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Some things to consider for your wedding at middleton place!
Where should we get ready for our wedding at Middleton Place?
Middleton Place does have an Inn next door but the style/decor is not to everyone's taste. So you could get ready there or you could get ready downtown!
All of the downtown locations are a 30+ minute drive to Middleton though
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?
Our personal favorite is the Octagonal Garden (it gets the best light!) but you could also get married by the Butterfly Lake, one of the two secret gardens, the Middleton Oak, the stable yard, or the Crane Pool.
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?
You can have a tented reception on the lawn but most people choose the brand new Pavilion (helloooo air conditioning!!)
Depending on the time of year, you could consider having your dance floor set up outside the Pavilion.
You'll definitely want to consider adding some additional lighting options like candles & colored uplighting - it really adds depth to the reception and makes your dancing photos POP.
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 Middleton! The property is huge, so please make sure you reserve a golf cart to take us around.
*pssst - did you know you can pay to have the sheep come out to graze and take photos with them?*
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 MIDDLETON PLACE
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 Middleton
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 Middleton
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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