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    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money (And Your Sanity)

    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money

    What they don’t tell you about weddings is that they’re only as beautiful, grand, and memorable as the people behind them.

    Almost everyone knows this by now: the planning stage of every wedding isn’t as glamorous as how the movies play it out to be. There’s so much pressure from every side that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, especially if you’re the one doing all the planning. 

    It’s truly a serious and extremely tedious business. And that’s probably why couples who’ve already gone through this very demanding journey towards their walk down the aisle will tell you to leave it to the experts. 

    Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t just help you save your sanity, they will also do their best to make the most out of your budget. You’ll even end up saving more money than you planned as—and we cannot emphasize this enough—a good wedding planner knows the ins and outs of the industry. They’ve been through this many times over. 

    You might think that hiring will only be an added expense, but you’d be surprised. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced professional right at this very moment. 

    Track and Keep You Within Your Budget 

    This might sound counterintuitive at first as wedding planners are an investment themselves, but they can help you save money in the long run. 

    Budgeting is more difficult than it seems. It’s not just writing what you need on paper or a spreadsheet and comparing the prices of one vendor after the other. With a wedding planner, budgeting starts the moment you hire them. Planners will keep things as realistic as possible, but they will still base each element on your preferences. 

    How wedding planners do their magic is quite simple: they take your budget and break it down into prioritized categories. They do this for transparency so that you’ll know how much you have to spend on each. 

    From venues to decors and flowers, planners know the real cost of everything that goes into a wedding. This knowledge comes from years and years of building relationships with trusted and reliable vendors. Your wedding planner will constantly keep track of the numbers so that they can guide you into making choices that you can actually afford. 

    1. Endorse The Right Vendors 

    Choosing the perfect wedding photographer, venue, caterer, hair and makeup pros, florist, musicians, and a host of other vendors might seem a little intimidating. That’s a lot of people you need to consider. If you want top vendors for the wedding of your dreams, you can rely on your wedding planner to give you the best recommendations that will still fit your budget. 

    Your wedding planner has a direct link with the vendors in your area. Behind the scenes, they’ve built long-lasting relationships with these professionals. 

    Your planner knows who can nail your desired wedding style or follow or take inspiration from the mood board you created without breaking the bank. It’s your planner that can also help in negotiating vendor contracts so you’ll never have to worry about going overspending.

    If the planner you’re eyeing to hire has been in the industry for a long time, chances are that the preferred vendors they work with will pass along discounts or waive certain fees. They might even offer special packages or be more flexible with their services. 

    2. Look Into The Nitty-Gritty Details 

    Part of a wedding planner’s job is to thoroughly examine contracts for any hidden fees. They will then educate you on what the contract does and does not include that might incur additional expenses on your end. Your planner will also make note of payment deadlines to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any late fees. 

    These details can easily go over your head especially if you’re talking to other vendors and keeping everything on track. With a planner, your contracts are reviewed with great accuracy to make sure that every tiny detail is covered. 

    Remember that no good wedding planner wants their client taken advantage of so they will always read between the lines. They will also make sure that you understand cancellation and postponement policies, what they could mean for you, and how to protect yourself. 

    Give You Tips To Save Money

    With years of experience in the industry they are in, wedding planners know exactly what couples can do to cut costs. And any good wedding planner will be happy to share these with you. 

    They might tell you to really examine your guest list and cut it here and there. How large your guest list has a direct effect on every aspect of your wedding so if you’d like to be wise about your money, it’s best to keep it reserved for your closest family and friends. Another common tip you might hear is to choose an off-peak wedding date. 

    Most wedding planners will also advise you to reserve a portion of your budget for unexpected expenses. This is just to keep you secure should anything arise. 

    Free Up Your Time 

    Wedding planners save not just your money and your sanity, they also save you your precious time. Planning for as grand an event as your dream wedding will require you to sacrifice a significant chunk of your day. It will be hard to juggle everything from your demanding job to your list of chores and other obligations. It’s going to be even harder if you have zero experience coming into this. 

    If you don’t have time to spare and you’d rather rely on someone who knows what they’re doing, your wedding planner will do the extensive research and sourcing for you. They will present you with the options that fit your theme and your needs so that you wouldn’t have to think about it that much. 

    That’s time back in your life. Just imagine how fresh and stress-free you’ll look on your big day!

    A picture-perfect wedding starts with a well-thought-out plan. Your wedding planner will iron out every detail to give you a smooth and stress-free event because you deserve to enjoy every second of it without any kind of worry or anxiety crossing your mind.

     

    Be sure to contact us today for your wedding planning needs.

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    To-Do’s After You Say I Do

    To-Do’s After You Say I Do

    So many people talk about the tasks leading up to your wedding, but do they talk about your to-do’s after
    you say “I do?” Some of the most important things in life happen after your wedding. Enjoying and
    planning your honeymoon, buying your first home together, changing your last name, and merging bank
    accounts are just some of the milestones that are traditionally done after the wedding. If you’re

    approaching this monumental stage in your life, read on to learn about how to prepare for your post-
    wedding life.

    Enjoy and Plan Your Honeymoon

    Typically, your honeymoon is something that’s planned for immediately after your wedding. This is your
    time to celebrate your marriage one on one and travel! If you are planning your honeymoon for right after
    the wedding, make sure you book well in advance to avoid last minute headaches. However, many
    couples start planning their honeymoon far after their wedding in order to save money for large expenses
    that may come sooner, like buying a home. Another option is to plan a more budget friendly honeymoon
    by traveling somewhere nearby or a destination that isn’t as popular or expensive as others. This way,
    you can celebrate your marriage while also being money conscious for the other exciting things you have
    in store.

    Buy a Home

    Buying a home for you and your spouse to share together is one of the bigger steps in your new
    marriage. Ideally, you both have been saving up and being mindful of your credit so that you both have
    the proper credit score to buy a house. If so, it’s time to shop the housing market! Finding the home that
    fits your budget, needs, and style can be so exciting. Keep in mind that if the house you get isn’t exactly
    what you were looking for, you can do simple home renovations that give it a brand new look and feel.
    Then, all you have to do is move in. Bring in items that you both love to create a safe and comfortable
    space as you start your life together.

    Change Your Last Name

    If you choose to change your last name once you’re married, you should know it’s a lot of work! Your
    best bet is to get this done sooner rather than later. You’ll need to file the paperwork for updating your
    ID, passport, Social Security card, and other forms of important documents and identification. This is vital
    if you are planning to do any traveling shortly after the wedding. If you’re planning on joining your bank
    accounts, you’ll also need your name changed beforehand. There are several steps you may need to
    take according to your local guidelines like meeting with an attorney, filing paperwork at your local court,
    going to the DMV, and more that you’ll want to research as soon as possible after your wedding.
    Joint Bank Accounts
    Merging bank accounts has become less common compared to past years, but many couples still do this
    to simplify the tracking of shared household and life expenses. Once you’ve officially changed your
    name, if you chose to do so, you should be able to visit your bank and create a joint bank account. Some
    benefits of married couples joining bank accounts are easing the way you pay your shared bills, a sense
    of togetherness, and transparent expenses so you know what you and your partner are spending your
    money on. This way, you can budget better and not have to worry about who is spending what.

    Final Thoughts

    Prioritizing post-wedding to-dos as equal or greater than your pre-wedding checklist can benefit you as a
    couple in the long. Confirm which or all of these tasks you and your spouse want to focus on and
    plan accordingly. While your wedding day can be the best day of your life, know that there are many more exciting things to come for you and your partner.

     

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    Charleston’s Micro Wedding Ceremony & Reception Ideas

    Planning a micro wedding with family and close friends of a guest count 50 of under?  Reynolds Treasures has you covered. Our wedding packages offer all of the services (officiant, photographer, ceremony music, floral) needed for you to say your “I Do’s”. Need coordination for your wedding reception?  You can add this onto your wedding package as well.

    After your wedding ceremony, many couples ask where to go to have a reception.  We have listed some idea’s below.

    Folly Beach

    Beach Ceremony:

    Have your ceremony on the beach followed by a reception at a rented beach house.  You can pick up or have rentals dropped off and hire a private chef or caterer to feed your guests.

    Folly Beach Pelican Watch:

    This venue is located on the beach front so that you can have your ceremony on the beach and celebrate in the covered pavilion.

     

    Bowen’s Island:

    Bowen’s Island is an iconic rustic restaurant with gorgeous views that has 3 different rental spaces available. You can have your reception or ceremony and reception at this venue.

     

     

    Downtown Charleston

    There are many options for downtown Charleston, so we have listed a few favorites.

    Downtown Park:

    For parks, we love Hampton Park, Washington Square Park, or the iconic White Point Garden Gazebo.  After your ceremony and photos, you can celebrate with your guests at 82 Queen, High Cotton, Leon’s Oyster Shop, 5Church, or Edmonds Oast which all have semi to private rooms.

    Lodge in Same Location:

    The Francis Marion Hotel offers smaller grand ballrooms that can host both your ceremony and reception.  Otherwise, there is Vendue Inn, Planters Inn, The French Quarter Inn, and Emeline that offer lodging as well as wedding spaces.

    Isle of Palms Beach

    Beach Ceremony:

    Have your ceremony on the beach followed by a reception at a rented beach house.  You can pick up or have rentals dropped off and hire a private chef or caterer to feed your guests.

     

    Indoor Options:

    While there are not as many options on Isle of Palms, there is Citadel Beach Club, Isle of Palms Exchange Club, and The Boat House at Breach Inlet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact us today to learn more about our wedding packages and coordination services.

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    Charleston Venue Options

    Charleston Wedding Venues for Your Ceremony and Reception

    Although we work all over the Charleston area, we wanted to share some of our favorite Charleston wedding venues that we love working at and of course that couples love just as much.

    Charleston Harbor Resort

    What we love:

    This venue is a Resort Hotel and provides a fun experience for your guests.  There are many indoor and outdoor venue options here as well, along with gorgeous views.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Arbor, Cutlery, Food & Bar.

     

    Citadel Beach Club

    What we love:

    We love venues that have options for your ceremony and this one certainly does including out on the beach, on the lush yard facing the ocean, or inside.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Wedding Suite

    Founders Hall

    What we love:

    This venue has so much character and many different spaces, both outdoor and inside.  It reminds us of a Frank  Lloyd Wright style.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Dressing Suite

     

    Francis Marion Hotel

    What we love:

    This hotel has all of the elegance and Southern Charm.  It boasts 4 indoor spaces and overlooks Marion Square Park.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Cutlery, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

     

     

    Regatta Inn

    What we love:

    This is a luxurious B&B with the most striking sunsets in Charleston.  Located in the famous Folly Beach town, this venue sits back secluded from all of the hustle and bustle. You are able to rent out the entire inn for you and your family, which makes this space completely private and all yours!

    What’s Included:

    While nothing comes with the venue, it does provide a blank slate to have the wedding of your dreams.

     

     

    The Island House

    What we love:

    Situated on the Stono River on Johns Island, this venue boasts a stunning sunset and free parking for all of your guests. We love that it also already has a permanent tent which will save you a few thousand.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Arbor and Lighting (additional fees), Tent w/lighting, Wedding Party Suites

     

    The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

    What we love:

    This venue is off the beaten path and is perfect for the county chic themes and is on a lake.  Located in a quite equestrian neighborhood, you are likely to see horses trotting by.

    What’s Included:

    The space includes a lakeside gazebo, indoor and outdoor wood burning fire places, porches, and onsite parking.  There is a dressing suite available for an additional fee.

     

    The Planters Inn

    What we love:

    Tucked away on the main strip is a gorgeous courtyard, along with indoor ball rooms.  While this space is for a more intimate crowd, we love the ambiance and romance of the venue, not to mention the superb service.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    The Wickliffe House

    What we love:

    What’s not to love about an old mansion in downtown Charleston.  This venues offer both indoor and outdoor space.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

    Wild Dunes Resort

    What we love:

    There is so much to do at the resort, you and your guests wouldn’t need to ever leave. This resort has so much versatility in regards to their indoor and outdoor spaces for both large and small groups.  One of our favorite hidden locations here is the

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding.

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    Why Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean You Have to Postpone

    It seems, in the past few months, that we’ve moved from lockdown to footloose and back to something in between. As quickly as states began to reopen, suggesting to revelers that the celebrations were back on, sudden spikes in covid-19 cases signaled a return to more stringent safety measures, such as mask requirements and continued emphasis on social distancing. But for those looking

    to get their wedding on, social distancing doesn’t have to mean no nuptials.

    New Ways to Celebrate

    There’s something in the wedding spirit that loves a challenge, and covid-19 has brought out the creative in the soon-to-be hitched party planners. You may have to rethink the big gathering you once envisioned, but you can still have a truly memorable wedding, even under social distancing restrictions. Here are some ways to celebrate:

    ● The Minimony: this covid-driven term now bouncing around the internet means creating a more intimate wedding plan. Cull your list down to a core group of family and closest friends, find a wonderful small venue, and let the vows fly. The added benefits are you can save money from that big wedding budget that can be reinvested in a high end open cocktail bar or gourmet food. Or you can always throw a party later for those you had to cull from the list.

    ● Hitch Now, Party Later: speaking of delayed parties, some couples are opting to hold a private ceremony now and celebrate with friends and family later after the crisis has passed. Another variation of this is to hold the ceremony via a digital platform for all to see.

    ● Destination Weddings: another way to use those saved wedding funds is to turn your intimate celebration into an adventure. Pick a dream location and give your guests advanced warning that the road (or plane) trip is on. Many popular destinations have now geared up to help couples celebrate in style and covid safety.

    ● The Outdoors I Do: taking your nuptials into the great outdoors is a perfect way to find large spaces that help you space even bigger groups out into that six-foot safety zone. And research suggests that outdoors is the safest place to be to prevent the spread of corona.

    ● Satellite Celebrations: Planning your event where there are multiple areas or rooms can be another effective way to pull off larger groups while maintaining safety. Hold your ceremony outside and then gather guests in smaller groups that the wedding couple can visit while still maintaining safe group sizes. You can even pipe the ceremony into each room via a digital platform and remove the necessity of moving people around.

    ● Creative Alternatives: Okay, why not try something crazy. How about a ceremony viewed from a parking lot where guests stay in their cars and parade past the happy couple afterwards. Or turn that on its head, and let guests spread out in a large open space and revel as the newlyweds move from group to group via decorated golf cart. Get married on a rooftop while others watch from balconies or hold your ceremony in an interior courtyard of a hotel where balconies face inward and where guests can watch from the safety of their rooms.

    ● The Virtual Tying of the Knot: and, of course, as with everything covid these days, you can always choose to hold your wedding, ceremony and all, digitally. For an added touch, create a celebration package you send to guests with favors, perhaps a shared treat, and even a link to a digital register where they can share their well wishes.

    So What’s Likely to Change?

    It’s inevitable that should you choose to hold your wedding during covid that some things will be affected by social distancing measures. Here are some things you may want to consider as you plan.

    Smaller guest lists are inevitable. This can be particularly tricky if you’ve sent out invitations pre-covid and have to disinvite guests. The good news is that you can blame venues for your size limitations as many have had to reduce capacity to meet covid restrictions. With a little forethought and some diplomacy, you can accomplish the disinvite off without causing offense.

    You also need to be prepared to work with masks, provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations, and maybe even consider asking guests to sign waivers. Furthermore, you will have to consider spacing issues for seating, for dancing, and for food and drinking areas.

    As far as food and drink are concerned, you will probably have to rethink your presentation styles. Although it has been popular recently to serve food buffet style, sharing utensils may not be the best option right now. Better to forego that family style meal or the finger food for individual plate servings. Some caterers are finding ways to create individual portions that don’t require shared utensils, such as ceviche served on an oyster shell or delicious picadores skewered into a melon. Cocktail celebrations can be difficult, but if you’re determined, consider the satellite model of multiple small stations spaced out over a venue rather than one or two large set ups.

    Another concern will be that traditional preparation with the wedding party. The safest option is to share preparations via digital conferencing. Hairdressers and makeup artists are taking precautions such as wearing gloves and masks, using disposable applicators where possible, and sterilizing those that are not between usages. If you just need that personal feel, then book a space with multiple rooms where the party can prepare and where the bride and groom can move from room to room to share the experience.

    Photography will almost certainly change as well. You will still be able to get those beautiful couples poses, but you will have to rethink large group shots. An experienced wedding photographer should be able to use techniques like staggered line shots or walking shots to make the group photos work.

    Be sure to contact us today to see how we can still make your dream wedding a reality.

    Written by Writer Megan Glenn

     

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    COVID-19 Tips on Rescheduling Your Wedding

    We were in the process of writing a blog regarding rescheduling your wedding, and then our friend Kate sent hers which is perfect.

    First of all, my heart goes out to you. This is such an important time in your life and the current situation can be stressful.
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    New Outdoor Wedding Venue: Dogwood Downs

     

     

     

    New Outdoor Wedding Venue

    Nestled off of US-17 with a short 25 minutes from downtown Charleston lies Dogwood Downs. This family owned outdoor venue has stunning landscape including large oaks, an arbor, small gardens and a scenic pond.  Whether it is a large affair with over 100 guests or a micro wedding of 10 guests, this venue is ready to accommodate.

    AMENITIES INCLUDED FOR MICRO-WEDDINGS:

    • Weekday dates available
    • Lovely and private dressing room area
    • Several areas to choose from for outdoor space
    • Plenty of free parking on the property
    • Access to restroom facilities

    AMENITIES INCLUDED FOR LARGE EVENTS:

    • Lovely and private dressing room area
    • Several areas to choose from for outdoor space
    • Liability insurance
    • Electrical power
    • Reception area
    • Plenty of free parking on the property
    • An on-site property manager to facilitate parking and be present during the event
    • Access to restroom facilities
    • 100 dark wooden chairs
    • 15 round tables (60”)

    Contact Reynolds Treasures to learn more today about Dogwood Downs.

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    Bridal Shower Themes for Every Bride

    If you’ve been asked to plan a bridal shower, congratulations! While it may seem overwhelming now, the bride-to-be trusts you and your taste, and this can be a great pre-wedding activity to bring you closer together. 

    The first thing you should do is sit down with the bride and discuss her expectations. You’ll want a guest list and an idea of what kind of party she’s looking for. Some brides want a traditional, girls-only get together, while others are excited to celebrate with their partner and all of their combined friends and family. 

    The Adventurous

    Wedding Shower

    Get this party started with the perfect playlist and fun bridal shower games. These themes are perfect for the creative bride who just wants to share some laughs and make some memories.

    A Casual

    Bridal Shower

    Wonderful people and a comfortable environment are the core to any great party. Start a bonfire or just put on a movie and give your guests a good time with these laidback bridal shower themes.

    An Elegant

    Bridal Shower

    With a great menu and gorgeous venue, you’re nearly done planning the chic and sophisticated party of the bride’s dreams. Simple decor can highlight these elegant themes.

    Once you have an idea of who’s coming and the vibe your bride is looking for, you get to choose the bridal shower theme and the beginning of all of your Pinterest planning boards. Whether she’s dreaming of a garden party or a tropical luau, Zola has the perfect bridal shower theme to get the fun started.

    Be sure to reach out to Reynolds Treasures for your wedding planning needs.

     

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    Charleston Wedding Ceremony Locations

    Free Wedding Locations

    Pitt Street Bridge (Up to 6 Guests)

    This park is located in Mt. Pleasant and boasts water views as well as views of the Ravenel Bridge and Downtown Charleston.

    Park Information: No restrooms, free parking

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement.

     

    Folly Beach or Isle of Palm Beach (Up to 25 Guests)

    Combine both the Historic Charm of Charleston and its gorgeous coast lines and there you have it, elegant beauty.

    Park Information: Alcohol, glass, fire, and faux flower petals are not permitted on all beaches; free and paid parking is available

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Beach Package.

        

     

     

     

     

     

    Wedding Locations $10 – $100

    Johns Island County Park (Up to 4 Guests)

    This park offers wooded trails, and Equestrian Center, archery range, and has gorgeous live oaks.

    Park Information: Free parking once in park ($1 pp) and no restrooms

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wedding Locations $300 – $750

    Yorktown USS (Up to 2 Guests)

    Get married on the top deck of the USS Yorktown which was built for the Untied States Navy.

    Venue Information: Elopements Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement

    Cypress Gardens (Up to 10 Guests)

    A forty minute drive outside of Downtown Charleston, enjoy the picturesque swamp and gardens that await. Famous movies such as The Notebook, The Patriot, and Cold Mountain were all filmed here.

    Park Information: Elopements Monday – Thursday from 10am – 3pm.  Additional travel fees apply for this location.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement

    Charleston Aquarium (Couple Only)

    Indoor and Outdoor Spaces for Vows and Photos and is perfect for the couple who truly want an intimate and private ceremony.

    Information: Elopements available Monday – Wednesday in the evenings and bookings allowed 3 months in advance. No reception, food or beverage is permitted.

    Harbor Garden (Up to 25 Guests)

    Get married in a private outdoor setting overlooking Charleston’s Harbor.  Venue space is included along with parking.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Charleston Package

     

     

     

     

    Hart Meadows Ranch (Couple Only) 

    Get married in privacy with Spanish moss, live oaks, an arbor leading to a covered arched bridge, and even a private beach.

    Park Information: Elopements Monday – Wednesday. Includes free parking.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement

    Magnolia Gardens (Up to 6 guests)

    Get married in one of the most beautiful gardens in America among the live oaks, bamboo forest, cypress swamp gardens, breathtaking bridges, ponds, and the many alcoves scattered throughout the gardens.

    Park Information: Elopements Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Magnolia Gardens

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Heart Garden (Up to 15 Guests)

    The garden came to life at the 1997 Spoleto Festival. Enjoy the scents of the plants, the beauty of the design, and the privacy you desire for your intimate wedding ceremony or elopement. Heart Garden Wedding

    Garden Information: There is free parking

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement and Intimate Package

     

     

    White Point Gardens/Battery Park (Up to 25 Guests)

    Located in downtown Charleston on the waterfront with Live Oaks, gorgeous Charleston Mansions and panoramic views.
    Park Information: no restrooms, free street parking, 1 hour permit fees for the gazebo, gazebo guest count around 25

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Charleston Package

     

     

     

     

    Angel Oak Tree (Up to 25 Guests)

    This park hosts the largest southern live oak tree east of the Mississippi.
    Park Information: 25 Guest Maximum. No Decorations or Chairs, Free Parking, Restrooms on-site
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location: Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Charleston Package

     

     

     

     

     

    Sunrise Park (Up to 25 Guests)

    Situated on water with a little beach, this park has gorgeous views of the Ravenel Bridge and downtown.
    Park Information: 25 Guest Maximum. No Decorations or Chairs, Free Parking, Restrooms On-site
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location: Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Charleston Package

    Brittlebank Park (Up to 25 Guests)

    Situated in downtown behind the baseball stadium, this park is on the water and has a pier as well as a wooded area.

    Park Information: Free parking and no restrooms

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location: Romantic Elopement, Intimate or Charleston Package

    Waterfront Park (Up to 25 Guests)

    Gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor, Gardens, and Fountains, including the iconic Pineapple Fountain.
    Park Information: restrooms nearby, 2 parking garages nearby, No chairs or decorations allowed
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston Package

     

     

     

     

     

    A Whitehouse Wedding (Up to 25 Guests Max)

    Located 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, this private venue boasts large oaks and waterfront views. Micro weddings can occur Sunday-Thursday.
    Venue Information: Restrooms, parking, 2 hour rental. Dogs allowed on leash.
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston Package

    Lovegrove Estate (Up to 20 Guests)

    As a member of the National Register for Historic Places, this venue is along the Ashley River surrounded by oaks trees.

    Includes outdoor space for ceremony as well as chairs.  Bridal Suite upon availability.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston Package

    Meeting House at Ion in Mt. Pleasant (Up to 25 Guests)

    This cute indoor space offers a church like feel with high ceilings and is perfect for your ceremony.

    Venue Information: Can only be reserved within 30 days of wedding date and from Mon-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston Package

    Washington Square Park (Up to 50 Guests)

    Lots of charm with brick paths and surrounded by buildings, also offers gorgeous oak trees to hide from the sun.
    Park Information: no restrooms (1 block away), metered street parking and/or a parking garage
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, Charleston, or Charming Package

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hampton Park (Up to 100 Guests)

    This local park boasts gorgeous floral displays, a gazebo, fountains, as well as large live oaks. Think of this as the Central Park of Charleston.
    Park Information: restrooms on-site, free parking
    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, Charleston, or Charming Package

     

     

     

     

    Charles Towne Landing (Up to 8 Guests)

    This park offers beautiful marsh views and large live avenue of oaks.

    Park Information: Free parking once in park and restrooms available.  Monday – Friday from 9:30 am 3:30 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 9am 12:00 pm

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Simply Romantic Elopement

     

     

     

     

     

    Wedding Locations $750 – $2000

    Magnolia Gardens Pavilion (Up to 20 Guests)

    Have you intimate ceremony under live large oaks.

    Venue Information: Ceremonies can be conducted after the gardens are closed to public.  A bridal suite is available pending availability.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Intimate Package

    Thomas Bennet House (Up to 20 Guests)

    As one of the Federal Style Architecture homes, this house was home of Thomas Bennett Jr. in the early 1800’s. The house over looks a large fountain and brick courtyard, a gorgeous garden with large oaks.

    Venue Information: Ceremonies can be conducted with 2 hour rental Monday – Thursday from 9am – 1 pm.  Dates open 60 days prior.

    Staybridge BridgeView Room (Up to 50 Guests)

    This indoor space allows for unmatched views of the Cooper River and Ravenel Bridge.  5th Floor patio with fully opening wall of windows to bring the outside in.

    Venue Information: Great space for both ceremony and reception with outside food and beverage allowed with no additional charges and free parking.

    Embassy Suite Patriots Point (Up to 25 Guests)

    Embassy Suites offers a few options; both indoor and outdoor for your ceremony (Waterfront Lawn, Harbor Garden, Courtyard, and Ballroom).  You can also host your reception here with food and beverage.  Contact us for details.

    Charleston Aquarium (Up to 18 Guests)

    Indoor and Outdoor Spaces for your intimate wedding ceremony.

    Venue Information: Available Monday – Wednesday evenings. May be booked up to 3 months in advance.  Chairs available at an additional cost.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for this location include: Intimate Package

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    Why Day-of Coordination Doesn’t Really Exist

    Why Day-of Coordination Doesn’t Really Exist  

    Lately, we have been getting lots of inquiries asking for just “Day-of” services.  Day-of Coordination doesn’t really exist.  Month-of Coordination is the service that is required.

    Many couples believe that they can plan their own wedding and simply have a coordinator show up on the day of the wedding and jump in.  Then came the newer planners, who decided to offer this service at a lower price to build a portfolio.  Long ago, we admit we did the same thing, but not for long as we realized that this simply doesn’t work. Keep reading and I will explain.

    Experienced Wedding Planner

    Experienced Wedding Planners have been in business for years and are professionals at identifying every potential issue that can arise at your wedding. They are able to manage all vendors prior to and on your wedding day.  They are also very resourceful, problem solvers, and calm under stressful situations. They built relationships with many of the vendors in town, along with venues.  Most importantly, they are licensed and insured.

    Inexperienced Wedding Planner

    They are most likely starting up their business and may only have a few weddings under their belt.  Knowledge of contracts and timelines is lacking along with insurance and being licensed.

    In order for a Wedding Planner to be successful at your event, the following should be considered:

    1. Your Planner needs to know who all of your vendors are and have read the contracts. They also need to understand each of their duties, what exactly they were contracted for, setup times and start times.  I can’t tell you how many things we catch just by reading the contracts.
    2. The Planner should know all of the aspects of the venue. This is a MUST!  It is mandatory that the planner have a walk through with the venue manager prior to the wedding to finalize the floor plan, load in and out location, electrical outlets, extra equipment, etc.
    3. Planners also are in charge of drafting a timeline for your wedding day. This is distributed to all of your vendors to follow, but may also need to be adjusted in real time if problems arise.
    4. What about rehearsal? Your Wedding Planner will direct your rehearsal.  Do not expect the venue manager to do this unless they are specifically contracted to do so. 
    5. And then there are your wedding decorations. The favors, welcome table, cake serving set, escort cards, etc.  Your Wedding Planner will obtain these items from you ahead of time so that they can review and inform you if there is anything missing.

    Costs of a Wedding Coordinator

    So the most popular question asked is, why does it cost so much? Let me break it down.

    Contracting Vendors and Obtaining Contracts

    3 Hours

    Review of Contracts

    3-4 Hours

    Venue Walk Through

    2 Hours

    Timeline Creation

    3-4 Hours

    Rehearsal

    1 Hour (usually everyone is late so 2 hours realistically)

    Floor Plan Creation

    1-2 Hours

    Other Pre Planning

    1-2 Hours

    Wedding Day

    10-12 Hours

    Total Hours

    24-31 Hours

    Note that this doesn’t include business expenses such as assistants, insurance, licenses, and other overhead costs. So next time you ask a Wedding Planner to drop their pricing, you are asking them to work for an average of $4 an hour. Providing Month-of Services allows us to provide the correct level of service and professionalism that allows you to have the best day of your life.

     

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