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What makes outdoor weddings so inspired?

Could it be the feel of natural surroundings during your special time or the incredible backdrop that’s provided by the planet or maybe the challenge of daring the weather to mess up your day?

Whatever it is, outdoor weddings have gained in popularity over the years and particularly in the south when the weather is warmer longer, they certainly have a particular appeal for both the special couple and their guests.

However, it’s important to note that outdoor weddings take a little extra planning than indoor weddings.  For example:

–         Just in case: we’ve already mentioned the need to take on Mother Nature as a reason people enjoy the outdoors – but you always need a backup at the chance of inclement weather.  Some inclement weather can be battled by tents, but not all.  Be sure to have an indoor alternate site.

–         Heating/Cooling elements: the end of the twentieth century brought us some incredible inventions, not to be over looked are the amazing outdoor items you can use to heat or cool an outdoor area that are not only functional, but quiet and attractive.  Not quite as outstanding as central heating and air for your home, but close to it.

–         Umbrellas: especially if your wedding is in one location and your reception is at a separate but walkable location, rain could bring issues for your guests.

–         Bug repellant: as with our heating and cooling elements, as equally inspiring new gadgets include citronella candles, bug misting systems, tiki torches with bug repelling oils – the list goes on and the exciting part is that many options don’t come with yucky scents.

–         Mats or Rugs:  if your location doesn’t offer a hard surface for your attendees, be sure to rent something for them to stand on, place a chair on, or walk on.  You don’t want your friends and family sinking of having wet feet all day.

At The Mackey House, we have both indoor and outdoor facilities for you to use, as well as a covered, heated, and air conditioned pavilion available to you in any arrangement you’d like.  Let us know if we can assist you with making your outdoor wedding a memorable one!

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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Spring Wedding Trends of 2012

With weather in Savannah, GA, it’s hard to believe Spring isn’t already here – although in the world of wedding planning Spring literally is right around the corner.

The latest trends for Spring 2012 as we see them – seem to be the following:

1)     COLORS:  We know we talked about this last year, particularly Fall of 2011 and how much we touted dark browns and pastels – but this coming Spring, hold on to your hats – Pantone Tangerine Tango is not only gracing weddings, but is Color of the Year.  Bold and bright, this color would mix nicely or go-it-alone.  Although not alone in the wheel for Spring weddings, it certainly seems to be the trend setter in fashion colors.

2)     Dresses:  From deep V-necklines to high slit skirts, dresses seem to – pardon the reference Justin T. – bring sexy back.  Sparkle, drapes, ruffles, and more seem to show a partnership between glamour and bold that makes a real statement for the dress wearer.

3)     Hair:  Not to be outdone by clothing, hairstyles seem to mirror the need for statement making for 2012.  Braids for up-dos are making a comeback, however not quite like we’ve seen in the past.  Asymmetrical patterns, letting the hair flow on its own and not being afraid of imperfection, or maybe even a touch of “messy” helps accentuate the suave dress and thought out design.

4)     Cake:  For some, it really is all about the cake.  Typically not something we blog about most times, but this year, they are so elaborate and beautiful that we felt the need to include them.  From separate cakes for the bride, groom, and guests to works of art, these will take your breath away.

So, brides, get yourself together because we’re about to jump into Spring, and this year, it’s going to be a bright, sexy, and slightly messy affair…or in this case, season. Whether you choose to keep things low-key on your big day with neutrals and naturals, or make it a jaw dropping bright, colorful,  ‘oh my gosh I can’t believe she did that’ all out party, The Mackey House is a great place to celebrate your commitment of love, and the season.

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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Corporate Meeting Places

Ah, the corporate event. Rarely do people, more specifically employees, associate a good get-together with a business luncheon or event.  However, there are ways to up the décor, entertainment and atmosphere to make your next corporate gathering one that will have employees feeling reconnected and looking forward to the upcoming year.

The Venue:

  • Choose a different location.
    • Even if the event you’re planning isn’t for a large crowd, taking it out of your building will make a huge difference. Employees should look forward to this function, and let’s face it, all employees look forward to getting out of the office.
  • Choose a place that caters – everyone loves food, be it hors d’oeuvres or a full course meal.
  • Don’t cram everyone inside. Find a venue that offers an outdoor area as well.
  • Don’t go the traditional route – i.e. Local restaurant, hotel conference room.


Each corporate event is different. Some are for team building while others are a celebration to bring employees together, so choose appropriate entertainment. Here are some options for either type of occasion.

  • Band
  • D.J.
  • Guest speaker
  • Video
    • This can be a fun, creative video that someone puts together about the employees – purely for a laugh. This makes for a great surprise. Think back to your senior video from high school.
  • Karaoke
  • Game tables – poker, blackjack, etc.

Alcohol: Ye or Ne?

Some businesses choose not to serve alcohol at their events. However, if the purpose of your event is more celebratory than informative, serving alcoholic beverages can be a good way to make employees feel like they’re there to enjoy themselves and NOT to work or talk business.

  • For evening/nighttime functions a full bar is appropriate
  • For daytime events it’s okay to stick with just beer and wine.
  • Treat employees to an open bar.
  • If the event is dressier, specialty cocktails or champagne are good options.

Whether your corporate event is purely a party or is a means of advisory, the Mackey House is a great place to gather and connect. And even if you don’t choose to have your function with us, know that we are always here to help you plan a successful affair.

(photo for blog by: Amsterdam Billiards and Bar)

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Veils Revealed

To some brides, the veil is an ancient accessory, a dated reference to one’s virginity. Which, let’s face it, isn’t something many brides still acquire by the time they walk down the isle. The veil hid the virginal bride from her groom until he became her husband. Then it was lifted at the end of the ceremony as a way to symbolically consummate the marriage.

Eventually veils were traded in for tiaras, hair accessories, flowers, hats, etc., and even if a veil is worn, rarely does it cover the bride’s face. But like many vintage styles, the veil is coming back. It’s classic, elegant, and can take on a modern twist that doesn’t scream CHASTITY.


  • No need for cathedral length sheaths and full frontal coverage.  (UNLESS YOU LIKE THAT!)
  • You can go shorter. EVEN BOB SHORT. This is a fun 40’s look.
  • Add something on the top in combination with the veil.
    • Hairpiece
    • Tiara
    • Flower/rose
    • Small hat
  • Lace is always beautiful.
  • You can still have your hair done up…or down.
  • It can sit at the back of your head. There is no need for it to cover your whole head.

In other words, veils don’t have to be a sign of purity anymore. It wasn’t the veil itself that represented a right of passage to the new husband. It was the act of revealing the bride’s face that ‘gave her away’.

Veils are beautiful, elegant, classic, and often something that is passed down over generations. They are traditional, but they don’t have to look traditional. There are hundreds of years worth of styles out there to choose from, including the year 2012. So whether you are a nostalgic bride, pulling inspiration from the past, or a modern bride with a unique look, there is a way to make your headpiece your own.

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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Non-Traditional Wedding Tips

Who says you have to wear white? Throw a bouquet of flowers? Or have matching bridesmaid dresses? There isn’t a wedding rulebook, but there are tons of fun and unique ways to do a wedding. From the ceremony to the reception, here are some awesomely uncommon ideas that are all but traditional.

  • The Ceremony – Many people share their vows in a church, others outdoors, and some in their   own family’s home. But you can get married anywhere. Just to name a few interesting and different venue options:
    – An old theater
    – Restaurant
    – Hotel
    – Top of a building
    – Lodge
    I recently saw photos from a 1920s-esque wedding where they had the ceremony at an old theatre that was built in the twenties. The couple was married on stage while their friends and family sat in the audience.
  • The Dinner/Reception – Get creative!
    – Fill a bathtub with ice and put drinks in it for easy grab and go. (Better for outdoor weddings.)
    – For centerpieces you don’t have to do flowers. Pictures, paper bouquet, lights/lamps, branches/moss/greenery, etc.
    – The food doesn’t have to be served by waiters. Fun tiered trays are a great way to present small finger foods. This can also act as part of the centerpiece.
  • For your guests – Random/Fun
    – Paint a giant chalk wall to have your guests sign and draw on.
    – Hand out disposable cameras to everyone and have a wedding site for them to upload the best pictures to.
    – Photo booths with props are always fun
    – For the guys – hire a cigar roller.
    – Espresso bar.
    – Lounge furniture creates an intimate setting (Even outdoors!)

This is just a short list of ideas but hopefully it will get your mind working. Remember, there are no guidelines or rules for your wedding. So whether you are having your big event at the Mackey House or at another venue, just remember what you’re really celebrating, LOVE! Have fun, make it yours, and make it memorable.

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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