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Happy WeddingWire Customer Rates Bonnet House as a 5.0 Wedding Venue

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Bonnet-House-WeddingWeddingWire, the nation’s leading online marketplace in the weddings industry, provides easy-to-use planning tools for all aspects of weddings, including information on the most popular venues. Its customers regularly provide reviews, and a recent one qualified Bonnet House as “top of the line” for weddings, granting the maximum 5.0 score for all reviewable aspects – Quality of Service, Responsiveness, Professionalism, Value and Flexibility.

The recent newlywed, who held both the ceremony and reception at Bonnet House, added these words to her ratings: “The venue is absolutely breathtaking! We got married in the courtyard of the house. Nicholle was absolutely fabulous to work with. She responded quickly and went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. She conducted our rehearsal as well, and it was quick, and it made the ceremony run smoothly. Highly recommended, wish I could relive that day all over again!”

Historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is truly unique among the nation’s historic houses and gardens – and perhaps its most beautiful. Spanning 35 acres, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers a variety of exquisite settings for wedding events of any size, each uniquely beautiful in its own way. Whether you are planning a close and intimate gathering or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House sets the scene for romance and timeless memories.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information or to set up an appointment for your wedding event, please contact Nicholle Maudlin at (954) 703-2608 or [email protected].

Money-saving tips for planningyour Bonnet House wedding

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Money-saving tips for planning your Bonnet House wedding:

Limit your guest count.  The owners of the historic estate were known for intimate gatherings with only very close friends and family.  Consider a small affair of 50 or less guests to save on the rental fee.  You’ll save in other areas too, such as catering and rentals.

Hire a wedding planner.  A lot of couple shy away from spending money on planners, but keep in mind that many planners receive discounts from the companies they contract with, and that savings can make a big impact on the bottom line.  Preferred planners like Event Bliss and Blonde Events can also help make important decisions on décor and layout and find ways to eliminate unnecessary spending.

Choose your accessories wisely.  Many couples chose to purchase gifts for their guests.  From presents at each place setting, to farewell gifts during departure, these gestures can get expensive and some guests forget and leave them behind altogether.  Concentrate on hosting a fun event and scratch the extras.

Choosing Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for your wedding means that you get built-in décor.  Our staff spends countless hours making sure the property looks beautiful for your wedding day and choosing over-the-top décor can overpower the garden setting. Choose a florist, such as Victoria Park Flowers, who can steer you in the direction of a less-is-more design approach and save big!

Consider a cocktail style wedding.  The estate is well suited for a cocktail party and having your guests mingle at cocktail tables instead of sitting at assigned tables adds a level of energy to an otherwise sedate event.  Caution: Most guests still expect to eat dinner at weddings, so be sure to mention in your invitation that it’s a cocktail party and have enough food (passed or stationed) to go around!

Purchase your own liquor.  Most caterers will provide a bar and bartender to serve the liquor that you have purchased.  The savings can be significant and you can take the leftovers home!

Shorten your cocktail hour, or eliminate it altogether! Consider taking your family photos before your ceremony, so that you can enjoy your party and avoid keeping your guests waiting.  Many photographers, like Clay Wieland, can make that first look between the bride and groom as special (and more intimate) than the ceremony first look.

Remember that Bonnet House is a not-for-profit organization, so tipping is not allowed for staff and volunteers.  Save money on gratuity and at the same time, help to preserve one of Ft. Lauderdale’s treasures!


Weddings are Truly Unforgettable at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Fort Lauderdale Florida Wedding Venue Bonnet-House

If you are looking for a unique venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, you have found the perfect South Florida location. Known as Ft. Lauderdale’s best kept secret, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens embodies old-world charm and understated elegance. Originally built in 1920, Bonnet House exudes the whimsy and eclectic taste.  Artwork and decorative flourishes can be seen at every turn and the love for nature is evident in the surrounding grounds.

Spanning 35 acres, Bonnet House offers a variety of exquisite settings for events of any size, each uniquely beautiful.  Whether you are planning a close and intimate gathering or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens set the scene for romance and timeless memories.  Our dramatic spaces, such as the Hibiscus Garden, fountain courtyard, water front veranda, and tree-lined alee all provide memorable possibilities for weddings.  Aside from the exclusive use of Bonnet House property for your wedding, we also provide:

• Use of the property for photography two hours before ceremony
• Private use of upstairs bridal suite
• Personal Bridal Assistant
• Ceremony and Front Door Hostess
• Complimentary tram service for guests to be escorted from the parking lot to the main house.
• Free parking
• Rehearsal and Ceremony coordination
• Ceremony microphone and speakers
• Two hours for set up and one hour for clean up

Bonnet House is a unique venue and was awarded Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award for 2014. The Estate is shown by appointment only. For additional rental information or a tour, please contact Nicholle Maudlin, Events Manager at 954-703-2608 or at [email protected]