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4 Tips For Those Planning a Destination Charleston Wedding You Should Keep in Mind


  1. Book Your Venue Early

    Wedding planning can be done in a variety of ways, but one constant remains in Charleston: venues need to be booked early. Specifically, if the goal is to have a Saturday evening wedding, the venue will need to be booked between 12-18 months ahead of time. Charleston is a popular destination wedding location, and is typically where we see our locals tie the knot as well. Our best advice when it comes to planning a Charleston wedding is to get it on the books, early.

  2. The Magic Lives in the Details

    There are so many unique touches that Charleston has to offer to those planning their dream wedding. One of our favorites is arriving to, or leaving from, your wedding reception on a horse-drawn carriage. Palmetto Carriage offers private white carriages, operated by a driver in a tuxedo, giving any Charleston wedding an added elegance that brides and grooms appreciate. Cost can depend on the season and location, but don’t feel confined to Downtown venues. Palmetto’s services can be utilized at nearby locations, such as Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation. For more information, or to book your wedding carriage, click here.

  3. Shop for Your Dress in Charleston

    Charleston has a wide variety of bridal boutiques making finding the perfect gown possible. Carve out some time in between menu tastings and venue visits to go dress shopping. If you’re able to find what you’re looking for locally, you won’t need to worry about transporting the dress on the big day. There are so many options in and around the Charleston area that are worth looking, including Magnolia Bride of Charleston, Modern Trousseau, and Gown Boutique of Charleston.

  4. Consider the Weather

    It’s important to understand typical Charleston weather patterns when planning your big day. While it’s impossible to predict the future, there are things you can do to ensure a worry-free wedding day. If an outdoor wedding is your dream, make sure you have considered the possibility of rain. There are several rental companies in town that offer the ability to rent a tent as a contingency and give you the ability to cancel a few days ahead of time if the weather is looking dry. The time of year can also play into your expectations when it comes to heat, humidity, rain, or stormy weather. The best thing to do is quickly research things like hurricane season (June – November, with the height of the being in August-September) and the typical weather during the particular time of year that you are considering. While nothing is fool proof, it is always helpful to be prepared for the possibilities.