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Bride on a Budget – Savannah, Georgia

The ‘Do It Yourself’ wedding is becoming more and more popular considering these economic times, but don’t think you have to give up on the beautiful party you’ve always dreamed of just because you can’t afford the high-priced planner.

DIY weddings have a personal, intimate flair that makes them individual and quaint. Plus, the more you save on the wedding, the more you have to spend on the honeymoon!

These are some money-saving tips and DIY ideas that will help you stay within your budget while still creating a fun and beautiful atmosphere for you and your guests.

  1. Save big by having a smaller wedding with fewer guests. Make it close friends and family only.
  2. Have the ceremony and the reception at the same place.
    a. Choose a venue that has several rooms or locations within it – indoor, outdoor, etc.  For example, The Mackey House provides the main house with several large rooms, a huge wraparound porch, a deck, and an open pavilion along with the garden and lake just outside.
  3. Go with lighting over flowers.
    a. Lanterns and candles
    b. String lights
  4. Choose only flowers in season, and don’t think you have to use flowers as centerpieces. Get creative and make your own if you have the time.
  5. Fewer but bigger tables.
    a. Fewer tables mean fewer centerpieces, chairs, tablecloths, china, etc.
  6. Limit number of bridesmaids if you plan on having any. (You don’t need more than a maid of honor).
  7. Handwrite your:
    a. Invitations (you only need a single page)
    b. Place cards
  8. You don’t have to have a three-course meal. Serve heavy hors d’oeuvres and have several mini desserts.
  9. One favor per couple.
  10. Don’t skimp on a photographer and don’t ask a friend to do it.
    They’ll probably feel pressured to say yes, and you want them to enjoy the wedding, not have to worry about capturing it.

Whether you plan on having your wedding at The Mackey House or at a different venue, remember you don’t have to splurge to make it a beautiful and
memorable day. A wedding is meant to celebrate love and life together, so the next time you’re ready to pull your hair out stressing over which flavor of icing to go with, just remind yourself what this day is really about.

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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Weddings for people who don’t like weddings

Believe it or not – there are people who don’t like weddings.  This one might be geared more toward the male side of our happy couple, but there are a few women that haven’t been dreaming of their big day since they first saw Cinderella.

Here are a few ideas that might help you get through an event you’ve only thought about in passing:

1)     Small weddings – they are no longer dirty words.  Many couples have decided their big day needs to be more intimate and about them rather than what’s going on around them.  We promise it’s no longer taboo.

2)     Eloping – a number of couples are opting to go to a vacation site – kin to starting the honeymoon early – to get married and
go right into the honeymoon.  Sites like Hawaii, Paris, the Philippians are seeing more and more couples coming to exchange vows and go right to the honeymooning part of their nuptials!

3)     Destination weddings – similar to eloping, the place becomes the important part of the pictures for the couple.  Numerous times it’s because the location means something to the couple, either meeting, dates, vacations, family, etc.  Whether honeymooning in the same location or just exchanging vows and going elsewhere, it’s becoming more and
more popular.

4)     Big receptions – sometimes you want to keep the actual wedding event intimate, your closest friends and family members, but
there’s an option to have a larger celebration for your reception.  Appetizer food to keep down on costs, a cash bar, and inviting everyone to be a part of the celebration of your marriage rather than the actual exchanging of the vows.  Local celebrities, couples on a budget, large extended families – this
option keeps lots involved but costs to a minimum.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that it’s still your day, even if you don’t like being in the spotlight – and keeping your friends and family in mind to share your day will ultimately make your wedding day a memorable one.  Whatever we can do to help, please give us a call, we’ll be happy to help make arrangements.

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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Holiday Parties – last minute ideas for Savannah, GA

As the winter holidays get closer and closer, it’s time to make those final arrangements, whether it’s for the office, the family, or just a great get together with friends.

A few last minute tips that will complete your holiday party:

1)     Secret Santa:  Many parties, particularly office parties, would love to be able to afford gifts for everyone in the office.  In these tough economic times, not everyone can afford to get even small gifts for an office of 20.  Drawing names is a great way to ensure everyone gets something and no one feels left out.

2)     White Elephant gift exchange:  These are fun, particularly for offices and friends that have humor as part of the regular routine.  For those that don’t know – white elephant gifts are BAD gifts, some funny (crazy Santa Statues, light up ties) and some just bad (old socks, rocks in a box).  Numbers are drawn and gift selection proceeds in numerical order.  Switching occurs until the last number has chosen a gift, and the first person who selected (#1) gets the last choice in swapping.

3)     Decorations:  Some of the best decorations come from nature – evergreen pieces placed in glass vases with ornaments not only add great scent to the room but make an easy centerpiece for any table.  Strings of lights are also easy, festive, and can go into glass jars for centerpiece options.

4)     Drink syrups:  Depending on the kind of party you’re having, holiday flavors can spice up any party.  Peppermint, ginger bread, cinnamon, all can be found as sweeteners for coffee, hot chocolate, steamers (steamed milk with flavoring), sparkling water, etc.

5)     Festive table cloths:  Even just solid color table coverings – red, green, blue – can add to the decorations at your event venue.  Patterns can be fun, but be careful not to have too many patterns in one location.  This also protects furniture if you’re having the event at your home.

If you’re needing a venue, remember the Mackey House is always here for you – and if you’re looking for other ideas, we’ll be happy to help because we’re your place for events!

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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Things to not forget when wedding planning

No matter what type of wedding you’re planning, there are always a million things flying around in your head, often too many to remember them all. Even the small, quick weddings can cause a headache of to-dos before the big “I do”.

Because we understand the chaos that comes with planning an event, especially a wedding, we’ve made some last minute checklists to help make your big day a success, because there are often things forgotten that will make a big difference in your guests’ enjoyment.

1)     Winter Weddings – Considering that these weddings take place during the colder seasons make sure you have some type of heating devices outside, EVEN IF YOU ARE HAVING AN INDOOR WEDDING. People like to step out, whether it be to make a phone call, smoke, or just to get outside, make sure there is at least on or two outdoor heaters.

2)     Reception Food – Even if you’re planning for an intimate get together for your special day, keep in mind people have different dietary needs: gluten free, lactose intolerance, kosher, vegetarian – it’s good to keep a variety in the food you plan to serve.  Talk to your caterer and get some ideas, finger foods can easily be varied and keep multiple tastes in mind.

3)     Seating Assignments – Whether it’s six tables or sixty, including the wedding party’s, make sure to have names of who is to sit where. This way not much time is spent of people moving around, trying to decide where to sit, and you can keep the event moving smoothly.

4)     Transportation –  If the ceremony and reception are going to be held at separate venues, make sure there is some type of transportation between the two, just in case. It doesn’t need to be anything big, but optional transportation is always appreciated.

Quickly planned weddings or very small weddings definitely have their advantages, but there are often little things forgotten that can make a huge difference.

So whether you are planning you wedding at the Mackey House or at another location, hopefully this short checklist will help remind you of the little, last minute things that will make your big day a memorable success.

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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Eloping and Vow Renewal in Savannah, GA

The holidays are a time that we pause to reflect on the events of the past year.  Many religions believe it’s a time of metaphysical and spiritual rebirth, and for some couples a way to start or re-start their lives together.

Eloping and Vow Renewal ceremonies many times have a number of the same elements, besides just the symbolism of it all.  Some options that make these opportunities attractive are:

1)      Small Ceremonies:  Keeping the ceremony and/or reception intimate gives a couple more control over rituals, location, menu, etc – you can make the event all about you rather than concerning your guests in your decision-making.

2)      Cost Savings:  While the economy is down, sometimes it’s good to have options for keeping costs to a minimum – a beautiful ceremony is possible within a budget.

3)      Ease of Plans:  A number of locations – like The Mackey House – can create an all-inclusive package for you and your guests, meaning you can make one phone call and have everything planned for you in advance, rather than booking several meetings with several places.

4)      Vow Renewals:  Almost in a category by itself, a number of couples have undergone stressful times with the rough economy adding marriage stressors.  Knowing you and your spouse have come through the tough time together sometimes means it’s time to renew your commitment – the holidays are a great opportunity for that.

5)      Anniversaries:  Some couples will renew their vows after 15, 20, 50 years – is it time to say to your spouse, I’m glad we did it and I’d do it again?

Whatever you and your soon-to-be spouse’s reasons for wanting to either elope or renew your vows, know that at The Mackey House we will work with you to create the perfect feel for your ceremony.  Every couple, regardless of the stage they are in with their relationship, deserves that special memory of that special day that signified a start of something new.  Let us know how we can help – whether it’s event/wedding planning, catering, or if we can be your one-stop-shop – because at The Mackey House, we are the place for events.

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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