Booking Strategies for Brides on a Budget

First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes... wedding debt? The easy decision was saying “Yes!” Now come the multitude of decisions to say “I Do.” Normandy Farm and The Belle of Blue Bell offer a variety of options to create the wedding of your dreams without creating financial anxiety for years to come.

According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in 2019 was at an all-time high of $33,900 (including the engagement ring, ceremony and reception). Novi Money reported that nearly half (46%) of people who have gotten married say the wedding costs were higher than expected, and according to 42%, managing the wedding budget was the most stressful part of tying the knot. We offer 4 strategies to create a personal, stylish, and memorable wedding day so that you can begin your new lives together with a fresh start:

Brunch Weddings

Bring on the Bloody Marys! Picture this: a sunny morning ceremony in the garden, surrounded by nature and blossoms, followed by an afternoon cocktail hour on the Terrace and a rustic ballroom reception. Brunch weddings are trending for a reason and the menu is affordable and served in abundance. Have fun with chicken & waffle hors d’ oeuvres, or a wedding cake made of pancakes or donuts. Offer a coffee and espresso bar. Not to mention, having an early wedding allows you more time to spend with your guests - which is why you invited them, right? Brunch is always a good idea, but a Brunch Wedding is the best idea.

Intimate Weddings

A short ceremony, small guest list, and private dining; micro-weddings are the perfect option for minimalists or couples on a budget. Have the simple yet elegant farm-chic wedding of your dreams with those near and dear to you. Intimate weddings span from 10-78 people here at the farmer's daughter restaurant. The variety of four private room offerings allows guests the intimacy they want. Not to mention, our menus rotate seasonally, so our chefs will serve you and your guests the sumptuous, pure flavors of what’s ripe and fresh from the surrounding region.

And that’s not all!

  • Pictures can be taken throughout the property, offering a variety of backdrops.

  • Celebrations can continue at the farmer’s daughter bar for an after-party.

  • After the wedding festivities have come to an end, the guests can take the elevator home, as we offer hotel room blocks for your guests.

Sundays

They don’t call it Sunday Funday for nothing!

Here are 4 reasons why this Sunday will be the most fun day of your life… and save a little money while you’re at it.

  1. Venue & Date Options. While 7 out of 10 weddings take place on Saturdays, Sundays allows for flexibility of dates at the venue of your choice. Once you book the venue and date, the savings continue...

  2. There is a lower expectation for extravagance. Go simple elegance for your decor and theme. Keep your centerpieces natural and chic.

  3. Vendor discount and availability. Avoid the Friday/Saturday surcharge with vendors. Vendors not only offer lower rates but are open to negotiation

  4. Relaxed Photo Opportunities. Sundays are the most relaxed day of the week in general, but whether your starting earlier or partying late, you’ll have plenty of non-rushed time for couple and bridal party photos. View our featured fall Sundays here >

Short Term Bookings

You found the one. Why wait? Short Term booking incentives are our final strategy to get hitched on a budget and our all-inclusive packages make the planning super simple. No need to skimp on your venue, food, or entertainment; just choose a date from our list of available dates. 2020 is your year to have your cake and eat it too! View our available short-term dates here >

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