The Wickliffe House

The Wickliffe House

178 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
843-571-1410
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Average Base Cost: $25,000

Average base cost for a Wickliffe House wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a 6-hour event rental of the property on a Saturday night featuring top-shelf bar options and a seated meal. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decor, and flowers are not included. Average price includes 20% gratuity and 10.5% state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
 

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: $3,000 Saturday night venue fee plus $500 on-site ceremony fee. The fee covers the entire house and grounds for 4 hours. Monday-Thursday rentals are $650, and Friday and Sunday are $2,000.

Catering: Their in-house caterer is Mediterra catering. If you wish to go with another one of their recommended caterers besides Mediterra, you will have to pay an extra $500.

Food breakdown:

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  • If you want a “cocktail” type reception, with just heavy passed hors d’oeuvres, there are packages ranging from $26.95- $41.95/pp, plus $150 for chef attendant
  • Seated dinner begins with a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres by servers
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres: $6.25/pp (for two)
  • For dinner, you can choose three from your choice of either Soup, Starter or Salad, Entree, and Dessert for $37.50-47.50. If you want to offer a choice of entrees to your guests, you can add on another $9.95/pp

Bar Packages:

  • A full platinum bar with top-shelf options including Bombay Sapphire Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Heineken, and more is available for  $21/pp for four hours (plus $4.50/pp each additional hour).

Bar Extras:

  • If you want waiters to come around and pour your guests wine during dinner, it will be an additional $11.95/pp
  • If you want champagne added to the bar, or for a toast, add on another $4.95/pp

Party On! Events must end at 11 p.m. due to a city noise ordinance. Additional hours outside your 4-hour event time frame will cost you $250/per hour plus additional bar fees per hour based on your chosen package.

What’s Included in the Venue Fee? Well, nothing really. You have to pay $300 for their glassware, flatware, and china package. However, this only includes enough for up to 100 guests, so you’ll be renting more on top of that. On average, basic glassware, flatware, and china can costs around $5, though I’ve seen it go up to $10 and higher depending on the quality of the dishes, etc. For 25 more guests, expect to pay an additional $125 and up. You have to bring in everything else, including linens, tables, chairs, etc.

BONUS: You get a 10% discount if you book another caterered event during your wedding weekend there, such as a brunch or rehearsal dinner. For example, they offer a rehearsal dinner package for 50 guests with wine and beer and “downhome” food (fried chicken, pulled pork, peel n’ eat shrimp) served on “disposable” china for $4,500 inclusive of everything. (This seems crazy to me. That’s $90/pp! We had our rehearsal dinner in a great restaurant on Miami Beach for $55/pp inclusive of 3 courses, wine/beer, and it wasn’t served on paper plates.)

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More Stats:

Space Type: Inside and Outside space is all utilized for a reception. Most weddings there seem to opt for a tented area as well.

Size: Up to 160 people for a seated dinner and 300 for a cocktail reception.

Food Service Type: Buffet or Seated

Bridal Suite: Yes, brides and their party can get ready in the upstairs parlor. They offer a Bridal Suite Package as well, with tea sandwiches, cheese and fruit with crackers, 15 bottles of water, and 2 bottles of champagne while you get ready in the upstairs parlor.

How Will Grandma Get There? Downtown hotels are very close by, such as the Francis Marion and a Hampton Inn, so guests can easily hop a cab to and from the venue.

Parking: The venue has limited parking in the back that they DO NOT make available to your guests or vendors. Guests have to find parking on the street or in the parking garage nearby. Considering it’s close proximity to the hotels, if you have mostly out-of-towners this isn’t terrible.

Security: This is required by the venue, and handled by the catering company, who will bill you for the security. On average, off-duty police officers cost around $40-$50/hr*, so expect to pay an additional $200 or so.

*As a general note, if you’re looking to hire one for your event, contact your local police department several months ahead of time, or try this security company.

The Report:

The Wickliffe House is a 5,000 sq. foot Charleston Greek-Revival mansion located in the historic downtown neighborhood of Radcliffeboro.  It was built in 1850 by wealthy planter John Hume Lucas, and was later donated by Miss Margaret Wickliffe to the Medical University of South Carolina years later.

Woman Getting Married Says:

This venue has a near-perfect location, minus a slight problem with lack of parking. They seem to have a ton of rules, which comes with the territory when you’re dealing with such an old property in a residential neighborhood. If your group is loud and rowdy, I would probably look elsewhere. The 4-hour event window is an hour or two shorter than most venues, which stinks considering you’re paying a decent rental fee. The interior rooms look very pretty, with great classical oil paintings that will definitely add to your decor. However, because it is an older home, your guests are going to be spread out around the venue, and given the size of your guest list, your dancing is most likely going to be in a separate area which breaks up the flow of the party a bit.

As I research the venues I write about not only for positive reviews but negative as well, I did find this. However, there are always two sides to a story, so if you do visit the venue, I would bring it up and ask them about it.

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Our Rating

5 Amenities/What’s Included

8 Convenient for Grandma

6 Layout

9 Location

10 Overall Charm

7 Venue Value

WGM Rating

2 Comments

  • Woman Getting Married says:

    You are so welcome, Ktimene! I really enjoy doing these writeups, and I hope I can get off my butt and write even more in the upcoming weeks!!

  • Ktimene says:

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive snapshot of the venues in Charleston. I find it so helpful to get the pertinent stats from a big picture perspective with enough detail and opinion. It makes me feel much more informed and confident about the planning process, and allows me to compare Wickliffe and William Aiken House side by side.

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