Man holding an engagement ring

‘Tis the season for holiday engagements! Family and friends are already gathered in celebration, so popping the question during this special time of year is extra magical! 

As a newly engaged couple, give yourselves time to take in the Champagne toasts in your honor and the many congratulations you’ll receive in those first few weeks after saying yes. But when you’re ready to start planning your Charleston wedding, these are the first 5 things to start with:

Decide on a Guestlist

This might be one of the most time-intensive parts of wedding planning, but organizing your guestlist early on in the process will be worth it. Determining a budget, picking a venue and ordering anything for your guests all relies on having a guest count. 

At Poogan’s Courtyard, we are able to accommodate as many as 150 guests and we work with each of our couples to find an arrangement that works best for them. Intimate rehearsal dinner or grand reception, we’re here to help you start the planning!  

Determine a Budget

Deciding how much you want to spend on a wedding might not be the most exciting conversation, but it’s an important one to have. Budgets vary largely based on how many people you’re inviting and the type of food and drinks you’ll be serving. 

Not sure where to start? Our sample menus and pricing should help! 

Pick a Date

Before booking vendors like your photographer and florist, pick a few dates that work with everyone closest to you and check with the top event venues on your list. 

Being named one of ‘America’s Most Romantic Cities’ by Travel + Leisure has put Charleston on the map for destination weddings. Venues get booked far in advance, so deciding on a date and making sure your dream venue is available is an important step to take in the beginning. Luckily, our venue coordinator is dedicated to helping you along every step of the way when you decide to book Poogan’s Courtyard!

Book Your Venue

You’ve picked your date, now it’s time to reserve your venue. The venue you choose influences everything from the color palette to the style of wedding dress, so get the contract signed and let the planning fun begin! 

With an indoor dining area, dedicated bar and an outdoor courtyard, Poogan’s Courtyard is fully customizable for your special occasion. Get in touch with our venue coordinator to schedule your tour and learn more about booking our venue. 

Book Other Important Vendors

Have you had your eye on a local Charleston photographer? Go ahead and get in contact with them to check availability and to get their pricing. Do the same for florists, entertainment (whether you decide on a band or a DJ), and a wedding planner. 

Catering and bar decisions are made simple when you book your event with Poogan’s Courtyard. As a full-service event venue, our coordinator will be able to help guide you through the many catering and bar options available. Looking for advice on other vendors as well? We’re happy to assist with a list of preferred vendors. 

If you’re newly engaged, the planning to-do list can seem endless. At Poogan’s Courtyard, we are here to make this exciting time in your life run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. We’re excited to help you start planning for one of the most incredible days of your life. Contact us to start planning today!