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Special Event Insurance

At Engaging Events we recommend Special Event Insurance to all of our brides.  Special Event Insurance provides broad protection against inclement weather, no-show vendors, and alcohol related accidents.  In the Lowcountry, many fall weddings occur the during hurricane season, and the last thing anyone wants is their wedding to be ruined by a hurricane!

Photo Credit David Stubbs

Special event insurance is very affordable and easy to obtain.  Many insurance companies allow you to add on a special event policy to your existing home owners policy and the cost is typically $200 – $250.

We strongly recommend every bride at least look into special event insurance because anything can happen, so why not be covered!

Laura and Walsh’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

They were married this past April at Lowndes Grove Plantation located on the Ashley River.

We loved being a part of this lovely couples wedding, we hope you love it too!

Kelsey and Patrick

April 20, 2013

The River Course at Kiawah Island

After months of keeping this feature a secret, we are thrilled to share

Kelsey and Patrick’s Kiawah Island Wedding featured in Coastal Living Weddings Magazine!


Special thanks goes out to all of the vendors!

Patricia Lyons Photography

Sixpence Press – Invitations, Programs, and Accessories

Calligraphy by Request

Clelia Reardon – Ceremony Music

Quianna Parler Band

Artistic Eye Productions

Ann Marie Fairchild – Vocalist

Bill Nuttall – Bagpiper

Allen Johnston – Officiant

Eventworks Rentals

Snyder Rentals

BBJ Linen

The Total Table Linens

Wildflower Linens

Vanity Salon

Moore Makeup

Firecracker Bill – Trees

Presentation Services

Cigar Row

Madison Row – Brides Dress

LulaKate – Bridesmaid Dresses

Charleston Style Limo

Chariot of Dreams

Market Street Sweets

The Rivercourse at Kiawah Island

Engaging Events was featured on Borrowed and Blue this week!  Cassidy and Trevor’s wedding was held at Cassique on Kiawah Island last summer.  We  had a blast working with them and we’re so excited to share their wedding with you!


We are so ecstatic for Katie and Bobby’s “Sharing the Romance” Wedding Giveaway Feature in the Fall-Winter edition of Charleston Weddings Magazine!  A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone involved for making this wedding come together flawlessly and for everyone’s hard work!Congratulations again to the AMAZING couple, Katie and Bobby.  Thank you for letting us be apart of a truly special day, you two deserved it!  We wish you both all the best!



For more photos and vendor information visit the online feature at CharlestonMag.com!


Historic Rice Mill Wedding

Kristin and Travis

French Huguenot Church & The Historic Rice Mill

October 13, 2012

If you find yourself being one of those brides or grooms that find they have a very traditional and classic side but love the style/design of a modern affair too…check out this wedding! It has all of those elements wrapped up in one…It is just stunning and we were so happy to be a part of the special day Kristin and Travis planned.

We had chosen this fun navy and white fabric and had our tailor make napkins and overlays for us!




Kristin and Travis chose different locations and restaurants in DC as their table names and we had our Calligrapher style the table signs with the name and a little explantation of why it was significant to them as a couple:)


We love the design of this wedding and hope you do too!! Just goes to show you that even if you like different design styles we can incorporate them in a way that you truly can “have it all!”



Writing a Toast


At some point during the wedding there is a round of toasts. These toast may be given by the Maid of Honor, Best Man, Father of the Bride or the Bride and Groom themselves.  After hearing many speeches over the years and giving my first Maid of Honor speech this summer here are a few tips…

A toast basically consists of five sections: background, an anecdote, comic relief, a turning point and a conclusion.

First things first, introduce yourself! Everyone will know you are the maid of honor or best man by the time speech time comes around but people want to know why you were chosen for this honorable position! Clarify your relationship to the bride and groom in the beginning.  Guests will want to hear why you were chosen to be in a position of honor.

Think about who you are toasting since the majority of the speech will be directed towards them.  Think about how the bride and groom met.  Did you met your best friends significant other and instantly knew it was magic?  The day is about sharing the love the bride and groom have for each other, and guests will love to hear their love story.

Not a comic?  Don’t fret about making the speech funny, sometimes it’s just not your personality.  If a sentimental speech is more your style stay true to yourself, you’ll only be more nervous when you hear crickets after what you thought was an a great joke.  But on the flip side if your joke does tank, own it.  At least you’ll get the sympathy laugh right?

Length. Short and sweet is a good rule of thumb but be sure to not make it too short.  A 45-second job won’t sound heartfelt and 45 minutes will be painful.  Try to stay within the five-ten minute time frame.

If the thought of speaking in front of a large group of people terrifies you practice in front of friends and family! Practice makes perfect, along with a little liquid courage, just be sure not to overdo it!


The Historic Rice Mill

Cathy and Shaun

The Historic Rice Mill

December 2012

We were thrilled to help Cathy and Shaun with the design and décor and day of coordination for their December wedding last year.

It was held at the Historic Rice Mill on one of our beautiful December days.


Pink Peonies are Cathy’s favorite flower and our own Judy Johnston wiggled her nose and made them appear in December! No small feat!


A custom made hydrangea print served as the guest book.

Engaging Events fashioned a hydrangea wreath and hung on the beautiful brick wall in the entry of the space. Our Console table below held family, and couple photos.

Our sofa seating area held our grey pillows along with some monogrammed pillows Cathy had made.



 We utilized our café lighting on the patio creating that oh so sweet romantic feel:)

It was a beautiful December evening and we were so thrilled to have been a part of it!






The Historic Rice Mill

The Historic Rice Mill

So happy to share another Rice Mill wedding with you!

This couple didn’t want to get hitched without their dogs…so a first look was in order. A first look is when a couple see’s each other at a scheduled time and place before the actual wedding ceremony. It is a really good fit for some couples and worked particularly well for this couple who wanted photographs with their dogs but knew they wouldn’t necessarily cooperate at a ceremony.

 Hydrangae centerpieces in cobalt blue, cream and light blue in mason jars wrapped with lace and placed upon burlap runners, was so charming and a perfect fit for this bride’s style. She loved vintage items and loved the relaxed feel of the burlap runners.

We used our chalkboard to fill everyone in on the dinner menu.


The couple took photographs of their dogs with numbers hanging around their necks and matted them to use as table numbers- super cute DIY project for them:)


Guests enjoyed  wedding cake that was adorned with cake topper showing each off their home states.



 Our many congratulations to this wonderful couple…






The Historic Rice Mill

Joanna and Steve

The Historic Rice Mill

October 11, 2012

We were thrilled to be selected by Joanna and Steve to help them design their wedding and handle day of coordination last fall.

Joanna and Steve held their wedding on a Thursday…10.11.12 ….they loved the date significance..

They are true patriots – Steve is a policeman and they have several family members who have served in the military including Joanna’s father. So they wanted to honor them with photo’s and memorabilia as well as the red, white and blue color scheme.

God Bless America and this sweet couple….

Their ceremony was held on the open Patio of the Historic Rice Mill..


 They chose a tapas station style reception utilizing all of the beauty of the inside of the Rice Mill along with the covered patio and the super cool mahogany bar area.


Thanks to Joanna’s family for allowing us to be a part of this special day….