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Wedding Planning Getting Stressful?

Every engagement has a honeymoon period, where all a couple can think about is how excited they are about getting married and starting a new life together. But eventually the reality of actually having to plan their wedding starts to set in. Budgets must be established, a perfect venue picked out, themes decided and dresses tried on and chosen with enough time for alterations. While all of these things should be fun and exciting, it can also become overwhelming doing it on your own.

Luckily, there are tools available to help minimize a bride’s stress without breaking the bank. With the help of bridal reviews, high rankings and a wealth of excellent information we have recommending three books dedicated to wedding planning for all types of brides.

Our first recommendation is The Busy Brides Bible written by Angela A. Kear. She has more than ten years of event planning, marketing and photography experience. What we love about this book is how detail-oriented it is. It includes everything from check-lists, budget guides and suggested seating arrangements to hair and makeup, nail tips and up to date wedding trends.

 Our second recommendation is The Smart Couple’s Guide to the Wedding of your Dreams written by Dr. Judith Sherven and Dr. James Sniechowski. This husband and wife psychology duo has written several books on how to have a successful relationship. This book really focuses on something many people forget, the bride AND the groom. It reminds couples what their wedding is really about- them, and that planning their big day together will make for the happiest wedding. Our recommendation: buy two copies, one for her and one for him, so they can both make notes on their own and discuss.

 Finally, we also recommend Offbeat Bride written by Ariel Meadow Stallings, an acclaimed writer with articles in such publications as Modern Bride Magazine, ReadyMade and Seattle Weekly. This book, based on the popular website, is so refreshing because it helps gives the unconventional bride a voice. For any bride that doesn’t want tradition anywhere near her wedding day, this book will help get you there.

 Whether it’s a traditional wedding or something a little off the beaten path, one of these books is sure to help make what seems like a very difficult planning road ahead much more manageable and hopefully a lot more fun.

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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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Mackey House

Love is in the air! The Mackey House wishes all of our clients, friends and family a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you are celebrating your first Valentine’s Day together, your 40th or planning to mark the day with your engagement, we hope that Cupid brings you nothing but love, laughter and pure happiness.

So embrace the pierce from Cupid, throw on your best red outfit and enjoy the festive day!

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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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Dance Away with a Unique First Song

Wedding season is upon us! The time has come to start your exciting wedding planning. Couples search for the best ways to incorporate their personalities into all aspects of their big day. Months go into picking out the ideal wedding gown, gorgeous venue, adventurous caterer, talented florist, unique décor and all those special details, which make your wedding day stand out to family and friends. 

Many couples are using their first dance as a way to let their creativity and personality shine. Now, the classic first dance songs like: “At Last,” by Etta James, “Because You Loved Me,” from Celine Dion and “Could I have this Dance,” by Anne Murray are always a great way to kick off a couples first dance as husband and wife. However, if you are the kind of couple that dances to their own tune, our wedding experts are here to give a few more “untraditional” first wedding song choices, which could just be that unique splash you crave.

Before choosing your first song, ask yourself a few simple questions to help narrow down your choices.  How formal do I the first dance do be? Will the song showcase our personality? Is the first song a party starter? Once you have pin pointed those few simple questions, choosing a unique first song will not only be fun, but adventurous. Here a five unique choice ranging in various themes to help get you off to a great start.

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

This song is a modern, fun, sweet duet that is perfect for the new age couple.

“Living on a Prayer” by Jon Bon Jovi

Always a crowd pleaser, this song is upbeat, well-known, fast paced and sure to get your party started!

“I Wanna Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler

This song became popular through the movie “The Wedding Singer.” It is a very fun, short and unusual song that really tells a great story.

“Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban

A beautiful country song that is almost certain to bring tears to several watching eyes.

“The Glory of Love” by Jimmy Durante

A beautiful classic that is sure to create an old Hollywood vibe.

Whether you decide to stick to tradition or embrace the adventurous side, we wish your wedding and life together all the happiness in the world. Happy dancing!

Photo Courtesy of Hunter McRae Photography 

 

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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“You’re Engaged, Now What?” Expert Advice from The Mackey House, Part 2

In part 1 of our series, we encouraged you to dream big and set priorities with all of your decision makers in preparation for your perfect day. The next steps may seem a little bit intimidating, but they are important if you are going to have a solid framework from which to operate and make the best choices as you plan.

Budget discussions are not always the most entertaining, but they are necessary. It is impossible to properly compare the value of different professionals and products if you don’t have a solid idea of what you are able to invest in creating your celebration. Consider all of your possible sources of income, and have a frank discussion with parents and other family members on whom you plan to rely for funding. How will the money be disbursed to vendors, through you or via direct payments by the contributing party? When will money be available, and how involved do your “patrons” plan to be in the decision making process? What are your own financial considerations and priorities? A huge, premium wedding is grand, but what other financial goals do you have as a couple?

Until you’ve determined how much you plan to spend, your discussions with wedding professionals are really only preliminary in nature. The best ones book early, so you want to have your dollar issues worked out sooner rather than later.

Next, before you can finalize your venue choice, you’ll need an idea of how many guests you anticipate inviting, and how many are likely to attend. If your heart is set on an intimate chapel setting, you may need to sacrifice some invitations to pare your party down to an appropriate size. Again, include any important decision makers in this discussion as parents and future in-laws are often full of surprise requests when it comes to a wedding guest list.

Now that you know “who” and “how much”, you’ll want to tackle the single most important decision that a couple faces during their first days as planners: how to choose a venue. So many considerations will contribute to the decision, but here are some of the ones to start with:

– Where do you plan to get married? Near home? A destination?

– How many guests do you need to accommodate?

– What time of year will you wed? Will the weather require a certain type of facility? Do you need an indoor ceremony space? A climate controlled reception area?

– How does your venue contribute to your vision? Is your theme rustic or glamorous? Can you use your space to capture the atmosphere you desire?

– Is your venue all-inclusive, or are you expected to contract your own vendors? Is there a professional on-site to help you make important decisions?

Once you have a good grasp on what you are looking for, make appointments to view your contenders in person. Take a tour, meet the staff and decide if you are visiting where you want to spend one of the biggest moments of your life.

If you are considering spending that day at The Mackey House, we encourage you to contact us today!

Photos courtesy of Chris Isham Photography

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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“You’re Engaged, Now What?” Advice from The Mackey House Experts – Part 1

In the wedding world, January doesn’t just start a new year; it is the beginning of a very special time for many brides and grooms: Engagement Season. We know that many of you are taking the first steps in your planning and may be in need of a bit of guidance and some well-intentioned advice. Our wedding experts have been down this road more than once and have some great ideas to share with you as you begin to make decisions about your Big Day.

Photos courtesy of Life Stories Photography

First, allow yourselves some time to dream. Soon enough you will deal with the realities of evaluating your finances, choosing who to include in your bridal party and on your guest list, and balancing the needs and desires of all of your decision makers. However, your wedding is fundamentally about you – two people who love each other enough to set out on a new adventure and new lives. What will your wedding say about your couple personality? How will you share your story? What do you want to remember most? Take a few moments now and dream.

Next, you’ll want to set some priorities. One of the easiest ways to do this is to brainstorm a big list of all of the things you might want to include in your wedding. Don’t leave anything out! Some questions you’ll want to address could include:

– What does your perfect venue look like and what time of year do you plan to celebrate?

– How will you personalize your day? Have you always envisioned a bluegrass band playing you down the aisle, or ending your evening with a glittering sparkler departure?

– Do you want to include children in your celebration or have you dreamed of an all-adult affair?

– How does gourmet food compare to stunning centerpieces to you?

 

Have each major decision maker create a priority list of his or her own, then compare the results. When you are done with this process you should have one master list of your Unique Wedding Priorities. With that list in hand, you are ready to tackle the next step: Creating Your Budget.

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll guide you through the first steps of budget engineering, creating a draft guest list, choosing your bridal party and making one of the single-most important decisions you’ll face: selecting your venue. Spend the next week dreaming big, and prioritizing carefully and we’ll see you back here for more “You’re Engaged, Now What?” advice!

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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