(Closed) Where to get married?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Where should we choose for our wedding?
    Boston (We know it and it will be less stressful) : (14 votes)
    52 %
    New Orleans (It will be new and exciting) : (11 votes)
    41 %
    Someplace else (Other ideas?) : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    6351 posts
    Bee Keeper

    OK let me preface by saying I love Boston and any other time of year I’d be saying pick Boston but you’re right. Feb in Boston is risky.

    I think New Orleans would be a lot of fun. I would do a lot of research though since it’s somewhere you’ve never been.

    Post # 4
    Member
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d be really wary of planning a wedding on short notice in a city I’m not familiar with. Also, isn’t Mardi Gras in February? Hotels are probably already booked up.

    Post # 5
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    1330 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    this is one of those instances where i’d suggest a destination wedding….i was going to pick New Orleans but then i read what LGenz said about mardi gras and i’ll have to agree…i believe mardi gras is march 8th but nonetheless hotel prices might be expensive right now….

    Post # 6
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    1330 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    another thought – since you and your guests don’t have much time to get good prices on travel costs, maybe take a day to check out plane ticket prices and hotel prices in the locations that are on your list…. it might influence one choice over the other…

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My personal tendency would be to stick to the area you know and can easily view things/meet with vendors.  I’m much more of a hands on person, so not being able to view potential sites and talk with vendors face to face would drive me nuts!  ๐Ÿ˜›  

    Just a quick question (I know you didn’t ask about this, so forgive me for the side track, but my hubby and I went through a fiance visa for immigration last year, so immigration things always catch my eye these days):  You mentioned he’s here on a visa and you mentioned immigration issues, and you said you just got engaged a couple of months ago.  Is he here on a student or work visa at the moment?  I’m assuming he’s not here on a fiance visa since that would have been aMAZINGly fast turnaround.  When we went through our couples interview here in the States, the immigration person talked about the ways people typically make his job harder (and make things harder on themselves) by not doing things the right way, i.e. getting married while on a visa free waiver and not leaving the States to finish the processing.  I know you said your lawyer suggested this, so maybe I’m worried for nothing (I definitely don’t know all there is to know about immigration), but when I read what you posted, I had little red flags going up.

    Anyway, enough of my sidetracking!  I hope things immigration-wise and marriage-wise work out perfectly and quickly!!  ๐Ÿ™‚  Whatever choice you make is going to be lovely, but if you do decide to go the New Orleans route, then I’d probably suggest hiring a wedding planner who knows the area and the vendors in the area to take some of the stress off of you.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best of luck on everything!!  If you ever want to have someone to commiserate over immigration with, just pm me!  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you are on a tight deadline, then I would say either do it in an area that you know or pick a destination where you can get some sort of all inclusive package. 

    Post # 9
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    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    one word- well two words  VEGAS ELVIS

    Post # 10
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    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee

    February in Boston is very risky, especially if people will be flying in.  New Orleans would be the perfect midpoint.

    Mardi Gras is late this year, so you could possibly get a good deal in early February.  Not sure. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    398 posts
    Helper bee

    I think given your timeframe I would pick Boston.

    BUT I do think you should just spend a day or two researching New Orleans and see if it’s doable.  Check out the costs of plane tickes and hotel costs.  I would check wedding chapels that supply an officiant. 

    You could do your reception at a restaurant that offers a private dining area.

     

    Best of Luck

    Post # 12
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    new orleans! i’m sure it’s a lot cheaper than boston. i’ve planned my entire new orleans wedding long distance (i’ve met with some vendors, but most i had already booked when i met them).

    mardi gras is march 8 this year. keep in mind hotels cost a lot more than normal that week. also, it’s vacation week for most people, so some vendors might charge more or be harder to get.

    if you choose new orleans, i’d be happy to share my vendors with you!

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