Tie the Knot on Tybee

February 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Features

Interview with “Tie the Knot on Tybee” Founder, Steve Palmer
“Come for the event, Stay for a Weekend of Island Romance!”

Recently we caught up with Steve Palmer, the guy that originally was inspired to try and pull off a Valentine’s Day group wedding ceremony on the Tybee Pier in the dead of winter. We asked him a very simple question, namely, “What is the goal of the Tie the Knot on Tybee?” We discovered there’s no single answer, just a myriad of reasons why and how this very special event takes place on Tybee year after year.

“The initial goal back in 2007 was to come up with something fun and appealing,” explains Steve, “Something that would focus on Tybee and it’s local businesses during the slowest months of the year. Valentine’s Day was just a natural, and once we settled on it, the idea of a dinner/dance came almost immediately which was how the idea of a group vow renewal ceremony actually came up, and just as instantly, the group wedding. Voila! “Tie the Knot on Tybee” was born!”

Next goal on the list Palmer says was to provide a romantic location that would bring tourists to local businesses. “Since most of the ‘event halls’ on Tybee are in non-business areas, the Pier seemed like the only location. But outdoors?… in February? I didn’t even know if it was possible to hold a large-scale theme event on the Pier that time of year!” Steve says those first years were all about heaters and placing things like the dance floor, tables and stages away from the wind and other elements. “We even erected tents on the Pier itself, not only to add to the decor but to try to retain some of the warmth. Last year, at TTKOT 3, we took a new bold approach and simply ‘wrapped’ the Pier around the perimeter. This did the trick! The event was spacious, and weather resistant. By the way, anyone wanting to hold an event on the Pavilion in a month that weather may be a factor should get in touch with the TTKOT people for advice.”

Palmer goes on to say his crew had a location and an idea – the next goal was to focus on promoting Tybee Businesses. “This was fairly easy through encouraging sponsorships and participation,” he explains. “If any businesses wished to sponsor the event, they’re name was listed on the website and put into the event program.” They could also participate, and Palmer mentions many restaurants since have provided menu items. There have also been local bands, photographers, bakers and even hair care specialists at these events.

How about attendees – those couples who would go for the idea? The first goal was to provide an excellent opportunity for them to get married and always have their anniversary on Valentine’s Day, but then we also realized the event had to be affordable. “This was a very important goal for us to reach,” Palmer says, especially because of all of the military couples in the area.

Finally, Palmer says they wanted to make sure that the entire event captured the atmosphere and spirit of Tybee Island, and create a wedding reception that was both fun and elegant. “We hired only the best entertainment, and served temptingly unique food and provided everyone with the most delicious wedding cake!”

He adds now that they’ve achieved the above combined goals, they’re looking to improve and build on them. “We knew we could host a successful event on the Tybee Pier and Pavilion in February – next we began wondering if moving the location might not be a good idea, and decided to try it. This year, “Tie the Knot on Tybee IV” will be held at the Tybee Island American Legion Hall on the north end of the island near the lighthouse. “Keeping all of our goals intact, we hope to capture the true spirit of Tie the Knot on Tybee, and this year should be the best and most romantic so far”!

The core of this event is still the group wedding and vow renewal ceremonies (what a great way to spend Valentine’s Day), but as wonderful as this event has been on Tybee’s landmark Pier, the weather has always been a consideration. The fact that it’s moving indoors to the Legion Hall means folks can wear whatever they want and not have to worry about an extra coat! The dress code is typical for a Tybee event; “Fun Formal” or “Black Tie or your Best Try!”

Local favorites Mary Davis and Company will provide the entertainment, and there will be plenty of photographers on hand capturing every romantic moment. The vast array of delicious food will also be there not to mention, the scruptous wedding cake. As always event planners say there will be a few special treats in store you’ll just “have to be there” to enjoy.

With Tybee’s Mardi Gras celebrations taking place on Feb. 12th and 13th and the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, the 15th, Tie the Knot’s Valentine’s Day wedding festivities should be a time for some real merry making. Bon temps roulez – c’est l’amore, n’est pas? Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information call 912-786-5319, or e-mail info@tietheknotontybee.com

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