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On WeddingWire since 2008

Based in Columbia, South Carolina, By Invitation Only...Event Planning & Design helps engaged duos create their dream wedding. Owner and lead planner, Melanie, has been helping soon-to-be-weds achieve their dream day since 2005, and enjoys working with clients from all walks of life. Each service she offers is customized to suit each individual couple, to make their special day feel personal and unique.

Services Offered

By Invitation Only...Event Planning & Design combines classic details with modern, contemporary trends, to make a couple鈥檚 day feel timeless. Melanie and her dedicated team of planners will assist you throughout your journey down the aisle, from your budget to your floral design. Their day-of-coordination services will give you time and peace of mind to enjoy your special day, while they focus on the important details.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer an hourly rate?

No

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious
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100% Recommended by couples

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Aryanna H. Married on 03/26/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Your Wedding Fairy God Mother

Hiring Melanie was easily one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning process! She helped us plan an absolutely fabulous and magical wedding in just 4 months, and was really there for us every step of the way. I had a very detailed vision for the day and tons of tiny details, and she flawlessly helped us bring them to life. She's professional, friendly, kind, supportive and so talented at what she does. Her responsiveness and ability to calm my indecisive mind were so helpful and appreciated. If you're looking for a partner who will be with you every step of the way throughout your wedding planning process, you need to hire Melanie. We can't imagine our day without her, and we are so, so grateful for everything she and her team did to make our wedding the best day ever!
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Kathryn P. Married on 03/13/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent job and very professional.

Melanie Murphy did an excellent job. My daughters wedding could not have been any more perfect. She took the pressure off me and allowed me to enjoy the day along with spending quality time with my daughter and her guests. Thanks for all you did.
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D. Augsburger Married on 03/28/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Easiest Wedding Ever

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.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
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Real Weddings

Kari & Dustin
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Lara & Max
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Professional Network & Endorsements

27 Endorsements
EdgeWire Music EdgeWire Music Wedding Musicians

EdgeWire Music has worked with Melanie Murphy of By Invitation Only countless times. Melanie is a true professional - handling any situation with composure and professionalism. We are excited to see her name/company as the wedding planner in our contracts!!!

Carolina Event Services Carolina Event Services Wedding Decor & Lighting

I have always loved working with Melanie on her weddings... she always tasks me with some sort of incredible drape design. I always fam anxious to see the final outcome and as always her final vision looks stunning!

Studio Two One Two, LLC Studio Two One Two, LLC Wedding Photographers

Melanie and her team are the cream of the crop when it comes to event planning and design. Always wonderful working the BIO!

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