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HOST YOUR WEDDING AT "AMERICAS MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDENS"
Some things to consider for your wedding at MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS!
Where should we get ready for our wedding at Magnolia?
If your venue is the Carriage House, they do offer a small Bridal Suite. If you choose to use the space, you might want to put your dress/suit on inside the suite but then step outside for the photo part. Many of our couples have done this option and the photos turn out beautiful!
But other than that, you'll have to get ready off site. The Bridal Suites at Magnolia are truly just areas for you all to store your belongings and have a quiet place to sit for a minute.
There are many gorgeous hotels 30 minutes away in downtown Charleston.
Check out this blog post of our extensive list of the best hotels, air bnb & historic inns to get ready at in Charleston for your wedding
Where should we have the ceremony & what time do you recommend?
Your ceremony location will depend on which venue at Magnolia you've chosen!
The Veranda: you can do the White Bridge Lawn or the Back Lawn
The Conservatory: you can have your ceremony past the red bridge on the lawn overlooking the Ashley River
The Carriage House: Under the Wedding Oak, or by the Ashley River
The Pavillion: under the swooping limbs of an old oak tree (our personal favorite location)
Our recommendation for your ceremony time depends on if you're doing a First Look or not:
You're doing a First Look - start at least 2 hours before Sunset
You're NOT doing a First Look - start at least 3 hours before sunset
What are the Reception options?
Your reception options are either The Veranda, The Conservatory, The Pavillion or The Carriage House!
We LOVE seeing outdoor receptions at the Carriage House, so don't rule out doing a tented event there.
We highly recommend adding additional lighting like uplighting and candles because they really make a huge difference once the sunsets.
For how long & where should we plan to take the first look, couples portraits, wedding party & family photos?
100% of your photos can be done at Magnolia! The property is huge, so please make sure you reserve a golf cart to take us around.
Side note: Magnolia can host up to 2 weddings per day and if another wedding is going on, there are certain areas we will not be allowed to use at all, just like that wedding won't be allowed into your 'area'.
For instance, if your wedding is at the Carriage House and another couple has booked the Veranda, we won't be allowed to use the famous White Bridge for photos since that area is part of the Veranda package.
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 MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS
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 Magnolia
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 Magnolia
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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