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How to Pick the Right Wedding Package

Preparing for a wedding can be very tasking because it requires a lot of time and resources. There are many things that a couple needs to think about especially if they are not using a wedding planner. Budget is an important factor that is always a primary concern for a couple planning for a wedding. Being practical and working with a realistic budget is essential in keeping wedding day stress to a minimum.

New dance floor over the pool.

The best way to stay on budget is to hold your wedding at a venue that provides many of the components you need for a beautiful wedding.  When it comes to choosing a package, a couple must have an idea of what kind of wedding they want and how much they are willing to spend. Before closing a deal with a wedding professional or company, remember to check feedback and comments left by previous clients to ensure they are trusted. You should also know all the vital details including extra charges in case of excess hours using the wedding venue or additional costs if your guests exceed the expected numbers.

At times, the packages offered usually depend on the time of the year. There are months that you will find high discounts and free services. This is why you should check out all wedding packages before deciding on the package you want. A great wedding package should offer incredible and exceptional services that are also affordable. Make your wedding preparations stress free by finding the best wedding packages that fit your needs.   Here are a few wedding packages that the Mackey House provides.  http://mackeyhouse.com/event-pricing/

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Should you Have an Evening or Daytime Wedding?

As a Savannah Georgia wedding venue you can imagine how many weddings we host a year.  The same question comes up during our consults..should we have an evening or daytime wedding?  Of course, Savannah weddings are beautiful anytime of the day so it comes down to your preference.

photo credit: flickr/LeLand Francisco

photo credit: flickr/LeLand Francisco


Perhaps if we shared a few guidelines and traditional elements of both types of weddings you’ll be able to make an educated decision:


  • An evening wedding with reception to follow is a very common choice because most feel comfortable dancing and having a drink at night.  Of course if these elements aren’t important to you then perhaps a daytime wedding suits you better.
  • There’s something to be said about evening wedding intimacy that is different than a daytime wedding.  The lights are low, moonlight shining and typically people are in the mood for romance at night.


  • For couples on a budget, daytime weddings are a good choice.  Guests won’t expect a large evening meal and they’ll more than likely drink less alcoholic beverages.  One thing to keep in mind though is that other Savannah wedding professionals won’t be able to book other events on the day of your wedding so you may be looking at a higher cost for services.

There’s no reason why you can’t combine the two times of day.  Why not have a daytime ceremony and an evening reception?  That way your once in a lifetime event can become a once in a lifetime day filled with good friends and memories to last forever.

Whether you choose a daytime Savannah wedding or an evening one, The Mackey House has hosted both and we’re ready to make your event spectacular.  What are your thoughts?  When you think of a wedding in Savannah, do you think daytime or evening..and why?


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Mackey House Wedding: Lyndsey and Rob

For college sweethearts, Lyndsey and Rob, the start to their romance was a fairytale of love at first sight. After a few years of courtship and moving to Charleston, Rob popped the question and the wedding planning began. We were so honored to have been a part of their celebration and we couldn’t wait to share a few of our favorite moments from their big day, as captured by Photos by Rich Burkhart. Congratulations to Lyndsey and Rob!

Many thanks to Photos by Rich Burkhart for making today’s Mackey House wedding feature possible!

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Planning the Menu 101


When preparing your wedding, there a lot of things you need to take care of, the most important of which is perhaps the menu. It is your job to keep your gets satisfied and one of the best ways to do is with delightful food. It becomes even more important when you are having a destination wedding. And let’s face it by the end you are hungry too. So why prepare a menu with food that you would not want to eat either? Choosing which dishes should be on the menu at your wedding is very important in making sure your guests had a good time by attending.

Balanced Menu

For a very good wedding menu, the food has to be balanced. Some caterers have the tendency to include one particular food item in every dish, be it the appetizer, main course, or even dessert. While having chicken at for the appetizer and main course can be extremely fulfilling and tasty, it can also make the overall eating experience quite boring.

Be Considerate

Not only that, but you also have to keep in mind the various tastes of the people attending your wedding. It is a joyous occasion and should be treated like one. You do not want your uncle disgruntled by the fact that you did not include any vegetarian dishes for him, or that aunt who is allergic to nuts and, as a result, cannot have any of the desserts. If that happens, you are definitely in for a lifetime of listening to these complaints.

Now, you want your wedding to go perfectly, and food served has to be one of the best things in it. Talk with your caterers and let them know what your expectations for the food are. This will help you in making sure that your guests not only enjoy the wedding, but the food as well.

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How to Master a Party-Perfect Playlist

Weddings are celebrations so break out your dancing shoes! We’ve compiled a list of songs that guests of all ages will find themselves dancing whether they are three years old or eighty-three! The important thing to remember when creating a playlist is to pick songs that reflect multiple of genres of music. You want your guest to feel catered to and sometimes this means swapping out Beyoncé’s latest single for a good ol’ Michael Jackson hit…or maybe it doesn’t! Your guests will have a variety of tastes in music, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Pick songs with upbeat rhythms and cute lyrics.

dance floor

So read on as we share some of our favorite songs that your guests will love too!

1)      “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves

2)      “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

3)      “1234” – Feist

4)      “What I Like About You” – The Romantics

5)      “Boogie” – KC & The Sunshine Band

6)      “Dancing Queen” – ABBA

7)      “Play that Funky Music” – Wild Cherry

8)      “My Girl” – The Temptations

9)      “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson

10)  “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas

11)  “Heart Skips a Beat” – Olly Murs

12)  “Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations

13)  “Do You Believe in Magic” – The Lovin’ Spoonful

14)  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – Whitney Houston

15)  “You Make My Dreams” – Hall and Oates

16)  “Good Feeling” – Flo Rida

17)  “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” –Queen

18)  “One More Time” – Daft Punk

19)  “I’m Still Standing” – Elton John

20)  “Don’t Stop Me Now” — Queen

Photo credit: Greg Ceo, 2013

Photo credit: Greg Ceo, 2013

Happy dancing to you and yours! As one of Savannah’s premier wedding venues, we can say from experience that dancing is truly contagious 🙂

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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