Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Why Charleston?

Before getting engaged, we talked a lot about the best location for our wedding. Even though the majority of our lives have been spent in the Northeast, we've fallen head over heels for the South. Here's a break down of our thought process, and how we eventually chose Charleston, SC for our big day.

Rochester, NY
First, we started thinking about Rochester, NY, where we originally fell in love. We thought it might be wonderful to have our big day in Tinker Nature Park, which is where we both realized that we had found The One, and started having discussions about the future. While this had it's appeal (and still does honestly!), we both felt that planning a wedding SUPER long distance wasn't for us.

Hometowns
Second, we gave some consideration to our hometowns, but didn't feel like either of us were the people we had been while growing up, so it didn't make much sense to tie such an important day to our towns.

Myrtle Beach
Third, we gave much thought to the Myrtle Beach area, which is where we currently reside. Myrtle is a beautiful vacation spot, but the truth of the matter is that while it's great for vacationers, we haven't really felt a big "connection" with this particular city, just the South in general

Finding the "One"
While mulling over all of these locations, we went on a weekend stay in Charleston, SC just 1.5 hours south; for New Years Eve. We stayed at a really beautiful inn, and took in the sights and sounds.

Charleston seems to have it all, and I think I'm in love with the city. It's charming and quaint, with good Southern manners. It's also one of the cleanest cities I think I've ever been in, and has an amazing array of gourmet foods. Since almost all of our guests would be traveling no matter where we had our wedding, Charleston felt like it was a great fit for everyone - a beach, history, good food, and good people.

(Side note: Did you know that a major portion of the Notebook was filmed in Charleston!!!)

Was finding the city to have your wedding in a no-brainer, or did you take some time to think on it like we did?