How to Handle Long-Distance Wedding Planning

Etiquette, Honeymoons & Destination Weddings, Planning Tips

In case you missed it: Destination weddings are all the rage. And while jetting off to the dreamy locale to say "I do" with your nearest and dearest is ultra-alluring, planning from afar can prove extra challenging. Without being able to see everything as it comes to fruition — or talk to vendors directly as you finalize plans — you'll need someone to hit the ground running. Whether you're throwing a destination wedding, or in a hometown far away from your current city, here's how to plan a long-distance wedding.

If you're throwing a wedding in a location far from where you live — say a destination wedding or a reception in your hometown miles away from where you currently reside — you'll need a representative on site to coordinate all of the odds and ends on your behalf. Some enlist their mother (if their big day is to take place in their hometown and their mom is willing, of course) while others hire a wedding coordinator or consultant to take care of all the tedious tasks. From scouting sites to observing trial runs and bargaining with vendors, a wedding consultant or close relative willing to volunteer is great way to relieve the stress of long-distance planning. Many destination wedding resorts even have on-site coordinators who are assigned to take care of everything for you! Beware, though: Don't agree to anything without seeing it. You need to make sure whoever is on the front lines is fully communicating with you, sending photos, and sharing email lists. If you're particularly type A you might want to fully outline your must-haves and desired workflow to ensure a seamless wedding planning relationship.

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