Saturday, June 11, 2011

Choosing Your Wedding Location: His Town, Her Town, or Elsewhere?

When you and your spouse-to-be are from different hometowns and likely live in yet another place, choosing the location of your wedding can be tricky. Making matters more complicated, there will surely be many parties trying to weigh in on your decision. It was certainly difficult for my fiance and me when we had to choose between my hometown in New York and the area in Ohio where he and grown up and we had met. Ultimately, you and your fiance need to make the decision that's best for you, and you can start by considering these five factors.

Guests' Travel

Your guest list is likely made up of distinct geographic groups. Sure, there will be some outliers here or there, but for the most part, your family will be from one place, your fiance's family will be from another place, and you will have groups of friends from anyplace you've lived since you left home. One way to make the decision is to choose the location that is most convenient for the largest number of guests. On the other hand, choosing a location that is a distant drive for many could help you keep your guest count lower.


The price tag itself could be a deciding factor. If you are getting married on a budget, you might choose the location in which it is less expensive to hold a reception. Additionally, one could argue that the person who's writing the biggest check ought to have more weight in the decision-making process. If one set of parents or the other is picking up the majority of the tab for the wedding, you might consider having the wedding in their location of choice.

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