Charleston Luxury Events
Interview With Principal & Founder
Megan Lawson Holmes
Q: We all know Charleston is the premier wedding destination in the country right now but what sets CLE apart from the other event venue management companies and why would a guest choose one of your properties?
A: CLE was conceived out of a demand in Charleston for truly luxurious event venues. There are always going to be the event venue staples around town but today's brides want something fresh and new. Charleston is evolving into a more sophisticated town on every level and today’s bride and groom or party planners expect more. CLE offers guests more luxury, better customer service and we permit use of the caterer of their choice.
Q: Most event venues do not offer overnight accommodations yet CLE does. How does this help make an event even more memorable?
A: We live in a world made up of a shared economy. Guests want to host luxurious events but also share in the lifestyle here in Charleston. By offering nightly accommodations, CLE is really offering the guest a little piece of Charleston. What is more fun than to enjoy a magical event and for a few nights get to feel like you reside in an historic mansion or on island estate?
Q: What brought you to Charleston?
A: I attended the College of Charleston, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor’s in English. My career started out on Wall Street where I managed money for high net worth clients. Event planning and entertaining was part of the job. Charleston always had a hold on my heart and after managing several of my own properties downtown, on Kiawah and Johns Island I began managing a real estate portfolio focused on luxury nightly rentals. This organically grew into managing luxury event venues. Whether I’m managing money or managing property what I am really doing is managing relationships.
Q: What does the principal of a company like this do in her spare time?
A: When I’m not managing my clients' properties I am managing my own, watching my sons play lacrosse and reading. If I am lucky I get to chase a yellow ball around a court and call it tennis. But I love what I do and it’s a 24-7 job so there isn’t much free time. I wouldn’t have it any other way.