I may be shooting for the stars with this one but here it is. I am trying to plan my wedding with a 10k budget for 100 people. I don't need big and fancy so I didn't think it would be that huge of a problem. Unfortunately every place I look is completely out of my price range. We want to get married at St. Mary's which is 2000.00. (I am willing to compromise on anything but getting married at this church) The photographer I want is another 2000.00, and I was planning on getting a coordinator for some help being that I am in Michigan. My fiance and I met and fell in love in charleston, our firt kiss, first dance, first date, first fight, everything happened in downtown charleston so I really want to find a reception site downtown...any suggestions?
Good luck! We got married in Charleston last October. We invited only 60 guests and ended up spending $17,000 (and I didn't have a coordinator!). Things really add up when it comes to weddings.
We did have an evening wedding, open bar, a two course seated dinner, and passed appetizers so I guess you can tighten in those areas if those things aren't important to you. Our reception was at McCrady's, which is a restaurant but has an event space upstairs that can accommodate up to 200 people (if I remember correctly). The rooms are beautiful and historic (George Washington had dinner there!) and people still tell me how great the food was. Considering the location, historic value, beautiful decor, and fabulous food it is by far the best deal in town. www.mccradysrestaurant.com
I am getting married in Charleston on May 1st with a $10,000 budget as well. It can be done!! Our reception is at 77 Wentworth. You should check them out. They are very affordable! http://www.77wentworthevents.com/
Hello, and congratulations! I hope I am of some help. I got married in Charleston last June, and we did our wedding ceremony and reception at the Wickliffe House. It's a little on the outskirts of downtown, but not too far from everything.
It was absolutely fantastic and pretty reasonably priced, IMO. The house is beautiful and very "Charleston." All of my guests had a blast. We had about 100 people and if I remember correctly, the cost of the wedding and reception was a little less than $10,000. They have different options on the menu and you can do either sit down dinner, buffet or heavy hors de' ourves (sp?). We did the heavy hor de'ourves and I highly recomend it (less expensive too). The set up was great and the food was really really good. I recieved tons of compliments on the food. The bar was reasonable too. Also, we got married on a Sunday and that reduced the rental price of the house significantly.
Although a coordinator may save you a ton of stress, I'll let you know I planned my wedding all by myself via email, internet and phone calls, and I live in Ohio and I work full time. It was a lot of work, but it's definitely do-able. You can save a lot of money doing the work yourself. Just familiarize yourself with the city and what it has to offer (which I'm sure you have since you have all the memories there!). Charleston has some great art schools, maybe you can find a student photographer for your pics instead of an expensive photographer? I had a friend do my pictures at no cost to me (she is a professional) so I'm lucky that I saved money in that department.
If it is still available, we got a pretty reasonable deal at the Charleston Yacht Club a few years ago. It can fit 100 people, no problem. We did a dance area, a dj, a bar, a buffet and table and chairs for about 120. Beautiful view! Here is the website and prices. http://www.charlestonyachtclub.com/Flagroom.htm
okay..I emailed your issue to the wedding coordinator that we used and she said... Lowcountry Senior Center - pretty nice for 100 guests costs about 800 for 3 hours with an additional hour to set up and another hour to clean up. They have a good kitchen and they ask you use a licensed caterer. Cakes at Kroger are surprisingly good and well made. Get fresh flowers to top it and people will think you spend way more than 150-200. Be bold and negotiate! If you choose a hotel ask about if they get 40 room rentals what will they give you on a reception area. If you can't do this then hire someone. If they are worth anything they will save you more money than what their services will cost you. She is more than welcome to call me and I will share with her what I can. I hope you and Wade are doing well! Happy Holidays.
Wow, these were some great ideas and really fast too! :) Jenny, I actually looked into 77 Wentworth events but I was really confused! Are you renting Yo Burrito or is it a different place, would you have to go through there to get to the site? If you have any pictures I'd really appreciate seeing some! And good luck! thank you to everyone I will look into each of these ideas!!!
It is Yo Burrito by day and for receptions they clear out anything burrito related. You can decorate however you'd like. We are renting ivory linens, hiring a caterer, and DJ. There will be flowers and candles on tables and the bar areas. Check out their website and it shows two photos of events they've done there. http://77wentworthevents.com/
It is a more urban space and less Scarlet O'Hara which is what I wanted. We are getting married in the Charleston Library Society which my guests can walk from to 77 Wentworth.
Don't feel like the fee for the church is non-negotiable. Talk to St. Mary's. We're getting married at the Cathedral and we spoke with the priest and he dropped the fee drastically. The worst that can happen is you pay the same amount you're paying now. PS This principle applies to everything. Don't be afraid to negotiate! I hope your wedding is beautiful and under budget :)
My husband and I got married in Charleston in October and we pulled it off for only $4,500. We had a slight advantage because I have planned events for years, and we did have to work a little harder, but you can certainly do it if you put your mind to it and get creative. An option for your reception is High Cotton downtown. They can accomodate 100 in their large dining room. We had our reception at The Old Village Post House, one of their other restuarants, and it was outstanding! The service and food were amazing and people still rave about it. Check them out at www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/highcotton. I would be happy to help out if you are still looking for a coordinator. I totally understand the beautiful vision but tight budget issue having just been there myself. Just let me know, and good luck!
Check out the Charleston Visitor's Center - you can rent that out for an event (I just had my wedding reception there 02/27/10). It's VERY cheap compared to other places and it's right downtown!!! And my wedding coordinator isn't doing that anymore, but she does decorations and wedding flowers and she's very affordable. Check her out. Claire with MOD events (http://www.modeventscharleston.com/)...she's AWESOME!!!