WHAT DOES THE RENTAL RATE INCLUDE?
The rental rate includes use of our indoor and outdoor event spaces for your event including the first and second floor parlor rooms and piazzas, third floor bridal suite, and outdoor courtyard gardens. Pre-event set-up is allowed to begin at 9:30 am and a 2 hour window is allotted for breakdown immediately following the event. You may rent the space for additional set-up and/or breakdown hours at a rate of $500/hour. Please note that no furniture or rentals are included in the rental rate. All tables, linens, chairs, china, flatware, glassware, etc., must be rented through a third party vendor.
CAN I HOST MY CEREMONY AT THE VENUE?
Yes, our event space allows for a versatile layout. You can host your wedding or special event ceremony in one of our courtyards or parlor rooms. We recommend a ceremony size of no more than 175 guests outside or 50 guests inside to avoid overcrowding. Rehearsals must be scheduled with the venue manager. The time and duration of the rehearsal is subject to other events being hosted at the venue.
ARE THERE ANY DEPOSITS DUE?
We require a signed contract and 50% of the rental rate to guarantee your event date with the remaining balance due ninety days prior to your event. A $500 refundable damage deposit is due thirty days prior to your event. Please note, if you should need to cancel your event, all deposits are non-refundable + non-transferrable. Checks should be made out to King Street Hospitality Group and mailed to 559 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403. A 3.5% processing fee applies to all credit card transactions.
CAN I BRING IN MY OWN CATERER?
Maybank Catering is our proud in-house catering partner. However, in order to accommodate an array of preferences and budgets, we also allow a select list of preferred caterers (including B Gourmet, Brick Lane, Cru, Duvall, Hamby’s and Salthouse) to be hired for a 10% impact fee. We do not have a food and beverage minimum except on select holiday weekends.
CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL?
No, King Street Bev Co. is the exclusive bar service provider for the Gadsden House.
DO YOU REQUIRE THE USE OF A PLANNER OR COORDINATOR?
To ensure proper use of the Gadsden House, we do require you obtain the services of a professional event planner or coordinator for all wedding ceremonies and receptions. Your event coordinator will maintain the agenda for the rehearsal, ceremony and reception, as well as be responsible for set up and breakdown. At the conclusion of the event, the Gadsden House venue manager will conduct a final walk through of the venue and grounds to assess any possible damages that may have occurred during the event and/or any excessive clean up necessary. In order to appropriately manage the event, they may not be someone who is also attending the wedding as a guest.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING UP + BREAKING DOWN?
Your event planner or coordinator is responsible for set up and break down. Set up may begin at 9:30 am and break down must be completed within two hours of the event end time. For all non-wedding related events, we are happy to manage the rental order, as well as oversee set up and breakdown of these items for a 20% service charge.
HOW CAN THE VENUE BE DECORATED?
We welcome decorations such as flowers, candles, lighting, etc. We do not allow anything to be applied to the walls or building. If you choose to use candles, we require that they are in containers to prevent damage to our surfaces. Absolutely no glitter, confetti, or birdseed allowed. Flower petals may be used provided they are cleaned up. All decorations must be removed within two hours after your event.
WHAT TYPE OF ENTERTAINMENT IS ALLOWED?
While we do allow bands, DJ’s and other types of musical entertainment, all groups need to be approved by our venue manager prior to signing their booking contract. To ensure cooperation with noise level requirements, we require all bands and DJs utilize our in-house sound technician and PA system. Please note that additional fees apply. We also offer use of our built-in speaker system which connects easily to an iPod or iPhone and plays throughout all indoor rooms and piazza ceilings.
DO YOU HAVE A NOISE ORDINANCE?
Yes, all Friday and Saturday events must end by 10:30 pm. All events hosted Sunday through Thursday must end by 10:00 pm.
IS THERE HANDICAP ACCESS AVAILABLE?
Yes, the first level of the house is handicapped accessible by means of a chair lift from the courtyard. Every accommodation has been made to ensure the courtyard and first floor are accessible but please inquire with our venue manager to discuss your specific needs.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED + WHERE SHOULD MY GUESTS PARK?
While our "official" address is 329 East Bay Street, we encourage guests to enter through our gates located at 38 Alexander Street. There is ample metered parking located at 38 Alexander Street and a city garage located at 33 Alexander Street. Metered spots are free after 6 pm Mondays-Saturdays and free on Sundays.
I’M INTERESTED IN SEEING THE SPACE…NOW WHAT?
We are available for tours by appointment only during our normal business hours (Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 843.737.4281 to schedule your visit.