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Cheers! It's Cocktail Hour!

Spencer Special Events - Monday, July 30, 2018

While the ceremony and the reception are the two wedding events that most guests are excited for, there is an hour tucked between the pair of main events that should not be over looked. Cocktail hour! Cocktail hour is the perfect time to show your personality and get your loved ones excited for the celebration that will follow.

The ladies of Spencer Special Events encourage the use of a fun linen for cocktail hour! The linen can definitely be different than the formal linen used for the reception. We love to use exciting colors and patterns, while mixing and matching linens between high and low cocktail tables. 

Lounge furniture can dress up a cocktail hour space. Sofas and cushioned chairs create a comfortable yet unique place for guests to gather while sipping on their cocktails. Depending on the venue, the cocktail hour space is typically open during the reception so the lounge furniture can be put to use throughout the evening. 

Music for cocktail hour varies for every wedding and is up to your personal preference. There are many options such as a string trio, a few members from your reception band, or a prerecorded playlist played through a speaker system. One of our favorites is a local Gullah gospel choir - they always get the party started and guests love the southern detail!

It is no surprise that guests are looking for a drink when arriving to cocktail hour. Add your special touch by creating signature drink for your wedding! We love to use creative signage to explain your favorite drink to your friends and family. Cocktail hour is also a great time to incorporate custom napkins with the couple's new last name or monogram. 

Cocktail hour is the perfect time to display escort cards so guests know where to be seated when entering the reception. Table assignments can be displayed on a single sign or individual cards. Escort cards are another way to integrate creative florals during cocktail hour. We have highlighted escort cards in a previous blog post you can find here!

To hold your guests over until dinner, hors d'oeuvres are served throughout cocktail hour. These small bites can be butler passed or displayed. When selecting hors d'oeuvres we suggest considering choosing a variety of foods that are easy to eat in one bite adn that are not too messy. This is another moment to add details of the Lowcountry by using local seafood and other snacks special to the area. 

Cocktail hour gives guests time to socialize and get the party started prior to the reception. This part of the evening is completely unique and helps to further showcase the personality of the newly married couple. Have fun with your cocktail hour design! Cheers!!

Azazie: Your New Favorite Online Dress Shop

Spencer Special Events - Monday, June 18, 2018

The price tag of wedding related items can quickly add up, but the dresses for your wedding weekend should not be a cost to stress over.  The ladies at Spencer Special Events love the online dress store Azazie and we can’t wait to tell you all about it! While Azazie mainly consists of bridesmaid dresses, the site also features mother of the bride dresses, men’s and women’s accessories, and even wedding gowns for brides. All of the wedding day items are affordable and on trend! We have included pictures from our past weddings with bridesmaids dresses that are similar to the ones on Azazie!

Once you start exploring Azazie you can begin to add items that catch your eye to your virtual “showroom”. The private showroom will collect all of the dresses and accessories that you “like” on the website. You can share your showroom with your bridal party so everyone can collaborate and find styles that fit their personalities but also fit your overall wedding vision.  Azazie offers custom fitting on any dress so this eliminates the cost of getting a dress tailored at home. Once everyone has selected their dresses all you have to do is send in your personal measurements and the lovely staff at Azazie will tailor your dress for you!

One of the best parts of this online store is that everything can be done from the comfort of your own home. The online special occasion store has an “Inspiration” section to help future brides and their bridesmaids visualize what styles and colors may work for them. One of SSE’s favorite parts of the website is that they feature real weddings and images from customers social media. This allows potential buyers to really see what the pieces from Azazie look like in an actual wedding day setting.

Another amazing feature is that you can order fabric swatches from Azazie to make sure that the color you are advising your bridesmaids to order truly is what you want for your dream wedding. Along with the ability to order swatches, customers can order sample dresses to be delivered to their homes to try on. Not all styles work for every bride and bridesmaid, so being able to try on the dress styles before committing to an order is super helpful for everyone in your bridal party!

We love the concept of Azazie for all of your bridal party needs! The online store sells bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride dresses, bridal gowns, and women’s and men’s accessories that work perfectly for any special occasion. With over 60 colors and over 150 styles, you are certain to find dresses that you and your bridal party will love for your perfect wedding day!

Kristen Griffin & Ben Alexander

Spencer Special Events - Saturday, April 07, 2018

Since Hilton Head Island’s own Holiday is coming up, The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, we wanted to share this fabulous wedding that took place at the Sea Pines Resort! 

Between a bridal luncheon, parties, golfing, and fishing Kristen and Ben sure know how to entertain! They officially kicked off the weekend with an intimate welcome celebration for the Bridal Party and Family at the Harbour Town Yacht Club. The next day they had a wonderful Rehearsal Dinner at the Plantation Club and then finished the evening welcoming all of their guests with desserts and cocktails at the Inn at Harbour Town.

Kristen and Ben were blessed with a clear perfect day to say I do on the 18th Lawn. Beautiful wooden planters filled with green and white flowers lined the ceremony chairs and created the perfect aisle. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour overlooking the iconic lighthouse. Sea Pines created a marvelous hors d'oeuvres spread featuring fresh shrimp and local oysters in beautiful carved ice trays. Guests were able to take a piece of the Low Country home with them as they found their seats by hand lettered gold oyster shells.






 As everyone was enjoying the view of Harbour Town and sipping cocktails, the powerful sound of bagpipers grew in the distance. In true Heritage fashion, the Bagpipers escorted guests around the harbor to the Reception. It was the perfect surprise!

 The tables in the Harbour Town Clubhouse were dressed in shades of green with white flowers to create a classy elegant vibe. Everyone danced the night away and showered the newly weds in confetti. The night was still young as guests headed over to the Inn to enjoy live music and late night snacks! The next morning guests enjoyed a farewell brunch at the Inn before starting their journey home. 





Kristen and Ben highlighted Sea Pines and the Low Country perfectly during their wedding weekend!

 We can’t wait to be in Sea Pines this week and cheers to 50 years!

Happy Heritage y’all!!

2017 in Rewind

Spencer Special Events - Friday, December 22, 2017

Hard to believe 2017 is coming to a wrap?! Another amazing year and another year of growing the SSE Family. We are so blessed to work with loving couples, wonderful families and amazing vendors that become part of the SSE family. We can’t thank y’all enough for providing our year with so much JOY!

Kylie and Drew
Venue: Old Wide Awake Plantation, Charleston

Sweet Kylie and Drew were set to have their Vow Renewal Oct. 2016, but Hurricane Matthew had different plans. They did not let the change in venue or season ruin their celebration! They turned their day into a lovely spring affair and even passed Hurricane cocktails! 

Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography


Kathryn and Mark
Venue: Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

Kathryn and Mark had every single detail down to a sweet southern “T”. A Sail Cloth tent overlooking the May River made for a stunning backdrop. We loved working with their blush and copper tones to design an intimate setting. They created a memorable and thoughtful celebration and ended the night with a confetti blast!

Photography: Jennings King Photography


Amy and Taylor
Venue: The Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island

Amy and Taylor’s playful personalities made for such a fun weekend! Since they are High School sweethearts it was such a pleasure to see their friends and family come together to rejoice in their love for one another. Amy and Taylor’s guests were able to enjoy the weekend festivities as well as spend some time relaxing on the beach!

Photography: Captured by Mari 


Katie and Matt
Venue: Port Royal Clubhouse, Hilton Head Island

Katie and Matt’s wedding was full of energy. We loved that they tied in their home of New Orleans with a traditional second line led by the brass section of their band. Everyone paraded into the transformed Clubhouse and never left the dance floor!  Ivory’s, gold and a touch of blush made for such beautiful décor.

Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Westin Grand Ocean Terrace Gala and Unveiling

Venue: Grand Ocean Terrace, The Westin Resort Hilton Head

We had the privilege and honor to plan the unveiling of the Westin Hilton Head Island new premier event venue, The Grand Ocean Terrace. The Terrace is beautifully designed to showcase the low country and highlight unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. We loved watching the excitement as special guests entered the venue for the first time. We can’t wait to plan fabulous events in this lowcountry chic space!

Photography: Savannah Wedding Photo


Colleen and Doug
Venue: The Omni Resort, Hilton Head Island

The Shorehouse at the Omni Resort is a wonderful beachfront venue, which was the perfect place for Colleen and Doug’s summer wedding. Their guests had the delight of watching the sunset over the beach while listening to the surprise performance of the Voices of El Shaddai. Colleen and Doug never stopped smiling throughout the evening!  Oh, Happy Day!!

Photography: Donna Von Bruening Photography


The Reuben Family
Venue: Hampton Hall, Bluffton

What an amazing Bar Mitzvah! Jared’s love of roller coasters became the theme of the celebration! He handmade intricate roller coaster centerpieces (that actually moved, flipped and turned!!) They had numerous activities for guests to indulge in, including riding a roller coaster simulator!  The sweets table was off the tracks, offering every candy you could think of, pies, cakes, and ice cream oh my.  

Photography: Landon Jacob Photography


Kayla and Garrett
Venue: Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

What a vision Kayla and Garrett had for their guests during their wedding weekend. They kicked off the festivities with a food truck and projected a live MLB game, boarded the Vagabond for a cruise to have lunch at Skull Creek Boathouse, and had a wedding eve celebration at Morelands. We loved how the Colorado residents integrated their love of the outdoors, home and baseball into their big day! 

Photography: Hopkins Studios


Lisa and Ryan

Venue: Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton

The view from the Pete Dye Clubhouse does not get much better! Lisa and Ryan took full advantage of the gorgeous grounds! They had their ceremony in front of an oak tree and cocktail hour on the veranda to view the Colleton River. After guests finished dinner, they were escorted down to a lounge and dance tent. Since most of the ladies were former members of the Duke dance team, you bet the dance floor was packed!

Photography: Donna Von Bruening Photography


Lea and Max

Venue: The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head

Lea and Max exchanged their vows under the iconic Liberty Oak tree with the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the distance. We loved that Lea’s Mom (sweet Miss Betsy) performed the ceremony it was so personal and special. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour from the rooftop terrace at the Sea Pines beach club and then were led into the Atlantic room for an intimate contemporary reception. Cute Lea and Max made sure their guests had a magnificent evening.

Photography: Donna Von Bruening Photography


Katie and Michael
Venue: The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head

Last but certainly not least, the fabulous wedding of Katie and Michael! This November wedding was full of rich fall shades and textures. Katie and Michael had a beautiful day to say I do on the 18th Lawn of Harbour Town. After a jazzy cocktail hour underneath café lights, guests found their table assignments on oyster shells hung from an amazing driftwood tree handcrafted by our dear friends from A Floral Affair. Guests showed their love and dedication by baking thousands of cookies for this Pittsburgh couple! 

Photography: Landon Jacob Photography

We have truly been touched by each and everyone one of you this year and wish everyone a happy and bright 2018! Cheers!!


The Children's Miracle Network Torch Relay

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It's that wonderful time of year again. The Children's Miracle Network Torch Relay is upon us!! Every year we look forward to being part of an event that gives back to the community and helps bring some light into the World. We are so excited for an even bigger and better event at the Marriott Vacation Club, SurfWatch Resort! 

The Torch Relay 5k will take place on Friday November 3rd with registration beginning at 4:30pm and the relay starting at 5:30pm. After the 5k run/walk Marriott's SurfWatch will host a fireside party with great food, fun activities for the kiddos, live music and a beer garden! 

Last year the Spencer Family walked in memory and honor of their precious baby niece Harlow Spencer, who passed away from heart complications at just two weeks old. Harlow would have gone to a CMN hospital but sadly passed before they were able to transfer her. Harlow's short time on this earth will always be remembered and we are so touched and humbled to walk in her sweet name. 

The donations received help support Children's Miracle Networks mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. No better way to kick off the season of giving than supporting CMN by donating to Team Harlow (Torch Relay Donation Page). Let's help Marriott SurfWatch surpass their awesome goal of $50,000! 

Please Be Seated: Your Guide to Escort Card Displays

Spencer Special Events - Monday, October 16, 2017

One of the details that makes your wedding day go flawlessly is escort cards! Escort cards help guests know what table they are sitting at during the reception. The best part of escort cards is all of the exciting ways that you can design them to extend your wedding vision. These little cards guarantee organization for table assignments and are an extra way to add personalized detail into your cocktail hour and reception. 

Escort cards seamlessly help guide your guests to their table! Beautiful calligraphy is the perfect way to keep escort cards classic and simple. Use ribbon to tie your escort cards to any backdrop or floral arrangement you can dream up!




Decorative escort cards can add more detail to your reception tables! We love using low country themed items to further enhance your table decor such as engraved oyster shells, starfish, and delicate flowers. 

We love the option of having an escort display where table assignments will be posted together rather than on individual cards. This is another elegant way to invite your guests to sit at a specified table. Assignments can be listed alphabetically or by table number!

Escort cards alleviate stress during your cocktail hour and reception for your friends and family trying to find where to go next during your wedding day festivities. Displays, whether listed together or on individual cards, are a lovely addition to your cocktail hour decor. Highlight beautiful calligraphy and stunning florals to help guide your guests to their seats for the night and add another memorable detail to your wedding!

Real Wedding Mackenzie and Ted

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

What an amazing wedding weekend Mackenzie and Ted created! Their guests were truly in for a treat throughout the entire weekend of events. Guests arrived at the Inn at Harbour Town and immediately were greeted by a glass of champagne, Welcome Sign designed by Emily McCarthy and treats available in the lobby. Mackenzie and Ted kicked off their wedding weekend by having a tented welcome reception on the Inn terrace offering warm pretzels, bourbon and champagne infused marshmallows for s'mores, fresh popped popcorn by Palmetto Kettle Corn and many more treats! Yum!

The ceremony took place on the 18th Lawn of Harbour Town Golf links adjacent to the lighthouse, the Groom's favorite landmark! A Floral Affair created a ceremony focal that consisted of two floral arrangements filled with oyster shells to tie in the beautiful backdrop of the Calibogue sound. Mackenzie's adorable nieces and nephew's fashionably entered the ceremony by being pulled down the aisle in a handcrafted wooden boat. How cute are they?! The angelic sound of Voices of El Shaddai choir rang in guests ears as the newlyweds walked down the aisle. 

Guests followed the powerful sound of the choir through the Harbour and to the Clubhouse for cocktail hour on the Veranda. Sea Pines delicious hors d'oeuvre were passed and martinis were flowing through a lighthouse ice luge. Mackenzie and Ted had to put up with a little bit of rain during cocktail hour to get a rainbow and look how stunning the photo turned out!

One thing we found extra touching about the day is how Mackenzie and Ted tied in their strong family bond throughout the day. All of their Bridal Party consisted of family members, including Mackenzie's Matron of Honor, her sweet Mother. Mrs. Grider gave the best MOH speech ever. She found a book she wrote to Mackenzie when she was younger titled "50 Things I Must Tell My Daughter" and read some inserts aloud. Including "Make sure you marry someone tall, dark, and handsome!" And Mackenzie sure did! Mrs. Grider finished her speech by having Sea Pines butler passed Bloody Mary's, Mackenzie's fave!

Sol fusion had guests dancing all night on a custom navy and gold dance floor made by Party Tables. At the end of the night guests showered Mackenzie and Ted with confetti as they exited. But... the night was not quite over! Guests entered the Inn where the After Party took place. As guests went to lay their head on their pillows they had one more treat waiting for them. A "Just Married" cookie with a hand written note from Mackenzie and Ted. What a sweet ending to a wonderful evening!


Incorporating Low Country into Weddings

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One of the best parts of the wedding planning process is getting to know the bride and groom. Often times the wedding party is not from South Carolina, so we like to find out why they chose the Low Country to host their wedding celebration. Family holidays or vacations may have brought them to the coast when growing up, but it is usually the natural beauty of the Low Country that draws them back to the area for their special day. Aspects of the low country can easily be incorporated into your own wedding day whether near or far from the southern beaches that Spencer Special Events calls home. 

Use of oak tree designs, local maps of the area, and palmetto tree details to include a touch of the Low Country on your invitations and stationery. 

Special features such as natural driftwood arches at the altar and local gospel choirs bring a unique touch of the Low Country to your ceremony. 

Rustic barrel cocktail tables, southern hors d'oeuvres, sea-inspired napkins, along with starfish and oyster escort cards clearly bring the Low Country's charm to your cocktail hour. 

Low Country inspired reception details can include nautical rope lighting features, palm frond mantle displays, southern cuisine signage, and palmetto tree monogrammed dance floors. 

Floral details that use oyster shells and Spanish moss effortlessly reflect Low Country trends. 

Low Country inspiration can even be incorporated on your wedding cake by adding magnolia tree blooms and oyster shells as a special detail.

The natural beauty of our local area is what brings brides and grooms to the Low Country for their wedding celebration. Features that make the Low Country unique can effortlessly be included in any and every part of your wedding day. From oyster shells and Spanish moss to southern blooms and cuisine, the details of the South can make your special day a Low Country wedding dream. 


Engagement Photos

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We can't help but have a huge smile on our face when we look at these engagement photos! Kathryn and Mark are just the cutest couple and so in love! We are so excited for their fabulous Spring wedding at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Jennings King of Jennings King Photography brilliantly captured their sophistication as well as endearing and playful personality through these photos. The pictures were taken in Charleston, South Carolina. Engagement sessions can be such treasured time together and create little memories for a lifetime. Jennings kindly shared her insight on engagement sessions!

SSE: Based on Kathryn and Mark's personality, what did you try to capture? Jennings: Many times it is the first time meeting the couples. So I try to "interview" the couple as well to get to know them better. I had never met Kathryn and Mark, so much of the beginning of the day was understanding what they wanted to get from the session. I usually want to know a couple's agenda first before I start to work on my own. An engaged couple is usually full of happiness and love, and  that is what I wanted to capture between these two. They wanted to make sure I captured the atmosphere in addition to themselves. A lot of times the atmosphere and setting tell a story too.  SSE: What do you enjoy about engagement sessions? Jennings: I love people and especially getting to know people. With my background in sales, it is important to me that they feel comfortable with me and trust me. The conversation just flows during the session. This is the "trial" run prior to the wedding day. There are certain things I may also copy or reproduce on the wedding day, and this is just a chance to practice that. 
SSE: What would your advice be for couples on the fence about engagement photos? Jennings: If you are an out of town bride, I highly recommend it. Getting to know your photographer on a more personal level just makes your day that much smoother and natural. I also really suggest doing them if the Groom is more timid at getting his picture taken. It will just ease his mind for the wedding day. It really isn't all that bad. All the Grooms after the session say, "That wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be!".  SSE: What would you recommend couples to wear during the session? Jennings: Complimentary colors to one another. Comfort is key! A bright pop of color is always nice especially in the spring or summer months.  SSE: How far out would you recommend couples to schedule an engagement session?  Jennings: It depends on if they will use a photo for their save the date cards. If so, then the earlier the better. In most cases the window is 6-11 months prior to the wedding. 
SSE: If a couple does not have a location in mind, what would you recommend?  Jennings: Location is key, if the couple doesn't have any significant location themselves, then outdoors is ideal in shaded areas not the high heat. I usually try to shoot towards the end of the day 2 hours prior to sunset, the golden light is so pleasing. Indoors with large windows and lighting is also a great option. With Kathryn and Mark - we shot in The Darling Oyster Bar, in downtown Charleston, because the couple wanted a restaurant scene that was cool with lots of natural light. They both love food & wine - so it was a perfect setting for them.  SSE: Any other advise for couples about to get their engagement photos?  Jennings: Have fun with it, it's a time to learn about your photographer. The more you enjoy it, the better your wedding day will be!

2016 in Rewind

Spencer Special Events - Saturday, January 07, 2017

We here at Spencer Special Events are wondering where in the world 2016 went?! While we love ringing in the New Year with champagne and all things bling, we also delight in reflecting on the past wonderful year. We certainly had the pleasure of working with incredible couples and their families on creating the wedding of their dreams. Thank you to all of the incredible vendor friends and event partners for crafting the masterpieces! With celebration and lots of love, here is a recap of all of the fabulous soirees!

The LaHaie's

Venue: Morris Center

Savannah, Georgia

Could not have asked for a sweeter start to 2016 by planning Amanda's long time friend from her hometown in Indiana, Michael and his darling bride Lizzy's wedding just over the bridge in Savannah! Michael and Lizzy were so graceful and did a wonderful job of city meets the south for their wedding weekend celebration.  


Photo Credit: Ashely Seawell Photography


The Mack's 

Venue: Port Royal Plantation

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We are still dreaming about the Al Fresco dining under twinkling lights, and the plentiful Pittsburg cookie table. Emma and Brian we just adore you and your sweet families!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Sence's

Venue: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hillery and David had the sweetest intimate affair. We loved the clean unique look with hydrangeas and neutral colors with a fun pop of red. Y'all had exuberant happiness in the air!


Photo Credit: Hopkins Studio


The Delay's 

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Sea Pines Resort is already a beautiful venue, but the Delay's transformed the resort into a romantic draping dream! Kate, Derek, and their lovely family are very generous and it showed as they thought of everything for their guest's wedding experience!


Photo Credit: 6 of Four Photography


The Mill's

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We absolutely loved working with Dana and Michael's fun spring color scheme of mint and coral. Throughout the whole planning process we will always remember how much they cared for all of their guests and their endearing love for each other!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Poteat's

Venue: Thomas Residence

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Tent Goals! What a fabulous elegant event. Lauren and Robby had a wonderful vision for her parent's backyard. We are still in awe of Lauren's beautiful detailed beaded gown and Robby's sharp and dapper white tux!


Photo Credit: Happy Blooms 


The O'Neil's

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We can't get enough of the shades of blue and preppy flair. Meg and Patrick's kindness and generosity was apparent throughout the whole weekend and they sure know how to have fun!


Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Photography


The Tremmel's 

Venue: The Sonesta Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Angela and JD had an intimate wedding with a boho chic vibe full of succulents, mixed metals and gorgeous garden style florals, and we love it! They wanted to stray away from typical traditions and create and event full of celebration with family and friends and love. 


Photo Credit: W Photography


The Parlett's

Venue: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, South Carolina

Morgan and Jay have the most gracious spirits and genuine souls. Could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day at Montage Palmetto Bluff for these sweet lovebirds. Their attention to detail and celebration of their love for each other made for a memorable and beautiful evening!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Stubb's 

Venue: The Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Even though this wedding was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, Katie and Jackson were such a delight and handled the unfortunate situation with poise and gratefulness. Their guests were truly in for a low country treat with all of the wonderful events their families hosted during the entire weekend that kicked off the Holidays. 


Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Photography


The Hearn's

Venue: The Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Last but not least, a fabulous New Years Eve wedding to celebrate 2016! Grace and John's modern decor with a twist of glamour, gold accents and poppers created the perfect atmosphere to ring in the New Year!


Photo Credit: Evan Laettner

We are so excited for another marvelous year ahead here at SSE!! Cheers to 2 0 1 7!