How to Plan a Wedding in Charleston
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With wedding season in full swing, you've likely attended a Charlotte wedding or have plans to this summer or fall. From stately mansions to grand hotel ballrooms, Charlotte has its fair share of venues. But after a few seasons as a guest on the local wedding circuit, a fresh backdrop is appealing.
For those in the nuptial-planning mindset and dreaming of a destination wedding, consider Charleston, South Carolina. It's only a three-hour drive from Charlotte and has wide appeal for guests traveling from other areas of the country. In 2016, Travel + Leisure magazine named Charleston the No.1 city in the world (yes, world). Below are a few tips to help kick-start wedding planning in the Lowcountry.
The Best Time of Year
Anytime. Charleston has become such a popular destination for weddings that the typical "off-season" is now a much smaller time frame. Peak season is typically April and May while the flowers are in bloom, and again in fall when cooler temperatures return. Summer is surprisingly busy as many brides use this time as an opportunity to create a family beach vacation surrounding the wedding day. Those looking to cut down on costs should consider January or February dates when some venues and vendors may be willing to offer lower rates. Plus, couples could end up enjoying spring-like weather during this time as temps can reach 70 degrees in Charleston during the winter.
When to Start Planning
For spring and fall weddings, venues should be selected 10-12 months out in order to secure a Saturday date. For couples open to getting married on a Friday or Sunday night, venues can still be found six to nine months in advance.
Where to Stay
As a major U.S. travel destination, finding accommodations in Charleston is easy. The hard part is narrowing down the options. Inns in historic downtown ooze with charm and beach rentals can accommodate the entire family. A unique option are the on-site accommodations at area country clubs. The Daniel Island Club has three cottages, on the grounds of the property which can be available to wedding clients. Each cottage has four bedrooms, though they can be rented in smaller configurations.
Setting the Scene
There's loads to love about Southern weddings -- the Spanish moss, delicious comfort food and monogrammed everything. Incorporate some South Carolina themes into your reception to create fun memories. The peach is the state's official fruit and can make for tasty signature cocktails, desserts or sides. Be sure to break out some Carolina beach music and shag -- the dance originated on the beaches of South Carolina.
The wedding coordinators at Daniel Island Club also work with clients to tie in local elements like cakes topped with area hydrangea or Charleston's treasured sweetgrass baskets.
About The Daniel Island Club: Located in Charleston, 25 minutes from the historic downtown area, the upscale country club hosts member-sponsored seated weddings for up to 250 guests (call the club to work out sponsorship details). Wedding parties and guests staying in the Club Cottages have access to the club amenities including golf, tennis, a fitness center with yoga and spin classes, paddle boarding and more. In-house catering packages include an award-winning pastry chef for fantastic cakes.
Click here to contact the club or call 843-971-3555.