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Planner in Columbia, South Carolina,

By Invitation Only...Event Planning & Design

701 Whaley Studio 104
Columbia, South Carolina, SC
Services: Planner | Login to save vendor
(803) 467-9822
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  • 74 Reviews


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  • Melanie Murphy was efficient, professional, and delivered on every aspect. She was supportive when the wedding was one of the first to be canceled due to COVID, and helped us quickly regroup when it was ultimately decided to downsize the wedding two weeks prior. Her meetings were always timely and planning goals were met. Melanie's business is the real deal and worth every penny.

    Amanda

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  • Melanie Murphy and the team at By Invitation Only are masters of wedding planning! My husband and I were planning our wedding from out of state and Melanie made it happen. She was in constant communication with us, keeping us on track and giving advice every step of the way. If we had a question she always had an answer, any problem that arose, no matter how small, had a solution almost instantly. Melanie was completely on top of every detail. I was extremely daunted by planning a wedding and had no clue all of the little details that go into every aspect so I knew from the start that I wanted a wedding planner, and Melanie was absolutely perfect for us! She worked incredibly well with all of our vendors and kept our stress to a minimum. On the day of our wedding my husband realized multiple of the guys didn't have a pocket square for their tuxes, he called Melanie and she had it covered. She was our advocate throughout the wedding planning processes and worked with our budget ... Read more

    Michelle

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  • We are so grateful we hired a wedding planner, and are even more thankful we went with By Invitation Only. Melanie was a joy to work with, she put us at ease from the very beginning to the very end, answering all our questions. She made the rehearsal and wedding day so seamless and I can't imagine not hiring her! Highly recommend to anyone planning any event

    Lara

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  • Melanie and her team did a spectacular job for our New Year's Eve wedding. We chose the Essential Design and Day of Coordinating package because I had already done a lot of the initial meetings by the time we decided to hire a wedding planner. I wish I had asked earlier though because this team really took the stress out of the entire planning process. Melanie was so organized at each of our meetings and helped me think of things that I hadn't even considered. She has an eye for what is going to look great, fit your budget, and fit the style of your wedding. We are so thankful to have found such a great team. I enjoyed our wedding day immensely and I know that had a great deal to do with all of the behind the scenes work that they did. I was able to relax and completely trust them to make sure every detail was perfect!

    Tiffany

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  • Our wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without Melanie and her team! BIO kept everything organized for us and never let us get off schedule! Everything fell into place and our wedding night was 110% flawless! I couldn’t imagine doing it without BIO! If you’re on the fence about a planner— DO IT, and CHOOSE BIO!

    Jesse

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  • Our wedding just wouldn't have been the same without Melanie and her team at BIO. I had been a part of a wedding that had Melanie as the planner and I knew that I had to work with her and BIO. I thought it was going to be tricky planning a wedding while living in Madison, WI, but Melanie was so organized and wasn't phased so I knew it was going to be a a wonderful wedding. She recommended vendors to me and contacted them when needed. She and the BIO team organized/decorated the venue, kept all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen in order (which is no easy feat), and kept everything right on schedule. I could not have asked for a better experience with Melanie and BIO. It was my dream wedding and I cannot thank Melanie and the team at BIO enough! I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a planner.

    Frances

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  • I had many concerns of how all the details of a wedding reception would be completed. Melanie Murphy is a true professional and will navigate you flawlessly through your entire wedding planning process and wedding day. From our first meeting with Melanie, she listened to our vision for the wedding celebration, outlined the process for us and graciously kept us on task. Melanie and her team executed our vision to a level that I never imagined while staying within our budget. Melanie’s experience and her extensive inventory are invaluable. Melanie and her team literally transformed a 22,000 square foot venue into a warm and welcoming wedding reception. Melanie’s attention to detail is incredible. From the soft café lighting to creating a wall with family wedding photos as a backdrop for the guest book table – she takes everything into consideration and her creation is sheer perfection! With Melanie handling our wedding celebration, it allowed us time to focus on ... Read more

    Melanie

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  • Melanie and her team were amazing! They made sure my wedding day was flawless and that everything went perfectly. They truly made it a stress free and fun day! Would highly recommend them to any bride that wants a perfect wedding without the stress!

    Melissa

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  • Melanie and her team completely transformed our wedding experience. I could not imagine anything more anyone could want from a wedding planner. Throughout the planning process Melanie is available to offer insight and organizational assistance, she accompanied us on vendor meetings and stepped in at the perfect moments to answer the questions we were obviously clueless about. Leading up to the wedding the most impressive thing about Melanie is that SHE JUST GETS STUFF DONE. She really puts all the work in ahead of time so nothing can go wrong. Then on the wedding day she's like your ultimate ally- her and her team are so clearly there for us it made the whole experience so, so, so enjoyable. Her assistants were lovely, they brought us food, beer, and water during pictures, and then set up a time for us to eat our dinner up and away from our guests, which was really nice. They were bubbly and smiley the entire night. They were just such a pleasure to have around on such a special ni... Read more

    Marykate Yawn

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  • Melanie and her team were attentive, assertive and nothing short of professional. They made my day everything I could have ever dreamed of and they were available day and night in the months leading up to my big day. I honestly don't know what we would have done without Melanie and her guidance and expertise. She has seen it all. She has done it all. So you can rest assured that if something happens on your day- she's got it covered.

    Erin

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  • Melanie and her team are so amazing! We have gotten so many compliments on how much fun and how beautiful our wedding was. Melanie literally took all of my ideas and turned them into a reality. My family and I had nothing to worry about on my wedding day. Melanie and her team took care of everything (communicating with the other vendors, decorating, keeping the families and bridal party under control, making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time). A wedding can be stressful no matter what. The month and more specifically week leading up to our wedding, my husband and I were have problems in our rental house (completely unrelated to wedding stuff). It would have been overwhelmingly stressful no matter what, but having the wedding added to everything I thought my head was going to explode. Melanie helped me so much there’s no way I could have gotten through everything without her. The week before the wedding Melanie helped me tie up all loose ends with the wedding and ... Read more

    Elissa Creech

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  • The words 'thank you' do not give justice to how much we appreciate all that this amazing team of ladies did for our wedding on January 13, 2018! Everything went smoothly and as planned from the very first meeting to the minute our special day came to an end. We (my husband and I, my parents, sisters, and close friends) have recommended Melanie and By Invitation Only Event Planning & Design to others, and will continue to do so! The wedding planning process can be overwhelming, but they made it enjoyable and memorable. So enjoyable that we want to relive our wedding weekend every weekend! Looking back, we don't know what we would have done without them. They made all of our wedding day dreams come true. They are undoubtedly the best out there! We are eternally grateful for all their hard work and talent!

    Sarah

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  • Melanie and her team are an absolute dream with which to work. When we first met, I had no idea what we wanted, what to do, or how to get started. Melanie was always responsive to my questions, ideas, or random worries; she guided and supported us through the wildly cumbersome process of planning a wedding while keeping it fun and exciting; and she made everything easy and stress-free. Melanie created the most beautiful fairy tale wedding we could have ever imagined. We’re so very grateful for all that she did for us in bringing our perfect day to life. I can't say enough wonderful things about By Invitation Only. I'd work with them again in a heartbeat.

    Brittany

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  • Where to begin - when I got engaged I was immediately overwhelmed with the process of planning a wedding. After our first meeting with Melanie I knew we were in great hands! She brought all of my wedding ideas and dreams to life, and then some! Her creativity is beyond amazing - she and her team made everything come together seamlessly. Not having to worry about a thing the day of my wedding was such a blessing! Beyond that, her professionalism and ability to be on top of everything from start to finish is worth every penny. I wish I could take credit for my amazing wedding when we receive compliments but it all goes to Melanie and her team! Anyone thinking about using By Invitation Only - you will not regret it!!

    Dani

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  • Melanie and her team were SO amazing to work with! We were planning a wedding in Columbia but living in Raleigh, NC which some may think would be stressful but it was so far from that. Melanie took care of everything and made sure all the boxes were checked along the way. From initial vendor meetings, to overall design to the day of coordination and every detail in between - everything was perfect. She allowed me, my husband and both our families to be so relaxed and able to enjoy our day!
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