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By Invitation Only...Event Planning & Design

Columbia , SC
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4450 Woodside Haven
Columbia, SC US 29206 (map)

PHONE

803-467-9822

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ABOUT US

From quietly elegant to wonderfully extravagant, By Invitation Only… creates weddings and other glorious events that are filled with emotion and a timeless sense of wonder. Melanie... Read more
From quietly elegant to wonderfully extravagant, By Invitation Only… creates weddings and other glorious events that are filled with emotion and a timeless sense of wonder. Melanie Murphy and her team work with their clients to create memorable experiences. Whether working with classic elements or the latest cutting edge trends, she strives to bring your dream to life! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Destination, Double Weddings, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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McKenzie
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Hiring By Invitation Only was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. They were worth every PENNY & more. If you're thinking about hiring anyone else in Columbia, just don't. No one compares. By Invitation Only went above & beyond for our wedding. Melanie & her team were there from day 1 to help us navigate vendor negotiations & decide on details. Their experience in the wedding planning business truly sets them apart from other wedding planners in town. No matter the issue we faced Melanie stepped in to help us find a quick solution. Without her I would have pulled my hair out during the planning process. On the day of her team was right there by our sides. We didn't have to worry about a thing. Their team was there to handle every detail for us, our family, wedding party & guests. The ensured our other vendors were taken care of and executed every detail perfectly. They even took extra steps to incorporate little details as a part of the decor that really spoke to who we were as a couple. I cannot say enough good things about the team at By Invitation Only.
Hiring By Invitation Only was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. They were worth every PENNY & Read more...
Hiring By Invitation Only was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. They were worth every PENNY & more. If you're thinking about hiring anyone else in Columbia, just don't. No one compares. By Invitation Only went above & beyond for our wedding. Melanie & her team were there from day 1 to help us navigate vendor negotiations & decide on details. Their experience in the wedding planning business truly sets them apart from other wedding planners in town. No matter the issue we faced Melanie stepped in to help us find a quick solution. Without her I would have pulled my hair out during the planning process. On the day of her team was right there by our sides. We didn't have to worry about a thing. Their team was there to handle every detail for us, our family, wedding party & guests. The ensured our other vendors were taken care of and executed every detail perfectly. They even took extra steps to incorporate little details as a part of the decor that really spoke to who we were as a couple. I cannot say enough good things about the team at By Invitation Only. Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
1/4/2014
5.0/5.0
I am one of those brides that knew almost everything I wanted for my wedding. I had no problem contacting my vendors and organizing everything. I guess you could say I am slightly controlling, organized and a bit OCD. All this being said is why I had Melanie for my day of planning and coordinating for my reception. I had full faith that she and her team would handle everything from decorating the reception hall to the timeline of our party. We met with her to go over layouts and she had great suggestions to add an even more individual and unique touches to our wedding reception. Loved working with Melanie! So talented!!
I am one of those brides that knew almost everything I wanted for my wedding. I had no problem contacting my vendors and Read more...
I am one of those brides that knew almost everything I wanted for my wedding. I had no problem contacting my vendors and organizing everything. I guess you could say I am slightly controlling, organized and a bit OCD. All this being said is why I had Melanie for my day of planning and coordinating for my reception. I had full faith that she and her team would handle everything from decorating the reception hall to the timeline of our party. We met with her to go over layouts and she had great suggestions to add an even more individual and unique touches to our wedding reception. Loved working with Melanie! So talented!! Read less
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Aimee
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her team are the best! I have worked with them on a professional level over the years and there was no question in my mind of who to turn to when it was time for my big day. Melanie saw my vision and ran with it. They made my wedding perfect and exactly what I envisioned! Melanie and her team are prompt, curtious and professional to say the least! For a day so special, there is no one else I would trust! Thank you Melanie and By Invitation Only girls!!!
Melanie and her team are the best! I have worked with them on a professional level over the years and there was no Read more...
Melanie and her team are the best! I have worked with them on a professional level over the years and there was no question in my mind of who to turn to when it was time for my big day. Melanie saw my vision and ran with it. They made my wedding perfect and exactly what I envisioned! Melanie and her team are prompt, curtious and professional to say the least! For a day so special, there is no one else I would trust! Thank you Melanie and By Invitation Only girls!!! Read less
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Moriah
Wedding:
6/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only helped me plan the wedding of my dreams. She was absolutely amazing from day one! She listened closely to everything I had to say, and even when I found myself lost for words, she read my thoughts clearly and was able to convey them in her design. She took my ideas and truly developed them into something far greater than I could have imagined! She was so meticulous on every detail from the up lighting on our naked wedding cake, to the sequined table cloth on our sweetheart table. She allowed me to be involved in anything I wanted, make every change I desired, and even leave tasks completely up to her (being that wedding planning is so over-whelming, with so many decisions!) Overall I could not have asked for a better friend to also me my wedding planner. The only thing that could make me happier than my wonderful wedding designed by Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only, is being called Mrs. Halacka for the rest of my life. <3
Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only helped me plan the wedding of my dreams. She was absolutely amazing from day one! Read more...
Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only helped me plan the wedding of my dreams. She was absolutely amazing from day one! She listened closely to everything I had to say, and even when I found myself lost for words, she read my thoughts clearly and was able to convey them in her design. She took my ideas and truly developed them into something far greater than I could have imagined! She was so meticulous on every detail from the up lighting on our naked wedding cake, to the sequined table cloth on our sweetheart table. She allowed me to be involved in anything I wanted, make every change I desired, and even leave tasks completely up to her (being that wedding planning is so over-whelming, with so many decisions!) Overall I could not have asked for a better friend to also me my wedding planner. The only thing that could make me happier than my wonderful wedding designed by Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only, is being called Mrs. Halacka for the rest of my life. <3 Read less
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Celita
Wedding:
5/25/2013
4.9/5.0
I can not say enough about how wonderful By Invitation Only was. Melanie and her team managed to take my ideas and vision to a whole other level than what I imagined. Not only did everything look and feel perfect for our wedding, but I was able to enjoy the day without any stress. BIO handled all the things that I didn't want to fool with on my wedding day- errands, setting up, tearing down, cleaning up, questions from guests. I just showed up and had fun, and that's how your wedding should be! Using Melanie's in-stock items also helped me to save money, which basically let her services pay for themselves. Using BIO was the best decision I made- other than picking the right groom, of course!
I can not say enough about how wonderful By Invitation Only was. Melanie and her team managed to take my ideas and vision Read more...
I can not say enough about how wonderful By Invitation Only was. Melanie and her team managed to take my ideas and vision to a whole other level than what I imagined. Not only did everything look and feel perfect for our wedding, but I was able to enjoy the day without any stress. BIO handled all the things that I didn't want to fool with on my wedding day- errands, setting up, tearing down, cleaning up, questions from guests. I just showed up and had fun, and that's how your wedding should be! Using Melanie's in-stock items also helped me to save money, which basically let her services pay for themselves. Using BIO was the best decision I made- other than picking the right groom, of course! Read less
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Angie
Wedding:
5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow, where would we have been without Melanie and the team at By Invitation Only? Our big day was more than we could have ever imagined and the best part is all we did was show up! We had a 13 month engagement so we had plenty of time to overthink things but Melanie was awesome about being impartial and showing us all the options. She listened and used her knowledge to get us in touch with the best vendors for us. As the new age of the "pinterest bride" emerges it can put so much stress on the bride. Melanie helped me create a beautiful setting with crafty touches, something I wouldn't have been able to do on my own. Melanie added value every step of the way, especially 20 minutes before we walked down the aisle and the sky opened up! She stepped into action and moved the ceremony and still made it absolutely gorgeous! I am so thankful we hired Melanie and By Invitation Only because they made our day stress-free and perfect!
Wow, where would we have been without Melanie and the team at By Invitation Only? Our big day was more than we could have Read more...
Wow, where would we have been without Melanie and the team at By Invitation Only? Our big day was more than we could have ever imagined and the best part is all we did was show up! We had a 13 month engagement so we had plenty of time to overthink things but Melanie was awesome about being impartial and showing us all the options. She listened and used her knowledge to get us in touch with the best vendors for us. As the new age of the "pinterest bride" emerges it can put so much stress on the bride. Melanie helped me create a beautiful setting with crafty touches, something I wouldn't have been able to do on my own. Melanie added value every step of the way, especially 20 minutes before we walked down the aisle and the sky opened up! She stepped into action and moved the ceremony and still made it absolutely gorgeous! I am so thankful we hired Melanie and By Invitation Only because they made our day stress-free and perfect! Read less
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Tiffani
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
There aren't enough adjectives to describe how awesome Melanie's services were for our wedding. Her creativity, level of detail, and organization were EXACTLY what I needed in planning my wedding. Since we live out of state, we knew it was very important that we find someone with great responsivness, and Melanie was awesome at keeping us in the loop and replying to calls/texts/emails/you name it.

I loved bouncing my ideas off of her and how she was able to expand on my vision for the wedding. From the beginning, she 'got' what I wanted to create and that was an amazing feeling - being able to trust the planner to plan the event that I was imagining.

I would HIGHLY recommend Melanie's services. I know that my wedding was as awesome as it was due to her attention to detail and her great talents in planning and design.
There aren't enough adjectives to describe how awesome Melanie's services were for our wedding. Her creativity, level of Read more...
There aren't enough adjectives to describe how awesome Melanie's services were for our wedding. Her creativity, level of detail, and organization were EXACTLY what I needed in planning my wedding. Since we live out of state, we knew it was very important that we find someone with great responsivness, and Melanie was awesome at keeping us in the loop and replying to calls/texts/emails/you name it.

I loved bouncing my ideas off of her and how she was able to expand on my vision for the wedding. From the beginning, she 'got' what I wanted to create and that was an amazing feeling - being able to trust the planner to plan the event that I was imagining.

I would HIGHLY recommend Melanie's services. I know that my wedding was as awesome as it was due to her attention to detail and her great talents in planning and design. Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Melanie and the BIO team are the best event planners you could ever work with. Melanie will exceed your expectations and perfectly capture your ideas and vision of your reception. Not only is her creativity abundant, she handles all the little things that you never think about -- meaning less stress for the bride! Melanie kept the day going, keeping everything on schedule and handling everything that could possibly come up. Having an event planner is often thought of as unnecessary, but using BIO was the best decision I could have made!
Melanie and the BIO team are the best event planners you could ever work with. Melanie will exceed your expectations and Read more...
Melanie and the BIO team are the best event planners you could ever work with. Melanie will exceed your expectations and perfectly capture your ideas and vision of your reception. Not only is her creativity abundant, she handles all the little things that you never think about -- meaning less stress for the bride! Melanie kept the day going, keeping everything on schedule and handling everything that could possibly come up. Having an event planner is often thought of as unnecessary, but using BIO was the best decision I could have made! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Melanie and the By Invitation Only team helped to make all of my wedding dreams become a reality!! She was a huge help throughout the whole wedding process with vendor recommendations, amazing design ideas, and was willing and available to help out with any questions that I had. My wedding day was stress free and totally enjoyable because I knew Melanie had it all under control. Melanie's expert design ideas helped to make my wedding and reception ALL that I have ever dreamed about and more!!
Melanie and the By Invitation Only team helped to make all of my wedding dreams become a reality!! She was a huge help Read more...
Melanie and the By Invitation Only team helped to make all of my wedding dreams become a reality!! She was a huge help throughout the whole wedding process with vendor recommendations, amazing design ideas, and was willing and available to help out with any questions that I had. My wedding day was stress free and totally enjoyable because I knew Melanie had it all under control. Melanie's expert design ideas helped to make my wedding and reception ALL that I have ever dreamed about and more!! Read less
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Debbie
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter was at school in MD, I was in OH and the wedding along with future son in law was in SC. Melanie was very professional and eased our worries and fears as we planned this special day. Her ideas were fabulous and the compliments from our guests were numerous. If ever we have any kind of event in Columbia, SC again. I will definitely hire Melanie. She was a pleasure to work with. Thank you very much.. Debbie Burwell
My daughter was at school in MD, I was in OH and the wedding along with future son in law was in SC. Melanie was very Read more...
My daughter was at school in MD, I was in OH and the wedding along with future son in law was in SC. Melanie was very professional and eased our worries and fears as we planned this special day. Her ideas were fabulous and the compliments from our guests were numerous. If ever we have any kind of event in Columbia, SC again. I will definitely hire Melanie. She was a pleasure to work with. Thank you very much.. Debbie Burwell Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her team did a wonderful job! She took care of everything, which was extremely helpful when I was out of state for 4 months! It almost felt as if all I had to do was show up to say my "I do's"! Thanks Melanie!!
Melanie and her team did a wonderful job! She took care of everything, which was extremely helpful when I was out of state Read more...
Melanie and her team did a wonderful job! She took care of everything, which was extremely helpful when I was out of state for 4 months! It almost felt as if all I had to do was show up to say my "I do's"! Thanks Melanie!! Read less
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De Andra
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her team are THE BEST planners in the state! Melanie sat down and discussed what I wanted the look of our wedding to be and she brought it to life! She realized that I was the anti-"Princess Bride" and I wanted the movie star treatment. That is exactly what I got! She took every idea I had and made it a reality! No task was ever to big or too small for her or her team to accomplish. From hanging up our picture wall, to making custom chandeliers Melanie made it all happen. She designed the look of our tables, determined the set up for our ceremony and reception and made sure the entire day went off without a hitch. If there was ever a problem she handled it so that I could focus on marrying the man I love. Melanie and her team are the embodiment of the word professional and any bride is lucky to have her. She can take the most abstract thought in your head (mine was vintage old hollywood) and make it a reality. She is a miracle worker, a fairy god-mother, a florist, a handy-woman,a shoulder to cry on, and so much more all wrapped up into one. I owe the success of my wedding to her and her team and I wish there was a way to really thank her! If you are planning a wedding HIRE HER!!! She is awesome!
Melanie and her team are THE BEST planners in the state! Melanie sat down and discussed what I wanted the look of our Read more...
Melanie and her team are THE BEST planners in the state! Melanie sat down and discussed what I wanted the look of our wedding to be and she brought it to life! She realized that I was the anti-"Princess Bride" and I wanted the movie star treatment. That is exactly what I got! She took every idea I had and made it a reality! No task was ever to big or too small for her or her team to accomplish. From hanging up our picture wall, to making custom chandeliers Melanie made it all happen. She designed the look of our tables, determined the set up for our ceremony and reception and made sure the entire day went off without a hitch. If there was ever a problem she handled it so that I could focus on marrying the man I love. Melanie and her team are the embodiment of the word professional and any bride is lucky to have her. She can take the most abstract thought in your head (mine was vintage old hollywood) and make it a reality. She is a miracle worker, a fairy god-mother, a florist, a handy-woman,a shoulder to cry on, and so much more all wrapped up into one. I owe the success of my wedding to her and her team and I wish there was a way to really thank her! If you are planning a wedding HIRE HER!!! She is awesome! Read less
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killerpenguins05
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Melanie and her team. They have a storage house of "stuff" that you get to use if you use her as your coordinator. They did draping, set-up, clean-up, serving, and coordinating. Her team made everything run so seamlessly. It was a dream working with her. I also loved that she is so down-to-earth and gives you a reality check if you start freaking and reminds you to breathe.
I cannot say enough good things about Melanie and her team. They have a storage house of "stuff" that you get to use if Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Melanie and her team. They have a storage house of "stuff" that you get to use if you use her as your coordinator. They did draping, set-up, clean-up, serving, and coordinating. Her team made everything run so seamlessly. It was a dream working with her. I also loved that she is so down-to-earth and gives you a reality check if you start freaking and reminds you to breathe. Read less
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Creighton
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
The B.I.O. team was a joy to work with. They are professional and have innovative ideas. They take what you envision and run with it! =) The day of our wedding I was at total ease knowing that I had the day was in great hands...I even cried when I first saw the venue...It was even more than I had imagined. I can't imagine planning a wedding without this staff! They put you in touch with the perfect vendors and are present at every meeting so that the day of everyone is on the same page. I could go on and on, but words cannot describe how thankful I am to have had them there on our wedding day.
The B.I.O. team was a joy to work with. They are professional and have innovative ideas. They take what you envision and Read more...
The B.I.O. team was a joy to work with. They are professional and have innovative ideas. They take what you envision and run with it! =) The day of our wedding I was at total ease knowing that I had the day was in great hands...I even cried when I first saw the venue...It was even more than I had imagined. I can't imagine planning a wedding without this staff! They put you in touch with the perfect vendors and are present at every meeting so that the day of everyone is on the same page. I could go on and on, but words cannot describe how thankful I am to have had them there on our wedding day. Read less
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Trudy
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good words about Melanie. She is so professional and made me feel so at ease during our wedding weekend. Everything was perfect! Her and her staff were so organized. I would HIGHLY recommend Melanie to anyone who's looking for the best wedding planner. We used Melanie to coordinate our wedding weekend and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Every single detail of the weekend was set up perfectly. The one time I was stressing out she stepped in and took control of the situation. She is the best in the business and our wedding weekend would not have been the same without her.
I cannot say enough good words about Melanie. She is so professional and made me feel so at ease during our wedding Read more...
I cannot say enough good words about Melanie. She is so professional and made me feel so at ease during our wedding weekend. Everything was perfect! Her and her staff were so organized. I would HIGHLY recommend Melanie to anyone who's looking for the best wedding planner. We used Melanie to coordinate our wedding weekend and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Every single detail of the weekend was set up perfectly. The one time I was stressing out she stepped in and took control of the situation. She is the best in the business and our wedding weekend would not have been the same without her. Read less
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brittanydodgen
Wedding:
11/18/2011
4.8/5.0
Melanie and her team were the planners for my now sister-in-law's wedding a few years ago. The wedding was gorgeous and my sister-in-law raved about how much help they'd been. We chose her because we trusted that she would get the job done. We are GLAD we chose her because she went above and beyond in every aspect. The design was gorgeous. She brought soo many things from her inventory and while some of the design ideas were my own, she took them to a whole new level. Our main focus was personalization. I wanted people to pull up to our venue and say oh yeh! David and Brittany are getting married here! I briefly told her what our vision for the day was and she immediately countered with beautiful, amazing, unique ideas that really made our wedding a one of a kind event. Through and through, the day was uniquely ours. The design elements of our wedding looked like things we would decorate our own house with and those were EXACTLY the details we were going for. Her ability to stay organized and her unwavering time management skills are out of this world. The day of the wedding, she was totally calm and even though hair, makeup, and pictures ran late and a bridesmaid showed up 3 hours late, she was completely unaffected. She gave off a vibe that everything would be fine and encouraged everyone to just focus on being happy. Her calmness was contagious and her words of encouragement throughout the day were so uplifting, it was hard not to feel giddy! Hiring Melanie and her team was money very well spent. Even if you're on a shoestring budget, find a way to fit this in. A fantastic planner with design ideas that rival some of the best i've ever seen is going to make the difference between a wedding people attend and a wedding people REMEMBER. we love you Melanie!!! - the dodgens <3
Melanie and her team were the planners for my now sister-in-law's wedding a few years ago. The wedding was gorgeous and my Read more...
Melanie and her team were the planners for my now sister-in-law's wedding a few years ago. The wedding was gorgeous and my sister-in-law raved about how much help they'd been. We chose her because we trusted that she would get the job done. We are GLAD we chose her because she went above and beyond in every aspect. The design was gorgeous. She brought soo many things from her inventory and while some of the design ideas were my own, she took them to a whole new level. Our main focus was personalization. I wanted people to pull up to our venue and say oh yeh! David and Brittany are getting married here! I briefly told her what our vision for the day was and she immediately countered with beautiful, amazing, unique ideas that really made our wedding a one of a kind event. Through and through, the day was uniquely ours. The design elements of our wedding looked like things we would decorate our own house with and those were EXACTLY the details we were going for. Her ability to stay organized and her unwavering time management skills are out of this world. The day of the wedding, she was totally calm and even though hair, makeup, and pictures ran late and a bridesmaid showed up 3 hours late, she was completely unaffected. She gave off a vibe that everything would be fine and encouraged everyone to just focus on being happy. Her calmness was contagious and her words of encouragement throughout the day were so uplifting, it was hard not to feel giddy! Hiring Melanie and her team was money very well spent. Even if you're on a shoestring budget, find a way to fit this in. A fantastic planner with design ideas that rival some of the best i've ever seen is going to make the difference between a wedding people attend and a wedding people REMEMBER. we love you Melanie!!! - the dodgens <3 Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
By Invitation Only is simply wonderful! They were recommended to me by 2 friends and I am so glad that I chose their team to help me with my wedding! Melanie was so great with taking my ideas and turning them in to something amazing. She and her team are extremely talented and I could not have done it without them! Melanie added so many special details that helped make my wedding fabulous. She made sure that everything ran smoothly and that my mother and I didn't have to worry about a single thing! I would definitely recommend By Invitation Only!
By Invitation Only is simply wonderful! They were recommended to me by 2 friends and I am so glad that I chose their team Read more...
By Invitation Only is simply wonderful! They were recommended to me by 2 friends and I am so glad that I chose their team to help me with my wedding! Melanie was so great with taking my ideas and turning them in to something amazing. She and her team are extremely talented and I could not have done it without them! Melanie added so many special details that helped make my wedding fabulous. She made sure that everything ran smoothly and that my mother and I didn't have to worry about a single thing! I would definitely recommend By Invitation Only! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
The best decision we made was hiring Melanie Murphy with By Invitation Only as our wedding planner. She picked up on my daughter's taste immediately! Her expertise and professionalism allowed our daughter to have the wedding of her dreams. Melanie and her entire staff worked diligently so that every detail of Brittany's wedding and reception was exactly what she had hoped for. Melanie was always available to answer any questions or offer any suggestions that we might need. Brittany refers to Melanie as her "fairy godmother". We have 3 daughters and we look forward to working with Melanie again in the future!!
The best decision we made was hiring Melanie Murphy with By Invitation Only as our wedding planner. She picked up on my Read more...
The best decision we made was hiring Melanie Murphy with By Invitation Only as our wedding planner. She picked up on my daughter's taste immediately! Her expertise and professionalism allowed our daughter to have the wedding of her dreams. Melanie and her entire staff worked diligently so that every detail of Brittany's wedding and reception was exactly what she had hoped for. Melanie was always available to answer any questions or offer any suggestions that we might need. Brittany refers to Melanie as her "fairy godmother". We have 3 daughters and we look forward to working with Melanie again in the future!! Read less
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bonnieblue82
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
BIO is THE best investment I made for my entire wedding. Melanie learned my vision and made it come to life. I didn't worry about a thing... and she even made sure I had a plate of food!
BIO is THE best investment I made for my entire wedding. Melanie learned my vision and made it come to life. I didn't Read more...
BIO is THE best investment I made for my entire wedding. Melanie learned my vision and made it come to life. I didn't worry about a thing... and she even made sure I had a plate of food! Read less
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Tyler
Wedding:
6/11/2011
4.9/5.0
Melanie and her team were wonderful! I had the easiest, most stress-free wedding! I was able to plan and then relax and enjoy my day, knowing that everything was in Melanie's hands! I want to do it all over again!
Melanie and her team were wonderful! I had the easiest, most stress-free wedding! I was able to plan and then relax and Read more...
Melanie and her team were wonderful! I had the easiest, most stress-free wedding! I was able to plan and then relax and enjoy my day, knowing that everything was in Melanie's hands! I want to do it all over again! Read less
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Dell
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
listened to what bride wanted to have for her reception. followed the bride's wishes to a tee
listened to what bride wanted to have for her reception. followed the bride's wishes to a tee
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Melanie and her staff executed everything beautifully. She really made my dreams come true. There was absolutely no stress on me or my parents the day of, which is what I really wanted. Flawless and fabulous!!!
I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Melanie and her staff executed everything beautifully. She really made my Read more...
I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Melanie and her staff executed everything beautifully. She really made my dreams come true. There was absolutely no stress on me or my parents the day of, which is what I really wanted. Flawless and fabulous!!! Read less
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adoswalt
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her team at BIO were absolutely AMAZING! As a bride, I knew I didn't want to be stressed out with decorating and trying to plan my wedding. Melanie handled everything and gave me peace of mind about my wedding. I knew that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. From decorations to walking down the aisle, Melanie did a fabulous job with everything!
Melanie and her team at BIO were absolutely AMAZING! As a bride, I knew I didn't want to be stressed out with decorating Read more...
Melanie and her team at BIO were absolutely AMAZING! As a bride, I knew I didn't want to be stressed out with decorating and trying to plan my wedding. Melanie handled everything and gave me peace of mind about my wedding. I knew that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. From decorations to walking down the aisle, Melanie did a fabulous job with everything! Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
By Invitation Only met all my needs and expectations! They were attentive, well organized, friendly and professional! I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with!
By Invitation Only met all my needs and expectations! They were attentive, well organized, friendly and professional! I Read more...
By Invitation Only met all my needs and expectations! They were attentive, well organized, friendly and professional! I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
I wish I could give Melanie a million stars! Other than the wedding itself she was my favorite part. I have never had so much joy working with someone. We truly clicked creating my wedding. I interviewed several planners and from the moment we started talking we were on the same page. I felt so comfortable telling her what I liked and didn't like and she really just got my vision. There isn't anymore to it. When I walked in the day of my wedding it had all come together perfectly. She handles herself like a pro and when it looked like rain she quickly smoothed everything over and moved things inside and kept right on going. I feel like I not only got a wedding planner but a friend and someone who made my day the most perfect ever. Thanks Melanie and team - you truly are the best!
I wish I could give Melanie a million stars! Other than the wedding itself she was my favorite part. I have never had so Read more...
I wish I could give Melanie a million stars! Other than the wedding itself she was my favorite part. I have never had so much joy working with someone. We truly clicked creating my wedding. I interviewed several planners and from the moment we started talking we were on the same page. I felt so comfortable telling her what I liked and didn't like and she really just got my vision. There isn't anymore to it. When I walked in the day of my wedding it had all come together perfectly. She handles herself like a pro and when it looked like rain she quickly smoothed everything over and moved things inside and kept right on going. I feel like I not only got a wedding planner but a friend and someone who made my day the most perfect ever. Thanks Melanie and team - you truly are the best! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Leigh Ellen
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We contracted with Melanie in June 2010 for our March 2011 wedding, and chose the \"medium\" level of services, which included day of coordination as well as assistance with design and coordination throughout the planning process. I should also mention that we were planning our Columbia wedding from our current home of Washington, DC, which posed extra challenges. Melanie is a consummate professional who was always open and encouraging of our ideas and responsive to my frequent emails:) She came up with creative solutions to design challenges and saved us so much money on rentals due to her extensive collection of decor items she maintains in-house. Melanie and her team coordinated with all of our vendors on the day of the wedding, and I felt that our vision was executed perfectly. My mom and I didn\'t have to worry about anything on the wedding day, and Melanie was a calming influence for me as a bride. Her team worked efficiently and seamlessly behind the scenes to orchestrate every little detail. I would recommend her without reservations to any bride!
We contracted with Melanie in June 2010 for our March 2011 wedding, and chose the \"medium\" level of services, which Read more...
We contracted with Melanie in June 2010 for our March 2011 wedding, and chose the \"medium\" level of services, which included day of coordination as well as assistance with design and coordination throughout the planning process. I should also mention that we were planning our Columbia wedding from our current home of Washington, DC, which posed extra challenges. Melanie is a consummate professional who was always open and encouraging of our ideas and responsive to my frequent emails:) She came up with creative solutions to design challenges and saved us so much money on rentals due to her extensive collection of decor items she maintains in-house. Melanie and her team coordinated with all of our vendors on the day of the wedding, and I felt that our vision was executed perfectly. My mom and I didn\'t have to worry about anything on the wedding day, and Melanie was a calming influence for me as a bride. Her team worked efficiently and seamlessly behind the scenes to orchestrate every little detail. I would recommend her without reservations to any bride! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Laura
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Melanie Murphy and her team from By Invitation Only were absolutely amazing!! I dont know how I could have done it without her! She is an extremely talented planner and decorative designer! She helped save me soooo much money too with all the decor for the reception! She is extremely professional, kind, and just so willing to do ANYTHING for you!! I wish I could get married again just to work with her again!! :) If you are getting married and thinking about getting a wedding planner, it is totalllllyyy worth it!
Melanie Murphy and her team from By Invitation Only were absolutely amazing!! I dont know how I could have done it without Read more...
Melanie Murphy and her team from By Invitation Only were absolutely amazing!! I dont know how I could have done it without her! She is an extremely talented planner and decorative designer! She helped save me soooo much money too with all the decor for the reception! She is extremely professional, kind, and just so willing to do ANYTHING for you!! I wish I could get married again just to work with her again!! :) If you are getting married and thinking about getting a wedding planner, it is totalllllyyy worth it! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
1/2/2010
4.8/5.0
I would have been an absolute wreck if I didn't have Melanie Murphy to help me on the day of - with set up, organization, cleanup, and decorations. She's great and well worth the expense. We didn't have to rent anything for the event because she just has it already.

For the catering - make sure you tell the caterer a slightly smaller number of guests. I was truthful with the number, but then we had a lot of no-shows and there was a lot of left over food. We told the caterer 165, but should have stuck with 150.

A videographer for the evening is actually a good idea. I can't remember much of anything!
I would have been an absolute wreck if I didn't have Melanie Murphy to help me on the day of - with set up, organization, Read more...
I would have been an absolute wreck if I didn't have Melanie Murphy to help me on the day of - with set up, organization, cleanup, and decorations. She's great and well worth the expense. We didn't have to rent anything for the event because she just has it already.

For the catering - make sure you tell the caterer a slightly smaller number of guests. I was truthful with the number, but then we had a lot of no-shows and there was a lot of left over food. We told the caterer 165, but should have stuck with 150.

A videographer for the evening is actually a good idea. I can't remember much of anything! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Ashli
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Melanie did a wonderful job with our October wedding. Her ideas were wonderful and the decor was beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing! Thanks Melanie for giving us a beautiful day.
Melanie did a wonderful job with our October wedding. Her ideas were wonderful and the decor was beautiful. I wouldn't Read more...
Melanie did a wonderful job with our October wedding. Her ideas were wonderful and the decor was beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing! Thanks Melanie for giving us a beautiful day. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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n
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Melanie is awesome. My wedding was in Charleston, and despite the difference in distance, she was always there for us. Our wedding was amazing. It was everything I had pictured. Melanie basically paid for herself in all of the savings she made for us. She saved us around 2 grand on our caterer. She also has a supply of decorative items her clients can use (vases, lanterns, ottomans, couches, candle holders, cake stands etc). Since I did my own flowers, this also saved us a bunch of money. I would highly recommend her!
Melanie is awesome. My wedding was in Charleston, and despite the difference in distance, she was always there for us. Our Read more...
Melanie is awesome. My wedding was in Charleston, and despite the difference in distance, she was always there for us. Our wedding was amazing. It was everything I had pictured. Melanie basically paid for herself in all of the savings she made for us. She saved us around 2 grand on our caterer. She also has a supply of decorative items her clients can use (vases, lanterns, ottomans, couches, candle holders, cake stands etc). Since I did my own flowers, this also saved us a bunch of money. I would highly recommend her! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Libby
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.9/5.0
By Invitation Only was a fantastic service! On my wedding day I was able to leave all of the decorating details to By Invitation Only and didn't have to worry about our reception venue set up. They were there before the big day to give creative advice and there on my wedding day to be of assistance with what ever I needed, no matter how small. They were very professional, but also very fun to work with! I highly recommend using By Invitation Only!
By Invitation Only was a fantastic service! On my wedding day I was able to leave all of the decorating details to By Read more...
By Invitation Only was a fantastic service! On my wedding day I was able to leave all of the decorating details to By Invitation Only and didn't have to worry about our reception venue set up. They were there before the big day to give creative advice and there on my wedding day to be of assistance with what ever I needed, no matter how small. They were very professional, but also very fun to work with! I highly recommend using By Invitation Only! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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coxse
Wedding:
4/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her staff were so awesome to work with! She made my day everything I wanted and more. It went so smoothly. Melanie went above and beyond to make sure that each and every detail was perfect. When we had a catering kink, she saved the day! She transformed our vision into the most beautiful wedding day of my dreams!
I HIGHLY recommend Melanie and By Invitation Only for your planning needs!
Melanie and her staff were so awesome to work with! She made my day everything I wanted and more. It went so smoothly. Read more...
Melanie and her staff were so awesome to work with! She made my day everything I wanted and more. It went so smoothly. Melanie went above and beyond to make sure that each and every detail was perfect. When we had a catering kink, she saved the day! She transformed our vision into the most beautiful wedding day of my dreams!
I HIGHLY recommend Melanie and By Invitation Only for your planning needs! Read less
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holly
Wedding:
2/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Melanie was absolutely amazing. We never would have been able to coordinate this kind of wedding without her help. She took care of every detail and helped us make decisions to make our day special and truly unique to our tastes.
Melanie was absolutely amazing. We never would have been able to coordinate this kind of wedding without her help. She Read more...
Melanie was absolutely amazing. We never would have been able to coordinate this kind of wedding without her help. She took care of every detail and helped us make decisions to make our day special and truly unique to our tastes. Read less
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Kristy
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
I am so happy that I chose to go with a wedding planner for my wedding. By Invitation Only was the perfect choice! Melanie has a wonderful attention to detail and she made me feel like I was the only bride she was working with at the time! I have and will continue to recommend her services to any brides I know!!
I am so happy that I chose to go with a wedding planner for my wedding. By Invitation Only was the perfect choice! Melanie Read more...
I am so happy that I chose to go with a wedding planner for my wedding. By Invitation Only was the perfect choice! Melanie has a wonderful attention to detail and she made me feel like I was the only bride she was working with at the time! I have and will continue to recommend her services to any brides I know!! Read less
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scrapbookerlaura
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.9/5.0
Melanie was great to work with. She was very detailed oriented so I was confident that our wedding would be executed as we planned. She went out of her way to meet with us (drove an 1 1/2 hours to our house) which was wonderful for us. I would absolutely recommend her to another couple.
Melanie was great to work with. She was very detailed oriented so I was confident that our wedding would be executed as we Read more...
Melanie was great to work with. She was very detailed oriented so I was confident that our wedding would be executed as we planned. She went out of her way to meet with us (drove an 1 1/2 hours to our house) which was wonderful for us. I would absolutely recommend her to another couple. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Cammie
Wedding:
6/21/2008
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her staff made my big day a dream come true. I could not have asked for more. My vision came true with the help of Melanie and her staff. She is so professional and has an eye for the little details which mean so much. Everything was truly wonderful and I hope I get to work with her again.
Melanie and her staff made my big day a dream come true. I could not have asked for more. My vision came true with the Read more...
Melanie and her staff made my big day a dream come true. I could not have asked for more. My vision came true with the help of Melanie and her staff. She is so professional and has an eye for the little details which mean so much. Everything was truly wonderful and I hope I get to work with her again. Read less
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Kelli
Wedding:
2/2/2008
5.0/5.0
By Invitation Only provided us with exceptional service. By the time we contacted Melanie, my Mom and I had already taken care of a lot of the basics, but Melanie helped us to fill in the gaps and make sure all of our t's were crossed and i's dotted. She was indispensable in dealing with all of the details that made our wedding day so perfect. I did not worry about anything on my wedding day because I knew that it would be taken care of and it was. My ceremony was very small and over an hour from my reception site, but Melanie made sure that everything went as planned and on schedule including delivering the cake, helping with flowers, organizing picture schedule and videographers, and keeping the wedding party, guests, and even officiant in the right places at the right time. It all went without a hitch and we didn't even have a rehearsal. While all of this was going on we didn't even give a thought to set up at our reception site because we knew that it was all being taken care of and indeed it was. Melanie organized all of our vendors, set up, and decorated our reception site and then took care of everything after it was all over. Prior to the wedding she was always available and met with us personally whenever requested. Her services were priceless and she was a big part of why our day was so perfect and special to us.
By Invitation Only provided us with exceptional service. By the time we contacted Melanie, my Mom and I had already taken Read more...
By Invitation Only provided us with exceptional service. By the time we contacted Melanie, my Mom and I had already taken care of a lot of the basics, but Melanie helped us to fill in the gaps and make sure all of our t's were crossed and i's dotted. She was indispensable in dealing with all of the details that made our wedding day so perfect. I did not worry about anything on my wedding day because I knew that it would be taken care of and it was. My ceremony was very small and over an hour from my reception site, but Melanie made sure that everything went as planned and on schedule including delivering the cake, helping with flowers, organizing picture schedule and videographers, and keeping the wedding party, guests, and even officiant in the right places at the right time. It all went without a hitch and we didn't even have a rehearsal. While all of this was going on we didn't even give a thought to set up at our reception site because we knew that it was all being taken care of and indeed it was. Melanie organized all of our vendors, set up, and decorated our reception site and then took care of everything after it was all over. Prior to the wedding she was always available and met with us personally whenever requested. Her services were priceless and she was a big part of why our day was so perfect and special to us. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Unique Services
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Alison
Wedding:
12/29/2007
4.7/5.0
Melanie took all of the wedding day stress away! My wedding was a perfect day because of Melanie's unique ability to transfer my "vision" to reality. She really *got* me!
Melanie took all of the wedding day stress away! My wedding was a perfect day because of Melanie's unique ability to Read more...
Melanie took all of the wedding day stress away! My wedding was a perfect day because of Melanie's unique ability to transfer my "vision" to reality. She really *got* me! Read less
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CourtLynn
Wedding:
11/8/2007
5.0/5.0
Melanie was absolutely wonderful!! She is extremely organized and really helped me put everything together.
Melanie was absolutely wonderful!! She is extremely organized and really helped me put everything together.
Melanie was absolutely wonderful!! She is extremely organized and really helped me put everything together. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/22/2007
4.6/5.0
Melanie and her team did a great job of making my wedding exactly as I had envisioned it. She had plenty of great things we could use to set up our site which was included in her price. She did a great job on my programs. The whole day ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. It was great. The only thing that was not superb was responsiveness. We sometimes had a hard time getting answers back on emails and then a week later we realized the email didn't go through whether it was Melanie's end or mine. However, if we called she would promptly return calls.

OVERALL, By Inviation Only is absolutely wonderful.
Melanie and her team did a great job of making my wedding exactly as I had envisioned it. She had plenty of great things Read more...
Melanie and her team did a great job of making my wedding exactly as I had envisioned it. She had plenty of great things we could use to set up our site which was included in her price. She did a great job on my programs. The whole day ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. It was great. The only thing that was not superb was responsiveness. We sometimes had a hard time getting answers back on emails and then a week later we realized the email didn't go through whether it was Melanie's end or mine. However, if we called she would promptly return calls.

OVERALL, By Inviation Only is absolutely wonderful. Read less
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inimnijeni
Wedding:
8/11/2007
4.8/5.0
I hired Melanie as my "day of" coordinator yet she did sooo much more!! Not only was she there on my wedding day, but she set up my rehearsal dinner, helped me deal with other hired vendors and was always available for additional advice and help via e-mail, phone or face-to-face. She actually recommended many of my vendors and helped me feel completely comfortable with each decision. She has a great grasp on current wedding trends and always had wonderful advice. I highly recommend her and wished I would have hired her earlier to help plan my entire wedding!
I hired Melanie as my "day of" coordinator yet she did sooo much more!! Not only was she there on my wedding day, but she Read more...
I hired Melanie as my "day of" coordinator yet she did sooo much more!! Not only was she there on my wedding day, but she set up my rehearsal dinner, helped me deal with other hired vendors and was always available for additional advice and help via e-mail, phone or face-to-face. She actually recommended many of my vendors and helped me feel completely comfortable with each decision. She has a great grasp on current wedding trends and always had wonderful advice. I highly recommend her and wished I would have hired her earlier to help plan my entire wedding! Read less
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jnoel
Wedding:
5/20/2006
5.0/5.0
Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only was incredible! She took away all the stress and worrying about details. I wasn't sure if I needed a planner at first, but using Melanie was the best decision we ever made.
Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only was incredible! She took away all the stress and worrying about details. I wasn't Read more...
Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only was incredible! She took away all the stress and worrying about details. I wasn't sure if I needed a planner at first, but using Melanie was the best decision we ever made. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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lesliew
Wedding:
9/3/2005
5.0/5.0
Melanie and her team were absolutely fabulous to work with! Melanie was there to help me from the beginning with advice for invitations, etiquette, ceremony set-up options, music suggestions, etc. Her work didn't end there. For the rehearsal she did a wonderful job of corraling all of my party and family and making sure everyone knew what they would be doing for the wedding. On the day of she was at my ceremony/reception site to oversee vendors, coordinate set-up, set up my flowers and get me and my party started on time.

Melanie was also there to take care of my "cake disaster." When the caterer (who promised me the rental of their cake stand) told me on the day of that I couldn't use it, she had called 3 rental places to try and rent one for me. She took care of all of this before I even got to the ceremony site!

I would highly recommend Melanie and By Invitation Only to help make your wedding dreams come true! We could not have pulled off a successful event without her help and expertise.
Melanie and her team were absolutely fabulous to work with! Melanie was there to help me from the beginning with advice Read more...
Melanie and her team were absolutely fabulous to work with! Melanie was there to help me from the beginning with advice for invitations, etiquette, ceremony set-up options, music suggestions, etc. Her work didn't end there. For the rehearsal she did a wonderful job of corraling all of my party and family and making sure everyone knew what they would be doing for the wedding. On the day of she was at my ceremony/reception site to oversee vendors, coordinate set-up, set up my flowers and get me and my party started on time.

Melanie was also there to take care of my "cake disaster." When the caterer (who promised me the rental of their cake stand) told me on the day of that I couldn't use it, she had called 3 rental places to try and rent one for me. She took care of all of this before I even got to the ceremony site!

I would highly recommend Melanie and By Invitation Only to help make your wedding dreams come true! We could not have pulled off a successful event without her help and expertise. Read less
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