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36 A W They typically offer a wedding planner. "In addition to a day-of-director to handle all the details, when you book with Mathews Manor, you get a highly experienced planner occupied with an online software planner that helps everyone involved stay up to date and on the same page for the entire time," says Mathews. This is not only a great budget saver, but an almost must-do in today's Pinterest-saturated climate. The ideas and the inspirations available to brides, nowadays, is phenomenal. But so, too, is the pressure of figuring out just how to make such inspirations a reality. If a wedding planner can help translate inspiration into wedding day wonder, imagine what a wedding day planner who knows the site inside and out can do! "With our wedding planner being so familiar with the venue we know the way the flow works the best because we have saw every scenario," says Foust of Stone Bridge Farms Lodge & Manor. "We also know the quickest way to move the guests from place to place. If you have someone not familiar with the venue they will not know these simple things. We also know what looks good where and how to cut cost and still make the venue beautiful." photography: smith squared photography all services on this page: stone bridge farms If there's a problem, they are on it. If you planned on having an outdoor wedding on their premises, but it's raining cats and dogs, they will move everything indoors and make sure the whole day STILL runs smoothly. Too many guests and not enough food? No problem! Their kitchen and chef are onsite, ready to conquer. No worries for you, so you can enjoy your big day like nothing ever happened. "To me, this is the best selling point of an all inclusive venue," Foust says. "We normally give our bride up until two hours prior to the wedding to decide to move inside our chapel from an outside venue in case of bad weather. Food is another big thing that we have covered. We do a head count during the ceremony to see if the bride is over on her guest list in order to give the kitchen a heads up on preparing extra food. This takes the stress off of everyone." Mathews credits his time in the business as being the ultimate problem solver. "At Mathews Manor we pride ourselves on our attention to details. We have been in business for over 30 years. We have seen most everything and have a plan for anything."

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