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Local vs destination wedding

Unless you’ve had the perfect wedding spot picked out for as long as you can remember, deciding on where to have your wedding can be difficult. The first thing you should determine is whether you want to keep the festivities nearby or go for the destination wedding. From there you can work on narrowing down the venue choices.

There are pros and cons to both. You and your soon-to-be need to figure out what is right for you and your guests.

Here’s a list of things to consider when making your decision.

Should we stay local?

  • Finding a venue will be easier. Not only do you know the area, you’ll be able to easily schedule walkthroughs. You’ll also have a better opportunity to get personal recommendations from neighbors.
  • Once you’ve secured the venue, finding and scheduling vendors will be easier and you’ll be supporting your local community.
  • As you get closer to the event, it’ll be easier to plan and setup the venue to make sure everything is prepared and ready. And, if you forget something, just have your groomsmen run to the house and pick it up!
  • You can have a huge wedding with local friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, grocery store clerks, and all the people you know and love on a daily basis.
  • Wherever life takes you after the wedding, your hometown where you got married will be that much more special to you.

Should we get away?

  • You can create a memorable vacation experience for everyone!
  • If your family doesn’t live near you, your destination wedding could make it easier for everyone to meet in the middle.
  • Because not everyone can attend, you’ll have a smaller, more intimate event with your closest friends and family. But, consider that traveling may be a hardship for some, especially the elderly.
  • You’ll have to coordinate those pre-wedding appointments if you’re able to visit before the wedding. You may have to hire a vendor that you’ve never met face-to-face.
  • Hauling all that wedding stuff will be difficult! Whether you’re driving or flying, you have to think about all the things you need to bring with you. Make a checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything!
  • After the wedding festivities, consider staying put and also making it your honeymoon destination. You could save money and make the whole experience even more special.
  • You’ll forever have that special place where you got married. This will make for some very special anniversary vacations.

As long as your wedding is in the United States, Progressive Wedding and Event Insurance by The Event Helper can be there to help if a guest is injured or your wedding causes damage to the venue. You want the money you pulled off that money tree to go towards the honeymoon, not the accidental scratches in the venue’s wood floor.

These decisions can be nerve-racking for some and a piece of cake for others. Just remember that regardless of where you get married, the most important thing is who you’re marrying and that it’s a wonderful, memorable experience for both of you.