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A Savannah Elopement Package that Includes Your Friends!

A Savannah Elopement Package that Includes Your Friends!

A Savannah Elopement Package can save you time, money and stress. It can also be incredibly fun, beautiful and romantic.  But some couples hesitate, concerned that friends and relatives might feel left out. The good news is that eloping doesn’t have to mean limiting the […]

4 Ways to Have the Best St Patrick’s Day in Savannah

4 Ways to Have the Best St Patrick’s Day in Savannah

Just thinking about the potential for fun in Savannah next month has us shaking off our winter blues. St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the concierges at Historic Inns of Savannah  have some suggestions for you. Here are four things they recommend […]

How to Plan an Historic Savannah, GA Elopement

How to Plan an Historic Savannah, GA Elopement

It couldn’t be easier or more fun to plan a Savannah elopement.   Here are six steps we recommend for booking a Savannah Elopement Package with Historic Inns / Bed & Breakfasts of Savannah.


1.  Select an Inn

You’ve already chosen Savannah, so you’re on the right track for a beautiful day.  Now it’s time to drill down and select an inn or hotel and a ceremony location.  Here’s a link to get started with the different packages and options offered by The Gastonian, The Kehoe House and The Marshall House.  Each inn has a favorite ceremony location on-site.  The Gastonian’s fountain and private garden is one of the best known Savannah elopement locations. The Kehoe House’s beautiful side porch and The Marshall House’s front balcony are also popular choices.  (Hint:  The Gastonian, with its honeymoon suite, fountain and private garden, is our most popular location!)

Savannah Elopement Package at The Gastonian
An Elopement at The Gastonian – photo by Lone Pine Photography

2.  Pick a Date

Because Savannah has such beautiful Spring weather and positively stunning flowers, we do highly recommend March-May as the best time to get married in Savannah.  (Our second favorite time is October, when the weather cools off some.)   But we do suggest some advance planning if you wish to get married on a Spring weekend as it is a very popular time.  If you’re super cost-conscious, inquire about weekday dates as Sunday-Thursday rates are sometimes less expensive options.  Check room availability at the Inns by looking on this calendar.

Spring is beautiful for a Savannah Elopement
The Kehoe House in Spring with hydrangeas blooming in Columbia Square – photo by The Kehoe House

3.  Decide What to Wear

Savannah’s elegant oak trees, wrought iron steps and historic buildings make a gorgeous background for a classic wedding dress and suit.  But we do often see couples approaching the big day in less formal attire, and sometimes, just something different.  Be aware that Savannah’s summer months are quite warm with high humidity, so plan on light and breezy attire if your wedding date is in the June-September range.  Other than being cognizant of the weather, there are no rules in Savannah for wedding attire.  Our eloping brides sport everything from a dream-come-true white wedding gown, to tulle in dusty rose or shimmery gold, to a comfortable denim outfit.  Elopements are personal, so your Savannah wedding attire can be too!

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A Gastonian wedding photo shoot at Forsyth Park. photo by Lone Pine Photography.

4. Choose Your Wedding Cake & Flowers

Our elopement packages all include a small cake, bouquet and boutonniere, and lots of options to make these wedding items very personal.   For your cake, there are flavor and icing style choices; and many couples bring a small topper or personal decoration to make the cake special.  Bouquets and boutonnieres are your choice of pink, yellow, red, white, orange, peach or dark pink roses, and while a simple rose bouquet is beautiful, floral enhancements are also available.Your bouquet is included in all B&B of Savannah Elopement Packages - photo by Lone Pine Photography

Your bouquet is included in all B&B of Savannah Elopement Packages – photo by Lone Pine Photography


5.  Think About Your Elopement Ceremony Style

Our Officiant has a simple, meaningful service at the ready for you, but is also open to performing the type of ceremony you’d love.  Here are some Ceremony Options.  If you prefer one, just let the inn know and we’ll arrange it with the Officiant.  About a quarter of our couples write their own wedding vows, or take a moment to read meaningful words to their love during the ceremonies. It’s all up to you!Savannah Elopement Ceremony Style

Ceremony on The Marshall House balcony – photo by Its Megan Jones Photography


6.  Get your Marriage License

You’ll need to get a marriage license here in Chatham County.  There’s no waiting period (other than sometimes waiting in line!) so it’s perfectly fine to go by the Chatham County Probate Court for your license on Thursday and then get married on Friday. In fact, it’s done all the time. Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. in the Probate Court of Chatham County, 133 Montgomery St., Room 509, Savannah, GA. 31401.  Be sure to read this information so you’ll know what you’ll need: Marriage License in Chatham County.

Savannah Elopement Ceremony
Wedding License at a Kehoe House Wedding – photo by The Kehoe House

 

Other Savannah Elopement Considerations:

1.  Photography:
There are about a dozen different Savannah photographers who we consider experienced at the properties.  We’ll be happy to recommend them.  In this post, images are from Leigh + Becca Photography (cover photo), Lone Pine Photography and It’s Megan Jones Photography.

2.  Bride’s Hair and Make-up:
We have a list of our favorite hair and make-up artists who will come to the inns. And a list of nearby salons.

3.  Horse & Carriage Ride:
The Kehoe House has a package that includes a horse-drawn carriage ride. If you select The Gastonian or The Marshall House for your wedding, this can be added on.

4.  Restaurant Reservations:
Your concierge (or the event coordinator at The Marshall House) can make dinner reservations for you from the city’s favorite, most romantic restaurants.

 

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Six Romantic Savannah Getaways

Six Romantic Savannah Getaways

US News & World Report Travel recently ranked Savannah as the nation’s #5 Best Romantic Getaway.  With that kind of endorsement, a romantic Savannah getaway should definitely be in your plans!  Here are six historic Savannah inns that specialize in romantic Savannah getaways. The Kehoe House […]

Experience True Savannah History at The Kehoe House

Experience True Savannah History at The Kehoe House

SAVANNAH — If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to delve deeply into the ambiance of a place, you’ll love a stay at The Kehoe House, a cornerstone of Savannah History. Built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the […]

Get Married in Savannah!  2016 Elopement & Wedding Packages

Get Married in Savannah! 2016 Elopement & Wedding Packages

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Elopements and weddings don’t get any more romantic than the ones set in historic Savannah. There’s just something about the moss-covered oak trees, azaleas and cobblestones that make an exceptional backdrop for nuptials. So if Savannah’s on your list of possible places to get married, check out the 2016 Elopement Packages offered by these three Historic Inns of Savannah:  The Gastonian, The Kehoe House and The Marshall House.

Each offers a basic Savannah Elopement Package, which includes:

  • Two-night stay in the Inn’s very best room
  • Ceremony location & the Officiant
  • Small wedding cake
  • Champagne and keepsake flutes
  • Bridal bouquet and boutonniere
  • Romantic carriage ride (Included at The Kehoe House, optional at The Gastonian & The Marshall House)

These packages are simple, but ideal, for a beautiful private wedding experience; with less stress and worry than you can possibly imagine.  Plus, these  packages are surprisingly affordable (starting at $1,250 at The Marshall House).

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Savannah Elopement at The Kehoe House. Photo by Dream Weaver Photography.
Photo by Dream Weaver Photography

What About Guests?

If a true “just for two” elopement doesn’t work for you, the Inns have Savannah Wedding Package options that will delight your guests. There’s always the option of including a room or two for close friends or family so they can attend the more personal elopement ceremonies.   And yes, we will probably still call it an “elopement” — even if you plan it ahead of time and invite a few guests!

  • The Gastonian offers a wedding package for 14-16 guests and another one for up to 34 guests.
  • The Kehoe House has a wedding package for up to 26 guests, when you rent the whole-house.
  • The Marshall House has three packages:
    1.  Veranda Elopement for Two – Just the Bride & Groom
    2.  Veranda Elopement with 1-6 guests + Bride & Groom
    3.  Private Veranda Wedding for up to 20 guests + Bride & Groom

If none of these wedding packages seem quite perfect for you, there’s help for that too.  Just contact us with your details, and we’ll help put together the perfect Savannah Elopement Package for you and your love…and maybe your friends and family too!   Complete our contact us form below, or visit our site to Learn More.

 

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Savannah Elopement at The Marshall House. Photo by Dream Weaver Photography
Photo by Dream Weaver Photography

 

Savannah Elopement. Photo by LonePine Photography.
This Photo and Cover Photo by www.lonepine-photography.com.

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DIY Marshall House Pineapple Christmas Tree

DIY Marshall House Pineapple Christmas Tree

The pineapple, the symbol of hospitality, is well-known and much-loved in Savannah, Georgia.   At The Marshall House, we love it so much, we’ve been decorating our Christmas tree as this fabulous fruit for more 15 years! This year, the hotel’s traditional Pineapple Tree got a […]

Decorating Tips From The Gastonian

Decorating Tips From The Gastonian

Are you thinking about re-freshing your home’s look?  Looking to jazz up your decor a bit? We recently did just that at The Gastonian in historic Savannah, with the help of Pam Rody and Angela Groover of Interior Merchandising.   It was a big project that […]

Pecan Banana Cake Recipe for Thanksgiving

Pecan Banana Cake Recipe for Thanksgiving

Enjoy a little bit of Savannah at home this Thanksgiving.  Here’s a favorite recipe from Historic Inns of Savannah.


 

Pecan Banana Cake

Makes one 9-inch cake

For the cake
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350*F and lightly grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

To make the cake, cream together the shortening and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs and buttermilk. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together into the buttermilk mixture and blend well. Add the bananas, pecans, and vanilla and blend until smooth and well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes.

While the cakes are cooking, make the frosting. Beat the cream cheese, butter, milk, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Gently invert the cake pans and remove the cakes from the pans. Place one of the rounds on a serving plate and spread to the edge with a thin layer of frosting (about 1/8 inch thick). Place the second layer on top of the first layer and frost as usual. Garnish with fresh strawberry halves.


 

“Save & Give” Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah

“Save & Give” Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah

We couldn’t be more excited about our 2016 Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah!  Beginning November 25, all reservations made on our own websites for stays through December 25 at The Marshall House, East Bay Inn, Olde Harbour Inn, Eliza Thompson House, The […]