Planning a wedding between two people who live far apart has its own set of unique problems.

How to plan a long distance wedding

A long distance wedding happens when you and your fiancé live a great distance apart. You’re already having a challenging time because you and your honey are miles apart. Planning a wedding between two people who live far apart has its own set of unique problems.

The first decision you’ll need to make is where to hold the wedding. Some couples like to have a traditional wedding in one location and then hold a special reception or party in the other location to accommodate friends and relatives who were unable to travel. Planning a distant wedding can be more difficult because you can’t go view or visit any of the places and services you’ll need to use.

To learn more about the area begin by getting a map of the location. This will help you find out where the closest areas are to each other. You don’t want to end up with a ceremony on one side of town and the reception on the complete other side. You’ll likely want to get some help from your sweetie’s family. The groom’s mother or sister will probably jump at the chance to help with the planning and it’s also a great way to get closer to your soon-to-be in-laws.

You can find out more about the various services by looking online. Read what others have to say about the services before booking them. Narrow down your choices to just a few and then conduct a phone interview. Most services now have websites where you can go to view sample menus, photos, and option lists. Be sure to take a look at these and ask any questions that may arise.

Planning a long distance wedding takes more coordination and planning than a local wedding does. For this reason, you’ll want to try to start sooner, rather than later. Set up some times and days to visit the service providers in person. Then, schedule a trip to the location so you will have a full day or two to personally view the providers. Be sure to get brochures and business cards from each of them and take notes so you can make choices later.

Be sure to plan on getting into town at least a few days before the ceremony so you have time for any last minute arrangements. Determine the best way to bring your wedding gown – often it’s best to purchase the dress from a chain that will ship the dress to their location in the other town for a small charge. Make sure that you finalize all the plans well ahead of time so that you are organized for the wedding.

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