Apr 272015

Searching for the perfect, rustic, elegant barn wedding venue?

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We spoke with Tracey from The Oaks Ranch about the property and the uniqueness of this wedding venue. Located in Green Cove Springs, Florida Barn Weddings at The Oaks Ranch is sure to impress you. The Barn, The Courtyard and The Meadow are just a few of the highlights at this beautiful venue! Make sure to check them all out. Here is what Tracey had to say:

What made you decide to work in the wedding industry? Many people have been inquiring about having their wedding at our property, and we felt Clay County could use another wedding and special event venue. For those on a wedding budget, do a weekday sunset wedding.

What do you love the very most about what you do? With weddings and special events, there are so many things you can do to tailor the event for the customer. It is truly a customized and beautiful experience.

What is the most creative and unique thing you’ve done at a wedding? Created Seat Card Accessories – Each seat card had a silk flower with a clip on the back for the men to pin on their suit or women to pin in their hair.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Yes.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice. Having your rehearsal, ceremony & reception in one place. Many parties make the mistake of having their events at separate venues to save money, then guests arrive late, get lost or don’t show up at the next venue, costing you time, money and your party. At Florida Barn Weddings @ The Oaks Ranch – outside of Jacksonville, we can host all your events in one place.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Burlap Barn Weddings

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? Huge property with multiple venues, overnight accommodations, RV Hook-Ups, separate bride & groom changing areas.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Do you offer any other products or services? Packages with accommodations. 

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Yes.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? 2 weeks

What are some of your specialties? Short Notice

How long have your been doing what you do? We’ve had special events at our Ranch since 1986.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Picturesque, Spacious, Open, Variety, Togetherness.

If you would like to discuss or add additional information regarding your business, please do so here:

We are offering 35% off the venue rates for a limited time and 2015 dates are available.

 

Contact Information:

Name of Business: Florida Barn Weddings @ The Oaks Ranch – outside of Jacksonville

Category of Business: Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Special Events Venue

* Phone Number: 904-284-1793

* Address: 5779 Hogarth Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

* Website: http://theoaksranchbarnwed.com

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Mar 102015

Affordable Wedding Venues in Jacksonville & Surrounding Areas

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How Not to Break the Bank…

If planning a wedding on the First Coast is a challenge, paying for it can be an even greater one. But don’t despair, here are some insider secrets to help you save money when c choosing  your reception site.

Time of Day

Many wedding venues in the Jacksonville area will  book receptions from noon to 5:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and they may charge extra to host a reception that overlaps both time segments. To save money, choose one of these times. Better yet, choose the earlier time slot. Because evening functions tend to be easily booked, choosing the earlier time may give you negotiating power with the wedding venue, especially if their list price is the same for both time frames.

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The Day

Saturday’s are the most expensive day of week to have your wedding, no matter what time of the year it is.  If you really want a particular venue, but the Saturday rate is out of your wedding budget think about having a Friday or Sunday wedding.  Almost all wedding venues have reduced rates for those dates.  Or, if you can get married on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you can typically get a GREAT deal on your wedding venue space.  Not only will you get a great deal on your wedding venue…but you will probably get a great deal with the rest of your wedding vendors as well!

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Time of Year

The date you choose for your wedding may significantly affect reception cost. Peak months are March, April, May, September, October and November. Saturday evenings in December are generally reserved for holiday parties. Most wedding venues will refuse to negotiate prices during these prime months, and many require a minimum budget be met in order to reserve the space. At other times of the year, however, venues are usually more than willing to haggle.  In the Jacksonville area, the slowest wedding months are during June, July and August…especially for the outdoor wedding venues.

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Menu Selection

There are many different types of menu options when deciding what to feed your guests;  buffet, hors d’oeuvres,  food stations or a sit down dinner.  Typically, the buffet is  the most economical choice. Though many new brides assume that a hors d’oeuvres cocktail party will be the least expensive option, often the exact opposite is true. To host a hors d’oeuvres party at mealtime, you should provide 14 to 16 hors d’oeuvres per person. When all of the items are tallied, the total per person cost can be equal to or higher than a plated or buffet meal. Buffet stations also will cut down on the labor cost because they need more servers/cooks for the other options.  Something else to consider is the time of the day the wedding is.  A breakfast meal or lunch menu will be less expensive (typically) then a dinner menu.

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Beverage/Bar

The largest contributing factor to your overall reception budget is the type of bar you host. Generally, if you are considering hosting a bar for your guests for the full reception (four to five hours), the price can equal or even exceed the meal cost. Many times the venue  will offer an “open bar” package price. These prices are based on a fixed per person cost per hour regardless of the amount consumed. The advantage of the open bar is having a fixed cost to factor into your budget.  If you select a venue that allows you to bring in your own catering a bar service, make sure you ask a lot of questions of what it includes; glassware, dinnerware, linens, servers, etc.

Another way to cut some costs on the bar is only offer beer and wine and possibly a signature drink.

If you need to save money on your open bar, close the bar during dinner, and reopen after the meal. This way you will have bar coverage when it’s needed most.

Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Amelia Island or Southern Georgia the surrounding areas have hundreds of wedding reception options that can fit any budget and price point!  Just make sure that the venue you select is a reputable location that is properly licensed and insured!

To find a complete list of great wedding reception locations please check out our reception guide!

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Dec 122013

Jacksonville Wedding Reception Venues

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Jacksonville Florida has many wonderful wedding reception venues to choose from.  No matter what you are looking for…from Beach to Barn, Jacksonville has it.  At Premier Bride Magazine of Jacksonville, we wanted to high light our Jacksonville reception venues. 

Here are Jacksonville’s Beach wedding venues;

Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant

691 1st Street North

Jacksonville Beach, FL

904-270-0025

Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach Ocean Front

1515 1st street North

Jacksonville Beach FL 32250

904-241-2311

Maybe getting married on a golf course or in a country club is more of your style.  Jacksonville offers many choices that can accommodate your vision;

Queens Harbour Yacht & Country Club

1131 Queens Harbour Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32225

904-220-2118

Hidden Hills Country Club

3901 Monument Rd

Jacksonville Fl 32225

Deercreek Country Club

7816 McLaurin Road N

Jacksonville FL 32256

904-363-1604

Are you looking for a barn wedding or something rustic, in that case, check out these barn wedding venues in Jacksonville;

Diamond D Ranch

5903-1 Solomon Rd

Jacksonville FL 32234

904-289-9331

The Keeler Property

17255 Normandy Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32234

904-535-0789

Jacksonville offers  traditional wedding venue like  hotels or conference centers, great  for the large open spaces and convenience of sleeping rooms;

Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin

3130 Hartley Rd

Jacksonville FL 32257

904-268-8080

Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk

1515 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville FL 32207

904-396-5100

Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Rd

Jacksonville FL 32256

904-296-2222

UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center

12000 Alumni Dr

Jacksonville FL 32225

904-620-4221

And if you are looking for a unique wedding venue setting then explore these reception venues;

River Cruises

1840 Perry Place

Jacksonville FL 32207

904-396-2333

Home Field Events/Levy Restaurants

One Everbank Field Drive

Jacksonville FL 32202

904-396-5100

Ramona Pavilion

7166 Ramona Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32205

904-695-0978

San Marco Preservation Hall

1652 Atlantic Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32207

904-396-4734

Friday Musical

645 Oak Street

Jacksonville FL 32204

904-355-7584

Bistro AIX

1440 San Marco Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32207

904-398-1949

Latitude 30

10370 Phillips Hwy

Jacksonville FL 32256

904-345-2455

With so many options you are sure to find your perfect wedding venue!  Make sure you share your wedding with Premier Bride Magazine of Jacksonville…..we would love to see your photo story of your magical day!

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