Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Luxury Destination Weddings for Less

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Luxury Destination Weddings for Less

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Wedding days are something most people wait decades to experience. With such great expectations attached to the big event, couples often have their hearts set on a luxury destination or venue. When the reality of the per-person costs sinks in, spirits can sag. Here are a handful of strategies brides and grooms can use to keep costs under control while still having the wedding of their dreams.

Timing: At the Barnsley Resort, a luxury venue an hour north of Atlanta, the timing of your event can swing the price tag significantly. Typical per-guest minimum rates for an evening event start at $100 and rise sharply from there. Book a morning brunch wedding on the other hand and your per-person cost for a gourmet breakfast buffet drops to 50 bucks. Their sweet potato pancakes and vegetarian eggs Benedict are divine, and a number of fun outdoor locations are available.

Considering the time of year can also save you big bucks on a luxury wedding at Barnsley. For example, weddings booked in 2014 between Jan. 1 and March 15 as well as events booked between July 1 and Aug. 23 receive complimentary facility rates for wedding and reception venues. Considering those fees typically range from $250 to $3,000, this is a savings secret brides and grooms won't want to overlook. Receptions with as few as 40 guests also receive complimentary wedding coordination services. While food and beverage services will still cost you extra, the ability to save several thousand dollars by simply selecting a different date for your nuptials is significant.

Credits: Sometimes a destination will offer flight credits or subsidies in order to entice a couple to schedule their ceremony at a particular location. For example, those planning to get hitched on one of the romantic Out Islands in The Bahamas can currently score free air fare for two from Nassau if they book a four-night wedding getaway package with one of the participating hotels. This offer is good for travel through the end of October 2014. …

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