 6
That gazebo is amazing. I love it!
Post # 7
I’m a big fan of the tree, but I agree, for logistics especially, go with the gazebo. Both are beautiful!
Post # 8
The tree is much prettier
Post # 9
Here are some pictures I found taken around the gazebo if that helps at all (strangely enough they also picked the same reception location)
Post # 10
Go for the tree! The tree is amazing and I agree with denverbirdlet, logistics be damned! Go with the one you want since there’s a very slight chance it’ll rain anyway, don’t worry about it. If the forecast calls for rain the week before, buy a bunch of matching umbrellas. You have a small guest list, it’ll totally work out and be amazing.
Post # 11
I love trees too – so I say go for the tree! Imagine the awesome pics you’ll get with that gorgeous tree in them! 🙂
Post # 12
I personally love the gazebo idea!
Post # 13
Ive been to that park and that gazebo would be amazing to get married in!! I love the tree but the lack of rain plan may be an issue…and a lot of added stress for you!
Post # 14
I like the tree the best. Is it expected to rain? If so, how hard? It it is just a sprinkle, then I would just provide umbrellas and go for it.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for your input! Hopefully we’ll be going tomorrow and if we do we’ll take pictures and I’ll let you know what our decision was. We have a feeling that if we go to both locations we should know which one feels more right.
Post # 16
hey! just wondering if you made your decision? and could you tell me what the fees were you got for hampton park? i’d love to hear about your plans- we’re getting married in charleston in november! cheers!