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2012 Wedding Dress Trends

It wasn’t until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, that the wedding dress became what it is today. Once her wedding photos hit the papers, brides-to-be everywhere were in search of white gowns, lace, and veils, and the rest is history.

Styles of gowns and bridal trends have progressed along with fashion trends, and every season ladies look to the runway or the latest royal wedding for inspiration for their perfect dress. This season, some trends are making a comeback while others are changing a long-standing tradition.

2012 Wedding dress trends are lace sleeves, tiered dresses, the ball gown, illusion necklines, blush color, and horsehair trim – not to be confused with actual horse’s hair. Don’t worry, we’ll explain.

  1. Lace sleeves are one of two trends making a comeback this season. They’ve been big before – eighties, nineties. No, literally ‘big’. But don’t think of them that way. This season’s take on lace sleeves has a classic, vintage feel that is really beautiful and elegant. Take Kate Middleton’s Grace Kelly-like gown for example. Often, dresses with long sleeves are considered as a conservative option, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Lace sleeves are being done with low necklines or backs, mermaid style and form fitting gowns. Lace is in again ladies, and in its best form yet.
  2. The ball gown is the second trend making a comeback this season. The size of ball gowns has always varied, mild poof to extra poof. But this season the ball gown is all about the material that’s making it just that, a ball gown. A lot of designers have been using elements that can usually only be seen on the interior of the dress and making them part of the exterior design. Elements such as crinoline, tulle, corsets, or bodices, and lastly, horsehair trim, another trend this season.
  3.  Horse hair trim has nothing to do with actual horsehair. It’s a synthetic fabric that’s often used on the underskirts of gowns to create shape and hemline. This trend is really an extension of the inside-out look designers started last year with the corset tops that were often sheer and see-through. This season though, designers are focusing more on the underlay fabrics and bodices to create more whimsical, unique, and often, fuller dress designs. This is an incredibly beautiful look if you are going for a more elaborate or untraditional gown.
  4. The two-tiered dresses are a trend that’s been getting a lot of mixed reviews this season. On the right body shape they can look beautiful, but it is definitely a more high fashion style for a modern bride. Some tiers are very delicate and flow well with the rest of the dress, while others are large and poof out from the dress, making for a dramatic and sometimes awkward shape.
  5. Illusion necklines are another trend sweeping the runways this season. Delicate, sheer, and sophisticated are ways to describe this look, but there are so many ways it can be done the outcomes vary. Often the illusion neckline is done on simpler, sleeker gowns as opposed to the larger ball gown style. It also falls back to the inside-out trend because it’s another light material that is see-through or mesh-like. This soft element can give a seemingly simple dress a very high fashion, interesting and beautiful look.
  6.  Blush is not in reference to a blushing bride. It’s the new color for wedding dresses. For the non-traditional route, a blush-colored dress is a very pretty option. It’s soft and beautiful and makes a statement without being too dramatic because it doesn’t stray far from the traditional, white, off-white, or ivory gowns. Even on the fairest skin tones, the blush colored dress is a subtle and stunning trend for any modern bride.

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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Winter Wonderland Weddings in Savannah, GA

While it doesn’t get very cold in the Coastal Empire and Low Country – and after the below freezing temperatures we suffered the last few nights, some of our neighbors would disagree – the Winter Wonderland theme wedding can be fun, particularly if winter is a favorite season for you and your spouse-to-be!

Here’s just a few ideas we’ve seen that we felt needed to be shared with our Savannah, GA (and beyond) friends:

1)     WHITE – if you’ve ever thought you could “over-white” an event, you can’t this one.  We’ve seen some amazing white inspirations – cookies, table cloths decorated with doilies, lace, cakes, dresses, accents – the works!  And really, they turn out amazingly intriguing…check out this presentation by our friends at Green Wedding Shoes.

2)     Snowflakes – although again, we don’t see a lot of snowflakes here in Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, but you’ve gotta admit they make incredible decorations and can easily be made into accents for any area.  Here’s a few examples from Free Spirit Weddings – many are simple and elegant, just what we love in the south!

3)     Sparking snow and glittering ice – never is it more acceptable to use real glitter – oh yes, Kindergarten silver glitter that sticks on your face and feels like it never comes off – than it is during a winter wonderland theme for a wedding.  We found a few of our favorites on Etown Brides – where glitter is a must have in winter wonderland!

4)     Crystal and white lights – when we said white, we meant it.  Crystal with the little white twinkle lights makes the perfect combination when trying to give your wedding a Winter Wonderland look and feel for your attendees.  Some of the crystal options through Decorate my Wedding give the highbrow glitter and light that we admire!

5)     Candles – white candles with their beautiful flames make incredible centerpieces anyway – but when you add the winter wonderland touches it takes the whole idea to the next level.  Check out some of the candle options from Wax Wizard – they can both dress up or down your event!

At The Mackey House, we’re happy to help you whether you decide to have your wedding on location or at another venue.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call for ideas for your next event – decorations, food, music – the works, because The Mackey House is the place for events!

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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Planning your holiday party?

With Thanksgiving at the end of this month – Christmas and the New Year just around the corner – it’s time to start thinking about your holiday parties!

The Mackey House is the perfect place to host this season’s most memorable events and festivities, be it for a family gathering, a holiday ball, non-profit fundraiser, or a corporate party.  The holidays are stressful enough without throwing party planning on top of it.

We’ve had a lot of experience in the party planning department, so let us help you with some helpful tips and fresh ideas that will keep your stress at a minimum, and make your holiday affair a hit.

1)     Bring in some outside help. Planning a party, big or small, is quite a feat. Don’t hesitate to get assistance, whether it comes from professional planners, the venue, or a committee you put together yourself – trying to remember everything, particularly the details, can be daunting – let us help!

2)     Make a checklist. This will help you stay on track and stay organized. By making a list, it will give you a visual reference – and like Santa Clause, you can check it twice – to see what needs to get done by when, and what you have accomplished thus far. This will help minimize anxieties as the event nears.

3)     Before getting too much into the details of the event, consider total attendees. If you don’t have a good idea of the amount of people coming, it is going to be difficult to plan. This may seem like an obvious one, but many people tend to start planning without an idea of how many guests will be in attendance.  Rule of thumb – roughly 60% of those invited will attend.

4)     Make sure your invitations include a start and end time. This will allow the party-goers to plan ahead. Also, make sure the invites clarify the type of event (e.g. cocktail, dinner party, ball, etc.)

Now for some fun ideas to make your holiday party a memorable one!

  • Choose an event theme.
  • Design invitations that follow the theme.
  • Lighting helps create an atmosphere!
  • Chose appropriate food and beverage. Will you hire a caterer? Will there be a bar?
  • Custom cocktails – if it’s a Christmas/winter party, a Christmas Jones or Peppermint Stick Martini are great options.
  • MUSIC, Background or something to dance to. Dancing is always fun, whether it’s planned or not!
  • Party favors – these don’t need to be elaborate, just something the guests can grab on their way out.

Lastly, don’t get so wrapped up in the planning and forget to enjoy the party yourself. You’ve worked for it! Whether you plan on having your party at the Mackey House or elsewhere in town, we are always willing to help. Hopefully these tips will make planning a little less stressful because The Mackey House is the perfect place for events.

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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Garden Weddings – Working with the elements.

Garden weddings are perfect for southern settings. They can be classic and elegant, or casual with a vintage feel. It’s all about bringing the theme full circle and working with the outdoor elements to create a cohesive garden affair.

Whether you’re wedding is black tie or cocktail casual, some important essentials for garden weddings are:
• Lights
• Place settings
• Centerpieces

Stringing lights in trees is a beautiful way to incorporate the outdoor setting. You can use small hanging lights, wrap them around the branches, or hang giant metal lanterns. Lighting the trees, bushes, or other garden elements creates a whimsical and charming feel. For more casual, or untraditional weddings, even colorful Christmas lights create a fun unique look.

Lighting on the tables is also important. Tea lights in mason jars or small lanterns is a great option. For a more extravagant wedding, hang small white lights from tall centerpieces that have thin branches or long sticks.

Lighting along pathways is also important, especially for nighttime weddings or receptions. This too can be done with low lights or high ones, such as torches.

Garden weddings allow for you to have fun with the décor, including the place settings. For casual, rustic, or vintage style weddings, antique china is a great idea, and it doesn’t have to match. Imperfections are okay! Combining different patterns creates a unique look; just make sure the style of china is similar. Don’t do square, plain plates at one table, and round painted ones at another. There should be some cohesive elements.

The centerpieces should reflect the outdoor theme and garden atmosphere. You can use flowers or just green elements. Whether you want giant, tall centerpieces or small low ones, take advantage of the scenery. Twigs, moss, bark, grass, etc, can all make for beautiful and interesting visuals with great impact to the décor. Include lights within or around the pieces. Little lights or tall candles can work. For fancier weddings, add satin sashes or use silk tablecloths to dress things up. Putting miniature bouquets on each place setting is also a nice touch. Dried or live flowers bundled with twine or ribbons are sweet and personal to each guest. Not all of them have to be the same either. A little variety can make a big difference.

Have fun with your garden wedding! Gardens make for an intimate and charming setting; use that to your advantage when designing the look. So whether you plan on having your wedding at the Mackey House or not, give us a call and we’ll give you recommendations, after all, the Mackey House is the perfect place for events.

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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Destination Weddings rise to popularity

Why are destination weddings becoming so popular?  There’s a myriad of reasons and we’re working to make sure each destination wedding has the best experience possible at The Mackey House while experiencing everything Savannah, GA has to offer.

1)      Easy planning – most brides choose to do a destination wedding because it makes planning the event easy for the bride.  Tell the venue planner (or your own wedding planner) what you want, be sure they understand your vision so they can ensure the food, decorations, entertainment, and style is exactly to your liking.  Be sure to be specific with your wedding planner otherwise you may not get exactly what you wanted.

2)      Costs – because having events in multiple locations can become costly, many times destination weddings are able to host the wedding and the reception in the same place, charging you one flat rate for both sites – much like The Mackey House and how the wedding and reception are beautiful from one centralized location (you also don’t have to worry about how to get the wedding party from one place to the other).

3)      Wedding Size – if we’re honest, food is typically the most expensive part of the wedding reception; next maybe is the alcohol if you’re having such libations at your celebration.  Either way, the smaller the number of attendees, the smaller your ending bill may be, on both counts.   When you have your wedding further away from your home location, less people will be able to attend the event, keeping your food and beverage costs down.

4)      Wedding and honeymoon – a number of wedding couples are looking to go to their honeymoon immediately after the wedding – why wait for the best part?  What better way to have that happen, then to have your wedding right where you want to honeymoon?  Places like Savannah, GA, are the perfect place to do both – a romantic city with lots of fun things to do and places to go – you can’t get much better than the combo!

5)      Location, location, location – everyone loves great pictures, and your special day should have the best backdrop imaginable.  If your backdrop is a location that means something to you and your soon-to-be-spouse, then those pictures will speak volumes when you go back to reminisce 5, 10, 15, 20, or more years down the road.  It’s important that your location be special to the two of you and has meaning that will last a lifetime.

Regardless of what you choose to do with your wedding day, be sure it represents the two of you, nothing cements the vow the two of you make to one another like choosing food, locations, music, colors, decorations, that mean something to the two of you.


If you need help, just give usa call because The Mackey House strives to be your place for the perfect 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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