Planning Your Out Of Town Wedding Getaway

If you and your fiancé have decided on getting married out of town, it can be challenging to make sure every detail is attended to. When you get married local, it's easy to make multiple visits to your florist or caterer to go over changes and last minute additions to your to-do list. When you are getting married out of town—especially on short notice with no real game plan, there are some risks involved. Here are some helpful tips on planning your out of town wedding—even if it is sight unseen.

Hire An On-Site Wedding Planner

If you're getting married in another state or town that is several hundred miles away, most of your party planning will have to be done via email or the phone. If you are planning an extravagant wedding service, you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner that is local to the area where your venue is. The reason for this is because she will have access to florists, venues, caterers and executive car services that her company uses on a regular basis. Having someone who will take care of the minor details of your wedding can help you relax and enjoy your special day.

Utilize Flowers That Are In Season

If you live in an eastern state and are heading to a location such as Las Vegas, the flowers that are in season there, even during the summer can be different than what's available at your local florist. Call ahead of time and ask what flowers will be readily available on your wedding date. Choosing flowers that will be in stock can help reduce the chances of being surprised if they happen to not be available. If you do order special flowers that need to be shipped in, be sure to do so at least six months in advance.

Go For A Venue Combo

If you're looking for a wedding chapel and a reception area, you might want to consider a venue combination. Many wedding chapels like Chapel of the Bells now offer full service venue options. Choose a wedding chapel that can accommodate guests and also offer a full-service reception area. This could be a large reception space or a small outdoor area that will offer food and cocktails to a group of under 20 people. Because you'll be coming in from out of town, this helps reduce the extra steps you would have to take to set up and prepare for the main event.

Ask For Hotel Deals And Full Services

If you're staying at a larger hotel chain, ask them about extra services they may offer to their guests. Some hotels have conference room or reception areas where you can have the wedding or the reception right where you are staying. They may also offer DJ services, catering and concierge services as well. Ask about discounts if you combine services. 

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Planning ahead for an out of town wedding should be fun and take the guess work out of what to expect.