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The steps before “I Do”

The proposal – sorry ladies, today’s message really is for the men in the audience.

You’ve met the right woman, check.  You’ve picked out the perfect ring, check.  You’ve talked to her parents prior to asking her (a little old fashioned, but hey, we’re going for sentiment), check.

Now, how do you ask that special someone to be with you for the rest of your lives?  Always a tricky thing because you want it to be memorable without being cheese, overdone, or uncomfortable.  It’s a balancing act.

There are things to keep in mind while planning this momentous occasion:

1)     Your bride-to-be:  what does she like?  What means something intimate to her?  If she’s a strong family person, maybe being with family during that moment will mean the most.  If she’s a sports-nut, perhaps the stadium might be a better idea.  You have more tools than you know with this one.

2)     Cost: like everything else, you’ll want to have a budget in mind for this.  If you have the bucks to spend, do it – and if you need to stay within a price range, you can, remember the sentiment is the most important part.

3)     Location: will your significant other prefer a crowd to witness the event or is she more private and want it to be shared between the two of you?  Sometimes you have to listen to clues to know which one is preferable (e.g.  “I can’t believe anyone would do something like that in public,” is a good sign that she wouldn’t want to be a spectacle).

4)     Ambiance: much like the blogs we’ve written about your day, you want to make this moment about the two of you.  Do you have a favorite restaurant, movie, or the place where you first met?  Find something that says the two of you as a couple to help increase the memorability of the moment.

5)     The ask: now to the important part, how do you ask her?  Hopefully you’ve at least discussed marriage prior to purchasing the ring, but how you ask can make a world of difference.  Is she a want-you-down-on-one-knee kind or a take-my-hand-and-look-me-in-the-eye kind?  Using the literal “will you marry me” line typically works for verbiage.

Need help in deciding the best way?  Talk to her family, they’ve known her all her life, and particularly if she has a sibling, they will be willing
to assist you.  The most important part is to make it fun, memorable, and something that shows you thought about her prior to asking the big question.

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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Summer fun in Savannah, GA!

Memorial Day is right around the corner – the kids get out of school, the beaches get stocked with people, vacations are had by many – and 2012 should be no exception to that rule.

Summer is also time for planning class reunions, family reunions, after prom and graduation events, Mother’s and Father’s Day gatherings, and of course weddings!

Believe it or not, summer is one of the best times to get people together and regardless of what you’re celebrating; the Event Planning Specialists at The Mackey House will help you have the event you’ve always imagined.

Need ideas for your next event – here are a couple of ideas to help get you started:

1)     Consider your audience – you’ll start planning with different areas depending on the type of event you’re trying to host – for example, if it’s a wedding you start with the couple and if it’s a business function you might start with the guest speaker – it all depends on what you’re hosting.

2)     Food and beverage – no matter what you’re hosting – this is the south and food and drink are king, particularly in our area.  The Mackey House can provide catering, find a local caterer, or work with one you’ve already selected.

3)     Entertainment – all gatherings need some form of entertainment – whether it’s a deejay playing music (we have one on staff), a guest speaker, or some soft background music – there needs to be something guests can talk about while they mingle.

4)     Decorations – while The Mackey House is a beautiful venue all by itself (and a number of other venues are too), it’s nice to have a décor that goes hand-in-hand with your event theme, whether it’s a color or a character, even small decorations go a long way to making the party feel like an event to remember.

5)     Party Favors – again, regardless of the type of event you’re throwing, it’s nice to have a keepsake giveaway item for your guest to remember the party by.  We can help you find just the right item to fit into your budget.

So if your summer plans include planning a party – remember the experts at The Mackey House are here to help, whether at our venue or elsewhere, we’re happy to work with you for an event to remember.

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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Royal Wedding Anniversary lessons

Kate and William’s one year anniversary is coming up and while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make plans to commemorate the event, it reminds us all of the importance of celebration.

Being able to reflect on milestones is an integral part of any relationship, whether it’s marriage, employment, birthdays, religious events, or other, sharing the event with those closest to you in a party atmosphere helps reignite positive energy.

We hear infomercials consistently talking about the importance of rekindling the passionate spark in your marriage, but truly the same can be said for any relationship in our lives – which is why days that seem to me almost meaningless still hold our attention today.  Don’t believe it, think about the following:

Valentine’s Day
Mothers’ Day
Fathers’ Day
Grandparents’ Day
Bosses’ Day
Administrative Assistants’ Day

Each of these so-called days reminds us to celebrate each relationship and its importance in our everyday lives.  All relationships, even friendships, need to
be cared for and revered otherwise you may start taking one another for granted.

So what kinds of momentous occasions do you have that need commemorate?  Every event is worth a little extra effort if it shows someone how much they mean to you.

Want to thank and motivate your employees?  We can help arrange for guest speakers and on-site events that will be more than the doctor ordered.

Need to celebrate a milestone birthday?  Let us help find entertainment, decorations, food, the works to make sure the day is all about the birthday boy or girl.

What about an anniversary or vow renewal?  We can help make all the arrangements for both the ceremony and the reception.

Have an annual family reunion coming up?  We will not only work with you for fun and frivolity for the actual reunion event, but we’ll help find the best places in Savannah for your extended family to make the most of their visit.

Whatever you are celebrating let our experts at The Mackey House help you make the most of the event and allow you to enjoy being with the people you want to be with.  After all, celebrating relationships is what it’s all about!

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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Weddings in Georgia at Mackey House

The venue for any event!

Last week, The Mackey House played host to University of South Florida’s Kappa Alpha anniversary celebration – as young men and women, dressed in period attire and learned about true southern hospitality.

“The fraternity has been around for more than a century,” explained party hostess Laura Mackey, “so the sister sorority dressed in civil war attire and matched their male escorts, traveled around downtown Savannah touring some of our most historic sites and came to The Mackey House for a formal dinner party.”

And the Mackey House didn’t disappoint.  Decorated to the nines, Fred Mackey even staged a picture area on the grounds, complete with seats and an antique automobile to round out the period time frame.

“The students’ representative didn’t really ask for it, but I know how important pictures are and I think it’s nice to do extra when and where you can,” says Fred Mackey.

Winding down their evening with a table full of food, proper southern attire, and Chamber of Commerce type weather, the students appeared to have enjoyed learning about the numerous historical attributes of Savannah.

Old Town Trolley tours provided the transportation as gowns and suits of timeless color palates visited sites such as historic River Street, downtown Squares, City Market, and more.

“We helped make a few of the arrangements, coming from South Florida, the chaperones weren’t sure what the most relevant landmarks would be, or the best way to get to see them all.  We also knew Old Town Trolley would help maintain the feel of historical accuracy the students wanted,” explains Laura.

It’s that kind of attention to detail and area knowledge that sets The Mackey House apart from other event venues.  Laura and Fred know Savannah and
know how to ensure their guests get the most out of their time in the city.  With so much to see and do, it’s nice to know you have someone on your side, guiding you to the best experiences possible.

“We work with brides for their bridal parties, families for family reunions, businesses for their retreats and lectures,” says Laura, “we try to make sure each of our guests know their needs come first and that they will receive the red carpet treatment anywhere we recommend they go.”

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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Event Planning 101

While The Mackey House reputation for being the place for weddings continues to grow, we also work with a myriad of clients to create other memorable events as well.

Regardless of the type of event you’re hosting – office party, milestone anniversary, birthdays, class reunions, family gatherings, christenings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc. – The Mackey House team will create an atmosphere perfect for pictures.

Event planning, much like wedding planning, takes dedication, skill, organization, and an overall understanding of deadlines.  When it comes to sending
invitations, contacting caterers, solidifying table counts, booking musical talent, hiring guest speakers, etc., our event specialists make lists and timelines that would make the most anal-retentive people blush.

Some timelines to keep in mind:

1)     Invitations:  Even if it’s a work function, it’s nice to send paper invitations to formal events, if it’s less formal, like a motivational speaker or family gathering; you at least want to send e-vites to your guests.  Letting people know you specifically request their presence at an event makes them feel special and excited to be a part of the event.

Timeline: Depending on the formality of the event, 3-6 months in advance.  For larger events with lots of out of town people, you may want to give as much as 6-8 months for travel arrangements to be made.

2)   Food:  For most events, you’re going to want to offer food and beverages of some type. Whether its formal sit-down dinner or hors d’oeuvres set aside for
mingling, you want to have a plan for how to feed your guests/participants.

Timeline: You’ll want to sit down with a caterer almost as soon as you decide to have the event which will help in developing the budget.  Typically you’ll confirm the head count 2-4 weeks in advance.

3)   Entertainment: All events need something in the background, particularly to spark conversation and allow distractions.

Timeline:  Again, depending on the event – if you’re hosting a lunch and learn for business associates, you’ll want to book your speaker prior to making other event plans; however, if you need a solo violinist for background music for your milestone anniversary, 4-6 months in advance should be plenty.

4)  Photography:  For most events, you’re going to want great pictures for memories, for business show pieces, for social media updates, etc.  Typically someone will offer to take pictures, but you want that individual to be a part of the event rather than focusing their time on “working” for the best pictures.

Timeline:  Great photographers book up early.  Typically it’s good to get in touch with one 3-5 months prior to the event, but the sooner the better.

Whatever your event, let the Event Planners at The Mackey House work with you to ensure its success.  We’ll help you create the timeline, make reservations, and reserve the talent you need for your day to be everything you imagined.

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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