Wedding on the Way? Sip, Sip, Hooray! - A premier wedding inspiration event

Oct, 01, 2019

Wedding on the Way? Sip, Sip, Hooray!


Planning the wedding of your dreams is no small task, but when you bring together top vendors in Columbia, South Carolina, you can see that dream become a reality. On Sunday, September 22, the premier wedding inspirational event, “Wedding on the Way? Sip, Sip Hooray!”, was held at The Lace House, on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. This event was presented by The Lace House, By Invitation Only and Party Reflections. The inspiration for this event was to provide an open house atmosphere that allowed potential brides to tour the grounds and get an accurate picture of what their wedding could look like. Every available space on the grounds were designed by Melanie Murphy, of By Invitation Only, and then the design was brought to life with rentals from Party Reflections. The beauty of a picturesque venue like The Lace House, is that you can customize it as you desire to create the wedding day you had envisioned.


The Lace House

The Lace House

The Lace House - Gardens


The team at The Lace House is headed up by venue manager, Karen Hedgecock. Their collective experience and commitment to extraordinary events ensures that you will get exactly what you expect. We asked Karen to share with makes The Lace House special. “The Lace House is unique because it is part of the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion Complex. The historic house has distinctive architectural features including the ornamental cornices, intricate parquet floors, figured glass doors, and “lacey” ironwork. One of our favorite spots on the grounds is the Wedding Garden, an intimate ceremony space.” In such a traditional and grand space, weddings are still about making memories. Hedgecock shares her thoughts on how to accommodate changing trends and demands of the wedding day.  “Amidst the ever-changing wedding trends, we believe that love prevails, and the couple’s love is what we celebrate! We try to recognize and embrace the needs of individual clients in order to help them have a memorable celebration. When asked about the execution of the “Wedding on the Way?” event, Karen responded by saying, “We would never have been able to pull off such a successful open house without the hard work, talent, and vast inventory of our phenomenal co-host, Party Reflections. We are also grateful to all the fabulous industry professionals who teamed up to create an unforgettable event.”



Gold Fanfare Chameleon Chair | Tiffany Velvet Linen | Avalon Creme Flatware | Darcy Rose Plate | Grey Wood Bennett Charger | Milano Glassware


Truman Chair | Whitewash Edison Table | Slate Blue Dupioni Napkin | Velo Flatware | Essex Indigo Glassware | Emerson Charger | Emerson Coupe Plate | Piatto Plate


Watercolor Mia Napkin | Wine Velvet Runner | Bastia Flatware | Farm Table | Walnut Bench | Hudson Linen Coupe Plate | Hudson Blush Plate


The quality of your event can be driven by the quality of vendors and their relationship to each other. It takes a team of professionals to execute a day full of details and logistics. Having a planner who understands that and has the leadership to accomplish it is essential. By Invitation Only is a premier planning firm owned by Melanie Murphy. She has been planning weddings since 2005 and takes the process very personal. She understands the way to take your vision and create an event filled with emotion and a timeless sense of wonder. Melanie has a vast amount of experience working at The Lace House and can be trusted to truly wow your guest. When asked about her knowledge of the venue, Murphy replied, “We have had the privilege of working with the Lace House for the past 14 years and it is still one of the most iconic venues for Columbia with its history and southern charm. We have done weddings of 50 guests and as many as 500+ - from intimate brunch receptions to 2-day cultural ceremonies and receptions. It really fits any need and desire.” In working on this “Wedding on the Way?” event Melanie was looking forward to see the  “the tablescapes under the tent come to life - each table was tied in to the color palette but with Party Reflections wide variety of items to design with it allowed us to show how you can take that color palette and create maybe a season specific or specific event 'feel' and bring it to life, from southern elegant to modern chic.” Obviously, Melanie has her finger on the pulse of wedding trends, and she has great insight into how she works with each client. “Weddings have become bigger, more elaborate productions- and I use the term elaborate in the fact that regardless of size we just see so much more attention to the details.  We see couples wanting to give their guests a memorable and personalized experience from start to finish. Every couple has their priorities, so we see how they focus on those and how guests get to enjoy what means the most to them.”  The best advice she has for a bride is...hire a wedding planner !  Because weddings have so many moving parts and there is a flood of vendors and information out there, a planner can help you focus, prioritize and then, of course, bring to life your event. Each couple has a busy life and they do not plan a wedding every day so having a professional who understands what needs to happen, who is connected to reputable and reliable vendors and can advise you is a lifesaver.” 



Gold Fanfare Chameleon Chair | Ocean Leaf Linen | Champagne Velvet Napkin | Tyson Wood Flatware | Gold Alpine Charger | White Coupe Plate | Amber Ariana Goblet


 Gold Fanfare Chameleon Chair | Tiffany Velvet Linen | Ocean Leaf Napkin | Hampton Gold Flatware | White Square Plate | Pure Glassware



Turquoise Lawson Linen | Montgomery Bar | Nouveau Rattan Furniture


As a co-host of the event, Party Reflections was involved in the year long planning process from start to finish. Being able to work along side the planning team, was much like our experience when helping a bride and groom to prepare for their day. We understand the vision and can bring our professional expertise to the table.  One of the most impactful ways to customize your event is by incorporating rentals. Having the ability to use unique design elements will personalize your wedding. This was most evident as you strolled through The Lace House and adjacent grounds. Each space incorporated rentals to inspire the brides for their wedding. Aimee Wicker, Business Development Specialist with Party Reflections Columbia, was asked what rentals she was most anticipating seeing that day. “Seeing the custom bar go from a design concept to being onsite was delightful. To take a regular bar and create a custom tropical leaf design wrap showed the unlimited possibilities rentals allow you.  Also, seeing specialty chairs in the garden ceremony set up was unique.  Many brides will opt for a budget friendly chair for the ceremony because the time spent there is small, but the pictures you capture during that time you will see forever.  Using a specialty chair elevates the look and feel.”  Party Reflections trendy rental offerings were in use all over the complex grounds. From dinner seating under the tent on the Mansion Mall to stations in each room of the house, and from lounge seating on the terrace to a sweetheart table on the balcony, it was easy for bride to see their wedding day come to life. Wicker commented, “for a rental company, we were able to show so many options and brides were ready to talk about rental choices that day.”  With years of wedding experience in her profession, the best advice Aimee gives to brides is “be confident when picking your wedding vendorsHaving the right company and knowing they will provide what you have planned will make all the difference in your day.”



Thank you for all the participating vendors in making this event such a success!  


The Lace HouseBy Invitation Only - Melanie Murphy, Joshua Aaron Photogrpahy, American Floral, Blue Marlin Signature Catering, Bonnie Brunt Cakes, Capital City Catering, John Gray Events & Floral Design, Loosh Culinaire, Seawell's Catering, Sound and images, Southern Valet, Southern Way Catering, The Reggie Sullivan Band, Twist Bartending, Sallie's Greatest, Aleph Wines
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