Best Nuptials on a Budget (2005)

TWU's Pioneer Package

As a bride-to-be, you had best be prepared to take it hard. Not necessarily from your fiancé (that's negotiable), but from wedding service providers--florists, printers, dressmakers--who will gladly take advantage of you. Since many brides have a sky-high budget for their fairy-tale wedding, merchants don't blink at charging skyscraper prices. But if you're not looking forward to a five- or six-figure post-wedding credit card bill, check out the Pioneer Package at Texas Woman's University. For a reasonable sum, you can have your wedding in a historic building--the non-sectarian Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, dedicated in 1939 by Eleanor Roosevelt. The fee, which can cover 50 guests for $2,000 or 80 guests for $2,800, also includes an hors d'oeuvres reception at the campus' attractive Hubbard Hall and little extras like both the bride's and groom's cakes, reception table decorations, a champagne toast and a flower arrangement that's yours to keep. Unless you need to control-freak every last detail, the Pioneer Package is an idea you could easily get married to.


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