A big question for newly engaged couples is where they should have their wedding – get married here or have a destination wedding? Both options offer positives and negatives. The important thing is to consider personal preference, budget, family accommodations, and wedding style when making this decision.
The first thing to consider when deciding where you will get married is what you and your fiancé have in mind. Perhaps you have always dreamed of an elaborate church wedding, and he was thinking more of a simple beach wedding. Taking a part of each of your dreams can bring together the perfect wedding. The important thing is that you agree on a location that you both will enjoy.
Almost all brides are on a budget, and location can make a deep dent in the budget if you are not careful. Popular locations such as historic hotels or mansions will require higher budgets and early reservations – rushed schedules can cost extra! The same goes with country clubs – but you can find a location much less expensive if you are a bit creative.
Is there a location that is sentimental to you and your fiancé? Maybe a park or outdoor location near where you had your first date? Finding places that are not already popular wedding locations can possibly offer a lower cost than expected. You could even check with your college to see if a theater or concert hall is available, and possibly receive an alumni discount.
Do you have a family member that will require special accommodations? Does your grandmother have a difficult time climbing stairs? Questions such as these can help you narrow down your choices for wedding locations. If you are choosing between a small church that is at the top of a large hill and a larger church on a flat surface, it might be easier for Grandma to attend the wedding at the second location. Not to say that everyone in your family must be 100% happy with the location you choose, but keeping major accommodations (such as being wheelchair accessible) in mind will make the party even happier!
After you and your fiancé have shared your ideas of a dream wedding, try to decide what you desire to be the “feel” of your wedding – this will determine your wedding style. If you are going for vintage and charming, perhaps a local historic site would be a good choice. If you would rather go for large and theatrial wedding, a large church or concert hall would probably be the best choice. No matter where you choose to hold your wedding, make sure you and your fiancé are in agreement and are both excited about the location. It should be a place that is in budget, fits your style, and can accommodate all of your guests. If possible, you may want to have wedding cars available for the guests if the location is out-of-the-way. However, remember that when the wedding car drives you away from that dream location, all that will have mattered is that you shared that special day with the people you love.