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Eloping in Savannah, Georgia

Once a dirty word in the wedding industry, eloping has become more and more common as budgets get tighter, the economy slowly rebounds, and couples have friends from across the globe.

Eloping has many positive attributes such as:

1)     Cost – of course the biggest reason to plan an elopement is cost, you can still have your ceremony but without the extra expense

2)     Dress – if you’re not into “dressing up,” there’s no law that says you have to buy the big dress and tux, you can wear what you want without worrying what others may think – wear the outfits you like best on one another – it’s completely up to you

3)     Decorations – again, all decisions are yours – choose what you want, if you want to do decorations at all – same for flowers, cake, party afterward, etc

4)     Location – if you’re not having to worry about guests and their arrival, you can get married anywhere you choose – many times you can elope to your honeymoon destination

5)     Less Stress – truly the ability to relax and, for lack of better definition, get the job done, you can make exchanging your vows as low key or high-brow as you desire

Because of these reasons, and many others we can’t begin to mention, The Mackey House has created two elopement packages designed just for the bride and groom in mind.

The first package is just for the two of you.  Again, we work with you to create the exact atmosphere you want for your special day and reduce our rates to reflect your needs.  The second package allows up to 10 guests and still gives you the freedom to work with our Wedding Planners to create your ideal wedding ceremony.

Whether looking for an intimate setting for you and your spouse-to-be or a larger event for you and all your family and friends, call our incredible team of event specialists at The Mackey House will work with you to create the perfect day.  Contact us to discuss details, make arrangements for a visit, or simply tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen because at The Mackey House, we’re all about you.

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

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Keeping cool for your summer outdoor wedding

Summer is the most popular time of year for people to have weddings.  It’s easier for loved ones that need to travel to attend.  It’s when schools are out so you don’t have to worry about the kids missing classes.  It’s typically the best weather for weddings, particularly if you want to do something outdoors.

However, this is the south, and it gets a little hot and humid this time of year and while we true southerners proclaim to love the heat (and usually we do love it), sometimes it gets to be a bit much.

Now the big question is how to get the best of both worlds without requesting that your guests melt during your vow exchange.

Outdoor weddings are beautiful and it’s a great feeling to have the beauty of nature provided as your photographic backdrop.  But having an indoor option available for your guests to cool down might also be necessary when thinking of your venue.

Numerous venues have both indoor and outdoor options in one location, even here in Savannah, Georgia.  Various local gardens, museums, hotels, B&Bs,
all offer outdoor locations for the wedding and portions of the venue that come with the convenience of central air conditioning.

The Mackey House offers the outdoor pavilion or gardens for your ceremony and the entirety of the house for food and cake.  We are able to customize
locations, space, wedding particulars, to any design you’d prefer and our unique venue gives us plenty options for each of the event traditions – cutting
the cake, tossing the bouquet, the first dance, etc.

Not just for weddings, The Mackey House can create the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor activities for any summer event – anniversaries, birthdays, class reunions, corporate retreats – whatever you need to kick off your summer season right, our event specialists will work with you to ensure the best of the best for your event.

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

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Memorial Day Observance in Savannah, GA

Heading to the Savannah Area Chamber’s Military Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday really got us geared up for the Memorial Day Weekend and about how we can help honor our veterans.

Historically, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day – originating post-Civil War Era to commemorate the fallen soldiers.  Typically organizations
(mainly from the ladies and school children in the south) would decorate Confederate Soldier’s graves and although the dates changed depending on the particular city, most fell in May.

The north had been doing similar celebrations for the fallen Union soldiers – so General John Logan proclaimed “Decoration Day” to be observed by both sides on May 30.  The date was chosen in particular to NOT reflect the date of any battle pertaining to the Civil War.

A tough decision and a healing one, the decision to create a holiday to serve as memory to both sides of a war that threatened to tear the United States apart was a decision taking steps toward healing and reunion.

While our country has started to recognize Memorial Day as a day for retail sales and family cookouts, PLEASE take a moment to remember those who have not only given their lives for this country and our freedoms but the family members who’s loss can never be replaced.

Remember the soldiers who dutifully take flags to Arlington National Cemetery and place them on every grave of every soldier that now lies beneath the earth.

If you have a United States Flag in your yard, remember it is customary to raise it briefly to the top of the staff then solemnly lower it to half-mast where it will remain until noon then rise again for the remainder of the day.  The half-staff position remembers more than one million men and women who have given their lives in service of their country, raising the flag again at noon symbolizes the living soldiers who resolved to not let those who gave the ultimate sacrifice die in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue to fight.

This weekend please take a moment to thank a soldier, remember a fallen soldier, and keep the memory in Memorial Day.  It will mean the world to a service
member and their family.

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

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The venue can make the event in Savannah, GA

While hosting our Open House for area event planners this week, we also unveiled our new Wedding Planning e-book.  Showcasing local talents and the
incredible detailed attention of our Event Planning staff, each picture gives new ideas of creative ways to decorate across the grounds.

Be sure to check out the book in its entirety on Shutterfly – The Mackey House – with extra special thanks to Event Sales and Marketing Manager at The Mackey House for making the book possible.

As demonstrated in our cool new photographic montage, the venue really can help make the event more than what’s expected.  It’s the attention to little
things that makes all the difference for ambiance, themes, and atmosphere for each gathering.

Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, a family gathering, or a wedding, The Mackey House works with you to give that extra attention to detail, transforming your event to a place in time that you and your guests will never forget.

Our Event Planning staff has assisted in planning Corporate Retreats, working with guest speakers to give a business look for the event while establishing a vibe of camaraderie for all attendants.  They’ve also put together family gatherings for birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, and more that have dazzled family members – including helping to get t-shirts made to commemorate the event.

Then there are the weddings – which is our most requested event and truly our claim to fame.  The reason we got into the venue business was after the amazing Mackey Family assisted with a childhood friend with an important wedding date, the family friend’s family said, “you all really should do this professionally.  You’ve done such an incredible job today.”  And that was that!

We love working with clients to celebrate milestones, whatever that milestone may be.  Let us know how we can help with your special event.  Give us a call, we will help you with every stage of planning your event and if you already know what you want, we’ll help ensure it’s everything you’ve ever imagined and more!

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

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Get to know The Mackey House!

Join us as we re-introduce our special venue to current and future clients alike.  Whether you’re an event planner, wedding planner, or simply looking for different venues for personal events, The Mackey House Event Planning Specialists want to meet you.

“While The Mackey House has been a part of the Savannah Community for more than 25 years,” explains Laura Mackey, Owner and Event Planner Extraordinaire, “we wanted a way to showcase everything we have to offer for any event – whether you’re needing a venue for a wedding, a business event, a special family occasion – we will work with you and your budget to ensure the best event possible.”

On Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm we will serve hors d’oeuvres, take you around the grounds, show off our plethora of options for a multitude of events.

Some of the history of the grounds include:

  • from 1861-1864 – this land was an encampment for Confederate soldiers led by General William Hardy
  • in 1898 — a Powder Magazine, used to house ammunition was built on land bordering Red Gate Farms, the care-keeper’s house was located on the farm’s property…remnants from both are still available for viewing today
  • later the property became occupied by Union Army troops led by General William T. Sherman after their March to the Sea
  • we have discovered numerous artifacts dating back to the Civil War that have confirmed our research about the land and its history
  • in 1931, Mr. Harry Edward Martin, Jr. purchased 440 acres of wooded countryside, which he and his wife, Mamie, named in memory of her cousin, Cyrus Steadwell who always dreamed of owning his own farm and calling it “Red Gate Farms.”

Stay for the socializing and you may win our special drawing for a free weekend stay at The Mackey Condo on Tybee Island.  Mix and mingle among a number of event planners and various industry talents (entertainment, guest speakers, caterers, etc).

Please RSVE to Jennifer Quackenbush – Jennifer_quackenbush@yahoo.com or 912-660-6610 and visit the website for details – www.mackeyhouse.com.

We look forward to seeing you at The Mackey House!

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

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