Hosting your wedding in the world’s top travel destination has its perks – especially for the out-of-town guests who are all too eager to book flights and fill up the fuel tanks for an extended weekend getaway. With so many friends and family in town, why not make the most of your time together with an additional occasion to celebrate? Our historic Charleston venues offer the perfect backdrops to a warm Southern welcome amid the excitement of your wedding – both before and after you’ve said “I do!” Need some inspiration? Our PPHG event pros are happy to share a few of our favorite “before and after” festivities.
1. The Brunch Crowd: We’re huge fans of brunch here in The Holy City, and nothing could be sweeter than sharing a mimosa or two with mothers and ‘maids. A lively welcome brunch that features Lowcountry fare – shrimp & grits or ham & gouda sweet potato biscuits – is also a can’t miss when it comes to giving your guests their first taste of Charleston.
2. Toast of the Town: Now that they’ve arrived, greet your out-of-town crowd during a welcome cocktail or dessert reception. You’ll have plenty of time to catchup over drinks, passed savory bites or sweet treats ahead of the big day – meaning you and your new Mr. can enjoy less time spent on salutations and more time on the dance floor.
3. Keep it Casual: Have you thought about a picnic luncheon or rehearsal dinner cookout? Take advantage of Charleston’s glorious weather, riverfront views and swaying oak tree branches with an outdoor occasion – from Lowcountry boils and oyster roasts to a family-style barbecue. Personalize it with heirloom recipes, lawn games and fire pits – we promise your guests will be begging for s’more.
4. Late Night: Upstairs at Fish Restaurant, our couples keep the festivities going strong with late night cocktails alongside passed bites like mini sliders & fries, grilled cheese, chicken biscuits, doughnut holes and mini milkshakes – not to mention ample room for dancing and an outdoor piazza overlooking Upper King Street.
Photo Thanks to Gayle Brooker, Marni Rothschild Pictures, Juliet Elizabeth Photography, Karyn Iserman, Andrew Cebulka Photographer, Richard Bell Photography & Leigh Webber Photography