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    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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    5 Tips for Creating a Fun DIY Photo Booth

    We don’t see them much nowadays, but photo booths are still popular, especially at wedding receptions. It’s an excellent option for couples who have a small budget because you don’t need sophisticated equipment.

    Whatever the occasion, you’ll want to ensure you capture all the memorable pictures. Professional photographers are expensive. If you want to save money and still get lots of shots, a kiosk is a creative and fun way to do that.

    What’s more, you can make one yourself. Here are five tips for creating a DIY snapshots section for you and your guests.

    Choose a Spot

    It’s not only in real estate that location is essential. It would be best if you placed your booth where all the attendees can see it. You’ll want as many people taking their photos as possible to commemorate your event.

    The area close to the entrance or registration table is perfect as everyone will have to walk past your kiosk to get to their seats.

    You could also have ushers to show guests to the stall and encourage them to take pictures for the occasion and themselves.

    A great way to have fun is to have someone teach your invitees how to take a group selfie.

    Set up a Backdrop

    Deciding on a backdrop can be fun, but don’t get too carried away with it. While it needs to be eye-catching, it shouldn’t be a distraction. Keep it uncomplicated.

    Plain backgrounds, such as simple patterns and neutral colors, are recommended. The focus should be on the topic of the shot, which is the people in it.

    Correct Lighting

    Every photographer will stress the importance of lighting to get high-quality pictures. You’ll need to have the right light to showcase your image fully.

    If your booth is in a dark area, make sure the location for the photo-taking is well-lit. Avoid placing the object in a spot where a shadow will cover guests’ faces.

    You can also use colored bulbs for a different effect, as long as they’re bright. If you want less of a DIY look and can afford it, use professional studio lights.

     

     

     

     

     

    Provide Props

    Nothing makes a picture-taking stall more fun than props. You’ll want memorable photos, not the boring posed-for ones. If your event has a theme, choose items that fit the occasion.

    Otherwise, go wild. The wackier the accessories, the more likely people will open up and take lots of snapshots. Some top suggestions include hats, masks, jewelry, or oversized glasses.

    You should also know your guests and how they’ll respond to the objects you choose. Avoid anything that may be offensive to anyone.

     

     

     

     

     

    Instant Prints

    A photo booth’s idea is to capture memories of the affair by having attendees take pictures of themselves for the album and their keepsake.

    There are several options you can use, depending on your budget.

    You can provide an instant print camera such as a Polaroid. Guests can take selfies, or another person can take a shot of them. Ideally, they should take two snaps—one for themselves and one to add to the guestbook.

    Alternatively, you can use an iPad. Everyone knows how to use it, and it takes high-quality pics. All the images are stored in one location and can be shared and printed afterward.

    A more expensive choice is to use a printer that allows people with smartphones to print photographs immediately after taking them. They’ll likely need to download an app to do that. It’s costly because of the instant film price, and you’ll need enough batteries for the printer. 

    Easy Peasy

    You can capture your momentous events without breaking the bank if you set up a DIY photo booth. As you’ve seen from the ideas given, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t cost much. All it takes is some creativity and planning, and you’re good to go!  Be sure to contact Reynolds Treasures for all of your wedding planning needs.

    Written by Ashley Lipman
    Content marketing specialist
    Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.
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