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Anne Ross, Wedding Coordinator for the Martine Inn, shares five tips for saving money on a truly authentic green wedding. The Martine Inn is a palacial estate that looks over the rocky coastline of the Monterey Bay in Pacific Grove, the perfect wedding venue for a green, Victorian, or your choice of an elegant wedding. The furniture is museum quality antiques. Weddings are held in the salon or outside in the courtyard and can also be by the ocean.

Five tips on saving money

l. Flowers, people usually spend a lot of money on flowers but you don't have to. Flowers are naturally blooming inside and outside on our property, plus, there's a fresh rose in each room, each table is set with a rose, so you don't need to spend money on flowers except for bouquet and boutiniers... We have a recommended vendors list of local florists for those.

2. A professional photographer doesn't have to be there all day. They can come and shoot a couple of nice photos for keepsakes. On each table, you can have instant or disposable cameras and let the guests take photos. Then gather the photos that your friends and family take, which have a lot of life to them and you will find that these photos are ones that a photographer would not know to take.  

3. Music, as nice as having live music is, when people are mingling, they're not paying attention to the music, so if you just have an ipod station set up to your favorite tunes, it's background music. For the processional hymn, delegate to a friend or family member to punch in the tune when cued, and for the recessional and the rest of the tunes, can play throughout the afternoon... or get a harpist before the ceremony for an hour or two.  

4. Attire, you can find vintage dresses at vintage or consignment shops. There are some local shops that specialize in attire for both the bride and groom, simple dresses and top hats and ascots.  

5. Save time. We do weddings between the hours of 1 and 5 pm so that one aspect of the day flows naturally from one to the other. There is a victorian chime for the parlor to invite people into the meal. Then the champagne toast and meal service begins. Continue with wine, takes about an hour and a half, once finished eating, go back outside for cake and coffee. Service starts elegantly and ends elegantly.

You might consider doing an authentic Victorian wedding at a Victorian venue like the Martine Inn.  Brides used to wear simple black dresses and served spice cake and punch.

For more info on how to do an authentic victorian wedding, contact Anne Ross at the Martine Inn  

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