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Vintage Weddings in Savannah GA

What was old is new again – so vintage weddings are in style!  From Victorian flare to 80s fun, there’s no end to what you can do for a themed era wedding.

The first thing you’ll need to do is pick the timeline you want to use.  Are you going for “Gone with the Wind” time frame, what about the Roaring 20s, or even going back to your hippie roots in the 60s?

Be sure all of your invitations tell the guests the decade you’re representing; otherwise you’re doomed to have mixed-up pictures

Some of the small things you might not think of – a picture booth get a “timely – with your theme” background where people can have pictures taken to show off their outfits.  Food and drinks of the time – what was popular then, your caterer and bartenders can help you with that.  Party favors – try to stay within your decade to keep it authentic.

Need a few more ideas – check out The Knot, Wedding Themes and More, and Posh Girl Vintage.

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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Choosing an indoor or outdoor wedding in savannah georgia

Outdoor weddings are incredible, being able to have fresh air, being surrounded by nature, not having to decide which church is most suitable – there are plenty of upsides.

The downside is weather – and we have no control or predictor to say yes or no the day will be perfect – and typically, you have to have an indoor venue just in case.

Tent rentals are a possibility but can get expensive – so what is a bride to do?

Check out all of your options – some outdoor venues have indoor options, much like The Mackey House with the covered pavilion or the house itself.

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.  Many times your caterer or other wedding participant may have ideas of when is a good time of year for weather, and where you might want to go for an option of both, or even a good place for tent rentals.

The most important thing is that it is a place that speaks to you and says something about you so that it is ensured to be a day you’ll never forget!

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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Making your wedding environmentally friendly

Green is in – and not just in the color, but in reducing the carbon footprint we leave on this planet.  Here are 7 things you can do to create an energy saving first day of the rest of your life.

1)    Invitations – snail mail is way past its prime and e-vites are all the rage – go with it.  You can send some beautiful artwork electronically, as well as work with a wedding site that will take your RSVPs for you.  Still a bit traditional?  Send paper invitations, but use the sites for handling the RSVPs – if nothing else, it will make your life easier.  Try EWeddings, RSVPIT, or AnRSVP.

2)    Decorations – if you choose an outdoor wedding, or a location wedding site – like The Mackey House, you’re not going to need a lot of other décor.  This will cut down on waste from the event and give you some extra room in your budget.

3)    Centerpieces – don’t go with the traditional cut flowers on every table, look into some recycled glass options, or flowers in their pots – guests can take them and plant them as a way to remember your day.

4)    Bridal & Bridal Party Gowns – although typically a place to stay traditional, there are a number of ways to go green in your gown – pre-worn bridal gowns are available, check out the websites – Preowned Wedding Dress, Recycled Bride, and Encore Bridal. If a new dress is more up your alley – there are places that will use green materials – hemp, organic cotton, linen, etc – try Feel Good Style, Rawganique and Threadhead Creations.

5)    The Honeymoon – don’t travel for the honeymoon – if you plan for a destination wedding, you can save the gas and enjoy where you already are!  The Mackey House can help you find things to do all within minutes of the facility.

6)    Wedding favors – be sure to give your guests something to take away that won’t leave something behind – flower and plant seeds are a great option.

7)    Wedding party flowers – silk or dried flowers are a great option or head to a local greenhouse and ask for organic flowers that you can purchase for everyone in your party – for both boutonnieres and bouquets.

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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Why choose a destination wedding in savannah ga?

There are a myriad of reasons that people will choose to have a destination wedding – for some, it’s a location that means something to the couple, for others it’s cost, it can be cheaper to go to one location for all your need.  And for some, it’s just easier – a number of locations now offer destination-wedding packages that will take care of the details for you.

This is where The Mackey House comes in.

Handling everything from location for both wedding and reception, we can also help with event staffing, tables, chairs, linens, candles, tiki torches, fresh flower centerpieces for your tables, decorations, insurance, clean-up, you name it.  If you want us to take care of your catering, we can do that too.  We even offer a shuttle to take your bride and bridal party off-site for any pre-wedding preparations.

Give us a call, and let us tell you why we are your destination-wedding stop in Savannah, GA!

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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Top 5 tricks to saving money on your wedding

1)    Consider your month and day of the week – having your wedding Sunday – Thursday can almost cut your rental costs in HALF because these are not sought after days…a number of vendors, not just the location, maybe willing to work at a reduced price since it won’t be a “normally” busy time for them.  Also the time of year can be a lifesaver – January, February, July and August are slower times for The Mackey House and can save you cash!

2)    Decorating the venue – choose a location that already has plenty of scenery, or has a portion of their facilities outside, that way there’s no need to decorate them.  You may also want to consider a date closer to the holidays when a number of facilities will already be “festively” decorated.

3)    Go for e-vites – even if you want to send out cool, printed invitations, have your invitees RSVP online, it’s green…it saves you green, and a number of free wedding planning sites will assist with automatically populated options such as head counts and food requests.

4)    Food and Beverage – this is where your day can get EXPENSIVE quick – think buffet, not fancy, but it gives everyone a chance to pick and choose what they want, it will encourage them to mingle without worrying of discussion topics, AND it’s a ton cheaper than seated dinners.  For beverages – try sticking to domestic beer and wine, not as much fun as a full bar, but MOST of your guests will drink one or the other and they really won’t miss the other stuff.

5)    Photography – while you want professional pictures during your big moment – hire them for the wedding and may some choice shots ONLY and purchase “disposable” cameras…put them around your reception area, and the pre-wedding area – create “instructions” for the cameras inviting everyone to take pictures at will – this will give you the AWESOME unplanned pictures you want anyway and will save you a small fortune in your budget.

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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