About Us

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 Murphy, owner, works with her clients to create memorable experiences – whether working with classic elements or the latest cutting edge trends, she strives to bring your dream to life! At the heart of every event is the client. It is our relationship, drive and dedication to each client that helps create events tailored to their dreams

We understand that you are about to make some really big decisions regarding your wedding planning and we know how busy today’s couples can be – a wedding coordinator can take the stress off of you and your family by helping: find ceremony & reception sites; vendor referrals, invitation selection, producing a time line and ceremony diagram, making follow-up calls or just having someone looking out for your interests on the wedding day for any last minute adjustments.

We can also help create unique events such as bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, and much more!

We look forward to working with you and helping you have the most wonderful planning period. Our goal is to help you design your event to be as perfect as can be and have the result be what you have always dreamed about! For engaged couples, we want you to truly enjoy your wedding day and make it stress free knowing that your wishes will be executed on the day of the wedding and that your wedding day is being managed by professionals!

Meet The Team

Melanie Murphy is a Columbia-native who realized her calling for event planning when helping with a friend’s wedding years ago.

She started By Invitation Only…Event Planning and Design in 2005 and quickly became known throughout the state for creating events filled with emotion and a timeless sense of wonder.

To date, Melanie and her team have worked with more than 200 couples to plan spectacular weddings that reflect their personalities and visions.

By Invitation Only has designed weddings in numerous venues throughout the state, and especially loves the challenge of transforming a backyard, barn or other non-traditional area into a beautiful reception space.

Regardless of the venue, Melanie’s focus is on tailoring it to the client’s dream and creating an event that is uniquely theirs.

Melanie is a geologist by training, and a planner and designed by nature. Her unique skills in communication, decision making, creativity, commitment, and her intuitive sense of style have made By Invitation Only the top choice for couples throughout South Carolina .


Liz Hefka is originally from Charleston, SC, and moved to the Columbia area to attend the University of South Carolina. 
She graduated with a degree in Public Relations, and realized her passion for planning events after taking an intern position with By Invitation Only in 2014. 
Now that she has taken on a full time planning position, she loves creating unique and personal events for By Invitation Only clients. Her skills in communication, teamwork, and creativity, as well as having an eye for small details, have made her passionate about working with people to plan and design special moments for any occasion. 
She is committed to ensuring that each client feels valued throughout the planning process, and is always deeply honored to work with clients to plan their big days.