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Welcome Carter Nash Hinton
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Welcome Carter Nash Hinton

Raise the banners and sound the horns a royal baby has been born!

Welcome Carter Nash


12And then there was three. This is undoubtedly one of the happiest blogs posts that I have ever written. One of my greatest joys as a wedding planner is watching my clients go on to start their families.

It is such a pleasure to take a break from our routine wedding planning to stop and welcome Carter Nash Hinton to the world. Carter was born April 11th weighing 9lbs. 6oz. This amazing little guy is the son of Craig and Rebecca Barfield Hinton.

To the new parents! Best wishes to you as you begin your life as a family. You should be blessed with all the tools you need to raise your precious little bundle of joy, Carter couldn’t have asked for a better, more committed and dedicated set of parents!

Having a new baby changes a wife and husband into a mommy and daddy. As you venture into parenthood together, you will become wiser and more mature, while finding a new profound love for the amazing baby you have both created. Enjoy getting to know each other and growing together as a family.

A brief backstory on the Hinton’s:  I had the honor of meeting Craig and Rebecca in 2008 shortly after their engagement. The day that we officially met, Rebecca arrived at the meeting armed with her planner, swatches, magazine clippings and the determination to have the wedding of her dreams. This beautiful bright eyed young woman had been planning her wedding since the age of 5.  Not only did you feel her passion but you saw the sparkle in her eyes. The couple went on to hire me to plan their 2009 wedding.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been able to connect with them. They are truly one of my most favorite and cherished clients.  My life has truly been blessed by this young couple! I don’t know why but today I feel like a proud Auntie. 🙂 The Hinton’s will be celebrating the entire month of April as the couple’s 8 year wedding anniversary is on the 25th. I can’t be happier as these two deserve all of the love, joy and happiness that their hearts can hold. It has been a blessing for me to watch you evolve as individuals, as a couple and now as a family.

Congratulations Craig and Rebecca!

Photography Credit: White Daisy Studios

Tips For A Fabuluxe Tented Affair
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Tips For A Fabuluxe Tented Affair

Tips For A Fabuluxe Tented Affair

Karen Moore of KYM Signature – A Savannah Premier Wedding Planner discuses Tips For A Fabuluxe Tented Affair

Last Sunday, I posted some great information on using tents for your reception. Today, I will pick up where I left off. Giving you four awesome tips that will result in fabuluxe tented affair.

A tent reception can be an exceptionally beautiful and unique experience for the bridal couple as well as their guests. The variety and sizes of tents that are available today make finding something that fits your personal style easy and affordable. Clear top tents let you dance beneath the starlit sky and flat top frame tents provide you with an open and welcoming feel without supporting poles blocking the way. You can choose a tent without sides or one with French window sidewalls. Whatever tent you select, you will need the right lighting, flowers, fabrics and favors to make it a gorgeous oasis for your guests.

  1. Use Lighting to Create Drama

The lighting of your reception tent is extremely important. By using some simple tricks, you can create an elegant escape or a fun and festive celebration. Twinkle lights, in white or colors, are often used in tent receptions; hidden in garlands, draped along ceiling panels, or strung in plants and shrubs. Other lighting options include spotlights with colored gels that create dramatic patterns on walls, floors or ceilings. For those who want a classic, romantic feel, candles create a dreamy and mysterious ambiance that could be just the right touch. A plethora of candle holders are available and make wonderful centerpieces. Blinking balloons can create a fun and casual tone to your event that your guests will love. Whatever your style, lighting is an important factor in creating the right atmosphere for your reception.

  1. Bring Nature Indoors

Through the aid of well-placed flowers, trees and shrubs, your guests may be able to forget they are even in a tent. Fill corners with beautiful flowering shrubs or trees. Disguise support poles with vines and bouquets. Add fragrance with elaborate floral centerpieces. A nice twist on the traditional cut flowers for the table is to have a living arrangement that your guests can take home and plant in their garden or keep in the house, a continuous reminder of your special day. Flowers can add color and excitement to your event with a subtlety that your guests will surely appreciate.

  1. Surround Yourself with Sumptuous Satins

In order to really transform a reception tent, creative use of fabrics is essential. From luxurious panels draped across the ceiling to tantalizing tulle-adorned support poles, fabrics can create depth and contrast to the harsh lines of the tent. Soften doorways by swathing them in flowing chiffon. Emphasize your head table with curtains of lace as a backdrop. Evaluate your tent and accentuate the highlights while downplaying any possible negative aspects. With a little imagination, you can create a completely unique and ethereal feeling for your reception.

  1. Finish with Wedding Favor Flair

Complete your décor with corresponding favors that complement the surrounding motif. Very often, a well thought out favor can be the final touch needed to create a cohesive design for your reception, uniting the various elements around them. Whatever theme you use for your reception, you can use favors to heighten your guests’ experience.

With these simple techniques, you can create a magnificent venue for your reception. However, don’t forget the little details, too. Think about if you need flooring for the entire tent or just the dance floor. Are there any sound ordinances in the area that might affect your party? Do you have enough parking and restrooms for your guests? Do you have enough power for the caterers, musicians, and lighting? Is there a contingency plan in case of extremely bad weather? Once you have answered these simple questions and created your own design plan, you will have a wonderful reception that is uniquely your own that your guests will absolutely adore.


Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (


Tents: A Blank Slate and Creative Palette
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Tents: A Blank Slate and Creative Palette

Tents: A Blank Slate and Creative Palette

There’s nothing quite like a wedding reception in a tent, with its uniquely informal atmosphere, customized decor and proximity to the elements outdoors.

Weddings and receptions with an outdoor component are incredibly popular in the warm months. And, with larger, more sophisticated tent structures boasting such comforts as built-in heating, tent receptions are even taking hold in the colder seasons as well.

Yet tents are so much more than simply shelter. I love tented receptions for their natural intimacy, and creative possibilities.

One of the nicest things about tent receptions is the creative possibilities they enable. Unlike the typical reception hall, a tent is indeed like a blank slate upon which you can build your own world, creating exactly the atmosphere you desire for your grand celebration.

This not only makes your reception more memorable for you and your guests, but also makes possible a unique and powerful set of visual elements that will translate to beautiful memories. A tent gives you the creative freedom to visual construct the venue of your dreams

Because the canvas is bare you don’t to work around the existing décor of a venue, which oftentimes clash with the overall theme and look that you are trying to achieve. With tents you have more latitude to create a specific feel.

If you use a tent’s creative freedom wisely, you can assure an environment that not only reflects your own aesthetic, but also creates a sense of warm intimacy that would be difficult, if not impossible, in most banquet halls.

The direct proximity to the outdoors opens up an entirely new dynamic of atmosphere and social interaction.

From a distance, at nighttime the tent just glows. They have a very warm and cozy feeling. Receptions are all about creating the sense of intimacy-the sense of space and place. Tent weddings/receptions are romantic and magical. I feel brides always look for these key elements when planning their wedding.

A tent changes the dynamics, climate and culture of an event. Most importantly tents give you a blank slate and creative palette that gives you the ability to design your dream wedding.


Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

westin savannah harbor
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Choosing A Non-Traditional Venue For Your Wedding Ceremony

Choosing A Non-Traditional Venue For Your Wedding Ceremony

There are many weddings that are held outside of traditional religious facilities. These locations can offer a great, unique occasion that shows off a bit of your personality and style as well as giving your guests a fun time to remember.

KYM Signature | WeddingNothing is nicer than having an outdoor wedding, if the weather cooperates. This is never a guarantee, however, and people planning to have an outdoor wedding should have a backup facility in case of inclement weather. There should also be information on where the ceremony will be held in the event that the ceremony needs to be moved indoors due to weather.

An outdoor ceremony should take place in an area where there is abundant shade. The wedding party will be standing up for the entire ceremony, and heat can take its toll in the summer months. Too much heat can also be detrimental to any older guests attending the ceremony.

Remember as well that you will have to arrange for a seating, a sound system, and decorations to be provided at the outdoor location, so a dry run will be important to determine needs as far as electrical cords and seat placement.

Large houses can be an ideal place for a non-traditional wedding ceremony, so long as you are ensured of adequate space. Courtroom weddings are rarely affairs in which a large number of guests will take part, but you will want to ensure that there is available seating for those who do wish to attend.

Destination weddings are a great and memorable way to hold your special day, if they fit within your budget. Destination weddings can also offer some opportunities in terms of convenience as they offer the opportunity to be held right at the location of your honeymoon. They can also be a very special part of the occasion, as most of the time you will not be able to spend time with the friends and family who attend your wedding.

A destination wedding allows for the entire party to be together over a period of several days, with lots of time to visit. Remember that you may have to make an additional trip to have final approval over the ceremony venue. You will also want to make sure there are very clear directions to the venue’s location on the invitations.

For some originality, why not consider a less traditional venue for your wedding ceremony? These suggestions are all ideal for smaller weddings and might even save you some money in the long run!

Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour
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Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour

Creating A Memorable Cocktail Hour

The wedding ceremony has concluded! It is now time for cocktails!  Who doesn’t love a fabulous cocktail hour?

Ice sculptures, passed hors-d’oeuvres, chef stations, and signature drinks, all lends to the perfect setting that creates a memorable cocktail hour.

The cocktail hour is the kickoff to a wonderful and momentous occasion and a chance to mix and mingle with friends and family. This pre-reception event sets the tone for the evening and it is the perfect opportunity to show off your personal wedding style.

There’s no limit to what you can do to set your cocktail hour apart. Personalize your event with hot new trends and be vigilant about incorporating all of the little details.

Then watch the “wow factor” take effect. Your guests will be blown away.

When planning your cocktail hour, be sure to keep it in line with your overall wedding theme. Here are some great ideas to make your cocktail hour memorable:

  • Host your cocktail hour in a separate room from your reception. Your guests will see the cocktail hour room before the reception location; this gives you the opportunity to really showcase your theme and décor. Make this a fabulous space in and of itself, one that has its own distinct personality. Utilize high tables and bar stools, which allows guest to mingle.
  • Color Palette – Switch up your color scheme by reversing the reception decor: If your wedding colors are purple with gold and white accents, use gold as the dominant hue for the cocktail area (working in hints of purple and white).
  • Dazzle Them With Décor – The cocktail area is just as important as the reception; utilize candles, floral, crystals and a little bling to bring life to the cocktail space.
  • Create A Signature Drink – There are no limits to creativity. Match your signature drink with your wedding theme. For a fall-themed wedding, for example, you may want to consider a glamorous Pometini (Pomegranate Martini). Feel free to match colors from your wedding with the color of your signature drink.
  • Keeping Things in Harmony – Choose food and drink selections that complement each other.  After choosing your menu for the cocktail hour, select beverages that will complement menu selections.  For example if you plan on serving Hors d’ oeuvres with a Mexican flair  then flavored Margaritas, Pina Coladas and Sangria are obvious choices.
  • Theme – For an Asian Theme as an example incorporate Cherry blossoms and the beautifully Asian symbol of love and affection throughout the cocktail space. Chinese lanterns can be incorporated into the space at varying heights to give added depth and dimension to the space. For appetizers Chicken Satay with peanut dipping sauce for Shrimp Shumai with Ponzu Dipping Sauce. The signature drink a Passion fruit Saketini.
  • Incorporating professional wedding photo booths, cigar rolling, caricature artists, steel drum tropical band or brightly costumed, interactive dancers to perform a feature dance then mingle with your guests are also great ideas for keeping your guests entertained during cocktail hour.

Set the stage by keeping your cocktail hour fun and festive. Creativity is the key and don’t forget to let your personal vision and style shine vividly.

Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

Bathroom Amenity Baskets
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Bathroom Amenity Baskets

 Bathroom Amenity Baskets

If you’re not familiar with the wedding world, you might be asking yourself what are bathroom amenity baskets or hospitality baskets. Wedding bathroom baskets or amenity baskets are filled with goodies that your friends and family may need while celebrating with you.

The basket doesn’t have to be overly fancy.  Just big enough to hold all of your goodies! Shop the travel-sized aisle to keep costs down.


Bathroom Amenity Baskets

So what’s in the bathroom amenity baskets? I’m so glad that you asked. A little of everything!

Lady’s Room:

~ Mints                                    ~ Hair Elastics

~ Hairspray                             ~ Bobby Pins

~ Tissue                                   ~ Tide-to-Go Stick

~ Spritzer/Perfume                  ~ Lint Roller

~ Mouthwash                          ~ Q-tips

~ Dental Floss                         ~ Clear Nail Polish

~ Hand Lotion                        ~ Mini Sewing Kit

~ Feminine Products               ~ Scissors

~ Blotting Sheets                    ~ Tums

~ Band Aides                          ~ Imodium

~ Moleskin                              ~ Eye Drops

~ Safety Pins                           ~ Advil or Ibuprofen

Items you may not have thought of for the ladies: Earring backs & Double Sided Tape

Men’s Room:

~ Mints                                    ~ Lint roller

~ Hair Gel                               ~ Safety Pins

~ Tissue                                   ~ Mini Sewing Kit

~ Cologne                               ~ Scissors

~ Mouthwash                          ~ Tums

~ Dental Floss                         ~ Imodium

~ Hand Lotion                        ~ Eye Drops

~ Band Aides                          ~ Advil or Ibuprofen

~ Tide-to-Go stick

Items you may not have thought of for the guys: Instant Hem & Cuff Fabric Tape

Want to add an extra “little personal touch”?

Include a framed engagement photo, poem or note next to each basket addressed to your guests. Below are a couple of more well know poem examples.

“Please Help Yourself”

So happy you’re here sharing our special day. But just in case something should go astray:

Please help yourself to the contents within, Mouthwash, hand lotion or ibuprofen

Use what you need, and just leave the rest. For it may be useful to some other guest!

Repair the damage that may have been done, Then quick!  Hurry back and join in the fun! 

~ Compliments of the Bride & Groom ~

Dear Guests,
Whether your skin feels dry or your hair out of place
You’re not feeling so fresh or whatever the case
We’ve put together a basket to help you along
Now hurry back out before you miss the next song!

~ Compliments of the Bride & Groom ~


Are you doing Bathroom Amenity Baskets?  What amenities will you supply your guests?

The baskets are a nice DIY project or one that you can delegate to your wedding planner or bridesmaids.

Happy Planning!

Need an experienced and professional wedding planner? Visit us at  KYM SIGNATURE |  PREMIER SAVANNAH WEDDING PLANNERS

About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding
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Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding

Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding

Men and women seem to want different things when it comes to the overall makeup of their weddings, but everyone can agree that a wedding should be a day you remember for the rest of your life. Make sure you’re planning a day worth remembering by using the wedding tips in this article.

It is a nice gesture to provide wedding favors for everybody, and depending on the size of your wedding and your allotted budget, there are some wallet friendly ideas out there. It can sometimes be more economical to purchase a gift that is high quality as opposed to many small things to fill a favor bag. Items that are a great example of this would be: stationery set, gift certificates, teacup and saucer set, mugs or a box of chocolates. This ensures that you provide a gift for everyone, while still saving some money.

Regardless of whether you are going into a wedding with issues or have the perfect relationship, seek out premarital counseling. Counseling can help increase the chance of having a successful marriage and will teach you a lot of tips that you can put into practice before, during, and after your wedding.

Being the bride of the wedding, you know you will have to stay in your wedding gown for hours upon end. Knowing this before hand, it is of utmost importance that you make sure it is comfortable and doesn’t have anything that will irritate you after hours. Otherwise, you will be miserable for the entire evening!

Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.

Stick together as much as possible during your day. This wedding is about the two of you joining your lives together. Do not let the pressure of trying to spend time with everyone at the gathering keep you apart. Relax, go with the flow and walk among your guests together as a couple and enjoy each other as much as you can in your special moment.

If you are having an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Ideally, you should also have a nearby indoor location that can be accessed at a moment’s notice. Another option you have is to rent a party tent that is big enough to cover your entire wedding party and all of your guests comfortably. Don’t get caught out in the rain.

A wedding is a huge event that most people take extremely seriously, even though the atmosphere is ultimately going to be whimsical and romantic. It’s always a great idea to seek some outside advice for your wedding, and using the tips you’ve read here can help you lighten the load for your big day.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading Seven Easy Tips And Ideas For A Stress-Free Wedding. Please share and leave your comments below.

 About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

KYM Signature | Reception Venues
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Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

The high point of the wedding celebration should be an expression of the couple and the appreciation they feel for their guests. It’s the time when the spotlight is truly on the couple. Of course, the dresses, flowers, cake and dinner are also sharing some of the attention, and choosing the right venue to feature it all together should be the first steps in the planning process.

The best reception venues feature the finest combination of location, convenience, service and ambiance.  Look for the site’s individual style characteristics. The worst reputation any venue can earn is that of a cookie cutter operation. No two couples are alike, and a wedding has to be a very personal statement.

Keep In Mind:  Your reception is the heart of your wedding day.  You will also spend the most time at your reception. The reception sets the tone, theme and personality for your ceremony.

The primary factors to consider in choosing a site are: budget, then number of guests, location preferences, and any sentimental value a certain location holds for you as a couple.

Popular sites for receptions are hotels, clubs and event facilities because they offer the convenience of having everything in one location.

KYM Signature | Reception Venues

As well as scouting every avenue to ensure you find the right place or the right date, there are plenty of other considerations to think of. Here are a few that you should take into consideration while you are searching for wedding reception venues.

  • Is the venue big enough? Will it be able to accommodate the number of guests that you are anticipating?
  • Will your wedding be the only event at the venue on your big day? Weddings tends to over their allotted time, but you shouldn’t feel rushed out before you are ready to wind down or fell neglected because the staff have to tend to another parallel function.
  • Does the venue allow outside catering or insist that you use theirs?
  • Does the venue offer a menu tasting prior to your wedding?
  • Is the venue accessible and easy to find?
  • Are their separate spaces for your cocktail hour and reception?
  • Does the venue have adequate storage for gifts, etc?
  • Can you have open flames?
  • Is confetti, fireworks or sparklers permitted?
  • Is there an option for event signage or marquee?
  • If you opt not to serve alcohol is there still a bar fee? Is there a corkage fee? What is the legal cut-off time to serve alcohol?
  • Do they have a Public Address system for speeches and toasts?
  • Can the photographer/videographer conduct a site visit beforehand to get an idea of what to expect on the big day?
  • And most importantly have you fallen in love with the space?

When it’s all said and done, you need a venue that will effectively set the mood for the entire celebration, but also one that allows for your guests comfort and convenience. Providing ample parking or valet service and a fully functioning air conditioning in the reception facility contributes to your guest’s enjoyment of the celebration.

Look for a venue with more than one set of restrooms, and make sure that they are accessible.  For any venue there may be restrictions on decorations that you can use or the type, duration, or volume of the music.

One final word of advice don’t forget to ask about set-up and break-down times or find out if you can set-up the night before. Also check to see if clean-up services are provided.

 About The Author:  Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature ( Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (

Make Up Magic
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Make Up Magic

Make Up Magic

When it comes to beauty, the first thing any bride-to-be should do is take a good look at their skin care regime. Visit a dermatologist or skin-care experts (you can get recommendations from your doctor, family or friends) to find out exactly what you need to do to get the perfect, healthy skin you want for your wedding day. Ask lots of questions and learn how to take care of your complexion – both your face and your body. One thing you can start doing right away is to drink more water. This flushes toxins out of your skin and your system.

To tan or not to tan? Most brides choose to tan for their weddings. As long as you do this properly, you won’t have to worry about the orange color from a sun-lamp or the redness of being outside. Tan gradually and never excessively. Watch for tan lines – you don’t want them to show. Don’t tan in the week prior to your wedding because your tan needs the time to turn from red (or orange!) to the lovely brown you’re seeking. Another option (which is quite healthy) is a tan-in-a bottle or a spray tan. Test either of these methods well ahead of your wedding for any reactions.

Get a full facial done (not within two weeks of your wedding) to even out your skin tone and give your skin time to heal from any reactions you might have. If you are wearing a strapless gown, get two shades of foundation – one for your face and one for your shoulders.

Powder Is A Must – Flashes from cameras can reflect off your face, making you look hot and greasy. Focus attention to one dramatic part of your face – either the eyes or the lips. A great tip to keep in mind; blush is an accent, not a feature!

Whether you go light, dark or dramatic on your eyes, always use a matte contour in the crease of the eye – never a frost. Save frost shades for the lower lid, slightly under your brow bone or on your lips. Eyeliner is the best product to bring out the glamour for your bridal make up. Reshape or darken your brows with a pencil or powder for better definition. If you are getting your brows waxed (or any part of your face), do it at least three days before your wedding.

Eyelashes are the finishing touch on your wedding look. Try using a eyelash curler for more dramatic lashes. The key is to curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Stay on the safe side – black and waterproof. If you are looking for more than your lashes can give you, get false ones. These are available individually or in strips, so you can choose exactly how much you want. After you’ve applied them, finish your lashes with a thin line of liquid eyeliner to make them look more natural.

Keep your lips simple. Use a lip liner only if you are willing to touch it up all day. Lipstick lasts longer than gloss, but lip gloss is very easy to use for a touch up in a hurry. Pedicures and manicures are a must for your day. Simple and soft shades are usually your best bet a nice touch without overpowering your total look. We hope that you enjoyed our Make Up Magic post. Please comment below if these tips were useful to you in planning on of the most glamorous days of your life.

Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding
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Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding

Planning A Savannah Destination Wedding

Over the past 13 years I have watched Savannah become a  top destination wedding location.  Loaded with rich history, culture, charm and romance,  our beautiful city attracts hundreds of couples yearly. There is no doubt that Savannah provides endless possibilities to the destination bride.

Having a Savannah Destination Wedding  is quite cost effective and can save the prospective couple thousands of dollars on their wedding. Destination weddings  also provide great mini-vacations for the guests.

As Senior Planner for KYM Signature, I have found that the typical destination bride, desires that her wedding be  ultra chic and leave her guests with an indelible  “wow” effect. Assembling family and friends to a destination location such as Savannah creates amazing memories. It can also provide a special place for the bridal couple to come back and celebrate their anniversaries for many years to come.

However, planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with the area. Guest accommodations, travel arrangements, guest transportation, finding the right venue,  locating the perfect photographer  are only a few of the components needed in planning a perfectly executed destination wedding.  There are numerous details and with the bridal couple living so far away oftentimes many of these important get overlooked. The bridal couple should be able to enjoy their celebration, instead of worrying about caterers, photographers or timing the delivery of the bridal flowers.

I believe that proper planning and all of the intimate and signature details are the keys to having a “Fabulous” Destination Wedding. Hiring a local planner to handle all of the details, both large and small is one of the best decisions that a bride can make in the destination wedding planning process. By hiring a local planner a bride alleviates  an enormous amount of stress.

A planner assists in finding the perfect wedding and reception venue, securing vendors, making telephone calls. and  running errands.  Another reason hiring a planner is beneficial is that they save you from making unnecessary trips to the destination location. A planner also takes care of everything behind the scenes on your wedding day, therefore allowing you time to relax and have fun.  The  goal for each of my destination brides is to have a Fabulous, Memorable, Stress  and Hassle Free Day!

When  planning a destination wedding flexibility is a must!. An enormous  amount of destination weddings takes place in Savannah’s  Historic Parks and Squares.   A back-up or alternative plan is another crucial  detail when planning a destination wedding that happens to be outside.  Another benefit of having a local point of contact is they are capable of spinning on a dime in the event of inclement weather. This is very helpful  as you want nothing short of a smooth transition for you and your guests into the back-up plan or location.

How does one select the right destination wedding planner?  I recommend  calling the Better Business Bureau, the local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitor’s Bureau. They have resources available right at their fingertips and  can offer you invaluable assistance with locating the right  local planner. is another great online resource as it puts Savannah’s best right at your finger tips.  One of the many features of that I love, is there are vendor reviews and testimonies directly on the vendor’s profile from previous clients.

This gives you a wonderful feel for the planner and is an important resource for the decision making process.

Local planners are a wealth of knowledge and most often they have wedding packets on hand from various vendors that list the services that you will need to plan your dream destination wedding.

From my experience in the industry, having  a  team of knowledgeable professionals  lays a solid foundation and helps to insure that your wedding day will be one of  the best days of your life.  A stress-free  engagement is truly possible and you can be confident that your special day will be everything that you imagined it to be!