The best wedding celebrations don't happen by accident though. They are carefully planned and executed by some of the top wedding professionals. Before you get too deep into your wedding planning, you need to figure out what you really want. Do you want something simple? Do you want a grand party? There is a huge difference and it mostly depends on your financial resources. For the best time ever at your Charleston wedding, cutting corners is not an option. If you want something obscure and never been done before, write it down and bring it up to your wedding planner. If you want the best Charleston wedding in 2019 or beyond, please read on and jot down these tips to make sure the day you had envisioned becomes reality.
1. You Need To Hire Professional Charleston Wedding Vendors
There are lots of engaged couples who attempt to cut corners when planning their Charleston wedding. Professional wedding vendors earn their living making sure that you have the time of your life on your wedding day. Part of having the time of your life is having a wedding day that runs smoothly, and that's what you'll get when you hire the true professionals. Hiring friends and relatives to save money can lead to issues, and after all is said and done can lead to "wedding day regret". You want to look back on your wedding day here in Charleston with zero regrets.
Charleston Wedding Caterers & Bar Staff
While hiring a professional wedding caterer is generally one of the biggest expenses at your Charleston wedding, you want the best. The best bar staff are licensed and have the proper insurance to serve those adult beverages at your wedding. You want professional bartenders at your wedding who know how to properly interact and entertain with your guests while mixing drinks properly.
Wedding Coordinator / Planner
I'll get into greater detail of why you need to have a professional wedding coordinator or planner in #2 on this list on how to have the best wedding in Charleston. You'll want to read on.
Professional Wedding DJs
I'll self promote here. When you hire a professional wedding DJ, you are getting an individual who has a proven track record of providing an exceptional experience. You'll get someone who invests time in your wedding, through the scheduling of consultations, the investment of professional equipment, and so much more. Professional wedding DJs possess the finesse required to properly interact with your guests too. This is a part of your Charleston wedding that should get booked right after you book your wedding venue. For me personally, YOUR wedding is never looked upon as a "gig", but instead a day of celebration with you, your family and guests who have travelled to Charleston and expect to have the time of their lives. Leave the "gigs" to the Bar DJs.
2. Hire A Wedding Coordinator / Planner
I'm going to be blunt with you. I've been to weddings without a coordinator or planner. They are not the most fun I've ever been to. If you truly want to have the time of your lives down here in Charleston, you need to hire a professional wedding coordinator or planner. You'll be able to focus more on having fun because the coordinator / planner will make sure all the details of your big day are taken care of. If you are planning a destination wedding to Charleston, do you really want to think about having to do ALL the leg work once you get into town? Charleston has some really hot days and nights. Do you really want to have to wake up first thing on the morning of your wedding day and have to set up your wedding venue? Having the best Charleston wedding is a once in a lifetime experience that you want to totally enjoy with your guests. Check out this post I did a while back about 10 Reasons To Hire A Charleston Wedding Planner and then check out my preferred vendors page for some great selections on wedding coordinators and planners.
3. Have A Charleston Wedding Timeline
Having a great timeline gives you an excellent chance of having the best Charleston wedding because it serves as a great template for your entire day. The timeline can be created by that wedding coordinator / planner I asked you to hire. :) Odds are you have never been married before. So, how would you know how to create a timeline? The answer to that question would be that you don't and need to scroll back up to #2 on this list and pick out a great coordinator or planner. This timeline not only has all the details of your cocktail hour and reception, but also from when you wake up in the morning. There is a lot of legwork in setting up your wedding reception before you walk down the aisle that needs to be properly coordinated. Try to get a rough draft of your wedding timeline completed at least 8 weeks out from your wedding date. This will allow for flexibility in any changes, which can be conveyed to all your wedding vendors, so there are no surprises in the days leading up to your wedding.
4. Plan Your Wedding One Year In Advance
Over Christmas, you "just" got engaged. There is no need to rush to plan your wedding. Take a deep breath. Enjoy your engagement. The best Charleston weddings are not cheap. As a matter of fact, the average cost is in the neighborhood of $30,000. Even if you are getting a lot of the resources from your parents, planning your wedding at least a year, if not more in advance will allow you to get most of it paid for before you walk down the aisle. While I've heard in recent years about these "wedding loans", you really don't want to start out your new life together with a "wedding loan payment" as one of your monthly expenses. If you plan accordingly, you'll be sent off to your dream honeymoon without owing a dime to anyone.
5. Don't Scrimp On Your Wedding Budget
Trust me I get it. We are all trying to save a few dollars these days. When you hire professional wedding vendors, you are paying a "premium" price for their services. If you want to have the best Charleston wedding, then you need to have the best wedding vendors. Sure, the best wedding vendors are going to be priced higher, but with those higher costs you are getting vendors that have a proven track record. For instance, I am a higher-priced Charleston wedding DJ because of the "higher-end" extra services that I provide. When I say "extra services", I don't mean photobooths and lighting, I mean the extra time and preparation I spend with my clients to make sure their soundtrack is the best ever. If you are finding that things cost more than you anticipate, then save up. Refer to #4 on this list. You can set your wedding date at least one year in advance to make sure you have all the resources needed to pay for the best wedding vendors.
You are a just decision or two or three away from having the best Charleston wedding ever. Thank you for making it to the end of this post. It was designed to give you a little more insight into what it takes to have one of those unforgettable Charleston weddings. YOUR wedding is only going to happen ONCE, so why not go to the great lengths to make it the best ever. Believe me, if you are a destination couple coming down to the Holy City to get married, the moment you get here and start checking out the city, you'll want to make sure you have the best wedding ever. 20 Songs For When You Come To Charleston Congratulations once again on your engagement! I want to see you have the time of your life at your Charleston wedding. Be sure to bookmark this post as you begin to jot down some of what it is you'd like to see in your planning process. The best Charleston weddings take the best wedding vendors and a lot of detailed planning and preparation, but if you do it right, you won't have to lift a finger and still have the time of your lives when you get married in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the country.
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