6 Ways to Elevate the Charleston Wedding Guest Experience

6 Ways to Elevate the Charleston Wedding Guest Experience
A plein air artist captures the celebration, photo by Dana Cubbage

How do you make sure your wedding guests feel genuinely taken care of? You create a memorable and charming atmosphere and wrap them in rich Charleston hospitality. Here are some tried-and-true ways to host the ultimate Southern soiree.

Build Beautiful Welcome Bags

Greet guests at their hotels or a pre-wedding welcome party with customized bags that include local treats, maps and a schedule of the weekend's events. Help them feel more connected to Charleston by offering a hand-written note, your favorite Charleston-made snacks, sunscreen and tips on beloved local sites and restaurants to visit in their free time.

Serve Lowcountry Cuisine

Highlight Charleston's renowned food scene and further that guest-destination connection by serving Lowcountry dishes like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and oyster roasts alongside mint juleps and Palmetto punch.

Gift Carriage Rides

Offer guests a memorable transportation experience and arrange for horse-drawn carriage rides through Charleston's historic district or along the waterfront.

Get Interactive

Add some flair to your welcome party or rehearsal dinner with interactive activities such as a photo booth with Charleston-themed props or a DIY station where guests can make sweetgrass baskets or craft their own pralines.

Offer Guidance

In addition to designing a website that invites guests to be a part of your love story, be sure to share recommendations for restaurants, bars, historic tours and activities to help guests plan their free time and make the most of their stay in the city.

Host a Courtyard Garden Brunch

Cap the weekend in Southern style with a charming garden send-off brunch at one of Charleston’s historic plantations or mansions.

A creative and interactive station for guests, shot by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

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