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Spring Preview

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring has sprung in the Lowcountry and we couldn't be more thrilled! We are busy meeting with our couples, their sweet families, and all of the talented vendor friends who help make their dream weddings come true but today, we wanted to stop for a moment and share a sneak peek of what we are up to!

Like our Spencer Special Events couples, our color palettes are incredibly chic. Though we've seen a lot of vibrant and dark colors (think fuchsia or pomegranate) in blogs and magazines, our style tends to air on timeless, soft, and romantic shades. This season we are designing with linen, beige, sand, robin egg blue, turquoise, and other shades of the ocean. These natural colors are so harmonious with the landscape of the beloved Lowcountry, and make huge success in wedding design! Here's a palette preview of a spectacular Spencer Special Event wedding this Spring.

These timeless colors can be found everywhere and we are often inspired to plan beautiful weddings and events by every day objects of our affection. Whether it be fabulous Johnathan Adler nesting plates, a gorgeous Kate Spade cocktail dress or shades, J.Crew baubles, crisp linen pillows, a pretty wedge, a Moroccan poof or artwork for our home, we are inspired by the things in our life (or wish list!) What inspires you?

Gosh, we sure are excited for the season and can't wait to share our upcoming couples and their celebrations!

Happy Spring, Y'all.

Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When hosting a destination wedding where guests are coming in from all over the country, Spencer Special Events always recommends providing fabulous welcome bags. What a gracious way to welcome your guests to their hotel, home rental, or villa and just a taste of what is in store for the rest of the weekend! We LOVE these fine details and so will your guests after a day of travel.

When it comes to great welcome bags, there are a few tips to share. First: make the bag itself special. Whether it's a jute bag that they can carry their stuff to the beach in, a personalized cooler that's perfect for cooling their brews poolside, a large personalized beach pail that kiddos love for making sand castles, a basket, or monogrammed kraft bag, make sure the bag is special. (Packaging is everything!)

Inside we always try to provide local goodies -- not only because we love supporting local businesses but because it gives your guests a feel for the Lowcountry! Here are some examples of our favorite things to include from Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and our surrounding area.

Leslie and her staff at the Cottage (darling spot downtown Bluffton) make the most fabulous scones, breads, and pastries. A recent bride of ours included fresh baked baguettes from The Cottage and her own dipping oils handmade by the bride and groom!  We love including a cocktail like Charleston, South Carolina's famous Firefly Vodka. Heritage Shortbread cookies, Salty Dog playing cards, Lowcountry Luxe Candles, Savannah Bee Company Honey, and Palmetto Kettle Cornare also some of our favs. We always recommend including aspirin or Alka-Seltzer for those late night party-goers! Bottles of water or sparkling refresh your guests and personalized sunscreen and chap-stick are fun ways to keep your guests protected from our warm southern sun!

Inside your welcome bag, we'll also recommend you include "Where to Go" magazines and our favorite restaurant guide for guests who want to explore the area. And of course, we always recommend a custom welcome brochure. We work with the most talented designers to come up with a welcome guide detailing the events of your weekend. This helps organize your guests and let's them know when and where to be!

Hosting a destination wedding in the Lowcountry gives so many people the opportunity to visit this truly gorgeous area. Making sure your guests feel welcome and providing them with the right tools to enjoy the area is something we absolutely love to do! Spencer Special Events is happy to help you every step of the way from the design, shopping, assembly and delivery!

Guest List Template

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, March 12, 2014


At Spencer Special Events, our job is to make our brides, grooms, and their families lives easier during the wedding planning process, and of course, to keep things organized. One of the most challenging things to coordinate can be the guest list, especially for large weddings. Today we are providing a sample template and simple instructions, so you can organize your guest list flawlessly and we can execute your event just the way you want us to. Part of our job is to ensure your guests are comfortable, well taken care of, and have a fabulous weekend!



Let's walk you through each column, though it's fairly self-explanatory.

As your planner, we'll need to know a lot of information about your guests. We've found that it's best to supply the first and last names (in separate columns) of each guest. This helps us sort guests by family name easily. (We can pull up information on all the Pudenz's for example, simply by sorting the list.) We also need to know the total number of guests for each, in case their are children attending.

Keep careful track of your RSVP's as they come in.  A simple "N" or "Y" can help you sort when all replies are in.  Then we can easily tally the numbers.

We like to know where all guests are staying. This is especially important for delivery of welcome bags. It's also important if for example, Aunt Peggy is doing a reading but running late and we need to contact her hotel to find her! Or if a guest calls and needs to be picked up, we know where to send a car.

When coordinating your guests seating, we need to know table numbers or names. If you are having open seating or unassigned seating, you can obviously leave this blank or delete the column all together.

There are no special requests or notes that are too small. If you are aware that a particular guest has an allergy, you can note this here. Perhaps you'd like to tell us who is hard of hearing, that someone should not be seated next to a speaker, a guest is handicapped and may need assistance, or even some light family drama we should be on the look out for.  Our job is to make sure all of your guests are well taken care of.

You can download this template here! We look forward to making your day extra special and hope you find this guest list template helpful when planning your wedding.

Kara and Justin

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Eek!! We've been dying to share this wedding and all of it's divine details with you for months! Last May, Spencer Special Events was extremely honored to work with the precious Kara, Justin and their wonderful families, to design and plan an incredible wedding weekend in the Lowcountry. You will soon see why we are still swooning over this glam soiree...

The custom designed wedding invitation and paper suite by Emily McCarthy sure set the stage for the glamorous Lowcountry wedding. The paper and all the pretty details were a big priority for Kara and her sweet mother, Karis. Emily surely delivered.

Kara, who could seriously wear a paper bag and look like she stepped off the runway, wore an Anne Barge spectacular strapless, fitted A-line gown encrusted with diamonds and layered with lace. Her make-up by SKINZIN and hair by Hautelocks was flawless.



There was not a dry eye in the room when Kara's father saw her for this first time (such a sweet moment!)





Kara and Justin were married at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and were carried to their cocktails and reception in a white vintage Rolls Royce complete with a personalized license plate for the newlyweds.




The celebration of Kara and Justin took place at the prestigious Colleton River Plantation on the Nicklaus Clubhouse lawn with world-class service and dining, led by Chef Robert Wysong.  A massive tent to hold 350 guests was created and custom draped with thousands (I mean thousands!) of yards of fabric and custom table linens by the one and only Party Tables.   Fabulous perimeter lighting and crystal chandeliers were hung with care by TEC.  (The tent installation took days and hours to create before the big day-- it was so exciting to watch it all come to life!!)

Spectacular florals and centerpieces were designed by the talented team A Floral Affair. No two tables were alike, each had a different arrangement of flowers, vases, votives, and focal points. Bright pink peonys popped out of the cream, gold, and blush pink color scheme.








Here's a look at some family photos and the bridal party! Could they be any more darling?




A Floral Affair created a one-of-a-kind tree installation in the center of the ballroom inside the Nicklaus Clubhouse. An impressive team of artists built the tree, which looked incredibly real, and finished it with beautiful flowering spring branches.  Hundreds of ribbons dangled from its limbs to hold escort cards -- guest names and corresponding table numbers. Spencer Special Events staff members greeted guests at this incredible display to help with locating their table assignments.



Three spectacular cakes were created by Minette Rushing, Savannah Custom Cakes! Here's a closer look at the floral details and custom monogram dance floor.








Photographer Donna Von Bruening captures her couples perfectly. We just love these portraits of Kara and Justin and know that the couple and their family will truly treasure these always!






An outdoor soft seating area was created near the outdoor bar just outside the tent. Comfy vintage furniture complete with the couple's custom designed monogram embroidered on throw pillows! Another detail we always love!



Kara and Justin truly radiated the entire evening -- from their introduction to toasts, to dinner and dancing, you could just see in their eyes how happy and in love they are. Truly warmed our hearts!









The details continued with custom golf ball markers, cigars, a video/photo booth, and an incredible surprise firework send-off that few will ever forget.






So there you have it, folks. A wedding WE will never forget! As you can tell by the photos, it was certainly a Lowcountry glam affair for a fabulous couple and their sweet family.

Of course, this wedding would not have been possible without the hard work of a number of incredibly talented vendor friends, several of which have been mentioned but a complete list can be found below! Thank you to Donna Von Bruening Photographers for capturing this day so perfectly and to everyone who made this wedding truly unique and memorable. And above all, thank you to Kara and Justin -- we wish you all the love and happiness in the world and truly appreciate the friendship we have created with you!

Vendor Credits: 
Church: Providence Presbyterian Church.  Reception and Rehearsal: Colleton River Plantation. Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes. Florist: A Floral Affair.  Hair: Hautelocks provided by SSE (Kara). Hair: All About Me (bridesmaids).  Makeup: SKINZIN.  Sue Landi- Seamstress/Pro Steamer. Invitations/Paper Goods: Emily McCarthy.  Reception Entertainment: The Maxx (East Coast Entertainment).  Music Ceremony:  Nina Rodman. Music Cocktails: Bill Peterson.  Officiant: Dr. Martin Lifer.  Rentals: Welcome Reception Lounge furniture Amazing Event Rentals. Rentals: Ranco Tents (tent and staging). Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals (dance floor, chairs, lounge, chargers). Rentals: Linen and draping (Party Tables). Lighting: TEC. Photographer: DVB (Donna Von Bruening) Photography.  Videographer: Life Stage Films. Transportation: Kelly Tours (guest and bridal). Transportation: Fx Limousine. Falcon Fireworks. Event design and planning: Spencer Special Events.