"Let me start by saying hiring Loraine was the best decision I made in my wedding. She was always quick to respond, pleasant, an insanely hard-worker and a talented planner/coordinator. My wedding was a destination wedding in Charleston and I was nervous about plans coming together at the end... I never should have worried though because Loraine is a miracle worker. We had a limited amount of time to set up and an overload of decorations, but Loraine pulled everything off flawlessly. I was happy with my decision to hire her even before the wedding but after everything she did, I am blown away. She is the best in Charleston and I recommend her 100%. If I did it all over again she would be the first person I call. She made my dream wedding come true and I can't say enough good things about her."
- Katie Hinojosa
"Loraine and her assistant Ellie were amazing to work with and made my wedding go off without a hitch. Loraine started working with me a month out from my wedding day and was extremely helpful, communicative, knowledgeable and affordable. She showed up to the wedding venue very early on the day of the wedding and was the last one to leave. She had every detail taken care of. The site looked incredible by the time I showed up due to all of her hard work. We had to delay the wedding due to rain which made for an anxious bride, but Loraine was great at staying calm and providing alternative options and suggestions on how to proceed. My wedding was a dream come true and I couldn't have done it without the help of Loraine and Invitation Only! Thank you so much!"
- Lindsey Butler
"I want to thank Loraine and everyone at Invitation Only for the amazing service for our wedding. Not only is she a sweetheart, hard-working, and beyond knowledgeable; she also pretty much saved our wedding after Hurricane Matthew when our DJ/videograper/photo booth/shuttle cancelled on us THREE days before our wedding. Needless to say, Loraine kept me from losing my head and was so patient with all the phone calls and texting it took to get our wedding back on track. Picking her as my wedding planner was the best decision I made for my wedding! Bonus for the fact that they have rentals available too, so it makes everything even easier."
- Margaret Reed
"I can't say enough about Invitation Only. I was highly impressed by Loraine, Ellie, and Kris. I started wedding contact with them in May and got married in November. Loraine was an amazing communicator who really let me express who I was as a bride. She kept in touch with all my vendors and entertainment prior to the big day and made me feel relaxed. My husband and I also used their company for all our seating, tables, and miscellaneous decorations. The wedding itself was very well organized and had a great flow. I had multiple people come up to me and say it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Thank you so much Invitation Only for making my wedding day what little girls dream about! I highly recommend using this company for wedding planning and big events!"
- Staci Reed
"We hired Loraine for our September 13th 2015 wedding in August. AUGUST! She had VERY little time to gather all of the info from a bride and groom that were running around like chickens with recently amputated heads! We were not much help, to say the least. Still, Loraine managed to keep us on track and deal with our vendors for us. The work she did leading up to our wedding, however, PALES in comparison to the SUPER INCREDIBLY AWESOME job she did the day-of. With a rehearsal that was relocated last minute due to a venue booking conflict and a wedding party that was more concerned with socializing than paying attention as her only chance to prepare us for the next day, Loraine perfectly guided us through the itinerary on the big day. Without her, whoa, I shudder to think how things would have gone. I will certainly be recommending her to anyone I know or meet that needs an event coordinator. Stellar job!"
- Matthew Kleinman
" We knew we wanted a wedding planner but some of the prices we had been quoted were outrageous! After the first meeting we were sold, both with her competence and with the price. Loraine made a custom planning schedule that was mostly day-of but included some things that I, as the bride, wasn't sure of handling myself. I had very clear ideas with much of the wedding and had Loraine take over the rest. This worked out really well because Loraine either had a sixth sense about my vision or made sure I explained it well (and brought pictures, books, or examples) to help enough for her see it through. Loraine was really relaxed and reassuring through the whole planning process which helped me stay calm. This was her overall demeanor, which I very much appreciated and it just worked so well with our style (my husband is so laid back if he relaxed any more he'd fall over). As far as wedding day, it was absolutely perfect. I didn't worry about a single thing. We regret only one thing, and that was that we didn't start earlier so we could party longer!"
- Anna McSweeney
"AMAZING! LIFE SAVERS! GREAT TO WORK WITH! Loraine and Ellie were absolutely awesome throughout the whole process of our wedding a couple weeks ago. Readily available and extremely easy to communicate with whether it was phone or email. We wanted a simple beach wedding so I was really on the fence with whether or not we NEEDED a coordinator, but boy am I glad we found Invitation Only! From the months before, to late late into the night on the wedding day... Loraine and Ellie worked tremendously to meet our every need and go above and beyond our expectations. DEFINITELY one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Love them!"
- Layla Digby
"Where do I begin? We chose Invitation Only for our coordination needs for our May 2017 wedding in Isle of Palms. From the very beginning of meeting Loraine and her assistant, Ellie, I knew we were set. Loraine's calm disposition, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and responsiveness made my time spent as a bride much more relaxed. You cannot put a price on peace of mind! Loraine is extremely talented at what she does and always made sure that I stayed involved in the process. There is no way we could have pulled off this wedding without Invitation Only. When the flower girl's rose petals went missing only minutes before the start of our ceremony, Loraine and Ellie made sure she had petals - I have no idea what else may have happened "behind the scenes" because they handled it. These ladies are prepared to "roll up their sleeves" and tackle whatever may come their way."
- Brooke Gabellieri
"Loraine and Ellie were absolutely amazing. They went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was absolutely perfect and I didn't have to stress about anything. Even when I had to go away for work for 2 weeks prior to the wedding they handled all the final details and brought my husband in on all the details he missed while on deployment seamlessly. Loraine's suggestions helped me save a ton of time and money during the planning process and her recommendations for vendors were amazing (my flowers turned out stunning). Thank you Loraine and Ellie for everything you did. Jake and I really appreciate all your hard work!"
- Alexandria Levin
"Loraine and Ellie are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Choosing Invitation Only was one of our BEST decisions!!! Loraine is so organized and extremely knowledgeable in everything in her field. If she is unsure, she is very quick to find an answer for you. Even though Loraine and I hadn't met in person before my wedding day, we talked on the phone and via email as if we were friends. I love her honesty and advice. She always kept in mind what my wife and I wanted and was sure to make everything go as planned! Ellie was present the day of our rehearsal and wedding from start to finish. Ellie was just perfect! She was a friend, planner, go getter and little boss babe! Any little bumps that came up were flawlessly fixed in seconds. We cannot say enough WONDERFUL things about Invitation Only. Our wedding day would not have been as flawless as it was if it wasn't for them. Thank you is an understatement!!!"
- Suzonne Mattiola
"My husband Geoff and I hired Invitation Only for our wedding coordination/rentals and I must say Loraine is the bomb. She is kind, cool, experienced, prompt and professional. She always made us feel like our wedding was just as important to her as it was to us. Anytime I had a question or concern she addressed it right away. From the thousands of emails and texts I sent to the random office drops-in by my husband, Loraine always made sure to give us her undivided attention. The day of our wedding Loraine and her crew absolutely nailed it. She had contact with all the vendors and everything was decorated exactly as I had imagined. It was so nice not having to worry about all the details that I had spent months stressing over. Loraine and her crew went above and beyond, even clearing tables of food after noticing our caterer had slacked off a bit. I honestly dont know what we would have done without her. If I had to do it all over again the one thing that would absolutely remain the same is Loraine!"
- Kristina Davis
"Loraine is amazing! Her attention to detail is impeccable and she was able to piece together my poor scattered, disjointed ideas to create something beautiful! My day was PERFECT and flawless. If there were hiccups, they were handled without my knowledge. She was available for questions from the first moment we worked together and is the perfect balance of professional and warm. If I ever take on the task of hosting another large event, I will absolutely be using Loraine again! My job was simply to show up and enjoy myself. WORTH. EVERY. PENNY."
- Sarah Robertson
"We have worked with Loraine as event planner for weddings here at the Gov. Thomas Bennett House, and I feel she would be a wonderful addition to any event. She is very detailed, thorough, and eager to be respectful of the rules and policies for the venue. We found her to be wonderful to work with and to have a great relationship with her clients. She provided a detailed timeline and diagram for her events, and we were impressed by her composure to manage details and think outside of the box when any challenge arose. She stands out as a planner that is focused on the needs of her client and appreciates the opportunities to create beautiful events in our city’s premiere venues. I would highly recommend her."
- Linda McCormick Manager, Thomas Bennett House
"Loraine + her team became approved MP vendors immediately following their first event executed here at Middleton Place. The quality of service performed by Invitation Only Charleston is a direct reflection of Loraine herself. Her team remains extremely respectful of our rules and policies and always ensures that the services performed fit within what has been contracted with the client. With that being said, I have grown a wonderful working relationship with Loraine and the Invitation Only team, and find myself excited whenever I hear we get the chance to work on an event together. Loraine’s leadership, communication skills, attention to detail, and caring demeanor will make any event she spearheads a great success!"
- Hope Klicker Manager, Special Group Services - Middleton Place
"I have been the venue and event manager here at The Island House on Johns Island now for 7 years. My expectations are set very high of what I expect of our vendors. Loraine and her team continue to exceed these expectations! Loraine is very thorough in her timelines, layouts and communication. She is professional, accommodating and very self sufficient. She and her team keep the venue orderly throughout the event and leave it better than it was at their departure. Her follow up after the event is always very courteous and offers any constructive feedback as well. She not only ensures happy clients but is very thoughtful of their guests and vendors as well for a stress free and memorable event."
- Lynn Gottleib Event & Venue Manager, The Island House