(Closed) Has anyone moved cities while wedding planning?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
48 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

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caligirl0011:  I’m planning my wedding from afar ( but only 4 hours) because we are doing it in my fiancé’s hometown.  Honestly, it hasn’t been hard at all.  Most vendors are very accommodating and mine let me do contracts through email (sign and scan back).  My florist, cake vendor, and caterer have been dealing exclusively through email discussing details after initial phone calls and have been very helpful.  I’m going there a month before the wedding for a weekend for final meetings and walkthrough of the venue (also doing a hair and makeup trial).  I picked my photographer in person there because I felt personality was important, and definitely look at venues in person.  Other than that I’ve felt fine doing things through inspiration pictures I send my vendors and pictures they send me back.  As far as presents, I’m having my shower where I currently live so I didn’t have to worry about that, and just using word of mouth through family that if people want to give us a physical wedding gift to have it sent to our house instead of taking it to the wedding.  Most people tend to give checks or cash at the actual wedding anyway.

Post # 3
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I planned ours in my hometown AND moved from one far-away city to another far-away city during the planning, haha. We did have a small wedding, but honestly, we had NO trouble getting everything planned from 1000 miles away. We just went down to my hometown once to officially book our venue, catering, and florist (about 9 months before the wedding) and again to get my dress altered, have a hair and makeup consultation, and finalize a few more things about two weeks before the wedding. It was great!!

Post # 4
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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caligirl0011:  We moved during our engagement from our hometown to a remote community 18 hours away by car. I found planning from afar wasn’t difficult at all. 

1. The internet is a wonderful thing. You can use it to research vendors, and most are happy to talk to you on the phone or through email and sign contracts, confirm menus, song playlists, etc. via email. We had no difficulty with this at all. We did book our venues before moving so that we were able to see them, and we booked our photographer while back in town at Christmas because we wanted to meet with her in person.

2. My mother, SIL, and Mother-In-Law were huge helps. They volunteered to run any errands or take care of anything in person. For example, my mom picked up my wedding dress when it was ready, and she and my SIL would contstantly do runs to Michaels or Walmart or Ikea for me. (this wouldn’t be a problem for most people, the community we moved to was really small and we don’t have much for shopping).

EDIT: It was also great to have them make these purchases (table number holders, candles and votives, my wedding dress, etc.) in the town where we were getting married, because then we didn’t have to worry about transporting them with us.

3. Everyone at our wedding knew we would have to get things home. So even though we had a (small) registry, most people gifted us cash or cheques. We did receive some presents, but we were able to fit everything back into our SUV for the drive home. This included all of our luggage, left over decorations, and a giant supply shop we had done at Costco (again, because we don’t have much shopping where we live).

The one thing I recommend is, if you can take the time before your wedding, drive down with plenty of time to spare. We took the whole week off before our wedding, and this helped because then weren’t stressed on the drive down, had lots of time in case anything went wrong, and really enjoyed having the whole week off to run errands, meet with vendors we hadn’t met in person, and just see all the people you miss from living far away! 

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