Quick Links

Latest From Our Blog

Savannah, GA Wedding Venues and Events Blog

Savannah Weddings: Keeping It Fun With Games

Wedding receptions mark the time to get the party started. Fun moments like these usually involve guests having a night filled with endless dancing to crowd-pleasing music and plenty of laughter. Another way to add more amusement to the evening can be through games. The Mackey House loves looking for fresh ideas that will keep guests involved on your special day and games are the perfect way to keep everyone of all ages included!

We found some amazing activities on Pinterest that your guests will have a blast doing.

Do you remember playing “I Spy” as a child? Well now you can revisit the game at your wedding! This wedding version is great for those trying to meet new people by photographing items on the list while socializing with one another. Whip out your camera and take as many pictures as you can. You never know, you might snap some winning shots of the bride and groom that they can hold onto.

This activity is mostly geared for the kids attending, but if you have a knack for drawing, don’t be afraid to join in! Leave a pack of crayons with blank sheets of paper and have them decorate a card for the bride and groom. This is such a sweet idea that children will love doing.

Add some humor to the night by having guests complete their own “Guest Lib.” This activity stems from the popular “Mad Lib” books that people love to play. This version asks guests to give advice to the newlyweds, which can be helpful and hilarious at the same time! There is no doubt that the bride and groom will be cracking up reading these later on.

If you have any social media addicts attending your reception then “Instagram Our Wedding” is great for them! With this, the couple creates their own Instagram account where friends and family can follow and tag them throughout the night. With this, everyone can see how the couple’s special day went even if they could not attend.  Not to mention, this activity can be an expansion of what to do with all the photos taken during the “I Spy” game, which was previously mentioned.

No matter what you chose to do as entertainment at your wedding, The Mackey House is certain guests will have the time of their lives, and we sincerely hope these activities are helpful in bringing some more fun to the night.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Read More

Savannah Weddings: Top 5 Engagement Party Gifts for the Bride

If you know a bride-to-be who just got engaged and don’t know what to get her to celebrate the engagement, we have some perfect ideas for you! We have partnered with the Knot to find an array of options, and we would like to share our Top 5 Favorite Engagement Party Gifts for the Bride.

Inspired Bride Kit—once the engagement sets in with the bride, it can be difficult to know where to start as far as the wedding planning goes. This “Inspired Bride Kit” is a great way for a bride to get organized by narrowing down her wedding inspiration and be ready to start planning.

the knot inspired bride kit - swirl

Bride Robe—the day of the wedding can be overwhelming for the bride and what better way to calm her down than with a relaxing robe? Not only is it good to help ease stress, but it’s also perfect for a bride to wear while she is getting ready with her bridesmaids!

bride waffle weave kimono robe

Wedding Dress Hankie—this is something every bride needs on their wedding day. It’s important to anticipate tears on this day, and this hankie is practical, yet girly. This will also be a nice trinket for the bride to hold onto and look back on in the future.

wedding dress hankie

Brideessentials Survival Kit—this is such an awesome gift idea! A small blue bag filled with everything the bride might need on her wedding day in an emergency situation—band aids, adhesive tape, breath mints, even faux rings in case the actual wedding bands go missing, how clever!

bridessentials survival kit

Personalized “Mrs.” Hoodie—at the end of the wedding day, the bride might want to slip into something more comfortable. This personalized hoodie will read her new last name and is an adorable piece to wear during the send-off or as the newlyweds head for their honeymoon.

personalized mrs. hoodie

We hope you love these 5 pieces as much as we do!

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Read More

What To Do When the Wedding Is Over

The last guest has finally left and countless centerpieces, decorations and flowers now surround you and your new spouse and you have to figure out something to do with them, fast. Lucky for you, we have few ideas for how you can reuse, recycle, and resell your beautiful decorations.

The simplest way to find your decorations a new home is to utilize your guests. Invite them to take home anything that they may have fallen in love with (excluding rented items of course!). It is a waste to throw away extra wedding flowers when your friends and family can be enjoying their beauty instead, even if it is only for a couple of days. Think of it as giving them as couple of extra party favors.

Photograph via Pinterest

Was your budget more of a guideline? If you are interested in ways to make some of your money back, then the internet is your new best friend. With a simple search on Google, you will be able to find plenty of places to get some money back on the things you worked so hard to perfect.

Ebay and Craigslist are two popular and easy to use websites that allow you to sell some of your decorations to other brides. Want a website that is a little more specialized? Bride to Bride Boutique (.com) is a site that gives brides and grooms a place to buy and sell gently used wedding day decorations. These are all great was to give your decorations a second life while making a little extra money for your honeymoon.

Whether you take use your wedding day leftovers to help those in need or help you refill the savings account, the most important thing to do is plan ahead. The sooner you get the unwanted extra decorations out of your house, the sooner you and your spouse can relax and enjoy your new life together.

Photograph via Pinterest

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Read More

Cherishing The Father/Daughter Dance With A Special Song

One of the most memorable moments of a wedding is the beloved father/daughter dance. A father and daughter share such a special relationship, and the purpose of this tradition is to showcase that bond. The Mackey House would like to offer a list of meaningful songs perfect for this occasion.

“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” –Aerosmith

“Forever Young” –Bob Dylan

“Will You Be There?” –Boyce Avenue

“Count On Me” –Bruno Mars

“In This Life” –Chantal Kreviazuk

“Something Special” –Colbie Caillat

“Tiny Dancer” –Elton John

“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” –Israel Kamkawiwo’ole

“What A Wonderful World” –Michael Buble

“How Sweet It Is” –James Taylor

“Daughters” –John Mayer

“Never Alone” –Lady Antebellum

“Gone, Gone, Gone” –Philip Philips

“My Wish” –Rascal Flatts

“Have I Told You Lately?” –Rod Stewart

“My Girl” –The Temptations

“My Little Girl” –Tim McGraw

These songs are all great for many reasons: One being that there is a variety of music genres available for the bride and her father depending on their music preference. Brides who share a love of rock n’ roll with their father can groove to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” or those who can’t get enough of some good ole’ country music can pick something like “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

This list includes some old favorites that crowds will love singing along to like the ones by James Taylor, The Temptations and Rod Stewart. There are also new songs that might add some originality to the father/daughter dance such as “Will You Be There?” by Boyce Avenue and “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Philip Philips.

Some brides may just want to select a song simply based on heartfelt lyrics that represent their relationship with their father. We love the messages behind all of the songs on this list, especially Lady Antebellum’s “Never Alone,” Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” and Michael Buble’s rendition of “What A Wonderful World.”

It is moments like the father/daughter dance that make wedding days so special to experience. Part of what makes this dance so beautiful is the song, and we hope that you found the perfect song to capture this moment.

Photo Credit: Megan Hook Photography

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Read More

Incorporating Children into Your Wedding

Weddings not only represent the union of two people, but also the joining of two families. Incorporating children into your wedding, whether it is nieces, nephews, future stepchildren, etc., helps to strengthen the connection between you, your family and your guests.

There are unlimited ways in which you can include children in the wedding ceremony. For example, having younger children as the ring bearer and/or flower girl is a classic way of having the little ones feels like an important part of the day. It is also simply adorable!

Photograph via Pinterest

If the children are older, being a flower girl/ring bearer may not be as exciting but the good news is that they have a better understanding of the importance of the day, and can therefore join the wedding in ways that are more meaningful. Consider having them do a reading at the ceremony, or taking care of the guest book during the cocktail hour. If you’d like them to be part of your wedding party, then designating them as your junior bridesmaid or junior groomsman would delight then to no end.

If the children you’d like to involve are your own, then the Unity Sand Ceremonies is a wonderful tradition to consider when joining the two families. The pouring of different color sands into one vase represents the joining of people to create something beautiful that will last forever.

Photograph via Pinterest

A Unity Candle is very similar to the Unity Sand Ceremony. The bride, groom and children all hold lit candles that represent their light. The new candle is lit from the joining of everyone’s flames represents the first light of the family’s new life together.

Photograph via Pinterest

Including children in your wedding is an easy way to emphasize the importance of family during a wedding, and the possibilities are endless. We hope that, this gave you some ideas and inspiration for ways to integrate younger family members into your special day.

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Read More