Destination I Do: Here’s Why Planning a Charleston Wedding is Easier Than You Think!

January 05, 2017
Destination I Do: Here’s Why Planning a Charleston Wedding is Easier Than You Think!
Sara Bee Photography

Whether you’re newly engaged or just settling into wedding plans as a couple, the first step of the process begins with one very important question: where are we getting married? After all, you really can’t move forward until you have an idea of where in the world you’ll be saying “I do!

If a destination wedding in Charleston has crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Did you know this cosmopolitan Southern charmer is the world’s number one destination for travel AND weddings? Everybody loves Charleston!

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images: Aaron & Jillian Photography

Let our PPHG experts show you why there’s no reason for cold feet when it comes to planning the big day from your hometown:

Flexibility: One of the best perks to a year-round wedding destination? The freedom to choose a date that’s not limited by seasonality! Months typically considered “off-season” elsewhere in the country are just as popular here in Charleston – one of the many benefits to our mild, Lowcountry climate. Beautiful, sunny days in December and January? You bet! And there’s nothing more dreamy than a late summer outdoor soiree on the Ashley River. Even better, a Thursday or Monday wedding is totally on the table when your loved ones will want to extend their stay regardless of your actual date.

Bottom line: Guests will jump at the invitation to spend a long weekend getaway in Charleston, no matter the time of year, so take advantage in planning a time that’s most convenient for your wedding crowd. 

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image: Virgil Bunao Photography

Comfort & Peace of Mind: The World’s Top Travel Destination knows a thing or two about catering to its out-of-town guests. Getting here has never been easier – or more attractive. Charleston International Airport just debuted a stylish, multimillion-dollar upgrade, and visitors enjoy direct flights from major cities like New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville and more.

Once here, Charleston has no shortage of accommodations for every taste and budget. All are accustom to groups, so you’ll find a very generous policy when it comes to room blocks. Did we mention: newly opened hotels like The Dewberry and Hyatt Place are within walking distance of our Upper King Street venues, a great perk that can save on transportation.

Bottom line: Rest assured, there’s nothing like warm Charleston hospitality to make your guests feel right at home.

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images: Catherine Ann Photography / Dana Cubbage Weddings

Wedding Resources at your Fingertips:  Speaking of budget, worried that a destination wedding will cost you more money? Not necessarily in a locale like Charleston. Patrick Properties works with some of the most renowned event planners and A-list wedding professionals across our historic venues year-round. And keeping in mind the majority of our couples are planning destination weddings (just like you), it’s easy to see why our industry friends are equally well-versed in out-of-town clients. Charleston’s tight local network means secure the best rates for all other vendors, from floral designers and musicians to event rentals.

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image: Sara Bee Photography

Another bonus? The hours of time and stress you’ll save by leaving the wedding menu to Chef Peden and the Patrick Properties culinary team. Personalized menu planning and dedicated tastings arranged at your convenience make it easy to feel connected while planning from afar. Plus, your guests will love the chance to sample uniquely Charleston flavors with local ingredients they won’t find at home. Did we mention our pastry chef Jessica Grossman specializes in custom wedding cakes and confections?

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images: Corbin Gurkin Photography / Aaron & Jillian Photography

Bottom line: The team at PPHG is well-connected, with a portfolio of unique and historic Charleston venues, and we’re glad to connect you to our close network of industry friends.