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What it means to be By Barry Waldman

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f you’re looking for the downside for event planners of Charleston’s recent designation as the 2016 #1 destination city in the world by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, here’s the bad news: There just isn’t any. Event planners say planning soirees, bashes, corporate meetings, conventions and weddings in the nation’s hottest market is an endless parade of good news, as long as you like to work. Because the city now sells itself, event planners say, the business is coming to them like never before. “One of the benefits of managing an event venue in the number one city in the world is that we have an influx of inquiries daily. We have already contracted half of next year’s Saturdays for weddings and have several holds for 2018,”

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said Graham Ervin, director of events at Mercantile & Mash’s Cedar Room. Hotels, tour companies, the various municipalities, event planners and everyone else in the hospitality and tourism industry -most notably the Convention and Visitors Bureau – are also touting the Lowcountry as part of their individual marketing strategies. The external accolades, combined with great marketing, is stoking the event planning engine. The result is that everyone in the industry is busy. “You used to be able to plan a great wedding in six-to-nine months,” says Lisa Thomas, lead conduit at Ooh! Events. Today, she says, venues, florists, photographers, caterers and other vendors are booked a year in advance. Five years ago, spring

and fall were peak season for weddings and summers were quiet. As brides and grooms have seen their options narrowing during those months, they began opting for dates that were previously offlimits. Today wedding season is year-round. The same has been true for corporate events, says Robert Sullivan, director and managing partner of Absolutely Charleston Destination Management. “This summer we’ve been going 100 miles-an-hour responding to inquiries and running corporate events,” he said. The robust demand has created opportunity for increased supply as well. Thomas has been planning weddings in Charleston for 20 years and says she’s seen the number of event planners grow “by leaps and bounds.”


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That’s a good thing for everyone, she says. “I truly believe that the competition makes us all better. There’s so much talent – it’s mind-boggling. What we can do here rivals any major metropolitan area. In fact, I’ve had brides from New York say there are things here they didn’t have available to them there,” she said. Besides the weather, natural beauty, history, architecture and Lowcountry cuisine, Thomas cites

small but meaningful touches that are unique to Charleston. They include having Gullah singers at the wedding, or a local celebrity chef teaching guests how to cook one of the Lowcountry’s signature dishes. Conventions and destination weddings are more than one-day events. With corporate events, organizers seek locations that attendees will want to arrive at a couple of days in advance and stay after the festivities are concluded.

Likewise with weddings, says Thomas, of Ooh! Events. Family members who travel from elsewhere often want to stay at least four days. A single wedding transforms into a week of affairs, from an arrival party to a rehearsal dinner to an after-party to a breakfast event on getaway day. If there’s a cloud on the horizon it’s the possibility of complacency now that Charleston is number one. Robert Sullivan thinks the event planning community is too sophisticated to fall into that trap. Lisa Thomas is concerned that the industry will begin ratcheting up prices to the point where potential visitors will begin considering other destinations. For now, the only issue is that every event planning professional faces is that they are struggling to keep up with demand. The people who make everyone else’s visit to the Holy City special might need a vacation of their own. EPG

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From conferences to concerts, Gaillard Center has strong first year

The Gaillard Center has capacity for 1,850 seated guests. Photo/provided

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year ago, the City of Charleston raised the curtain on a new performance space and event venue in the heart of downtown. The Charleston Gaillard Center opened with much fanfare and over the last several months has hosted dozens of concerts, fundraisers and performances. “The Charleston Gaillard Center is a place that was designed to feature exceptional, diverse performing arts in a performance hall that allows patrons to experience a performance, whether it is classical music, ballet or classic rock at its highest caliber,” explained Stephanie Shipe, marketing and public relations manager at the

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Gaillard. The center’s handsome renovations were unveiled late 2015. The original building was constructed in 1968 and designed in the tradition of Europe’s great opera houses. The center’s inaugural season included both a Broadway and dance series as well performances by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and event space for DIG South and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. The Gaillard also was center stage during Spoleto Festival USA, hosting an operatic production of DuBose Heyward’s classic “Porgy and Bess.” Shipe said the overall goal is to provide an “artistically diverse per-

forming arts program offering something for everyone in the Lowcountry.” Part of that vision extends to the larger community as the Gaillard has made a concerted effort to broaden its educational programs. The Gaillard’s $142 million renovation not only transformed the performance hall but it provided Charleston with a large event space used for conferences, fundraisers, galas and weddings. Since its opening in October 2015, the Gaillard has hosted about 125 events in it ballroom space. The Exhibition Hall’s grand ballroom can seat 1,850 and the outdoor

terrace – usable almost year-round in Charleston’s mild climate – can hold 1,226 seated guests. The ballroom can be divided into three rooms to accommodate registration or reception areas. State-of-the-art audio and visual technology is available along with Wi-Fi and in-house food and beverage service, if needed. Shipe said the Gaillard is in the process of updating and simplifying the event space rental process to ensure everyone from brides to corporate event planners have a seamless and exceptional experience from start to finish.  For more information, visit www. gaillardcenter.com. EPG


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he food that you serve at a special event, whether it’s a wedding or a business meeting, is of utmost importance to create lasting, fond memories. And, being that we’re in the South — a region known for its cuisine — there are plenty of exciting options about what to serve. When it comes to catering your next event, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to make sure the cuisine fits the occasion — for example, you probably don’t want to serve Sloppy Joe’s at a black tie affair or network-

Beef crostini from Hamby Catering. Photo/Anne Rhett Photography

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ing function. You also want to make sure that every guest, with their various eating habits or food allergies, will leave with a pleased palate. It helps to present a variety of options. Fortunately, that can be easy, thanks to a few local catering companies who’ve shared their wisdom. One of the biggest trends in catering is to serve comfort food with a modern twist. As Candice Wigfield, managing director of Hamby Catering notes, “We’ve also seen an upswing of creative culinary takes on ‘old-school, comfort’ items.” She cites the Artisan Donut Station as a popular request, which fea-


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tures a lot of variations on the seemingly simple treat. Chocolate icing, with crispy bacon; buttermilk vanilla icing with chopped M&Ms and espresso icing with toasted pecans are among their offerings. As for the main menu, Wigfield says that it’s important to include a few easily-recognizable items on the menu. “Guests embrace cutting-edge culinary creations, but they also gravitate toward comfort foods like tomato pies, tea sandwiches and shrimp and grits.”

Caruso adds that, “anything that is super fresh, in season, and high-quality” is paramount to throwing a good party. “Oysters in oyster season; tomatoes in the summer.” Dave Caruso of Crave Charleston, (which is owned by Le Cordon Bleuchef / owner Mike Petrillo) says that healthier options have been requested as of late. “We are seeing some more folks wanting us to provide vegan and vegetarian items,” he said. “For the fall it’s the drinks and cocktails that are trending. Pumpkin spice everything, right?” Crave Charleston also prides itself on exceptional shrimp and grits with

Far left: Yucca root chips from Hamby Catering offer a sophisticated twist on common bites. Left: Mini tomato pies include fresh ingredients. Photos/ Anne Rhett Photography

“goodness gravy.” If you’re overwhelmed by the options, don’t worry and leave it to the pros. “It is our job to educate our clients, giving them the best information possible so that they can easily make decisions about their events,” says Wigfield. “We love to personalize each event, perhaps incorporating a favorite dish from where the couple met, or infusing international flavors from a memorable trip abroad.” She says that many of Hamby’s clients are savvy about food and wine, and typically have some idea of what they want to serve. The company

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“guides them through the planning process to make sure that no detail is overlooked.” Caruso of Crave says that while most clients generally have a good idea about what they want, his company also provides help with menu selection. “Most of the time, they want to choose menu selections that appeal to a wide base of the folks who are attending their event.” EPG

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Ask an expert: social media tips and tricks

Ashley Caldwell, Founder and CEO of The Modern Connection

Can a business today afford NOT to use social media during an event? Of course it depends on what type of event it is and who is attending. More often we are seeing attendees want to document what they are experiencing while connecting with other attendees. Social media is a natural fit for that. Which platforms would you recommend as most important for events? It depends on understanding your audience, but generally, you want to be set up and branded on the major platforms prior to the event and then make sure you’re monitoring the active ones during your event. Facebook works for your business page, event listing and live videos, while Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope are most

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typical for active platforms during the event. You should also create and implement an event-specific hashtag that can be used on all of the platforms. How can instantaneous platforms such as Snapchat and new Instagram “stories” be useful for an event? The downside of documenting events in real time is over-posting and clogging people’s feeds with so much content. Snapchat and Instagram Stories are the solution to this problem! You are able to keep everyone up to date during your event without the fear of getting unsubscribes from overposting. The nature of Snapchat and Instagram stories mean that attendees and other viewers are choosing to watch. There’s no news feed involved.

Share a few Dos when it comes to promoting an event on social media. • Create an easy-to-type and short hashtag for your event (remember, people are on their phones.) • Make Wi-Fi accessible and share that info. Are hashtags necessary? Hashtags are an absolute must, especially for event marketing! Get creative and fun with your hashtag, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box with a catchy slogan or phrase. What advice would you offer the overwhelmed independent business owner about using social media during events?  Ask for help! As a business owner, it’s common to try and do everything

yourself. Make sure you’ve planted the social media seeds ahead of time so your event can really blossom. When we work with a client, we provide a checklist. How can a business overcome an event that “flopped?” I would never recommend acknowledging poor attendance on social media. Nor would I suggest being dishonest about the turn-out. If an event doesn’t go as planned, simply start on the next one! There are a lot of factors that play into the success of social media during events, so don’t be discouraged. EPG


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Planning Checklist BEFORE THE EVENT o  Determine event goals and objectives. This is especially important with client events and sales meetings, as it will help you keep on track. o  Identify possible dates for the meeting. Thinking ahead and checking with others on possible conflicts can limit the inconvenience for all parties. o  Prepare a preliminary agenda and guest list to help set the criteria for the venue. o  Prepare a preliminary budget. Unless you manage your corporate event closely, the budget can grow unexpectedly. o  Send meeting requirements to selected sites with requests for written proposals.

Hot tip: Communication is a huge key to your event’s success. Strive for clear communication with attendees, sponsors, vendors and the venue representative. o  Conduct site visits as required. This is important when you’re using the facility for the first time. o  Negotiate hotel rates and blocks. If you use hotel meeting rooms for the event, you could get a significant discount on sleeping rooms. o  Determine preliminary food and beverage requirements and negotiate menus and prices. o Add any deadlines and other requirements to the timetable.

Hot tip: Plant the seeds of social media early by promoting a hashtag before the event to generate buzz.

60 TO 90 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT o  Form committees as required. Organizations that have regular events should consider forming standing committees that meet regularly. o Develop a promotional strategy. o  Do some public relations for the event. Calendar notices, press releases and interviews may all be appropriate. o For nonprofit or charity events, line up sponsors. o  If you are charging admission to the event, establish

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registration fee structures and policies, and be sure to include clear cancellation policies. o  Invite and confirm key speakers. This includes people within your organization. o  Obtain audiovisual needs from speakers and presenters, and order all necessary equipment. o Review, update and confirm final event budget. o  Identify and communicate on-site responsibility areas for committees and volunteers. Set up training for volunteers and educate them about your expectations. o Select and order speaker gifts and awards. o Order special decorations for the event. o  Prepare and order signs. This is another opportunity to build your brand. o Arrange for travel and housing of all staff and VIPs.

THE DAY OF THE EVENT o  Have a staff and volunteer meeting to review responsibilities, procedures and overlap areas such as registration. o  Confirm and monitor pickup of all rental equipment and supplies.

Hot tip: Use your leverage to get the best out of your vendors. Explain that the event’s audience is invaluable to their business. “Here is what I am bringing you.”

IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD o  Pack and inventory all material. Many of your collateral materials are reusable — and they’re a big investment. o  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 for other costs. o Write and mail thank-you letters. o  Collect and organize data for final meeting reports. Get evaluations from staff, volunteers and consultants to determine what went right and what needs improving.

Hot tip: Address any problems that need to be handled after the event is over. Take notes for future events if there are things that need to be done differently.


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itchell Crosby, a corporate and business event planner in Charleston for 25 years, doesn’t do the cliche parties. If it’s a Roaring 20’s event, his vision will be, “What Great Gatsby would throw today if he was alive,” rather than just a flapper theme. “My job is to come up with interesting new twists on ideas to offer to our clients,” said the owner and founder of JMC Events, specializing in corporate events, social functions, non-profit fundraisers and destination management. His visions have resulted in successful events and fundraisers, which has included the College of Charleston’s “A Charleston Affair” event that draws thousands of guests each

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spring. “Being a Charlestonian definitely plays into my selling these events, and helps groups which are entertaining from out-of-town,” he said. Here, Crosby discusses his top events from the past year and gives tips on how to add originality and flair that is always decidedly Southern and decidedly Charleston. Evening garden party. Crosby was tasked with coming up with an evening garden party for a corporate event. He immediately thought of Alice in Wonderland. “I thought, ‘What about a proper garden party that you would hold in the daytime, with tea cups and petit fours? What if we did a twist on that for an evening garden party?’” The Governor Thomas Bennett

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House in downtown Charleston was transformed into his vision. In true Southern fashion, men wore seersucker suits, ladies wore garden party dresses and guests were handed drinks in antique teacups from acrobatic artists swinging from trees. Guests had to finish their drinks in the gardens before they walked inside, which had plenty of macaroons and Waldorf salad bites. “We took it to the next little level of surrealism,” he said. “It was a fun take on an old theme.” Angel Oak party. For an out-oftown corporate party with 36 guests, Crosby arranged the first-of-itskind private event surrounding the 500-year-old tree on John’s Island. The tree is open daily for visitors, but is not an event venue. “They wanted the unattainable,” Crosby said. He

conferred with the city and agreed to have no open flames, abide by noise ordinances and donate a monetary amount to the city to maintain the tree. A “Blues, Brews, Bourbon and BBQ” theme delighted guests. “Food was cooked way down the dirt road. Sometimes events don’t have to be expensive; the magic is finding something very special.” Sunday brunch. For a corporate party for Google, Crosby planned an extravagant Sunday brunch at Cannon Green in downtown Charleston. Rather than a buffet setup, he set the room with long tables and had a family-style sit-down brunch made A Southern baroque party brought glamour under the oak trees at Lowndes Grove. Photo provided/ JMC Charleston.


Above: Colorful macaroons and other “garden party” treats were served at a whimsical Alice in Wonderland event. Right: Long family-style tables at a corporate Sunday brunch. Photos provided/ JMC Charleston

for sharing. “That’s what Lowcountry eating is all about,” Crosby said. “Having the tables beautifully set was as if you were at someone’s home in Charleston.” As an added touch, a mixologist at Cannon Green created

a special cocktail for the event called “The Googler.” Southern Baroque. For a highend corporate event (featuring the company’s board of directors) at downtown’s Lowndes Grove, guests arrived in style – by yacht from Wild Dunes via the Ashely River. Once guests arrived at the venue, they found a “Southern Baroque” theme with antiques, Oriental rugs

and over-the-top elegance. “To me, Southern Baroque means grandeur,” Crosby explained. “We added antique sideboards and tables under a tent. Dinner cognacs and champagne tasting added to the Southern glamorous evening.” 21st Century New South. For a corporate event for a Southern magazine, Crosby was tasked with throwing a “New South” party at

The Cedar Room downtown. He knew he wanted bluegrass music and Southern cuisines with a whimsical twist—including a roving oyster shucker who hand-shucked oysters for guests. There was laser skeet shooting, a celebrity Southern chef cooking up duck, corn and pralines and the décor was all native green plants. Visit www.jmccharleston.com for more information and photos. EPG

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ou find them at networking events, fairs, conventions, grand openings and any occasion that involves a booth: Free corporate logo-marked giveaways and products. This method of advertising is still one of the most affordable ways to get a company’s brand out to (and remembered by) the public, according to a 2016 Global Advertising Specialties Impressions study of over 100,000 consumers nationwide.

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Giveaways have evolved well past the ubiquitous company pen. Shiny trinkets, USB flash drives, umbrellas, desk calendars, hats, tote bags and more are emblazoned with a company’s name and logo in hopes that the freebie can positively influence consumers to use the company’s services. According to the nationwide survey, promotional products have strong ownership and longevity among the public, especially products

that are useful to consumers. Fifty percent of U.S. customers own promotional writing instruments, the survey states. Forty-one percent of U.S. consumers use promotional desk and office accessories. As for longevity, calendars last the longest at 12 months and 76 percent of consumers who own calendars say they display them prominently in their homes or offices. The study found that consumers keep promotional items for an average of eight

Mount Pleasant’s Novus Architects added branding to an event in 2015. Photo/Jeff Blake

months, making it a good branding investment. The most influential product, according to the survey, is a USB flash drive. While the majority of giveaways nationwide include pens, tshirts and drinkware, many companies get creative and use these giveaways as an opportunity to drive home their company’s message.


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“A corporate giveaway  at an annual meeting is the ideal time for a company to elevate its brand reputation,” said Allison Sparrow, creative content manager with AM Conservation Group, Inc. in Charleston. “Our kits include energy and water efficient products that can be easily implemented in a workplace or household.” At Crescent Homes in Charleston, there are a number of promotional items like pens and koozies given out at annual events, but the most positive feedback has been burlap tote bags and acrylic cups with the company’s logo, said Lee Miller, vicepresident of marketing. Kimberly Fite, corporate office manager at ISHPI in Mt. Pleasant, said she goes above and beyond ordering promotional giveaways to purchase items that have a “wow factor.” “I keep two things in mind when determining my promotional items: first, making good judgements when pricing out items and second, picking

items that tie in with the company’s image.” She said she purchases giveaways that tie in to ISHPI’s Information Technology Company industry with items such as dual port USB car chargers, dual port USB hubs and hardcovered Post-it notebooks. “I absolutely refuse to buy something simply based off of how cheap I can get it, because I know those cheap items just get tossed away and that’s like throwing money out the door,” Fite said. “I will spend a little more on an item that I know the recipient will have a use for.” Things to consider for successful corporate logo giveaways include making the giveaway relatable to the company and ordering enough for all events throughout the year. “One other thing I try to keep in mind when I order products is, if people are attending from out of town, will they be able to take the item on a plane?  Will it fit in their suitcase?

Right: Reusable bags with company logos get a lot of mileage. Photo/ provided. Below: Fun giveaways from ISHPI explain the origin of the company name: to advance “high above.” Photo/Jeff Blake

Will they get past check points with it?” Fite said. “I also keep my branding simple with the logo and I always try to just incorporate the web site. By only putting the web address, it brings more visitors to our site to learn more about our company.” EPG

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hen you’re dressing for an event in Charleston, there are two things to consider: what’s proper for the work or social occasion, and what fits the weather. One consideration may certainly affect the other, because so much of the year, it’s hot in Charleston. Lightweight fabrics should be ready in your closet all year, because it’s not unusual to have an 80-degree day in February or November. The last thing you want is to arrive dripping with perspiration at an important company event. So, stay with us here for some ideas that will help keep you cool and collected. Remember that dressing for warm temperatures does not mean dressing more casually or wearing a skimpy outfit. You still need to look professional at business events. Here are some tips for work and business meetings. Women are good color selections for warm • Think layers. You can wear a sleeveweather business attire. less blouse or dress, but add a jacket • Dresses should be lightweight fabor dressy cardigan. The top layer ric but conservatively cut for busican come in handy if the air condiness meetings. Make sure the fabric is wrinkle-resistant. tioning is turned down, as it often • If you have questions about is when men are wearing suits. what to wear, follow the lead • Neutral colors in lighter fabrics are of female supervisors in your a good choice for skirts, slacks and jackets. Add a blouse in an accent company. color. You can change the look • Keep a goes-with-anything jacket, by changing the blouse and accesa string of faux pearls or beads and a scarf in your office or car. With sories. these, you can dress up any outfit • White, tan, taupe, pale gray or navy

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color. • To brighten up neutrals, add a silk tie in a bold color. But don’t go too splashy. • Look for a linen blend suit. Pure linen can be cool, but it wrinkles easily. • For a business casual event, it’s good to wear a jacket, though it can be a blazer and need not be part of a suit. If you get there and find most guests aren’t wearing jackets, you can always remove yours. • Wear dress shoes and – sorry, this is important – socks. Here are some DON’TS for warm weather business occasions: • For men: No short-sleeve dress shirts – and never wear them with a tie. • For women: No plunging necklines, spaghetti straps or strapless tops. • Don’t wear loud prints or dress if need be. head to toe in bright colors. • Wear heels in a neutral color, or • If you’re not sure a garment is apdressy sandals – but no flip-flops. If propriate, it’s probably good to your toes are going to show, make wear something else. sure your nails are manicured. And one more thing: Men Like most subtropical climates, • Fit your dress to the culture of your Charleston’s weather can change at company. If you’re attending an any moment. Be prepared for a sudevent at an unfamiliar company, err den shower, stiff wind or drop in temon the side of dressing up (a dark perature. suit, white shirt and conservative tie). Sources: Forbes.com, Macon • To keep cool, choose a suit in a Magazine, Boston.com, tropical-weight fabric, neutral in Businessinsider.com EPG


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Emergency Kit & Tips KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER: Lauren Fox of

When you’re at the venue, needs will come up that you don’t expect. Pack this emergency kit to avoid wasting time on a trip to the store:

Fox Events was planning an outdoor event and the client did not want to pay for a tent – despite her recommendation. Inclement weather arrived just hours before the event and no tents were available in Charleston. Fox had to call a company in Savannah. “You really do need to look at the weather 48 hours in advance,” she said. Another suggestion: Clip nametags to a big ribbon at outdoor events.

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her share of emergency situations. The best outcomes come with being prepared, she says. She has a pre-convention meeting with venue staff and pertinent vendors. She establishes a protocol for life-anddeath situations: call 9-1-1 first and then call her. For other emergencies, call her first. She recommends having someone on the security team trained in basic first aid and CPR. Anytime you have a large group of people together, anything can happen. But, Garrigan said, if you have emergency plans in place, it won’t be as bad as it could be.

CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK: When a transportation vendor didn’t send its normal follow-up confir-

mation, Maryann Hoyt of The Event Cooperative reached out on the day of the event and discovered no driver was scheduled for her event. So she used her connections and found a replacement. “Relationships in this industry can go a long, long way,” she said.

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n Charleston, everyone wants to hold events by the water, so why not hold an event actually on the water? A number of operators offer unique floating venues for parties, events and receptions—from milliondollar luxury yachts to a charming riverboat with a working paddlewheel. A 360-degree view of Charleston’s iconic waterways along with stately homes and church spires always comes standard, and sightings of dolphins are all but guaranteed. Events at sea aren’t new, but they have seen an uptick over the past several years, according to vessel opera-

tors in Charleston. Ashley Davis, sales manager at The Carolina Girl, said the company books between 50-75 events each year, from wedding rehearsals to company lunches. The 100-foot luxury yacht can comfortably accommodate 150 guests for celebrations year-round. “We bring you a sunset that’s changing every 30 minutes. Photographers love it because of the lighting and the skyline is distinctly Charleston,” Davis said. Each moving event promises

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a unique and memorable experience, one which guests will have a hard time getting bored while onboard. “A lot of times dolphins will swim in the boat’s bow wake,” said Drew Yochum, director of sales and marketing at Charleston Harbor Tours. The fleet includes The Carolina Belle, a 1920s replica vessel with a smokestack and the Carolina Queen Riverboat with a working paddlewheel. While the route depends on the weather and tides, vessels almost always cruise along the Charleston Battery, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

By Jenny Peterson and underneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. suspension bridge. Not your average boat Luxurious accommodations await guests on these chartered boats, including plenty of air-conditioned spaces. Each boat can be decked out with personalized décor and in-house event coordinators can arrange everything from table linens to floral decorations. Ideas are only limited by imagination. “No two events are exactly alike,” Yochum said. “We’ve had everything from casino night with craps and blackjack and roulette to a comedy


Lifestyle murder mystery dinner theatre.” “We’ve had gala celebrations with ice sculptures,” added Ian Harris, director of sales and marketing with SpiritLine Cruises and Events. The company’s boats Spirit of the Carolina and Spirit of the Lowcountry include newly-upgraded AV systems that can allow music to be played on all decks, along with televisions that can display presentations and videos. “It’s becoming more popular with meetings,” Harris said. “We also have the ability for people to have a wedding on the top deck and have it be displayed on all the boat’s TVs.” The Carolina Girl features a $50,000 theater sound system, mahogany chairs and a non-slip dance floor on the top deck. Boats have a number of food service packages from seated dinners to passed hors d’oeuvres by uniformed butlers, along with plenty of bar options. SpiritLine Cruises and Events even employs an executive chef fulltime and makes food to order in the boat’s galley.

All Aboard! The Carolina Girl 100-foot luxury yacht Max capacity: 150 Amenities: Three levels, top deck, upper observation deck air conditioning and heating; in-house event planner, remote microphone system, music coordinator, formal dining area with seating for 100 people, adjacent free parking lot. Charter only rates: $2,500-$3,600/three hours Contact: (843) 818-2495; www.CarolinaGirlEvents.com

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Fleet: The Carolina Queen, The Carolina Belle, The Schooner Pride Max capacity: 400, 250, 49 (respectively) Amenities: Indoor and outdoor rooms, observation deck, enclosed main salon. The fleet is evocative of old Mississippi River Boats with a working paddlewheel and smokestacks. Three decks for entertaining with a main bar and satellite bar. Charter only rates: Carolina Queen and Carolina Belle: $2,500-$4,650/three hours. Schooner Pride: $2,000$2,400/three hours Contact: (843) 722-1112; www.CharlestonHarborTours.com

SpiritLine Cruises & Events

Fleet: Spirit of Charleston, Spirit of Lowcountry, Spirit of the Carolina Max capacity: 250, 300, 300 (respectively) Amenities: Luxury 100-foot-long dining yachts with event planning services and full-service catering with executive chef on staff and full-service galley. Multiple decks for entertaining, enclosable open-air upper deck and two full service bars, multiple restrooms, bands allowed. Spirit of the Lowcountry is handicapped accessible. Spirit of Carolina is available for daytime and evening events. Charter only rates: $2,200-$3,000/three hours; $2,800$4,000/three hours; $2,000-$6,000/three hours Contact: (843) 722-2628; www.SpiritLineCruises.com

Harborview Charters The Island Siren Max capacity: 26 guests Amenities: BYOB and BYOfood, covered, open air vessel with seating. Available for day and evening events. Charter only rates: $250-$500/two hours depending on number of guests Contact: 843-324-3183; www.harborviewcharters.com

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send out information to guests about the importance of being on time and other helpful tips for the big day.

that boats needs to return to the harbor by 11 p.m. due to noise ordinances. Boats have several pickup locations in downtown Charleston, James Island and Mount Pleasant. Companies also make docking convenient for guests; many of the companies offer free or inexpensive and overnight parking nearby. Weather watch Rain is a concern on any wedding day, but operators point out that the boats have plenty of indoor and covered areas. Often, stormy weather can

The Carolina Queen with a working paddlewheel is among the fleet at Charleston Harbor Tours. Photo/ provided

result in spectacular sky views. “Usually rain is followed by incredible sunsets,” Davis said. Boats cruise rain or shine, unless guest safety is a concern. Operators say motion sickness has never been an issue as boats cruise at a slow speed and stay in and around the Charleston Harbor. One concern is that guests who show up late will be left ashore. To help with this, Davis said Carolina Girl event planners help brides

Take it for a test ride Interested in checking out events on a boat? Charleston Harbor Tours, Harborview Tours and SpiritLine Cruises and Events all hold regular harbor tours for the public. Special events include Charleston Harbor Tours’ Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruises, held Thursdays at 7 p.m. from March 31-Oct. 27. SpiritLine Cruises and Events offers its signature dinner cruise almost nightly with live music and food made to order by the company’s executive chef for an upscale, sit-down dining experience. Harris said it’s been exciting to see the increase in private chartered events. “Charleston is a hot market right now and these cruises are a special, unforgettable experience,” he said. “It’s truly waterfront dining, with Charleston as your backdrop.” EPG


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Weddings on a shoestring Ways to save money on your big day 1. Double duty. Save on paper costs by combining information onto one item, such as having guest seating assignment cards that include the menu on the back. Or have centerpieces as guest takeaways. 2. Use photos of the couple or old photos of the couples parents’ wedding celebrations as decorations on the tables. It not only personalizes the event, but it’s cost-effective and all you need are a few frames. 3. Choose to get married during an off-season, such as January and February or July and August. 4. Holding the wedding on a Friday or Sunday is a much cheaper option than Saturday, the most popular day to hold a wedding. 5. Bring in your own vendors. Choose a venue that lets you bring in your own food and beverage vendors, which can save you money by not requiring you to hit minimum

amounts. 6. Use creative lighting. You can create a unique atmosphere with lighting, such as illuminated leaves and patterns on tents and walls to look like large oak trees or moss, if you cannot afford to hold the event in one of those prime Lowcountry venues. 7. Stay in one location. Combining the wedding ceremony and reception at one location saves on transportation costs for the wedding party. 8. Have a designated after-party location. That way the bride and groom won’t be tempted to extend the reception time. 9. Offer “bride” and “groom” liquor drinks rather than have an open bar. 10. Consider a planner. While planners do cost money, they often get discounted rates from vendors.

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Place a palmetto rose on each table.

2 Have Charleston gift bags with Charleston items such as benne wafers or pralines.

4 Use local decorations such as greens, Rewined candles, sweetgrass baskets or prints from a local artist.

3 Hire a bluegrass band or bring in a dance instructor to teach guests the shag.

7. Go local with the spirits. Offer guests uniquely Lowcountry spirits like Firefly sweet tea vodka, wine from a local vineyard or beer from a local brewery 8. For the wedding party, have the groom and groomsmen dress in seersucker or khakis to get a Southern look. 9. Have guests sign a distinctly Charleston item, such as a joggling board (a rocking chair bench), at the reception. 10. Go rustic and get a relaxed Southern feel with mason jars, farm tables, local flowers and lanterns.

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5 Add a distinctly Charleston activity to the weekend, such as an oyster roast for the rehearsal dinner.

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ou’re in Charleston. The party is going to be beautiful, but the weather may not. The Lowcountry’s weather is changeable; one minute it may be breezy, the next pouring rain. But one thing is true for much of the year: it’s going to be hot. But you needn’t be uncomfortable at that fancy event. Here are some tips for dressing well and dress comfortably:

Men • If you aren’t sure what the proper dress for the occasion is, ask the host. If you’re not comfortable doing that, ask someone else who is going. • Wear a summer weight suit, especially if the event is outdoors. Make sure your shirt and tie look sharp, because odds are you’ll be removing that jacket at some point.

• A seersucker jacket with plain slacks is a good choice for a casual outing. • Keep your hair neatly trimmed short for the warm months. • Keep your shirt tucked in. • Wear good-quality, classic style shoes – with socks.

Women • Choose lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics. • Match your dress length to the occasion, but most of the time, cocktail length is fine. • Instead of a scarf or wrap, wear a statement necklace or bracelet. • Take along a silky wrap or lightit up in a style that keeps it off your A few DON’Ts for warm weight dressy sweater. The men neck and shoulders. weather social occasions: wearing jackets will be asking for • Stash some long earrings and/or a • Don’t wear shorts. the air conditioning to be turned sparkly scarf in your bag so you can • Don’t wear all black. down, and you may need an extra dress an outfit up if needed. • No heavily decorated fabrics. layer. • At a wedding, don’t wear all white • Don’t wear denim unless the event • Keep a shorter hair style neatly unless you’re the bride. is very casual. EPG trimmed. If your hair is long, wear Sources: Forbes.com, Macon Magazine, RealSimple.com

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harleston is a busy city – there’s always a race, festival or tour of homes going on. And sometimes, when you add thousands of extra visitors to heavy tourist traffic, it’s hard to get around. If it’s a month that has an “R” in it, there must be oysters; if it’s spring, there must be a race over the bridge. You can count on it. While these events are wonderful to attend with family and friends, you may want to avoid planning a large conference or wedding on those dates so you don’t compete for parking and space. Or if you’d like to piggyback your event onto those events, they can be additional built-in fun. To help you with planning, we’ve compiled a list here of the most crowded events, with the help of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Here are some of the main events that shape our year. JANUARY Happy New Year, Charleston Dec. 31, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 This is a time to celebrate as only the Lowcountry knows how. There will be crowds everywhere as Charlestonians and visitors welcome the New Year at venues all over the area. Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island each host “Polar Bear plunge” events, where hundreds of people jump into the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Lowcountry Oyster Festival Jan. 29, 2017 www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com Each January, 80,000 pounds of oysters are brought in for the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation, named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. The oyster-eating crowds follow. Avoid this date if planning an event in the Mount Pleasant area, where Boone Hall Plantation is located.

FEBRUARY Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Feb. 17-19, 2017 www.sewe.com Known for its original art, diverse exhibits and animal demonstrations, the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition brings 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts to venues throughout Charleston for a long weekend. The exhibition also draws 40,000 visitors.

MARCH Charleston Wine and Food Festival March 1-5, 2017 www.charlestonwineandfood.com This annual festival celebrates the culinary history and culture of the Lowcountry. Marion Square is the center of the action that includes seminars, food tastings, a dine-around, a culinary village and thousands of visitors. Charleston Fashion Week March 14-18, 2017 www.charlestonfashionweek.com This week showcases emerging designers and modeling talent under the tents on Marion Square. More than 35 runway shows are featured. It will mean a busy time downtown.

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Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens March 16-April 22, 2017 www.historiccharleston.org This month-long event opens some of Charleston’s finest historic gardens and private houses for touring. Tour venues vary in the Old & Historic District, so it would be advisable to check the schedule before planning an event in the historic parts of town. Charleston Antiques Show March 17-19, 2017 www.historiccharleston.org Each March, collectors and enthusiasts are treated to an array of English, European and American antiques from dealers across the country. Visitors can learn through educational presentations and purchase antiques of many kinds including fine art, furniture, vintage jewelry and more. Held at the Gaillard Center, the show brings a crowd downtown. Summerville Flowertown Festival March 31-April 2, 2017 www.flowertownfestival.org The three-day event showcases the beautiful blooming azaleas, wisteria and dogwood in Summerville, a northern suburb of Charleston. The festival, organized by the Summerville Family YMCA, brings a host of artisans, food vendors, children’s activities and musical performances. Because of this event and the next two below, early April draws big crowds. Cooper River Bridge Run April 1, 2017 www.bridgerun.com The run starts in Mount Pleasant and goes across the Cooper River on the expansive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, winding up in downtown Charleston. Don’t even think about scheduling your event the weekend of this world-class 10K footrace that is capped at 40,000 runners and walkers – and all the friends they bring along with them. Volvo Car Open April 1-9, 2017 www.volvocaropen.com This state-of-the-art tennis center brings the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world to Daniel Island. Extraordinary tennis stars compete for the coveted title of the Open. The weeklong women’s tourna-

ment includes lots of entertainment and action over nine days. Lowcountry Cajun Festival April 2, 2017 www.ccprc.com Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is a full day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and all around ragin’ Cajun fun! Savor the tastes of authentic Cajun and Creole fare - jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish.

APRIL Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival April 30, 2017 www.tompsc.com The town of Mount Pleasant holds its annual Blessing of the Fleet with a boat parade and ceremony centered in Memorial Waterfront Park. There will be seafood sampling from restaurants, shrimp-eating contest, an arts and crafts show, shag dancing and other activities. DIG SOUTH April 25-27, 2017 DIG SOUTH is the Southeast’s interactive festival celebrating innovation in technology, business and culture featuring more than 150 high-level speakers, 100 investors and 3,000 total festival attendees at several locations across the Charleston peninsula. The five-day festival includes a Wild Pitch event, creative industry expo, dine around events, craft beer gardens and unlimited networking opportunities.

MAY and JUNE North Charleston Arts Fest May 5-13, 2017 northcharlestonartsfest.com Over nine days in May, North Charleston showcases artists and performers from all over the country in workshops, exhibitions and performances at various venues. That would make it a tough time to plan a major event in North Charleston. Spoleto Festival USA May 26-June 11, 2017 www.spoletousa.org For 17 days and nights, Spoleto Festival USA takes over Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 120 performances by renowned artists. With its little sister festival, Piccolo Spoleto (see below), it fills up the city. It’s a great time to visit Charleston, but not an easy time to hold additional events. Piccolo Spoleto USA May 26-June 11, 2017 www.piccolospoleto.com This festival, running concurrently with Spoleto Festival USA, focuses primarily on artists from the Southeast, offering theater, music, visual arts, dance, ethnic culture presentations, comedy, crafts and film. It takes place at a variety of locations around Charleston.

JULY Fourth of July All over the area www.patriotspoint.org Fireworks launched from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at Patriots Point’s 4th of July Blast and a shore side party with beach music make Independence Day in Charleston fun. Communities all over the area have their own celebrations. The events draw hundreds of visitors and beachgoers.

AUGUST No events to schedule around. Why? Because it’s HOT in Charleston in August. So schedule away at venues where you can keep cool.

SEPTEMBER Charleston Beer Week Sept. 2017 www.charlestonbeerweek.com The Charleston area boats nine breweries (and counting!) with a number of beerfocused pubs and stores. Charleston Beer Week celebrates the city’s beer community, from brewer to bartender. Nearly 50 unique events are held at bars and breweries around Charleston over seven days. Taste of Charleston Sept. 2017 www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com In late September, Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant becomes the place to eat, as 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serve sample-size portions and beer and wine during this two-day event. There’s also live entertainment, a Waiters’ Race and a special children’s area. It will be a busy time in the area around Boone Hall. MOJA Arts Festival Through Oct 9, 2016 www.mojafestival.com In late September through early October, the MOJA Arts Festival celebrates African American and Caribbean arts. Featured are music, visual arts, storytelling, performances, crafts and children’s activities at various venues around Charleston.

OCTOBER Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens Oct. 6-30, 2016 www.thefalltours.org Charleston’s historic homes and gardens welcome visitors on a rotating basis, through most of October. If you are planning an event in a historic area, you will want to check to see whether nearby properties are on tour that day.

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER Annual Holiday Festival of Lights Nov. 11, 2016- Jan. 1, 2017 www.ccprc.com Thousands of visitors experience the spirit of the holidays with millions of sparkling lights at James Island County Park. The display opens the second week of November and continues through New Year’s Day. There are more than 600 light displays, many reflected in the park’s waterways.


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Audiovisual Ascend Entertainment 1111 Bowman Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-991-8000 Specialization: DJ services, emcee and hosts, entertainment, musicians, lighting, music and music production, photo booths www.ascenddj.com AV Connections 1012 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 843-573-1174 Specialization: Professional audio, video, lighting rental and production services www.avconnectionssc.com Bell Digital Media 99-A Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403 877-249-6891 Specialization: Full-service, professional video production. www.BellDigitalMedia.com A Charleston Wedding P.O. Box 80791 Charleston, SC 29416 843-763-3296 Specialization: Videography, photography and disc jockey services for weddings, special events, corporate functions www.acharlestonwedding.com Darby Events Joyce Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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843-779-6224 Specialization: Entertainment, lighting, photo booths and rentals www.darbyevents.com Epic Charleston 174 Meeting St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29401 843-718-5076 Specialization: Specialization in wedding DJ entertainment, videography, photo booth, lighting and creative services www.epiccharleston.com Fox Audio Visual 3005 W. Montague Ave. Charleston, SC 29418 843-608-9473 Specialization: Fox Audio Video is a fullservice supplier of video, audio, Lighting, projection and technical support for corporate events, weddings, meetings, concerts and banquets. We also offer live on-site video web streaming and corporate video production www.FoxAudioVisual.com JMC Charleston 2220 Old School Drive, Suite B North Charleston, SC 29405 843-577-1100 Specialization: Event production and destination management company, producing events with traditional and modern, decor, design, music, lighting, tours, gifts, corporate services including transportation, event production management and invitation design www.jmccharleston.com

Lee Edwards Entertainment 811 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 843-412-4484 Specialization: DJs for weddings, corporate and special events; light PA support www.leeedwardsentertainment.com Lowcountry Music Service 1201 Chesterfield Road North Charleston, SC 29405 843-297-8160 Specialization: Live entertainment booking agency specializing in bands, soloists, DJs and performers for weddings, corporate events, lounges and private events www.lowcountrymusicservice.com OtherBrother Entertainment 49 Calhoun St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29401 843-225-5621 Specialization: Provides quality entertainment which includes bands, DJs, and specialty acts for weddings, private parties, corporate events. Also, provide production including audio, lighting, and video services. www.otherbrotherent.com Palmetto Soul 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Ste. 1101-181 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-991-8899 Specialization: One of the leading wedding and event bands in Charleston and Southeast. Musically versatile playing everything from jazz, blues, contemporary, Motown and the great dance classics. www.palmettosoul.com

PDA - Production Design Associates 2799 Three Lakes Road North Charleston, SC 29418 843-554-3466 Specialization: Full service audio/visual production company; services include, lighting, staging, audio, etc. We also offer custom scenic design/build services, with over 25 years of experience. Our clients include Boeing, the White House and CNN. www.pdastage.com Stage Presence Event Rentals 339-A Fleming Rd. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-906-5666 Specialization: Event lighting, audio and rentals www.stagepresencellc.com UniMedia 2154 N. Center St., Unit C307 North Charleston, SC 29406 843-884-5056 Specialization: Video, web, interactive, graphic design, webcasting, mobile, aerials and live event production www.unimediasolutions.com

Booking Agency/ Entertainment Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning


Lists & Directories locally-based Destination Management 843-819-7444 843-297-8160 Breweries/Distilleries Company & Transportation Provider. Specialization: Providing full service Specialization: Live entertainment Coast Brewing Company Member, the DMC Network entertainment planning for corporate booking agency specializing in bands, 1250 2nd St. North www.absolutelycharleston.com                                                                                                              and special events from conception soloists, DJs and performers for North Charleston, SC 29406 through execution including arrangement weddings, corporate events, lounges and Ascend Entertainment 843-343-4727 of supporting services such as sound, private events 1111 Bowman Road www.coastbrewing.com lighting, staging, and videography www.lowcountrymusicservice.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 www.etrplanning.com Cooper River Brewing Company 843-991-8000 OtherBrother Entertainment 2201-B Mechanic St. Specialization: DJ services, emcee Island Paradise Balloon Art 49 Calhoun St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29405 and hosts, entertainment, musicians, 28 30th Ave Charleston, SC 29401 843-830-3681 lighting, music and music production, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 843-225-5621 www.cooperriverbrewing.com photo booths 843-442-7299 Specialization: Provides quality www.ascenddj.com Specialization: Balloon Twisting, Magic, entertainment which includes bands, Edmund’s Oast and Storytelling. DJs, and specialty acts for weddings, 1081 Morrison Drive EastCoast Entertainment www.IslandParadiseBalloonArt.com private parties, corporate events. Also, Charleston, SC 29403 1039-D Anna Knapp Blvd. provide production including audio, 864-350-5277 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 JMC Charleston lighting, and video services. www.edmundsoast.com 843-856-9922                                                            2220 Old School Drive, Suite B www.otherbrotherent.com Specialization: The largest, full-service North Charleston, SC 29405 Fat Pig Brewing Company entertainment agency in the country, 843-577-1100 Palmetto Soul 3690 Old Charleston Road arranging unforgettable entertainment Specialization: Event production and 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Ste. 1101-181 Johns Island, SC 29455 and producing custom events from coast destination management company, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 www.fatpigbrewing.com to coast and around the world. producing events with traditional and 843-991-8899 Firefly Distillery www.eastcoastentertainment.com/ modern, decor, design, music, lighting, Specialization: One of the leading 6775 Bears Bluff Rd. charleston tours, gifts, corporate services including wedding and event bands in Charleston Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 transportation, event production and Southeast. Musically versatile Entertainment Charleston 843-559-6867 management and invitation design playing everything from jazz, blues, 10 Trachelle Lane www.fireflyvodka.com www.jmccharleston.com contemporary, Motown and the great Charleston, SC 29407 dance classics. Freehouse Beer Works 843-693-0004 Lee Edwards Entertainment www.palmettosoul.com 2895 Pringle St., Suite B Specialization: Charleston’s 811 Savannah Highway North Charleston, SC 29414 professional classical artists for hire Charleston, SC 29407 VanDoren & Co. Magic and www.freehousebeer.com - performing Mozart to Coldplay. DJs, 843-412-4484 Entertainment www.fireflyvodka.com Jazz Bands, and Ceremony Officiants for Specialization: DJs for weddings, 137 Danzid Drive weddings, as well as private parties and corporate and special events; light PA Summerville, SC 29483 Frothy Beard Brewing corporate events. support 843-729-3292                                                            7358 Peppermill Parkway, Suite B www.entertainmentcharleston.com www.leeedwardsentertainment.com Specialization: Magic shows and Charleston, SC 29406 themed illusion events                                                                                                                 843-793-2970 Event Talent Resources Lowcountry Music Service www.vandorenmagic.com www.frothybeard.com P.O. Box 30936 1201 Chesterfield Road Charleston, SC 29407 North Charleston, SC 29405

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Lists & Directories Ghost Monkey Brewery 522 Wando Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 www.ghostmonkeybrewery.com Holy City Brewing 4155 C Dorchester Road Charleston, SC 29412 843-225-6089 www.holycitybrewing.com Lo-Fi Brewing 2038 Meeting St. North Charleston, SC 29418 www.lofibrewing.com Low Tide Brewing 2863 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455 www.lowtidebrewing.com Oak Road Brewery 108 East 3rd North St. Summerville, SC 29483 843-695-9886 Palmetto Brewing Company 289 Huger St.                  Charleston, SC 29403     843-937-0903 www.palmettobrewery.com Pawleys Island Brewing Company 2664 Industrial Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 www.pawleysislandbrewing Revelry Brewing 10 Conroy St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-870-0010 www.revelrybrewingco.com SNAFU Brewing Company 3280 - A Industry Drive North Charleston, SC 29405 www.snafubrewingcompany.com Striped Pig Distillery 2225-A Old School Drive Charleston, SC 29405 843-276-3201 www.stripedpigdistillery.com Tradesman Brewing 1639 Tatum St. Charleston, SC 29412 843-410-1315 www.tradesmanbrewing.com

Corporate Gifts/ Promotional Products ABC Trophies Inc. 10750 Dorchester Road Summerville, SC 29485 843-480-9807 Specialization: Trophies, Plaques, Medals, Glass & Crystal, Sandblasting, Laser Engraving, Jewelry Engraving, Custom Invitations, Signage, Name Tags www.abctrophies.com AccuPhotoLab & Studio 1757 Savannah Highway, Unit A Charleston, SC 29407 843-571-4817 Specialization: Complete photo and studio services; restoration, enlargement, digital, film and video archiving and custom framing and mounting www.accuphotolab.com

All American Awards 1039-F Anna Knapp Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-7808 Specialization: Corporate awards, plaques, trophies, engraving, banners, signs, name badges, rubber stamps, bronze castings, sculptures, crystal awards, corporate awards, promotional products, embroidery and nametags www.awardsguy.com Alphagraphics 2 Avondale Ave. Charleston, SC 29407 843-556-7081 Specialization: Sheet fed 4-color offset printing and 1-3 color commercial printing, promotional products, graphic art and design, business stationary, business cards, letterhead envelopes, flyers, brochures, rackcards, postcards and news letters www.agcharleston.com Bernstein Lash Marketing 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 4 Charleston, SC 29407 843-747-7767 Specialization: Graphic design, branding specialist, promotional products distributor, print and sign broker. Any logo’d product for your event! www.bernsteinlash.com Carolina Promotions 2470 Mall Drive, Suite G Charleston, SC 29406 843-744-8787 Specialization: Screen printing, embroidery, offset printing, pad printing and engraving, decals, labels, calendars, corporate apparel, t-shirts, awards, event displays, business gifts and promotional products. www.shopcarolinapromos.com Charleston Cotton Exchange 1758 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407 843-763-0740 Specialization: Promotional items and apparel, screen printing, embroidery, promotional products for businesses, corporate and individual events www.charlestoncottonexchange.com Coleman Photography LLC 538 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-577-9090 Specialization: Sales conferences, trade shows, conventions, golf tournaments, corporate parties, same-day slideshows, on-site printing, green screen computer backgrounds, specialty prints and corporate gifts www.colemanphotography.com Data Imaging Inc. Print and Promotions 3 Gamecock Ave., Suite 310 Charleston, SC 29407 843-300-0091 Specialization: Marketing materials and promotional products/ apparel www.digpromos.com E2 Exhibits Inc. 1925 High Meadow St. Johns Island, SC 29455 843-556-2116

Specialization: Trade show displays, graphics and graphic design; specialty apparel and promotional items; corporate videos www.e2exhibits.com Grand Ideas Inc. 14 Lord Ashley Drive Charleston, SC 29407 843-852-5264 Specialization: Custom-branded promotional products, merchandise, event mementos, employee recognition items, corporate gifts, decorated apparel, sponsorship/campaign materials www.grandideas.net Halo Branded Solutions 170 N. Shelmore Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-388-4978 Specialization: Promotional Products Branded Apparel Trade Show Display & Accessories Corporate Gifts & Awards Employee Recognition Logo Work Wear Logo Golf Products www.halo.com/?ae=joe-boccelli KARST 3436 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-884-4280 Specialization: Branded merchandise, promotional products, online stores and decorated & custom apparel ; graphic design, logo design. We get your brand in their hands. www.karstpromo.com Lowcountry Sketches 1497 Goblet Ave Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-442-5558 Specialization: Charleston area historic and vintage maps. and nautical charts printed in various sizes. Custom made framing including 110 yr old barnwod frames. Maps of other areas available. Pen & ink sketches of Charleston churches, plantations, and historic sites. www.lowcountrysketches.com Plaque Attack Inc. 7501 Rock St. North Charleston, SC 29420 843-553-2800 Specialization: Promotional Gifts and Recognition awards and gifts for corporate, military, and general public www.plaqueattack.net Post No Bills 1314 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC 29403 843-577-1071 Specialization: Strategic marketing, branding, events, promotions www.postnobills.com Post No Bills, Inc. 1051 Morrison Drive Charleston, SC 29403 843-577-1071 Specialization: Strategic marketing, branding, events, promotions and environmental decor www.postnobills.com Prize Trophies and Treasures 10040 Dorchester Road, Suite 105 Summerville, SC 29485 843-832-2434 Specialization: Full range of corporate

awards and promotional products www.prizetrophies.net Safeguard Charleston 1968 Oak Tree Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-801-3907 Specialization: Apparel, Promotional Products, Commercial Printing, Business Checks, Forms, Folders, Stationary, Corporate Gifts, Awards...in short, if you need your name on it, we can provide it! www.safeguardcharleston.com Showoffs Inc. 1345 Old Georgetown Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-216-6699 Specialization: Business embroidery, screen printed apparel, imprinted promotional products, trade show displays and signs. www.showoffssc.com

Event Decor Service/ Event Rentals A Charleston Event 4040 Babbitt St. Charleston, SC 29414 843-568-5769 Specialization: Wedding, event design and planning, floral design, custom draping and prop rentals, wedding officiant, elopement specialist www.acharlestonevent.com Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network www.absolutelycharleston.com All-Mist Outdoor Cooling 8421 Dorchester Road, 109-110 North Charleston, SC 29420 843-864-6478 Specialization: Outdoor event cooling with the use of unique high-pressure misting fans that lower the ambient temperature by up to 20 degrees without getting you wet www.all-mist.com Ascend Entertainment 1111 Bowman Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-991-8000 Specialization: DJ services, emcee and hosts, entertainment, musicians, lighting, music and music production, photo booths www.ascenddj.com ATM Carolina Inc. 237-B Old Summerville Road Summerville, SC 29486 843-875-4387 Specialization: On-site ATM for guest and staff. Sales and/or contributions will increase due to the availability of on-site cash. Carolina Rental Center 2381 U.S. Highway 17 N Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Event Planning Guide 2016

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Lists & Directories 843-881-5009 Specialization: Tents, tables,chairs, china,glassware, wedding accessories, staging, risers, linens, carnival, fair items Charleston Couture 9345 Blue House Road #3205 Ladson, SC 29456 843-460-8045 Specialization: Weddings and events www.charlestoncoutureevents.com Charleston Photobooth and DJ 28 Fitzroy Drive Charleston, SC 29414 843-901-0335 Specialization: www.charlestonphotoboothdj.com Charleston Uplighting 5446 Rising Tide North Charleston, SC 29420 843-494-9708 Specialization: We specialize in wireless LED up lighting fixtures, cafe/string lighting, video projections, cake/floral pin spotting and more. www.charlestonuplighting.com A Charleston Wedding P.O. Box 80791 Charleston, SC 29416 843-763-3296 Specialization: Videography, photography and disc jockey services for weddings, special events, corporate functions www.acharlestonwedding.com Cigar Row Events 1527 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 843-608-8216 Specialization: Cigar rolling’s and cigar tastings for special events and customized cigar gift packs for corporate or social groups www.cigarrow.com Darby Events Joyce Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-779-6224 Specialization: Entertainment, lighting, photo booths and rentals www.darbyevents.com Duvall Events 2816 Azalea Drive North Charleston, SC 29405 843-763-9222 Specialization: Event Designers, florist, chefs, mixologist, service team and pastry chefs bring the very best event to your guests. Floral, lighting, drapery, lounge and cakes designed for your event. Resident caterer Gaillard Center and Trident Community College www.duvallevents.com E2 Exhibits Inc. 1925 High Meadow St. Johns Island, SC 29455 843-556-2116 Specialization: Trade show displays, graphics and graphic design; specialty apparel and promotional items; corporate videos www.e2exhibits.com Engaging Events LLC 235 Huger St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-724-9010

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Specialization: Event planning company offering consultation, coordination and design services; we will keep the process simple, help you make sensible decisions, and create a “Uniquely You” event that will impress your guests engagingeventscharleston.com Epic Charleston 174 Meeting St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29401 843-718-5076 Specialization: Specialization in wedding DJ entertainment, videography, photo booth, lighting and creative services www.epiccharleston.com EventHaus 2220 Old School Drive Charleston, SC 29405 843-407-0473 Specialization: Event rentals www.eventhausrentals.com Fox Audio Visual 3005 W. Montague Ave. Charleston, SC 29418 843-608-9473 Specialization: Fox Audio Video is a fullservice supplier of video, audio, Lighting, projection and technical support for corporate events, weddings, meetings, concerts and banquets. We also offer live on-site video web streaming and corporate video production www.FoxAudioVisual.com Hokus Pokus Entertainment 1015 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 843-556-6607 Specialization: Wedding accessories, props and themes, carnival and fair items, costumes, balloon decorating, decoration consulting, specialty cakes JMC Charleston 2220 Old School Drive, Suite B North Charleston, SC 29405 843-577-1100 Specialization: Event production and destination management company, producing events with traditional and modern, decor, design, music, lighting, tours, gifts, corporate services including transportation, event production management and invitation design www.jmccharleston.com Little White Box Traveling Photo Booth 1545 Ashley River Road Unit G Charleston, SC 29407 304.841.4370 Specialization: A 1974 VW photo bus with a photo booth inside. Custom photo strips, custom backdrop, tons of props, and lots of laughs. www.lilwhitebox.com Lowcountry Music Service 2055 Wild Flower Lane North Charleston, SC 29405 843-297-8160 Specialization: Live entertainment booking agency specializing in bands, soloists, DJs and performers for weddings, corporate events, lounges and private events www.lowcountrymusicservice.com OK Florist & Gifts Inc. 131 W. Luke Ave.

Summerville, SC 29483 Gallery, unique event space. 843-873-3681                                                            www.thesouthern.gallery Specialization: Weddings and special events, fresh flowers, sympathy design, Florist gifts, wedding gown consignment boutique A Charleston Event www.okfloristevents.com 4040 Babbitt St. Charleston, SC 29414 Ooh! Events 843-568-5769 2532 Spruill Ave. Specialization: Wedding, event design Charleston, SC 29405 and planning, floral design, custom 843-881-7576 draping and prop rentals, wedding info@oohevents.com officiant, elopement specialist                                      Specialization: Rentals, chandeliers, www.acharlestonevent.com fabric, antique tables, chairs, lounge furniture, set design, dance floor and Belva’s Flower Shop staging 1409 B. Stuart Engals Blvd. www.oohevents.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-9576 Palmetto City Photo Booth belvasflowershop@hotmail.com Charleston, SC 29403 Specialization: Big and small events. 843-800-1123 Weddings, funerals, traditional and palmettocityphotobooth.com modern custom designed arrangements for all seasons. PDA - Production Design Associates www.belvasflowershop.com 2799 Three Lakes Road North Charleston, SC 29418 Blanche Darby Florist 843-554-3466 581 Belle Station Blvd. Specialization: Full service audio/visual Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 production company; services include, 843-971-0559 lighting, staging, audio, etc. We also offer www.bdarbyflorist.com custom scenic design/build services, with over 25 years of experience. Our Bloom at Belmond Charleston Place clients include Boeing, the White House 150 Market St. and CNN. Charleston, SC 29401 www.pdastage.com 843-937-9033 bloom.cph@belmond.com Post No Bills www.bloomatcharlestonplace.com 1314 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC 29403 Buy the Bunch 843-577-1071 280 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite O www.postnobills.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-4888 Post No Bills, Inc. buythebunch@earthlink.net 1051 Morrison Drive Specialization: Full-service florist Charleston, SC 29403 specializing in weddings and events 843-577-1071 www.buythebunch.com Specialization: Strategic marketing, branding, events, promotions and Charleston Florist Inc. environmental decor 709 St. Andrews Blvd. www.postnobills.com Charleston, SC 29407 843-577-5691 Snyder Event Rentals www.charlestonflorist.com 3875 Meeting St. Road North Charleston, SC 29405 Country & Lace Florist 843-766-3366 610 Schooner Road Specialization: Tents, tables, chairs, Charleston, SC 29412 china, glassware, wedding accessories, 843-762-1118 booths, conventions, staging, risers, Specialization: Weddings, receptions linens, props, themes, casino equipment and events of all sizes www.snydereventrentals.com www.countryandlaceflorist.com Stage Presence Event Rentals 339-A Fleming Rd. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-906-5666 Specialization: Event lighting, audio and rentals, mobile restroom, misting fans www.stagepresencellc.com Sushi Blue Japanese Restaurant 61 State St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5222 Specialization: Wedding Receptions and Wedding Rehearsals Sushi Blue on Facebook The Southern Gallery 2 Carlson Court Charleston, SC 29403 917-519-6845 hello@thesouthern.gallery Specialization: Contemporary Art

Duvall Events 2816 Azalea Drive North Charleston, SC 29405 843-763-9222 info@duvallevents.com Specialization: Event Designers, florist, chefs, mixologist, service team and pastry chefs bring the very best event to your guests. Floral, lighting, drapery, lounge and cakes designed for your event. Resident caterer Gaillard Center and Trident Community College www.duvallevents.com Engaging Events LLC 235 Huger St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-724-9010 Specialization: Event planning company offering consultation, coordination and design services; we will keep the


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Lists & Directories process simple, help you make sensible decisions, and create a “Uniquely You” event that will impress your guests engagingeventscharleston.com Flowers by Frankie 108 Gleneagles Drive Summerville, SC 29483 843-296-4252 Specialization: Flowers for weddings and special events www.flowersbyfrankie.com Forget Me Nots by Horst Flowers 1538 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407 843-556-5151 Specialization: Wedding and Event Flowers and Day of Coordination. www.forgetmenotscharleston.com Fox Events LLC 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite B Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-732-0006 lauren@afoxevent.com Specialization: Specialized unique gifts and giveaways; modern florals; contemporary and modern decor www.afoxevent.com Horst Wholesale Florist Inc. 1538 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407 843-556-5151 www.horstflowers.com Keepsakes Florist 2024 Wappoo Drive Charleston, SC 29412 843-766-7807 keepsakesflorist@knology.net

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Specialization: Floral decor for events and all occasions www.keepsakesflorist.net OK Florist & Gifts Inc. 131 W. Luke Ave. Summerville, SC 29483 843-873-3681 okflorist@gmail.com Specialization: Weddings and special events, fresh flowers, sympathy design, gifts, wedding gown consignment boutique www.okfloristevents.com Ooh! Events 2532 Spruill Ave. Charleston, SC 29405 843-881-7576 info@oohevents.com Specialization: Rentals, chandeliers, fabric, antique tables, chairs, lounge furniture, set design, dance floor and staging www.oohevents.com Tiger Lily Florist 131 Spring St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-723-2808 contact@tigerlilyflorist.com Specialization: Premium full service florist. Specialize in weddings, corporate events, hotel and restaurant designs. Winner of National Awards. Owners serve on Society of American Florists Board of Directors, lead national lobby groups, and present at National www.tigerlilyflorist.com/ tigerlilyweddings.com

Food Trucks Auto-Banh Food Truck Charleston, SC 29401 Specialization: Sandwiches, Vietnamese www.auto-banh.com Avila Specialization: Venezuelan www.avilacharleston.com Bac’n Me Crazy Specialization: American (New), Burgers, Sandwiches  www.bacnmecrazy.com

Chucktown Beach Dog Specialization: Hot Dogs Dashi Specialization: - Asian Fusion, Latin American      www.dashichs.com                  Dave N’ Dubs                 Specialization: Serves up the classic American hot dog experience with allbeef & veggie franks and toppings piled on high and deep!”                                

Diggity Doughnuts Specialization: Organic, whole wheat, BKeD small batch, egg free, dairy free DOUG Specialization: Sandwiches, Sweets & HNUTS!                                                                        Treats www.diggitydoughnuts.blogspot.com Brazilianuts Food Truck                                                        Dulce Truck Specialization: Brazilian  Charleston, SC 29403 www.brazilianuts.com Specialization: Coffee and Beverages, Desserts, Ice Cream                                                     Cast Iron Food Truck www.dulcetruck.com Charleston, SC 29401 843-697-2644                                                      Fauzia’s Kitchen Specialization: We offer delicious Specialization: Modern Afghan Cuisine                       gourmet burgers, traditional Sandwiches www.fauziaskitchen.net with our own funky twist and the best Food Baby vinegar based Carolina BBQ you’ll put Specialization: American (New), in your mouth! We will also work with Southern, Organic/Natural                                            you to create a customized menu for your event. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, Food Box corporate Specialization: Homemade twist on www.castiron-foodtruck.com Southern and International                                           The Charleston Bird Hot Links Homemade Sausage Specialization: Traditional Southern Specialization: Hot Dogs, Vegan              Fried Foods with Hispanic Influence The Immortal Lobster        Charleston Choo Specialization:  Sustainable Maine Specialization: Sandwiches, Southern Lobster and fresh local produce www.charlestonchoo.com


Lists & Directories directing, concept creation. WEDDINGS Specialization: Screen printing, embroidery, offset printing, pad printing Juice Joint                                                        Artistic Eye Productions LLC and engraving, decals, labels, calendars, Specialization: Smoothies, Juice, and 178 Thames Ave. corporate apparel, t-shirts, awards, Beverages                                                                                                        Summerville, SC 29485 event displays, business gifts and 843-214-5968 promotional products. Just Eat This! Specialization: Video recording for www.shopcarolinapromos.com Summerville, SC 29483 social events, fundraisers, weddings, chefchriscaz@gmail.com                                                             seminars and corporate uses. Full Charleston Cotton Exchange Specialization: Burgers, Sandwiches, services editing provided. Create slide 1758 Ashley River Road Mac & Cheese American (Traditional)                                                                                                               show videos. Charleston, SC 29407 www.justeatthis.com www.artisticeyeproductions.com 843-763-0740                                                           Specialization: Promotional items and King of Pops - Charleston                                                         Bell Digital Media apparel, screen printing, embroidery, Specialization: Ice Cream                                                                                                                 99-A Fishburne St. promotional products for businesses, www.charleston.kingofpops.net Charleston, SC 29403 corporate and individual events 877-249-6891 Korski’s Kafe www.charlestoncottonexchange.com Specialization: Full-service, Specialization: American (Traditional)   professional video production. Grand Ideas Inc. www.korkiskafe.com www.BellDigitalMedia.com 14 Lord Ashley Drive Lavanta Coffee Charleston, SC 29407 Carmen Ash Photography Specialization: Coffee and Beverages  843-852-5264 PO Box 31854 www.lavantacoffee.com Specialization: Custom-branded Charleston, SC 29417     promotional products, merchandise, Lowcountry Fun Foods                                                  843-718-2432 event mementos, employee recognition Specialization: Sweets & Treats, Shave Specialization: Weddings, events, items, corporate gifts, decorated apparel, Ice, Coffee and Beverages family, and corporate. sponsorship/campaign materials www.lowcountryfunfoods.com www.carmenash.com www.grandideas.net Roti Rolls Charleston Photobooth and DJ OK Florist & Gifts Inc. 843-735-9664 28 Fitzroy Drive 131 W. Luke Ave. Specialization: Asian Fusion, Caribbean, Charleston, SC 29414 Summerville, SC 29483 Indian 843-901-0335 843-873-3681 www.eatrotirolls.com www.charlestonphotoboothdj.com okflorist@gmail.com Specialization: Weddings and special A Charleston Wedding Mobile Restrooms events, fresh flowers, sympathy design, P.O. Box 80791 gifts, wedding gown consignment Charleston, SC 29416 Nature’s Calling Inc. boutique                                                                                                                 843-763-3296 4152 Azalea Drive www.okfloristevents.com davidrister@aol.com North Charleston, SC 29405 Specialization: Videography, 843-529-1399 Party Plan-It photography and disc jockey services cclark@naturescallinginc.com 847 Houston Northcutt Blvd. for weddings, special events, corporate Specialization: Rental of portable Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 functions restroom trailers, mobile shower trailers, 843-388-9236 www.acharlestonwedding.com portable toilets and dumpsters partyplanit@birch.net Specialization: Party supplies for any Chelsea Paige Photography Royal Restrooms occasion such as Halloween costumes, 1545 Ashley River Road, Unit G 2355 Charleston Regional Parkway props and supplies Charleston, SC 29407 North Charleston SC 29492 partyplanitsc.com 304-841-4370 843-805-8015 Specialization: Weddings, Families, Specialization: We specialize in Post No Bills, Inc. Newborns, Engagements, Bridals, and providing upscale restroom and shower 1051 Morrison Drive Pets trailer rentals for receptions, events, Charleston, SC 29403 military exercises, emergencies and 843-577-1071 Chris and Cami Photography LLC construction remodels info@postnobills.com 200 Sugar Magnolia Way www.royalrestrooms.com Specialization: Strategic marketing, Charleston, SC 29414 branding, events, promotions and 843-324-8900 Stage Presence Event Rentals environmental decor chrisandcami@comcast.net 339-A Fleming Rd. www.postnobills.com Specialization: Weddings, business North Charleston, SC 29405 headshots, corporate events, award 843-906-5666 banquets, executive portraits, and Specialization: Event lighting, audio and Photography/ professional sports rentals, mobile restroom, misting fans Videography www.chrisandcami.com www.stageprencellc.com *including Social Media Capability Coleman Photography LLC AccuPhotoLab & Studio 538 King St. Party Supply Sales 1757 Savannah Highway, Unit A Charleston, SC 29403 Ascend Entertainment Charleston, SC 29407 843-577-9090 1111 Bowman Road 843-571-4817 garyc@colemanphotography.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 info@accuphotolab.com Specialization: Sales conferences, trade 843-991-8000 Specialization: Complete photo shows, conventions, golf tournaments, ajsnow@ascenddj.com and studio services; restoration, corporate parties, same-day slideshows, Specialization: DJ services, emcee enlargement, digital, film and video on-site printing, green screen computer and hosts, entertainment, musicians, archiving and custom framing and backgrounds, specialty prints and lighting, music and music production, mounting corporate gifts photo booths www.colemanphotography.com Andy Hunt Creative Group www.ascenddj.com 3305 Cameron Blvd. Darby Events Carolina Promotions Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Joyce Ave. 2470 Mall Drive, Suite G 843-708-8288 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston, SC 29406 Specialization: Film and high-definition 843-779-6224 843-744-8787 video production, full-service highSpecialization: Entertainment, lighting, linda.carrow@halo.com definition editing suite, producing and photo booths and rentals www.theimmortallobster.com

www.darbyevents.com Douglas Deas Photography 1451 Oaklanding Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-7613 Specialization: Portraits, events, editorial, public relations www.douglasdeasphotography.com E2 Exhibits Inc. 1925 High Meadow St. Johns Island, SC 29455 843-556-2116 Specialization: Trade show displays, graphics and graphic design; specialty apparel and promotional items; corporate videos www.e2exhibits.com Epic Charleston 174 Meeting St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29401 843-718-5076 Specialization: Specialization in wedding DJ entertainment, videography, photo booth, lighting and creative services www.epiccharleston.com Fox Audio Visual 3005 W. Montague Ave. Charleston, SC 29418 843-608-9473 Specialization: Fox Audio Video is a fullservice supplier of video, audio, Lighting, projection and technical support for corporate events, weddings, meetings, concerts and banquets. We also offer live on-site video web streaming and corporate video production www.FoxAudioVisual.com Little White Box Traveling Photo Booth 1545 Ashley River Road Unit G Charleston, SC 29407 304.841.4370 Specialization: A 1974 VW photo bus with a photo booth inside. Custom photo strips, custom backdrop, tons of props, and lots of laughs. Lawrence A. Monteith Photographer 307 Royal Palm Blvd. #104 Charleston, SC 29407-3207 843-556-1462 Specialization: Advertising, architectural, hotel, food, portrait, workshops and weddings www.lawrenceamonteith.com

Non Pareil Photography 811 Savannah Hwy., Suite 1 Charleston, SC 29407 484-798-4117 Specialization: Portraits and Weddings www.nonpareilphotography.com                                  Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging LLC 1842 Belgrade Ave. Charleston, SC 29407 843-766-7425 Specialization: Architectural, aerial, advertising, fine art copy, reproduction, digital scanning, digital wide-format printing, giclee printing, studio and event space rental www.rickrhodesphotography.com Ring Photography 1498 Old Willimston Ct. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-1936 Event Planning Guide 2016

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Lists & Directories Specialization: Portraiture- family, children, high school seniors and executive. We also have extensive experience in school pictures. www.ringphotography.com

apparel, screen printing, embroidery, promotional products for businesses, corporate and individual events www.charlestoncottonexchange.com

Hughes Rental Center Inc. 1345 Bowman Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-7368 Specialization: Tents, tables, chairs, china, glassware, wedding accessories, booths, conventions, staging, risers, linens, props, themes, party-CAD event design, outdoor amusement, portable air conditioning, delivery www.hughesrental.com

Darby Events Robbin Knight Photography LLC Joyce Ave. 1856 Belgrade Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston, SC 29407 843-779-6224 843-364-5773 Specialization: Entertainment, lighting, Specialization: Corporate events photo booths and rentals & Corporate Head shots, wedding www.darbyevents.com photography, family portraits                                                                                                                 KARST Data Imaging Inc. Print and www.rkdp.com 3436 Rivers Ave. Promotions North Charleston, SC 29405 Smoak Stack Studios 3 Gamecock Ave., Suite 310 843-884-4280 1720 Carlisle Road Charleston, SC 29407 Specialization: Branded merchandise, Charleston, SC 29412 843-300-0091 promotional products, online stores and 843-224-8555                                                            Specialization: Marketing materials and decorated & custom apparel; graphic Specialization: Architecture, people, promotional products/ apparel design, logo design. We get your brand events, advertising, corporate, fine art, www.digpromos.com in their hands. editorial, weddings, and industrial karstpromo.com Duncan-Parnell Inc. www.smoakstackstudios.com 3150 W. Montague Ave. Lowcountry Music Service Stello Photography LLC North Charleston, SC 29418 1201 Chesterfield Road 164 Market St., Suite 225 843-747-6033 North Charleston, SC 29405 Charleston, SC 29401 Specialization: Signs, banners, other 843-297-8160 843-425-9902 printing services Specialization: Live entertainment Specialization: Art, commercial, www.duncan-parnell.com booking agency specializing in bands, weddings, portraits, food, real estate, soloists, DJs and performers for E2 Exhibits Inc. events and intimate photography weddings, corporate events, lounges and 1925 High Meadow St. www.stellophotography.com private events Johns Island, SC 29455 www.lowcountrymusicservice.com UniMedia 843-556-2116 2154 N. Center St., Unit C307 Specialization: Trade show displays, Ooh! Events North Charleston, SC 29406 graphics and graphic design; specialty 2532 Spruill Ave. 843-884-5056 apparel and promotional items; Charleston, SC 29405 Specialization: Video, web, interactive, corporate videos 843-881-7576 graphic design, webcasting, mobile, www.e2exhibits.com Specialization: Rentals, chandeliers, aerials and live event production fabric, antique tables, chairs, lounge Epic Charleston www.unimediasolutions.com furniture, set design, dance floor and 174 Meeting St., Suite 200 staging Charleston, SC 29401 www.oohevents.com Production/Staging/ 843-718-5076 Specialization: Specialization in Trade Show Display PDA - Production Design Associates wedding DJ entertainment, videography, 2799 Three Lakes Road Vendors photo booth, lighting and creative North Charleston, SC 29418 services Ascend Entertainment 843-554-3466 www.epiccharleston.com 1111 Bowman Road Specialization: Full service audio/visual Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 production company; services include, Fox Audio Visual 843-991-8000 lighting, staging, audio, etc. We also offer 3005 W. Montague Ave. ajsnow@ascenddj.com custom scenic design/build services, Charleston, SC 29418 Specialization: DJ services, emcee with over 25 years of experience. Our 843-608-9473 and hosts, entertainment, musicians, clients include Boeing, the White House Specialization: Fox Audio Video is a fulllighting, music and music production, and CNN. service supplier of video, audio, Lighting, photo booths www.pdastage.com projection and technical support for www.ascenddj.com corporate events, weddings, meetings, Post No Bills, Inc. concerts and banquets. We also offer AV Connections 1051 Morrison Drive live on-site video web streaming and 1012 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29403 corporate video production Charleston, SC 29407 843-577-1071 843-573-1174 Specialization: Strategic marketing, Grand Ideas Inc. Specialization: Professional audio, branding, events, promotions and 14 Lord Ashley Drive video, lighting rental and production environmental decor Charleston, SC 29407 services www.postnobills.com 843-852-5264 www.avconnectionssc.com Specialization: Custom-branded The Southern Gallery promotional products, merchandise, Bernstein Lash Marketing 2 Carlson Court event mementos, employee recognition 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 4 Charleston, SC 29403 items, corporate gifts, decorated apparel, Charleston, SC 29407 917-519-6845 sponsorship/campaign materials 843-747-7767 Specialization: Contemporary Art www.grandideas.net Specialization: Graphic design, Gallery, unique event space. branding specialist, promotional www.thesouthern.gallery Halo Branded Solutions products distributor, print and sign 170 N. Shelmore Blvd. Tiger Lily Florist broker. Any logo’d product for your Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 131 Spring St. event! 843-388-4978 Charleston, SC 29403 www.bernsteinlash.com Specialization: Promotional Products 843-723-2808 Branded Apparel Trade Show Display & Charleston Cotton Exchange Specialization: Premium full service Accessories Corporate Gifts & Awards 1758 Ashley River Road florist. Specialize in weddings, Employee Recognition Logo Work Wear Charleston, SC 29407 corporate events, hotel and restaurant Logo Golf Products 843-763-0740 designs. Winner of National www.halo.com/?ae=joe-boccelli Specialization: Promotional items and Awards. Owners serve on Society of

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American Florists Board of Directors, lead national lobby groups, and present at National www.tigerlilyflorist.com/ tigerlilyweddings.com UniMedia 2154 N. Center St., Unit C307 North Charleston, SC 29406 843-884-5056 Specialization: Video, web, interactive, graphic design, webcasting, mobile, aerials and live event production www.unimediasolutions.com

Tour Companies - Bus

Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network            www.absolutelycharleston.com                                   Charleston Brews Cruise 1749 McHenry Ave. Charleston, SC 29412 843-860-9847 www.charlestonbrewscruise.com Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. 1 Carriage Lane Charleston, SC 29407 843-571-5882 Specialization: Full service destination management company and receptive tour operator www.destinationcharlestonsc.com Charleston Pirate Tours 79 Cumberland St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-44-27299 info@charlestonpiratetour.com Specialization: Pirate, Ghost, Children’s Tours, event entertainment & speaking programs with authentically costumed guides. TripAdvisor Excellence Award Winner! Appearances: Travel Channel, A&E, Lifetime, Syfy, PBS, NPR. Private, customized tours available www.charlestonpiratetour.com Charleston Tours Inc. P.O. Box 31716 Charleston, SC 29417 843-571-0049 originalchastour@aol.com Specialization: Guided City and Guided Plantation tours. www.charleston-tours.com Gray Line of Charleston 375 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-722-4444 Specialization: We offer a 90 minute guided tour of Historic Charleston, as well transportation services in the greater Charleston area for special events (weddings, corporate meetings & more). We have 8 20-25 passenger minibuses available. www.graylineofcharleston.com Gullah Tours 375 Meeting St.


Lists & Directories Charleston, SC 29403 843-763-7551 Specialization: Gullah Tours explores the sites, history, and culture of AfricanAmericans in Charleston www.gullahtours.com

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-886-8133 Specialization: We supply quality Sail/ Fishing/Motor vessels for up to 100 guests in Charleston & the Lowcountry. www.aqua-safaris.com

JMC Charleston 2220 Old School Drive, Suite B North Charleston, SC 29405 843-577-1100 Specialization: Event production and destination management company, producing events with traditional and modern, decor, design, music, lighting, tours, gifts, corporate services including transportation, event production management and invitation design www.jmccharleston.com

Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. Isle of Palms, SC 29421 843-886-5000 Specialization: www.nature-tours.com

Tour Companies Carriage

Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. 1 Carriage Lane Charleston, SC 29407 843-571-5882 Specialization: Full service destination management company and receptive tour operator www.destinationcharlestonsc.com

Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network www.absolutelycharleston.com

Charleston Brews Cruise 1749 McHenry Ave. Charleston, SC 29412 843-860-9847 Specialization: www.charlestonbrewscruise.com

Charleston Culinary Tours 161 E. Bay St. Charleston, SC 29492 843-259-2966 Specialization: www.charlestonculinarytours.com

Tour Charleston LLC Gray Line of Charleston 375 Meeting St. P.O. Box 22604 Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston, SC 29413 843-722-4444 843-723-1670 charleston@grayline.com                                                             Specialization: Walking Specialization: We offer a 90 minute tours. Convention and Group guided tour of Historic Charleston, Services. The Ghosts of Charleston as well transportation services in the Tour, The Ghosts of Charleston Book, The greater Charleston area for special Story of Charleston History Book events (weddings, corporate meetings & www.tourcharleston.com more). We have 8 20-25 passenger miniYorktown Ghost Tours buses available. 40 Patriots Point Road www.graylineofcharleston.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Gullah Tours 843-277-0587 375 Meeting St. Specialization: Ghost tour on board Charleston, SC 29403 the USS Yorktown in the Charleston 843-763-7551 Harbor; tours for individuals and groups; Specialization: Gullah Tours explores overnight investigations also available the sites, history, and culture of Africanwww.yorktownghosttours.com Americans in Charleston www.gullahtours.com JMC Charleston 2220 Old School Drive, Suite B North Charleston, SC 29405 843-577-1100 Specialization: Event production and destination management company, producing events with traditional and modern, decor, design, music, lighting, tours, gifts, corporate services including transportation, event production management and invitation design www.jmccharleston.com

Nature Adventures Kayak, Canoe & Carolina Polo and Carriage Company Paddleboard Tour & Rental Outfitters 45 Pinckney St. Charleston Harbor Tours & Events Shrimpboat Lane Charleston, SC 29401 10 Wharfside St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-577-6767                                                          Charleston, SC 29401 843-568-3222 Specialization: 843-722-1112 Specialization: Kayak, canoe and www.cpcc.com Specialization: paddleboard event tours and rentals... www.charlestonharbortours.com Fun bridal champagne paddles also Charleston Carriage Works for grooms! 3 miles from downtown 20 Anson St. Charleston Tours Inc. Charleston on Shem creek in Mt. Charleston, SC 29401 P.O. Box 31716 Pleasant! 843-779-1279 Charleston, SC 29417 www.kayakcharlestonsc.com Specialization: Horse drawn carriage 843-571-0049 tours of Charleston’s residential historic originalchastour@aol.com                                            Schooner Pride district Specialization: Guided City and Guided 360 Concord St. www.mycharlestoncarriage.com Plantation tours. Charleston, SC 29401 www.charleston-tours.com 843-722-1112 Old South Carriage Co. www.schoonerpride.com 14 Anson St. Chow Down Charleston Food Tours Charleston, SC 29401 LLC SpiritLine Cruises and Events 843-723-9712 1754 Nanthahala Blvd. 360 Concord St., Suite 201 Specialization: Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston, SC 29401 www.oldsouthcarriage.com 843-608-8655 843-722-2628 Specialization: Specialization: SpiritLine Cruises & Palmetto Carriage Works Ltd. www.chow-downcharleston.com Events operates four vessels in scenic 8 Guignard Street Charleston Harbor. These vessels provide Charleston, SC 29401 Coastal Yacht Charters the perfect venue for all types of events. 843-723-8145 P.O. Box 1725 www.spiritlinecruises.com Specialization: Charleston, SC 29402 Striped Pig Distillery www.palmettocarriage.com 843-557-5805 2225-A Old School Drive Specialization: Yacht charters in Charleston, SC 29405 Harbor and surrounding Tour Companies - Other Charleston 843-276-3201 waterways Specialization: Charleston’s first Absolutely Charleston Destination www.coastal-yacht-charters.com distillery specializing in small-batch, Management Culinary Tours of Charleston handcrafted spirits made from the P.O. Box 80489 1208 Schirmer Ave. freshest, local ingredients; tours and Charleston, SC 29416 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 tastings Thursday-Saturday; the space is 843-884-9505 843-856-3833 also available to rent for private events Specialization: We are a leading, Specialization: www.stripedpigdistillery.com innovative, creative, and award-winning www.carolinafoodpros.com locally-based Destination Management Tidalwave Watersports Company & Transportation Provider. Firefly Distillery 69 41st Ave. Member, the DMC Network 6775 Bears Bluff Rd. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 www.absolutelycharleston.com Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 843-886-8456 843-559-6867 Specialization: Watersports, including AquaSafaris Inc. Specialization: parasail, wave runners and charters 24 Patriots Point Rd/A-Dock Marina www.fireflyvodka.com www.tidalwavewatersports.com Office Bldg.

Tour Companies Walking

Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 info@absolutelycharleston.com Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network www.absolutelycharleston.com Charleston Brews Cruise 1749 McHenry Ave. Charleston, SC 29412 843-860-9847 www.charlestonbrewscruise.com Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. 1 Carriage Lane Charleston, SC 29407 843-571-5882 Specialization: Full service destination management company and receptive tour operator www.destinationcharlestonsc.com Charleston Culinary Tours 161 E. Bay St. Charleston, SC 29492 843-259-2966 Specialization: - Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, food and drinks with unique historic tours that highlight local cuisine and cocktails www.charlestonculinarytours.com Charleston Pirate Tours 79 Cumberland St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-442-7299 Specialization: Pirate, Ghost, Children’s Tours, event entertainment & speaking programs with authentically costumed guides. TripAdvisor Excellence Award Winner! Appearances: Travel Channel, A&E, Lifetime, Syfy, PBS, NPR. Private, customized tours available. www.charlestonpiratetour.com Culinary Tours of Charleston 1208 Schirmer Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-856-3833 Specialization: Experience the Tastes of Event Planning Guide 2016

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Lists & Directories Historic Charleston, SC! Culinary Tours of Charleston’s mission is to promote South Carolina local artisan growers and producers, and to help preserve South Carolina’s rich culinary heritage www.carolinafoodpros.com Palmetto Carriage Works Ltd. 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 www.palmettocarriage.com Tour Charleston LLC P.O. Box 22604 Charleston, SC 29413 843-723-1670 Specialization: Walking tours. Convention and Group Services. The Ghosts of Charleston Tour, The Ghosts of Charleston Book, The Story of Charleston History Book www.tourcharleston.com Yorktown Ghost Tours 40 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-277-0587 Specialization: Ghost tour on board the USS Yorktown in the Charleston Harbor; tours for individuals and groups; overnight investigations also available www.yorktownghosttours.com

Tour Companies - Water Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 info@absolutelycharleston.com Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network www.absolutelycharleston.com AquaSafaris Inc. 24 Patriots Point Rd/A-Dock Marina Office Bldg. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-886-8133 Specialization: We supply quality Sail/ Fishing/Motor vessels for up to 100 guests in Charleston & the Lowcountry. www.aqua-safaris.com Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. Isle of Palms, SC 29421 843-886-5000 Specialization: Find out about the tidewater ecosystem of the lowcountry and excursions exploring the tidal creeks and salt marshes of the area www.nature-tours.com Charleston Harbor Tours & Events 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-1112 Specialization: www.charlestonharbortours.com Charleston Water Taxi 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-330-2969  Specialization: www.charlestonwatertaxi.com

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Coastal Yacht Charters P.O. Box 1725 Charleston, SC 29402 843-557-5805 Specialization: Yacht charters in Charleston Harbor and surrounding waterways www.coastal-yacht-charters.com Gray Line of Charleston 375 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-722-4444 Specialization: We offer a 90 minute guided tour of Historic Charleston, as well transportation services in the greater Charleston area for special events (weddings, corporate meetings & more). We have 8 20-25 passenger minibuses available. www.graylineofcharleston.com Nature Adventures Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard Tour & Rental Outfitters Shrimpboat Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-568-3222 Specialization: Kayak, canoe and paddleboard event tours and rentals... Fun bridal champagne paddles also for grooms! 3 miles from downtown Charleston on Shem creek in Mt. Pleasant! www.kayakcharlestonsc.com Sandlapper Water Tours 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29413 843-849-8687 Specialization: Charter boat, water tours www.sandlappertours.com Schooner Pride 360 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-1112 Specialization: www.schoonerpride.com SpiritLine Cruises and Events 360 Concord St., Suite 201 Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2628 sales@spiritlinecruises.com Specialization: SpiritLine Cruises & Events operates four vessels in scenic Charleston Harbor. These vessels provide the perfect venue for all types of events. www.spiritlinecruises.com Tidalwave Watersports 69 41st Ave. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 843-886-8456 Specialization: Watersports, including parasail, wave runners and charters www.tidalwavewatersports.com

Transportation Above & Beyond Services LLC 411 Huntington Road Summerville, SC 29483 843-875-9318 Specialization: Providing luxury transportation needs for Charleston and surrounding areas for twenty years www.aboveandbeyondtransportation.com

Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 843-884-9505 Specialization: We are a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning locally-based Destination Management Company & Transportation Provider. Member, the DMC Network www.absolutelycharleston.com AquaSafaris Inc. 24 Patriots Point Rd/A-Dock Marina Office Bldg. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-886-8133 Specialization: We supply quality Sail/ Fishing/Motor vessels for up to 100 guests in Charleston & the Lowcountry. www.aqua-safaris.com Black & Gold Limo Service LLC 303 5th Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-509-5999 blackandgoldlimo@aol.com Specialization: Licensed and insured ground transportation company serving Charleston and surrounding areas providing fully equipped, wellmaintained, clean, stretch SUVs and limousines, town cars, passenger vans and taxis www.blackandgoldlimo.com Charleston Black Cab Co. 1529 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 2B Charleston, SC 29407 843-216-2627 Specialization: Black Car, SUV, and Mercedes Van Service and Party Bus. All service is guaranteed satisfaction or we do not charge. www.charlestonblackcabcompany.com Charleston Brews Cruise 1749 McHenry Ave. Charleston, SC 29412 843-860-9847 Specialization:  Our tours offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the art, science and passion inside every glass of great beer, all while enjoying generous samples of unique Charleston brews www.charlestonbrewscruise.com Charleston Coach 8 Guignard St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-709-0988 Specialization: Horse and carriage service for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and romantic outings www.charlestoncoach.com

Coastal Yacht Charters P.O. Box 1725 Charleston, SC 29402 843-557-5805 Specialization: Yacht charters in Charleston Harbor and surrounding waterways www.coastal-yacht-charters.com Gray Line of Charleston 375 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-722-4444 Specialization: We offer a 90 minute guided tour of Historic Charleston, as well transportation services in the greater Charleston area for special events (weddings, corporate meetings & more). We have 8 20-25 passenger minibuses available. www.graylineofcharleston.com Gullah Tours 375 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-763-7551 Specialization: Gullah Tours explores the sites, history, and culture of AfricanAmericans in Charleston www.gullahtours.com

IDEA LLC 6331 Fain St. North Charleston, SC 29406 843-557-3622 Specialization: Able to deliver material, home furniture or supplies, contract or non-contract work. Operate 36ft. box truck                                                                            www.ideallc.com JMC Charleston 2220 Old School Drive, Suite B North Charleston, SC 29405 843-577-1100 Specialization: Event production and destination management company, producing events with traditional and modern, decor, design, music, lighting, tours, gifts, corporate services including transportation, event production management and invitation design www.jmccharleston.com SpiritLine Cruises and Events 360 Concord St., Suite 201 Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2628 Specialization: SpiritLine Cruises & Events operates four vessels in scenic Charleston Harbor. These vessels provide the perfect venue for all types of events. www.spiritlinecruises.com

Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. 1 Carriage Lane Charleston, SC 29407 843-571-5882 Specialization: Full service destination management company and receptive tour operator www.destinationcharlestonsc.com

Charleston Water Taxi 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-330-2969 Specialization: -  For all your transportation and sightseeing needs                                                                                                www.charlestonwatertaxi.com


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Golf Courses

Ranked by USGA Slope Rating* from Back/Pro Tees Club/Course Ralston Creek at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1000 Ocean Course Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Beresford Creek course at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 RiverTowne Country Club 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Turtle Point Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Crowfield Golf Club 300 Hamlet Circle Goose Creek, SC 29445 Cougar Point Golf Club, Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation 5000 Wescott Club Drive Summerville, SC 29485 Charleston National Golf Club 1360 National Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Legend Oaks Golf Club 118 Legend Oaks Way Summerville, SC 29485 The Links at Stono Ferry 4812 Stono Links Drive Hollywood, SC 29449 Osprey Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Snee Farm Country Club 1200 Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Dunes West Golf & River Club 3535 Wando Plantation Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Patriots Point Links 1 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club 20 Dunvegan Drive Charleston, SC 29414 Wild Dunes Resort Harbor Course 5881 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Coosaw Creek Country Club 4110 Club Course Drive North Charleston, SC 29420 Wild Dunes Resort Links Course 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Summerville Country Club, Miler Golf Course 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 Berkeley Country Club at Exeter Plantation 772 Exeter Plantation Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Phone / Website / Email

Slope Rating* / Holes / Course Par / Rating** Yardage

Type of Course / Green Fees

Course Designer(s) / Head Pro

Superintendent / Year Opened

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com -

147 76.9

18 72 7,446

Private, with event facilities $90

Rees Jones Matt Smith

Greg Keating 2006

843-266-4670 kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

144 77.3

18 72 7,356

Public, resort, with event facilities Seasonal

Pete Dye, Alice Dye Stephen Youngner

Brian Gerard, Jeff Stone, Stephen Youngner 1991

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com -

141 74.9

18 72 7,195

Private, with event facilities $90

Tom Fazio Matt Smith

Greg Keating 1999

843-849-2400 www.rivertownecountryclub.com ldavidson@rivertownecountryclub.com

141 74.8

18 72 7,188

Semiprivate, with event facilities Seasonal

Arnold Palmer Pete Dunham

Laura Lovisone, Rob Daniels 2001

843-266-4050 www.kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

141 74.2

18 72 7,061

Public, resort, with event facilities Seasonal

Jack Nicklaus Mark Schaffer

Steve Agazzi, Brian Gerard, Mark Schaffer 1982

843-764-4618 www.crowfieldgolf.com -

140 75.5

18 72 7,005

Semiprivate, public $26-$48

Bob Spence Bobby Donnellan

Troy Sanders, Todd Biegger 1990

843-266-4020 kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

138 74.0

18 72 6,875

Public, resort, with event facilities Seasonal

Gary Player Josh Wagaman

Brad French, Brian Gerard, Josh Wagaman 1976

843-871-2135 wescottgolf.com susannave@wescottgolfclub.com 843-884-4653 www.charlestonnationalgolf.com frontdesk@charlestonnationalgolf.com 843-821-4077 www.legendoaksgolf.com jchickarello@legendoaksgolf.com 843-763-1817 www.charlestongolfweddings.com epeper@stonoferrygolf.com 843-266-4640 www.kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com 843-884-8571 www.sneefarmcc.com llovisone@rivertownecountryclub.com 843-856-9000 www.duneswestgolfclub.com 843-881-0042 www.patriotspointlinks.com 843-556-8251 www.shadowmossgolf.com golfpro@shadowmossgolf.com 843-886-2004 www.wilddunes.com wilddunesreservations@destinationhotels.com 843-767-9000 www.coosawcreek.com mbenner@coosawcreek.com 843-886-2002 www.wilddunes.com wilddunesreservations@destinationhotels.com

138 74.3 136 74.5 135 73.5 135 72.8 135 73.3 135 72.9 134 73.0 133 73.2 131 72.3 131 71.4 130 72.7 127 73.1

27 72 7,210 18 72 7,064 18 72 7,011 18 72 6,756

Public, with event facilities Hurdzan $89-$69 seasonal; discounts for tri- Michael Reed Johnson county residents Semiprivate $45-$95

Rees Jones Chase Wells

Wayne Sellers 1989

Semiprivate, with event facilities Seasonal

Scott Poole Brian Ouse

Jim Chickarello 1994

Semiprivate, with event facilities $50-$90

Ron Garl Michael Sutton

Michael Eargle, Greg Wood 1989

Resort, with event facilities Seasonal

Tom Fazio Ric Ferguson

Steve Miller, Brian Gerard, Ric Ferguson 1988

Private, with event facilities -

George W. Cobb Sr. Pete Dunham

Micheal Ashton, Laura Lovisone 1970

Semiprivate, with event facilities $52-$95

Arthur Hills Kevin Zemnickas

Rich Rankin, Rob Mackie 1991

Public 85

Willard Byrd Mike Owens

Brad Parker, Alan Fitzpatrick 1979

Semiprivate, with event facilities $30-$48

Russell F. Breeden Chris Short

JP Ringer 1972

Resort, with event facilities Seasonal, $80-$110

Tom Fazio Jeff Minton

Jeff Minton 1980

Semiprivate, with event facilities Seasonal

Arthur Hills Mike Benner Jr.

Gordon Williams 1993

Resort, with event facilities $135-$155, Seasonal

Tom Fazio Jeff Minton

Frank Fredricks 1980

18 72 6,932 18 72 6,808 18 72 6,859 18 72 6,955 18 72 6,701 18 70 6,359 18 71 6,593 18 72 6,722

Susan Nave, Lindsey Monroe, Perry Green 2000

843-873-2210 www.summervillecountryclub.com sblanton@knology.net

125 69.0

18 71 6,037

Semiprivate, with event facilities $39

Eddie Riccoboni Bray Blanton III

Bo Blanton Jr. 1925

843-761-4653 www.berkeleycc.com berkeleycc@homesc.com

122 71.7

18 72 6,691

Semiprivate, with event facilities $20-$49

George W. Cobb Sr. Madison Jeter

Will Seastrunk 1959

*Slope rating is a ratio ranging from 55 to 155 that represents the difficulty of a course for bogey golfers relative to the course rating. The higher the slope, the more difficult the course plays for bogey golfers. A slope rating of 113 is considered average. **Course rating is the approximate number of strokes it should take scratch golfers to complete a course. USGA=U.S. Golf Association. View this list online at www.scbiznews.com/data. Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy, errors sometimes occur. Email additions or corrections to lists@scbiznews.com

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Lists & Directories

Hotels with Meeting Facilities

Properties in the Charleston Area, Ranked by Square Footage of Event Space Event Capacity Company

Phone / Website

General Manager / Year Founded

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455

843-768-6000 www.kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

Brendon Bashford, Bill Lacey 2004

750

50,000

550

290

50,339 sq. ft. 15

Belmond Charleston Place 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

800-455-2427 CharlestonPlaceMeetings.com info.cph@belmond.com

Paul Stracey 1986

1,700

1,120

1,450

860

40,000 sq. ft. 36

Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455

843-768-2121 www.kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

Terry Treuting, Brendon Bashford, Bill Lacey, Missy Wurthmann 1976

700

500

676

384

35,000 sq. ft. 20

Francis Marion Hotel 387 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com info@thefrancismarion.com

Gayle Karolczyk 1924

550

400

430

300

20,000 sq. ft. 14

The Restoration 75 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-518-5100 www.therestorationhotel.com frontdesk@therestorationhotel.com

Mike Scavo 2010

120

-

60

24

15,328 sq. ft. 14

North Charleston Marriott 4770 Goer Drive North Charleston, SC 29406

843-747-1900 www.marriott.com/chsmn mhrs.chsmn.sales@marriott.com

Patrick Rogers 1983

700

450

650

475

12,000 sq. ft. 14

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 115 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-2400 www.millshouse.com info@millshouse.com

Brad Baer 1853

600

400

350

200

11,000 sq. ft. 10

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston, SC - Historic District 181 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-2644 www.charlestondouebletree.com -

Reggie Edwards 1998

350

250

400

220

10,000 sq. ft. 10

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Reception Banquet Theater Classroom

Event Space/ Meeting Rooms

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Lists & Directories

Hotels with Meeting Facilities

Properties in the Charleston Area, Ranked by Square Footage of Event Space

Event Capacity

Company

Phone / Website

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District 125 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-805-7900 www.courtyard.com/chshd pollyann.elliott@interstatehotels.com

Town & Country Inn and Suites 2008 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

General Manager / Year Founded

Reception Banquet Theater Classroom

Event Space/ Meeting Rooms

Jim Fournier 2011

150

125

125

100

7,800 sq. ft. 6

843-571-1000 www.thetownandcountryinn.com sales@thetownandcountryinn.com

Stephen Clarke 1984

300

200

300

175

6,000 sq. ft. 6

The Dewberry Hotel 334 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

877-835-6530 www.thedewberrycharleston.com reservations@dewberryhotels.com

Scott Dawson 2016

300

150

190

81

5,600 sq. ft. 3

Hyatt House Charleston - Historic District 560 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-207-2299 www.hyatthousecharlestonhistoricdistrict.com rachel.frost@hyatt.com

Lauren Smith, Kelsey Stoffel 2015

500

285

400

180

5,480 sq. ft. 5

Hyatt Place Charleston - Historic 560 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-414-4900 www.hyattplacecharlestonhistoricdistrict.com -

Kelsey Stoffel, Lauren Smith 2015

500

250

400

180

5,480 sq. ft. 3

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant 300 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-4600 www.charlestonmtpleasant.hgi.com Jennifer.maxwell@hilton.com

Jennifer Colangelo 2015

210

175

230

90

5,000 sq. ft. 7

The Dewberry 334 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-558-8000 thedewberrycharleston.com sales@dewberryhotels.com

Scott Dawson 2016

250

140

190

80

4,000 sq. ft. 2

Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Convention Center/Airport 5048 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-735-5000 www.charlestonairport.homewoodsuites.com chshm_ds@hilton.com

Christopher Wernham 2008

90

64

90

42

3,374 sq. ft. 4

The Inn at Middleton Place 4290 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-556-0500 www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com -

Abigail Martin 1987

250

200

250

250

3,000 sq. ft. 3

North Charleston Inn 2934 W. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-744-8281 www.northcharlestoninn.com sales@northcharlestoninn.com

Rachel Elliott 1973

-

100

175

100

3,000 sq. ft. 2

Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant 843-352-5100 www.wyndhamgardenmtpleasant.com 1330 Stuart Engals Blvd. jparsons@wyndhamgardenmtpleasant.com Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tommy Loeber 2014

120

80

140

80

2,500 sq. ft. 3

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston-Mount Pleasant 1251 Woodland Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-284-0900 www.marriott.com/chscm juliana.shores@marriott.com

Cheryl Craven 2007

125

100

120

90

2,125 sq. ft. 5

The Inn at I'On 148 Civitas St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-284-0850 www.theinnation.com info@theinnation.com

Jess Reed 2007

50

35

-

-

2,100 sq. ft. 1

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront 45 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

843-637-4074 www.charlestonwaterfrontdowntown.hgi.com chsdw-salesadm@hilton.com

Charles Reed 2014

150

120

150

96

2,000 sq. ft. 3

Ron Jaicks 2008

-

130

150

115

2,000 sq. ft. 1

Wingate by Wyndham at Charleston Southern 843-553-4444 University www.charlestonwingate.com 9280 University Blvd. ANikay@charlestonwingate.com North Charleston, SC 29406

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Hotels with Meeting Facilities

Properties in the Charleston Area, Ranked by Square Footage of Event Space

Event Capacity

Company

Phone / Website

Woodlands Mansion 125 Parsons Road Summerville, SC 29483

843-875-2600 www.woodlandsmansion.com stay@woodlandsmansion.com

Courtyard Charleston Waterfront 35 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

General Manager / Year Founded

Event Space/ Meeting Rooms

Tom Limehouse 2012

300

-

120

56

1,600 sq. ft. 3

843-722-7229 www.marriott.com/chscy chscy@jhmhotels.com

Mark Thomas 1997

50

40

50

40

1,428 sq. ft. 2

French Quarter Inn 166 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-1900 www.fqicharleston.com frontdesk@fqicharleston.com

Brent Gresham 2002

75

56

54

42

1,254 sq. ft. 2

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston - Ashley Phosphate 7670 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-553-1600 www.hiexpress.com/chastni-26 gm@hiexpressnorthwoods.com

Cheryl Clark 1999

60

50

65

60

1,140 sq. ft. 1

Hampton Inn & Suites North Charleston University Boulevard 2688 Fernwood Drive North Charleston, SC 29406

843-735-7500 www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com -

Anthony Smith 2007

60

60

70

50

1,000 sq. ft. 2

Quality Inn & Suites at Patriots Point 196 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-8817 www.choicehotels.com qisales@hgmhotels.com

Stephen Haws 1999

50

40

50

20

900 sq. ft. 2

Wentworth Mansion 149 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-853-1886 www.wentworthmansion.com wm-concierge@charminginns.com

Noreen Marchant 1998

50

40

50

20

900 sq. ft. 2

Fulton Lane Inn 202 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-720-2600 www.fultonlaneinn.com -

Lisa Anderson 1994

40

40

50

35

713 sq. ft. 1

Kings Courtyard Inn 198 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-7000 www.kingscourtyardinn.com kci-concierge@charminginns.com

Lisa Anderson 1980

40

40

50

30

713 sq. ft. 1

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-375-2600 www.hiemountpleasant.com mlytton@charlestownehotels.com

James Poole 2009

70

50

50

40

700 sq. ft. 1

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown Ashley River 250 Spring St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-4000 www.charlestonhiexpress.com gm@charlestonhiexpress.com

Matthew Cunningham 2013

40

40

40

30

688 sq. ft. 1

HarbourView Inn 2 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401

843-853-8439 www.harbourviewcharleston.com gm@harbourviewcharleston.com

Chris Harvey 1998

30

32

30

25

545 sq. ft. 1

Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center 4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-566-7300 www.alofthotels.com/charleston sales@aloftcharlestonairport.com

Steve Spear 2008

40

-

40

40

530 sq. ft. 1

Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District 345 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-4000 www.charlestonhistoricdistrict.hamptoninn.com chshd_hampton@hilton.com

Kevin Eichman 1992

30

25

45

20

400 sq. ft. 1

Zero George St. 0 George St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-817-7900 www.zerogeorge.com contact@zerogeorge.com

Dean Andrews 2012

75

18

18

15

250 sq. ft. 1

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Restaurants with Banquet Facilities Ranked by Maximum Capacity for a Seated Event

Private Banquet Rooms

Avg. Cost (3-course meal) Menu/SignatureDishes

Company

Phone / Website Email

Manager(s)

Event Capacity

Charleston Place Events 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-8410 www.charlestonplace.com geno.matesi@belmond.com

Geno Matesi

1,200

29

$100

Specializing in Lowcountry cuisine, seafood and filet mignon

Relish Distinctive Catering 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-849-2412 www.relishdistinctivecatering.com -

Lacy Davidson

300

7

$35

Custom food and bar from Lowcountry barbecue and boils to shrimp and grits and carving stations

Charleston Hospitality Catering 1114 Morrison Drive Charleston, SC 29403

843-576-4116 www.charlestonhospitalitycatering.com sales@charlestonhospitalitycatering.com

Alexis McDaniel

200

6

$40

Barbecue, fresh seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, Lowcountry cuisine

Good Food Catering 17 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29413

843-723-7952 goodfoodcatering.net info@goodfoodcatering.net

Jenna DeSavino, Tristan Whisenant, Eve Grey

200

6

$50

Menu ranges from French and Asian flavors to classic Charleston recipes and everything in between

Snee Farm Country Club 1200 Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-8571 www.sneefarmcc.com llovisone@rivertownecountryclub.com

Michael Ashton, Laura Lovisone

180

3

$32

Shrimp and Grits - cajun butter sauce Fried Chicken and Waffles - bacon maple syrup Crab Cakes - cajun remloude

The Islander 160 Fairchild St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-388-6366 www.theislanderdi.com info@theislanderdi.com

Barbara Nistor

150

2

$40

The menu is influenced by Charleston's culinary culture, such as Caribbean and Gullah Geechee with a focus on fresh local ingredients

Magnolias Upper Level Gallery 185 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-7771 www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com reservations@hmgi.net

Patricia Pettus

130

2

$48

Down south egg roll, parmesan crusted flounder, shellfish over grits, fried green tomatoes, warm cream cheese pecan brownie

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Restaurants with Banquet Facilities Ranked by Maximum Capacity for a Seated Event

Event Capacity

Private Banquet Rooms

Tristan Whisenant

130

1

$50

Grilled pork chop, braised grouper and pecanencrusted chicken breast

843-203-3002 vincentchiccos.com info@vincentchiccos.com

Michael Krajewski

130

1

$45

Italian American dining; bruschetta, lobster and spaghetti, veal marsala

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant 99 S. Market St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-5665 www.bubbagump.com mmays@ldry.com

Megan Mays

110

1

$35

Lowcountry favorite, shrimp specialties, chicken and pasta options

Edmund's Oast 1081 Morrison Drive Charleston, SC 29403

843-727-1145 www.edmundsoast.com edmundsoast@edmundsoast.com

Jess Nicoles

100

2

$40

pickled shrimp beef tartare fresh, local dishes

Vincent Chicco's Hutson Alley - 39-G John St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-203-3002 www.vincentchiccos.com info@vincentchiccos.com

Kinsey Rogers

100

1

$45

Italian-American, including antipasti; pomodoro, rigatoni and lasagna; and steak and seafood dishes

Laura Alberts Tasteful Options 891 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-881-4711 www.lauraalberts.com lauraalbertsinfo@gmail.com

Karen M. Elsey

80

5

$40

Prime cuts of meat, local seafood and seasonal vegetables prepared in Lowcountry style

Circa 1886 149 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-853-7828 www.circa1886.com circa1886@charminginns.com

Ginny Severs

75

2

$60

Southern dishes featuring local and seasonal foods

Cypress Lowcountry Grill 167 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-727-0111 www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com -

Patricia Pettus

72

2

$60

Almond fried brie, charcuterie, crisp wasabi tuna, steak diane, grand marnier souffle

Crave Charleston Catering / Crave International Foods 1101 Landfall Way Johns Island, SC 29455

843-410-1117 www.cravecharleston.com info@cravecharleston.com

Mike Petrillo

70

1

$35

New American cuisine, Southern and Asian fusion

Fish Restaurant 442 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-3474 www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com info@fishrestaurantcharleston.com

Jennifer Goldman

70

1

$50

Refined and relaxed spaces inside this 1837 Charleston single on Upper King include contemporary dining room, bar, courtyard and private second floor

Wild Wing Cafe Catering 830 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 200 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-216-7601 www.wildwingcafe.com sharyn@wildwingcafe.com

Sharyn M. Hooks

60

2

$21

Wings, grilled chicken and barbecue

Fork Fine Gourmet Catering & Events 2408 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-769-0300 www.forkfinegourmet.com forkfinegourmet@knology.net

Wendall Edwards, Margaret Edwards

50

1

$38

House-made she crab soup, pimento cheese, shrimp & grits

Triangle Char & Bar 9800 Dorchester Road Summerville, SC 29485

843-576-1111 www.trianglecharandbar.com info@trianglecharandbar.com

Mike Lotz, Brandon M O'Higgins

50

1

$12

Lowcountry egg rolls; smoked pork, chicken and beef; mac 'n cheese; spaghetti squash

Virginia's on King 412 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-735-5800 www.virginiasonking.com info@virginiasonking.com

Emily Owens, Kinsey Rogers

50

1

$35

Shrimp and grits; southern fried chicken and Carolina bouillabaisse

Charleston Grill 224 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-4522 www.charlestongrill.com -

Margeaux GywnneVaughan

36

1

$95

Whether it’s an exclusive business dinner, an elegant wedding rehearsal or a family reunion, we will create a fully tailored dining experience from special menus and wine pairings to unique requests

Blossom 171 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-9200 www.groupdiningcharleston.com patpettus@hmgi.net

Patricia Pettus

20

1

$46

Pan roasted mahi mahi, buttermilk calamari, oven roasted salmon, red velvet bread pudding

Company

Phone / Website Email

Manager(s)

Upstairs at 39 Rue de Jean 39 John St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-725-5959 www.39ruedejean.com upstairs@39ruedejean.com

Vincent Chicco's 39-G John St. Charleston, SC 29403

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Event Planners

Ranked by No. of Event Planners in the Charleston Area Company

Phone / Website Email

Person In Charge / Year Founded

Event Planners / Employees

Day-of Coordinator Available

The Brandon Agency 51 Broad St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-916-2000 www.thebrandonagency.com info@thebrandonagency.com

Shelby Greene, Kimberly McCollum, Nick McNeill 1959

16 16

Y

Event planning and execution, invitation and media outreach, grand openings, familiarization tours

Lawson Roberts Events 351 King St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29403

843-709-5050 www.lawsonroberts.com lawson@lawsonroberts.com

Lawson Roberts 2007

6 7

Y

Weddings, corporate events, social galas, fundraisers, birthdays; private in-home dinners; entertainment

Ooh! Events 2532 Spruill Ave. Charleston, SC 29405

843-881-7576 www.oohevents.com info@oohevents.com

Lisa Thomas 1996

5 10

Y

Flowers, unique furniture rentals, event design and coordination, tent rentals and corporate events; planning and coordination; on staff makeup artist

Touchpoint Communications 522 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-296-2033 www.touchptcom.com info@touchptcom.com

Colleen Troy, Kerry Welch, Cristy Jamison, Emily Portoghese, Michael Stettner 2005

5 6

Y

PR or product launches, small group corporate

Absolutely Charleston Destination Management P.O. Box 80489 Charleston, SC 29416 Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. 1 Carriage Lane Charleston, SC 29407

843-884-9505 www.absolutelycharleston.com info@absolutelycharleston.com

Robert Sullivan, Jenny Fedewa 1998

4 15

Y

Accommodations and conference support, unique excursions, culinary experiences, transportation logistics. Member, The DMC Network

843-571-5882 www.destinationcharlestonsc.com ccgs@destinationcharlestonsc.com

James E. Mellen, Stephanie D. King 1986

4 5

Y

Full-service destination management, receptive operator; special events, team building activities, convention services, tours

Loluma - Distinctive Events 6 North Atlantic Wharf Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-1355 www.loluma.com Shasha@loluma.com

Sha Sha Harnik 1997

4 9

N

Event decorations, designs, lighting, floral creations

Calder Clark 62 Cannon St., First Floor Charleston, SC 29403

843-641-0055 www.calderclark.com info@calderclark.com

Calder B. Clark 2006

3 3

N

Full-service wedding design and planning

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Event Planners

Ranked by No. of Event Planners in the Charleston Area Event Planners / Employees

Day-of Coordinator Available

Lauren Fox 2013

3 3

N

Corporate events, social events, weddings

843-475-8113 www.inventivenvironments.com jacqueline@inventivenvironments.com

Jacqueline Lawrence, Greer Thompson, Shelby Knoll 2010

3 6

Y

Production design, decor, draping; custom lighting, floral styling, a la carte services

Square One Meeting Planning 7890 Dorchester Road North Charleston, SC 29418

843-856-5150 www.somp.co Tammy@somp.co

Tammy Faust, Jacki Bennis 1995

3 9

Y

Association, government, corporate, medical and educational meetings and conferences on a local and national level

Trio Solutions Inc. (TRIO) 505 Belle Hall Parkway, Suite 202 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-216-0442 www.trio-solutions.com info@trio-solutions.com

Jessica Munday 2001

3 10

Y

Special events, fundraisers, conferences; event marketing and PR; event websites, registration

Durant Consulting, Inc. 519 Clearview Drive Charleston, SC 29412

305-785-3393 www.durantconsulting.com alex@durantconsulting.com

Alex Durant 2007

2 2

N

Management, production of small-scale events for individuals; marketing events for small businesses

Engaging Events LLC 235 Huger St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-724-9010 engagingeventscharleston.com cindy@engagingeventscharleston.com

Cindy A. Zingerella 2004

2 10

Y

Event coordination and design

Pure Luxe Bride 3464 Maybank Highway Suite D Johns Island, SC 29455

843-640-3074 pureluxebride.com francesca@pureluxebride.com

Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer 2009

2 6

N

Full service planning, event design, draping

Pop the Bubbly 223 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-406-5645 www.popthebubblyevents.com info@popthebubblyevents.com

Betsey C Lupton 2015

1 1

Y

Bachelor and bachelorette parties and weekends,engagement proposal planning and day-of coordination

Charleston's Finest City Guide 1940 Trolley Road, Suite C Summerville, SC 29485

843-873-0260 www.signaturesgroup.com; www.charlestonsfinest.com info@signaturesgroup.com

Cara Adams 1997

1 3

N

Hotel, resort, cruise groups

Company

Phone / Website Email

Person In Charge / Year Founded

Fox Events LLC 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite B Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-732-0006 www.afoxevent.com lauren@afoxevent.com

inventivENVIRONMMENTS 1996 Davant Circle Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Event Planners

Ranked by No. of Event Planners in the Charleston Area

Event Planners / Employees

Day-of Coordinator Available

Craig Delk 2007

1 1

N

Entertainment planning and execution for corporate and special events

843-822-8830 www.finievents.com courtney@finievents.com

Courtney Plotner 2006

1 1

Y

Weddings, rehearsal dinners and day-of coordination; fundraisers, birthdays, corporate events

Home Team PR and Events 1587 Holton Place Charleston, SC 29407

843-557-4077 www.hometeampr.com angel@hometeampr.com

Angel Passailaigue Postell 2013

1 1

Y

Culinary related events

Kenda Sweet Events Inc. 1473 Goblet Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-881-1959 kendasweetevents@gmail.com

Kenda M. Sweet 1996

1 1

Y

Full-service event planning company

Nelwater Consulting 470 Cane Court Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-367-3833 www.nelwater.com ryan@nelwater.com

Ryan Nelson, Natalie Grantham, Darren Goldwater 2010

1 4

Y

Sporting events, food and beverage events

On Purpose Adventures LLC 915 Folly Road, Suite 90 Charleston, SC 29412

843-580-3757 www.onpurposeadventures.com info@onpurposeadventures.com

Ben-Jamin Toy 2011

1 10

Y

Corporate team building, adventure bachelor and bachelorette parties and customized adventures, bubble soccer

Port + President, LLC 299 President St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-540-1655 www.portandpresident.com Portandpresident@gmail.com

Melissa Medford 2014

1 1

Y

Boutique consulting firm offering tailored solutions for all your business, marketing, public relations, social media and event management needs

Red7 174 Meeting St., Suite 300 Charleston, SC 29401

843-822-5100 red7agency.com info@red7agency.com

Jason Wilder, Holly Unger 2015

1 24

Y

Industrialized marketing, branding, design and advertising

RLE Charleston LLC 164 Market St., Suite 301 Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-0305 www.rlecharleston.com info@rlecharleston.com

Stacey Fraunfelter 2005

1 1

N

Event design, planning, coordination, consultation; fullservice wedding, partial and month-of coordination

Stylee PR & Marketing 2416 Majestic Roses Court Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-345-3275 www.styleepr.com vladia@styleepr.com

Vladia JurcovaSpencer 2004

1 1

Y

Art events

Company

Phone / Website Email

Person In Charge / Year Founded

Event Talent Resources P.O. Box 30936 Charleston, SC 29407

843-819-7444 www.etrplanning.com craig@etrplanning.com

Fini Event Planning 164 Market St., Suite 304 Charleston, SC 29401

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Alternative and Outdoor Event Venues Ranked by Maximum Capacity

Max. Capacity / Outdoor Capacity / Reception Capacity

Company

Phone / Website Email

Exchange Park 9850 U.S. Highway 78 Ladson, SC 29456

843-572-3161 www.exchangepark.org denise@exchangepark.org

Michael Carney, Denise Carner 1979

50,000 50,000

Venue buildings, open land with pond, 70 acres of indoor and outdoor event space and 100 acres of parking space

N Y Y

MUSC Health Stadium B 1990 Daniel Island Drive Charleston, SC 29492

843-971-4625 www.charlestonbattery.com -

Andrew Bell 1999

14,000 5,100 -

Home of the Charleston Battery, 1,400 parking spaces plus overflow available

Y Y Y

North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center 5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston, SC 29418

843-529-5000 Mariah Fleming, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com Frank Lapsley mfleming@northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com 1993

14,000 2,000 7,600

Hyde Park Farm & Polo Club 6763 Davis Rd. Ravenel, SC 29470

704-609-6866 www.hydeparkpoloclub.com info@hydeparkpoloclub.com

Amy Vann Flowers 2009

8,000 8,000 350

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park 360 Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-7241 www.riverdogs.com -

Melissa Azevedo 1997

6,000 5,000 1,000

McAlister Field House 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29409

843-953-2665 www.citadel.edu/events -

Allison Bringardner 1939

6,000 0 6,000

Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-853-3625 www.cmcevents.com atchisonb@charleston-sc.gov

Alysia Olshinski, Atchison Bob 1997

4,000 1,500 450

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A premier destination for live entertainment and sports with the coliseum providing a 13,000 seat capacity, the performing arts center with a 2,300 seat proscenium theater and the convention center offering a 77,000 square foot exhibit hall Unlimited parking, 400 acres, 17 miles to downtown Charleston, open air pavilion with fireplace, beautiful barn with brick floors, bridal suite Outdoor picnic areas available as well as the stadium's sky suites McAlister Field House is a 6,000-seat multipurpose facility and home to The Citadel's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams Downtown waterfront event and conference venue with space available for indoor and outdoor receptions and ceremonies; free parking available

Y N N

N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y

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Alternative and Outdoor Event Venues Ranked by Maximum Capacity

Top Local Official(s)/ Year Founded

Max. Capacity / Outdoor Capacity / Reception Capacity

Company

Phone / Website Email

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina 20 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-0028 www.charlestonharborresort.com reservations@charlestonharborresort.com

Oliver Rooskens 1997

2,500 2,500 2,000

Middleton Place 4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-556-6020 www.middletonplace.org info@middletonplace.org

Charles H. Duell, M. Tracey Todd 1741

2,000 2,000 2,000

Charleston Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-5212 www.gaillardcenter.com bookings@gaillardcenter.com

Kevin T. Carlon 2015

1,800 -

Scottish Rite Center 1051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407

843-779-7533 www.ksacharleston.org reservations@ksacharleston.org

J. Wallace 1801

1,500 2,000 800

Memminger Auditorium 56 Beaufain St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-1196 www.memmingerauditorium.com info@memmingerauditorium.com

Spoleto Festival 2008

1,000 250 600

Candlelite Pavilion at Summerville Country Club 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483

843-873-2210 www.summervillecountryclub.com sblanton@knology.net

Bufort Blanton 2009

800 800 500

South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401

843-579-8656 http://scaquarium.org/events nsoroka@scaquarium.org

Nicole Soroka 2000

800 200 500

Summerville Country Club, Miler Golf Course 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483

843-873-2210 www.summervillecountryclub.com sblanton@knology.net

Bo Blanton Jr. 1925

800 800 500

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation 5000 Wescott Club Drive Summerville, SC 29485

843-871-2135 wescottgolf.com susannave@wescottgolfclub.com

Susan Nave, Lindsey Monroe, Perry Green 2000

600 500 500

The Grand Pavilion 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451

888-845-8880 Jody Harris www.wilddunesmeetings.com wilddunesreservations@destinationhotels.com 1972

600 800

Lowndes Grove Plantation 266 St. Margaret St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-853-1810 www.pphgcharleston.com hello@pphgcharleston.com

Jennifer Goldman 2007

600 600

Wild Dunes Resort 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451

888-845-8880 www.wilddunesmeetings.com wilddunesmeetings@destinationhotels.com

Jeff Payne 1972

600 500 600

Beresford Creek course at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com -

Greg Keating 1999

500 500

Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com info@danielislandclub.com

Greg Keating 1999

500 500

Harborside East 28 Bridgeside Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-2718 www.harborsideeast.com chelsea@harborsideeast.com

Chelsea Banias 2006

500 500 500

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Description Indoor meeting space and covered outdoor areas overlooking Charleston Harbor; conference planning team and wedding specialist are available. 18th-century plantation, America's oldest landscaped gardens, house museum and plantation stableyards with indoor and outdoor reception sites The 1,800-seat Martha and John M. Rivers’ Performance Hall creates an inviting setting where artist and audience come together and connect; state-of-the-art ballrooms and meeting rooms are also available Auditorium: 500+ plush seats, stage/ presentation floor, tiled dance floor, full audio/video control booth; banquet hall and prep kitchen: tables and chairs included, raised stage lectern/ audio, kitchen/prep area included Multiuse space available year-round featuring 2,500 square feet of storage space, catering setup and backstage needs; banquet room-style partition wall available and six dressing rooms Outdoor covered pavilion, prep kitchen, lighting, portable bars, wireless PA system, dance floor, tables, chairs; new outdoor patio extension suitable for oyster roasts, fundraisers Guests can mix and mingle with over 5,000 resident animals in 60 exhibits. Covered outdoor pavilion with pulldown curtains if needed; large outdoor patio suitable for oyster roasts and weddings with 40' x 40' tent available; tables and chairs on site Antebellum-style clubhouse with wraparound porch, hardwood floors, twin fireplaces, vaulted ceilings; 6,000-square-foot tented patio for outdoor events Ocean-front space in the heart of Wild Dunes Resort with sweeping views of the Atlantic; ideal for casual corporate gatherings, cocktail parties, dinners or receptions Waterfront views of the Ashley River; 1786-era architecture and period furnishings; expansive piazza; grand lawn framed by live oaks and private dock Indoor and outdoor meeting, event facilities; custom events; accommodations, catering services, team-building exercises; wellness programs Nationally ranked Tom Fazio layout available on a limited basis for member-sponsored charity and corporate events when course is closed for member play (Tuesdays) Private country club featuring two championship golf courses; 7,100 sq. ft. ballroom, dividable; private board room; outdoor venues; full-service catering options. Popular for weddings, corporate events and fundraising events One of Charleston’s premier venues located minutes from downtown at Patriot’s Point, Harborside East offers a spacious interior reception space and a stunning waterfront patio with breathtaking view of the Ravenel Bridge and downtown Charleston

Y N Y Y Y Y

Y Y -

Y Y Y

N Y N

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y

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N Y Y

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Company

Phone / Website Email

Laurel Hill County Park 1400 N. Hwy 41 Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-795-4386 http://ccprc.com/2005/LaurelHill-County-Park customerservice@ccprc.com

Tom O'Rourke 2015

500 500 -

Features an oak allee, large open meadows, and gorgeous backdrops; Laurel Hill can handle very large groups up to 500 people, but is still intimate enough for a small private function

N Y Y

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens 3550 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-571-1266 www.magnoliaplantation.com events@magnoliaplantation.com

Leanza Kauffman, Mary Ann Johnson, Tom Johnson 1676

500 500 500

Features three scenic locations for weddings and corporate events; America's oldest public garden and 19th century Romantic style garden

N Y Y

Old Towne Creek County Park 1400 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407

843-795-4386 http://ccprc.com/1728/OldTowne-Creek-County-Park customerservice@ccprc.com

Tom O'Rourke 2011

500 500 500

Ralston Creek at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com -

Greg Keating 2006

500 500

The William Aiken House 456 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-853-1810 www.pphgcharleston.com hello@pphgcharleston.com

Jennifer Goldman 2000

500 500

Johnson Hagood Stadium - Club Level 68 Hagood Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-953-6703 www.tinyurl.com/ stadiumclublevel reservations@citadel.edu

2006

Berkeley Country Club at Exeter Plantation 772 Exeter Plantation Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461

843-761-4653 www.berkeleycc.com berkeleycc@homesc.com

Will Seastrunk 1959

425 425 425

SpiritLine Cruises and Events 360 Concord St., Suite 201 Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com sales@spiritlinecruises.com

Ian Harris 1961

400 350

The Altman Center 68 Hagood Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-953-2665 www.citadel.edu/events reservations@citadel.edu

Allison Bringardner 2001

400 50 200

Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 843-266-4050 www.kiawahresort.com 1 Turtle Point Drive reservations@kiawahresort.com Kiawah Island, SC 29455

Steve Agazzi, Brian Gerard, Mark Schaffer 1982

380 0 380

Centrally located on the resort; meeting and conference facilities on the second floor of the clubhouse; Tomasso restaurant also available for functions

Y N N

Dunes West Golf & River Club 3535 Wando Plantation Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-856-9000 www.duneswestgolfclub.com -

Rich Rankin, Rob Mackie 1991

350 350 350

Antebellum clubhouse on Wagner Creek, 200-year-old avenue of oaks on the drive in, space for wedding ceremonies and receptions

Y N Y

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1000 Ocean Course Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455

843-266-4670 kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

Brian Gerard, Jeff Stone, Stephen Youngner 1991

325 4,600 325

Golf course, home of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championships

Y N Y

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407

843-852-4200 Rob Powell, Jason www.charlestownelanding.travel Robinett ctlandingsp@scprt.com 1970

300 300 300

Site of first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas; historically significant property that is host to three special event venues, animal forest zoo, replica cannons and the adventure cargo vessel

N Y Y

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission 861 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

Thomas O'Rourke, Matt Rosebrock, David Bennett 1968

300 -

County parks department, with facilities and programs throughout the county

-

Coosaw Creek Country Club 4110 Club Course Drive North Charleston, SC 29420

843-767-9000 www.coosawcreek.com mbenner@coosawcreek.com

Gordon Williams 1993

300 300 200

Lowcountry-style clubhouse offers flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space

Y N Y

450 20,000 450

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West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park is an ideal in-town country setting for weddings, corporate picnics, oyster roasts, or any occasion needing a convenient and secluded location; features large open meadows, marsh views, gorgeous backdrops Nationally ranked Rees Jones layout available on a limited basis for membersponsored charity and corporate events when course is closed for member play (Tuesdays). 1810 National Historic Landmark in downtown Charleston; indoor and outdoor spaces with period artwork, piazzas and private grounds with manicured lawns, bluestone courtyards, reflection pool and Gothic-style carriage house

N Y Y

Y N Y

Y N Y

Two outdoor terraces available with 500-person capacity each

Y N Y

Beautiful golf course with 3,300-squarefoot ballroom, commercial kitchen, outdoor wedding venue, and covered outdoor pavilion

Y Y Y

Available for corporate meetings and outings, private cruises and charters and for all types of group tours; offering onsite event planners; additionally, an executive chef to make your next event one to remember The Altman Athletic Center, located at the south end of Johnson Hagood Stadium is a multipurpose facility that has the ability to host conferences, luncheons, wedding receptions, parties and various other gatherings

Y N N

Y N Y

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Phone / Website Email

Max. Capacity / Outdoor Capacity / Reception Capacity 300 300 300

A waterfront venues with deep water dockage. Weddings, receptions and corporate events. Located right on historic Shem Creek.

Y N Y

Picnic Center Porch, 768 sq. ft./capacity 75; Wando and Stono shelters, 1,600 sq. ft./capacity 200 each; Wappoo Shelter, 2,100 sq. ft./capacity 300 Cottonwood, 1840 sq. ft., capacity 200; Tupelo, 2575 sq. ft., capacity 300; Magnolia, 1585 sq. ft., capacity 100; picnic tables, grills, electricity, fans, horseshoe pit Located on Hobcaw Creek in the award winning I'on community; host to weddings, receptions and corporate events; spectacular views and sunsets Eight-acre meadow; kitchen, stage, dressing room, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit; climate-controlled facility with 25 tables,200 chairs, A/V equipment

N Y Y

Description

Cottage on the Creek 130 Mill St. Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-2083 www.cottageonthecreek.net info@ioncreekclub.com

Emily Griffin, Mike Russo, Peggy Thomas 2008

Covered Shelters at James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

Randy Woodard, Kevin Gillum 1990

300 300 300

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

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

Edmonds Brown 1995

300 300 300

The Creek Club at I'On 44 Saturday Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-2083 www.ioncreekclub.com info@ioncreekclub.com

Mike Russo, Peggy Thomas 1999

300 300 300

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

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

Edmonds Brown 1998

300 400 300

Edisto Hall at James Island County Park 843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com 871 Riverland Drive customerservice@ccprc.com Charleston, SC 29412

Randy Woodard, Kevin Gillum 1989

300 400 300

Climate-controlled meeting site with stage, kitchen, catering entrance, PA system; microphone by request

N Y Y

300 300 300

Located along the Ashley River; furniture; audiovisual system; catering kitchen; free parking

N Y Y

Founders Hall 1500 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407

843-849-8091 Julie Ann Oldham www.foundershallcharleston.com julieann@lowcountryparkvenues.com 2009

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Top Local Official(s)/ Year Max. Capacity / Outdoor Founded Capacity / Reception Capacity Description

Company

Phone / Website Email

Harbour Club 35 Prioleau St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-9680 Shannon E. www.harbour-charleston.com Hutchings shannon.hutchings@clubcorp.com 1994

300 350 300

The Island House 2658 Swygert Blvd. Johns Island, SC 29455

843-647-4362 www.islandhouseevents.com info@islandhouseevents.com

300 300 300

James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412

843-406-6990 Randy Woodard, www.charlestoncountyparks.com/ Kevin Gillum jicp 1990 customerservice@ccprc.com

300 -

Legend Oaks Golf Club 118 Legend Oaks Way Summerville, SC 29485

843-821-4077 www.legendoaksgolf.com jchickarello@legendoaksgolf.com

Jim Chickarello 1994

300 500 300

A semi-private golf and tennis club in Summerville

Y Y Y

The Pavilion at Patriots Point 1 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-849-2412 www.patriotspointlinks.com -

Lacy Davidson 2005

300 300

4,000-square-foot tent with brick foundation overlooking the 18th green and Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter

Y Y Y

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center 2810 Seabrook Island Road Johns Island, SC 29455

843-768-0429 www.stchristopher.org info@stchristopher.org

Bob Lawrence, Ned Collins 1938

300 -

Waterfront facility with beach access; large multipurpose building; large conference room; several small, intimate conference areas

Y Y Y

The Wickliffe House 178 Ashley Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-571-1410 www.wickliffehouse.com -

Jeri Arazie 1850

300 300 300

Charleston town home located in Radcliffborough; tea room open for lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Y Y Y

Lynn Gottleib, Paul Speights 2009

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200-year-old building, exposed brick walls, detailed hand-carved crown molding, gas lanterns On a private island on the banks of the Stono River, with a 180-degree view of the river and a constant island breeze; 3,200-square-foot tent included in rental 643-acre county park; playground, camping facilities, picnic areas, water park, meeting and event facilities; walking/biking trails, sprinkler play area, dog park

Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y

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Full-Service Caterers Ranked by Largest Event Catered in 2015

Largest Event 2015 / Employees / Avg. meal Catering Services

Company

Phone / Website / Email

Person in Charge / Year Founded

Hamby Catering & Events 925 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-3103 www.hambycatering.com info@hambycatering.com

Candice Wigfield 1979

8,000 49 $55

Full-service catering, including food and beverage service; rental coordination, floor plan,timeline creation;event logistics

Cru Catering 1784 Harmon St. Charleston, SC 29405

843-534-2433 www.crucatering.com info@crucatering.com

John F. Zucker 2000

4,000 40 $50

Full-service customized catering for galas, special events, weddings, meetings, private parties, business functions

Virginia's on King 412 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-735-5800 www.virginiasonking.com info@virginiasonking.com

Emily Owens, Kinsey Rogers 2007

2,000 58 $35

Off-site catering available from menu and affiliated Holy City hospitality restaurants

Good Food Catering 17 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29413

843-723-7952 goodfoodcatering.net info@goodfoodcatering.net

Jenna DeSavino, Tristan Whisenant, Eve Grey 2004

1,500 69 $50

Off-site catering for private homes, offices and Lowcountry venues

Charleston Place Events 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-8410 www.charlestonplace.com geno.matesi@belmond.com

Geno Matesi 1987

1,000 450 $100

Full-service caterer, providing all china, glassware, silverware, tables , chairs, linens included in menu price

Beyond Expectations 2487-2 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-573-0012 www.beyondxpectations.com byndexpectations@aol.com

Ron Murray 1996

675 25 $30

Full-service catering and event planning, bar service, ice sculptures; weddings, special events, BBQ's, corporate events and lunches

The Islander 160 Fairchild St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-388-6366 www.theislanderdi.com info@theislanderdi.com

Barbara Nistor 2014

500 35 $40

Full-service off-site catering featuring signature dishes along with cuisine from our other restaurants

Vincent Chicco's 39-G John St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-203-3002 vincentchiccos.com info@vincentchiccos.com

Michael Krajewski 2012

500 35 $45

Fine catered cuisine, with restaurant quality style and service

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Largest Event 2015 / Employees / Avg. meal Catering Services

Company

Phone / Website / Email

Person in Charge / Year Founded

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation 5000 Wescott Club Drive Summerville, SC 29485

843-871-2135 wescottgolf.com susannave@wescottgolfclub.com

Susan Nave, Lindsey Monroe, Perry Green 2000

450 56 $35

Full-service catering including setup, food, bar and cleanup

Salthouse Catering 1750 Signal Point Road, Suite 2B Charleston, SC 29412

843-577-7847 www.salthousecatering.com info@salthousecatering.com

Tanya Gurrieri 2012

450 6 $40

Full-service catering with customized menus; local, regional, global cuisines

Fork Fine Gourmet Catering & Events 2408 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-769-0300 www.forkfinegourmet.com forkfinegourmet@knology.net

Wendall Edwards, Margaret Edwards 2003

425 20 $38

We provide full-service catering including menus customized to your specific event and tastes; professional and friendly staffing; and event coordination.

Brick Lane Catering 38 Romney St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-323-2696 www.bricklanecatering.com info@bricklanecatering.com

Christy Roper 2011

400 3 $32

Specializes in creating custom menus that are specific to your personal tastes and budget; from Southern to international and everything in between

Carolima's Lowcountry Cuisine 5 South Alliance Drive, Unit D Goose Creek, SC 29445

843-553-8500 www.carolimas.com carolimasc@gmail.com

Sameka M. Jenkins 2011

400 6 $12

A full-service catering company that specializes in wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, special events and corporate functions; beverage service is also available

Everyday Gourmet Inc. 1303 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Unit 6 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-388-2490 www.shopeverydaygourmet.com tghitopoulos@yahoo.com

Tricia Gregory Hitopoulos 2002

400 2 $35

Private chef, pickup or delivery of prepared foods; fullservice catering including equipment rentals, in-house dinner parties

Tristan Catering + Events 7671 Northwoods Blvd., Unit J North Charleston, SC 29406

843-534-2155 www.tristanevents.com sunday@tristanevents.com

Sunday Tuk 2014

400 15 $35

Provides unforgettable events with unique and refined cuisine from the finest upscale cuisine to comfortable and casual fare

B. Gourmet Catering 2578-L Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-834-4845 bgourmetcatering.com sales@bgourmetcatering.com

Brooke Bishop, Greg Stine 2012

300 15 $60

Full-service, off-premise catering to the greater Charleston area

Cafe Catering 454 Shipping Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-849-7515 www.cafecateringandevents.com jayme@charlestonscafe.com

Jayme Clinebell 2006

300 7 $30

Full-service options: event design/decor assistance, wedding planning/coordinating packages, bar packages, customizable menu

Crave Charleston Catering / Crave International Foods 1101 Landfall Way Johns Island, SC 29455

843-410-1117 www.cravecharleston.com info@cravecharleston.com

Mike Petrillo 2009

300 5 $35

Catering services for two to 500 people

Relish Distinctive Catering 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-849-2412 www.relishdistinctivecatering.com -

Lacy Davidson 1998

300 80 $35

All tables, linens, chairs, glassware, flatware, china; full setup and breakdown; no charge for day-of coordinator

Thurston Southern P.O. Box 20614 Charleston, SC 29413

843-352-2099 www.thrustonsouthern.com events@thurstonsouthern.com

Heather R. Pangburn 2014

300 2 $45

From a backyard wedding to an extravagant Charleston affair, our immaculate attention to detail will ensure your special event is a truly unparalleled experience.

Triangle Char & Bar 9800 Dorchester Road Summerville, SC 29485

843-576-1111 www.trianglecharandbar.com info@trianglecharandbar.com

Mike Lotz, Brandon M O'Higgins 2004

300 175 $12

Minimal service but can deliver any food requested

Charleston Hospitality Catering 1114 Morrison Drive Charleston, SC 29403

843-576-4116 www.charlestonhospitalitycatering.com sales@charlestonhospitalitycatering.com

Alexis McDaniel 2011

250 5 $40

Full-service company with resources to fulfill all event needs

Michael's on the Alley Hutson Alley - 39 E. John St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-203-3000 www.michaelsonthealley.com info@michaelsonthealley.com

Kinsey Rogers 2014

250 35 $65

Good food catering owned by our hospitality group offers full-service, off-site catering featuring signature dishes along with cuisine from our other restaurants

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Exhibition and Convention Centers Ranked by Maximum Capacity

Phone / Website Email

Top Local Official / Year Founded

Exchange Park 9850 U.S. Highway 78 Ladson, SC 29456 North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center 5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston, SC 29418 McAlister Field House 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29409

843-572-3161 www.exchangepark.org denise@exchangepark.org

Michael Carney, Denise Carner 1979

Company

50,000 2,000,000 sq. ft. 8

Venue buildings, open land with pond, 70 acres of indoor and outdoor event space and 100 acres of parking space

843-529-5000 Mariah Fleming, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com Frank Lapsley mfleming@northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com 1993

14,000 150,000 sq. ft. 4

A premier destination for live entertainment and sports with the coliseum providing a 13,000 seat capacity, the performing arts center with a 2,300 seat proscenium theater and the convention center offering a 77,000 square foot exhibit hall

843-953-2665 www.citadel.edu/events -

Allison Bringardner 1939

6,000 15,000 sq. ft. 1

McAlister Field House is a 6,000-seat multipurpose facility and home to The Citadel's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams

Omar Shrine Convention Center 176 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-2110 omarshriners.org/ballroom eventsatharborbreeze@gmail.com

Richard Coleman 1986

1,950 18,000 sq. ft. 5

Charleston Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-5212 www.gaillardcenter.com bookings@gaillardcenter.com

Kevin T. Carlon 2015

1,800 40,000 sq. ft. 12

Scottish Rite Center 1051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407

843-779-7533 www.ksacharleston.org reservations@ksacharleston.org

J. Wallace 1801

1,500 35,000 sq. ft. 6

Space available for trade shows, conferences, auctions, training, charity events and ceremonies; on-site catering and bar service available; full service restaurant and multiple event spaces that can service groups of 20-1950 The 1,800-seat Martha and John M. Rivers’ Performance Hall creates an inviting setting where artist and audience come together and connect; state-of-the-art ballrooms and meeting rooms are also available Auditorium: 500+ plush seats, stage/presentation floor, tiled dance floor, full audio/video control booth; banquet hall and prep kitchen: tables and chairs included, raised stage lectern/audio, kitchen/prep area included

The College Center at Trident Technical College 7000 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29406 Memminger Auditorium 56 Beaufain St. Charleston, SC 29401 South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401 Johnson Hagood Stadium - Club Level 68 Hagood Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-820-5094 www.tridenttech.edu/ conferenceservices.htm trish.bryce-jacobs@tridenttech.edu 843-724-1196 www.memmingerauditorium.com info@memmingerauditorium.com 843-579-8656 http://scaquarium.org/events nsoroka@scaquarium.org 843-953-6703 www.tinyurl.com/stadiumclublevel reservations@citadel.edu

Trish BryceJacobs 2005

1,200 20,000 sq. ft. 8

Spoleto Festival 2008

1,000 10,000 sq. ft. 0 800 7,000 sq. ft. 1 450 6,200 sq. ft. 3

Nicole Soroka 2000 2006

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Flexible meeting space with audio visual and lighting equipment Multiuse space available year-round with 2,500 square feet of storage space, catering setup and backstage needs; banquet roomstyle partition wall available and six dressing rooms Guests can mix and mingle with over 5,000 resident animals in 60 exhibits. Two outdoor terraces available with 500-person capacity each Researched by Business Journal staff

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