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Some things to consider for your wedding at the govt thomas bennett house!
Where should we get ready for our wedding at GTBH?
The Govt Thomas Bennett House offers locations for both parties to get ready on site - yay! This makes your life so much easier on the wedding day (-:
Where should we have the ceremony & what time do you recommend?
The side lawn is the perfect spot for your ceremony which also has a 200 year old oak tree with spanish moss. You're backdrop can be the green bushes (we recommend a floral arch to spice it up so its not just greenery) or you can be facing the fountain & house instead!
Our recommendation for your ceremony time depends on if you're doing a First Look or not:
If you're doing a First Look, start 2 hours before sunset. If you aren't doing a First Look, start 3 hours before sunset.
What are the Reception options?
Cocktail hour usually takes place on the piazza or in the secret garden while the actual reception can take place in the secret garden or on the oyster tabby either al fresco or tented.
Super intimate weddings & elopements could choose to have their reception on the piazza.
For how long & where should we plan to take the first look, couples portraits, wedding party & family photos?
You can do all of your portraits at the GTBH (inside & out!) but we can also hop in the car and go somewhere else since it's downtown and a short ride away from other beautiful spots such as College of Charleston.
Plan to take photos for 2 hours before the ceremony regardless of if you're doing a First Look or not.
If you're doing a First Look, we'll take 5 minutes for Just Married portraits after the ceremony before you walk hand in hand into cocktail hour and enjoy the party.
If you don't do a First Look, we'll be taking photos for another hour after the ceremony and you'll miss mingling with guests at cocktail hour.
HOURLY COVERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING AT THOMAS BENNETT HOUSE
Every wedding is different and unique and so are the hourly coverage needs! If you're unsure how many hours will be the best fit for you, take a peek below at our recommendations
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & 30-60 minutes of dance floor action.
If you think your crowd isn’t really going to be the dancing type, or you just don’t really care too much about dance photos, 9 hours will work the best for you!
This is the best starting coverage option if your entire wedding is taking place at GTBH
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & 1-1.5 hours of dance floor action.
If you’re not planning an exit at the end of the night (or you are but you dont care if its photographed) & you love dancing photos, you’ll definitely want your photographer for 10 hours to make sure there’s lots of fun dancing pics before everyone starts getting too drunk.
This is the best starting coverage if your wedding ceremony is at a different location this isn't GTBH
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & all of the dancing + your exit at the end of the night.
This is the best option if you want your photos to tell your wedding day story from start to finish, especially if you’re planning a fun exit at the end of the night like sparklers or confetti!
This is also perfect for those of you looking for blackmail photos of your friends doing crazy shit on the dance floor!
Catherine Ann Photography are husband + wife wedding photographers in Charleston SC creating effortless, dreamy, colorful wedding photos for playful, fashion forward couples hosting a fun & memorable wedding weekend in Charleston, NYC and beyond!
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