Monday, April 12, 2010

Choosing Savannah for your Dream Wedding-Morgan’s guest blog for Key to Savannah

Morgan Gallo opened MG Events, a luxury wedding planning firm, in 2005. Providing wedding planning services to Savannah, Hilton Head, Jekyll Island, and the LowCountry, MG Events believes that your wedding should not be the only day that you are showered with gifts and personal attention and strive to make the entire wedding planning process and memorable and enjoyable journey for the couple.

Orleans Square When you think of Savannah, what comes to mind? Maybe hospitality, southern charm, historic homes, architecture,  Spanish moss hanging from majestic oaks that line the streets and squares, southern cooking, and rich history?  These are all the unique elements that lure destination couples to Savannah and the LowCountry to host the wedding of their dreams and treat their guests to a unique experience.

20080510-008 Essentially, when you choose to have your wedding in Savannah, there are aspects that you would want to incorporate into your wedding weekend. The abundance of unique venues and talented vendors offer something for everyone.  Try picking a venue that either showcases the picturesque views the city offers or highlights the history that has made Savannah what it is today.  Have our incredible chefs incorporate the local fare that will offer you and your guests a true taste of Savannah’s local southern cuisine that no other destination can offer. Highlighting our famous local vendors such as the Savannah Bee Company, pralines from Savannah Sweets,  and the Byrd Cookie Company will allow your guests to take a piece of Savannah with them. Speaking of your guests, there is no better thing to treat them to a little old fashioned Hostess City hospitality as well.  The small extra steps you take, such as providing a trolley to your ceremony and reception site,  or scheduling group tours for your guests to take when your wedding festivities are not in full swing , will help them appreciate not only your wedding but Savannah as well.  Or sometimes it is something just as simple as a personalized note awaiting them on their dinner plate.

wedding trolley For the past 6 years, while my team and I have been planning destination weddings for couples from all over the United States and world, I’ve relished in being able to look back at what weddings were when I started and what they are now. I am in awe of the growth and high quality vendors that Savannah now offers our couples. When deciding whether to hire a wedding planner or not, I ask my potential clients to think of their careers and lifestyle. “What do you make per hour?  How many hours do you think you would spend researching and planning your wedding? I know we spend about 250 hours planning a wedding from beginning to end. Are you ready to spend your free time planning? Do you feel comfortable planning a destination wedding with limited knowledge about the city?”

If the answer is anything other than an enthusiastic “YES!” then you might want to consider a wedding planner and designer. This will not only offset the time and money, but also offer essential knowledge, save your sanity, and allow you to enjoy the entire process. We know that many of our couples are working professionals who have limited amounts of time to plan and research their wedding, so we strive to give them comfort in hiring us. Planners must be reputable, professional, honest and able to not just guide couples through the process of planning, but also offer a strong neutral shoulder in times of emotional need. You should feel comfortable and trust that your planner has and will always have your best interests at heart.  Read reviews and contact their past clients to learn more about the relationship that the client and planner maintained. Nothing is more powerful than word of mouth.

0269 We feel it is so very essential that couples fall in love with the entire planning process, not just the wedding day. That is why our planning philosophy not only focuses on establishing more than a business relationship with you; we ensure a luxurious experience in every sense of the word. You should be showered with personal attention and the spoils you deserve not just on your wedding day! We want to share a personal relationship throughout your planning and long after your wedding. We provide a completely unique approach to planning your wedding by spending many hours getting know our clients over lunch, spa dates and meetings. We learn what makes you unique, your personalities, hobbies, wants, needs, likes and dislikes. This process allows us to narrow down the hundreds of vendors in the area and match you perfectly to the vendors that are within your budgetary means, and that fit your personality as well. Only then are we are able to create an event design with you that expresses who you are as individuals becoming one. When we help you infuse your personalities, wants and what Savannah truly is, it creates a wedding that uses all of your senses (sight, smell, taste, and touch) leaving nothing to be desired and everything to the imagination.

[Photography Credit: Geoff L Johnson, Allison Reisz Photography, DVB Photography]

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