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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor


Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.


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hi Sharon, i am a budget bride but i would like a beach wedding and an outdoor reception. Is it more budget friendly to rent a beach house or a regular wedding venue. guest are approx 40 pple
thanks so much


Renting a beach house has become a very popular option for weddings, but keep a few things in mind: if you rent a beach house, you'll have to bring in ALL of the supplies you'll need (and there are a LOT of them!) like tables, chairs, table linens, multiple sets of plates, utensils, tons of drink glasses...and while rental places often let you return dishes and such dirty, you'll have to pay for any rented glasses that get broken -- and that always happens!)
A wedding venue has lots of experienced staff on hand to prep and serve food, as well as handle anything that goes wrong on the day. You could get bartenders and wait staff at the beach house, but that's $$$.
If someone spills a glass of red wine at the beach house, you pay to clean that couch.
Also keep in mind the insurance issue. Good wedding venues have plenty of insurance to cover a great many things, and if you have your wedding in a beach house, you'll have to buy extra insurance [never go without it.]
If you'll have guests stay at the beach house with you, they'll be everywhere. Good for having help, but still, privacy will be welcome that morning.
Talk to a great wedding coordinator about what's involved in a beach house rental setting, and ask for a breakdown of potential fees so that you can measure which option would be best for your budget and for your sanity. It can work; you just have to get a realistic view of additional costs that you won't normally incur at a wedding venue.

Good luck and congratulations!
Sharon Naylor


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