Post # 1
A friend who got married a couple of years ago recommended this site to me. I’m in a pickle! Looks like I am planning not one, but TWO weddings, from a distance, so I’m going to be relying on you guys and the internet in general for as much help as possible.
I’m Australian, living in the Bay Area, California, with my American fiance (from Cleveland, Ohio). We just got engaged last month after dating for four years and living together for a year. His family is huge and my family is all in Australia, so we pretty immediately realised we needed to have two ceremonies/events – one in Australia (Queensland is where I grew up) and one here in the US. Dude. I’m already stressed. Then there’s the question of where to get married in the US – most of his family and friends are in Cleveland, and we could get a lot more on-the-ground help there, but we live in the Bay Area and it’s beautiful out here and we have plenty of friends and some of his family here too. ARGH. How to decide?!
Anyway, glad to have found this place – I’m already scouring the local boards for any/all hints and tips! I’m also learning all the of the American wedding traditions. Thanks everyone in advance for your help.
Post # 3
as an aussie my first thought was have the wedding in Hawaii! about 10hr flight for both sides
Post # 4
That’s a tough gig. ALL of our family live on the other side of the Atlantic so it’s a sticky situation too, but we are planning on giving them two years’ notice and getting married here in Canada where we’ve made our lives together and can organize easily.
For the US wedding, I’d suggest getting married where it makes you both happiest. Those who care about you will be wiling to travel from other parts of the US, especially with ample notice. Unless you think there may be barriers to that for some people.
Post # 5
Thanks guys. eloping, we thought about a middle ground but my family can’t really afford to travel even to Hawai’i, and I do want them to be involved! So we need to have something small in Queensland at least.
Jezika, thanks. Working out where will make us happiest is the next step!
Post # 6
Hi and welcome! I am planning my wedding from 5000 miles away, transatlantic as well. I grew up in the States, and all mine and FI’s family and friends and there, but I live in Israel. We will be getting married in Los Angeles next summer, a week after you! I have 4 weeks this coming July when I am physically in LA to finalize/book EVERYTHING. So I have done MONTHS of online reasearch, narrowed down my choices based on prices and recommendations, and have schedules appoitnments with venues, caterers, etc, over the next few weeks. This site has been a HUGE help and a great resource for ideas and recommendations. Message me if you have any questions or if you just need to vent or whatever. 🙂 Congrats ont eh upcoming wedding, fellow Cali, July, long distance bride!
Post # 7
@LilDrAnya: Congrats to you too! I know I have many hours of research before me It sounds like a great idea to have one big visit with lots of appointments pre-made, we’ll probably do something like that.