- 6 years ago
I have been reading posts on this site for a long time and have found them very helpful, but this is my first post. I am getting engaged later this year, and am currently living with my future Fi. He is saving up money right now for the ring of my dreams (so excited)! Anyways we, like everyone it seems, definitely have budget concerns. We want to save for a house, pay off student loans, etc. and find it a bit silly to go into debt for a wedding. That said we are doing a lot of diy stuff now even though it is about two years out from the date, and getting budget set. I am from the Boston area and that is where we are having our wedding. My future fi and I met during college in the Midwest, which is where he and most of his family is from. In addition, we now live in Texas which is home to most of our work friends. So a little over half of the guests that will be coming to our wedding will be from out of town (even after considering some of them will not be able to make the trip for the wedding). Needless to say, we are trying to make plans keepingthe comfort of our out of town guests in mind. We are having a very large wedding (200ish), and also have big wedding parties (10 bridesmaids&groomsmen, 2 fg, 2 ring bearers). 5 bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen are from out of town. Ok so here is our issue: we have two possible wedding locations, one that will be more convienant for guests, and one that will be better for our bridal party, I’ll explain.
We want to include the ocean in our wedding, and there are two beautiful locations that would be perfect for us and our budget! Yay! The first option is having a wedding on cape cod. We found a beautiful and affordable location, and could see ourselves getting married there. In addition we could afford to put our wedding party up in a rental house. ( we could not afford to do this with hotels because a few of the groomsmen are married and require their own rooms). We would like to do this because we are asking our wedding party to pay for quite a lot(rentals, tickets, etc.) not to mention they need to take off work from Wednesday or Thursday- Sunday because of the bachelor(ette) party, rehearsal dinner, wedding. Anywaysif we can, we would really like to do this for the people that have decided to be there for us on our big day. The problem is that we are planning a wedding for June, and guests would have to drive from the airport in Boston to the cape. For anyone that hasn’t experienced that, it is a nightmare in the summer. Plus guests would also probably have to rent a car.
The other option is also beautiful and affordable and my fiancé and I would love it just as much. That is getting married at the aquarium in Boston. It is still on the water, and goes well with our ocean idea. This would be a much better option for our guests because there is a commuter boat in Boston that goes right from the airport to the aquarium which is surrounded by hotels(including affordable ones). This is also great because it is right in town people can have transport to the airport or wherever without having to rent a car, and there are a lot of historic sites for guests. Unfortunately, we can’tafford to put up our wedding party in hotels. Anyone have some advice on this issue? It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. My fi and I love both locations the same, so this is really the deciding factor!