(Closed) Anyone plan their entire wedding via distance?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hi Cherryblossom

I’m doing everything overseas too…. We just moved to Toronto from the UK but we’re getting married in Spain. I’m going to do all my dress/bridesmaids shopping in Canada as am too chicken to do that unseen, but have done loads of research about everything else online. The Spanish way is to do everything in the week before the wedding, but I’m not laid back enough to do that!

In the end, the language barrier convinced me to hire a wedding planner in Spain and life has been a lot easier since we did!

When is your wedding? Which country?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m planning my wedding long distance, but not as much as you are! Still, we’ve done some things sight unseen… its nervewracking but at the same time, I think if I were in the town my wedding will be in, I wouldn’t ever be able to stop doing wedding stuff!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes!  I’m in New Mexico for grad school, planning a wedding 800 miles away in Missouri.  I got a lot done over my winter break, and planning on going back for spring break… Luckily, my mom is helping out a lot!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im planning my wedding long distance (live in Virginia getting married an hour outside of Atlanta) but not to the extent that you are! My Future Mother-In-Law is able to go to the location a couple of times a month and send me pictures etc. I have also been there many times before and got to see our venue over NYE.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes!! I am planning my wedding in Florida from Virginia!  We aren’t able to go to our location until the day of our wedding…but we are getting married at Disney World so there’s really no reason to go earlier 🙂  All I have to say is having the right planner is a HUGE help.  They really know how to take care of long distance brides!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Planning from abroad definitely makes you resourceful. Thank God for the internet, right? I planned the first half of our Philly wedding from Asia. Luckily I was able to take advantage of the cheap prices of goods in Asia – I used a printer in Beijing to print the invitiation suite that I designed on Microsoft Publisher and also bought chopstick favors at a local market.

I would have one week of “rest and relaxation” every 2 months while I was posted abroad, so I would use that week to spend 3-4 days in America (the rest were lost up in the air) to visit sites, meet vendors, etc. In order to make most of those days, I did a lot of research on line, set up all of my appointments, and hoped I wouldn’t be a walking zombie with my jet lag.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yes!!! I, too, am planning my wedding from a different location. We live in Texas and our wedding is in California. Thankfully I have my sisters and my Mom to do a lot of the stuff for me there in CA. But it’s difficult. They’re 1600 miles away, so it’s not like I can just hop in the car and help them with things or make decisions on the spot. Thank goodness for camera phones and email!! I gave them the vision we were going for and they ran with it. They have made the wedding planning experience easy for us, and I’m so thankful for that. But I kind of wish I could be there in person. My FH and I are flying back at least 2 times in the next 5 1/2 months to get stuff done, but it’s only for the weekend and then we have to come back.

<3

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Yep! It’s challenging, but sometimes I think it’s for the best, or else I would be in our chapel and reception venus everyother day checking out little details and irritating my vendors!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

yep!! it was so much better in my opinion, and easy to plan from work 😉 I don’t like to shop, I don’t like the bubbly snots at the bridal stores, and I find it’s easier to compare online than drive all around town. The only thing i did in person was pick out rings with my hubby, but even with that we waited over a month and chose someone local and small in his hometown – the big jewelry stores were maddening!  We definitely took a less traditional route b/c without that, we would have eloped. haha!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am planning a wedding in Vermont from Virginia!  Choosing a venue from a distance was really tricky!  I asked lots of questions, but we have not been able to see any of them.  We reserved the date on our favorite based on what we know, and luckily, my Future Mother-In-Law offered to drive a couple hours to check it out for us!  We will go up for a tasting before the big day, but it is a bit nerve-racking.  My plan is to do my many DIY projects at home and drive up for that weekend.  I am so impressed with everyone planning from overseas!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m currently planning a Los Angeles wedding from Seoul, Korea. Although, I have to say that I have a FAB wedding planner back in the states that’s guiding me and doing all the work for me. The biggest challenge so far has been the dress. I’m flying back a week before the wedding so I don’t really know how that would work.  

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I planned my entire wedding from Colombia.  It’s very different from local planning!  MrsBearCub planned her wedding from Chile, you should check out her blog posts!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

By no means am I planning from as far away as some of you, but 400 miles is enough to pose some of the same types of challenges.  I booked a venue, dj and photographer without seeing/meeting them.  I was fortunate to be in town for a weekend and crossed off the florist and cake.  I am lucky in that the invites and dress shopping could be done here, although I don’t know how the dress will come out of it’s long car ride, and there is probably no way my Fiance won’t see the dress before the wedding.  Oh well.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I live in TX and am getting married in NC (where I’m from and where we met). It’s tough but totally feasible thanks to the internet. Thanks Al Gore! lol.

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