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Corporate Meetings Lists & Directories................38 & Conventions .......................4 Carriage Tour Companies ................................................. 40 Convention planning checklists ..........................................6 Corporate event planning checklists ..................................8 Face value: The importance of holding a well-planned corporate meeting in any economic climate .............................................................. 12 Event evolution .................................................................. 15 Return on investment: Ensuring a successful corporate development program................... 16

Business Casual ...................18 Proper attire ....................................................................... 20 Ballpark estimates for event budgets ............................... 22 Technical worksheet for events ........................................ 23 Putting the funds in fundraising ...................................... 24 Charleston-area events...................................................... 25

Lifestyle ................................30 Finding the perfect location for your event .................... 32 Event on a shoestring ........................................................ 34 Let the visitors bureau handle some of the details ......... 35 Greening your event .......................................................... 36 Something Blue offers something new............................. 37

Entertainment, Professional Speakers and Workshops .................................................................. 40 Florists ................................................................................ 40 Party Rental Companies.....................................................41 Photographers.................................................................... 42 Specialty Paper .................................................................. 42 Videographers .................................................................... 43 Walking Tours .................................................................... 43 Water Tours ........................................................................ 43 Golf Courses ....................................................................... 44 Area Attractions ................................................................. 45 Caterers............................................................................... 47 Event Planners ....................................................................51 Hotels with Meeting Facilities........................................... 53 Restaurants with Banquet Facilities ................................. 57 Unconventional/Outdoor Meeting Venues ...................... 59 Exhibition Centers ............................................................. 62 Index of Companies .......................................................... 62 Index of Advertisers........................................................... 64

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Corporate Meetings & Conventions Convention planning checklists ........................... 6

Event evolution .................................................... 15

Corporate event planning checklists ................... 8

Return on investment: Ensuring a successful corporate development program..... 16

Face value: The importance of holding a well-planned corporate meeting in any economic climate ................................................ 12

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Convention planning checklists Accommodations Committee checklist † Find out date of arrival and departure for the majority of the group. † Make a tentative booking of rooms. † Obtain information on the hotel and rates to send with promotional material. † Have emergency housing available for latecomers. † Record expected time and date of each attendee’s arrival. † Maintain regular liaison with the hotel regarding reservations. † Get information on exhibit locations and storage for exhibit materials.

Public Relations/ Advertising Committee checklist † Prepare direct-mail materials to promote attendance. † Prepare write-ups for newsletters and association publications. † Send advance information to the media and invite the media to the event. † Set up a press table or a separate pressroom, if appropriate. † Obtain copies of all speeches in advance to give to the media and arrange for the speakers to be available for interviews. † Arrange for a photographer. † Provide news releases and photos of the speakers for their hometown papers.

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Find out when payment is due for various functions. Decide on ticket prices. Determine policy on accepting checks and giving refunds. Find out when payment is due to speakers and extra help. Determine the cost and number of meals as well as guarantee on number of meals. † Determine whether VIP accommodations will be paid for by your organization.

Plan for success The formula for a successful convention includes a wellestablished plan; clearly defined goals and objectives; organized volunteers; solid financial administration; and functional committees for finance, accommodations and public relations/advertising. For a list of hotels with meeting facilities, see page 54.

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† Determine event goals and objectives. This is especially important with client events and sales meetings, as it will help you keep on track. † Identify possible dates for the meeting. No matter what date you pick, someone will complain it doesn’t work. Thinking ahead and checking with others on possible conflicts can limit the inconvenience for all parties. † Prepare a preliminary agenda and guest list to help set the criteria for the venue. † Prepare a preliminary budget. Unless you manage your corporate event closely, the budget can grow unexpectedly. † Send meeting requirements to selected sites with requests for written proposals. If you are signing a contract, get a written proposal so there won’t be surprises. † Review site proposals from responding suppliers, select potential sites and begin site negotiations with potential venues. Whenever possible, speak to companies that have hosted similar events at the venue. † Conduct site visits as required. This is important when you’re using the facility for the first time. Determine security needs at the location. † Negotiate hotel rates and blocks. If you use hotel meeting rooms for the event, you could get a significant discount on sleeping rooms. † Determine preliminary food and beverage requirements and negotiate menus and prices. It’s all negotiable, but keep in mind that the more you customize the deal, the more you’ll have to manage. † Establish a theme and preliminary graphics for the logo, program, etc. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your corporate brand. † Consider hiring a printer for invitations, programs and agendas. † Add any deadlines and other requirements to the timetable.

As the event gets closer † Form committees as required. The larger the event, the more work to be done. Make life easier by getting others involved. Organizations that have regular events should consider forming standing committees that meet regularly. † Develop a promotional strategy. † Do some PR for the event. Calendar notices, press releases and interviews may all be appropriate, depending on the size of your event.


Corporate Meetings & Conventions † For nonprofit or charity events, line up sponsors. Prepare and mail letters to potential event sponsors requesting consideration in their budgets. † Identify needs for outside consultants, specifying requirements. † If you are charging admission to the event, establish registration fee structures and policies, and be sure to include clear cancellation policies. † Invite and confirm key speakers. This includes people within your organization. Don’t assume anyone is automatically available. † Obtain audiovisual needs from speakers and presenters, and order all necessary equipment. † Review, update and confirm final event budget. † Identify and communicate on-site responsibility areas for committees and volunteers. Set up training for volunteers and educate them about your expectations. † Select and order speaker gifts and awards. † Order special decorations for the event. † Prepare and order the signs. This is another opportunity to build your brand. † Arrange for travel and housing of all staff and VIPs.

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The day of the event † Have a staff/volunteer meeting to review responsibilities, procedures and overlap areas such as registration. Taking 10 minutes for an informational and motivational meeting will save headaches later in the day. † Confirm and monitor pickup of all rental equipment and supplies.

Immediately afterward † Pack and inventory all material. Many of your collateral materials are reusable — and they’re a big investment. † Do financial reconciliation. Gather the invoices and make sure you have been billed correctly and that you pay in a timely fashion. Watch expense reports, an area where a lot of costs can be hidden. † Perform post-budget performance review. Were you on budget? Could you have saved money? † Write and mail thank-you letters. † Collect and organize data for final meeting reports. Get evaluations from staff, volunteers and consultants to determine what went right and what could be improved on so next time goes more smoothly.

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DJ Band Music during cocktails Other entertainment (caricaturist, magician, etc.)

† Photo favors † Special presentation: Who to emcee? Who to present? † Roasts/toasts † Audiovisual needs † Other (theme-oriented)

Printed materials † Invitations to ceremony, party, benefit or main event † Invitations to reception (if applicable) † Response cards † Response envelopes † Seating cards † Table cards † Cocktail napkins † Matches † Programs † Agenda † Newsletter Source: thegreatevent.com

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echnology and the economy have changed the meeting and event planning industry. Businesses have spent the past year cutting back on “nonessential” expenses, including national sales meetings, trade shows, staff retreats and the like. If a company did actually host a major function, chances are it was scaled way back and involved budget-friendly videoconferencing. In addition, the event was probably planned in-house by someone who would not generally be given such a task. The decision to cancel an event or hold a bare-bones meeting planned by inexperienced staff centers around saving money. But the end result might not be exactly what executives had in mind. “The upside to this downtrend is that people are really realizing the value of not only doing the meetings — and doing them well — but also the importance of having that face-to-face time with their employees and customers,” said Christopher Greenslade, vice president of Patriot Meetings and

Management. In fact, Forbes Insights recently conducted a study of 760 business executives, asking them if they preferred face-to-face or virtual meetings. Eight out of 10 respondents said the benefits of a face-to-face meeting outweigh the cost savings of a virtual meeting.

A worthwhile investment A recent perception has been a that if a company spends money on a corporate event — and hires someone to plan it — it is acting frivolously. But Greenslade said corporate events are worthwhile investments because they excite customers, increase your company’s visibility

and motivate employees. Statistics show that employees will stay in a job with lower pay if they have a connection to the success of the organization, said Brian Wilson, owner of Adventure Teamworks LLC, which offers leadership and team development programs. “This connection generally comes from the company showing appreciation for their employees,” Wilson said. “Especially in today’s economic climate, employees don’t want to continue to feel the doom and gloom and appreciate the fact that their organization is taking a step to show their appreciation.”

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sional to plan your event helps to ensure your company doesn’t leave any money on the table. Professionals know what questions to ask to obtain reduced rates on certain items, or even get fees waived. For example, if you reserve a block of rooms at a hotel, the hotel will require that a certain percentage of those rooms be occupied or you will be charged a penalty. Requesting that the hotel lower the occupancy requirement from 95% to 70%, for example, can save a considerable amount of money. In addition, if you have a block of rooms, a hotel will often provide meeting space at a reduced rate, and in some cases for free — if you just ask. Many other hidden costs exist that industry professionals can weed through during contract negotiations to save your company money on the event. And, in many cases, meeting planners do not charge for their services. It’s an accepted business ar-

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Gaining participation in a breakout: ‘Divide & conquer!’ • The smaller the grouping, the more likely group members will participate. • Assign roles to each group member that support participation – like a facilitator, timekeeper, recorder or reporter. • When brainstorming, follow the rule that “all ideas are good in that they are expressed,” so no attacking them. • You can start a breakout session by asking each person, or

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groups of two, to write down several ideas on the topic to be explored. • Then, in round-robin fashion, ask each person or pair to share their thoughts within the small group. • Have the reporter present the small group’s work to the full group. Source: Margaret Seidler, author of Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlightened Leadership www.margaretseidler.com

rangement in the hotel industry that the hotel pays the third party a commission based on the number of room nights. The third party is compensated because the hotel wouldn’t have obtained the business without the help of the planner, and the hotel wants the planner’s future business. A misconception is that the hotel passes the cost along to the client, but Greenslade, whose company plans professional meetings worldwide, said this doesn’t happen.

Value-added partnerships “I think, going forward, there is going to be a great need for partnerships to be formed between companies who hold meetings and thirdparty consultants like ourselves,” Greenslade said. “The industry has changed — it will be leaner and meaner in the future. But there is definitely a role for specialized meeting planners.” Corporations should view the partnerships as a value-added arm

of their business, he said. Event planners can work with staff members, rather than take their place. Event planners can also work transparently, taking care of the details without recognition — all the while making your company look great. “The message that needs to get out is to look at the value of a company like Patriot Meetings as being an integral partner in helping you achieve your goals,” Greenslade said. “There is real value in having someone like me being joined at the hip with your organization. “What you are doing is putting skilled people together who can add an advantage to the process to save you time and money. Companies that get it see there is tremendous value in the savings we can produce.” epg Sources: Christopher Greenslade, Patriot Meetings and Management cgreenslade@patriotmeetings.com, www.patriotmeetings.com Brian Wilson, Adventure Teamworks LLC bwilson@adventureteamworks.com, www.adventureteamworks.com

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orporate meetings are no longer just opportunities for executives to outline goals for the next year or unveil new products. Instead, corporate gatherings have evolved into multidimensional experiences that are carefully orchestrated not only to accomplish business at hand, but also to offer attendees the chance to network and brainstorm with colleagues. Subject matter isn’t just projected onto a wall; it’s presented in fresh, interesting ways that feed off the latest technology and incorporate hot topics and trends in business and social circles. The result is an event with impact. The following are a few of the latest trends in turning a ho-hum conference into a home run.

Broadcasting to a computer near you An increasing number of planners are using cameras in confer-

ence rooms to broadcast meetings on the Web. Doing so is a must for businesses with locations across the country and around the globe, because it increases participation at all levels while saving on travel expenses. If videoconference-goers will be invited to participate in a Q&A session, appoint a moderator to introduce participants and control the flow. You may also consider recording the conference and posting it immediately after the event.

A few current trends include: • Selecting transportation that uses alternative fuel. • Encouraging use of mass transit by providing information and maps. • Choosing a meeting site that purchases food and beverage items from local suppliers, or one that serves organic food and composts waste. • Offering leisure activities that are earth-friendly, such as golfing at a course that is operated in an environmentally safe way.

Green meeting There are many facets to planning a green event, including the obvious — implementing a plan to minimize, reuse and recycle waste — and the not-so-obvious — selecting a meeting facility that landscapes with native plants. Experts say companies continue to request information on green policies in their RFPs, even though hosting a green event can be more expensive.

A conference that’s good for your health Conference-goers these days might be hard-pressed to find a doughnut or croissant during a coffee break. More companies are requesting healthier fare, formatting meetings so they are shorter to minimize fatigue, and incorporating opportunities for stretching and walking.

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The healthy meeting format not only promotes a healthier lifestyle for participants, it also demonstrates a company’s commitment to the health and wellness of its employees. Studies show that healthy employees are more productive and keep health care expenses down. Trends include: • Selecting a venue that is smokefree in all interior spaces and has safe walking or running routes available. • Creating a list of area restaurants within walking distance that offer healthy menu items. • Providing organic snacks and meals. • Hosting an early morning walk/ run or other physical event. epg Sources: Benchmark Hospitality International, www.allbusiness.com, www.sustainablebusiness.com, www.prevention.va.gov

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Return on investment: Ensuring a successful corporate development program By Allison Cooke Oliverius aoliverius@scbiznews.com

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t’s been two years since employees at Lanxess Corp. in Goose Creek completed a two-part team development program with Adventure Teamworks LLC, but the results are still crystal clear. “We are a very safety-conscious corporation,” said Samantha Gonza-

lez-Iorio, administrative assistant at the German-based company, which develops, manufactures and sells plastics, rubber, specialty chemicals and intermediates. “Our employees work with dangerous chemicals every day and we definitely need a strong team environment.” Their development program involved physical activities as well as critical thinking activities, all de-

signed to open lines of communication, build relationships and trust, and motivate employees. “The proven return on investment is the five years we’ve gone without a recordable (injury),” Gonzalez-Iorio said.

Great expectations The key to obtaining results from any development program is

Own the memories.

to first establish goals and then explain them to participants. “On more than one occasion, the client has an idea in their mind about the goals they hope will be reached during the event, but they don’t share that with the participants, so right away there is a disconnect,” said Brian Wilson, founder of Adventure Teamworks. A third party can assist, by first surveying the company to determine areas that need work and what type of program would work best. Typical needs include improving communication, working together efficiently and improving leadership skills. Typical programs include recreation, education, development and redirection.

Follow through, follow up

Rent everything else. You want nothing less than the perfect event. You have only one chance to get it right, so you need the perfect partner – Group Dynamics Rentals. You’ll find the ideal table linens, china, tents, chairs and much more. So rent, relax and own the great memories.

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In addition to outlining your expectations, you must also provide employees with action plans to help them incorporate their new knowledge into their daily duties. It’s also important to follow up with employees to make sure the impact of their aha! moment doesn’t fade. “It may just mean talking with the participants — individually or as a group, even by phone or e-mail — or meeting again for another program,” Wilson said. “It’s like someone training from the Cooper River Bridge Run; if they run once before the race versus creating and following a training plan, the results will be dramatically different.” If participants embrace their new skills and knowledge, “then there should be an immediate return on investment,” he said. “If there was minimal buy-in, misunderstanding about what the program was for, and/or no follow through, then the ROI will take much longer or may not even occur.” A sure-fire way to ensure employee buy-in is for company leaders to participate in the program. “People believe in and follow those that lead by example,” Wilson said. “If a boss says, ‘We’re having a corporate retreat, but I can’t be there,’ the message that sends is loud and clear.” epg


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Proper attire Follow these guidelines to ensure you are appropriately dressed, whether you’re attending a formal wedding, a business dinner or an oyster roast.

WHITE TIE

FESTIVE ATTIRE

MEN Black tailcoat; matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid; white pique wing-collared shirt with stiff front; white vest; white bow tie; white or gray gloves; black patent leather shoes; and black dress socks WOMEN Formal (floor-length) evening gown

MEN Seasonal sport coat or blazer in color of choice; slacks; open-collar shirt or shirt with festive or holiday-themed tie WOMEN Short cocktail dress; long, dressy skirt and top; or dressy pants outfit

BLACK TIE

MEN Seasonal sport coat or blazer; slacks; open-collar shirt WOMEN Street-length dress; skirt and dressy top; or dressy pants outfit

MEN Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers; formal (pique or pleated-front) white shirt; black bow tie (silk, shiny satin or twill); vest or black cummerbund to match tie; dressy suspenders to ensure a good fit (optional); black patent leather shoes; black dress socks; and no gloves. In the summer or on a cruise: white dinner jacket; black tuxedo trousers; and other black-tie wardrobe. WOMEN Formal (floor-length) evening gown; or short, dressy cocktail dress

BLACK TIE-OPTIONAL MEN Either a tuxedo (see “Black Tie”) or a dark suit; white shirt; and conservative tie WOMEN Formal (floor-length) evening gown; short, dressy cocktail dress; or dressy separates

CREATIVE BLACK TIE MEN Tuxedo combined with trendy or whimsical items such as a black shirt or a matching colored or patterned bow tie and cummerbund; black shiny patent leather or dressy black leather shoes; and black socks WOMEN Formal (floor-length) evening gown; short, dressy cocktail dress; or dressy separates, any of the above accessorized with items such as a feather boa, colorful shawl or colorful jewelry

SEMIFORMAL MEN Dark, dressy business suit (usually worsted wool) with matching vest (optional); white shirt; conservative tie; dressy leather shoes; and dark dress socks WOMEN Short afternoon or cocktail dress; or long dressy skirt and top

DRESSY CASUAL

BUSINESS CASUAL MEN Seasonal sport coat or blazer; slacks or khakis; open-collar shirt WOMEN Skirt, khakis or slacks; open-collar shirt, knit shirt or sweater (no spaghetti straps or low-neck tops)

SPORT CASUAL MEN Khakis or clean, pressed jeans; plain T-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt or casual button-down shirt WOMEN Khakis or clean, pressed jeans; plain T-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt or casual button-down shirt

BEACH CASUAL MEN Khakis or shorts (cargo or Bermuda); knit or polo shirt; sport jacket (optional); or sweater WOMEN Sundress, khakis or shorts (cargo or Bermuda); open-collar, knit or polo shirt; lightweight jacket or sweater

HOLIDAY CASUAL MEN Same as “Business Casual” with some holiday colors or designs. WOMEN Same as “Business Casual” with some holiday colors or designs.

Source: Revised 17th edition of Emily Post’s “Etiquette,” (HarperResource, 2004) by Peggy Post and the Emily Post Institute.

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Charleston Garden Theme for a Corporate Dinner at Planter’s Inn

Cocktails at Kiawah Ocean Course Club House

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Autumn Luncheon at Middleton Place

Gala for the opening of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge aboard the USS Yorktown

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ne of the most difficult and often most limiting factors for an event is the budget. Knowing how to make the most of a budget of any size can be tricky. With all the variables to consider (food, date, audiences, etc.), it can help to have a general formula to use for plugging in details.

You might be surprised by how much you can lower your cost per person by cutting one ingredient. Catering might include: food, beverages, alcohol serving permits/ bartender if needed, tables, chairs, linens, serving ware, decorations, serving staff, staging, heating/fans, labor, etc.

Catering/rentals — 60%-65%

Location — 10%-15%

The budgets for catering and rentals can be combined because most caterers are able to include organization of the rentals as part of their service because of the overlap. When considering caterers, ask for photos of previous events and compare budgets. This will give you a clear picture of what you will receive at your budget level. Presentation and customer service are key elements to evaluate, especially if the caterers are also servicing the event. Though it is the most important, catering is also probably one of the most flexible. Your initial quote from a vendor is open to revision.

The location of your event can significantly influence your attendance. Hosting the event at your company headquarters might be good for branding, but might not be conducive to serving food. Holding the event at a new or unique facility might draw more interest, but it might be a pricier option. Conducting thorough research will help you determine your best solution. Compare the costs associated with a facility that offers a single site fee versus an hourly rate. Be aware that some sites might have very specific contracts, such as requiring pre-selected vendors or en-

forcing strict time requirements. Location might include: facility, access to power and water, technology, cleanup, trash disposal, etc.

Marketing — 5%-10% Publicizing an event might be one of the more neglected categories, but informing people and enticing them to your event is crucial to its success. Using door prizes or giveaways can be a good incentive for attendance, as well as a good branding piece for your company. Consider your audience. Techsavvy individuals might catch you Twittering about your event, while others might peruse local event calendars. Printed invitations are traditionally the most popular, but if that’s not in your budget, consider an electronic version instead. Marketing might include: printing invitations, postage, e-vites, advertising, media relations, grassroots marketing, phone calls, prizes, promotional items, etc.

Miscellaneous — 15%-20% Though an elusive category, budgeting for all your “miscellaneous” items can definitely add up. Even though they are miscellaneous, make sure you are aware of, and don’t underestimate, the different elements. Including a photographer to capture the event or providing valet parking can go a long way toward impressing your guests. Your event should always “over deliver.” If you have event sponsors to help share the cost, you need to have enough resources to thank and recognize those sponsors. Miscellaneous items might include: additional decor, entertainment/speaker fees, transportation, event parking, printing of program or materials, staff time, photographer or videographer, technology and audiovisual if not provided by the site facility, etc. epg Source: Emily Kosa, special event planner, DNA Creative Communications. www.dnacc.com

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(t(tents, (ten ten e ts ts, ro room ms, bbui uild ldin ings gs)) _____________________________________ gs ______________________ ________________ If so, ssoo, wou ouldd yyou ou like to doo fr fron ontt or rrea earr pr proj ojec ectition on?? ___ ____ ___ ____ _______ ___ ____ _ would front rear projection? _________________ rooms, buildings) At w wha hatt titime mess wo me woul u d you tr tra ansition the location of your event? t? _________ _ ______ Groundd ssupport __ upport yyour ourr vi ou vvideo deoo sc de scre reen en(s (s)) or ssus uspe pend nd ffro rom m ce ceil ilin ingg po poin ints ts?? ____ screen(s) suspend from ceiling points? what times would transition Do you hhav avee a ro av room om ddia iagr ia g am for this event? ____ gr _________ __________ _____ Do you have an anyy sp spec ecifi ific ccam amer eraa wo work rk nnee eeds ds ffor or tthis his ev his even ent? t? ___________ _____ ________ specifi camera needs event? have diagram ______________________ W hat elements wo woul uldd yo ul yyouu lilike ke ttoo us use lighting for? What would (stage, dance daanc nce floor, decor) _____ ____ _________ _ __ ______________________ __ In Info form rmat atio ionn pr prov ovid ided bbyy Pr Prod oduc uctition on D Des esig ignn As ig Asso soci ciat ates es Information provided Production Design Associates ___________________________________

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Putting the - Event/Banquet Hall, Opened 9/2008 - Capacity of up to 200 guests - On-site caterer, event planning and more Conveniently located in the Olde Villlage at Park Circle, North Charleston Contact 843-225-6189 or villagehallinfo@gmail.com www.villagehallinfo.com

Area Attractions

Ranked by No. of Attendees, January-June 2008

Fort Sumter National Monument Visitor Center 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 Coastal Carolina Fair P.O. Box 762 Ladson, SC 29456

No. of Attendees

Products/Services

Single Adult Admission Group Rates Available

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843-883-3123 www.nps.gov/fosu

281,951

Ferries depart from Charleston and Mount Pleasant to tour the scene of the opening battle of the Civil War

$15 Yes

Mark Davis 1948

843-572-3161 www.coastalcarolinafair.org

235,000

Fair begins the last Thursday in October, runs for 10 days

$8 adult, $5 child No

Denise Massey 1956

Holly Simpson 2000

South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-3474 www.scaquarium.org

210,000

The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, excelling in education by providing a visitor experience

$17 Yes

James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive James Island, SC 29412

843-795-7275 www.ccprc.com

199,030

643-acre park with crabbing, fishing, biking, lagoon boating, dog park, playgrounds, shelters, climbing wall, cottages, campsites and challenge course

$1 No

Lynn Jenness 1990

Wannamaker County Park 8888 University Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-572-7275 www.ccprc.com

189,302

1,015-acre park, two playgrounds, 20-foot play hill, picnic sites with grills, open meadows, paved trails, boat rentals, water park, meeting facilities

$1 No

Christine Volousky 1998

Carolina Ice Palace 7665 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-572-2717 www.carolinaicepalace.com

150,000

Two NHL-size ice-skating rinks, arcade, sports lounge, meeting rooms, pro shop

$5-$10 Yes

Wayne Stella 1997

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be seen” effect of upscale events. However, because lots of organizations host them every year ith fundraising options and the same crowd circulates running the gamut from at them, each one is less special. low-key and casual to Black-tie events also have higher upscale and exclusive, sifting out the operating costs. right one for your organization can • Advice: Choose a good venue be difficult. Here’s a list of popular and theme to set your event fundraising ideas, along with words apart. Recruit high-dollar sponof wisdom on organizing each type. sorships to help offset costs. Be sure to schedule your event Auctions around other events and keep in • Benefits/Drawbacks: Auctions mind that the peak fundraising can be highly profitable because season is usually in the fall. all the items are donated. But be sure you have good contacts to General advice get the high-bid items donated. • Be organized and allow plenty of time to plan your event. Set a Auctions can be challenging betimeline and stick to it. cause of all the details and laws • Don’t exhaust your resources. about obtaining the money. Try not to ask the same people • Advice: Involve as many voland companies for donations unteers as possible and draw and discounts all the time. on their connections to acquire • Make sure sponsors feel they are items. getting back an amount equal to Walk-a-thons what they put in. • Benefits/Drawbacks: Walk-a- • Engage as many volunteers as thons have low operating costs you can and tap their interests because they rely heavily on and talents. volunteers. Also, the facility can • On the day of the event, remain usually be lent free of charge organized but stay flexible. from a school or the city, so the • You can’t thank people enough money goes straight to the for their help. epg organization rather than to Sources: Staci Bennett, overhead costs. event marketer, • Advice: Try to get everything Blackbaud Inc.; donated (food, facility, etc.). Kenton Morrison, vice president of major Black-tie galas gifts, Trident United Way; • Benefits/DrawSarah Bradley, backs: These events create owner, Social Event high visibility for the organiDesign and zation and can draw new supPlanning porters because of the “see and

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Charleston-area Events The following is a sampling of some major events in the Charleston region. Check with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.charlestoncvb.com for additional event listings. 33rd annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens Sept. 24-Oct. 25, 2009 Charleston 843-722-4630 www.preservationsociety.org The Preservation Society of Charleston uses the proceeds from this annual event to further its advocacy, planning and education efforts regarding Charleston’s architectural heritage and culture. These are self-paced, self-guided walking tours with volunteer guides stationed in each house or garden. 26th annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts Sept. 24-Oct. 4, 2009 • Charleston 800-745-3000 www.mojafestival.com This 10-day multidisciplinary arts celebration highlights the many black and Caribbean contributions to Western and world cultures.

and the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

(Photo/Provided) Charleston Green Fair Sept. 27, 2009 Marion Square • Charleston 843-513-2665 www.charlestongreenfair.com The inaugural Green Fair is a celebration of the environmentally responsible products, technologies and services that are available to Lowcountry residents. The event features speakers, musicians and demonstrations, plus education about organic food choices and a kidzone where children can play. Proceeds go to green nonprofits such as Lowcountry Earthforce

French Quarter Art Walks First Friday of March, May, October and December • Charleston 843-577-7101 www.frenchquarterarts.com Explore all 30 of the French Quarter District art galleries during these seasonal walks, and experience the broad range of art in the galleries lining the historic streets of Charleston. Latin American Festival Oct. 4, 2009 Wannamaker County Park North Charleston 843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com This event features dancing, a crafts market and global education booths. The Global Education Shelter offers a handson zone for children and adults to learn about and celebrate Hispanic heritage.

Park Day: A Day of Giving Oct. 10, 2009 • Daniel Island www.danielislandparkday.com Now in its eighth year, this day of giving has become a fall tradition, with games, food and live music. The event raises money and awareness for more than 20 area nonprofit organizations. 29th annual Taste of Charleston Oct. 9-11, 2009 Boone Hall Plantation; first two days’ events are at the Culinary Institute of Charleston (Palmer Campus Downtown) and downtown Charleston art galleries Mount Pleasant 843-577-4030 www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com Sample food from 40 of the Charleston area’s finest restaurants. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center and Charleston County School District’s Materials Resource Center. Enjoy entertainment and children’s activities.

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• HOLIDAY PARTIES • Large and Small Meeting Space • Catering On Site • Bridal/Baby Shower • Sports Banquets • Team Building Exercises • Broomball Conveniently located off I-26 in North Charleston.

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Watch local waiters race an obstacle course or check out local chefs preparing signature dishes. Two new events, Taste – Iron Chef Competition and Taste of the Arts, take place in downtown Charleston. Coastal Carolina Fair Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 2009 Ladson Fairgrounds 843-572-3161 www.coastalcarolinafair.org The Coastal Carolina Fair celebrates its 52nd anniversary with plenty of entertainment, rides, food and activities. The Coastal Carolina Fair is owned and operated by the Exchange Club of Charleston. Proceeds from the fair benefit local nonprofit organizations. Plantation Days Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15, 2009 843-556-6020 www.middletonplace.org See crafters demonstrate a different aspect of 18th- and 19th-century plantation life each Saturday, including domestic skills, black traditional arts, Lowcountry food and the plantation natural environment.

Re-enactment of the Battle of Secessionville Nov. 14, 15, 2009 Boone Hall Plantation • Mount Pleasant 843-884-4371 boonehallplantation.com/events_secessionville.php The Battle of Secessionville, fought on James Island on June 16, 1862, was the first major Union effort to take Charleston during the Civil War. The battle reenactment is the featured centerpiece of Living History Weekend every year at Boone Hall Plantation. Holiday Festival of Lights Nov. 13, 2008-Jan. 3, 2010 James Island County Park 843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com More than 600 light displays are located throughout the park, in such shapes as a shrimp boat, a lighted Charleston Row House, storybook sea creatures and glittering dinosaurs. Catch the grand opening and tree-lighting celebration, and then enjoy marshmallow roasts, train and carousel rides and the gift shops, or tour the 2 million-light display from your car.

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17th annual Christmas Made in the South show Dec. 4-6, 2009 Exchange Park, Ladson www.carolinashows.com Creativity abounds as hundreds of artists and crafters gather to demonstrate and sell their work. In addition to the arts and crafts, a variety of food is also available.

(Photo/Provided) 30th annual Charleston Parade of Boats Dec. 5, 2009 Mount Pleasant to Charleston 843-724-7305 www.charlestoncity.info Lighted and festive boats will float down the Cooper River, through Charleston Harbor and into the Ashley River; the event culminates in a brilliant fireworks

display over the harbor. View the procession along Charleston’s waterfront or decorate a boat and join the parade. 19th annual Reindeer Run Dec. 5 • Front of Southend Brewery 161 East Bay St., Charleston 843-345-6906 www.reindeerrun.org This 5K run/walk through the streets of downtown Charleston is open to runners, walkers, dogs, strollers and scooters. Proceeds benefit the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital Fund. 29th annual Charleston Boat Show Jan. 22-24, 2010 Charleston Area Convention Center www.thecharlestonboatshow.com Food, live entertainment and activities are part of this annual event. 27th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival Jan. 30, 2010 • Boone Hall Plantation 843-802-3084 www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com Named one of the Top 20 Tourist Attractions by the Southeast Tourist Society, this


Business Casual annual festival offers all the oysters you’d ever want to eat, barbecue and chili, plus entertainment and activities for all ages. Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Feb.12-14, 2010 • Charleston 843-723-1748 www.sewe.com A three-day celebration of nature that has earned a reputation for excellence, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition now hosts the world’s foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, conservation research and environmental education. The event attracts more than 400 artists and exhibitors from around the globe and draws more than 40,000 attendees. Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 4-7, 2010 Marion Square; various venues around Charleston 843-727-9998 www.charlestonwineandfood.com The Charleston Wine + Food Festival, now in its fifth year, showcases unique recipes and traditions at a variety of venues and events. Seminars, food tastings, a dine-around and a culinary village are highlights of the weekend.

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63rd annual Festival of Houses and Gardens March 18-April 17, 2010 Charleston 843-722-3405 www.historiccharleston.org Explore the interiors and gardens of seven to 10 private properties dating from the American Colonial period through the antebellum and Victorian years of architecture to the early 20th century. Charleston Fashion Week March 16-21, 2010 • Charleston www.charlestonfashionweek.com In true New York City style, the latest designer fashions will be flaunted in enclosed tents on Charleston’s historic Marion Square.

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Charleston International Antiques Show March 18-21, 2010 • Charleston www.historiccharleston.org More than 30 nationally prominent antiques dealers flock to historic downtown Charleston for this show, which highlights a broad range of period furnishings, arts, porcelains and vintage jewelry. Charleston Wine + Food Festival (Photo/Provided)

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Flowertown Festival (Photo/Provided) Flowertown Festival March 26-28, 2010 Azalea Park, Summerville www.summervilleymca.org/flowertown Hundreds of artists and crafters will display their work for thousands of visitors who converge on Summerville for this annual festival. Other events include live entertainment, food, children’s activities and a tennis tournament. 33rd annual Cooper River Bridge Run March 27, 2010 • Mount Pleasant

The Family Circle Cup (Photo/Provided) 843-856-1949 www.bridgerun.com The Cooper River Bridge Run is a worldclass 10K footrace featuring thousands of walkers and runners making their way across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. 24th annual World Grits Festival April 16-18, 2010 • St. George 843-563-7943 www.worldgritsfestival.com

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Experience the only World Grits Festival, where you can enjoy grits meals, arts and crafts, a corn toss, the Sweetwater Cloggers and a grits-eating contest. 22nd annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival April 25, 2010 • Alhambra Hall 843-849-2061 www.townofmountpleasant.com This unique shrimping festival celebrates the Mount Pleasant shrimping industry and features local shrimp boat captains

partaking in an annual preseason tradition — the blessing of the shrimping fleet. Visitors also enjoy family-friendly entertainment and sample local seafood. Proceeds from the event help support the local shrimping community as well as East Cooper charities. The Family Circle Cup April 10-18, 2010 Family Circle Tennis Center Daniel Island 843-856-7900


Business Casual www.familycirclecup.com The Family Circle Cup, one of 10 Tier I events on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, has a roster of past champions that includes some of the biggest names in the history of women’s tennis: Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Justine Henin.

(Photo/Leslie Halpern) Lowcountry Cajun Festival March 28, 2010 James Island County Park 843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com Enjoy a crawfish-eating contest, free children’s activities, crafts and food.

North Charleston Arts Festival April 30-May 8, 2010 Charleston Area Convention Center 843-740-5854 www.northcharleston.org Highlights of the show include the eighth annual S.C. Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition and Lowcountry Gem and Mineral Show, as well as music and dance performances and a wide variety of art exhibits. Festival closes with concerts and a fireworks display at Riverfront Park. Charleston Greek Fest May 7-9, 2010 • Charleston 843-577-2063 www.greekfest.us Charleston’s annual festival highlights Greek history, art, music and prayer, as well as traditional foods, cultural exhibits and folk-dancing demonstrations. Educational entertainment is provided for children. Proceeds benefit the Greek Orthodox Church and its charities. Spoleto Festival USA May 28-June 13, 2010 • Charleston 843-579-3100 www.spoletousa.org For 17 days and nights each spring,

Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 120 performances by renowned artists, as well as from emerging performers in opera, theater, music theater, dance, chamber music, symphonic music, choral music, jazz and the visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto May 22-June 7, 2009 • Charleston 843-724-7305 www.piccolospoleto.com Focusing primarily on artists from the Southeast, Piccolo Spoleto is a complement to the international scope of its parent festival, Spoleto Festival USA. Piccolo Spoleto’s traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theater, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, comedy, crafts and film. Patriots Point 4th of July Celebration Aircraft carrier Yorktown • Charleston 866-831-1720 www.patriotspoint.org Celebrate Independence Day with a

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Finding the perfect location for your event By Allison Cooke Oliverius aoliverius@scbiznews.com

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hen it comes to selecting a site for your corporate meeting or special event, Charleston’s beauty is matched only by its versatility. Picturesque natural settings, combined with beautifully preserved historical buildings and just the right amount of modern influence have long made the region a major destination for corporate retreats, weddings and other special events. To find the right location for your event, you must first consider your “event’s personality,” said Jennifer Goldman, director of events for Patrick Properties. “Consider the purpose of the event and what kind of feel you want it to have,” she said. Also have in mind the number of guests you’ll invite and their personalities, as well as the time of year, if you’d like any part of your event to be held outdoors. These basic questions will help

The lawn at Lowndes Grove. (Photos provided/Patrick Properties)

you decide among myriad locations in Charleston, including expansive plantations and convenient hotels with classic corporate meeting space. Outdoor venues include beach pavilions, numerous parks and harbor cruises, for example. The options are almost endless. Goldman manages several properties, each with its own distinct personality. The William Ai-

18,000 square feet of meeting space in the heart of Charleston’s historic district on Marion Square 232 elegant rooms and suites with breathtaking views of Charleston’s famous harbor The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar featuring classic southern cuisine Complete day spa from Spa Adagio

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ken House, for example, was built in 1807 and is located in the heart of downtown Charleston on Upper King Street. This historic home, which has been carefully restored, has become a popular site for numerous events including weddings and private parties. And, because the venue has been outfitted with wireless Internet, it has also become a destination for corporate events.

It offers two guest suites that would be perfect for a bridal party to use to get ready for a wedding ceremony, or as convenient accommodations for a distinguished speaker at a corporate meeting. Another venue Goldman manages as part of Patrick Properties’ portfolio includes Fish Restaurant, which was built in 1837 and was sold to Goldman’s company in 2000 — with a demolition permit. Rather than demolish it, however, the company worked with Glenn Keyes Architects and other local artisans to rebuild the structure. It now not only serves as a restaurant, it offers private meeting space upstairs. If space is what you require, Lowndes Grove, a waterfront estate located on 14 acres in downtown Charleston offers two venues: the Main House, which can accommodate a seated meal for 560 guests on its front lawn, and the River House, which works well for 100 guests or fewer. Because the venue you choose is a huge part of the experience for

So Close &Yet So Far Away... Down a road less traveled lies the Southeast’s premier event destination, The Plantation at Bulow. Come experience a setting where your special event and enthusiasm for nature blend seamlessly. Join us for your special occasion or just enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway. For more information, call 843-568-5757 or visit www.plantationatbulow.com The Lake Club at Bulow • Bulow Hunt Club • The Preserve at Bulow


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your guests, Goldman said, it is important to match the personality of your event with that of the venue.

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How will your event flow? After you’ve settled on your location, you’ll need to decide how you want your event to unfold. The space you have chosen will guide you. Are you in one grand ballroom where all segments of your event will take place, from cocktail hour to a seated dinner to award presentations? Or are you in a small venue with several rooms and a garden? The latter might lend itself more to having guests mill around and munch on heavy hors d’oeuvres passed by servers.

Involving a third party Some venues require that you hire an event planner to handle the details. They might also require you to use their catering or service staff, or they may provide you with a preferred vendor list. Especially for larger events, a coordinator can help pull things off smoothly because they, the site manager and the vendors all speak the same language.

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Event Type What type of ambience do you want to create? What is the purpose, formality, theme and image you wish to convey? Event Location A rehearsal dinner at Fish Restaurant.

The use of a planner can also help save you valuable time and money. “Our knowledge makes a difference. We are the expert’s expert,” said David Richardson, president of Memorable Meetings, an event planning company established 25 years ago. Richardson’s employees work with each client to create a specifications profile, which includes a host of details that will help in site selection, contract negotiation, as well as planning the event itself. “Ultimately, the more specific details you have, the more successful your event is going to be,” Richardson said. epg

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Will it be indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, is there an indoor room available should it rain? How will your guests will be getting to the event or wedding site, how far they will need to travel and where will they park? Are there any special transportation issues?

Food, Drink, Entertainment What type of food and beverages will you serve? Will music be provided for dancing? Will there be other entertainment? What is the traffic flow to the bar, for the food, etc.?

be able to accommodate the number of guests that will be attending. If guests will be organized into different groups, you might need to hold the wedding or event at a large event site that contains multiple event venues or event spaces.

Event Length The length of the event might make certain wedding sites or venues more appropriate than others. If the event will run over the course of more than a day, an event or wedding location with on-site or nearby hotel accommodations might be desirable, for example.

Event Facilities If your wedding or event will require special equipment, you’ll need to ensure that the selected wedding site or event venue provides it or will allow its use at the venue.

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Event on a shoestring By Allison Cooke Oliverius aoliverius@scbiznews.com

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lanning an event when you have plenty of time and a substantial budget is ideal. However, when you do not have the luxury of time or money but still need to throw a spectacular event, know that it is possible. Just ask Mitchell Crosby, owner of JMC Charleston. He was asked to host a party for the Cedar Lake Ballet, a modern dance company that performed at the 2009 Spoleto Festival USA. With a short time frame and a small budget, Crosby thought outside the box and made it happen.

A good, realistic plan Begin with a clear vision. “I work backwards,” Crosby said. “My vision is based on what I know is achievable.”

Location There are many great venues

you don’t have to rent if you partner with the venue. For his event, Crosby joined forces with the new City View Club at the top of Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel. Crosby also suggests working with nonprofits. They often have large spaces you might be able to use if you either make a donation or offer to co-headline the event.

Shop local Using local sources — food, entertainment, equipment, etc. — will cost less than bringing something from out of town.

Entertainment For the Cedar Lake Ballet event, Crosby decided on a celestial theme for the night. He partnered with Production Design Associates to set up lights on the grass of the stadium to mimic stars in the sky. Crosby also made a donation to a local club that flies remote-control airplanes. They attached lights to the airplanes and flew them around

with great entertainment but also help out the community,” Crosby said.

Budget-friendly design and good service

Cedar Lake Ballet event at Johnson Hagood Stadium. (Photo/Paul Cheney, charlestonpicturecompany.com)

the stadium, adding another dimension to the celestial theme. This concept can work well for nearly any type of entertainment you’d like for your party. For example, donate money to a local shag club and have members teach your partygoers the dance; or donate money to a local high school band. “A jazz trio will cost you $1,000, but making a contribution to nonprofits, school groups or churches will not only provide your event

Invest in decorations that can be reused. For example, purchase large pillar candles that can be used at nearly any event any time of year. Also, design your event so you don’t have to replenish the food. “Do an abundant look with antipasto and smorgasbord stations so the food is just done,” Crosby recommends. Crosby also believes there is no replacement for good staff, even if your requirements are basic. Wait staff can usually be hired for about $20 per hour and will be a good investment to make sure used plates and glassware are removed from sight. epg Source: Mitchell Crosby, owner of JMC Charleston, www.jmccharleston.com

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hether your task is a three-day conference for 800 people or a company holiday dinner for 50, consider starting with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Start with the RFP The bureau has a wealth of resources, including save-the-date postcards, promotional videos and planning guides. Event planners can save themselves a few headaches and plenty of time by enlisting the visitors bureau. Suzanne Wallace, director of sales, offers some highlights. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com. Submit a request for proposal at www.meetcharleston.com. Give as much information as possible, including type and date of event, number of people, meeting space needed and any budget numbers. Expect a follow-up call from a sales manager if more information is needed. The goal is to match the event to the appropriate hotel or

meeting space. For example, if your budget is $175 per night for lodging, the bureau won’t send your RFP to more expensive hotels. Appropriate hotels will be in touch with proposals and more information. A representative from the visitors bureau will be available for assistance until a hotel is selected.

Timing is everything Thanks to its moderate climate and loads of annual events, Charleston’s event season is busy almost year-round. Wallace said most events fall into “SMERF” categories: social, military, educational, religious and fraternal. The summer is the season for family reunions, Wallace said, and military reunions are popular thanks to Patriots Point and the H.L. Hunley. April and May, as well as September and October, are packed with events and visitors, Wallace said. The weeks between Thanksgiving and the Southeastern Wild-

life Expo in mid-February are considered the down time of the year. Planning ahead is key in such a popular city and tourist destination. Wallace said many large associations are planning their conventions three to five years out. The bureau can be helpful with identifying potential scheduling conflicts or pointing out times of the year when hotels are less full. “We’re here for them (planners),” Wallace said. “I think a lot of people know what the Convention & Visitors Bureau is, but there are as many people who don’t. Start with us; we can save you so much time in the planning process.”

Other services: Promotional DVDs and marketing materials are available so your event attendees, particularly those from out of town, can learn more about the Charleston area. The visitors bureau can set up a mini visitors center in your event registration area. For out-of-town

guests, this is a great way to provide information on sightseeing opportunities and tours. “We are very, very fortunate because we have the beaches and such a wide variety of historic places that many people bring their families,” Wallace said. Images of the Charleston region are available for use in promotional materials. epg helpful tips

Tax and d tip p When planning an event, don’t for-dget about any “hidden” charges, such as taxes and gratuities. Not accounting for those items can send your event budget into a tailspin. As Suzanne Wallace with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau noted, “There are a lot of charges. You will be charged for everything.” So be sure to ask if costs are inclusive or whether tax and gratuity are separate.

For Those Who Don’t Believe In Meeting By Chance. When it’s up to you to put important people together, you want to be sure details won’t be left until last. Rest assured that while business guests find our inn romantic, they never find our arrangements spontaneous. Nor is there mystery in our accommodations and amenities; they are clearly superior. Oversized suites and rooms with high ceilings and period-style furnishings. A formal Charleston garden courtyard for receptions. The internationally acclaimed cuisine and libations of Peninsula Grill. Our origins pre-date laptops, Wi-Fi and Twitter, but you’ll discover we’re plugged-in to the needs of business guests. Elegant colonial meeting rooms. Private bar service and gourmet banquet meals by award-winning Chef Robert Carter. And with nothing left to fate, your meeting here will be a success of historic proportions.

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vents can generate a lot of trash. With so many people interested in reducing their carbon footprint, use your next event as a way to promote environmentally friendly practices. Use this checklist to see how green you can make your event.

Waste Reduction Marketing/Advertising • Print all advertising on used paper or post-consumer recycled paper. • Advertise electronically. Use e-mail as your main source of communication; when possible, direct people to a Web site where all information about your event can be found. • Print signs and posters on the blank side of previously used paper. • Inform participants that the event will have a green focus, and encourage them to be supportive and active. • Offer online event registration.

At the Event Avoid using paper • Use dry-erase boards and chalkboards instead of flip chart paper. • Encourage PowerPoint presentations or online presentations instead of handouts. • If handouts are required, print material on the back of previously used paper or on post-consumer or recycled paper. • Always print handouts doublesided. • If you must use paper, use post-consumer paper whenever possible. • Tie-in promotions. • Use reusable cups or mugs as promotion products that participants can take home and use after the event.

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bins next to each other so attendees can make one “stop and drop.” Make announcements and use signs to show guests the “Recycling Rules.” They’ll need to know what can be recycled and where to take the items. Make it as easy as possible. Have (polite and fun) volunteers monitor the recycling bins to ensure trash is being deposited into the right bin. Evaluate the types of waste your event will produce and see if you can substitute the waste that might go to the garbage with waste that can be recycled or reused. Try to use the most environmentally friendly products and services that are available, including eco-friendly cleaning materials and products, even if they cost a bit more. epg Source: Jennifer Cherock, Trio Solutions Inc.,www.trio-solutions.com

Go green with the Charleston Green Guide With issues such as global warming, alternative fuels and food safety making headlines, going green is talked about more now than ever before. But the subject is almost overwhelming, and efforts to make a difference are equally daunting. That’s why the Charleston Regional Business Journal decided to create the Charleston Green Guide. This reader-friendly guide will help each of us make better, more earth-conscious choices for the sanctity of our planet, for our lives now and for our children’s lives in the future. This special pull-out publication of the Business Journal will be available in October 2009 and will feature articles, profiles of local Eco Heroes, and practical tips and resources for you to apply at work, at home and in your community.


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wedding and make life easier for the bride-to-be. Something Blue Carolina also features an interactive Web site as your one-stop guide, with invaluable wedding advice as well as access to first-rate regional vendors of wedding, engagement and bridal services. At SomethingBlueOnline.com, you can: • Find links to wedding vendors. • Chat with other brides. • Keep up to date with blogs. • Learn how you can be featured in an upcoming issue.

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Lists & Directories Carriage Tour Companies ................................................. 40 Entertainment, Professional Speakers and Workshops .................................................................. 40 Florists ................................................................................ 40 Party Rental Companies.....................................................41 Photographers.................................................................... 42 Specialty Paper .................................................................. 42 Videographers .................................................................... 43 Walking Tours .................................................................... 43 Water Tours ........................................................................ 43

Golf Courses ....................................................................... 44 Area Attractions ................................................................. 45 Caterers............................................................................... 47 Event Planners ....................................................................51 Hotels with Meeting Facilities........................................... 53 Restaurants with Banquet Facilities ................................. 57 Unconventional/Outdoor Meeting Venues ...................... 59 Exhibition Centers ............................................................. 62 Index of Companies .......................................................... 62 Index of Advertisers........................................................... 64

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Carriage Tour Companies Old South Carriage Co. 14 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-723-9712 • F: 843-722-2553 www.oldsouthcarriagetours.com Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No. of seats: 16 Total No. of carriages: 20 Avg. cost per person: $21 Available tours: Hourlong downtown carriage tours covering 2.5 miles of historic Charleston Olde Towne Carriage Co. 20 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-722-1315 • F: DNR www.oldetownecarriage.com Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No. of seats: 16 Total No. of carriages: 8 Avg. cost per person: $18 Available tours: Historic Charleston, residential history, private tours Palmetto Carriage Works Ltd. 40 N. Market St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-723-8145 • F: 843-853-6621 www.carriagetour.com Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No. of seats: 16 Total No. of carriages: 11 Avg. cost per person: $20 Available tours: Hourlong tours covering historic Charleston; group and private tours available

Entertainment, Professional Speakers and Workshops Listed alphabetically by subcategory BANDS Archer Music Service LLC 108 Pinecrest Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-871-4460 www.archermusic.com Services/Specialties: Live musicians and bands for corporate and social events, weddings and receptions; professional DJ service available Top Executive: David Archer Classical Charleston 1612 Woodcrest Ave. Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-693-0004 • F: 843-693-0004 www.classicalcharleston.com Services/Specialties: Wedding and event musicians Top Executive: Andrew Mille Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256 www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor Lee Edwards Entertainment 811 Savannah Highway, Suite 1 Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-556-1614 www.leeedwardsentertainment.com

Services/Specialties: Weddings, corporate and social events Top Executive: Lee Edwards Plane Jane 2918 Zachary George Lane Johns Island, SC 29455 P: 843-557-0785 www.planejanerocks.com Services/Specialties: Eight-piece ensemble that plays hits from the sixties to the present, based in Charleston, ability to play electrified funk tunes that are punctuated with swinging horn section solos, hip-hop, funk, shag and disco songs, rock and roll, six vocalists available, available for wedding and corporate events Top Executive: Scott Sain The Sneakers Band P.O. Box 102 Johns Island, SC 29457 P: 843-729-7053 • F: 843-718-1282 www.sneakersband.com Services/Specialties: Music for weddings, corporate events, festivals, fundraisers, special occasions Top Executive: Ted H. McKee, Skye McKee BOOKING COMPANY Archer Music Service LLC 108 Pinecrest Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-871-4460 www.archermusic.com Services/Specialties: Live musicians and bands for corporate and social events, weddings and receptions; professional DJ service available Top Executive: David Archer Classical Charleston 1612 Woodcrest Ave. Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-693-0004 • F: 843-693-0004 www.classicalcharleston.com Services/Specialties: Wedding and event musicians Top Executive: Andrew Mille Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256 www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor OtherBrother Entertainment 660 Riverland Drive, Unit D Charleston, SC 29412 P: 843-225-5621 • F: 815-425-5621 www.otherbrotherent.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, ceremony music, tents, dance floor, stage, chairs, tables, lighting Top Executive: Megan Smith BUSINESS WORKSHOPS Adventure Teamworks LLC 3260 Queensgate Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 P: 843-810-6927 www.adventureteamworks.com Services/Specialties: Leadership and team development initiatives through classroom learning and

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real-time simulations and high-impact experiences for businesses and corporations; hands-on learning of social responsibility; leadership skills; decision-making skills Top Executive: Brian Wilson FocalPoint Coaching of Charleston 222 W. Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-278-2663 • F: 866-787-6812 www.focalpointcharleston.com Top Executive: Ron McNutt Jeremiah Bacon, speaker and consultant 109 Cooke St. Charleston, SC 29492 P: 843-971-3336 • F: 843-824-1930 www.jeremiahbacon.com Services/Specialties: Keynote speaker, after-dinner storytelling for spouse programs Top Executive: Jeremiah M. Bacon III The Leone Resource Group 1614 Camp Road Charleston, SC 29414 P: 843-795-9462 www.salesfunnel.com Services/Specialties: Sales, leadership, hiring, sales boot camps Top Executive: Linda Gibson CLOWN Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256 www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor DJ Services Archer Music Service LLC 108 Pinecrest Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-871-4460 www.archermusic.com Services/Specialties: Live musicians and bands for corporate and social events, weddings and receptions; professional DJ service available Top Executive: David Archer Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256 www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor Lee Edwards Entertainment 811 Savannah Highway, Suite 1 Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-556-1614 www.leeedwardsentertainment.com Services/Specialties: Weddings, corporate and social events Top Executive: Lee Edwards MAGICIAN Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256

www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER Adventure Teamworks LLC 3260 Queensgate Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 P: 843-810-6927 www.adventureteamworks.com Services/Specialties: Leadership and team development initiatives through classroom learning and real-time simulations and high-impact experiences for businesses and corporations; hands-on learning of social responsibility; leadership skills; decision-making skills Top Executive: Brian Wilson Fat Cat Productions P.O. Box 30182 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-556-1133 • F: 843-763-2256 www.fatcatproductions.com Services/Specialties: Live bands, DJs, comedians Top Executive: Bubba Taylor FocalPoint Coaching of Charleston 222 W. Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-278-2663 • F: 866-787-6812 www.focalpointcharleston.com Top Executive: Ron McNutt Jeremiah Bacon, speaker and consultant 109 Cooke St. Charleston, SC 29492 P: 843-971-3336 • F: 843-824-1930 www.jeremiahbacon.com Services/Specialties: Keynote speaker, after-dinner storytelling for spouse programs Top Executive: Jeremiah M. Bacon III Seidler & Associates LLC 1260 Winchester Drive Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-573-3485 • F: 843-763-3650 www.margaretseidler.com Services/Specialties: Team-building, personal and professional development, communications Top Executive: Margaret Seidler

Florists Belva’s Flower Shop 875 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-884-9576 • F: 843-884-6026 www.belvasflowershop.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Corporate convention luncheons, showers, funerals, Exotic flowers imported from Hawaii, corporate account programs Bird’s Nest Floral & Gifts 549 College Park Road, Suite E Ladson, SC 29456 P: 843-797-7673 • F: 843-797-0093 www.birdsnestflorist.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Fresh flowers, tropicals, plants, European and dish gardens, contemporary and traditional arrangements, high-style

floral arrangements, silk arrangements, dried floral arrangements, weddings, funeral designs, extensive gift line, gourmet and fruit baskets, gift baskets, candles Blanche Darby Florist 858 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-556-3990 • F: 843-766-0975 www.blanche.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, parties, large decorations, tropical flowers always in stock Bloom at Charleston Place 150 Market St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-937-9033 • F: 843-937-9035 www.bloomatcharlestonplace.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Traditional Southern and contemporary European design Buy the Bunch 280 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite H Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-881-4888 • F: 843-849-6206 www.buythebunch.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings and events, large selection of unique Dutch flowers Calhoun Flowers Inc. 1617 Ashley River Road, Suite B Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-571-5004 • F: 843-571-5160 www.ftdfloristsonline.com/calhounflowers Specialties/Exotic flowers: Tropicals, imports from Holland and Ecuador, small events Charleston Florist Inc. 184 King St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-577-5691 • F: 843-577-3035 www.charlestonflorist.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Fresh flowers, tropicals, plants, European and dish gardens, contemporary and traditional arrangements, high-style floral arrangements, weddings, funeral designs, extensive gift line, gourmet and fruit baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards, candles Class Acts Gift Baskets P.O. Box 2064 Mount Pleasant, SC 29465 P: 843-884-2255 • F: 843-971-8032 www.classactsgiftbaskets.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Charleston baskets, products for baby, spa, toiletries Country & Lace Florist 610 Schooner Road Charleston, SC 29412 P: 843-762-1118 • F: 843-762-3612 Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, receptions, roses, Exotic flowers Creech’s Florist Inc. 3200 Azalea Drive Charleston, SC 29405 P: 843-747-7343 • F: 843-744-0164 www.creechsfloristinc.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, receptions, parties, funerals, all special occasions


Lists & Directories Dale Wallace, Fine Floral Creations 130 W. Richardson Ave. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-875-5520 • F: 843-875-5756 www.dalewallaceffc.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Wedding and corporate design and production A Floral Affair 280 Seven Farms Drive, Suite D Daniel Island, SC 29492 P: 843-388-9100 • F: 843-388-9104 www.afloralaffaironline.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Corporate events and weddings, party planning, Lowcountry-style tropicals Flowers by Frankie 108 Gleneagles Drive Charleston, SC 29483 P: 843-296-4252 www.flowersbyfrankie.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, special events Forget Me Nots P.O. Box 30504 Charleston, SC 29417 P: 843-577-3533 • F: 843-577-5004 www.perryflowersandevents.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Theme props, local weddings, tropical flowers, glass, silver items Frampton’s Flowers, Weddings 162 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-723-3656 www.framptonsflowers.com

Specialties/Exotic flowers: Corporate events, weddings, cut flower arrangements, daily deliveries, funerals Gathering Floral & Event Design 507 1/2 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-723-3387 • F: 843-723-3387 www.gatheringevents.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Floral design, planning, consulting, coordination, lighting and furniture rentals The Greenery Florist 240 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-577-5394 • F: 843-577-5394 www.greeneryfloristcharleston.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, funerals, various events Horst Wholesale Florist Inc. 1538 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-556-5151 • F: 843-763-9910 www.horstflowers.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: All types of flowers for weddings and events Keepsakes Florist 2000 Wappoo Drive, Suite A Charleston, SC 29412 P: 843-766-7807 • F: 843-763-6819 www.keepsakesflorist.net Specialties/Exotic flowers: Flowers and decorations for all events; member of Teleflora and Florist Transworld Delivery wire services; flower delivery available

Lotus Flower 32 Laurens St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-534-2837 • F: 843-534-2839 www.lotusflowercharleston.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, parties, events

Seithel’s Florist 1579 Savannah Highway, Suite A Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-766-0246 • F: 843-852-2651 www.seithelsflorist.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Funeral flowers

A New Leaf Studio 44 Morris St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-720-8675 • F: 866-456-0253 www.anewleafstudio.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Special events, weddings, container gardening, organic cut flowers

Tiger Lily Florist 131 Spring St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-723-2808 • F: 843-723-2611 www.tigerlilyflorist.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Rentals, props, wedding and event designs, linen and plants

OK Florist & Gifts Inc. 131 W. Luke Ave. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-873-3681 • F: 843-873-3883 www.okfloristevents.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Full-service retail florist specializing in weddings and special events, props and rental items available, wide range of specialty containers, high-end permanent botanicals, fruit and gourmet baskets, sympathy arrangements

Twiggs and Ivy Flower Shop LLC 2254-C Ashley Crossing Drive Charleston, SC 29414 P: 843-763-6690 • F: 843-763-2154 www.twiggsandivy.com Specialties/Exotic flowers: Weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, no Exotic flowers

Sallie Youmans Floral Design 3002 Lee St. / P.O. Box 546 Edisto Island, SC 29438 P: 843-870-9435 • F: 843-869-9129 Out of Hand — The Art of Creating www.edistowedding.com 113 Pitt St., Suite C Specialties/Exotic flowers: Florals for Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 weddings and events P: 843-856-3585 • F: 843-856-3586 www.shopoutofhand.com Party Rental Companies Specialties/Exotic flowers: Classic and contemporary floral design for busiAll Occasions - The Party & Event ness or social events Division of AAA Rentals 3555 Meeting St. Road Charleston, SC 29405

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conventions, glassware, linens, props/ themes, staging/risers, tables, tents Other Services: Dance floors, florals, event planning, wedding coordination Hughes Rental Center Inc. 1345 Bowman Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-881-7368 • F: 843-881-0367 www.hughesrental.com Specialties/Services: Booths, carnival/ fair items, chairs, china, conventions, glassware, linens, props/themes, staging/risers, tables, tents, wedding accessories Other services: Food and beverage service rentals, Party-CAD event design, outdoor amusement, portable air conditioning, delivery Nature’s Calling Inc. P.O. Box 30039 Charleston, SC 29417-0039 P: 843-529-1399 • F: 843-744-8279 www.naturescallinginc.com Specialties/Services: Mobile restroom facilities Other services: Mobile shower trailers, hand wash sinks, trash bins Out of Hand 113-C Pitt St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-856-3585 • F: 843-856-3586 www.shopoutofhand.com Specialties/Services: Chairs, china, linens, props/themes, tables, tents, wedding accessories Other services: Unique rentals, chandeliers, fabric, antique tables, eight types of chairs, custom work available Production Design Associates 2799 Three Lakes Road North Charleston, SC 29418 P: 843-554-3466 • F: 843-554-0169 www.pdastage.com Specialties/Services: Conventions Staging/Risers Other services: Audiovisual production, lighting and sound, video production, system installation Royal Restrooms 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 103-332 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-805-8015 www.royalrestrooms.com Specialties/Services: Mobile restroom facilities

Photographers AccuPhotoLab & Studio 1711 Savannah Highway, Suite B Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-571-4817 www.accuphotolab.com Specialties/Services: Complete photo and studio services, including restoration, enlargement, digital, film and video processing, archival, framing Alterman Studios 654 King St., Suite D Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-577-0647 • F: 843-722-2309 www.altermanstudios.com Specialties/Services: Executive

portraits, head shots, product shots, architecture I. Wilson Baker 1094 Morrison Drive Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-577-0828 • F: 843-723-7282 www.iwilsonbaker.com Specialties/Services: Photographs for advertising, design and editorial Banner Photography 2052 Medway Road Charleston, SC 29412 P: 843-406-9432 • F: 843-406-4680 www.bannerphotography.com Specialties/Services: Wedding photography, portrait photography, event photography Black Creek Studios 10040 Dorchester Road, Suite 108 Summerville, SC 29485 P: 843-821-4110 www.blackcreekstudios.com Specialties/Services: Portraiture, business headshots, graduates, modeling portfolios, frames Susan Budnick Photography 149 Broomsedge Lane Kiawah Island, SC 29455 P: 843-768-9498 www.susanbudnickphotography.com Specialties/Services: Lowcountry and Charleston scenery, wildlife, nature; special orders usually accepted, bilingual photographer available for some special projects Camera Eye Photography 996 Law Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-906-7500 www.cameraeyephotography.ifp3.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, children, special events Charles Tumbleston Photography 940 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-766-9400 • F: 843-766-5577 www.tumblestonphotography.com Specialties/Services: Corporate, weddings and events, families and children Charleston Center for Photography 654-D King St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-720-3105 • F: 843-720-3104 www.ccforp.org Specialties/Services: Photography classes and workshops, studio photography, event photography, printing, retouching, wedding photography, post-production work Charleston Snaps 12 Stallion Court Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-478-6809 Specialties/Services: Event photography, weddings, sports, family portraits, commercial Chi Photography 544 Beverly Drive Summerville, SC 29485

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P: 843-813-0174 • F: 866-781-2265 www.childcreations.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, portraits, children, events Chris and Cami Photography LLC 1305 White Tail Path Charleston, SC 29414 P: 843-324-8900 • F: 843-571-7052 www.chrisandcami.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, corporate events, executive portraits, professional sports Coleman Photography LLC 538 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-577-9090 • F: 843-577-8060 www.colemanphotography.com Specialties/Services: Photography services for sales conferences, trade shows, conventions, golf tournaments, corporate parties, same-day slide shows, on-site printing, green screen computer backgrounds available Dean Photographic 436 Longstreet Drive Charleston, SC 29412 P: 843-822-0371 www.rickdeanphotography.com Specialties/Services: Commercial, weddings, business and family portraiture Distinctive Images 400 E. Fifth North St., Suite D Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-832-9570 • F: 843-832-9570 www.mikebowdenphotography.com Specialties/Services: Portraits, events Douglas Deas Photography 769 Bradburn Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-881-7613 www.douglasdeasphotography.com Specialties/Services: Portraits, events, weddings, architectural, editorial, public relations, advertising East Coast Aerials 2700 Fort Trenholm Road, No. 9 Johns Island, SC 29455 P: 843-478-6809 www.ecaerials.com Specialties/Services: Aerials for weddings, corporate, human signs, large events Gary Eaton Studios 127 S. Main St. Summerville, SC 29483 P: 843-871-1560 • F: 843-871-1560 www.garyeatonstudios.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, portraits, commercial, aerial, architectural, banquets, legal, special events Jeff Dodge Photography 1483 Diamond Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 P: 843-971-3040 • F: 843-971-8267 Specialties/Services: People, location, architectural, food, travel, weddings Joseph Photography 45 Gadsden St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-224-0502

www.robinjosephphotography.com Specialties/Services: Special events, family portraits, maternity, bridal portraits, family reunions, parties, corporate events Lea Dales 2030 S. Smokerise Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 P: 843-452-3175 www.leadales.com Specialties/Services: Wedding, family, corporate photography Lawrence A. Monteith, Photographer 307 Royal Palm Blvd., No. 104 Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-556-1462 Specialties/Services: Advertising, architectural, hotel, food, portrait, wedding Naomi Doddington Couture Photography 225 Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403 P: 843-259-8402 www.doddingtonphoto.com Specialties/Services: Special-event and wedding photography, corporate imaging, family portraiture PhotoArt by Paul 152 Evening Shade Drive Charleston, SC 29414 P: 843-819-0195 www.photoartbypaul.com Specialties/Services: Element photography, architectural, corporate, commercial, editorial, events Rick Rhodes Photography Inc. 1842 Belgrade Ave. Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-766-7425 • F: 843-556-9161 www.rickrhodesphotography.com Specialties/Services: Architectural, aerial, advertising, fine art copy and reproduction, digital scanning, digital wide-format printing, giclee printing, studio, event space rental Richard Bell Photography 3620 Ashley Phosphate Road North Charleston, SC 29418 P: 843-767-6888 • F: 843-225-2355 www.charlestonwedding.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, events, families, children, seniors, corporate, commercial, real estate Marni Rothschild Pictures LLC P.O. Box 21463 Charleston, SC 29413 P: 843-345-2190 • F: 843-805-8045 www.marnipictures.com Specialties/Services: Weddings and portraits Smoak Stack Studios 1208 Forestwood Drive Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-224-8555 www.smoakstackstudios.com Specialties/Services: Advertising, corporate, events, people, weddings, architecture, fine art, editorial, industrial

Stello Photography LLC 164 Market St., Suite 225 Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-425-9902 www.stellophotography.com Specialties/Services: Art, commercial work, weddings, portraits, real estate, events Taylor Stewart Photography 3226 Maybank Highway, Studio E5 Johns Island, SC 29455 P: 843-364-7796 www.taylorstewartphotography.com Specialties/Services: Photojournalistic wedding photography, portraiture Leigh Webber Photography 164 Market St., Suite 253 Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-697-0376 www.ltwebber.com Specialties/Services: Weddings, events, children, portraiture

Specialty Paper Bernstein Lash Marketing 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 4 Charleston, SC 29407 P: 843-747-7767 • F: 843-747-8166 Specialties/Services: Customized invitations and promotional products Concorde Inc. 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite D Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-849-8414 • F: 843-884-3244 www.concordeinc.com Specialties/Services: Custom corporate gifts; embroidered wearables; trade show giveaways; custom bags, packaging, promotional products and services for events and trade shows; imprinted cups; insulated beverage holders; gifts; totes Dulles Designs 89 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 P: 843-805-7166 • F: 212-202-5268 www.dullesdesigns.com Specialties/Services: Stationery, custom invitations, unique gifts Karst Inc. Promotional Marketing P.O. Box 60850 North Charleston, SC 29419 P: 843-884-4280 • F: 843-884-3222 www.karstinc.com Specialties/Services: Promotional products, logo apparel, custom novelties, logo product design, promotion campaigns, corporate gifts, trade shows, employee incentives Lee Wayne Carolina 2470 Mall Drive, Suite G North Charleston, SC 29406 P: 843-744-8787 • F: 843-744-8785 www.leewayne.com Specialties/Services: Offset printing, screen printing, embroidery, pad printing and engraving on letterhead, decals, labels, apparel and business gifts


Lists & Directories PaperTrails.com 5015 Parkside Drive Charleston, SC 29405 P: 843-308-9912 • F: 843-308-9232 www.papertrails.com Specialties/Services: Online boutiques of blank or personalized invitations, announcements, stationery, ink stampers and napkins, including Charleston and Lowcountry designs

Go To Team Inc. 1090 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite E Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 P: 843-884-6222 • F: 843-884-6216 www.gototeam.com Specialties/Services: Video and broadcast services in HD and SD; specializing in corporate, commercial, broadcast television, live event production, electronic press kits

Avg. cost per tour per person: $15-$25 Available tours: Bilingual guides available by request or reservation

Charleston Strolls/The First Walking Tour P.O. Box 1651 Charleston, SC 29402 P: 843-766-2080 • F: 843-722-8688 www.charlestonstrolls.com Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Maximum group size per tour: 20 Print Shop of West Ashley Inc. Production Design Associates Avg. cost per tour per person: $18 for 1045 Wappoo Road 2799 Three Lakes Road adults; $10 for children ages 7-12; Charleston, SC 29407 North Charleston, SC 29418 P: 843-571-4811 • F: 843-571-7270 P: 843-554-3466 • F: 843-554-0169 free for children 6 and younger Available tours: Historical walking Specialties/Services: Commercial www.pdastage.com offset printers Specialties/Services: Innovative light- tours available Monday-Saturday, group and specialty tours by aring, audio, video production, staging, design and installations; green options rangement PYS Advertising LLC also available 2888 Ashley River Road Civil War Walking Tour Charleston, SC 29414 115 Meeting St. P: 843-766-5808 • F: 843-556-8928 UniMedia Charleston, SC 29401 www.logoman.com 4 Carriage Lane, Suite 205 P: 843-270-2417 Specialties/Services: Event gift giving, Charleston, SC 29407 logo products, embroidered apparels P: 843-884-5056 • F: 843-278-2434 www.civilwarwalk.com Hours of operation: 9 a.m. daily www.unimediasolutions.com Specialties/Services: Multimedia proj- Maximum group size per tour: 20 The RSVP Shoppe Avg. cost per tour per person: $20 ects; documentaries; motion picture, 141 Broad St. for adults; free for children younger television and live event production Charleston, SC 29401 than 12 P: 843-577-9740 • F: 843-577-0064 Available tours: Regular tours, as well Specialties/Services: Stationery lines Walking Tours as group, private and school tours; including Crane, William Arthur, Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Jan Petr Obr, Absolutely Charleston Destination Charleston photographs taken in 1865 included in tour Dempsey & Carroll; gifts available Management LLC P.O. Box 80489 Experience Walking Historic The Scratch Pad Charleston, SC 29416 409 Mill St. P: 843-884-9505 • F: 843-971-0045 Charleston 2650 Marsh Creek Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 www.absolutelycharleston.com Charleston, SC 29414 P: 843-884-3433 • F: 843-884-6568 Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. P: 843-571-2523 Specialties/Services: Custom Maximum group size per tour: 500 Hours of operation: 10 a.m. daily invitations; Crane, William Arthur, Avg. cost per tour per person: $25 March-June and September-October, Vera Wang, Kate Spade stationery; Available tours: Private guides, stepfrom 375 Meeting St. gift items on guides, expert speakers, tours, Maximum group size per tour: 20 special events Avg. cost per tour per person: $17 Videographers Available tours: Private walking tours Bulldog Tours Inc. 40 N. Market St. Action Media Inc. On the Market Tours with Charleston, SC 29401 P.O. Box 80892 P: 843-722-8687 • F: 843-722-8688 Tommy Dew Charleston, SC 29416 Corner of Market and Meeting streets P: 843-412-0725 • F: 843-278-2912 www.bulldogtours.com Charleston, SC 29401 Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. www.actionmediacorp.com P: 843-853-8687 • F: 843-853-8687 Specialties/Services: Video production, Maximum group size per tour: 20 commercials, marketing videos, wed- Avg. cost per tour per person: $18 for www.onthemarkettours.com Hours of operation: 11 a.m. daily adults; $10 for children ages 7-12; dings, real estate marketing, graphic Maximum group size per tour: 20 free for children 6 and younger design, Web streaming, television Avg. cost per tour per person: $20 Available tours: Charleston Ghost & production Graveyard, The Haunted Jail Tour, The for adults; $12 for children 12 and younger Dark Side of Charleston, Charleston Digital Cinema Productions Available tours: History Ghost and Dungeon 2040 Ashley River Road, Apt. 724 Charleston, SC 29407 The Original Charleston Walks Charleston Ghost Hunt Walking P: 843-568-3965 45 S. Market St. Tour www.scdigitalcinema.com Charleston, SC 29401 1 Pinckney St. Specialties/Services: Video producP: 843-577-3800 • F: 413-771-7923 Charleston, SC 29401 tion coverage for meetings, special www.charlestonwalks.com events, marketing, weddings and bar P: 843-813-5055 Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. www.charlestonghosthunt.com mitzvahs, instructional DVDs, DVD Hours of operation: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 7 days a week authoring, 3-D animation daily; 10:45 p.m.-midnight Friday and Maximum group size per tour: 20 Avg. cost per tour per person: $18.50 Saturday DVD Video Production Services Available tours: Ghosts & Legends Maximum group size per tour: 100 325 Coleman Blvd. of Charleston, Civil War Walk, The Avg. cost per tour per person: $13 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston Walk, Pirates & BuccaAvailable tours: Adult tours only P: 843-884-1900 neers Walk, Slavery & Freedom Walk, www.brideslovedvd.com Historic Homes Walk, The Pub Walk Specialties/Services: Videography and Charleston Hospitality Tours photography of school, family, corpo- 17 Colonial St. Tour Charleston LLC Charleston, SC 29401 rate events; video editing; DVD/CD/ P.O. Box 22604 P: 843-722-6858 VHS duplication and packaging; film, Charleston, SC 29413 Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tape, slide conversions to DVD P: 843-723-1670 • F: 843-723-0180 weekdays www.tourcharleston.com Maximum group size per tour: 20

Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Maximum group size per tour: 20 Avg. cost per tour per person: $18 Available tours: The Ghosts of Charleston, Ghost II: Specters on the Edge of Town, The Pirates of Charleston, The Story of Charleston, The Antebellum Mansions of Charleston

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Index of Companies 82 Queen................................................. 57 A Floral Affair ........................................... 41 A New Leaf Studio ................................... 41 A Southern Bartender .............................. 50 A&P Catering ........................................... 47 A.W. Shuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar ....................... 57 Absolutely Charleston Destination Management LLC............ 43, 51 AccuPhotoLab & Studio ........................... 42 Action Media Inc. ..................................... 43 Adventure Teamworks LLC ...................... 40 Aiken-Rhett House................................... 46 All Occasions - The Party & Event Division of AAA Rentals ....................... 41,51 Aloft Charleston Airport and Convention Center ............................ 54 Alterman Studios ..................................... 42 American Military Museum ...................... 46 American Theater .................................... 60 Anchorage Inn ......................................... 54 Angel Oak Park ........................................ 45 Ansonborough Inn ................................... 54 AquaSafaris Inc........................................ 43

Archer Music Service LLC........................ 40 Atlantic Tent Rentals Inc........................... 41 Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture ...... 46 Banner Photography ................................ 42 Belvaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flower Shop ................................ 40 Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center................................. 46 Bernstein Lash Marketing ........................ 42 Best Western Charleston Downtown ........ 54 Beyond Expectations ............................... 49 Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Floral & Gifts .......................... 40 Black Creek Studios ................................ 42 Blackbaud Stadium ................................. 59 BlackJack Barbecue ................................ 48 Blanche Darby Florist............................... 40 Bloom at Charleston Place ....................... 40 Blossom .................................................. 58 Blue Moon Events .................................... 52 The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort . 54 The Boathouse at Breach Inlet ................. 57 Bocciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant ........................ 58 Bohicket Creek Boat Rentals LLC............. 43 Boone Hall Plantation............................... 45

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant........ 57 Bulldog Tours Inc. .................................... 43 Buy the Bunch ......................................... 40 By George! Events and Marketing ............ 52 Cafe Catering..................................... 47, 51 Calhoun Flowers Inc. ............................... 40 Calhoun Mansion ..................................... 46 Camera Eye Photography ........................ 42 Candlelite Pavilion at the Country Club of Summerville ................... 61 Carolina Catering ..................................... 47 Carolina Celebrations LLC........................ 52 The Carolina Girl ...................................... 61 Carolina Ice Palace ............................ 45, 60 Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant............................... 58 Caw Caw Interpretive Center ................... 46 Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.... 46 Charles Tumbleston Photography............. 42 Charleston Area Convention Center.......... 62 Charleston Ballet Theatre......................... 46 Charleston Center for Photography .......... 42 Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc................................... 51 Charleston Cooks! ................................... 61

Charleston Florist Inc. .............................. 40 Charleston Ghost Hunt Walking Tour ........ 43 Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.......... 53 Charleston Harbor Tours .................... 43, 61 Charleston Hospitality Tours..................... 43 Charleston International Antiques Show... 46 Charleston Maritime Center ..................... 59 Charleston Marriott .................................. 53 The Charleston Museum .......................... 45 Charleston National Golf Club .................. 44 Charleston Outdoor Caterers.................... 49 Charleston Place...................................... 53 Charleston Place Events .................... 47, 51 Charleston RiverDogs .............................. 45 Charleston Schooner Pride ................ 43, 61 Charleston Snaps .................................... 42 Charleston Strolls/The First Walking Tour ..... 43 Charleston Synergy ................................. 52 Charleston Tea Plantation ........................ 46 Charleston Visitor Center and bus shed..................................... 59, 62 Chi Photography ...................................... 42 Chris and Cami Photography LLC ............ 42 Cinebarre................................................. 59


Lists & Directories Circa 1886............................................... 58 Citadel Beach House................................ 61 Civil War Walking Tour.............................. 43 Clarion Inn & Suites ................................. 56 Class Acts Gift Baskets ............................ 40 Classical Charleston ................................ 40 Client Source Inc...................................... 52 Coastal Carolina Fair ................................ 45 Coastal Caterers ...................................... 49 Coastal Yacht Charters ....................... 43, 61 Coleman Photography LLC ...................... 42 The College Center at Trident Technical College ................... 59, 62 Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site ..... 46 Comfort Suites West of the Ashley ........... 54 Concorde Inc. .......................................... 42 The Conference Center at James Island County Park ................. 61, 62 Cooper River Marina ................................ 46 Coosaw Creek Country Club .................... 44 Cottage on the Creek ............................... 60 The Cottages on Charleston Harbor ......... 61 Cougar Point ............................................ 44 Country & Lace Florist ............................. 40 Courtyard Charleston Coliseum................ 56 Courtyard Charleston Mount Pleasant ...... 54 Courtyard Charleston Waterfront .............. 56 Creative Spark Center for the Arts............ 61 Creech’s Florist Inc. ................................. 40 The Creek Club at I’On............................. 61 Crooked Oaks Golf Course ....................... 44 Cru Catering ............................................ 48 Cypress Gardens ............................... 46, 61 Cypress Hall at Wannamaker County Park ... 61 Cypress Lowcountry Grill ......................... 58 Dale Wallace, Fine Floral Creations .......... 41 Dean Photographic .................................. 42 Digital Cinema Productions ...................... 43 Distinctive Events .................................... 51 Distinctive Images ................................... 42 Dock Street Theatre ........................... 46, 60 Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston Historic District ...................... 53 Douglas Deas Photography ...................... 42 Dulles Designs......................................... 42 Dunes West Golf Club .............................. 44 Duvall Catering & Event Design ....41, 47, 51 DVD Video Production Services ................ 43 East Coast Aerials .................................... 42 The Eclectic Chef ..................................... 48 Edisto Hall at James Island County Park .. 61 Edmondston-Alston House....................... 46 Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier .. 45 Elizabeth Grace Occasions LLC ................ 52 Embassy Suites Airport/ Convention Center ................................... 53 Embassy Suites Catering ......................... 47 Embassy Suites Historic Charleston ......... 53 Erimic Associates Catering ...................... 50 Event Consulting Service ......................... 52 Everyday Gourmet ................................... 50 Exchange Park..............................45, 59, 62

Experience Walking Historic Charleston ... 43 Fat Cat Productions ................................. 40 Fat Hen Catering...................................... 49 Fini Event Planning .................................. 52 Fish ......................................................... 57 Flowergirls .............................................. 52 Flowers by Frankie .................................. 41 FocalPoint Coaching of Charleston ........... 40 Folly Beach County Park .......................... 45 Folly Beach Holiday Inn ............................ 54 Footlight Players Theatre ......................... 61 Forget Me Nots ........................................ 41 Fork Fine Gourmet Catering & Events ...... 48 Fort Moultrie ............................................ 45 Fort Sumter National Monument Visitor Center ......................... 45 Fort Sumter Tours, SpiritLine Cruises . 43, 60 Frampton’s Flowers, Weddings ................ 41 Francis Marion Hotel................................ 53 French Quarter Inn................................... 54 Fulton Lane Inn........................................ 54 Gaillard Municipal Auditorium & Exhibition Hall ...................................... 62 Garibaldi’s ............................................... 58 Gary Eaton Studios .................................. 42 Gathering Floral & Event Design ........ 41, 52 Gibbes Museum of Art/ Carolina Art Association ..................... 46, 60 Gilligan’s of Goose Creek ......................... 57 Gilligan’s of Johns Island ......................... 57 Gilligan’s of Moncks Corner ..................... 57 Gilligan’s of Mount Pleasant..................... 57 Gilligan’s of Summerville ......................... 57 Gilligan’s on the Market ........................... 57 Go To Team Inc. ....................................... 43 Good Food Catering ................................. 47 The Grand Pavilion................................... 60 The Greenery Florist ................................ 41 Grill 225 .................................................. 57 Grills Gone Wild Catering ......................... 49 Group Dynamics Events ........................... 51 Group Dynamics Rentals.......................... 41 Gullah Cuisine by CJ’s Catering Service Inc................................. 48 H.L. Hunley, Warren Lasch Conservation Center ................................ 61 Hamby Catering....................................... 47 Hampton Inn & Suites .............................. 54 Hampton Inn & Suites West Ashley .......... 54 Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District.. 56 Hampton Inn Charleston North ................. 56 Hampton Inn Daniel Island ....................... 56 Harbour Club ........................................... 61 Harbour View Inn ..................................... 56 Hawthorn Suites ...................................... 56 Heyward-Washington House.................... 45 High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill.............. 58 High Touch-High Tech .............................. 51 Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport ........ 53 The Historic Rice Mill Building ................. 61 Holiday Inn Charleston Airport and Convention Center ............................ 54

Holiday Inn Charleston Mount Pleasant .... 53 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston Ashley Phosphate .................................... 56 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites .......... 56 Holiday Inn Express Summerville ............. 54 Holiday Inn Historic District ...................... 54 Holiday Inn Riverview .............................. 54 Homewood Suites by Hilton ..................... 54 Horst Wholesale Florist Inc....................... 41 Howard Johnson Charleston Airport ......... 56 Hughes Rental Center Inc. ....................... 41 Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant ................... 58 I. Wilson Baker ......................................... 42 Icebox Bartenders.................................... 50 The Inn at Middleton Place ...................... 54 Island Breeze Tours ................................. 43 Island Porch Banquet Facility ................... 57 Isle of Palms County Park ........................ 45 j.b.c.-James Burns Catering .................... 47 James Island County Park ....................... 45 James Island County Park challenge course ..................................... 46 James Island County Park climbing wall .. 46 James Island County Park cottages and campground ....................... 45 James Island County Park covered shelters ...................................... 61 James Island County Park Splash Zone ... 45 JB’s Smokeshack .................................... 50 Jeff Dodge Photography .......................... 42 Jeremiah Bacon, speaker and consultant .... 40 JMC Charleston ....................................... 51 John Rutledge House Inn ......................... 56 Joseph Manigault House ......................... 45 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park ............................ 59 Joseph Photography ................................ 42 Jubilation................................................. 52 Just Fresh Cafe & Catering ...................... 48 Karst Inc. Promotional Marketing ............. 42 Katherine Miller Events ............................ 52 Keepsakes Florist .................................... 41 Kenda Sweet Events Inc. ......................... 52 Kiawah Beachwalker Park ....................... 45 Kiawah River Plantation ........................... 60 Kings Courtyard Inn ................................. 54 Laura Alberts, Tasteful Options........... 49, 58 Lawrence A. Monteith, Photographer ....... 42 Lea Dales ................................................ 42 Lee Edwards Entertainment ..................... 40 Lee Wayne Carolina ................................. 42 Legend Oaks Golf Club ............................ 44 Leigh Webber Photography ...................... 42 Lenny’s Sub Shop .................................... 47 The Leone Resource Group...................... 40 The Library .............................................. 58 The Links at Stono Ferry .......................... 44 LogBridge Farm ....................................... 59 Lotus Flower............................................ 41 Low Country Cuisine & Bartending .......... 50 Lowcountry Eats LLC ............................... 49 Lowndes Grove........................................ 60 Luke Wilson Special Events ..................... 52

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Production Design Associates ............ 42, 43 Prospect Hill Plantation ............................ 59 PYS Advertising LLC ................................ 43 Quality Inn & Suites at Patriots Point ........ 54 Quality Suites Convention Center ............. 54 Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport ............ 54 Ramada Charleston ................................. 54 Red Letter Events LLC ............................. 52 Regal Catering ......................................... 49 Renaissance Charleston Hotel Historic District ............................... 53 Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Mount Pleasant ...................... 56 Richard Bell Photography ........................ 42 Rick Rhodes Photography Inc. ................. 42 RiverTowne Country Club................... 44, 60 Robert’s of Charleston ............................. 58 Rooftop Bar and Restaurant ..................... 58 Royal Grand Events ................................. 50 Royal Restrooms ..................................... 42 The RSVP Shoppe .................................... 43 S.C. State Ports Authority Passenger Terminal ................................. 62 Sallie Youmans Floral Design ................... 41

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ........................ 53 Sandlapper Water Tours ........................... 43 Savory Sushi and Catering....................... 49 The Scratch Pad ...................................... 43 Seidler & Associates LLC ......................... 40 Seithel’s Florist ........................................ 41 Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club ........... 44 Shem Creek Inn ....................................... 54 Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel ............ 53 Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel ............ 62 Skye’s the Limit Entertainment ................ 52 Slightly North of Broad............................. 58 Smoak Stack Studios............................... 42 The Sneakers Band ................................. 40 Social Event Design & Planning LLC ........ 52 South Carolina Aquarium Inc. ............ 45, 59 Southend Brewery and Smokehouse ....... 58 Southern Occasions Catering................... 48 Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens ....... 46 SpringHill Suites Charleston Downtown/ Riverview ................................................ 54 St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center................................... 62

Stello Photography LLC............................ 42 Sticky Fingers Catering ............................ 48 Sticky Fingers RibHouse .................... 57, 58 Sunfire Grill and Bistro ............................. 57 Susan Budnick Photography .................... 42 Tasteful Civil Ceremonies |by Allen Johnson .................................... 52 Taylor Stewart Photography ..................... 42 Three Lions Club...................................... 61 Three Little Birds Cafe & Catering ............ 49 Tidewater Catering LLC ........................... 48 Tiger Lily Florist ....................................... 41 Tom Smith Catering ................................. 48 Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant .............................. 58 Tour Charleston LLC ................................ 43 Town & Country Inn & Conference Center............................. 54, 62 Triangle Char & Bar ................................. 58 Trio Solutions Inc. .................................... 52 Tristan ..................................................... 57 Trotters Restaurant .................................. 57 Turtle Point Golf Club ............................... 44 Twiggs and Ivy Flower Shop LLC ............. 41

UniMedia ................................................. 43 Upstairs at 39 Rue de Jean...................... 57 The Vendue Inn ........................................ 54 Vian Events LLC ....................................... 52 Village Hall............................................... 61 Virginia’s on King ..................................... 58 Vue at Ripley Pointe ................................. 60 Wannamaker County Park ....................... 45 Wannamaker County Park covered shelters ...................................... 61 Wedding Event Design LLC ...................... 51 Wentworth Mansion................................. 54 Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark ....... 45 White Tuxedo Productions........................ 51 Wild Dunes Harbor Course ....................... 44 Wild Dunes Links Course ......................... 44 Wild Wing Cafe/Good Times Catering ....... 50 William Aiken House ................................ 60 Wingate by Wyndham North Charleston .. 54 Winship Productions ................................ 51 Woodlands Inn ..............................54, 58, 61 Zeus Grill & Seafood ................................ 57

Index of Advertisers A Southern Bartender .................................. 49

Cru Catering ................................................ 50

Middleton Place Group Services .................. 39

All Occasions ............................................... 51

Dish & Design Catering and Events.............. 14

Mills House Hotel, The ................................. 55

aloft Hotels .................................................. 13

Distinctive Events ........................................ 31

New Dream Catering ................................... 41

Ansonborough Inn ....................................... 53

DoubleTree Guest Suites.................................7

OK Florist..................................................... 60

Buck Ridge Plantation.................................. 26

Fat Hen Catering.......................................... 47

Ooh Events/Out of Hand............................... 24

Carolina Catering ......................................... 36

Folly Beach Hotel ......................................... 12

Patrick Properties LLC ....................................5

Carolina Girl, The ......................................... 59

Fort Sumter Tours Spiritline Cruises ....Back Cover

PDA ......................................Inside Front Cover

Carolina Ice Palace ...................................... 25

Francis Marion Hotel...............................14, 32

Plantation At Bulow ..................................... 32

Charleston County Park

Group Dynamic Rentals ............................... 16

Planters Inn/Peninsula Grill .......................... 35

and Recreation Commission ........................ 22

Hilton Garden Hotel-Airport .......................... 53

South Carolina Aquarium ............................. 29

Charleston Hilton Family of Hotels/

Holiday Inn Airport ....................................... 53

Sticky Fingers .............................................. 25

charleston-hotels.net................................... 19

Hughes Rental ............................................. 34

Three Little Birds Café and Catering ............ 50

Charleston Marriott Hotel ............................. 17

ICEBOX Bar Professional Bartending Services ..10

Tidewater Foods and Catering /

Charleston Place Hotel....................................9

JMC Charleston ........................................... 21

Blackjack Barbeque ..................................... 48

Cottage on the Creek ................................... 37

Keepsakes Florist ........................................ 51

Tristan ......................................................... 27

Courtyard by Marriott - Mt. Pleasant ............ 15

Maverick Southern Kitchens ........................ 33

Village Hall................................................... 24

Courtyard by Marriott - Riverview ...................8

Meeting Street Inn ..........................................8

Vue at Ripley Point ..................................11, 28

Creek Club................................................... 59

Melvin’s Barbeque &

Crew Carolina .............................................. 36

Pigs On The Run Catering ............................ 23

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