After announcing that we had booked our wedding venue in South Carolina. We got this question (and probably will continue to) get this question a lot. As I mentioned previously, we have zero ties to South Carolina. So how and why did South Carolina become our winning state is kind of a long winded explanation. (which I will explain) but the obvious answer.. It’s Cheaper and the boring answer. It just happened that way.
I talked about how we just began looking into other states because anywhere else was cheaper than California, but that’s a wide net to cast. I kept kind of leaning towards the south from the beginning. I am someone who likes traditions and the idea of southern traditions has always been something I was pulled towards. One of my top favorite TV shows is Hart of Dixie. I love Sweet Home Alabama, Nicholas Sparks book (and of course the movie versions of The Notebook & A Walk to Remember) and any 90’s to early 2000’s rom-com with a wedding in front of a giant beautiful mansion like home. In otherwards, I had completely romanticized the South and a southern wedding. I mean plus the song I plan to walk down the aisle to even has a lyric “you were made to shine under southern stars…” so how literally perfect would that be. So I was drawn to the south.. but I didn’t know where to even begin. Did that mean.. Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Mississippi… (definitely not Florida). Then I remembered that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds had a romantic southern wedding in the South.
So… I did what any rational social media millennial would do…. and I googled it. Boone Hall Plantation just outside Charleston, SC. Upon entering the website I had fallen in love. Specifically, with the entrance and behind that the beautiful avenue of oaks.
Plus! it was insanely affordable. Less than what a down payment to secure a venue in the Bay Area would cost! I was in love!!!! BUT Andrew wasn’t sold. When I brought this up to Andrew at the end of 2018. He wasn’t too sure about a wedding in the South and especially one in August (our original wedding month). You see while I had romanticized the South. Andrew had this idea of it just being a bunch of hicks and hillbillies. He’s still not too convinced to be honest.
At this point you probably still aren’t sure how we chose South Carolina… cause Andrew put his foot down. Well, after the Super Bowl Incident. We decided the start looking all over again and we decided we were going to hire an event planner. So, I did research and sent inquires out to Event Planners all over and while I was doing that an event planner’s AD popped up on my feed on Instagram. Simply Southern Events. I looked at her work and saw she was based in Southern California and I shot her an email. Knowing full well Andrew wasn’t fully on board.. but he knew I was sending e-mails to planners all over the US.
Within a week, I had talked to handful of planners… all were nice and most in California weren’t positive they could even plan in our budget (which we expected, but had to give it a shot) and then I had my phone call with Danielle of Simply Southern Events and within one minute of the conversation I thought to myself ” oh, I feel like I’m talking to a friend” and I kid you not right after she said pretty much the same thing to me on the phone and right there. I knew we were probably going to hire her. I mean I pretty much told Andrew, we were hiring her the second I got off the phone with her. He did like how she ran comps for us, before she even knew she was hired by us. And although, he was not sold on South Carolina, he was sold on South Carolina’s affordable-ness.
And that may be a boring, chaotic, sort of meaningless story.. but that is why/how we chose South Carolina. It was just a the perfect storm of factors mixed together and now you might be saying… but Boone Hall Plantation isn’t even your venue?! Which to that I say you are correct! And maybe, that will be another story (unless I covered it in my last post).