Post # 1
We are from the UK but hopefully the references to places will make sense.
My family is from South Wales and my fiancé’s family is from Birmingham.
We are moving soon but we don’t know whether we will be based in Cardiff or Bristol. Cardiff and Bristol are very close – they are about one hour apart.
Bristol is almost right in the middle of where our families live and is closer to London, where a lot of my friends are based. It would take our families each about 1.5 hours to get to Bristol. (Cardiff is a bit closer to my family but each side would be able to get there in under 2 hours.)
I like the venues in Bristol a lot more than I like the venues in Cardiff. Would it be odd to get married in Bristol though if we are living in a completely different city?
We currently have no local friends in either city but will hopefully make some between now and our wedding.
What do you think?
Post # 3
@lunalyra: get married where ever you want. if you like the places in bristol, get married in bristol. those who want to come to your wedding, will be there to support you no matter where you have it.
Post # 4
I think either of those places would be fine. My fiance and I are currently long distance (I’m in northern Virginia right outside of Washington, D.C., and he’s in Alabama, about a 12-hour drive away) and he’s looking for a job near me. My parents live about 2 and a half hours from me, and his family is also in Alabama. We’re having the wedding where my parents live because it’s way cheaper and more meaningful for us because that’s where we met and went to college. It’s a little inconvenient because I’ve been driving back and forth some weekends, but since your options won’t be too far (an hour and a half at the most?) from you, your fiance and your families, I think it should work out.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
@lunalyra: This is unrelated, but I studied abroad at Swansea Uni and it’s nice to see someone from Wales on the Bee. 🙂
Post # 6
We’re getting married about 2 hours from our hometown, mostly because venues within our city are VERY expensive. I don’t think getting married a few hours away is a problem!
Post # 7
We’re in a similar situation. We live 3 hours south of his parents, 2.5 hours north of mine. I’ve lived all over the US, so we have friends in several different states that are going to be there. We’re getting married where we lived, but we absolutely considered other areas. There’s an area that’s a couple hours northeast of us that’s very popular for brides in the state that I live in. It’s very picturesque, lots of wineries, lakes, you get the idea. And people who live nowhere even CLOSE to there get married there all the time. It just so happened that we fell in love with a venue here, so it worked out. Find the venue that’s right, and people will show up (within reason).
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@lunalyra: We live in Orlando. FH’s parents live in Ormond Beach (a little over an hour away.) My parents live in Jacksonville (over two hours away.) We decided to get married in St. Augustine Beach which is less than two hours from where everyone lives.
The only people who have to really travel are FH’s friends from the UK who are funny enough coming from Birmingham. He attended uni at Exeter and lived in Cardiff for a while before returning to the States.
In short I think getting married in Bristol is a great solution.