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If I only had a dollar for every bride who came to me and said, “I’m going to get married at home and save so much money!” I also hear, “My uncle has a HUGE yard and we’re going to have the wedding there so I can save lots of cash!”

Ummm…..think again.

Your house,  your grandma’s house, your uncle’s house…they will all cost you a TON.

Most brides are thinking that they’ll save hundreds, if not thousands, by not paying a room rental fee. They also think that they can get their favorite friend/restaurant/family member to provide catering, so they won’t pay the high cost of using the catering provided by the popular hotel that they originally considered.

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While you don’t have to pay a room rental fee, there are LOTS of other things you have to pay for:

-You may need a tent in case of rain or extreme heat.

-You might need sides for the tent and air-conditioning if it’s just too darn hot to be outside.

-You need to rent tables, chairs, linens, plates, glasses, silverware…

-You need lights for the outdoor space if your event is going to go into the evening. You can’t have people stumbling around in the dark. Read More

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